Crete: Great Things to Do

By Alex Kallimanis: Crete is the largest and most southern island in Greece. It’s home to ancient civilizations that predate Athenians, picturesque scenery and one of Greece’s best culinary scenes. As we have family in Heraklion, we’ve visited them a couple of times over the last few years and had the chance to explore this…

Ireland Travel Tips: Useful and Fun Advice

We fell in love with the Emerald Island the first time we visited for our 6th wedding anniversary. So much so that we moved there and called Dublin home from 2011 to 2014. We recently re-visited in October 2018, giving us the opportunity to re-connect with friends and the country. Friendly locals, a picturesque landscape…

Landscape of the cliffs with the ocean, Ireland travel tips

Tips for Visiting Istanbul on a Stopover

By Alex Kallimanis: Still referred to as¬†Constantinople in Greece, Istanbul is a bustling city packed with layers of history. We recently visited Istanbul on our return from Tanzania. It was part of a celebratory trip and for scheduling reasons, we flew from Kilimanjaro Airport to Istanbul on my 40th birthday. Part ultra modern, part old…

Great Hotels in Athens, Greece For All Budgets

By Alex Kallimanis: Athens is the oldest European capital and the birthplace of democracy. The city draws millions of visitors for world class sites like the Acropolis and great beaches around the country. As a dual Greek and American citizen, I’ve made many trips to Athens over the years and have stayed in a range…

view of the Acropolis from the Grand Bretagne Hotel in Athens

Where to Go in Nuremberg, Germany

By Alex Kallimanis: Nuremberg has a dark past, but travelers today will discover a multicultural city that’s welcoming to visitors. I recently re-visited old college friends there, before covering a two day Frankfurt itinerary, in collaboration with Frankfurt Tourism, and was re-kindled with the medieval city’s charm. A Medieval castle on a hill, a picturesque…

Where to go in Nuremberg