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The temperature in the San Francisco Bay Area reached over 100 degrees F (38 C) yesterday so I planned ahead by making some cold-brewed iced tea overnight. Here's the recipe:
I've made many trips to the Greek Islands over the past 11 years. Here are a few tips on traveling the Greek Islands as cheaply as possible.
Here is a list of hostel-style (dorm) accommodation for Greek Island hopping. Not all of the places listed below are "hostels" but are as close as can be found. Expect to pay around €7 to €12 per night for a dorm bed (in 2010), though sometimes it is more expensive in the most touristy places like Santorini and parts of Athens.
The frappé (φραπές) is a drink I had never heard of until my first visit to Greece in 2000. A frappé is instant coffee (Nescafé) blended to a foam with a small bit of water. Then more cold water is added to fill the glass.
In 2008 I traveled from Naha, Okinawa to Kaohsiung, Taiwan by ferry just before the ferry company disappeared. Here are a few photos from the trip.
A few years ago, it was rare to find even high-speed Internet in the Greek Islands. If I remember correctly, it was all dial-up except for one cafe I found in Iraklio, Crete. Things have changed, and now WiFi Internet can easily be found in the Islands.
Here are some photos I took on a walk along the waterfront in Naxos Town, Greece:
Here are some tips on riding the Greek Island ferries.
I typically don't plan my trips in advance – I just fly into Athens, check the ferry schedules, and then decide where to go.
NOTE: in high season or during Greek holidays, plan ahead because ferries can get booked.
If you're planning on going to the Cyclades, especially the popular islands like Paros, Naxos, Ios, and Santorini, there are ferries from Piraeus (Athens) every day during the tourist season.
When arriving at the Athens International Airport (Eleftherios Venizelos), two popular destinations are Athens and Piraeus, the ferry port where you can get a boat to the Greek Islands.
Since the flights to Greece from the US typically arrive in the morning, I sometimes go directly to the ferries in Piraeus.
To catch a bus to either Athens or Pireaus, walk out of the airport turn to the right and look for the city buses.