Hopping the glorious Greek Islands



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Hey there, JFC-ers!

The spring weather seems to be taking its sweet time to really kick in, which only encourages us to dream about spontaneous weekend city breaks and lazy weeks in the sun…

Anyone with a trip to Paris planned over Easter might be feeling a little hesitant, though. Tensions have risen in response to President Macron pushing through a rise in the national pension age, and we’re hearing near daily news of riots and protesting across the French capital and beyond. We’ve seen images of bins set alight, and demonstrators clashing with police, so the big question is—is it safe to go?

Currently, no travel warnings have been issued against travelling to France. While violence has erupted at some protests across the country, the main advice (unsurprisingly) is simply to avoid them. However, your trip is almost guaranteed to experience at least some form of disruption, from a delayed flight to cancelled trains.

There may well be beautiful piles of rubbish on the street, too. Having been on strike since 6 March, sanitation workers went back to work on Wednesday. In a city the size of Paris, we reckon it’ll be a while before the streets are back to normal, but other places may clean up faster.

Major attractions like the Louvre and Eiffel Tower have also closed as part of the demonstrations. And even in quieter areas away from disruption, restaurants have been operating by candlelight to protest soaring energy costs. So all in all, it’s fair to wonder whether it’s worth making the trip.

Well, readers, we’re always in favour of adventure here at JFC—but not if it means compromising on safety. Travel insurance is your friend. Check your policy and see how flexible it is regarding civil unrest. If you can’t postpone, consider changing where you stay once you land in France. Choose a hotel further from known protest sites, or hire a car at the airport and drive a few hours into the scenic Loire Valley.

Whatever you decide, stay safe and happy travels,



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Island Hopping, Your Way

Η επιθυμία σου, διαταγή, dear reader! It’s all Greek to us, but we believe that translates loosely as "Your wish is my command".

We’re big fans of the Greek Islands here at JFC, but we’re rarely fans of the cost of direct flights there, especially to the smaller and lesser-known islands. You’ve already got a few days in Athens in mind, so we’d recommend starting and ending your trip there, and joining the Aegean dots in between.

The main thing you need to know is that ferryhopper.com is your ultimate trip mapper for this kind of holiday. Zoom in on the map over Greece and play around with the different route options departing from ports near Athens. Piraeus is closest, and links you to the west and south, while Rafina is around 1hr 40 mins away by public transport and opens up more islands to the east as well.

Staying close by in the Saronic Gulf

Around an hour’s ride from Piraeus, Aegina is a popular weekend getaway for Athens locals and, come summer, day-tripping tourists. All ferries arrive in colourful Aegina Town, where you’ll be greeted by tavernas, shops and cafés lining the waterfront. And probably some pistachios, too.

Getting around the island to the ancient Temple of Aphaia or the medieval town of Paleachora and its 365 churches is easy by bus or taxi. Top tip: Arriving in the beautiful fishing town of Perdika is best appreciated from a water taxi.

Get a taste of the Cyclades

15 miles of culinary delights—that’s what you’ll get on Sifnos. Chickpeas are king in local cuisine, whether you’re going for stews or finger food, and the island has a reputation for producing the region’s best cheeses. And then there’s the melopita and halvadopita for afters…

Between meals, you can spend your time slipping into the sea at remote beaches and hidden coves, or wandering the winding alleyways of the fortified medieval village of Kastro. And of course, you’ll have to stop in at one of the local fish taverns for the catch of the day and a glass of ouzo…

The trip there is only 2.5-hours long on the Superjet ferry from Piraeus. But you can always embrace the slow travel vibes and take the 5.5-hour route, which stops off at both Kythnos and Serifos en route. We’re island hopping, baby!

Long haul into the depths

The easternmost Cycladic island of Amorgos sells its real charm in one simple sign that reads, "Welcome to Amorgos. Nobody will find you here." We’re not sure how many fugitives use the island as a hide-out, but at least you won’t be fighting off hordes of tourists to take in the dramatic views over Ancient Arkesini.

You’ll have to invest around 6–7 hours on a ferry to get there, but it all pays off when you’re greeted by quaint whitewashed towns, familiar Cycladic windmills, unfathomable cliff-face monasteries, and unspoilt beaches. Plus, you’ll technically be meeting a movie star, since Amorgos played the starring role in 1988 Film The Big Blue.

Those are just three of our favourites, but really, the options are nearly endless (there are 227 inhabited Greek Islands, after all). We highly recommend taking a look at CN Traveller’s 26 top picks to fill in the gaps on your Aegean voyage and find exactly what you’re looking for.

And then we demand that you send us snaps and tips from your trip when you get back! Happy sailing ⛵


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Around The States In 50 Editions: Oregon

Each week in 2023, we’ll be going on a whirlwind tour of a different randomly selected US state. This week, we’re heading to Oregon.

The largest city in Oregon, Portland has a reputation for being effortlessly cool. The Alberta Arts District is the place to soak it all up, with 15 tree-lined blocks of independent shops, street art and history.

Follow the markers running between 11th and 24th avenues that tell the story of the historic Black Portland neighbourhood, before getting in line for Portland’s most popular ice cream. If your trip happens to coincide with the last Thursday of the month (especially over summer), you’ll be greeted by street performers, open galleries, live music, crafts vendors, and more.

Down by the docks, you’ve got the converted red brick warehouses of the Pearl District. These days, it’s home to more craft breweries than you can shake a slightly tipsy stick at, several quirky souvenir shops, and the world’s largest independent bookshop. The area’s restaurant game is top-notch, but if it’s the USA’s oldest tofu shop you’re after, you’ll have to cross the river.

Away from the big city, Oregon is a real nature state. A drive down the coast will offer up picturesque bays, sand dunes complete with dune buggies and sandboarding, charming seaside towns, and even a rainforest trail.

The geological wonders keep coming inland near Mount Washington. The craggy peak of the Cascade Range is popular for hiking and scrambling (or getting the ice axes and crampons out in winter), and the nearby McKenzie Pass - Santiam Pass Scenic Byway showcases a drive through beautiful and Mordor-esque landscapes. For the ultimate panoramic views across 65 square miles of black lava rock, stop by the Dee Wright Observatory.



All the important (or silly, or strange) travel news from across the web this week.

Instead of visiting exhibitions about the world’s greatest innovations, wouldn’t it be nice to see some of our worst ideas? Good news, the roving Museum of Failure recently opened in New York. We just can’t imagine why Colgate Lasagne didn’t take off…

First came the stag parties, then came the social media crowds. This week, Amsterdamers have been complaining about viral TikToks causing never-ending queues outside local shops and bakeries.

Many businesses have had to employ security staff to manage the crowds, and one exasperated shop owner asked, "What’s next? Will everyone jump in the canal if it becomes trending on TikTok?"

Want to be as happy as a Finn? Now's your chance! Visit Finland is giving away 10 places on a 4-day Masterclass of Happiness taking place in the Finnish Lakeland region this summer. All you need to do is complete the challenge posted over on their Instagram.

If you'd rather take on "the world's easiest job", Aruba is offering you the chance to be their weather reporter for a week. Spoiler alert: it's almost always sunny.

White Lotus fans looking to get ahead of the curve: next stop, Thailand. Given the suave, beachy backdrops of the past two seasons, we're expecting a whole load of dreamy island escapism with the third instalment.

And finally, in what we presume can only be a meow-gnificant early April Fool’s joke, Dutch Customs have announced that from Saturday 1 April, cats will take over security duties at airports in The Netherlands.

That’s right, readers, there shall be no more smuggling cat treats through Amsterdam Airport. What a cat-astrophe!