Visiting Kalamata… part b

The second part of our tribute to Kalamata begins with a swim in a slightly further sea, at Elea beach on the border of Messinia with Ilia. It continues with an evening walk in the historic center of Kalamata and a wonderful meal with creative dishes and cocktails. The next day starts with a delicious breakfast and a walk in the historic center of Kalamata in search of the famous Kalamata scarf. There we visit the church of Ypapanti, the Victoria Karelias Collection of Traditional Greek Costumes and the Military Museum of Kalamata. To end our trip beautifully and chilly, we make another trip to the impressive waterfalls of Polylimnio, before taking the road back to Athens.

Visiting Kalamata… part a

In the first part of our tribute to Kalamata we swim by its huge beach, visit the Kalamata Municipal Railway Park, talk to the people of the hotel that hosts us, eat a delicious breakfast in the hotel cafeteria and wonderful dishes at a fish tavern of Kalamata, walk in the city and organise an excursion to Ancient Messina and nearby monasteries. At the end we drink tsipouro in the monastery at an altitude of 860 m. with the pastor, on occasion of the feast of the Transfiguration of the Savior.

Messinian Mani in green and blue, part b

In the second part of our tribute to Messinian Mani we take a dip in the sea of Foneas, make a short trip to mountain villages in the area, eat breakfast from a local bakery, try creative, Greek dishes signed by Yiannis Baxevanis, drink our cocktails at the picturesque port of Agios Nikolaos and get immersed in the history of Mani settlements in the fortified complex of Troupakis – Mourtzinos.

Messinian Mani in green and blue, part a

In the first part of our tribute to Messinian Mani we visit Stoupa and Kardamili, we stay in a beautiful maisonette, we taste local and modern dishes, we discover local products and we learn about the house of Patrick and Joan Leigh Fermor in Kardamili.

In the beautiful and wild Laconian Mani, part c

In the third part of our tribute to Laconian Mani we are mainly in Gythio. There, we visit the Cultural Center of the Municipality of East Mani, where we see the permanent exhibition about the stone and traditional products, and a periodic exhibition of contemporary art, we try the local gastronomy and we get to know a Greek company with traditional pastelia. Finally, for an impressive closing of the first part of our trip to Laconian Mani, we visit the caves of Diros.

In the beautiful and wild Laconian Mani, part b

In the second part of our tribute to Laconian Mani we visit Areopolis and Limeni, learn the history of Mavromichalis family, taste local dishes, visit Pikoulakis Tower and meet an award-winning Mani company.

In the beautiful and wild Laconian Mani, part a

In our first Mani article, we visit Laconian Mani, find out about its history and analyze its architecture, gather rich photographic material, try its gastronomy, drink refreshing cocktails and discover picturesque landscapes and beautiful beaches.

Α two-day trip to Aegina with art and pistachio

In our new travel article we go on a two-day trip to Aegina, hike and visit the Capralos Museum and Agios Nektarios, try pistachio products and enjoy the local cuisine, take a dip in the island’s sea, find shops with traditional products and chat with the people of the island.

A trip to Nafplio, part 2

In our new travel article we will continue our trip to Nafplio with a dip in Tolo and its history, a visit to the Folklore Museum and the  Childhood Museum and a discussion with Mrs. Ioanna Papantoniou, founder of the Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation, galaktoboureko and bread from the Kostopoulos bakery, a lonely ascent to the fortress of Akronafplia, a wonderful meat meal in Stavlos restaurant and the sweet story of its owner Mr. Nikos, ice cream from Koustenis shop, a conversation with Dimitra at the reception of the Hotel Ippoliti, breakfast at the hotel and a visit to the Holy Monastery of Panagia Katakekrymeni-Portokalousa in Argos, before our return to Athens.

A trip to Nafplio, part 1

In our new travel article we will have a historic walk in the city and a few words about its history, accommodation at hotel Ippoliti of Neoklasiki Group, a visit to the shop-exhibition “Armiriki”, sweets from the store “Glykos pirasmos”, dinner at 3SIXTY Grill Dining Wine Bar, a discussion with the co-owner of Neoklasiki Group Mr. Periklis Belitsos and chef Alexandra Takoridi of 3SIXTY restaurant, an evening walk in the city, breakfast at hotel Ippoliti, a tourism lesson from Mrs. Katerina Psichoyou, a visit to “Mesali” bakery, an interview with the owner of the Worry Beads Museum Eleni Evangelinou and a dip in the sea of Tolo.

Ioannina made of metal and silver… part b

The second part of our sweet trip to Ioannina has even more sweet personal stories, an art hike through our own photos, visits to one more museum and monastery, secrets for brewing herbs in the right way, handmade creations, authentic Italian cuisine and much more!

Our own sweet “mosaic” of Ano Pedina, Zagori

Our new article from Epirus is 3 in 1: we discuss with Ms. Pagratiou the promotion of Zagori’s cultural heritage, learn about the art of the mosaic and the relationship of philosophy to Christianity, and try the gastronomy of Ano Pedina by its local businesspeople.

Be fit to eat sweet! Α sweet trip to Lake Plastiras

In our sweet trip to Lake Plastiras we visited quaint villages, monasteries, waterfalls, went hiking and tried outdoor activities, learned the area’s history, discovered Cornelian cherries (Cornus mas fruit) and tried authentic liqueur and jam made with this great Greek superfood.

A sweet trip to Croatia…. with a strudel in hand

A sweet trip to Varaždin, Croatia with the EU ABCitiEs project: the city’s history, architecture, landmarks, residents, habits, and of course local sweets, along with a recipe for a Croatian strudel with apples, berries and cranberries… because city walks open our appetite!