Mani, on the beach!

FullSizeRender (75)The Peloponnese is a well-known destination for road trip aficionados. You probably remember my trip up to Kalavrita in late spring. Driving south, you will find yourself spoiled for choice: Ancient Olympia, the Olympics birthplace, Mycenae and the lions, Epidavros with the ancient theater operating in summer, Nafplio and Monemvasia with their forts and the byzantine castle city of Mystras just off of Sparta. There are many layers of history tangled around the lush green mountains of Taygetos, the spine of the Peloponnese, and many stops worth the drive until you hit the beach. I left everything behind though and headed straight for the shore. I made Gytheio my base and went ahead to explore the middle finger, Eastern and Inner Mani. Continue reading

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There’s no better way to connect than cooking!

snails stifado

I took this photo on one of the many outings to my local haunt, a tiny street-corner cafe. It’s an old house turned coffee shop, or kafeneio. In the proper Greek fashion they serve coffee in the mornings, but come lunch the kitchen opens, offering some of the most delicious traditional dishes like ntolmadakia, tiropitakia, seafood nibbles and grills – you name it – until late into the evening.
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Little blissful moments

Milos sunset, Greece
Bliss is best found in those tiny little moments we tend to ignore as we rush to  the next thing. Having come back to Athens after some years abroad, I feel half tourist, half at home. Life is busy and old things sometimes feel so new. I was browsing through the many photos my iPad contains and here are a few that brought up the warm fuzzy feeling that tells you life is good. I managed to limit myself to five little blissful moments. They come complete with their stories too. So, here we go:
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Water

alimos

I grew up near the sea and water automatically springs up in my memory – the sound of gentle waves and a blue that fills your horizon. I can hardly think of a holiday I haven’t spent next to a beach. This year I managed to keep swimming until late October. These shots are from my last swim at Alimos before the weather turned into a cool and windy autumn.
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Street

Two posts in a day! Wow! I decided to flex my photography outside the kitchen cupboards.
Inspiration is from the wordpress photography 101 course. I hope I will manage to keep up!
So today it’s all about the street. I found myself, quite predictably, in the weekly farmers market. It pops up in every Athens’ neighbourhood once a week. Farmers bring on wonderful fresh produce to the capital from the country. I have tried to take some more shots of the market during summer, but I ended up laughing so much with the stall sellers teasing and joking, none of my shots could remotely show how vibrant and wonderful the market is. Also, the market is territory for some hardcore granny action. The ladies are very determined to grab their veg and go, nothing can get in their way! So, it can get a little hard to navigate around and take pictures among the hustle and bustle. Here is the sneaky pic:

athens market

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