Welcome to Family Experiences Blog! My name is Celeste, a parent of two girls. I am Dutch/Italian, born and raised in The Netherlands.
My parenting style would be described as gentle parenting or attachment parenting. My kids carry the Dutch, Greek, Italian, and US nationality and are trilingual.
I am an awarded Family Travel Blogger and specialized in Family Tourism in Greece. I have earned multiple degrees in Language and Literature, Culture, and Tourism.
Passionate about Greece and Travel, I have worked and lived 5 years in Crete as a tour guide before moving to Athens to study at the Dutch Archaeological Institute and work for the Athens Olympic Games.
After writing my thesis about Foreign Archaeological Schools in Greece in 1998, I followed a Postdoc at the Dutch Institute in Athens. I fell in love with Athens and Greece and it has been my home for many years.
I am still overwhelmed by Greece’s great history and natural beauty. Wherever I go, I always discover new amazing places. Although it has become very common for us to visit the beach or to spend winter weekends in the mountains, to be surrounded by antiquities and not to see a cloud in the sky all summer, I still enjoy every moment to the fullest.
I always loved to travel. I spent my childhood summers in Italy, the homeland of my father. My parents introduced me to the rich European culture and history by traveling accros the continent. During my years in Crete, I got to experience every part of the island.
Later on, in Athens, my wanderlust husband and I explored the rest of Greece. By motorcycle, boat, plane and bike, we visited lots of beautiful places, many of them off the beaten path.
We discovered castles, encountered dolphins and seals, dived to shipwrecks, stayed at authentic boutique hotels, or spent the summer hopping on-and-off the Greek islands.
I also got to know the winters in Greece; rafting, hiking, biking… it is all possible.
Greece is a great place for outdoor activities. It is also an all-year-round destination. You can’t say you’ve visited Greece unless you visit it every season. Every season has its uniqueness and special beauty.
When my kids were born, we continued our outings in Greece. My babies took their first plane rides when they were only a few months old. Many flights followed and we started taking every opportunity to hit the road (or sea) and explore different parts of the country.
Some times we stayed in wonderful hotels, but we also spent a few too many nights in absolutely dreadful ones. It became my passion to find the perfect place to stay, which developed into something more when I started writing about them.
In 2013, I started writing stories for family travel platform Family Goes Out. These articles have been published in several international (travel) magazines and the blog won an Orange Grove Squeeze competition in 2015 (by the Dutch Embassy in Athens). Family Experiences Blog was created in 2016 as an outlet for my writing about Travel and Culture in Greece.
Family Experiences Blog features Greek destination Travel Guides, tips and advice for travelling in Greece with kids, and reviews of tried and tested family hotels. I have personally visited each destination or hotel on this website and I have stayed overnight in almost all of them.
The places and activities on this website often represent a very personal choice. I have explored (and continue to do so) many destinations and hotels all over Greece, but I pick only those that stand out in terms of family services, atmosphere, hospitality, free play settings, or aesthetics. Places that we really like, places that offer comfort, or original things to do. It is not necessarily perfection I am after, but rather places to stay that in their own, unique way get it just right!
My aim is to cover real experiences and to inspire parents to spend quality time with their kids. Sooner than later you will realize that spending time together with your family is what makes and shapes your memories in later life. And family memories are precious!
I work with international culture and travel platforms such as Kids Love Greece, Clio Muse, and Greeking.Me. I am also a regular guest on national Dutch radio reporting about life and culture in Greece. Finally, I am a member of Travel Bloggers Greece (TBG), the first professional network of Greece-based travel bloggers that covers Greece as a travel destination.
Are you planning a family vacation to Greece? Are you in Athens with kids? You came to the right place! This blog can offer you the following:
I would love to hear from you!