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I love to shop while in Greece and I go about once or twice a year. I always bring things home! Some are household staples, like olive oil, wine, honey, and herbs, and others are great gifts - like worry beads. Here's a look at what I love to bring home.

Olive Oil - I love bringing back high-quality olive oil! It's not only perfect for cooking, but also makes an excellent gift for friends and family. Authentic Greek olive oil has a distinctive flavor, texture, and aroma that will leave you wanting more.

Ceramics - Greece is famous for its pottery. You can find many ceramic shops that sell unique designs and styles. From traditional Greek motifs to modern designs, there's something for everyone. Bring back a piece of Greece with a beautiful handcrafted ceramic vase or dish.

Worry Beads - Also known as komboloi, these are traditional Greek beads that people use to pass the time, entertain themselves, and relieve stress. You can find them in shops throughout Greece, from Athens to the smallest village. Worry beads come in a variety of materials, including wood, silver, and olive pits. These make great gifts!

Greek Wine - Greece has a long history of winemaking. With a wide range of grape varieties, Greece produces some of the world's most unique and delicious wines. Don't miss out on the chance to taste some while you're there, or perhaps take home a bottle or two for your friends and family. Wine from the island of Santorini is particularly special.

Greek Honey - Greece is famous for its honey, which is considered one of the best in the world. The Honey of Thyme is a specialty of the island of Crete, where bees feast on the fragrant thyme that grows wild on the island. The honey has a distinct floral flavor that will make your taste buds sing.

Herbs - I always, always, always bring back proper Greek oregano and other other herbs. I bring back a bunch of teas, too, like Greek chamomile which I swear tastes better, and of course Mountain Tea.
 
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My all time favorite is to bring honey back! There's nothing comparable to Greek honey that I can find in the United States where I live.
 

Visiting Delphi worth it?

I am trying to figure out if visiting Delphi is worth it. I want to fit seeing as many historical sites as I can into my itinerary. I've always been fascinated by ancient cultures and their histories, which naturally puts places like Athens and Santorini on my list. Recently, I've been reading up on Delphi and am intrigued by its significant historical and cultural value, not to mention its picturesque landscapes.

Given its status as the center of the world in ancient Greek civilization and the home of the famous oracle, it sounds like a place full of fascinating stories and ruins. However, I'm also aware that Greece is full of remarkable places to visit, each with its unique allure.

Sustainable Travel to Greece?

I'm currently planning a trip to Greece and am passionate about making my travel as sustainable and eco-friendly as possible. Given the beauty and historical significance of Greece, I want to ensure that my visit contributes positively to the environment and local communities there.

Does anyone have any tips or experiences they could share on sustainable travel practices in Greece? I'm looking for advice on everything from eco-friendly accommodations, sustainable dining options, to ways of exploring the country that minimize my carbon footprint. Also, if there are specific activities or tours that support local conservation efforts or communities, I'd love to hear about those too!

Canyoning Bled Slovenia

Hi guys!!
I'm planning to take a group canyoning Bled but apparently, it is obligatory to use a local guide. I am a canyon instructor (caf and ffme), is this enough to supervise without anyone else? I have several years of experience (climbing and canyoning) and it is obvious that I will not be able to offer this destination if it is not possible.
Thanks in advance

Finding Good Food Tours of Greece?

I love Greek cuisine. I cook it all the time and I love trying new recipes. The time has come for me to think about planning a food tour! Does anyone have any advice?

I would love to hear from members of this forum about their experiences with food tours in Greece.
  1. Which regions or cities offer the best food tours?
  2. Any specific food tour companies or guides that you would recommend?
  3. What were some of the standout dishes or culinary experiences on your tour?
  4. Are there options for people with dietary restrictions, such as vegetarians?
  5. What should one expect in terms of cost and duration?
Any tips or advice on how to get the most out of such a tour would be greatly appreciated too! Thanks!

Cruising the Ionian Islands Questions

The Ionian Islands have captivated my imagination for years, with their storied history, lush landscapes, and crystal-clear waters. The thought of waking up each morning to a new island and a new experience is thrilling, to say the least.

However, I'm a bit at sea (pun intended) about where to begin planning such a voyage. Here are a few questions I have:
  1. Which Cruise Line Should I Consider?
  • Are there specific cruise lines that you would recommend based on personal experience that cater well to exploring the Ionian Islands?
  1. Best Time of Year to Go?
  • When is the ideal time to take this cruise? I've read varying reports on weather and crowd sizes throughout the year.
  1. Must-Visit Islands and Attractions
  • For those of you who have traveled to the Ionian Islands, which islands were your favorite, and are there any must-see attractions?
Thanks in advance!
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