DISCOVERING ATHENS – PART 1

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monastiraki 5 n DISCOVERING ATHENS   PART 1Athens is a motley town: each neighborhood has its own characteristic traits and atmosphere, a distinctive soul you can breath with a simple walk across its’ streets. Downtown Athens can be easily explored by walk, strolling from one district to another in less than few hours, leaving you the time to jump on a train or a bus and head to a suburban area. I really liked Athens’ suburbs and I was amazed by that fact that it didn’t take me long to get there: in fact, Athens public transport is really well-structured, which allowed me to explore so many areas of Athens in just one week, with an efficiency that could not have been possible in –let’s say- Rome. Read more

Romantic Monemvasia Wedding

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Monemvasia wedding wedding into a caste Romantic Monemvasia Wedding

Monemvasia castle is a hidden gem and yet unknown for destination weddings. Nevertheless couples have started to discover the place and held their weddings into the castle. This is a Greek Orthodox wedding, which held inside the castle at Elkomenos church and followed by a wedding reception in a traditional built hotel under the castle and overlooking the water.

Monemvasia is a truly amazing destination to get married and has still has a lot to offer. Enjoy this Monemvasia wedding which was followed by a traditional Greek glenti (celebration). Monemvasia is the ideal romantic place to get married …..imagine walking down the isle  into a real vivid castle.

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Athens for foodies

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gyros pita Athens for foodies

From the very heart of the Mediterranean basin, Greek cuisine is made up of a wide variety of dishes mirroring the long history, the variegated landscape and the crossroads’ nature of this country. From my personal experience in Athens Greek cuisine is full of meat (it was literally everywhere!) as traditional fish dishes are more likely to be found on the islands, vegetables and tasty savory pies (tyropita –the one with cheese- and spanakopita –filled with spinach- a.k.a. the Greek version on my beloved Balkan burek). Wandering around downtown Athens you will find plenty of nice restaurants, taverns and cafés: here is a selection of my favourite ones!

Καλή σας όρεξη!

Enjoy your meal!

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4 Ways to Fall Madly in Love with Kythira

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IMG 6970 4 Ways to Fall Madly in Love with Kythira

The warm, buttery Oia sunsets in Santorini, the southern charm of Crete, and the mazes of whitewashed buildings in Mykonos are some of the main attractions luring travelers to Greece. While it’s true that these are some must-see sites on your Mediterranean vacation, for me the ultimate treasure is one many travelers miss. A defining trait of my slow travel experience is making the major tourist destinations supporting characters rather than the main focus of the trips. My love of slow travel tied in seamlessly with my visit to the stunning island of Kythira. Ready to fall in love? Here are the four activities that shouldn’t be missed.

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«Tsiknopempti»: Feast on the best grilled chops in Athens

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One of the most known customs of Carnival is that of Shrove Thursday. Ahead of the great religious fasting of Lent, the Shrove Thursday (this year on 12/2) is a day when, throughout Greece, the coals are red-hot and pieces of all kinds of meat are laid on grills, filling the air with a smell of grilling meat (tsikna), which gives its name to this special day “Tsiknopempti”. Read more

Patras know-how: live the most famous Greek carnival

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034 011 Patras know how: live the most famous Greek carnival One of the largest and most lively cities of Greece, Patras is home to the country’s most famous carnival, with 180 years of history, a lot of fun, dancing, singing and very impressive floats. So, you too shout the famous slogan “Patras Carnival forever” and let yourselves get carried away in the special carnival events, such as the Treasure Hunt, the Bourboulia and, of course, the Children’s Carnival, which traditionally pave the way for the culmination with the Grand Parade on the last Sunday of the Carnival (22/2). Read more