Mammut borsoni tusks at the Natural History Museum of Milea, Grevena

Mammut borsoni tasks at the Natural History Museum of Milea, Grevena

In 1997 Athanasios Delivos, a local of the village Milea in Grevena Western Macedonia, accidentally discovered a pair of tusks 4,39m long after a heavy rainfall. Following the discovery a team of archaeologists from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki led by Dr. Evaggelia Tsoukala started excavations on…

Crossing Vikos gorge on a sunny spring day!

Crossing Vikos gorge on a sunny spring day!

With Georgia (geozagori.gr) as our expert guide in Vikos-Aoos Geopark, the crossing of the gorge was more than a walk. It was a trip back to time! Quite back actually, when ice ruled the area! Some literature regarding the Geopark (source: European Geoparks Network): Vikos- Aoos…

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…

A yellow crocus flavus heralds early spring in Zagori

Crocus flavus or simply yellow crocus is a species of the Crocus genus belonging to the Iridaceae family. It grows wild on the slopes of Zagori, among other areas in Greece

Crocus flavus or simply yellow crocus is a species of the Crocus genus belonging to the Iridaceae family. It grows wild on the slopes of Zagori, as well as other areas in Greece and the Balkans, and has fragrant bright orange-yellow flowers. It’s size varies between…

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…

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…

Recipe for traditional Greek sourdough bread

Recipe for traditional Greek sourdough bread

A well “fermented” recipe by Marina S. (To read the recipe in Greek click here) The sourdough starter Ingredients 1 cup flour ¾ of a cup bottled water (tap water contains chlorine which kills the fungus) Some olive oil for preservation in the refrigerator Process time…

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…