Last weekend I was lucky enough to be invited for a long weekend at Oniropetra Boutique Hotel in Karpenisi, Evrytania. This region has been on my list for a while now but I never had the chance to arrange it properly. Luckily, Hotel Brain made it all very simple. The hotel is really great and I would definitely recommend it but what’s even better is their excellent breakfast. Below you will find some photos from the property and many photos from the fantastic region of Everytania. I need to go back soon and explore the beautiful nature and the surrounding, picturesque villages.
My latest visit to my hometown Kalamata, Messinia, was accompanied by bad weather. But as my friend and fellow photographer Thodoris claims, that’s the best time to go out and shoot. And that’s exactly what I did. I didn’t find any friends that could join me, so I took Grappa (you know, man’s best friend) and we drove to the mountains. It was pouring but the thick fog really got me going…one of my favorite visits in Taygetus so far. I have also included some pictures I took in December in the same area, to make this my first post in 2016! My next goal is to climb this mountain to its peak (2407m) and photograph everything along the way.
This was my third visit to the island of Karpathos in just over a year but the first time I was there in mid October. I was really looking forward to seeing my friend Popi again and also staying at her excellent Silene Villas. The weather was perfect, even better than summer and the beaches were very quiet, totally how I like them!
Having spent some time in Kefalonia, we decided we needed a change of scenery. As you probably know, my island of choice is Kythera for a few consecutive years now so the choice was not hard. Here are some photos from the week on the island but also from getting there and back, while we were on the road.
After a long winter in the city it was time I went away, to an island I had never visited before. The bad weather didn’t stop me exploring the beautiful island of Kefalonia, but I definitely need to go back, to discover more of its beauty.
Final destination of the summer odyssey was the island of Nisyros. A volcanic island with not so many beaches to like but a very unique, mysterious vibe to it that makes you feel instantly at home. Definitely going back to get together again with the new friends I made during my stay. See you all soon…
After having spent five awesome days in Karpathos it was time to move on. Next destination, the tiny but picturesque island of Chalki. Our expectations were quite high and this little gem of an island did deliver! Having your room right on the water really gives a feeling of relaxation. Also, it really helped getting to know a local hero, Michalis, who took us to some serious hikes, the uncharted kind. Check out some of the photos that I took while spending three days on the island.
So after returning to Athens from a fantastic week on Kythera, I just had enough time to wash some clothes and embark on a journey to the south Aegean. My first stop would be Karpathos. An amazing island with fantastic beaches, picturesque villages keeping strong traditions, delicious food and super friendly people! Here you can see all the non iPhone shots, taken with the dslr, which is not really easy to carry around all the time. For the mobile shots you can always check the #summer_odyssey hashtag on Instagram.
I may be very predictable when choosing summer vacation spots but, truly, I am more than biased. There is absolutely no way I will not visit Kythera at some point during swimming season. This time I wasn’t all that inspired to take many photos, maybe because I have already taken quite a few on this beautiful island, but also because I was with great friends and sometimes this just makes you want to experience the actual moments rather than capturing them.
It’s always the weekend. I just need to leave the city. The hot summer weather just amplifies this wanderlust. Thanks to Fanis and Lia, I quenched my thirst for a bit of adventure. They invited me over to their rural house in a small village near Mycenae. I was ready in an instant, packed the camera bag and just left the city behind.