A stay at Free and Real

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Last weekend I came back from an amazing three-day visit to Free & Real in Evia, an island north of Athens. I had only found out about the project a few weeks earlier, completely by chance as it happens whilst reading a blog by Mark Boyle, author of The Moneyless Man – A Year of Freeconomic […]

Chasing the epitaph

The epitaph passing by

Following on from our “mourning in the mountains” experience, it seems fitting to tell you about Μεγάλη Παρασκευή as well (and in doing so give you a small taste of just how different the Greek language looks). Μεγάλη Παρασκευή actually means Great Friday in English and is more commonly known as Good Friday. It is a […]

Mourning in the mountains

Moni Kleiston

Easter is by far the most important religious festival in the Greek Orthodox calender. Unlike western branches of Christianity, which follow the Gregorian calender, introduced by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582, the Greek Orthodox church follows the Julian calender, developed by Julius Caeser way back in 46 BC. Why am I telling you this? Well because it […]

Back in Greece

Sea Bream Lunch

After a few months away from the country, Vicky and I recently flew back to Greece, primarily to celebrate Easter, but also to investigate potential sites for our ecolodge, make new contacts and enjoy the fantastic weather (we left Frankfurt in the rain and arrived in Athens in glorious sunshine) and food. Now, if you […]

Suspended in the sky

meteora tiltshift

Have you ever  been to Meteora? I hadn’t been there since i was a kid, and i think i’d forgotten what a magical place it is. When these rocks appear out of nowhere, you suddenly feel very, very small.     Going deeper into the valley and towards the rocks themselves made me think of this book… […]

Can you guess where this is?

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Can you guess where this is? It must be a greek island somewhere, right? Wrong! Here’s a clue: You wouldn’t believe it but this little place is hidden in the middle of Athens! It’s the Anafiotika, a tiny little neighborhood right under the Acropolis. It was built by workers form the island of Anafi (hence the […]

Bridges, bridges and more bridges

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Coming from the UK, I’ve seen a few stone bridges in my time. Once you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all right? Wrong. When I saw the traditional stone bridges in the Zagori region of northern Greece, I found it hard not to be impressed. The stonemasons of the area were real masters of their […]

1km straight down

Oxia gorge in Greece: 1km straight down

And the prize for the world’s deepest canyon goes to…wait for it… Vikos Gorge in northern Greece! Amazing, but true. Vicky and I went on a recent location-finding mission and travelled to the Zagori region near the Albanian border. It was quite a trip to get there but the views were well worth it. To […]

In the mountains of Epirus (III)

Ovires rockpools

As you may or may not have realised, i sort of developed a huge crush on Papingo during our stay, so you can imagine i was less than happy to wake up on our last day there… However, a hearty breakfast full of local, fresh goodness made getting out of bed significantly easier! Besides, i […]

In the mountains of Epirus (II)

Kokkino lithari

Megalo and Mikro Papingo are two of the most amazing villages in the Zagori area – they are gorgeously preserved, and lie in the imposing shadow of the Astraka towers, huge (about 1750 m. high, and 400 m above the village!) vertical rock formations, part of the Astraka mountain range that looms over Papingo. They […]