On assignment in Kavala

I have been relatively quiet, it’s winter after all and I have been trying to get back into fitness after the Xmas holidays – going to the gym and all and enjoying some free time at home. But early February I was sent to Kavala on assignment with Taxidia magazine by Kathinerini. Although not the best time to visit, as the weather can be  quite tricky, especially in February and more specifically in northern Greece, I was so excited as Kavala has been one of those places I had heard so much about but never visited. When I found out we were going to be staying at one of Greece’s most iconic and historical hotels, Imaret, I was more than thrilled. This is a destination hotel by all means, a good enough reason to visit Kavala for. Of course the city itself is very pretty, with the old town built under a castle and surrounded by the sea, with many tavernas serving fresh fish delicacies and some really nice cafes and bars to enjoy a night out. I would definitely love to visit this city again during late spring or early summer, as the locals told me, it’s quite different and more vibrant. Plus there are many beautiful beaches nearby and of course Thasos, another island on my bucket list.  Below is a selection of images I made during the assignment, but you can read all about our visit in detail and see more photos it if you catch the latest Taxidia magazine or soon online at Greece Is website.

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New year, old habits

My first post for 2018 is all about how I spent the last days of 2017. Exactly the same way I’ve been spending it the last few years, in the same house in Ano Doliana in Arcadia, with the same company doing exactly the same things. Things such as eating lots of amazing food, playing cards for hours and when in need of a break, we go for long walks in the nearby chestnut forest. Unfortunately there was no snow this year, check last year’s post though. Having a routine in your vacation is so comforting and clearly I don’t want to change this recipe at all. But I did change one recipe this year and that’s the season’s cocktail. Last year it was all about Grey Goose Le Fizz, this year it is all about Espresso Martinis. The recipe is quite simple, all you need is 45ml Grey Goose Vodka, 25ml espresso, 15ml coffee liqueur, a pinch of fleur de sel, lots of ice and (VERY) good shaking skills. Serve in a martini glass and garnish with grated chocolate or a few coffee beans. This was the perfect accompaniment to our long card sessions, perfect both before or after dinner. Try it out, if you like coffee you will love it!

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December in Epirus

Just a week before Christmas I visited Epirus for work, my ongoing travel project with Ouzo MINI. First stop was Ioannina and the next few days were spent exploring the magnificent Zagori village complex. I was lucky enough to test drive the brand new Volkswagen Polo during my trip, I drove a bit over 1500km in total, and I can easily say that this little car has grown and feels much bigger in every aspect. When traveling for work things can get very tiring – it’s work after all – and that’s when you need the amenities that a resort such as Grand Forest Metsovo can provide. Some spa treatments and swimming in indoor heated pools never hurt anyone, right? Especially when it’s snowing outside! Check out some photos from my visit below.

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Flowers for anger

A collaborative project that came together to soothe painful feelings. The transition from the raw feeling of rage caused by the painful loss of a loved one, to the feeling of acceptance of its constant absence and the final redemption. The poem included in the video is written by Niki Chalkiadaki, music and sound design by Dimitris Dimas, performers Orestis Karydas and Katerina Misichroni. Art direction by Orestis Karydas, directed by me. Entire video shot on the Sony A6300 (thanks so much for this fantastic piece of gear Sony Greece). Big thanks to Thodoris Markou for providing us shelter to create this at his studio, Amynta 13.

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Snowmageddon 2017

Greece is a country perceived by most foreigners as a summer destination. Fantastic beaches to swim at, tavernas to enjoy your ouzo and meze and little white washed cycladic houses. But more often than not, there can be more whiteness than expected during winter. It’s usually not as severe as it’s been lately, but snowfall is very common in certain regions during the winter months and even early spring, making Greece a fantastic all year round destination. I was lucky enough to experience one of the greatest snowfalls, considering that I was on an island, Evia. Check some of the photos I shot from this extreme weather phenomenon, where the entire village of Steni is half buried under tons of pure white snow.

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Flying beyond 2016

I was more than intrigued when I received my invitation for Christina’s New Year’s Eve party. To me, and to many others I’m sure, the holiday season stopped being fun when my childhood ended. Instead of a time off school, with endless presents, lots of favorite foods and games in the snow with my cousins, it had become a tightly scheduled period, with endless obligations and days of hectic work. Of course, I have to admit there are a few nights that are destined for fun, and Christina’s reception was one of those…Christina is a great cook, with her own catering service, renowned for her amazing parties, always with the best music, the tastiest finger food and the most eclectic cocktails. On the night of the event I had a friendly couple over for some cocktails to warm us up…

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Waiting for 2017 in Ano Doliana

Just like last year, I am back in the wonderful village of Ano Doliana, in Arkadia, to spend the holiday season with good friends. I guess you can call it luck, but exactly like the previous time, it snowed while I was there. And this village and it’s surrounding area look fantastic in snow. Of course I didn’t miss a chance to get out and take some photos of the beautiful winter landscapes. I had another good reason this time; to test my brand new Canon 5D IV and of course the fantastic Sony A6300. If you are ever in this little village, it’s good to know there are two traditional taverns serving really nice home made food and of course the best lamb chops and round cut pan-fried potatoes. It was great fun making a portrait of one of the owners! Check the photos below.

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SILO

Remember the Silo ? Well this time my talented friend Yiorgos Mesimeris styled the handsome Alex Apostolou from VN Models and we did a men’s fashion editorial.
All clothes were from Dimitris’ Petrou “Empêchement” FW 2015-2016 collection.
A collection inspired by the city of light, Paris, through the eyes of the great French writer Emile Zola (1840-1902) as immortalized in one of the great works, revives the Germinal, with a modern approach and a nostalgic look at the past.

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Istanbul World Tourism Forum 2016

A few weeks ago I was invited by Blogger Casting to attend the World Tourism Forum in Istanbul. It was a great chance to visit this great city again and also stay at the seductive W Istanbul.. Although I was a bit unlucky with the weather, I did manage to shoot some photos which I have included in this post.

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Taygetus

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.

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