In our new travel article we make a one-day trip to Vytina. There we drink warm beverages, eat delicious food, visit the Folklore Museum, take a walk on the Road of Love and the Forest of Vytina and end the day with a sweet and a drink. And a surprise … a handmade cake by Eliza for Mrs. Christina, George’s mom, for her birthday!
Category: SWEET TRAVEL
In Etoliko, the Small Venice
In our new, travel article we stay for a few days in Etoliko, Etoloakarnania and learn its history, an important point of which is the trial of Karaiskakis. We eat, drink, take walks and marry our friends Petros and Elli in Agios Dimitrios at Katohi village. Also, we visit Messolonghi for food and drink, and we enjoy the warm hospitality of the couple’s relatives, who received us every day at their home in Etoliko.
In Veria, part b
A journey ends… in Veria! In our last article from our great travel tribute to Western and Central Macedonia we drink cocktails at the Elia complex, visit the Byzantine and Archaeological Museum of Veria, try the awesome cuisine of Vergiotiko, eat breakfast at Kriaras, learn about Dryas truffle products and make one last stop at Panagia Soumela before returning to our base in Athens.
In Veria, part a
In the first part of our last travel article from the tribute to Western and Central Macedonia we are staying in Veria, in the Kokkino Spiti, take walks in the streets of the city, photograph its numerous churches, visit the Step of the Apostle Paul, try the famous revani and eat in the excellent 12°grada restaurant.
In the green Elatochori village, part b
In the second part of our article about Elatochori we hike to Pigi Keramida, enter the historic Agios Nikolaos church, drink coffee and eat sweets in Itamos cafeteria along with a very interesting discussion, enjoy rustic cuisine in Anoi and make a last stop in Panagia Agrotissa church, before our last destination, Veria.
In the green Elatochori village, part a
In the first part of our new travel article we stay in Elatochori, Pieria, at the Alseides Boutique Hotel and move locally: we learn about the local products of the area in the folk art shop in the Horostasi complex, we eat a wonderful dinner in the nearby restaurant Tzivaeri and go hiking in nature until we reach Sotiris Rema with the fantastic waterfall.
24 hours in Naoussa, part b
In the second part of our article about Naoussa we start the day with coffee with our friend, chef and culinary teacher Mr. Kostas Ioakimidis overlooking the plain of Imathia, we continue with wine tasting at the Kir-Yianni Winery in Yiannakochori Naoussa and end on a trip back to Antiquity at the School of Aristotle in the area of Isvoria, Naoussa.
24 hours in Naoussa, part a
In the first part of our new travel article, in which we spend 24 hours in the Heroic City of Naoussa, we walk in its streets and squares, we enjoy the beautiful nature in the Municipal Park and in the Park of Agios Nikolaos, while we are hosted in an apartment of Iliana’s House. For dinner we try the creative, local cuisine of Harama restaurant in Arkochori, Naoussa.
Starting from Pozar Thermal Baths, part c
In the third part of our article based in Pozar Baths we take walks in the rain at the Open Air Water Museum, the Waterfall Park and the traditional Varosi district in Edessa, and we visit the Holy Temple of Agia Skepi with the relics of Saint Kallinikos. Still, we see up close the handmade products’ workshop Opos Palia, we try the cuisine of the restaurant Kokkino Piperi and enjoy wonderful pastries at the Karras pastry shop.
Starting from Pozar Thermal Baths, part b
In our new article we enjoy relaxation and wellness in the wonderful Pozar Thermal Baths, dine at the excellent tavern Karafaki in Aridaia, explore the Nymfes Hotel-Spa, visit the Monastery of Agios Hilarion Moglenon, where we have a very interesting discussion with a nun, and discover the impressive cave of Agios Ioannis in Thiriopetra, Almopia.
Starting from Pozar Thermal Baths, part a
In the first part of our new travel article based on the Pozar Thermal Baths we spend a relaxing day enjoying the facilities of the Nymfes Hotel-Spa, talking to its people and tasting its rich breakfast, while we do not miss the evening out; we dine at the very good Dionysos restaurant in the beautiful Orma, Aridaia.
A trip from Old Saint Athanasios to Florina
Our new travel article based in Old Saint Athanasios is full of religion, art, archeology and gastronomy: we visit the Holy Monastery of Agios Markos in Proti, Florina, walk in the city of Florina, see churches, museums and art workshops, spending a lot of time in the Archaeological Museum, and finally try the haute cuisine of the award-winning restaurant Kontosoros in Xino Nero, Florina.
For coffee, food and hiking while based in Old Agios Athanasios, part b
In the second part of our travel article based in Old Agios Athanasios we start the day with breakfast at the Metohi Inn, drink coffee at the tavern of the Naoumidis brothers in Agios Panteleimonas and visit their processing unit to learn everything about the innovative pepper products that they prepare, eat sweets at the Evora Café-Restaurant and take a walk to the nearby waterfalls of Panagitsa, and return to Agios Panteleimonas to end the day with a wonderful meal at the award-winning restaurant Naoumidis.
For coffee, food and hiking while based in Old Agios Athanasios, part a
In the first part of our travel article while based in Old Agios Athanasios we stay in the picturesque Metohi Inn and drink coffee with a unique view at the Peri Anemon cafe, learning about the Edessa Gliding Club. George also goes hiking on Mount Kaimaktsalan, aiming to reach the Serbian Church, and at the end of the day, George and Eliza have lunch at the excellent Kalyva Tavern in Old Agios Athanasios.
Nature, gastronomy and good wine while based in Nymfaio, part b
In the second part of our travel article, while still staying in Nymfaio, we get to know the ecological NGO Arcturos and its bears, try the famous Greek champagne of Domaine Karanika, tour the La Moara guesthouse of Mr. Ioannis Iatridis and Mrs. Argyro Felesaki, take a walk in the village, seeing the church of Agios Nikolaos and the Nikeios School, and have lunch at the very good restaurant Diporto of Mr. George Boutaris in Nymfaio.
Nature, gastronomy and good wine while based in Nymfaio, part a
In the first part of our new travel article we stay in Nymfaio, in the excellent Argyro Guesthouse of Mr. Ioannis Iatridis and Mrs. Argyro Felesaki, we visit the award-winning ALPHA Estate in Amyntaio, where we learn the whole process of producing their qualitative wines, and at the end of a full day we end up at the famous Taverna Thomas in Sklithro, where we taste unique savory and sweet dishes of high gastronomy.
At the lake of Kastoria, now and then…
In the first article of our travel tribute to Central and Western Macedonia we visit Kastoria, take a night walk in the city during which we meet wild animals, see the dawn on the lake, walk on its shores and the streets of the city where we find the old mansions, some of which house museums, visit the Kastoria Aquarium and drink coffee overlooking the lake and the geese. Then, we find ourselves in the Prehistoric Lakeside Settlement of Dispilio, where we have an interesting discussion with the very important professor of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and archaeologist Mr. Kostas Kotsakis.
A day in Distomo and Arachova, full of history
In our new travel article, the destination is the martyric Distomo and the picturesque Arachova. There, we learn history from the monuments of Distomo, we visit the historic, recognized by UNESCO Holy Monastery of Osios Loukas, we take walks and try the cuisine of Arachova, without forgeting of our dessert of course! A day trip full of knowledge, experiences and flavors…
In our new travel article about Dervenochoria we visit beautiful, historic monasteries, breathe fresh air, eat delicious, country food, enjoy the landscape and fantastic views and take beautiful photos to remember, but also to share with you!
A rainy day in Vilia village, Attica
In our new travel article we visit Vilia village, Attica, built on the slopes of mount Kithairon, discover a beautiful church designed by the great architect Ernst Ziller, walk in the alleys of the village, eat the local meats and dessert too and get to know a local cheese shop and its people, in a full and satisfying day trip.
Αt the springs of Kria in Leivadia
In our new travel article we visit the springs of Krya in Leivadia, we enjoy the enchanting beauty of its nature, we taste the famous meats of the area, and of course eat our dessert, in a one-day trip that has it all!
Our first free ebook
Our first free ebook with sweet and savory recipes, 12 Greek charities, photos from our trips and information on some traditional Greek products.
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!
Ioannina made of metal and silver… part a
In our new Ioannina article we learn about traditional silversmithing and cutlery crafting, try the city’s gastronomy and listen to many personal, sweet stories.
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.
Agrotourism and traditional zero waste in Elafotopos, Zagori
A rich travel article with new friends, knowledge, flavors, aromas, looms and sheep, local sweets and traditional food, hagiography and art, nature and culture in Elafotopos village, Zagori and not only!
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!