Why not Combine a Creative Writing Course and a Holiday?

View from Paleo Faliro, Athens.

View from Paleo Faliro, Athens.

Do you write for pleasure or perhaps you want to write online and make some pocket money? Do you know the differences between writing for traditional magazines (paper ones) and writing for the Internet? If you would like to learn and fancy having a holiday as well then you may like to consider having a combination holiday in Greece.

Greece is currently staggering under stringent austerity measures and its economy will certainly be helped if there are more tourists to the country this year. The last two years saw a slump in the numbers of tourists going to Greece because, presumably of fears of being caught up in strikes or violent demonstrations. I have recently come back to the UK after spending six months in Athens, Greece, and yes, there were demonstrations, but this did not mean that you could not get across the city, although there were detours which added about 15 minutes to the journey by taxi. It also meanyou paid 3 Euros extra in cab fare. However, it is easy to avoid demos as they are advertised in advance, as are strikes. This means that you can plan your trips around these. Also if you are on one of the Greek islands, there is less likely to be any disruptions to your holiday.

The Greeks are generally welcoming to tourists, and are particularly pleased if those foreign tourists speak a little Greek – or try to! Almost every waiter in a taverna (small restaurant) will teach you a few words with pleasure, and although they might laugh at your accent and wrong pronunciation, the laughter is good-natured.

Greece is a beautiful country and the islands are spectacular, although some are more commercialized than others and Mykonos in particular is over-hyped, over-rated now and over-priced. It used to be different but it has been spoiled by tourism, not least by the influx of middle-class Athenians taking it over in August.

There are other less visited Cycladic islands such as Amorgos, Naxos and Milos. The islands all have different characters and you would do well to read up on them before booking a holiday.

If you would like to combine a writing course with a holiday to Greece, then continue reading on this site.


About lynnee8

I have travelled extensively both for business (I am a teacher and teacher-trainer of English as a Foreign Language) and pleasure. I have just come back from Pakistan where I lived for 4 years. I love Greece and have lived there for more than 10 years although not all at one time.
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One Response to Why not Combine a Creative Writing Course and a Holiday?

  1. Pingback: Amorgos, in the Cycladic Group of Islands, Greece | Writing and Travel

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