Hi from Rick: Getting Away in Greece
Greece is famous for its picture-perfect, whitewashed islands and ancient wonders of bustling Athens. But when I look back on my Greek travels, some of my favorite memories take place far from the tourist crowds.
The Peloponnesian Peninsula, attached to the rest of mainland Greece by only a thin isthmus, feels isolated and rugged. In a country so famous for ancient sites, the Peloponnese has some of its most engaging (Olympia, Mycenae, Epidavros) — plus my vote for the most charming Greek town of them all, Nafplio.
And when I really want to get away to a place that makes even the Peloponnese feel touristy, I head to where the Greeks and in-the-know visitors go — the Mani Peninsula. Sealed off by a ridge of mountains, its landscape is empty like few other places in Europe, with a sparse, almost Wild West feel… Read more