Escape winter for a few minutes with this mesmerizing Corfu travel video by filmmaker/photographer Khurum Khan
Winter video break: As cold temperatures, snowstorms and turbulent weather systems continue to wreak havoc across much of Europe and North America this weekend, I’m sure many of my readers are anxiously counting the days until they can get to Greece for their summer vacation.
If you’re feeling blue from bad weather and the seemingly never-ending winter in your part of the world, here’s an effective antidote that will give you a lift — a travel video with dreamy late summer scenes from Corfu island.
Khurum Khan recently brought the film to my attention through my blog’s Facebook page, where I’ve already shared his Greece — Corfu Travel Video. I watched it a couple more times again today to take my mind off our windy, cold conditions, and thought I should share it here on the blog for those who don’t follow me on Facebook so they, too, can enjoy a brief video respite from winter.
Khurum visited Corfu last September, his first-ever trip to Greece, and said he “had an amazing time.” His cinematic travel video certainly leaves no doubt about that.
With a running length of nearly three and a half minutes, the film abounds in beautiful beach, sea, coast and mountain scenery, and lots of alluring images from in and on the inviting Ionian Sea. I find the film totally mesmerizing — it makes me feel like I’m right there on Corfu, contemplating the wonderful scenery and swimming in the brilliant turquoise waters.
Give it a watch and enjoy a temporary escape from winter.
Pierre Marteau compiled this overview video of places and attractions he visited during a trip to Santorini in 2017
Eye level views: I discovered a brand-new Santorini travel video on Vimeo today, and wanted to share it immediately so any of my readers planning a first-time visit to the island can see how it really looks in person.
Santorini 2017 is a 9-minute film that Pierre Marteau published on January 14. What I particularly like about the clip is that it wasn’t filmed with a drone, as so many Santorini videos tend to be nowadays. Although drones capture amazing aerial views of the island’s spectacular landscape scenery, no visitor is ever going to see it from the same perspective. On the other hand, Pierre’s eye-level video shows exactly how sights and attractions will appear as you look around while exploring the island.
Places shown in the video include:
♦ Santorini’s main town, Fira
♦ the traditional village of Pyrgos
♦ the black sand beach at Kamari
♦ the romantic and extremely picturesque clifftop village of Oia, which is perhaps the most famous place for sunset viewing in all the Greek islands.
The video also shows what you’ll see riding the cable car to the cruise ship and excursion boat docks in the Old Port below Fira, and while taking one of the popular boat tours to the hot springs and the nearby volcano island of Nea Kameni. Of course, the video also captures views of some of the beautiful bougainvillea and flowers, colourful houses, iconic blue-domed chapels, and marvellous sunsets that together make Santorini one of the most-photographed places in Greece.
Note that Santorini 2017 is a compilation video that Pierre put together from several other clips he shot on Santorini. You can view all of those films — which show other top Santorini attractions, such as Akrotiri and Ancient Thera, on Pierre’s VIMEO page.
Cavo Paradiso launches its 25th season on Saturday May 12 with DJs Argie, AnXid & Heavy G
~ Updated on Friday March 23 ~
Summer kickoff: Winter cabin fever must be setting in — I have begun receiving inquiries from people wondering when bars and clubs will be opening on Mykonos for the 2018 travel season.
I couldn’t give any precise dates for specific venues until January 10, when 180º Sunset Bar announced that it will launch its season on Sunday, April 1. It’s the first Mykonos venue to announce its plans so far, but more of the island’s popular drinking and partying places should be releasing their summer opening dates in the next few weeks. Last year, most venues opened their doors in either late April or early May, and this year shouldn’t be any different, though some spots might open in time to celebrate Greek Easter weekend (April 6 to 9).
Guapaloca Bar and Paradise Beach Resort are also opening in April, which means that partying resumes at Paradise Beach in less than three months.
180º Sunset Bar re-opens the doors to its amazing sunset-view cocktail terraces on Sunday April 1
Daily parties resume at world-famous Paradise beach in April when Guapaloca bar starts its season
Guapaloca hosts over 200 parties each summer, and will have a similar event schedule for 2018, including appearances by DJ Mossel and MC Bruno
April 22 is opening day for Tropicana club at Paradise beach
I will update this post with additional information when other bars and clubs announce their official start dates.
For information about parties and special events that have been announced — so far — for May and June, click here.
People also have been asking if I know of summer job opportunities on Mykonos.
The hugely popular Scorpios club at Paraga beach issued a hiring notice in December (see below), while in early January the posh Principote Panormos Mykonos restaurant and bar complex at Panormos beach invited applications for positions there. If you’re interested, Panormos requests you send your photo and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org
DK Oyster restaurant and bar at Platis Gialos also announced on social media that it is now hiring, and on January 22 the SantAnna Mykonos beach venue invited applications for summer associates (see below).
In February, Kalua bar at Paraga beach will be holding employee recruitment events in Athens and Thessaloniki in February (see below).
On March 1, world-famous Skandinavian Bar announced that it is recruiting staff. Applications can be sent to: email@example.com. In March, VOID nightclub will be holding two recruitment sessions. The first takes place March 3 at the Makedonia Palace Hotel in Thessaloniki, from noon until 7 p.m. The second is March 10 in Athens at the Grande Bretagne Hotel, also from noon to 7 p.m.
On March 15, Alemagou beach club announced on its social media pages that it is now hiring for positions that include: “hostess, administrative assistance, waiters, waitresses & drivers.” It is accepting resumes at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Interni restaurant has announced that it is seeking staff, also, and has invited interested applicants to send a resume and recent photo to email@example.com. Also hiring is Nice ‘n easy restaurant at Little Venice, which requests that cv’s be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. And on March 23, Vinos Wine Bar & Restaurant posted that it is seeking staff, including a chef and servers with wine knowledge and experience. Resumes can be sent to: email@example.com
If you’d like to work on Mykonos this year, your best bet is to email any bars and clubs that interest you to ask about job opportunities. Get those emails out ASAP — positions will get filled fast.
Alemagou announced March 15 that it is hiring for variety of available positions
Skandinavian Bar shared this recruitment ad on social media on March 1
VOID nightclub has announced these dates for staff recruitment events
Scorpios posted this hiring announcement on social media at Christmastime
The hottest new beach club on Mykonos last year, SantAnna at Paraga beach is recruiting staff for summer 2018
Striking scenery abounds at Perivolakia beach near Loutro village in southwestern Crete
Photo highlights: When an opportunity to return to Greece arose somewhat unexpectedly last month, we couldn’t resist the allure of an autumn holiday — even though we would be travelling in off-season. So we booked our flights to and from Athens and hurriedly began researching possible destinations to visit.
After considering a shortlist that included Lesvos, the Peloponnese and the Saronic Gulf islands, and heeding the advice of friends and online contacts who are knowledgeable and experienced with travelling in Greece in the late fall, we chose Crete for a 15-day island getaway. We followed that with a short stay in Athens prior to catching our flight home.
Technical issues including a broken laptop monitor prevented me from blogging during the holiday, but I did post dozens of photos and a few short videoclips on Instagram, and I have been adding more each day since returning from Greece.
Two top travel magazines profiled Milos island this summer. The article Milos’ Moment appeared in the May edition of the American Conde Nast Traveler, while Orange Crush was published in the UK’s Conde Nast Traveller in June.
Media darling: If you’re considering a visit to Milos in 2018, you might be wise to start making your holiday plans and hotel reservations ASAP — especially if you have your heart set on staying in any of the island’s upscale accommodations (which are in rather limited supply), or if you wish to spend time in the Skinopi village area, in particular.
The reason? Milos has been profiled numerous times this year by leading international publications and travel websites, some of which have hailed it as an “undiscovered” and “secret” Greek island “paradise.” With all the positive publicity — boosted by scores of shared posts on social media — I suspect there could be a surge in tourist traffic to Milos next year, and likely for summers to follow.
As for Skinopi, its favourable mention in three highly influential publications could turn the little-known settlement into a trendy new Greek Island getaway destination for upmarket travellers seeking seclusion, style and scenery.
I can’t explain why so many media have developed such keen sudden interest in Milos, or why some of the magazines think they have just stumbled upon a fabulous place few people know about. I first read about Milos in Greek Islands travel guidebooks back in 2004, and my partner and I went there in 2007, the same year another major travel magazine, Islands, published Milos Rocks, a cover story heralding the so-called “undiscovered” isle in the western Cyclades. Has Milos remained a hidden hideaway for the 10 years since Islands “discovered” it? Hardly.
We went back for a second visit in 2011, while numerous friends and acquaintances have also made one or more trips there during the last seven years. I have seen Milos included in Greek Island travel guides published since at least 2009 by major British publications, including The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and even Conde Nast Traveller, which that year highlighted Milos in a two-page “Best Beaches” write-up. Meanwhile, I have noticed steadily increasing interest in Milos on TripAdvisor and other travel forum sites in the last few years and, for my own part, I have published half a dozen posts about Milos here on the blog since 2012.
Although I won’t further debate whether Milos is indeed “secret” or “untouched,” I do believe it’s a remarkable Greek Island in many respects, and well-deserving of greater attention from travellers. I could explain why by repeating some of my previous blog posts, but instead will let some extremely well-travelled writers describe why you should visit Milos yourself. Please click on the link below to continue reading on page 2.
Sailboats at Kleftiko, one of the most popular coastal stops for round-the-island tours of Milos