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santons of the three wise men and Jesus in a manger

The travel souvenir that’s a part of our family Christmas tradition

Hi Frugalistas!  We put up our Christmas decorations yesterday.  One thing I love putting out every year is our crèche.  Crèche is the French word for a Nativity Scene, and ours is a very special one.  It is French, and is made of santons, traditional Provencal clay figurines.  Purchasing our santons, adding to our collection, and […]

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Ruins at the Acropolis in Athens

The do’s and don’ts of visiting Greek archaeological sites

Hi Frugalistas!  Greeks are proud of their history and culture.  As the cradle of democracy, philosophy, medicine and so many other cultural norms and institutions they are indeed right to do so.  Many visitors to Greece and to Athens in particular, visit to understand, experience and enjoy that history.  There are some rules for the unwary […]

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rack of coloured worry beads in Athens

Forget your worries in Athens

I spent my childhood in the second largest Greek city in the world, Melbourne, Australia. I grew up in a neighbourhood with a large Greek population, and wooden worry beads were a common accessory for Greek men – young and old alike. I didn’t see many men with them in Athens, but I did see […]

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Doors to the Emirates Business Class lounge in Dubai

Emirates A380 Business Class: the frugalfirstclasstravel review

- rugalistas!  Regular readers will no doubt recall my review of the Emirates A380 First Class Suite last year.  It was very, very good, but in my comparison with Etihad Diamond First Class, I had to give it to Etihad.  I’ve travelled numerous times on the Etihad Pearl Business Class, so was curious see what […]

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Hunting Down those Elusive Northern Lights in Lapland

  That first glimpse of those magical Northern Lights is said to be an almost spiritual experience which can leave even the most seasoned world-traveller speechless. Hunting this spellbinding lightshow has become an obsession for many people and you can increase your chances of viewing if you’re heading to the northernmost regions of Finland, Norway […]

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frugalfirstclasstravel: twilight over the Acropolis

Twilight over the Acropolis

Staying in Monastiraki, it was fantastic to be treated to this wonderful view of the Acropolis. Sitting at the rooftop bar of my hotel, it was lovely to watch night settle on the Acropolis and see it come to light…… #travel #Athens #Greece #nofilter #twilight #traveldaily #traveladdict #blog #instatravel #instadaily #instalover #instagreece #travelgram #mytravelgram #instalove […]

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slab of Greek yoghurt with honey and walnuts

Eating in Athens on a Culinary Backstreets walk

Hi Frugalistas!  I’ve already written about our infamous visit to the Athens Central Market, but there was far more to our Culinary Backstreets walk in central Athens.  Starting with breakfast, we ate, walked, talked, photographed and ate even more around central Athens with our guide, the lovely Despina.  Join me on a feast of food […]

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Friday foto: Visiting the Benaki Museum in Athens

Stunning religious art at the Benaki Museum in Athens. Regardless of your spiritual beliefs, it’s hard not to enjoy the icons and other religious art in this beautiful cultural museum. The Benaki makes a great break from ancient ruins and statues #travel #traveldaily #travelgram #TBEX #athens #greece #religion #religious #art #ThisIsAthens #traveldaily #instatravel #instadaily #traveladdict […]

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blue door and pink bougainvillea Anafiotika, Athens

Anafiotika: a Greek Island in the foothills of the Acropolis

Hi Frugalistas!  When I visited Athens recently I was disappointed that I didn’t have time to fit in a visit to the Greek Islands.  I’d sailed in the Cycladic Islands many years ago and had fond memories of those glorious blue and white houses festooned with bright bougainvillea and geraniums.  Then upon studying my guidebook […]

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courtyard of a Greek Orthodox church

frugalfirstclasstravel: my latest Instagram photo

This is the exterior of the little church I featured earlier this week. Greek Orthodox churches are often very small, and tucked away in tiny corners of Athens. This little one had such a pretty courtyard that was so inviting we had to go inside and have a look…..#travel #greek #greece #Athens #church #courtyards #travelgram […]

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