Japan 2019, Part Two

Staying at Hakone During my recent visit to Japan, I had the chance to visit Lake Hakone and Kamakura (in Kanagawa). The scenery in Lake Hakone was magnificent. I am not sure I have seen this much green before as in lake Hakone (me and Rey from Star Wars).  Even…

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Japan 2019, Part One

When I was telling people that I would visit Japan this August, their reaction was “Wow, this is a lifetime journey”. This is my second time in Japan. However this time I stayed longer and I had the chance to visit some places outside Tokyo and Tachikawa. Tachikawa was the…

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Nafpaktos in Summer

(Photos from the summer of 2016) When our youngest son, Dimitris, was 4 months old, we were looking for a nice place near Athens to stay for a couple of weeks in the summer. We found a nice apartment with a small back yard in a garden, in Nafpaktos which…

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Three days in Pylos

(Photos from June 2015) Usually June is not so warm as it was in 2015, when we spent a long weekend in Pylos with some friends. We even had our first swim in that weekend, which was nice despite the sea being a little bit colder than I would like….

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The Abandoned Village of Apano Symi, Lasithi

(Photos from August 2018) In the summer of 2018, we went again to Crete for 2 weeks. One place we had never been to was the abandoned village of Apano Symi (literally translated as “Upper Symi”). We had frequently visited the adjacent Kato Symi (“Lower Symi”) just to have lunch…

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Feneos

(Photos from March 2019) Feneos is an area named after a small village, which inherited the name of ancient Pheneus. It is in the region of Corinth, on Mt. Ziria (known also as Kyllini). The best place to go in Feneos is the artificial Lake Doxa. It is very accessible…

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“We’ll always have Paris.”

(Photos from December 2015) What can anyone say about Paris? Everything you’ve seen and heard about how spectacular Paris is , is true. This trip to Paris was back in December 2015, when we were expecting our little boy. Just a month earlier , Paris had suffered the consequences of…

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Karpenisi : “Through bushes and through briars…” – but mainly oak and fir

On the last weekend of August we had a quick getaway from the city, to make amends for our ruined summer vacation. The weather was not what you would call optimal for a swim at the sea so we decided that we go to Karpenisi. Karpenisi is in a region…

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Potsdam: Monotonic scenery and Harmonic life

A few weeks ago I visited Potsdam to attend to a workshop. It wasn’t my first visit in Potsdam. I had visited Potsdam some years ago and I didn’t expect anything exciting. The city is very close to Berlin. When we took the train from Berlin to Potsdam it took…

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Skopelos, the Blue and Green of the Sporades

Here I am again, back home, pondering what possibly I could write that could accurately describe Skopelos. Well, the cliché “Blue and Green” is actually accurate for Skopelos. Apart from being probably the most forest-covered island of Greece –which was something extraordinary even after having visited Corfu and Ithaki— ,…

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