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Our walk in the gorge with Julianne and Dena.

??????????????????????????????? Roussos Viglis was the guide, as always ready to answer any questions and prepared with many stories. When we reached Samaria village we had a pick nick with tomatoes, olives, graviera cheese, sea salt and rusk. The houses in the village look very old and abandoned but in fact they were inhabited untill 1962, when the national Park was created and all the locals had to leave the area. The renovated house that you see, is the Viglis family house and the sign on it explains a bit of its history. Here is a rough translation:

“This was Theodoros Viglis house and after his death (killed January 1897 in the batlle against the Tourkish occupation at Xilokamaria Nerokourou) it was passed along to his first cousin Roussos Viglis (our Roussos grandfather) that died in 1941.

In may 1941 the government of Greece along with the prime minister Emmanouel Tsouderos and the king George the second with his escorts were fleeing to Kairo through the gorge and stayed in this house. Fom here they composed their last message to the greek people urging them to continue the fight against the German occupation.”
Roussos explained that his father, Stavros Viglis didn’t like having the king in their house and was held back by his brothers as to not create a fight.

For more pictures here.


Light contrast in the gorge.


Level two: second castle

The trouth is that the second castle was much further up than my brother remembered. He had said that it has about the same distance as the first one but I can tell you right now he was mistaken. I panted up trying to keep up with him and as we couldn’t find it were we though it woud be, eventually  I sat down and sent him on to check if he would find it soon. He called out to me five minutes later, so I got up and also reached it.

The view was definately rewarding!  We were at an altitude of 540 m.

As we were walking downwards we had to be caredul not to twist an ancle or fall because it was quite steep and some rocks were unstable. We also had to hurry a bit because he sunset had reached us and we didnt want to be caught by the night up there!

More pictures here.


Beekeeping lesson with Julianne and Dena.

Honey tasting straight from the honeycomb!


An oasis!

10425075_656842347743294_2818590441264236724_nΣτο καταπράσσινο φαράγγι της Ελιγιάς. Όαση δροσιάς!
In the rich greenery of Eligia Gorge. An oasis!


Ήρθε το καλοκαίρι… Προσθέστε μόνο τον τζίτζικα 🙂

Summer is here… Just add the cicadas!


Ο όφης… Στο φαράγγι της Ελιγιάς. Look who we found… Hiking in Eligias Gorge.


On our walk to Agios Pavlos we found a heart.

Πάντα ῥεῖ

Με τα χρόνια, ο ποταμός άλλαξε πορεία. Η γέφυρα αυτή είναι πολύ πολύ παλιά. In time, the river has changed it’s course.This bridge is very very old. “ποταμοῖσι τοῖσιν αὐτοῖσιν ἐμϐαίνουσιν, ἕτερα καὶ ἕτερα ὕδατα ἐπιρρεῖ” Αυτοί που μπαίνουν στα ίδια ποτάμια δέχονται συνέχεια άλλα κι άλλα νερά Ever-newer waters flow on those who step […]

Our sea...

Καλημέρα Λιβυκό!

Goodmorning Libyan Sea!