Limestone cliffs, turquoise waters and golden sands at Egremini beach, Lefkas.

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Girl Gone Greek


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Have you experienced the gorgeous wonder that is Greece? With captivating coastlines, picture-perfect landscapes and a variety of historical treasures just waiting to be discovered, this Mediterranean gem will tick all the holiday boxes!

As you visit its breathtaking mainland or explore the spectacular islands scattered across the Aegean and Ionian Seas, you’ll delight in never-ending sunshine and delicious Greek cuisine – the perfect combination for an unforgettable getaway.

Travel writer, Rebecca Hall captures the essence of Greece in her latest novel Girl Gone Greek. A great holiday read for when you’re relaxing by the pool, it tells the story of a girl who finds herself at a crossroads and heads to the mainland to escape everyday life.

Girl Gone Greek book cover by Rebecca Hall

We asked Rebecca about the inspiration behind the book and her own experiences of Greece…

What inspired you to write Girl Gone Greek?

I set about writing my novel: a fictional version of my first year living and teaching in a rural Greek village. I wanted to point out the humorous and positive aspects of this country”

What was it about Greece that first appealed to you?

“Initially the sun – I only intended to stay here a year and gain experience teaching.  But then I fell in love with the people and how kind they are”.  

Have you visited many of the Greek Islands? Which is your favourite?

“For Rough Guides I researched many of the Dodecanese islands… Kos and Rhodes are probably the ones that most people will have heard of – but I love many smaller islands. There are over 1000 islands in Greece, so it’s hard to pick a favourite, especially when all are so unique. But for the smaller ones, I love Symi and Halki in the Dodecanese and Lefkas in the Ionian Island (which is actually linked to the mainland by a pontoon bridge…making it easy to explore the Peloponnese region of the mainland too)”.

What’s your top tip for travelling Greece and getting a feel for the culture?

Try to travel on local transport – they’re mainly inexpensive and clean. Eat in local tavernas and go to the local coffee shop, don’t worry that you can’t speak Greek, just sit there and listen to the noise around you.  It’s wonderful to sit in a village square either on the mainland or an island and just soak up the atmosphere, watch the families and community spirit.

Waterfront cafe in Assos village set to a backdrop of candy-coloured houses and boats bobbing on the water.

Girl Gone Greek is a real page-turner, where you’ll find yourself becoming immersed in the Greek culture and falling in love with the country Rebecca calls home…

Rachel is finding it increasingly difficult to ignore her sister’s derision, society’s silent wagging finger and her father’s advancing years. She’s travelled the world, but now finds herself at a crossroads at an age where most people would stop globetrotting and settle. She’s never been one to conform to the nine to five lifestyle, so why should she start now? Was it wrong to love the freedom and independence a single life provided, to put off the search for Mr Right and the children?

With sunshine in mind, Rachel takes a TEFL course and heads to Greece to teach English in a remote village. She wasn’t looking for love, but she found it in the lifestyle and history of the country, its culture and the enduring volatility of its people.

When Rachel moved to Greece to escape a life of social conformity, she found a country of unconventional characters and economic turmoil. The last thing she expected was to fall in love with the chaos that reigned about her…

Now an award-winning script, Girl Gone Greek picked up the prize for Best Feature Fiction Script at the 2018 London Greek Film Festival!

Discover this fantastic destination and immerse yourself in the culture by staying in one of our Greek villas!

You can find Rebecca’s blog at www.lifebeyondbordersblog.com

Alice Allwright

Alice Allwright is a Marketing Communications Executive at James Villa Holidays.

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