Annecy – A Sunday morning at the Venice of the Alps

Annecy is the capital of the Haute-Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region of southeastern France. It is located on the north shore of Lake Annecy, 35 km south of Geneva. Nicknamed the “Pearl of the French Alps” in Raoul Blanchard’s monograph describing its location between a lake and mountains, the city has a wonderful lakesideContinue reading “Annecy – A Sunday morning at the Venice of the Alps”

Paleokarya – The most photogenic bridge in Greece

In the beautiful ravine of Paleokarya (Παλαιοκαρυά), just 30 km from the city of Trikala (Τρίκαλα), with a dense forest and remarkable fauna, run the crystal clear waters of the small river Paleokaritis or Paleokaryotis (Παλαιοκαρίτης ή Παλαιοκαρυώτης), which springs from the nearby mountains and flows into the river Portaikos (Πορταϊκός). In this unique scenery,Continue reading “Paleokarya – The most photogenic bridge in Greece”

Papadiamantis in Athens – Tracing the footsteps of the “saint of letters”

As long as I live and breathe and be sensible, I will not stop praising my Christ, lovingly describing nature and painting with affection the genuine Greek customs. Alexandros Papadiamantis. Alexandros Papadiamantis / Αλέξανδρος Παπαδιαμάντης (Skiathos, March 4, 1851 – Skiathos, January 3, 1911) is one of the most important Greek writers, also known as “theContinue reading “Papadiamantis in Athens – Tracing the footsteps of the “saint of letters””

8 things to do if you’re visiting Amsterdam for the first time

Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, is a vibrant place that embodies a 900-year history and was once the epicentre of a powerful empire. Today it is a modern, youthful metropolis that combines an elegant and calm side with another dark and restless one. It is a city that can offer the visitor everything. WithContinue reading “8 things to do if you’re visiting Amsterdam for the first time”

More Street Art in Athens – Drawing a portrait of the city

When we published the article on Street Art in Athens three months ago, we knew we had left out some equally favourite works. Meanwhile, we discovered some works that had escaped our attention and also others that were created recently. This is the magic of this art, its constant dialogue with the city and itsContinue reading “More Street Art in Athens – Drawing a portrait of the city”

Kythnos Island – Τhe beauty of simplicity

Kythnos is a unique island that for many years was left out of the tourist development of the other islands of the Cyclades. This is the reason why both the place and the people still maintain their simplicity. It is a barren island, a mountain peak in the middle of the sea, but its everyContinue reading “Kythnos Island – Τhe beauty of simplicity”

Atlantic Ocean Road – Drive on Europe’s most beautiful road

Located in the midwest part of the Norwegian coast, the Atlantic Ocean Road (Atlanterhavsvegen in Norwegian) is one of the most scenic drives in the world. Driving along this road is like crossing the sea. It is built on several small islands, which are connected by several causeways and bridges (the most famous being Storseisundet Bridge). The road turns and passes over the wildContinue reading “Atlantic Ocean Road – Drive on Europe’s most beautiful road”

Limeni – The historic harbour with the emerald waters

Limeni (Λιμένι) in Mani (Μάνη), in the south Peloponnese, is one of those magical places that if you visit it once it is certain that you will never forget it. It is a small settlement and harbour, with a long and important history that leaves its visitors speechless with its unique wild beauty and theContinue reading “Limeni – The historic harbour with the emerald waters”

Akadimia Platonos: Where modern Athens embraces its ancient past

Akadimia Platonos (Ακαδημία Πλάτωνος) is an area in the northwestern part of Athens. It owes its name to the hero Akadimos (Ακάδημος), and the school of philosophy, the Academy, founded by Plato (Πλάτωνας). This area was defined by the hill Ippios Kolonos, near today’s Lenorman Street, and by the ancient banks of the river Kifissos.Continue reading “Akadimia Platonos: Where modern Athens embraces its ancient past”

Konstantinos Koukidis Column in Anafiotika – A monument to an unsung hero or a modern myth ?

Although thousands of visitors coming to Athens have learned about its hidden secret, the scenic neighbourhood of Anafiotika (Αναφιώτικα) in the shadow of the Acropolis (Ακρόπολις), few of them must have noticed the slightly faded relief column dedicated to the hero Konstantinos Koukidis (Κωνσταντίνος Κουκίδης) on Stratonos Street. Anafiotika is part of the old historicalContinue reading “Konstantinos Koukidis Column in Anafiotika – A monument to an unsung hero or a modern myth ?”