Ήπειρος

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 15:26
strangelover: (Northern Greece)
The annual anniversary getaway, this year The Boyfriend and I celebrated twelve years together by returning to our favourite place on earth...

End of the Road


Anniversary Getaway )

The full set of photos are here on Flickr.
strangelover: (Northern Greece)
It was time for The Boyfriend and I to go on our anniversary holiday, last year it was Pilio, this year we opted for our favourite destination - Zagorohoria, with a few stops along the way.

Mountains from Metsovo

My favourite part of the world )

The full set of photos are here on Flickr.
strangelover: (Northern Greece)
It had been five long years since I was last in Epirus. I'd really missed this place and I am certain it won't be five more years before I return, more like five months (I hope!).

Konitsa


Up north )

The full set of photographs are here on Flickr.
strangelover: (Northern Greece)
The trip up north was amazing.

The short version: Itea was fantastically stormy; the time in Ioannina was spent eating good food and wandering around a castle; while Zagoria managed to look even more beautiful than usual, with the leaves changing colours.

Autumnal

The longer versions are as follows: -
* Part One: The journey to Itea, wine, waves and lemon pie.
* Part Two: Coastal roads, castles, catching up with friends and crappy hotels.
* Part Three: Zagorohoria, changing of the leaves, camping and being awed by beauty.

The full set of photos are on Flickr.
strangelover: (Itea)
Part One: The journey to Itea, wine, waves and lemon pie.
Part Two: Coastal roads, castles and catching up with friends.

~o~O~o~

Zagoria is about a half hour drive from Ioannina, so it was not long until we found ourselves driving on the mountainous roads surrounded by the autumnal trees, with their leaves changing to cover every shade of green, yellow, orange and red - just beautiful.

Ελάτη I

Zagoria )
strangelover: (Northern Greece)

Snow by Vradeto

Zagorohoria - pancakes, mountain tea and snow )
strangelover: (Northern Greece)
The news was warning of "arctic weather" and snow aplenty up in Northern Greece, but it took until Monday to find it. Thankfully the wait was worth it. The past few days have been spent up north, for various reasons, the basic 'excuse' which was to attend the first munch in Ioannina, which is conveniently located right next to my favourite place in Greece.

Friday: northward bound )

Saturday: munch in Ioannina )

Sunday: earthquakes and coffee )
The scenery in the area of Zagori is astoundingly beautiful, something you really should experience for yourself. We enjoyed driving around, before making the first stop for lunch in Tsepelovo, where we had metsovone saganaki, some salad and sausages. I don't eat meat very often, but I figure that on the rare occasion I do, it may as well be damn good meat and the local, handmade sausages here are tasty enough for me to manage over a quarter of one, which might not sound much, but it's enough for me. Next was Sterna, for coffee and spoon sweets before heading off to check on our usual camping site, only to find it a squelchy bog. As we searched for an alternative, the sky really opened up and we realised that camping just wasn't going to happen, unless we fancied being drowned or swept away by a river during the night. We drove to Dilofo and went to Lithos cafe[2], huddled around the fire drinking mountain tea, leafing through our guide book to the area and found a highly recommended hotel in the same village - the beautiful Archontiko [Αρχοντικό], which was originally a mansion house of the area. We stayed in Room No. 12, which was toasty warm, the bed was a beautiful (and comfortable) four poster, there was a fire place in the room, amazing views, great breakfast and really friendly and helpful staff. I know I'll be staying here again. You should too. It sure beat swimming in my sleep!

Monday morning we woke to see the fog lingering over the village and surrounding mountains, before heading downstairs for breakfast, packing up and taking our time driving through the eastern (and less touristy) areas of Zagorohoria, which featured much off-roading in the Bird Magnet MkII and the discovery that our chosen route was no longer available due to a landslide blocking the way. But there was snow, so I was happy. We stopped near Aoos, cleaned up the rubbish some bastards had left behind (including a large collection of empty retsina bottles), goofed around in the snow and then made our way to Metsovo for lunch. The original plan had been to camp out again, but certain things required attention, so after a coffee in a cosy café (with seating styling that I plan to use for my own place), we bought noodles and cheese and made our way home, taking the same route back, until we got to Nafpaktos, where we went over the Rio-Antirio bridge and drove through the Peloponnese (as we'd been informed it was a much faster route). Some 1200+ kilometres later, we were home.

Another photograph of snow )

Footnotes )

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