Astraka and the Dragon lake

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The Ascent Day 3 I waited five minutes for the alarm to ring, then I quietly got dressed and went out. Darkness was still covering Mikro Papingo as I was navigating through its narrow alleys. Outside the gate, Astraka towers looked imposing above the tiny village. Rogovo As I was walking the only road leaving…

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Hiking Vikos Gorge

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The Gorge. Day 1. Hiking Vikos gorge under rain is treacherous because of the rock falls. So naturally the first thing I did when I woke up was to open the door and get on the small balcony. To my relief there were only a few small clouds here and there. “Good start”. The plan…

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Zagori Hike : The Beginning

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Zagori Hike : The Beginning   Having left behind Ioannina—the capital of Epirus. We took the old road to Zagorochoria—as all forty six villages of Zagori are collectively named. We hadn’t seen a car or people for the last twenty minutes and I could feel the isolation  of the place as our small Fiat 500x…

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To Priecne Sedlo and Back

Clouds around Teryho Chata

To Priecne Sedlo and Back I was really looking forward for this trip to Priecne Sedlo. It looked genuinely promising, a real adventure out in the High Tatras. And, I wasn’t wrong. This mountain hike proved to be extremely challenging for me, with all the good and bad things real adventures come with! The plan…

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Trekking the Oak Woodland in Xeromero

Xeromero Oak Woodland

The Oak Woodland of Xeromero In the western part of the prefecture of Aetoloakarnania in Xeromero province, just 30 km from Agrinio, the largest city of the county, is the only Oak Woodland in Greece and one of the largest in Europe. Location Based in Agrinio, a city that would ensure plenty of accommodation and…

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Weekend Escape in Drabsko

Drabsko

Weekend Escape in Drabsko Sometimes you just need a place to escape from your routine, even for a weekend. To have a change of air, to recharge your batteries, and why not? Get in touch with nature. That’s exactly what we were thinking when we booked one room for three days in a tiny village…

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The Majestic High Tatras

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The Majestic High Tatras Standing between Slovakia and Poland the proud mountain range of High Tatras has a special charm and atmosphere. Protected by National Park status and part of UNESCO Biosphere Reserves the Tatras are a great place to be for nature lovers, hikers and climbers. If you love mountains then you have to visit…

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Patsos gorge, Crete

patsos gorge

Patsos gorge is also known as Agios Antonios because of the little church in the cave near the entrance of the gorge. It is located 30km from the city of Rethymno at 490m altitude. In the shadow of Samaria gorge which is also in Crete, Patsos is a smaller and less crowded choice. The whole…

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Heraklion, Crete

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Heraklion Heraklion is the biggest city in the island of Crete which in turn is the biggest island in Greece and also one of the places  I originate from, consequently I’ve spent many of my childhood holidays here.  It’s a vivid university city which serves as a transportation node to the millions of tourists who…

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Agia Pelagia, Crete

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Agia Pelagia Agia Pelagia bay A small fishing village which is 25 minutes from Heraklion. Agia Pelagia is the place to be if quietness is what you are looking for. Built in an amphitheatrical way it has a small beach with six or seven restaurants, two or three bars and as many souvenir shops. Hasn’t…

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