The tiny villages of the Zagori region, scattered across the mountains in Epirus near the Albanian border combine historic authenticity, rustic charm, stupendous views, a minimum of infrastructure and services, and startlingly good internet, making them a vacation draw for both Greeks and international tourists. In fact it seems as if without tourism the towns … Continue reading The Greek Mountain Villages of Zagori
Month: May 2023
The Stone Structures of Styra
After our hike to explore the ancient buildings at the summit of Mt Ochi, the next day we had the opportunity to visit the more easily accessible Palli-Lakki building complex near Styra, where three structures are arranged symmetrically around a central walled-in courtyard. The Karystos Archaeological Museum exhibit states that there are 23 such structures … Continue reading The Stone Structures of Styra
Dimosari Gorge: Plane Trees and Waterfalls
The most scenic hike on the island of Evia is from Petrokanalo Pass on Mt Ochi down through the Dimosari Gorge to Kallianu Beach. Our tour bus took us on the long drive up to the pass using the rough dirt roads constructed for the wind turbine farm. At the start of the trail our … Continue reading Dimosari Gorge: Plane Trees and Waterfalls
The Ancient Stones of Mt Ochi
At 1398m (4586ft) Mt Ochi on Evia is the island’s highest peak and is well worth a visit. There are no good trails from Karystos, where we were staying, but there are decent dirt roads leading up through the wind turbine areas just below the top. Our tour bus dropped us off at about 1000m … Continue reading The Ancient Stones of Mt Ochi
The Quarries of Karystos
At the southern end of the Greek island of Evia, a one hour ferry ride from the mainland, lies the small town of Karystos. Originally known as Carystus, or Κάρυστος in Greek, its history goes back to the time of Homer, who mentioned it in the Iliad as part of the Catalogue of Ships list … Continue reading The Quarries of Karystos
Athens Can Delight the Eye and Be an Eyesore
Athens is world famous for its incredible archaeological sites and…for its pervasive, building defacing, graffiti. It’s easy to find online reports packed with examples of wonderful “Athens street art”, some of which is quite good indeed, but it is a lot harder to find such art while wandering around graffiti-strewn neighborhoods such as Exarcheia, just … Continue reading Athens Can Delight the Eye and Be an Eyesore
The Eternal Need for Answers: Consult the Oracle!
For thousands of years, humans have had questions. What will the weather be like tomorrow? Will this years crops be plentiful or fail? Will my sick child be better soon? What does the future look like for me, my family, and my tribe? Humans are constantly wondering because we can time travel in our heads; … Continue reading The Eternal Need for Answers: Consult the Oracle!
Changing Perspectives: Travel is More Than a “Perfect” Photo
Spending time in other countries isn’t just about seeking out peak experiences; enjoying a world famous view, walking through spectacular architecture, or visiting extraordinary museums. It’s also about the mundane actions of daily life and how they differ in even small ways from what you are used to in your own country. Note that what … Continue reading Changing Perspectives: Travel is More Than a “Perfect” Photo