Friday, April 27, 2012

Book "Greece Day by Day" - a travel guide by Frommer's - by Stephen Brewer & Tania Kollias

About the Book: Our authors—a resident of Athens and a veteran author of Greece guidebooks—share their tips on dining, shopping, and nightlife in Athens, Thessaloniki, Ioannina, and the islands; avoiding crowds and long lines at the Parthenon, the theatre at Epidaurus, and other top ancient sites; navigating the Greek ferry system; and finding just the right beach—from Rhodes resorts with amenities and watersports to isolated coves of pristine sand. Follow in the footsteps of the gods on Mount Olympus; rock stars and shipping magnates on Mykonos; Alexander the Great in Macedonia; the Minoans on Crete; Golden Age Greeks amid the ancient ruins of the Peloponnese; St. John on Patmos; monks on Meteora; the Byzantines in Thessaloniki; the Venetians on beautiful Corfu; and the Ottomans throughout Greece. Active travel adventures include hiking the Samaria Gorge; climbing Mount Olympus; sailing to Santorini or through the National Marine Park in the Northern Sporades; swimming on a range of beaches, and more. Frommer's Greece Day by Day also includes a color fold-out map in a handy pouch.

About the Authors: Stephen Brewer is an editor and writer who has worked in magazines, books, and corporate communications for more than two decades. He has been a senior editor at Geo and Connoiseur magazines, and a contributing editor to Fitness, Home PC, Longevity, and New Choices. He has written for many other national magazines, including American Health, Better Homes and Gardens, Esquire, Family PC, and Good Housekeeping. In addition, he frequently writes about European destinations for Fodor's, Frommer's, and Berlitz travel series. He has written guides to Turkey, Sicily, and Tuscany for Berlitz Pocket Guides and has updated more than 50 other existing titles in the line.
Tania Kollias is a journalist from Vancouver living in Athens, a good and warm base for trips and stories. Her goal in life was to travel, and, after getting a degree, she did, visiting some 32 countries. She has lived in Asia, Australia, and Europe, taking in a range of experiences - from crossing the Arctic Circle in Norway and trekking in Nepal to canoeing the Zambezi River and comparing beaches in India, Thailand, and Zanzibar. She has worked as a writer and editor for 2 decades, drafting reports in Tokyo for an engineering firm, producing books, wearing many hats at a newspaper, running a magazine in Athens, and contributing news and travel articles to major newspapers. this is her fifth work for Frommer's.

My Review: This is a travel guide that should be able to fulfill all your needs for information on what to do, how to do, where to go, where to eat, where to sleep, etc... when you are visiting Greece. The authors did a magnificent job putting together this excellent travel guide.

The book is structured in sixteen chapters, going from an overview of what is the best of Greece, passing over the best Itineraries for different time length travels and covering different cities and regions, like Athens, Saronic Gulf Islands, Peloponnese, Crete, Cyclades, Rhodes and the Dodecanese, Northeastern Aegean Islands, Sporades, Northern Greece, Central and Western Greece, Corfu and Ionian Islands. Then there is a chapter covering Greece's History and Culture, Special Interest Trips and finally The Savvy Traveler.
 Each chapter has maps, as well as top tips, best places to eat, best places to drink and best places to shop, costs for attractions, hours of operations, etc.
I have never been to Greece, and this guide was an excellent way of awakening my desire to go there. It is full of magnificent photos and so rich in detail that I felt that I had already visited most of the places. Definitely I will include Greece in my plans for future travels.

This is an outstanding result for a combined effort from two different authors and it was published by Frommer's in March 2011. This is a must have book for those who are serious about planing their trips and also for those who want to remember details on previous travels, while wishing they can return to Greece some day in the future. was kind enough to provide this book for me through their Vine Program for reviewing and I was not request to provide a positive review. Opinions expressed here are my own.

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