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FAMILY TRAVEL: Greece with Teens

By Jackie Burrell
Sunday, August 17th, 2008 at 6:24 am in Family Travel.

The Race family in Greece
Planning that next family vacation? The Race family, one of the finalists in the Times Travel section’s “One Perfect Day” contest, gives us the scoop on Greek Island travel – windmills, pelicans, traveling pants and all!

THE TRAVELERS: Concord residents Barnie Race and Ann Allen, owners of Bay Area Jump, and their daughters Alexandra, 19, and Karina, 17.

THE TREK: “This two week Greek Island trek was our daughter Karina’s graduation trip. She chose this location after watching ‘Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.'”

BEST BEDS: “Our family, hands down, chose the Alkyoni Beach Hotel on the island of Naxos as our favorite for the combination of location — only small grassy sand dunes separating us from the beach, short walk to town — amenities, fabulous food, bar and very friendly staff.”

The Race family in Greece GREAT FOOD:Taverna Akrogiali, in the small town of Ag. Georgio on Antiparos — right on the water, away from the crowds. String of octopus drying out front. Fresh, grilled sardines, straight from the sea. Greek salad with delicious homemade goat cheese. Amazing light, thin French fried zucchini sticks.”

“Check out the cave of Antiparos, first discovered around 600 B.C. In modern times, the French ambassador to Constantinople held a Christmas Mass there for 500, complete with fireworks in 1673. (Not sure fireworks are a good idea in a cave.)

“On the island of Santorini, we explored Ancient Thira, the remains of an old town about 3,000 years old. It was high up on a mountain and so windy, we had to hold on to whatever we could find not to blow away. The sensation was the same as jumping out of an airplane. The views were incredible. We were so high that airplanes were flying beneath us.”

TRAVEL TIP: “I know it’s popular to go island-hopping in Greece,” says Ann, “but with four people, the uncertainty and sleeping on ferry decks was not an option. We went through a Greek travel agent that booked our hotels and ferries and transfers, and we still had the freedom to plan our own itinerary on each island. My best tip is, turn down that side road when you see a ‘point of interest’ sign. We had our best adventures that way.”
Has your family been somewhere wonderful? Share your photos, favorite hotels and outings, and travel tips by e-mailing us. Or click “comments” and share your travel tips right here.
Looking for more family travel tips? Check out the family travel archives and these blog posts too:
Luges and Presidents on Mt. Rushmore
China with Children
Kauai with a Toddler
An African safari with the Family
Rome with the Bambino
Colonial Williamsburg with the Kids
Cancun Family Adventures
London with Teens
New York City and DC with a Theater-Going Family
New York City with a Baseball-Loving Family
California Beach Towns
Paris avec le bebe
Vancouver with the Kids
Sweden & Norway with Teens
The Cote d’Azur with Teens
Off the Beaten Path in Paris
A Midwestern Road Trip with Rollercoasters
Myanmar with Philanthropically-Minded Teens
Yosemite with the Kids, and
The Big Island & Volcanoes.

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  1. Rob Williams Says:

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