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Photo of the Day: Naxos Old Town

Old Blue Weathered Door Black and White

A Scenic Tour of Naxos Island

Portara Naxos Greece

Naxos knows how to greet visitors. Its most lauded landmark is visible even before setting foot on the island. Standing on an islet near the Naxos Town harbor is what looks like a giant picture frame—actually the Portara, a marble doorway and the only remaining part of a temple, begun in the 6th century BC and never completed, that was dedicated to Apollo.

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What to Do in Santorini, Part 2: Get Out to Sea

Nea Kameni at Sunset 2

Exploring volcanic landscapes has become a fairly frequent pastime during our travels, from Idaho’s Craters of the Moon to the Big Island’s Mauna Kea.

All of these places have their own starkly desolate beauty, and Greece’s Nea Kameni is no exception. Visible from Santorini, the uninhabited volcanic island looks like a black mass. Up close, its nuances come into focus.

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What to Do in Santorini, Part 1

Hike from Thira to Oia on Santorini Greece

Santorini just might make for the perfect holiday. Not only is it easy on the eyes, a stay on the Greek island can be as active or as leisurely as you’d like. Go sailing, take a hike, explore ancient ruins, or do nothing but sip wine and gaze at the sea. Even after spending six days there, it was one of the few places I didn’t feel ready to leave when the time came to pack up and move on. The bulk of Santorini’s visitors dock for a day, barely scratching the island’s surface. But linger if you can. You certainly won’t regret it.

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Yes, you should still travel to Greece

Acropolis of Athens, Greece

With negotiations between the Greek government and its European creditors apparently breaking down the prospects for a financial collapse within Greece rose significantly yesterday. Stories of long lines and empty cash machines filled the news, suggesting that a full-scale run on Greek banks may already be underway. It’s uncertain at this point whether leaders can step back from this brink even if they want to.

With so much confusion and negative press it’s completely normal for naturally skittish travelers to shy away from such situations. Before leaving on our month long trip to the country in May several people expressed various levels of non-specific concern. People told us they were afraid to go to Greece but, when pressed, didn’t know exactly why. With the country’s financial crises potentially accelerating and news-streams filling up with even more bad headlines such generalized fears are likely to grow. But should that keep you away?

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