9/2/16

Το νησί-Επεισόδια 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 (video dailymotion)

"Το Νησί" .Η δραματική  σειρά του Mega βασισμένη στο ομώνυμο βιβλίο της Βικτόρια Χίσλοπ.

15/1/16

Evrytania - a small Switzerland within Greece

I have been to Switzerland, a country of mountains, rivers and forests . Many of the Greeks living here come from the villages and the town of Karpenisi, in Evrytania.

3/1/16

GREECE OF 1900 IN PHOTOS

The Swiss  Fred Boissonas was a pioneer of photograhy and the first non-Greek to travel the country for about 3 decades,starting 1903.
He toured from the Peloponesse to Crete and mt Olympus and from Ithaca to Agion Oros,taking photos and writing about his journeys.

THE ZAGORIA VILLAGES IN EPIRUS GREECE

Between Ioαnnina and the Aoos river valley lies the wild, eminently scenic region of Zagσri, with 46 now rather depopulated villages, full of stone-built mansions built from the proceeds of 18th- and 19th-century wealth.

The stone comes from the limestone and flysch beds making up the cliffs and mountains overhead

30/12/15

The 10 most beautiful Greek villages

Syrrako

Every Greek votes  his own village as being the most beautiful of them all .
I am a city boy and this selection is i believe less prejudiced .The villages are in random order and i had to pick them out of a list of 40 or so.

29/12/15

Yanis Varoufakis: My five month battle to save Greece

Harry Lambert of the New Statesman interviews Yanis Varoufakis, hero of the Greek left.

Amorgos – Island of “The Big Blue”

Amorgos – Island of  “The Big Blue”

By Marc Dubin
Egiali, Amorgos, GreeceMy first visit to Amorgσs happened in spring 1981, with the novelist Frances Oliver. It was not so long since the junta had used the island to internally exile  political dissidents, including George Mylonas, Minister of Education in the mid-1960s George Papandreou

7/7/15

CORFU TOWN AND VILLAGES

 The main town of Corfu is one of the most interesting cities in Greece due to the heavy influence of the Venetians who for centuries controlled the island. Like the other Ionian islands Corfu was never occupied by the Turks, which gives it a charactor very different from the rest of Greece. But Corfu town has seen other influences as well including the British, the Normans, the French, and the Greeks and Romans whose ancient buildings are still in evidence in several archaeology sites and the excellent archaeological museum. 

Monemvasia:The Gibraltar of the East Mediterranean

Monemvasia is a small town located on a rock just in front of the coast of the Peloponnese, Greece. It is a lovely medieval town, with defensive walls and great views over the sea.

Aerial Viewing of Greece

The sea was sapphire coloured, and the sky
Burned like a heated opal through the air..
We hoisted sail.. the wind was blowing fair
For the blue lands that to the eastward lie.

Oscar Wilde

6/7/15

Delphi,Greece.

After the Acropolis, Delphi is the most popular archaeological site in Greece. Only 180 kilometers away, a trip to Delphi  is by far the most popular day trip out of Athens.


SANTORINI

They say it's the one essential Greek island and Santorini should not be missed. Take the ferry and sail into a giant volcanic caldera that is as dramatic, or more so, then the Grand Canyon.

Mini guide to the Peloponnese, Greece

The Peloponnese in southern Greece is the stuff legends are made of, literally. Here, Greek gods and heroes strutted their stuff in historical cities such as Ancient Olympia. The landscape is equally impressive

Επίδαυρος : Η Αρχαία Ελλάδα στα καλύτερα της

Το αρχαίο θέατρο της Επιδαύρου είναι το τελειότερο και πιο καλοδιατηρημένο αρχαίο θέατρο και αν σταθείς εκεί που παίζουν οι ηθοποιοί και αφήσεις να σου πέσει ένα πετραδάκι μπορείς να το ακούσεις στα ψηλά διαζώματα ,με την προυπόθεση βέβαια το θέατρο να μην είναι γεμάτο με τουρίστες 

Diros Caves,Laconia Photo trip .

 The boat trip through the Diros caves left me stunned by the spectacular images i saw .The Diros Caves are for me  one of the two or 3 most spectacular sites in Greece The  caves were one of the earliest inhabited places in Greece. 

CHALKIDIKI

There is a Greek joke about the people of Thessaloniki and their love of Halkidiki ( most of them have a countryside house there ).
A man from Thessaloniki dies and goes to heaven .A few days later St Peter finds him and asks him : So what do you think of heaven, wonderful isn't it ? Man it's OK but Halkidiki is better ....

Epidaurus : Ancient Greece at its best


The theater of Epidavros is the most perfect and best preserved of the ancient theaters and if you stand where the actors would have stood and drop a pebble, you can hear it on the top row, provided that the place is not full of tourists.

5/7/15

My favourite Greek beaches

Most of you are certain to have typed the ''Top Greek Beaches'' ''Best Greek Beaches'' and so on in google search.
Results most probably came out with names such as the Porto Katsiki beach in Lefkas,Myrtos beach in Cephalonia,Koukounaries beach in Skiathos and so on ,all carrying Blue flags,medals and  the note of having been voted as the pick of the most beautiful Greek beaches.

SYMI VOTED BEST SMALL GREEK ISLAND .


I recently held a poll in this blog where readers ( mostly Greeks )  voted  their favorite small Greek island and it came as a  small surprise to me when  Symi topped Skopelos,Ios and Sifnos .
 I have never been to Symi and  i had to get some homework done  to find out why the blog readers voted what they did .

Spileo of Grevena in Northern Greece

Spileo in Grevena,Northern Greece is a mountain village with a population of 500. The villagers are mostly shepherds and farmers.From August 14-16 a festival celebrating Virgin Mary takes place featuring local folk bands.
The village attracts mountain climbers,extreme sports fans,canyoning and canoe kayak lovers mainly because of the famous Portitsa canyon nearby .