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 lakeside…

Revealing more secret sights of Athens

The only people who ever get anyplace interesting are the people who get lost Henry David Thoreau After the impressive and warm reception of our first article about the secret sights of Athens, the team searched again and identified seven new places in the city, unknown to most visitors and locals. We believe that the result…

Visit the palace of a Homeric king in Pylos

#uniquedestinations Nestor’s Palace (Ανάκτορο Νέστορος) is a central mansion of the Late Greek Age, surrounded by a fortified enclosure and is considered by archaeologists to be related to the heroic King Nestor, who played a key role in the Trojan War. It was an impressive building that included storage rooms, laboratories, baths, skylights, reception areas,…

Neapoli Lakonias – The unexplored nautical town of Southern Greece

Neapoli – also known as Neapolis, Neapoli Voion or Vatika (Νεάπολη -ς / Νεάπολη Βοιών / Βατίκα) – is located in the bay between Elafonisos (Ελαφόνησος) and Cavo Maleas (Κάβο Μαλέας) in Lakonia (Λακωνία). It is the last southeastern continental city of Greece and Europe. The old part of the city has been built amphitheatrically…

Poros Island – So close and so unique

Poros (Πόρος) is a small Greek island-pair in the southern part of the Saronic Gulf, separated from the Peloponnese by a 200 m wide sea channel, with the scenic town of Galatas (Γαλατάς) on the mainland. Poros consists of two islands: Sphaeria (Σφαιρία), the southern part, which is of volcanic origin, where the town of Poros is located, and Kalavria (Καλαυρία) (meaning gentle breeze in…

Exploring the Dragon House of Athens

[Μπορείτε να διαβάσετε εδώ την Ελληνική έκδοση του άρθρου μας] The most famous dragon houses (drakospita / δρακόσπιτα) in Greece are the Dragon Houses of South Evia. Dragon houses are generally made of square and elongated stones, which are placed on top of each other, without other binders and are held only by their weight….

Εξερευνώντας το Δρακόσπιτο της Αθήνας

Τα πιο γνωστά δρακόσπιτα στον Ελλαδικό χώρο είναι τα Δρακόσπιτα της Νότιας Εύβοιας. Τα δρακόσπιτα είναι κατασκευασμένα με τετραγωνικούς και μακρόστενους  λίθους, οι οποίοι είναι τοποθετημένοι ο ένας πάνω στον άλλο, χωρίς άλλα συνδετικά υλικά και συγκρατούνται μόνο με το βάρος τους. Τα κενά συμπληρώνονται με άλλους μικρότερους λίθους. Η σκεπή είναι και αυτή κατασκευασμένη από…

Iera Odos – Following the sacred road of Ancient Athens

Iera Odos (Sacred Road / Ιερά Οδός in Greek) was in ancient times the road that connected the city of Athens with Eleusis / Elefsina (Ελευσίς / Ελευσίνα), where once a year the famous (but still unexplained about their exact character) Eleusinian Mysteries (Ελευσίνια Μυστήρια) were performed. Iera Odos was 22 km long, starting from…