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At the island of Odysseus

The first time I heard about Ithaca I was probably 12 years old. My parents made an attempt to move back to Greece from Sweden and I had my first real challenge in Greek school. Homer’s epic book Odyssey was on the schedule in ancient Greek! We read the poem, a couple pages each lesson, translating it to modern Greek and then tried to understand Odysseus fantastic journey on his way to Ithaca…

The island

So last year it was time to visit the island of Odysseus, Ithaca. It’s actually a wonderful little island in the shadow of Kefalonia which is a much bigger island. If you want to explore the Greek nightlife this is not island for you! Ithaca is missing the big hotel complexes and keeps the life more still and authentic which is a blessing for some of us. Here are the things you do not want to miss when visiting the island.

Afales beach

Afales beach

Gidaki beach

The beaches

The Ionian Islands have the coolest beaches according to my opinion and that’s because of the exiting landscapes on those islands. Some of the beaches can only be reached by boat. Afales beach is my favorite in Ithaca, the water out there is awesome. Don’t forget to ware something on your head, when you’re out there on the north point of the island. Gidaki beach is the other one. Here there is actually a bar and some pleasant sunbeds so you can enjoy the sea view with more comfort.



The view of Vathy from Perachori village

The villages

Kioni, a beautiful village with a lovely port and with plenty of restaurants. The port is surrounded with boats and yachts of any size. Frikes on the north side is another of those little villages and also the port where the ferry’s from Lefkas arrive. I addition Perachoris most fantastic view over both sides of the island, towards Kefalonia and the mainland. The village is located near the capital of Ithaca. Likewise the perfect place for photo shooting.

The capital of Ithaca

Strolling at the port


Is the capital of the island and founded at 16th century and was the main port in Ithaca. The town was destroyed during a fire 1956 and has then been rebuilt in original style. We stayed here at the Korina Hotel and strolled around the picturesque streets and the lovely port. The municipality organizes cultural festivals with theatrical plays, concerts, debates and art exhibits and give this island a special culture profile. Traveling to the island of Odysseus is an awesome experience specially if you want to avoid the crowds and spend your vacation in a slow mode.

Salaora - a quiet place

My parents met nearby this quite and peaceful place Salaora in the Amvrakikos gulf, during the summer of 1963. My father was long, blonde and handsome young man and my mother short and with that Mediterranean look. They met through mutual friends and after a few weeks they got married and went abroad to make themselves a new future. The move abroad happens to many Greeks today as well, however back then it was of course a gigantic step to the big wide world at least for my mother and her first journey abroad..

Salaora, Amvrakikos gulf

Amvrakikos gulf is a quiet place with 250 km coastline in the north west of Greece. According to naturelovers Amvrakikos has 20 lagoons hosts more than 160 species of birds, many species of fish, turtles (Caretta - Caretta) and dolphins. Here in Salaora and Koronisia village you can find the traditional hamlets of the local fishermen who still use the old fishing methods. Traditional fish taverns serve local fish such as sardines, prawns mullets, eels and cuttlefish.

My first blogpost

Arta county Greece

A new experience! So far I have posted my photographs on Instagram to improve my photography. Now I take the next step and out of my comfort zone. Hope to learn more about blogging and be able to share stories about Greece, where I was born, with you! 

As you might have seen I started a new hashtag at Instagram called #girslaroundgreece. I want to encourage and inspire women to create and promote their photos and stories. It’s even a way to encourage friends at Instagram to follow and use the hashtag to keep up with all the amazing work women create together.  

There are so many hashtags but I hope this one will be filled with a lot of wonderful pictures. A hashtag can grow organically as time goes by, something to go to when you need inspiration or when you want to connect with women who share the same interest about Greece!  

Thank you for reading my first blog post, hope you pop back soon!

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