I went to Samos for a conference. Sitting around in a hall full of academics is, I'm guessing, not the most conventional reason to go to a pretty Greek island, but I'll take what I can get. Fortunately, in addition to days of powerpoint, the conference also included a great cultural program with day trips to nearby Ephesus and Patmos, as well as around the island of Samos itself.
We stayed in the main port of Vathy, which boasts a strange mixture of architecture: picturesque winding streets, whitewashed staircases, one ultra-modern shopping boulevard, a scenic harbourfront, and a couple of streets crumbling into absolute ruin.
Further afield, the fields are almost implausibly green, and tiny villages perch on hillsides overlooking the sparkling seas. I could certainly get used to walking through streets overhung by citrus fruits and colourful flowers.