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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!