Greece travel on the island of Santorini, a yoga retreat, by Ray Sahelian, M.D.

If you plan to visit Greece, try to go during May or early June before the masses of tourists clog up the steps to the Acropolis. Greece is very hot in the summer, with a relentless sun, so by going in May, you can avoid both the tourists and the hot sun.


June 2006
Hi Matt Barrett
We had a great time in Greece. The people are warm, friendly, and a complimentary shot of Raki at the end of meals was uplifting.
While in Greece, we visited Delphi which was a cute town and the Delphi Stadium was amazing. Athens initially was intimidating, and I had practically my worst experience in life driving through traffic and getting lost several times. Almost had a car accident twice that could have been serious, so I really don't suggest anyone drive in Athens unless that have more than 9 lives. But the Acropolis and Agoura below it were spectacular. So were the myriad taverna and bars around the agoura.
Santorini is a three dimentional work of art, beyond my wildest visual expectations. Santorini may be the most beautiful island in Greece. I took a yoga workshop with Shiva Rea.
Crete is laid back and relaxed. Initially I did not like it since I had just come from Santorini, but Crete gradually grew on me. I visited Iraqlio which was okay, but the old section and harbor of Chania was amazing. I chanced on it at 1 am when the crowds had thinned, and walking the narrow streets with beautiful centuries-old homes was quite memorable.
Swift rent a car is fine, but 2 things bothered us about them. First, they took 5 days to send us a confirmation email. Second, we agreed they would be there to pick up the car at the Athens airport at 11 am since we were flying to Santorini. Our flight was at 12:15, and I waited for them nervously as the minutes went on until 11:40, yet no one came to pick up the car. Finally i had to make a decision to leave the car at the airport worried that someone would steal it. It was quite stressful. Later we called them from Santorini and they said they had come and picked up the car. If they clean up their act they could be good continued referral for you.


I recommend people visit Greece no later than mid June, otherwise it is too hot, too dry, and too touristy.


Thanks for all your help and your wonderful Greece Travel web site
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Greece, officially the Hellenic Republic, is a country in south-eastern Europe, situated on the southern end of the Balkan peninsula. Greece is bordered by Bulgaria, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Albania to the north and by Turkey to the east. The Aegean Sea lies to the east of mainland Greece while the Ionian Sea lies to the west. Greece has a vast number of islands, including Santorini and Crete, which I have visited. The town of Chania, with the old harbor and narrow streets in the old town is superbly charming.


Olive Oil made in Greece
Greece is the world's third largest producer of olive oil. Greece sells the bulk of its exports to Italian retailers, who treat and package the product under their own labels. Out of 100,000 tonnes of olive oil currently exported from Greece, only six percent are sold under Greek brands. But with the promise of a demand surge in the Far East and the United States now beckoning, producers in Greece say they will no longer tolerate the dominance of foreign brands that essentially contain a product made in Greece. Twenty-five olive oil brands made in Greece are registered under the EU's Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) and Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status, nine of them from the island of Crete.


Greece Current Events

July 2006 - In a move harking back to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, 25 demonstrators in Greece pulled down a statue of former U.S. President Harry S. Truman as part of an anti-war demonstration against the Israeli bombing of Lebanon. The group was part of a larger demonstration of several hundred Greeks marching on the U.S. and Israeli embassies. The statue, located in central Athens, Greece not far from the U.S. embassy, has been the subject of numerous attacks over the years. It has been seriously damaged at least twice before, once by a bomb attack in the 1980s.

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