As we explored this archaeological marvel, our footsteps traced the pathways of ancient worshippers. The remnants of temples dedicated to various gods stood tall, their weathered columns whispering tales of devotion and grandeur. Among the ruins, intricate mosaics adorned the floors, each piece meticulously crafted, a testament to the skill of ancient artisans. Walking upon these delicate artworks, we marveled at the artistry and craftsmanship that had endured centuries.
The island's theaters, where once the ancient Greeks gathered for performances, seemed to come alive with the echoes of past dramas and comedies. As we stood amidst the stone seats, we could almost hear the applause and laughter of audiences long gone. It was a surreal experience, as if the spirits of ancient actors and playwrights lingered, sharing their stories with those willing to listen.
One of the most iconic sights was the Terrace of the Lions, where a row of majestic marble lions stood proudly, their silent gaze surveying the island. Each lion, a symbol of strength and majesty, seemed to guard the secrets of Delos, preserving the island's grandeur for generations to come.
Our visit to Delos was not just a leisurely exploration; it was intricately tied to the work we do in Mykonos. It provided us with a deeper understanding of the region's history and culture, enriching our perspective as we continued our endeavors. The ancient marvels of Delos became more than just relics; they became a source of inspiration, reminding us of the enduring legacy of the past and the profound connections that bind us to the ancient world.
In the midst of these archaeological wonders, we found not only the remnants of an ancient civilization but also a profound sense of awe and reverence. Delos, with its temples, theaters, mosaics, and silent lions, became a living testament to the resilience of human creativity and the enduring allure of the past.
Sinaia, a town snugly nestled among tall mountains, has a special charm
It's not just a pretty place; it's where they chose to build their home. This is where the bride grew up so she knows what this place has to offer.
They fell in love with the town's beautiful views and the friendly people who live there. Surrounded by nature's beauty – hills and big, tall trees – they found their dream home in Sinaia.
During our time in Sinaia, we explored a lot, including a ski slope. Since our friends are always skiing, they brought all the bridal party to the ski slopes where they ski every year and spent 2 days there.
It was a unique experience to see the slope without snow, understanding how it looks in different seasons. The guests marveled at the transformation of the ski slope from winter wonderland to lush greenery, appreciating the diverse beauty that Sinaia had to offer.
Mount Taygetos, a grand mountain in Peloponnese, is wrapped in ancient Greek tales. While Athens sweltered in a heatwave, we sought refuge in its cool shadow. In the mountains, we wore long sleeves in the morning to keep warm and bundled up in jackets at night to stay cozy.
The mountain's weather played tricks on us, making the day start gently and the night fall with a chilly hush. It felt like the mountain itself was telling stories of old, where gods roamed and myths were born.
Amidst these temperature changes, we sensed the mountain's ancient magic. It seemed like the gods themselves were guiding the weather, reminding us of their timeless stories. In the heart of Mount Taygetos, we didn't just explore; we felt like we were living inside a myth. With every breeze and shiver, the ancient legends came alive, making us a part of the mountain's enchanting tale.
Mystras, also known as Mistras or Myzithras, is a captivating archaeological site located near the modern town of Sparti. This UNESCO World Heritage Site dates back to the 13th century, once serving as a Byzantine stronghold and later as a significant cultural and political center during the Byzantine Empire. Walking through its stone pathways feels akin to stepping into a time capsule, where the whispers of the past come to life.
After the hike, we visite dthe Mystra waterfalls for a refreshing swim!
I'm excited to share a truly special adventure that recently captured our hearts. It all began with a dear friend's sea baptism in the enchanting waters of the Peloponnese region. This marked the beginning of a soul-stirring journey that led us to the remarkable Lighthouse Tenaro, the southernmost point of continental Greece and, incredibly, the southernmost tip of mainland Europe.
A Sea Baptism in Peloponnese's Embrace
In the tranquil embrace of the Peloponnese's serene waters, we bore witness to a profound and moving event — our dear friend's sea baptism. This intimate ceremony unfolded against the backdrop of the gentle lapping of the waves and the golden hues of the setting sun. As our friend immersed in the waters, we felt an unspoken connection between their spirit and the vast expanse of the sea.
This sacred ritual became a testament to the deep interplay between spirituality and the natural world. The rhythmic cadence of the waves seemed to echo the spiritual rhythms, creating an atmosphere of harmony and reverence. It was in this moment that we recognized the Peloponnese not merely as a geographical location but as a sanctuary, a space where the spiritual and natural realms converged seamlessly.
This experience laid the foundation for our upcoming adventure, infusing our hearts with a sense of reverence for the wonders of nature and the spirituality it inspires. As we embarked on our journey towards the southernmost tip of continental Greece, this newfound awareness accompanied us, shaping our perspective and infusing our expedition with a profound sense of purpose and connection.
In the heart of the Aegean Sea, Santorini, famous for its mesmerizing sunsets and iconic white-washed buildings, undergoes a remarkable transformation during Easter. The island, already enchanting, takes on an extra layer of magic. As Easter approaches, a unique energy engulfs the island, drawing both locals and visitors into its embrace.
For us, fortunate to visit the islands 2-3 times a year due to our work, these occasions have become cherished traditions. They allow us the privilege of celebrating significant events in truly extraordinary places. Santorini's Easter is a time of reflection, faith, and togetherness, blending age-old traditions with the vibrancy of contemporary festivities.
Having participated in various island celebrations, including the renowned Tsipouro Walk in Emporeio and the enchanting Lighting Up of Pyrgos, we've had the opportunity to witness the island's cultural richness firsthand. The Tsipouro Walk, a jovial gathering in Emporeio, becomes a delightful experience, where the aroma of traditional Greek spirits mingles with laughter and camaraderie.
Equally memorable is the Lighting Up of Pyrgos, where the village illuminates with a warm, golden glow. It's not just a visual spectacle but a heartfelt expression of community spirit. Each candle, carefully placed, symbolizes unity and faith, turning the village into a beacon of light that resonates with the essence of Easter.
These experiences have enriched our understanding of Santorini's heritage, allowing us to be a part of its traditions. The blend of tradition and splendor during Santorini's Easter not only highlights the island's cultural depth but also reinforces the sense of unity among its people and visitors alike.
Continuing our adventures to our last spot for this leg of camping before heading home to wash EVERYTHING, is Lousios River.
Fun fact: The locals told us this river was where the newborn Zeus was bathed (Louzo=bathing) by the nymphs.
August is here again and this time we are heading to the Peloponese Region to the rivers and lakes to escape the summer heat!
So excited! This is our first trip for 2022 and this is in a new island for K to visit, Tinos.
We took the boat from Athens, it takes around 4-5 hours to arrive in Tinos. This same boat also goes to Mykonos.
It's nice to be able to leave mainland Greece again after a loooong time!
We took a boat from Athens, it's a 10-hr ride to Heraklion and 12 to Chania (our destination). While settling on our seats, there was a group of kids from a music school who was also on board and they decided to do a performance for everybody there playing live music and dancing to it too!
On the way to where we'll be staying, there were sights straight out of a fairytale!
Summer in Greece is just amazing, with all the beaches and amazing view and with temperatures reaching 38°c, everybody is heads to the sea and to to cool off.
This is the perfect time that we head up the mountains where the air is cooler, fresher and there will be less people for sure!
For our July camping trip this year, we are heading to a remote place to stay and explore. It also helps a lot that it's in the mountains, we are escaping the heat from the sea side :)
We start our journey with our 1st stop at Aliartos, to get in the mood of camping. The next day we start heading to our home for about a week in Stromi.
Summer is finally here in Greece and our house is full of visitors getting away from Athens for their vacation, so we are getting away from home to have our own vacation too!
Photos from our spending time in home in the lockdown.
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