Great Things to do in Florence, Italy

By Alex Kallimanis: Florence was the birthplace of the Renaissance. Magnificent examples of Italian Gothic architecture were erected with the financial assistance of powerful Florentine families like the Medici’s. When you visit Florence today you can see why artists like Michelangelo were inspired by the city. Wander through the art-lined streets and take in the…

Close up of Michelangelo's David

20 Great Destinations in the South of France

France is the world’s most visited country, drawing over 90 million travelers in 2018. Great beach destinations and UNESCO World Heritage Sites are abundant in the south of France. Stunning natural landscapes also include dramatic gorges, lavender fields and rolling vineyards. We asked a select group of travel bloggers to share tips for visiting some…

South of France

Crete: Greece’s Largest Island

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 multiple times over the last few years, giving us a chance to explore this beautiful island,…

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…

Best Hotels in Athens, Greece For All Budgets

By Alex Kallimanis: Athens is Europe’s oldest capital. It is considered the birthplace of the foundations of western civilization. The city draws millions of visitors for world class sites like the Acropolis and great beaches around the mainland and Greek islands. As a dual Greek and American citizen, I’ve made 12 trips to Athens over…

view of the Acropolis from the rooftop terrace of the Grand Bretagne Hotel in Athens