About Vanessa From Real Greek Experiences

Hi! I am Vanessa from Athens and I love helping people with information about Athens and Greece. Here’s a little background info about me!

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I was born in Athens in 1974. This is a few years before Greece joined the European Union, and long before the blue and red metro lines started running in Athens. If any of you had visited Athens then, you will definitely remember how different the city was!

As a kid, I loved reading and learning new things, and was very interested in Math, Art and English – not necessarily in that order. I also loved listening to old people’s stories about Athens and Greece in the past – and still do 🙂

Some of my first family holiday memories include observing tourists who came on vacation to Greece. I remember looking at the tall, suntanned backpackers on every single ferry my family and I were travelling on, and wanting to be “like them” one day.

Vanessa from Real Greek Experiences

At the ripe old age of 27, I moved to London to study, which was really a pretext to explore a new, amazing city. At that time, I got hooked to travelling abroad and using hospitality exchange networks. I consider myself extremely fortunate, as I’ve been to many European countries, the USA, Latin America, the Middle East and South East Asia. 

I also got involved in various social networks, and organizing events and parties. Showing foreigners around Athens became a hobby – and still is.

How I started blogging about Greece

After over a decade of answering visitors’ questions on various online communities and FB groups, I started this blog to help people travelling to Greece. 

In 2018, a little before the Covid pandemic hit the planet, I gave up my office job to focus on my blog. Great timing, eh! But, as of late 2023, travel seems to have resumed, and these times are hopefully behind us now.   

Real Greek Experiences - Santorini caldera

Along with my partner Dave, we have explored over 50 Greek islands – and also travelled to other parts of Europe and the world. Our aim is to write blog articles and books which will help you plan your trip to Greece independently, and to help you with any questions you might have. 

We also provide important local news and information about moving to Greece. As a couple, we both have first-hand experience of what it means to move to another country, especially if you don’t speak the language. We aim to bridge the gap!

Real Greek Experiences Vanessa and Dave

I guess that’s me in a nutshell! Apart from travelling, writing and meeting people, I enjoy walking, hiking, yoga, fitness and snorkelling. I also love cooking and experimenting with random food ingredients, vegetables and spices.

A few Greece travel guides to get you started

Here are a few of my most popular articles to get you started:

If I had to choose, I’d say that my favourite articles are the ones about Greek culture, traditions and food. In other words, articles which define “Greekness” – whatever that means!

Incidentally, my field of study was Statistics and Social Research, and I have an ongoing interest in contemporary social issues. This explains why many of these articles are full of numbers, facts and trivia – for example check out this one, with the number of Greek islands 🙂

Booking ferries and tours in Greece

Finally, here are a couple of websites that you will find helpful, especially if it’s your first time visiting Greece:

Ferryscanner – a search engine where you can easily compare ferry schedules and prices, and book your ferry tickets online.

GetYourGuide – a website with a great selection of tours and activities in Athens, the Greek islands and the rest of Greece. Choose from sailing trips and cruises, guided tours of the ancient sites, food tours, cooking classes, and so much more!

Booking – I’m sure you’ve heard of Booking.com before. In my experience, it offers a lot more choice in Greece than other websites such as AirBnB, plus you can often find the same properties at lower prices. So, before you book an AirBnB, have a look at Booking as well.

If you have any questions about Greece, feel free to contact me at [email protected]. You can also get in touch through my FB page, or follow me on Instagram and Pinterest.

Enjoy your stay in Greece!

10 thoughts on “About Vanessa From Real Greek Experiences”

  1. Thank you for visit our place, Taverna Perasma!
    Thank you for share you opinion with our future visitors!!
    If you interesting to join our Experience, Kos Cooking Classes
    or Kos Olive Oil Tasting please message me!

    Best Regards!

    Stelios

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    • Stelios! I am so sorry but we are leaving Kos tomorrow! But yes we loved the food at Perasma, I am sure your cooking classes will be exceptional as well!! Καλό καλοκαίρι και καλή σεζόν!

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  2. Hi Venessa,
    You were referred to me by another travel agent in Australia.
    I have a single lady finishing her tour/cruise in Athens on 23rd August next year and she would like to stay in Athens for two days and do a few private tours. She is visually impaired so she needs a guide with her at all times. She is fit to walk but needs a bit of assistance and someone to give her commentary.
    Is this something that you would be able to do?
    I really appreciate any help you can provide.
    Warm Regards
    Zora

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    • Hi Zora, I’d love to meet her for a coffee and a chat if I’m around, but couldn’t do a tour. I have sent you a detailed email, please check!

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  3. Hey Vanessa, i am going to be traveling for Greece for studies in the first week of Mars and i got an apartment in Monastiraki, are you experienced with this Area, do you know if it’s safe?

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  4. Hi Vanessa,

    I just want to thank you for your amazing blog and all of the work that you do! Your site has been a tremendous help in planning our (me, my husband and my parents) trip to Greece. There are so many people that visit the country for a week, make a blog post and think they are experts and a lot of it is very inaccurate. You are the true expert!! I have learned so much about your country (including some Greek swear words haha) and you helped us put together the perfect itinerary. We are so excited for our trip! Thank you, again!

    Yiamas!
    Bailey

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    • Thank you so much!!! Soooo glad I could help!!! Enjoy your time and don’t hesitate to message me for any questions!

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  5. Hi Vanessa,
    I am so glad to have found your blog! Advice and tips from a local is a nice find. I am traveling to Greece in November (1st time there!) for a yoga retreat at Zen Rocks. I was planning to be in Athens November 16 -18th but I am concerned about being a solo women traveler in Athens on Nov 17th, anniversary of the Polytechnic Uprising. Is possible to avoid the riots and still enjoy Athens on the 17th? Or would you recommend avoiding the city?
    I look forward to your advice! Kate

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    • You can definitely avoid the riots, try to stay closer to Koukaki or Psiri – the riots are between Syntagma, Panepistimio and Omonia. Zen Rocks is fab, enjoy!

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