Greece is one of the most fascinating countries in the world to me. It was a country that I had dreamed of going to ever since I was a child.
I went to Greece for the first time a few years ago as part of a study abroad program. We spent 6 weeks exploring about 5 of the islands. Even though the trip was a few years ago, the images are too beautiful not to share, so I thought I would spend the next few weeks discussing the trip and the places that we went.
When most people think of Greece, they think of the white buildings and blue seas. However, with anywhere between 1,200- 6,000 islands (depending on what you consider an island), Greece is that and so much more.
The first island we went to was Samos. Samos is the 9th biggest island in Greece (making it definitely one of the largest). Samos is located very close to Turkey – in some areas just a mile away! The island has some beautiful beaches, forest areas, and vineyards. They produce many of the typical Mediterranean goods such as grapes, olive oil, honey, citrus fruits, figs, almonds, and wine.
When we were there, we stayed at the Mykali Hotel in Pythagorion (Pythagoreo or Pythagoreio). — As you can tell the town goes by many names depending on who is spelling it. However, the name has recently been changed to just be part of the Samos municipality.
Next week I’ll be sharing more images from the town of Pythagorio.