Καλοκαίρι στο Καρπενήσι

Οι Κορυσχάδες, πολύ κοντά στο Καρπενήσι, είναι από τα πιο παραδοσιακά χωριά, μέσα στο πράσινο και με όμορφη πλατεία, αλλά με περιορισμένες δυνατότητες για φαγητό και βόλτα.
Οι Κορυσχάδες, πολύ κοντά στο Καρπενήσι, είναι από τα πιο παραδοσιακά χωριά, μέσα στο πράσινο και με όμορφη πλατεία, αλλά με περιορισμένες δυνατότητες για φαγητό και βόλτα.
Aρχοντικό στους Κορυσχάδες.
Aρχοντικό στους Κορυσχάδες.
Σε πολλά σημεία, υπάρχουν τοποθεσίες εκπληκτικής θέας στα γύρω βουνά.
Σε πολλά σημεία, υπάρχουν τοποθεσίες εκπληκτικής θέας στα γύρω βουνά.
Το Μεγάλο Χωριό με πολλά ξενοδοχεία, εστιατόρια και ξακουστό γαλακτομπούρεκο είναι από τις καλύτερες επιλογές για διαμονή στην περιοχή.
Το Μεγάλο Χωριό με πολλά ξενοδοχεία, εστιατόρια και ξακουστό γαλακτομπούρεκο είναι από τις καλύτερες επιλογές για διαμονή στην περιοχή.
Το εντυπωσιακό μοναστήρι Προυσού.
Το εντυπωσιακό μοναστήρι Προυσού.
Στο εσωτερικό της Μονής Προυσού.
Στο εσωτερικό της Μονής Προυσού.
Βάθρα στο μονοπάτι για τη Μαύρη Σπηλιά, ένα σύντομο μονοπάτι μετά τον Προυσό που μετά από 15'-20' καταλήγει σε μια μεγάλη σπηλιά.
Βάθρα στο μονοπάτι για τη Μαύρη Σπηλιά, ένα σύντομο μονοπάτι μετά τον Προυσό που μετά από 15′-20′ καταλήγει σε μια μεγάλη σπηλιά.
Σε όλα τα χωριά γύρω από το Καρπενήσι υπάρχουν καλαίσθητες και χρήσιμες πινακίδες, τοποθετημένες στα κατάλληλα σημεία.
Σε όλα τα χωριά γύρω από το Καρπενήσι υπάρχουν καλαίσθητες και χρήσιμες πινακίδες, τοποθετημένες στα κατάλληλα σημεία.
Από το χωρίο Τόρνος, δίπλα στην εκκλησία του χωριού, ξεκινάει το όμορφο μονοπάτι για το εντυπωσιακό Μικρό Πάντα Βρέχει.
Από το χωρίο Τόρνος, δίπλα στην εκκλησία του χωριού, ξεκινάει το όμορφο μονοπάτι για το εντυπωσιακό Μικρό Πάντα Βρέχει.
Το στενό φαράγγι που πήρε το όνομά του από την υψηλή υγρασία και το νερό που πέφτει από ψηλά.
Το στενό φαράγγι που πήρε το όνομά του από την υψηλή υγρασία και το νερό που πέφτει από ψηλά.
Η λίμνη Κρεμαστών είναι η μεγαλύτερη τεχνητή λίμνη της Ελλάδος. Υπάρχει πολύ ωραία θέση θέας μετά το χωριό Φιδάκια.
Η λίμνη Κρεμαστών είναι η μεγαλύτερη τεχνητή λίμνη της Ελλάδος. Υπάρχει πολύ ωραία θέση θέας μετά το χωριό Φιδάκια.

Όλες οι φωτογραφίες είναι με iPhone 5.

A Spring Trip to Florence

Arcade in Florence near the Arno river.
Arcade in Florence near the Arno river.
Old wine Bottles from the Castello di Verrazzano winery (http://www.verrazzano.com/en/), 26Km outside Florence.
Old wine Bottles from the Castello di Verrazzano winery (http://www.verrazzano.com/en/), 26Km outside Florence.
Caffe Letterario Le Murate, a prison transformed to a cultural hub with coffee, restaurants, open space. Outside the tourist center of Florence, mostly visited by locals.
Caffe Letterario Le Murate, a prison transformed to a cultural hub with coffee, restaurants and open space. Outside the tourist center of Florence, mostly visited by locals.
This is one of the top Florence attractions; watching the sunset from Piazzale Michelangelo.
This is one of the top Florence attractions; watching the sunset from Piazzale Michelangelo.
The main Cathedral and Palazzo Vecchio just after sunset.
The main Cathedral and Palazzo Vecchio just after sunset.
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.
First night lights in Florence.
First night lights in Florence.
The dome of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.
The dome of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.
Mercato Centrale is the central food market of Florence offering a variety of local products. Try it early in the morning for a more authentic shopping experience.
Mercato Centrale is the central food market of Florence offering a variety of local products. Try it early in the morning for a more authentic shopping experience.
Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella is one of the world's oldest pharmacies. It was first founded in 1221 and for sure worths a visit.
Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella is one of the world’s oldest pharmacies. It was first founded in 1221 and for sure worths a visit.
View of Florence from Fiesole. Fiesole provides nice views and a peaceful walk around forest hills and an ancient theatre. Several walking paths start or end in Fiesole.
View of Florence from Fiesole. Fiesole provides nice views and a peaceful walk around forest hills and an ancient theatre. Several walking paths start or end in Fiesole.
Florence skyline from the trendy  La Terrazza lounge bar
Florence skyline from the trendy La Terrazza lounge bar
Italian design at Gallery Hotel Art
Italian design at Gallery Hotel Art
Ponte Vecchio, one of the main tourist attractions.
Ponte Vecchio, one of the main tourist attractions.
Colorfull bike in the center of Florence.
Colorfull bike in the center of Florence.
The iconinc Luigi Gilli cafe in the center of Florence since 1733.
The iconinc Luigi Gilli cafe in the center of Florence since 1733.

A trekking visit to Mount Athos – Ag Oros

This time our trekking visit to Mount Athos (Agio(n) Oros in Greek) started from the east side, getting off the boat by Pantokratoros Monastery (you can see photos from a previous visit, here). We continued on the path by the seaside to the Stavronikita Monastery, one of the most beautiful and favourite ones. This time we continued to Iviron Monastery but spending a night there is always a must. Staying on the same path with some impressive views from the cliffs hanging above the sea, we reach Iviron Monastery, a huge, impressive building with attractive surrounding gardens. Continuing on the main road, we take the short path going up to Karakalou Monastery, our stop for the first night. On the second day, we started towards Filotheou Monastery, through a colourful path inside a dense forest and then we took the forest roads up to the highest part in the middle of Mount Athos before our decent to the west side. One big turn to the main road of the west side and suddenly we are in front of the mighty Simonopetra Monastery, a breathtaking view no matter how many times you see it. We go on the west side path again on the cliff above sea and we reach Grigoriou Monastery, our shelter for the second night. After an excellent fish dish on Sunday morning, we take a short walk around Grigoriou waiting for the main boat, which takes us out to Ouranoupoli.

The Holy Monastery of Pantokratoras on the east side of Agio Oros (Mount Athos) lying by the sea between Vatopedi and Stavronikita Monasteries.
The Holy Monastery of Pantokratoras on the east side of Agio Oros (Mount Athos) lying by the sea between Vatopedi and Stavronikita Monasteries.
The Holy Monastery of Stavronikita is one of the most beautiful monasteries on Agio Oros. It is among the few ones without electricity and accepts less than 15 visitors each day assuring a quiet and spiritual experience.
The Holy Monastery of Stavronikita is one of the most beautiful monasteries on Agio Oros. It is among the few ones without electricity and accepts less than 15 visitors each day assuring a quiet and spiritual experience.
On the scenic path to Iviron Monastery following the cliff by the seaside. Stavronikita in the background.
On the scenic path to Iviron Monastery following the cliff by the seaside. Stavronikita in the background.
Iviron is an impressive, large Monastery with beautiful gardens and buildings in the backyard.
Iviron is an impressive, large Monastery with beautiful gardens and buildings in the backyard.
Inside Iviron Monastery
Inside Iviron Monastery.
Monk, fishing near Mylopotapos area
Monk, fishing near Mylopotapos area.
Mylopotamos area, where the famous red Mount Athos wine is made.
Mylopotamos area, where the famous red Mount Athos wine is made.
The Holy Monastery of Karakalou just before sunset, overlooking the east seaside, approachable by a nice path 30' uphill.
The Holy Monastery of Karakalou just before sunset, overlooking the east seaside, approachable by a nice path 30′ uphill.
Road after Filotheou Monastery on the way to Simonopetra. There is a complex network of forest roads but most of the crossing are well-signed.
Road after Filotheou Monastery on the way to Simonopetra. There is a complex network of forest roads but most of the crossing are well-signed.
Path on the way down to Simonopetra Monastery. Autumn is a nice season for visiting Mount Athos; the weather can still be good, while forests become colourful.
Path on the way down to Simonopetra Monastery. Autumn is a nice season for visiting Mount Athos; the weather can still be good, while forests become colourful.
Path on the way to Simonopetra Monastery. The old stones, lying there for centuries can be seen. Paths used to be the main transportation means, till some decades ago.
Path on the way to Simonopetra Monastery. The old stones, lying there for centuries can be seen. Paths used to be the main transportation means, till some decades ago.
The mighty Simonopetra Monastery, the most impressive building on Mount Athos (Agios Oros). 330m above sea built on a single huge rock.
The mighty Simonopetra Monastery, the most impressive building on Mount Athos (Agios Oros). 330m above sea built on a single huge rock.
Simonopetra as seen from the path to Grigoriou Monastery.
Simonopetra as seen from the path to Grigoriou Monastery.
Sign on the path to Simonopetra.
Sign on the path to Simonopetra.
The path leading to Grigoriou Monastery.
The path leading to Grigoriou Monastery.
Grigoriou Monastery hanging above the sea.
Grigoriou Monastery hanging above the sea.
Monk going up to Grigoriou Monastery.
Monk going up to Grigoriou Monastery.
Grigoriou Monastery just after sunset.
Grigoriou Monastery just after sunset.
Buildings outside Grigoriou Monastery.
Buildings outside Grigoriou Monastery.
Grigoriou Monastery from above.
Grigoriou Monastery from above.
Grigoriou Monastery overlooking the second peninsula of Chalkidiki (Sithonia).
Grigoriou Monastery overlooking the second peninsula of Chalkidiki (Sithonia).
St. Paul Monastery at the lower end of the west side. It is the last main monastery before the rocky south side of the peninsula.
St. Paul Monastery at the lower end of the west side. It is the last main monastery before the rocky south side of the peninsula.
The impressive Panteleimonos (Russian) Monastery on the way back to Ouranoupoli.
The impressive Panteleimonos (Russian) Monastery on the way back to Ouranoupoli.
Gull on the way back to Ouranoupoli, the main entrance port to Mount Athos.
Gull on the way back to Ouranoupoli, the main entrance port to Mount Athos.
Feeding gulls is a common habit on the big boat entering or exiting Mount Athos.
Feeding gulls is a common habit on the big boat entering or exiting Mount Athos.

Berlin

Park by the Museumsinsel
Park by the Museumsinsel
Brandenburg Gate at sunset
Brandenburg Gate at sunset
Reichstag reflection
Reichstag reflection
View from Reichstag terrace
View from Reichstag terrace
German parliament
German parliament
Hotel lobby in Friedrichshain
Hotel lobby in Friedrichshain
East side Gallery
East side Gallery
East side Gallery
East side Gallery
East side Gallery
East side Gallery
East side Gallery
East side Gallery
 Friedrichshain area
Friedrichshain area
Wahrhaft Nahrhaft (truly nutritious, it really is) Cafe in Friedrichshain
Wahrhaft Nahrhaft (truly nutritious, it really is) Cafe in Friedrichshain
Sad Girl with Rabbit Ears Mural by Boxi
Sad Girl with Rabbit Ears Mural by Boxi
Museumsinsel
Museumsinsel
Museumsinsel
Museumsinsel
Museumsinsel
Museumsinsel
Berlin Cathedral and Fernsehturm
Berlin Cathedral and Fernsehturm
Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in West Berlin from the unique Monkey Bar at the 25hours Hotel
Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in West Berlin from the unique Monkey Bar at the 25hours Hotel

Lake Kerkini

Lake Kerkini near Lithotopos dam
Lake Kerkini near Lithotopos dam
Young buffalo shepherds posing with their puppies. There are 1600 (water)buffalos around lake Kerkini. The population has increased from 600 animals in 1990 due to demand for buffalo meat and milk. The population in 1950 was 75000!
Young buffalo shepherds posing with their puppies. There are 1600 (water)buffalos around lake Kerkini. The population has increased from 600 in 1990 due to demand for buffalo meat and milk. The population in 1950 was 75000!
Lake boat and olive tress
Lake boat and olive tress
Observation tower near Lithotopos dam
Observation tower near Lithotopos dam
Lake boat
Lake boat
Pelicans and a flock of migratory birds. Lake Kerkini is now one of, if not the, premier birding site in Greece, and, as it is situated along the migratory flyway for migratory birds en route to the Aegean Sea, the Balkan region, the Black Sea, the Hungarian steppes and beyond it experiences an interesting migration (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Kerkini)
Pelicans and a flock of migratory birds. Lake Kerkini is now one of, if not the, premier birding site in Greece, and, as it is situated along the migratory flyway for migratory birds en route to the Aegean Sea, the Balkan region, the Black Sea, the Hungarian steppes and beyond it experiences an interesting migration (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Kerkini)
A line of pelicans
A line of pelicans
Horse near Lithotopos Dam. Still a lot of horses can be seen around lake Kerkini
Horse near Lithotopos Dam. Still a lot of horses can be seen around lake Kerkini

Βάβδος

Η Βάβδος στην ορεινή Χαλκιδική σε κοντινή απόσταση από τη Θεσσαλονίκη, αποτελεί μια πολύ καλή επιλογή για απόδραση στο βουνό. Το κτήμα Νταράκα προσφέρει καλό φαγητό σε πολύ όμορφο περιβάλλον μέσα στο δάσος, με πολύ μεγάλο κήπο. Η περιοχή προσφέρεται για πεζοπορικές περιηγήσεις ενώ υπάρχουν και τα μεταλλεία Βάβδου, γνωστά για φωτογραφικές εξορμήσεις.

Κτήμα Νταράκα στη Βάβδο
Κτήμα Νταράκα στη Βάβδο
Autumn flower in mountain Halkidiki at Vavdos
Autumn flower in mountain Halkidiki at Vavdos
Little cat wondering at Daraka's estate, Vavdos, Mountain Halkidiki
Little cat wondering at Daraka’s estate, Vavdos, Mountain Halkidiki

Wild bee on flower

The photo is taken above 1000m, on Chortiatis mountain near Thessaloniki, Greece. The flower most probably is a wild carnation.

Wild bee on flower
The photo is taken above 1000m, on Chortiatis mountain near Thessaloniki, Greece. The flower most probably is a wild carnation.