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Waiting for the ferry to Ammouliani

‎In the UK, Ammouliani is one of Greece’s secret islands. To locals (the guy whose cafe served us his yummy potato and olive pie, frappes and baklava), it’s beautiful. We’re sitting in the sun, hats firmly fixed to heads, waiting for the next ferry to the island (having

Greener Holidays are Good for Everyone

The 1st of July sees the start of the 2015, Travel Foundation Make Holidays Greener month, an initiative close to Sunvil’s heart and one which we have passionately supported since its inauguration. This year however, given the recent events in Greece, Tunisia and France to name but

A walk through time: Highlights of Syracuse and the island of Ortigia

For obvious reasons, there aren’t that many churches which pre-date the time of Jesus. But the cathedral in Syracuse is no ordinary place of worship: the original building on the site was a temple to the goddess Athena, and I find it easy to make out the

Slaying Greek Myths

To those who have access to the Sunday Times website, click here for a link to a very pragmatic and impassioned article written by John Humphrys, the well-known journalist and BBC broadcaster. Humphrys knows Greece and its people well and his son settled there 23 years ago,

June’s Sunvil Supper Club: Flash-fried Scallops from Skane

This recipe is courtesy of Head Chefs Görgen Jonsson and Marcus Bengtsson at Restaurant Sand in Bastad, Southern Sweden. Flash-fried scallops with a green asparagus, trout roe and migas salad, finished with creamed yellow tomatoes. The southernmost region of Sweden, Skåne is a land of undulating countryside, orchards,

Highlights of Ecuador and The Galapagos

I recently travelled to Ecuador to sample some of the delights that the country has to offer. I flew with Avianca who have a daily direct flight from London Heathrow to Bogotá with convenient onwards connections to Quito and I thought they offered an excellent service. My trip started with

Beating the colossal crowds at the Colosseum in Rome

By most people’s reckoning the Colosseum is one of the 7 wonders of the world, and while you have to take these lists with more than a pinch of salt, there’s no denying that it’s a must-see attraction for first-time visitors to Rome. Unfortunately, every other visitor

The latest financial shenanigans in Greece

Will they, won’t they? It seems to be dragging on forever.  In fact, the fashionable word is no longer ‘Grexit’ but ‘Grimbo’, meaning Greece still in Limbo. Personally, I believe there will be a fudged solution because neither side wants the consequences of a Greek bankruptcy. However,


Every November, an art installation takes shape on the shores of the River Torne in the heart of Swedish Lapland. It is a project like no other, and on a scale like no other, which brings together designers and sculptors from all over the world. The result

Holidays in the Peloponnese – a short introduction

Look on a map of Greece; just below and to the left of Athens, you’ll find a leaf-shaped area of land poking into the Aegean Sea. The Peloponnese was once known as Moureas, the Greek word for the leaf of a mulberry tree with which it shares