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Places to visit in Greece

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Greece is known as the cradle for western civilization. Travelling to Greece can be one of the best life decisions. The only thing that can confuse people and hinders their approach of travelling to Greece is the ways of getting various transport facilities in Greece. 

You may need to book airfares for return or to travel to the next country. Travelo.gr can solve all your airfare related issues, but just for your satisfaction let us discuss, how to book airfare in Greece. 

You will need some documents, which will include your visit visa, passport and your pre-booked tickets data. I will suggest you pre-book your tickets online before arriving at the airport, this will help you in understanding the process more accurately.   

Leaving aside need to use the public transport and like all other developed countries you will have to get some permit cards for safe travelling. 

Traveling can be fun if you know what places are worthy of visiting. In this article, we will check out and learn about the best places in Greece.

For me Greece is a piece of heaven for those who want to experience picturesque scenes and islands. The breathtaking views and huge monuments can easily attract the viewers’ attention. 

1.    Santorini 

If you want to have a glimpse of the beautiful blue roofs, under the bright blue sky and the blue natural landscape created but the peripheral sea. 

Santorini has impressed a lot of people, many times when you will discuss about travelling to Santorini, people will suggest you to visit Maldives or Hawaii instead, which are not bad options, but if you are a scene lover and nature has the capability of soothing your mind then you must visit Santorini.

2.    Nafplio 

This is the former capital of Greece. Now, you can easily understand the significance and set up of such city. 

Nafplio is known for its old civilization and exotic culture. There are huge monuments and old houses which can be very fascinating. 

Another best feature of Nafplio is the cuisine. As this city was the centre or various civilization. Thus, there are different seafood cuisines which can trigger your taste buds. 

All these spectacular views amidst some turquoise beaches can help you relax. It is a very clean city with many means of transport and living facilities. 

3.    Ruins of Knossos 

If you are interested in studying and gathering data about ancient architecture, then you must visit this place. 

You won’t need to struggle very hard; it is almost at a 40. minutes’ drive from in case you do not have your car with you. You can simply use the local buses which are very comfortable. 

These relics are one of the best antiques are of the bronze age, various mosaics and pottery will fascinate you for new ideas, you will be able to get the idea about their way of living at such a beautiful place. 

In summers, you ought to visit this place, for its cool and suitable weather condition. 

4. Meteora 

Have you ever seen a huge piece of land suspended in the air? Yeah, I know the answer, but nature has created an opportunity for you to witness this magical picturesque. 

The Greek word, Meteora means suspended in the air, Meteora is a 1200ft high cliff, which is a slightly different from the surrounding mountains, it may look a bit horrific for those who have got a height phobia, but the view from the top of the cliff.

The most significant thing about these cliffs is its churches and monasteries. Many monks and spiritual personalities migrate and stay at these cliffs for isolation and meditation. 

5. Crete 

This is the most spacious island. It has got all the aspects of the natural beauty; you will start to form the coastline and would end on the mountains. 

I would recommend you have a scooter or bike, for travelling through this enlightened and civilized Greek city. 

6. Spinalonga 

It is an island fortress, which can trigger your imaginations about fairytales and magic. The low and high tides of the sea can take your breath away.

The most amazing thing about this site, is its significance for using it as a sanctuary for the diseased people. 

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Peony Tattoo and Cafe: Where Ink and Coffee Collide in Miami – World-Renowned Tattoo Artist Boris Bianchi’s New Tattoo, Café Fusion

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The only multi International award winning speakeasy studio in Miami, Florida, co-created by world-renowned tattoo artist Boris Bianchi is making waves in Miami, FL.

Boris Bianchi

The eclectic fusion of tattoo artistry and café culture nestled in Miami’s Little River, provides a one-of-a-kind experience. The concept of combining a tattoo studio with a café may seem unconventional to some, but for Boris, the co-founder of Peony, it was a dream waiting to be realized. Having spent time in Scotland, he witnessed the seamless integration of tattoo culture with café ambiance, and Boris knew he wanted to bring that concept to Miami.

Upon his return to Miami during the COVID-19 pandemic, Boris stumbled upon a spacious location where he knew his idea could flourish. The vastness of the space allowed him to not only house a top-notch tattoo studio but also to create a welcoming café atmosphere, reminiscent of a hidden speakeasy with its secret bookshelf entrance.

The unique décor of Peony reflects Boris’s passion for collaboration and creativity. Teaming up with well know artist, Ruskin, who boasts an impressive collection of over 300 vehicles, Boris found inspiration in the ever-changing display of cars, that grace the café’s interior. This partnership also led to exciting collaborations with the Miami Art Society, showcasing single art shows that rotate every few months, ensuring a constantly evolving space that stimulates the senses.

Reflecting on his journey as a tattoo artist, Boris takes pride in his evolution from mastering traditional styles to pioneering his own distinctive blackwork-fine line fusion. This unique approach has attracted clients from around the globe, drawn to his unparalleled skill and creativity. He meshed his background in Japanese traditional and American traditional to what he learned in Scotland to create his signature style.

As he looks to the future of tattooing, Boris acknowledges the evolving landscape, embracing innovation while staying true to his craft. He finds intrigue in the city’s endless possibilities, from its vibrant culture to its late-night culinary delights. But amidst the hustle and bustle of Miami’s streets, Peony stands as a sanctuary for creativity, community, and self-expression—a testament to Boris’s unwavering dedication to his craft and his commitment to leaving a lasting impact on the world of tattooing.

To inquire about Peony, contact the store at Peonytattoosmiami@gmail.com or +1 (305) 850-3666

For more information, please visit http://peony.miami/ Peonycafemiami@gmail.com or the storefront at 117 NE 54th St B, Miami, FL 33137

For more information on Boris Bianchi, please visit https://www.instagram.com/borisbianchi/?hl=en

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I Took a Trip on a Train …. 

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And not just any train, but one of two cars from the original 20th Century Limited, the World’s Most Famous Train. It was truly a step back in time sitting in the newly and lovingly restored Hickory Creek car, which once transported the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra to Hollywood.   

We departed from the magnificent Moynihan Train Hall after enjoying a mid-morning nosh in the exclusive lounge and then walked a red carpet to our car. (The notion of a red carpet actually originated with the 20th Century Ltd.) There were two cars remaining from the original, and both were cozy and comfortable. Once settled, refreshments were offered, and we began the journey up the Hudson River to Albany. I don’t believe it unfair to say that most of us take the Hudson River for granted—it’s there, separating us from New Jersey. But not long after we left the familiar territory of Manhattan, we began to see the river from a different perspective. Sometimes it’s wide, other times not so much, with small islands popping up. There was enough green on the trees to be a pleasant break from the grey of the city, and congenial fellow passengers for pleasant conversation. Before we knew it, lunch was served, and quite an excellent one too, given that it came from the tiniest kitchen I’ve even seen. A beet salad with pecans, Beef Bourguignon, and finally a lovely slice of cheesecake with raspberry sauce was beyond my expectation. 

Throughout the trip, our jovial host, Lou, dropped in to assure everyone’s comfort and to give us a bit of history on the train. Music from the era was just discernable and added to the time-travelling mood.    

A stop in Albany midway through the journey enabled the train to turn around to take us back and to give us all a chance to stretch our legs and see a bit of the state capital. The sun was descending as we passed the familiar sites of West Point and Tappan Zee Bridge, and before long we were back, refreshed and rejuvenated. Beverages and nibbles were served, just as they surely were when Marilyn and other luminaries traversed the country heading for Hollywood.     

Every effort was made by the staff to make this trip memorable for all of us. The afternoon offerings included lovely canapes with a tulip crafted from a tomato and chives—you must see it to believe it!   

And this experience can be yours, brought about by the United Railroad Historical Society of NJ.!  Check them out at URHS.org and HudsonRiverRail.com to see the many ways you can enjoy this luxurious experience. This was a day trip, but overnight trips to and from Chicago are also available. It was a spa day for the mind and spirit! 

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The Perfect Travel and Summer Sandal

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Ipanema sandals are based in Brazil, and the sandal is named after one of the most famous beaches worldwide. Ipanema sandals are made with a durable Flexpand 100% recyclable plastic and use at least 30% recycled materials, while 99% of all factory waste is recycled or reused.

I Turkey this summer. Last year I really needed a sandal that looked great but handled well in water. Have you ever notice that a lot of summer shoes slip and slide when it rains? Also the beaches of the Mediterian  They take up no room in suitcase or a purse, are incredibly light being that they are all made of rubber. It feels like you are wearing nothing at all, yet are sturdy. These are perfect and you will not need another pair of sandals for anything.

I got the Ipanema Women’s Class Edge Glow Sandals ($32). The Ipanema Shimmer sandals are so soft, and feel great. They are silent when you walk in them, with no noise on the ground and no noise of anything hitting your foot. They also have a section on top that connects to the band around your ankle; this is the shimmer part. The strap is adjustable and o nce adjusted you do not need to undo it each time, making them very easy to slip on since the material is so stretchy.

I will definitely be ordering more.

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Kentucky Derby Party at Blu Mar Southampton With Victoria Schneps and Hampton Events For May

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The Hampton’s summer kicked off with a Kentucky Derby Party at Blu Mar Southampton With Victoria Schneps. T2C’s friend and contributor Roger Sichel and his wife Ilene had invited me but I was quadruple booked.

Roger Sichel and his wife Ilene

Zac Erdem Restaurant owner of Blu Mar

Phil Boyle President and CEO of OTB Suffolk County

guests

 

Fascinato -istic Dan and Vickie

All pics are thanks to Roger Sichel.

 

The 13th Annual Montauk Music Festival happens May 16th – 19th at the Montauk Yacht Club. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit Lucia’s Angels & East End Coalition for Women’s Cancers. For up-to-date schedules, artists, and venue information…. click here.[We know there are a few tech issues which we are working on fixing before the festival.

 

On May 19th Farm 2 Fork, an immersive food experience of the High Country taking you on a taste sensation journey. Your day begins with a fun-filled farm trail, visiting three of the High Country’s most acclaimed local producers, followed by a delicious long-table lunch prepared by much-loved celebrity chef and raconteur Alastair McLeod (Channel 7’s Weekender). At 9am from Chapman Park, Hampton, you board a coach that will take you to a mystery farm for a meet-and-greet tour, before moving on to the second and third farms. Your fourth and final destination will be a magnificent venue where you’ll sip a signature cocktail from Pechey Distilling on arrivalThen it’s time for the mouth-watering four-course meal, prepared by Chef Alastair. The menu will showcase fine local ingredients and be matched with wonderful wines from award-winning Rosalie House.

On May 26th the Hamptons kickoff event of the summer on Memorial Day weekend the Rosé Soirée Presented by Wilmington Trust. Celebrate with the seasons unofficial drink….rosé! Enjoy flowing rosé wine from around the world and on the East End. Eats from top chefs around the NY area including exclusive opportunities to taste from private chefs and Emmy nominated chefs as they join the best restaurant cuisine.

Tickets include tastings from over twenty rosé wines sourced from the best wineries throughout the South Fork, North Fork and top wine regions from across the world, as well as over fifteen top chefs offering up their best bites. Plus enjoy a full bar of craft beers, speciality cocktails, DJs, live music and lots of fun.

Tickets include all food, rosés, drinks and entertainment

General Admission enjoys the party from 6:30-9PM

VIP enjoys early entry to the party along with an exclusive Hampton Water afterparty 6-10:30PM

 

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Journey to the Clouds: Discovering the Mystique of Machu Picchu

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A trip is something other than investigating new areas; Taking in the character, culture, and history of a place that has stood the test of time is the only thing that matters. One of the most perplexing and well-known tourist destinations in the world is Machu Picchu, an ancient Incan city in the Peruvian Andes.

Unveiling the Wonder of Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu, often referred to as the “Lost City of the Incas,” is not merely a tourist spot; it’s a journey into the past, a trek through the clouds, and an exploration of an ancient world. Hidden from the outside world until its rediscovery in 1911 by Hiram Bingham, this UNESCO World Heritage site has captivated historians, archaeologists, and travelers alike with its intriguing history and breathtaking landscapes.

The Journey to Machu Picchu

The adventure to Machu Picchu begins long before you reach the ruins. The journey is as mesmerizing as the destination itself. Most travelers start their journey in Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire. Cusco, with its blend of Inca and Spanish colonial architecture, serves as the perfect prologue to the Machu Picchu experience.

From Cusco, you can take the scenic train route to Aguas Calientes, the gateway town to Machu Picchu. The train journey is an experience in itself, offering panoramic views of the Sacred Valley and the Urubamba River, set against the backdrop of the rugged Andean mountains. For the more adventurous, the four-day Inca Trail trek is a popular choice, offering a challenging yet rewarding hike through lush cloud forests, past ancient Incan sites, and over high mountain passes, culminating in the iconic Sun Gate view of Machu Picchu at sunrise.

Exploring the Mysteries of Machu Picchu

Arriving at Machu Picchu, you’re greeted by a spectacular sight – a city of intricate stone structures, terraced fields, and awe-inspiring engineering, all harmoniously blended into the mountainous landscape. As you wander through the ruins, you can’t help but wonder about the people who once inhabited this city. Machu Picchu served as a royal estate for Inca emperors and nobles, a center of worship, and an astronomical observatory.

Key sites within Machu Picchu include the Intihuatana stone, believed to be an ancient sundial; the Temple of the Sun, offering a view of the first rays of the sun during the summer solstice; and the Room of the Three Windows, symbolizing the Incan cosmology of the world’s three planes: the sky, the earth, and the underworld.

Connecting with Nature and Culture

Machu Picchu is not only about the ruins. It’s also about the stunning natural environment that surrounds it. The site is nestled in the lush Peruvian cloud forest, home to a rich diversity of flora and fauna. Orchids, butterflies, and rare bird species add to the magical aura of the place.

Moreover, the local culture adds another layer to the Machu Picchu experience. Interacting with the descendants of the Incas, the Quechua-speaking people, offers insight into the living heritage of this ancient civilization. The colorful markets, traditional textiles, and local cuisine provide a taste of the Andean culture that is as vibrant today as it was centuries ago.

Preserving the Legacy

The allure of Machu Picchu has not waned over the centuries, but its popularity comes with challenges. Conservation efforts are crucial to preserving this archaeological gem for future generations. As travelers, it’s important to respect the site, adhere to designated paths, and follow the guidelines set by the authorities to minimize environmental impact.

Planning Your Visit

Visiting Machu Picchu requires planning, especially since the number of daily visitors is limited to protect the site. Booking in advance is essential, and working with a reputable travel company can ensure a seamless experience. For more information and to plan your visit to this awe-inspiring site, check out Machu Picchu Tours by Metropolitan Touring.

Machu Picchu stands as an emblem of the rich cultural heritage and architectural brilliance of the ancient Incan civilization. Perched high in the Andes Mountains of Peru, this awe-inspiring citadel whispers tales of a bygone era, inviting travelers to delve into its mysteries and marvel at its splendor.

For history enthusiasts, Machu Picchu is a treasure trove of ancient secrets waiting to be uncovered. Its intricate stone structures, terraced fields, and ceremonial plazas offer glimpses into the daily lives and religious practices of the Inca people. Walking through its labyrinthine streets, visitors can’t help but feel a profound connection to the past, as if stepping back in time to witness the glory days of a once-thriving empire.

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