Traditional Café in Elafotopos, Zagori – “ΚΑΦΕΝΕΙΟΝ ΣΥΝΑΝΤΗΣΙΣ”

Traditional Café in Elafotopos, Zagori - "Καφενείον Συνάντησις"

A really small traditional Café, or else kafeneion as cafes are called in Greece, that had been eluding my radar for quite a while, that has little to offer in terms of goods but a lot in terms of “experience”. Greek coffee, tsipouro, boiled cauliflower…

Rokka, agrotourism in the Zagori

Rokka, agrotourism in the Zagori

Rokka is an agrotourism guesthouse in Elafotopos village, Zagorochoria. It lays on Mt. Stouros at an altitude of 1.100m and has a commanding view of the valley of Soudena in central Zagori. The daily routine in Rokka includes the making of frumenty (trachana), cheese, fresh butter, yogurt,…

Two tsipouro distillations in one day!

Two tsipouro distillations in one day!

I. The learned version: empirical knowledge gathered from fathers & grandfathers mated to the modern theories The official government seal that grants permission to the owner of the still to distill tsipouro for a few precious days every year! Emptying the still from the remaining grapes…

The photographic eye of Ruth De Ruwe

Ruth is a photographer that lives and works on the island of Texel in the Netherlands. An island with a population of 13,641 in the province of North Holland which is her greatest inspiration. Her second, a very close second, inspiration, is none other than the Zagori region which she frequently visits to take photogrpahs of the area and stay at her friend's Ritas Hotel Porfyron in Ano Pedina

Ruth is a photographer that lives and works on the island of Texel in the Netherlands. An island with a population of 13,641 in the province of North Holland which is her greatest inspiration. Her second, a very close second, inspiration, is none other than the Zagori…

Autumn colours

Autumn colours in Zagori

Autumn has arrived for good in Zagori and it is a matter of a few weeks before the foliage peaks. A walk through the woods rewarded us with colours but not only …

Honey processing by the beehouse in Tsepelovo

Honey processing by the beehouse in Tsepelovo, Zagori

Today we, the whole family that is, had an enlightening visit to the Beehouse in Tsepelovo village where Moses explained to us all steps involved in honey processing. The following pictures describe each step that the bee keeper follows in order to process the honey…

Trachana { Frumenty }

Traditional Trachana { Frumenty }, Zagori, Ioannina, Greece

Trahana is part of the culinary scene in the hoseholds of the Zagori region. It is a centurie’s old traditional food made every year by the women of the Zagori but also of Greece in general. Nowadays it can be readily found in the supermarkets…

… And gathering swallows twitter in the skies

The swallows gathered this morning outside my window in Zagori in anticipation of their southbound trip towards their warmer second home

How beautiful the season is now—How fine the air. A temperate sharpness about it. Really, without joking, chaste weather—Dian skies—I never liked stubble-fields so much as now—Aye better than the chilly green of the spring. Somehow, a stubble-field looks warm—in the same way that…

ZAGORI … NOT IN CRISIS

ARCHITECTURE, TRADITION, FAUNA, FLORA, VIKOS GORGE, AOOS RIVER, ASTRAKA PEAK, PINDOS, FOOD, WINE, TREKKING, RAFTING... NOT IN CRISIS

Zagori, Greece What’s not in crisis in a few photographs … Friendly piece of advice … do not watch TV, reality is far better than portrayed. Come to Zagori and we can discuss it in person or even better, NOT!   Hiking, rafting and relaxing in…

Horse riding in the National Park of Vikos-Aoos

Horse rides and treks for all ages and levels in one of Greece’s most beautiful environments, Papigo, one of 46 villages in the Zagori region, in the heart of the National Park of Northern Pindus. Enjoy the sunset as it paints the majestic cliff…