New Year’s Resolutions for Travelers

Drafting the new year’s resolution list has grown into a favorite habit. It has become more like an annual ritual that stirs our imagination and boosts our dreams. After all, setting yearly goals and ambitions cultivates our optimism for the future. In that spirit, our upcoming trips deserve to make part of our resolutions list …

Metsovo: A Gem in the Nest of Mountain Pindus

A magnificent mountain range in Epirus, tradition, nature, altitude, natural beauty, rare flora and fauna… Metsovo guarantees all this and even more. All you have to do is pack your suitcases and head to the Prefecture of Ionnina, the capital of Epirus. Metsovo is perched at an altitude of 1.150 meters within a landscape of overwhelming …

The Vergina Excavation

The Vergina excavation already numbers several decades of research. Ever since 1938 until nowadays, the archaeologists of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the Archaeological Service have been continuously working on site bringing to light new monuments. It was in 1856 when the French archaeologists and traveler L.Heuzey during his journey in Macedonia had discovered …

The Divine Experience of the Thermal Springs in Greece

Adopt Aristotle’s motto: “The energy of the mind is the essence of life”. Well-being does not concern physical health only. It is a general feeling, an internal ray of health, force and beauty. It is an on-going process. With one of the best climates in the world, with a unique variety of nature, as well as …

Herbal Drinks

Herbal drinks, hot or cold, are very popular and easy to prepare. The rule is: one or one-half teaspoon of herb for a cup of water. When you use roots, rinds, or leaves, it is best to finely chop them first before use. The kitchen utensils required to make an infusion or tea should be …

The Nutritional Value of Wild Greens – Herbs and Fruits

In 1999 the National Centre of Nutrition, of the National School for Public Health, headed by Mrs. Antonia Trichopoulou, in collaboration with the Hellenic Chemistry Laboratory and company RTD of Food Industry (ETAT.S.A.) conducted a large-scale research concerning the nutritional value of a group of 17 different wild herbs which were used in cottage pie …

Herbs, Vegetables, Fruits of Crete

The deceptively barren hills and mountains of Crete, the rocky landscape, thick olive groves, uncultivated plots, even the rugged coastline host a most interesting flora, a unique evolutionary crossbreed of the European, African and Asian flora. Many of the plant species endemic to Crete actually naturalized from other continents centuries ago. In particular, the Cretan …

Herbs, Greens Fruit. The Key to the Mediterranean Diet – Part 2

In antiquity ethereal oils and other aromatic substances were used daily in lay and religious activities spanning from the meticulous care of the body to treatment of ailments and devotional practices. On the basis of information deciphered in Linear B tablets found in Knossos and Pylos, ethereal oils were extracted by perfume experts in Minoan …