I didn't really do much research other than accommodation and car hire, which was based on price as well as avoiding 'family fun' and 'great entertainment' We were meeting in Greece to have a break, a rest, chill out on the beach and read a couple of books, enjoy the food and local beer. We weren't there to party. As soon as I arrived at the airport and saw the number of tour guides and buses, I knew we'd booked the wrong place.
We're also not beach goers really and with our starting point being that we live in Dubai which for a lot of people is a dream holiday destination and we're slightly spoiled when it comes to beaches and resorts and from seeing the gorgeous images that pop up on google when you search 'holidays to Greece' and knowing a little about the architecture, the buildings and aware of the recent economical situation, I was very disappointed when we arrived. It took a while to get over children purchasing alcohol and tobacco and all the real fur for sale.
It's been a long time since we've had a self catering holiday, most of our travel since the kids have left home are in hotels or staying with friends. But had we had the kids with us, they'd have loved it there.
I didn't take many photo's. The beach pictures showed sun beds 5 rows deep, crowded beaches and other people, other people trying to recreate the pictures they'd seen on Instagram all trying to capture a unique beach experience.
Look closely and you'll see in the centre of the photo a couple recreating the same photo hundreds of people take on the beach, the woman in the white bikini, then had hers taken with her boyfriend.
So is Greece instagramable? Yes of course it is, you just have to look hard. We captured a sun set and a few other selfies, as well as pictures from the restaurant terrace and of course our food.
You can click on any of the links below if you're interested in seeing more of the construction projects and unusual buildings I've seen around the world, most of them are in Dubai and I'll be back there next week to see how much has changed in the 3+ months I've been in the UK.
Week 158 Dubai Bluewater Islands and Dubai Eye. Man made island a 210m high Big Wheel
Week 159 Dubai Dubai Marina - Reflections
Week 160 Dubai Dubai Frame. A window between the Old and New Dubai and a 150m high glass floor.
Week 161 Dubai Dubai Marina 3 years apart.Week 163 Dubai New Metro Line for Expo 2020
Week 164 Arizona and Nevada Hoover Dam 2002 - 2010
Week 165 Dubai Dubai Opera House What a difference a year makes
Week 166 Dubai Unfinished buildings. The Pentominium
Week 167 Coventry Mixing the old and the new. Coventry Catherdral
Week 168 Dubai New Dubai Metro Station
Week 169 Dubai The new extension of the Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa
Week 170 Dubai Hotel fire After the Address fire
Week 171 Dubai Unusual designs The Opus Building
Week 172 Dubai District Cooling. Keeping the desert cool.
Week 173 Dubai Can I visit the Burj Al Arab
Week 174 Dubai The Almas Tower
Week 175 Dubai The Cayan Tower
Week 176 Toronto The CN Tower
Week 177 Nevada The Paris Hotel
Week 178 Dubai Ibn Battuta Gate
Week 179 A Wedding
Week 180 Dubai The World's Tallest Tower
Week 181 Dubai and Wales Al Fahidi Fort and Chepstow Castle
Week 182 Dubai New Metro Station in Al Furjan
Week 183 Dubai Ski Dubai
Week 184 Another Wedding
Week 185 South Africa Life in a township
Week 186 Austria Ski Jump
Week 187 Dubai Green Plant Bio Dome
Week 188 Dubai Update on the Metro Station
Week 189 Dubai My view from the balcony changed in 8 months
Hi Suzanne, there are definitely good and bad places to visit in Greece and whilst Thessalonika is meant to be a beautiful city it sounds as if you chose the wrong place to holiday. Which is a shame really. My favourite time here is winter, that's for sure!ReplyDelete
i think it was the wrong type of holiday for us, we're really not sun seekersDelete
I've never had the urge to visit Greece, but it always looks so inviting. Hope you had a good timeReplyDelete
Have a good Sunday and thank you for linking up to #MySundayPhoto
Greece isn't somewhere we'll be going again in a hurryDelete
Oh you should have asked me, I adore Greece and not the tourist hot spots. There are some beautiful hide away places. I'm sure you found a few if you had a car and could go travelling.ReplyDelete
we did find quite a few lovely places to visitDelete
I'm sorry your holiday wasn't quite what you'd hoped for, but I hope you and Peter still felt it was a break.ReplyDelete
we're in full agreement on what we like and don't like in a holiday nowDelete
Wow the Spanish stunning X #mysundayphotoReplyDelete
thank you, I'm assuming you meant 'sun is' lolDelete
Crikey, I've never seen beaches that busy. But I'd never cope with the heat during summer holidays, so would tend to go abroad in May to avoid it - would hope it'd be quieter thenReplyDelete
It was also the big mainland holiday in Greece alsoDelete