Hello, I'm Julie! I was born and grew up in the Cotswolds, England and most of my younger years I spent in the countryside on a pony.  I competed in show jumping contests (breaking my nose a few times!) and later learned how to play badminton well enough to represent my county. I guess that if I had gone to university I would be a P.E teacher or a vet by now, but that wasn't to happen... When I was 21and after finishing a HND in Health and Nutrition I decided to turn my life around. I resigned from my then clerical job at Cheltenham GCHQ, bought a second-hand backpack for five pounds from the local newspaper, and a one-way bus ticket on the Magic Bus to Greece (traveling alone). I never looked back! Fast track to today, I'm married to Manthos, (whom I met two years later,no I'm not a Shirley Valentine), we're blessed with twins, Stephanie and Marianna (and if you love classical piano or science you may like to see them here. ). We live in a house that we built on a mountain side, overlooking the Aegean Sea together with our dog Stewart, and an ever-expanding cat family thanks to Barney our handsome tom!  From the day I arrived on Crete, I've worked in travel, servicing visitors, either as an overseas manager a travel guide, and later as a hospitality owner. Throughout the twin's school years I became actively involved in event and artist management and in 2014 Manthos and I founded the Aegean Arts Talent Charity and International Festival which you may be like to learn more about here.

As a qualified Interior designer, I enjoy helping other business owners create better living spaces for their guests, and I love to exercise. I exercise a lot! ( especially on Julie's jaunts I take visitors out to explore villages, collect olives, walk mountains, and ride along the coastline on bikes. You're very welcome to join us! 

Julie's Crete blog is the place where we share our thoughts, experiences, and ideas about travel, nature, lifestyle, and our love of Crete; touching upon everything from its people and traditions to the island products and hidden treasures. We hope that it will inspire you and give you that incredible 'Cretan' feeling wherever in the world you are right now.

Stay safe, stay healthy. 


Julie x