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Helene & Zaf

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Photograph of a Paros beach from The Personal Collection of Helene and Zaf


I was really hesitant to write about the islands of Paros, Naxos, and Antiparos in Greece because I wanted to keep them all to myself! But, I am afraid that the word is already out about the absolute beauty of them so here is my contribution on our visit there.

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A National Road in Lamia


Good Road…this is the one phrase we have heard over and over again here in Greece. It is a wish for your journey ahead. And since we are on our Retirement Journey – it fits right in with how we are kicking off our retirement with a six month stay in Greece.

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Photograph of Siena From The Personal Collection of Helene and Zaf

my SECOND DREAM comes true in tuscany

As you all probably know from reading my blog, our first dream was to spend a length of time in Greece. Well, our second dream was to visit Tuscany. I’ve been in love with all things Italian – see my blog: www.retirementexplored.com/stories/all-things-italian since I was a little girl; I’ve been to Italy three times before but never explored the famous vineyards of Tuscany. So off we went for a twelve day tour.

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Photograph of Mystras Castle From the Personal Collection of Helene and Zaf


Mystras is tucked away in the mountainside just outside of Spart (Spartee in Greek). This is our second visit here as we thoroughly enjoyed the coolness of the mountains in a quaint little town.

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Photograph of Kasto steps leading to and from our hotel From the Personal Collection of Helene and Zaf


This former capital of Greece (1821-1834) has retained its charm and beauty over the centuries. 

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Pool of Water in Nafpaktos


This is our third visit to Nafpaktos because we absolutely love it! Small enough to be able to travel around effortlessly and big enough to provide a bustling environment filled with shops, restaurants and sites to see. And of course, where our dear friends Alecko and Tasoula live.

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Photo of Corfu Beach in Greece


A ferry ride away from Ighoumenitsa, just west of Ioannina where we stayed last is

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Spending five days in the prefecture called Epirus was a balance between total relaxation and

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Kastoria Lake


A beautiful city on the lake in northwestern Greece in the region of Western Macedonia…about

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