Hi, I am Celeste! A Dutch/ Italian multi-lingual, born and raised in the Netherlands. I hold a Master of Arts from the University of Amsterdam and Spanish Language and Literature as well as a degree in Tourism. My passion for Greek archaeology and history brought me to Crete to work as a tour guide.
Much later, I did a Postdoc at the Dutch Institute in Athens. I fell in love with Greece and ended up staying in Athens. It has been my home for almost 20 years. I am still overwhelmed by Greece’s great history and natural beauty.
I love raising my children here, in a somehow laid back and family-friendly environment. Gentle and positive parenting is my parenting style, unstructured free play (preferably outdoors) is very important to me.
I always loved to travel. I spent my childhood summers in Italy and explored Europe with my parents. During my years as a tour guide in Crete, I got to experience every part of the island.
Later on, I moved to Athens and I married a Greek man with wanderlust. He was able to show me the rest of Greece, and the world. By motorcycle, boat, plane and bike, we visited lots of beautiful places, many of them off the beaten path. We met dolphins and seals, dived to shipwrecks and discovered authentic hotels and spent endless summers hoping 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 winter activities. Greece is actually the ideal place for a 12-month holiday; 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 ride when they were just born. Many flights followed. I wanted to give my kids as many experiences as possible. I became very passionate about finding quality family-friendly activities in Athens and accommodation for our trips around Greece. I also started to travel alone with my kids and it has been the 3 of us for the past couple of years. I am sure you will find my tips for travelling alone with kids helpful!
Very often people were asking me for tips on how to travel with my babies and if I knew any nice hotels in Greece. I often had questions from friends and relatives living abroad about islands to visit or family destinations in Greece. I felt strongly about sharing what I knew and what I had learned. This passion was my drive to create a blog.
In 2013, I partnered up with family travel platform Family Goes Out and shared my stories about family travel in Greece. These articles have been published in the Hilton Magazine and on Stay.com and were awarded by Orange Grove and the Dutch Embassy.
In 2016, I set up Family Experiences Blog to cover real experiences, reviews and mostly, to inspire parents to spend quality time with their kids. Sooner than later you will realise 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) travel platforms such as Kids Love Greece and I am a regular guest on national Dutch radio reporting about life and culture in Greece.
Since 2015, I am a member of the 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? You came to the right place! My blog can offer you the following:Inspiration for your family vacation in Greece
I would love to hear from you!