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 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.

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 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.

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.

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 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.