Category Archives: European Travel

Where Asia and Europe flow together: Kavala, Greece

 

Kavala, Greece
Kavala, Greece
the Imaret (early 19th century) now boutique hotel.
the Imaret (early 19th century) now boutique hotel.

The twisting streets of Kavala’s old city reveals its recent past. The architecture is a mosaic of historical patterns befitting a port city serving empires. Known as Neapolis for its first thousand years, Kavala has born witness to dreamers and emperors since the 7th century B.C.  It’s easy to marvel at the 16th century engineering beauty of the Kamares aquaduct from the fortress.

 

The Kamares aquaduct (15th century)
The Kamares aquaduct (15th century)

Adding to the charm of the city are important and entertaining sites in the nearby countryside – the impressive remains of Philippi,  Lydia, the Krinides Therapeutic Clay Baths and vineyards on the mountain where Dionysus resided in the Pangaion Hills.

Ktima Biblia Chora vineyard on the slopes of Mt. Pangaion.
Ktima Biblia Chora vineyard on the slopes of Mt. Pangaion.

 

To get there, stay at, go to and dine please read…

Kavala: still fresh after 2,700 years

 

N 40° 55' dining room at the Lucy Hotel, Kavala
N 40° 55′ dining room at the Lucy Hotel, Kavala

 

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Hellenic News of America

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Culinary Travel Examiner

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Alonissos, Greece: Touch the Soul

 

robetiko musicians at To Kamaki
robetiko musicians at To Kamaki

 

Alonissos Island
Alonissos Island

“Alonissos is a close knit community,” British expats Dave Court and Gerry Ivison said. For me it’s the robetiko ballads that touch the soul of both Alonissos and Greece.

Not all Greek islands are similar. In this most northerly of the Sporades islands, the towering pine forests tumble down the rocky cliffs to the sea.

 

Tsoukali beach windmill
Tsoukali beach windmill

 

Palio Horio, Alonissos
Palio Horio, Alonissos

Secluded beaches, historic towns, lush pine forests, the land gives way to solitude as one drives north from the port capital of Patitiri to Gerka. Cafes, tavernas, museums, hotels, artists all make Alonissos home, and so did pirates.

At the Museum  of Alonissos
At the Museum of Alonissos

 

Read more in my Hellenic News of America column on this alluring central Aegean island…

Alonissos Island is a floating spoon sweet

 

Sunset on Alonissos
Sunset on Alonissos

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Tsikali Taverna, Sifnos Island, Greece: Tradition

 

Flora and Nikos Kratzeskaros
Flora and Nikos Kratzeskaros

 

a community wood fired oven in Vathi, Sifnos, Greece
a community wood fired oven in Vathi, Sifnos, Greece

A community wood fired oven…producing cheese from goats and sheep from your farm…serving these dishes on the beach mere feet from the Aegean. Welcome to the 21st century Greek style.

ingredients for caper salad
ingredients for caper salad

The village of Vathi is a classic beauty. The winding road descends from the hills and one’s first glimpse is the gleaming white buildings clustered in a crescent on a white sand beach in front of the interminable clear aqua water of the Aegean. Read all about Nikos, Flora and Tsikali Taverna at…

Tradition is the norm at Tsikali Taverna on Sifnos Island

 

Vathi, Sifnos, Greece
Vathi, Sifnos, Greece

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Mount Olympus is more than legend

 

Mt. Olympus & the village of Litohoro
Mt. Olympus & the village of Litohoro
Within the Mt. Olympus range
Within the Mt. Olympus range

Home to Zeus and his family of gods, declared the first Greek national park in 1938, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1981 and a European Union “Most Important Bird” area, the region includes 120 species of flowers, 1,700 species of plants with 23 exclusive to the Mount Olympus microclimate.

The Bath of Zeus
The Bath of Zeus

No wonder the gods wanted this prime real estate. At its base is Dion, the nearly three-millennium old holy city of ancient Macedonia dedicated to Olympian Zeus. Within the confines of the park is the 600-year-old Greek Orthodox Monastery of St. Dionysios of Olympus. And scattered throughout are sites steeped in legend and history. Read what has attracted the multitudes for eons in my column for the Hellenic News of America:

Mount Olympus: playground for gods and mortals

 

Restoration of Monastery of St. Dionysios of Olympus
Restoration of Monastery of St. Dionysios of Olympus

 

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The Flegra Beach Boutique Apartments opens Asterias

 

Grilled squid at Asterias
Grilled squid at Asterias
Chef Kostas Tsoutsas & Yannis Laspas
Chef Kostas Tsoutsas & Yannis Laspas

The Asterias is the flagship restaurant of Yannis Laspas’ new Flegra Beach Boutique Apartments.  Like the airy decor of the dining room, Chef Kostas Tsoutas has a light modern touch with traditional Greek ingredients.

Asterias Greek seafood restaurant
Asterias Greek seafood restaurant

 

Flegra Beach Boutique Apartments
Flegra Beach Boutique Apartments

The waterfront Flegra Beach Boutique Apartments and Asterias are located in Pefkochori on the Kassandra peninsula with window walls looking onto the pine tree shaded beach and Aegean Sea.

You can read the review with many more photos…

Asterias: Greek seafood at the new Flegra Beach Hotel

 

 

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The Farinola brothers: love for Mom and Greece

 

Mama Maria, Milos, Greece
Mama Maria, Milos, Greece

 

Giovanni and Stelios Farinola
Giovanni and Stelios Farinola

Giovanni and Stelios are no strangers to yachting. The Ferinola family owns Excellent Yachting, one of the Greek Aegean’s leading sales and charter companies.

 

Kilma, Milos, Greece
Kilma, Milos, Greece

No wonder countless legions throughout time have escaped to the serenity of the Greek islands.

Come read about my day sailing around Milos….

On board the Mama Maria, Milos, Greece

 

Milos, Greece
Milos, Greece

 

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Let a Greek volcano do the cooking

 

Milos, Greece
Milos, Greece

 

Cafe Restaurant Sirocco
Cafe Restaurant Sirocco

Does continual beauty cause you to yawn? Is dining within sight and sound of warm shockingly blue water directly on a white sand beach passé on your “bucket list?” Unless, that is, having dinner cooked by a volcano is intriguing.

Read all about it….

Let a Greek volcano do the cooking at Sirocco

 

Paleochori Beach
Paleochori Beach

 

You can read all my articles at:

Hellenic News of America

Original World Travel

Culinary Travel Examiner

 International Dining Examiner

International Travel Examiner

Philadelphia Fine Dining Examiner

Food & Recipes Examiner