Enjoying the moment, Mykonos Island

Happy is the man, I thought, who, before dying, has the good fortune to sail the Aegean sea.
— Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek

My first experience of Greece was back in the late '70's when my girlfriend and I visited the island of Andros. In those days it was a very quiet island with few tourists and only one or two tavernas lining the harbour foreshore. Needless to say I fell in love with this magical country, it's people, food and wine. My second visit was to attend a conference of Leo Burnett creatives from all over the world and once again I took back great memories even if our rolls of film went missing :-(. Just recently I had the opportunity to visit the islands of Greece onboard the PONANT ship L'Soleal as we sailed from Venice to Athens and once again it didn't fail to exceed my expectations.

 
The Greek Islands

The Greek Islands

 

Greece is a country in southeastern Europe with thousands of islands throughout the Aegean and Ionian seas. Influential in ancient times, it's often called the cradle of Western civilization. Athens, its capital, retains landmarks including the 5th-century B.C. Acropolis citadel with the Parthenon temple. Greece is also known for its beaches, from the black sands of Santorini to the party resorts of Mykonos.