Julian

Julian Pearl, Customer Service & Sales Manager

Travel has, and always will be in my blood and I have worked constantly in this exciting industry since leaving university – where unsurprisingly I studied Tourism Management. I was raised up in the beautiful university city of Cambridge, UK. Due to the nature of my father’s work, as a child we travelled extensively and spent periods of time in far flung parts of the world, such as India, Singapore, and Malaysia. I obtained the travel bug at a young age, I guess!

I spent 2 incredible summers working on Kibbutzim in Israel as a student picking grapes and farm work, 2 more summers teaching water sports to children in the south of France and then 7 memorable years working for a large travel firm in Turkey, Greece, Portugal, Spain and the Gambia in West Africa. Now that was an experience! I also fondly reminisce the 5 winters as a ski guide in the French Alps, living the high life. After relocating to London in more recent years, I have visited most of Europe and other parts of the world, but there are still many countries that are on my radar.

My Favorite Greek Island

My favourite island is undoubtedly spectacular Kefalonia in the Ionian, which I can only describe as pure paradise. I was first inspired to visit this island after watching the hit movie ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.’ My most enjoyable moments were spent in a charming, secluded village called Assos, eating traditional Greek cuisine amongst the shade of the cypress trees, aside the sparkling turquoise-blue sea. Just reminiscing, brings back such fond memories. Personally, I find nothing better than sitting on the waterfront in a small fishing village, enjoying an authentic Greek salad with a glass of ice cold Mythos beer.

  • Skiathos Palace Hotel

    My Favorite Greek Hotel

    In July 2016 we had our ‘mini-moon’ in Skiathos and stayed at the Skiathos Palace Hotel on the island. This trip sticks in the memory for nostalgic reasons. The hotel allocated the best room with panoramic sweeping views of one of Europe’s most famous beaches – the Koukounaries – with its fine white sand and surrounded by pine trees. The hotel itself was stylish and contemporary, and offers delicious cuisine, with the tastiest breakfasts ever experienced. We need to revisit soon!

  • Kleftiko

    My Favorite Greek Food

    Lamb Kleftiko – Until the Pandemic I was visiting Greece every year, sometimes 5 or 6 times a year on business and this is the first dish that I always order from the menu, especially if I am eating in a more traditional Greek taverna. It is a delicious leg of lamb, roasted long and slow in parchment paper, with garlic, lemon, sweet onions, roast peppers, herbs, and fluffy potatoes to soak up the heavenly juices. It is a succulent, melt-in-the-mouth dish that is making me extremely hungry just thinking about it!

  • Kima Restaurant, Kassiopi

    My Favorite Greek Restaurant

    Any well reviewed local taverna that is situated with a view of the sparkling sea and offers tasty traditional cuisine such as the Lamb Kleftiko above. My favorite is family-owned and set in a small fishing village called Kassiopi, on Corfu Island – Kima Restaurant. I worked on this beautiful island for a 6-month summer season, several years ago and visited this restaurant on several occasions. It offers magnificent breathtaking views of the idyllic harbor and sea below. The service is very courteous, as I have found in most traditional tavernas in Greece over the years. The food is very presented, the prices are reasonable, and the sea bass is exquisite!

  • Santorini Sunset

    My Favorite Travel Experience in Greece

    Whilst on the iconic island of Santorini for a romantic week, we experienced the famous sunset (probably the most spectacular in the world) on an evening catamaran cruise around this beautiful island. This was a truly magical experience where we swam and snorkeled from the volcanic beaches before enjoying watching the sun, gently sink into the Aegean. We also savoured a traditional BBQ on board, washed down with flavorsome local wine. We had previously experienced the sunset from the rooftops of Fira and Oia above, but this sunset from the catamaran was even more memorable.

Julian's Recommended Trips