Monday, July 16, 2012


Shipwreck , originally uploaded by Eleanna Kounoupa (Melissa).

Shipwreck #Saronic Gulf #Greece #travel #ttot #travelling2GR #visitGReece #comeinGReece #summerinGReece
photo via: Eleanna Kounoupa

Friday, July 6, 2012


Stifado, originally uploaded by Travel Logger.

Stifado ( Greek Beef Stew) #gastronomy #recipe #Greece #travel #ttot #travelling2GR #visitGreece
photo via: Travel Logger

This beef stew recipe is my family's favourite casserole.
I use either beef or rabbit, they both taste delicious, with very different distinct flavours with either meat.
My children love the flavour and the beef or rabbit is so tender it melts in your mouth. I often serve stifado with mashed potato and a green salad.
The large amount of onions give a rich sweet flavour to the sauce.
This beef stew recipe is a very old recipe and was traditionally made with wild rabbit, however, as it is slowly becoming harder to find rabbit, beef has become a wonderful alternative.


1.3kg boneless beef or rabbit, cleaned and cut into portions
800g - 1kg small pickling size onions, peeled and left whole
1 teacup olive oil
3-4 cloves garlic
1 teacup red wine
1/3 teacup red wine vinegar
640g tin tomatoes, or preferably fresh tomatoes
2 bay leaves
1 stem of rosemary
1 teaspoon cinnamon
sunflower oil


Cut the beef into cubes, or the rabbit into portions.
In a saucepan, heat the olive oil and saute the meat until lightly browned.
Saute the garlic.
Pour the red wine and vinegar over the meat. It will sizzle. Add the tomatoes, bay leaves, rosemary, cinnamon and salt and pepper.
Add about 250 - 300ml water, make sure its enough to cover everything.
Cover and cook until the meat is almost tender.

In a large frying pan, fry the small onions until lightly browned all over. You may have to do this in batches.
Remove the onions when they are ready and place on top of the meat in the casserole.
Shake the casserole for the meat and onions to mix a little (don't use a spoon to mix as you may disintegrate the onions).

Cover and cook until all is tender - at least 20-30 minutes. There should be just a small amount of thick tasty sauce left at the bottom.
The reason for frying the onions separately and adding them to the sauce near the end is because this way the onions are more likely to stay whole.

Another variation to this beef stew recipe is to add the onions along with the meat at the beginning. Be careful throughout cooking as the onions are more like to fall apart this way. They do however, take on the lovely flavour of the sauce.

You can speed the cooking process up a little by using the pressure cooker.
I often use this method to prepare the food a little quicker. I will fry the whole onions in batches at the beginning and put them in with the meat after adding all the other ingredients. Shake the saucepan.

You will only need about 200-250ml water if using the pressure cooker.
Close and seal with the pressure cooker lid.
It usually takes about 15 minutes to get to pressure and cook for 20 minutes at pressure.
Once you have opened it up after cooking, you may need to simmer, uncovered, for a while to reduce the liquid to a thick sauce.

Kali Orexi - Bon Appetit


Thursday, June 28, 2012

Sunset in Falasarna

Sunset in Falasarna, originally uploaded by lentina_x.

Sunset in Falasarna #Crete #Greece #travel #ttot #travelling2GR #visitGreece
Photo via: lentina_x

Pebble Pole

Pebble Pole, originally uploaded by Rupert Brun.

Pebble Pole @ Paxos #Ionian_sea #Greece #travel #ttot #travelling2GR #visitgreece
PHOTO via: Rupert Brun

Tuesday, June 26, 2012


Loutraki, originally uploaded by volos.

Loutraki @ #Skopelos #Sporades #travel #ttot #Greece #travelling2GR #visitGReece #photo via: Volos

Castle of Angels

Castle of Angels, originally uploaded by bazylek100.

angelokastro #Corfu #Ionian_sea #travel #ttot #Greece #travelling2GR #visitGReece #photo via: Robin

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Aegean blues

Aegean blues, originally uploaded by danichro.

Visit Greece campaign. #Mykonos ! #Greece #travel #ttot #travelling2GR #visitGReece
PHOTO via: Damianos Chronakis

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Magic moment, Arkitsa Greece

Magic moment, originally uploaded by Vassilis Online.

Magic moment. Sunset at #Arkitsa Port #Greece #travel #ttot #travelling2GR #visitGReece #comeinGReece #summerinGReece photo via: Vassilis

Friday, June 15, 2012

Greek Salad

Greek Salad, originally uploaded by MPOBrien.

R Y Hungry? #Greek Salad #gastronomy #Greece #travel #ttot #travelling2GR #visitGReece #comeinGReece #summerinGReece
PHOTO via: MPOBrien

Greek salad is a summer salad in Greek cuisine. It is made with pieces of tomatoes, sliced cucumber, green bell peppers, red onion, sliced or cubed feta cheese, and Kalamata olives, typically seasoned with salt and dried oregano, and dressed with olive oil. Common additions include the pickled leaves, buds or berries of capers (especially in the Dodecanese islands), vinegar, lemon juice, and chopped parsley. Mmmmm, delicious!

Greek Holiday

Greek Holiday, originally uploaded by BizArrT Gallery.

black and white galore @ #hydra #Greece #travel #ttot #travelling2GR #visitGReece #comeinGReece #summerinGReece
PHOTO via: BizArrT Gallery

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Greek Summer

Greek Summer, originally uploaded by Miltiadis Kapodistrias.

YAMAS! #Greek Summer #Greece #travel #ttot #travelling2GR #visitGReece #comeinGReece #summerinGReece
PHOTO via: M. Kapodistrias

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Galaxidi Fokida Greece

Galaxidi - 08-08-08 - 22h49, originally uploaded by Panoramas.

Galaxidi #Fokida #Greece #travel #ttot #travelling2GR #visitGReece #comeinGReece
PHOTO via: Panoramas

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, originally uploaded by David Spender.

Hagia Sophia ; (Turkish: Ayasofya, from the Greek: Ἁγία Σοφία "Holy Wisdom") is a former patriarchal basilica, later a mosque, now a museum in Istanbul, Turkey. Famous in particular for its massive dome, it is considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture and to have "changed the history of architecture". It was the largest cathedral in the world for nearly a thousand years, until the completion of the Seville Cathedral in 1520. The current building was originally constructed as a church between 532 and 537 A.D. on the orders of the Byzantine Emperor Justinian, and was in fact the third Church of the Holy Wisdom to occupy the site (the previous two had both been destroyed by riots).

In 1453, Constantinople was conquered by the Ottoman Turks and Sultan Mehmed II ordered the building to be converted into a mosque. The bells, altar, iconostasis, and sacrificial vessels were removed, and many of the mosaics were eventually plastered over. The Islamic features — such as the mihrab, the minbar, and the four minarets outside — were added over the course of its history under the Ottomans. It remained as a mosque until 1935, when it was converted into a museum by the Republic of Turkey.

Athens • Αθήνα

Athens • Αθήνα, originally uploaded by ptg1975.

dusky #Athens #Greece #urban #travel #ttot #travelling2GR #visitGReece #comeinGReece
PHOTO via: ptg1975


Pebbles, originally uploaded by GoSouthEast.

Pebbles @ Kalamitsi #Lefkada #Greece #urban #travel #ttot #travelling2GR #visitGReece #comeinGReece
Photo via: GoSouthEast a superb photo of our friend Claudia Schulte

Monday, June 11, 2012

good afternoon all

"A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step." -- Lao Tzu Copyright © Demetrios the Traveler

Saturday, June 9, 2012

EdipsosTown Evia Greece

EdipsosTown CIMG1853, originally uploaded by

AidipsosTown #Evia #greece #travel #ttot #travelling2GR #visitGReece
Photo via:

Aidipsos (Greek: Αιδηψός) is a former municipality in Euboea, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Istiaia-Aidipsos, of which it is a municipal unit. 80 of Greece's 752 hot springs are located in Aidipsos, making it a popular tourist destination. The spas date back more than 20,000 years. The 2001 population was 6,670. Many famous personalities have visited the town so far, such as Lucius Cornelius Sulla, Sir Winston Churchill, Eleutherios Venizelos, Theodoros Deligiannis, Georgios Theotokis, Ioannis Kondilakis, Metropolit of Athens Theoklitos I, Aristotelis Onassis, Maria Kallas, Kostis Palamas, Marika Kotopouli and others

via Wikipedia

Monday, June 4, 2012

Volax, Tinos island, Cyclades, Greece

Church and sky, originally uploaded by Marite2007.

Church and dramatic sky near Volax, Tinos island, Cyclades, Greece

Sunset in Limeni, Mani, Peloponnese Greece

Sunset in Limeni, Mani, originally uploaded by Scott Norsworthy.

This place was certainly a highlight of the 2009 Summer Course in Greece. Halfway through our month-long journey, we paused for three days at the southernmost peninsula of the Peloponnese, a rugged landscape known in Greek mythology as one of the gates to the underworld.

Echoing the vernacular architecture of the Maniot towers that still famously dot the coastal terrain, we stayed at a wonderful hotel where the rooms were actually individual towers that create a sort of village traversed by winding roads and steep stairs.

Puster Valley, South Tyrol, Austria & Italy

Morning Light!, originally uploaded by niklens.

The Puster Valley is located in the western part of the Periadriatic Seam, which separates the Southern Limestone Alps from the Central Alps (and also most of the limestone Alps from the central gneiss and slate peaks of the range's central section). Half of the valley drains to the west (to the Adriatic via the Adige river) and the other half to the east (to the Black Sea via the Danube). The watershed lies in the shallow valley floor (the Toblacher Feld). The Rienz river flows westwards through the Puster Valley and the Drau river flows eastwards into Tyrol. The eastern part of the valley is called the Hochpustertal ("High Puster Valley").
East of Sillian, the Puster Valley leaves the Peradriatic Line (which moves into the Gailtal valley) and turns to the northeast towards Lienz.
The towns of the Puster Valley are located between 750 and 1,180 meters above sea level. The most important of these towns in the western valley are Toblach, Welsberg-Taisten, Olang, and Bruneck; the most important in the eastern valley are Innichen, Sillian, and Mittewald.
The largest tributaries of the Rienz river form the Antholzer Bach, the Ahr, the Pragser Bach, the Gsieser Bach, the Gran Ega, the Pfunderer Bach, and the Lüsenbach. The Pustertal's largest side valley is the Tauferer Ahrntal. The Drau's largest eastern tributaries are the Sextner Bach and the Villgraten-Bach.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Travelling 2 Greece

Ξεκινάμε με η ταξιδο-σελίδα ο τοίχος/profile!/travelling2GR twitter profile

και σύντομα  η ιστοσελίδα

μια νέα φρέσκια προσπάθεια, για την προώθηση της απίστευτης ομορφιάς της πατρίδας μας... θεματικές ενότητες - αφιερώματα - καταδύσεις - σπηλαιοτουρισμός - αστικός τουρισμός - γαστριμαργικός τουρισμός και πολλά πολλά ακόμη... ευχαριστούμε για την υποστήριξη σας και αν σας αρέσει, γιατί όχι και για την συμμετοχή σας στις δράσεις μας, στους διαγωνισμούς στην φωτογραφική βιβλιοθήκη, η και στην διαφήμιση της τουριστικής σας επιχείρισης... γιατί η Ελλάδα είναι οι άνθρωποι της ... Καλό ΣΚ.. Δημήτρης και Γιώργος

Monday, February 27, 2012

#Cape #Sounion, #Attica Region, #Greece

Cape Sounion (Modern Greek: Aκρωτήριο Σούνιο, transliterated Akrotírio Soúnio, pronounced [akroˈtirʝo ˈsuɲo]; Ancient Greek: Άκρον Σούνιον, Άkron Soúnion; Latin: Sunium promonturium; Venetian: Capo Colonne - "Cape of Columns") is a promontory located 69 kilometres (43 mi) SSE of Athens, at the southernmost tip of the Attica peninsula in Greece.
Cape Sounion is noted as the site of ruins of an ancient Greek temple of Poseidon, the god of the sea in classical mythology. The remains are perched on the headland, surrounded on three sides by the sea. The ruins bear the deeply engraved name of English Romantic poet Lord Byron (1788–1824).
The site is a popular day-excursion for tourists from Athens, with sunset over the Aegean Sea, as viewed from the ruins, a sought-after spectacle.

Traditionally #Greek : Greek Coffee

There's still a beauty in Greece and in being Greek. Even if these days it means reminding myself of what it was like growing up with Greek values and Greek traditions outside of Greece.

The drawing is part of a set created for Art Source Publishing illustrating what being Greek means to Greeks living abroad.

You can see the rest of the Traditionally Greek set too.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Traditionally Greek : Ouzo

Traditionally Greek : Ouzo, originally uploaded by DimitraTzanos.

There's still a beauty in Greece and in being Greek. Even if these days it means reminding myself of what it was like growing up with Greek values and Greek traditions outside of Greece.

The drawing is part of a set created for Art Source Publishing illustrating what being Greek means to Greeks living abroad.

You can see the rest of the Traditionally Greek set too.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Shandur Lake, Ghizer, Pakistan.

A Night at Shandur.., originally uploaded by M Atif Saeed.

A Night at Shandur..

Ghizer District is northernmost part of the Northern Areas of Pakistan. Its capital is Gakuch. Ghizer is also a contact point between Gilgit and Chitral and also it is contact point to China, Tajikistan via Qurumber pass through Ishkomen/Darkut Yasin (which are connected via Shandur Pass). Ghizer is a multi ethnic district and three major languages are spoken. Khowar, Shina and Burushaski are spoken in Ghizer. There are also Wakhi speakers in Ishkoman.and the Gujars are also in minority, few Tajik speakers are also living in Ishkomen Imit.
Ghizer is a distorted form of the name Gherz means (In Khowar or Chitrali) the Refugees. Whenever the Mehtars(Raja's)of Chitral did unjust with their people in Chitral and forced them to migrate towards Gupis. They were settled in the area between Chitral and Gupis and the area called Gherz and the people were called Gherzic. When Zulafiqar Ali Bhutto the President of Pakistan abolished the FCR and Rajgi system and made another administrative district comprising the Tehsils (Political districts) the name Ghizer was agreed and unanimously.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Tenuta di Spannocchia, Tuscany, Italy

Tenuta di Spannocchia is 12th-century organic agricultural estate and educational center located just outside Siena, in central Tuscany. Spannocchia hosts a residential farm internship program and education/enrichment programs focused on Tuscan culture and history for students and adults. Learn more about our efforts to encourage global dialogue about sustaining cultural landscapes for future generations by visiting
"A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step." -- Lao Tzu Copyright © Demetrios the Traveler

Sümela Monastery, Trabzon, Turkey

SUMELA MONASTRY, originally uploaded by MAKROWER.

The Sümela Monastery (Turkish: Sümela Manastırı), Greek: Μονή Παναγίας Σουμελά, i.e. monastery of the Panaghia ("All Holy", the Greek name for the Virgin Mary) at Melá mountain) is a Greek Orthodox monastery, standing at the foot of a steep cliff facing the Altındere valley, in the region of Maçka in Trabzon Province, modern Turkey. Lying at an altitude of approximately 1200 metres, it is a major tourist attraction of Altındere National Park.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Messinia | Golden Coast, Peloponnese Greece

Messinia | Golden Coast, originally uploaded by Visit Greece.
Messinia: featuring luxurious resorts and boutique guest houses, high mountains and mellow olive groves, historical sites of all ages and of course amazing beaches of all kinds.

Τhis corner of the Peloponnese has it all!

Crete - Chania, Greece

Crete - Chania, originally uploaded by Visit Greece.

The region of Chania (Haniá), on the western side of the island, is dominated by the impressive White Mountains (in Greek: Lefká Óri) and its famous National Park, which occupy the largest part of the region.The Prefecture of Chania provides tourist services and activities of all kinds, satisfying all the choices. The city of Chania maintains unaltered all of its characteristics, from the time of the Venetian Rule up until today.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Achaia Clauss Wine Co., Achaia, Peloponnesus, Greece


Today, the Achaia Clauss Wine Co. is one of the largest wineries in Greece and the largest exporter of cork-sealed Greek wine exporting to forty-two countries. Its portfolio includes thirty-two wines and four spirits ranging from young, refreshing wines to boutique-style wines with depth and richness. The winery produces an excess of three million cases of wine each year on facilities capable of handling 20,000 bottles per hour. In the recent past, Nick Karapanos, the owner of Achaia Clauss, invested over $10 million in state-of-the-art equipment and has contracted with growers all over Greece to meet the company's growing needs. Its most famous products are Demestica, Mavrodaphne, Muscat, Nemea, Chateau Clauss, Danielis, Santa Helena, Retsina, and Ouzo. These wines have won resounding critical acclaim and have withstood the test of time. Each year, the winery receives 250,000 visitors, who have the opportunity to taste these beautiful wines, and to visit cellars, which house ornate casks dedicated to visiting dignitaries that date back to Empress Elizabeth of Austria in 1885.

Συμμετοχή του ΕΟΤ στις Τουριστικές Εκθέσεις του Α' εξαμήνου του 2012

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Braila, Romania

Braila, originally uploaded by gulgulas.

Brăila (Romanian pronunciation: [brəˈila] Greek: Μπράιλα; Turkish: İbrail) is a city in Muntenia, eastern Romania, a port on the Danube and the capital of Brăila County, in the close vicinity of Galaţi.
According to the 2002 Romanian census there were 216,292 people living within the city of Brăila, making it the 10th most populous city in Romania.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


Yosemite National Park ( /joʊˈsɛmɨtiː/ yoh-sem-it-ee) is a United States National Park spanning eastern portions of Tuolumne, Mariposa and Madera counties in east central California, United States. The park covers an area of 761,268 acres (3,080.74 km2) and reaches across the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain chain. Over 3.7 million people visit Yosemite each year: most spend their time in the seven square miles (18 km2) of Yosemite Valley. Designated a World Heritage Site in 1984, Yosemite is internationally recognized for its spectacular granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, Giant Sequoia groves, and biological diversity. Almost 95% of the park is designated wilderness. Although not the first designated national park, Yosemite was central to the development of the national park idea, largely owing to the work of people like Galen Clark and John Muir. Yosemite is one of the largest and least fragmented habitat blocks in the Sierra Nevada, and the park supports a diversity of plants and animals. The park has an elevation range from 2,127 to 13,114 feet (648 to 3,997 m) and contains five major vegetation zones: chaparral/oak woodland, lower montane, upper montane, subalpine, and alpine. Of California's 7,000 plant species, about 50% occur in the Sierra Nevada and more than 20% within Yosemite. There is suitable habitat or documentation for more than 160 rare plants in the park, with rare local geologic formations and unique soils characterizing the restricted ranges many of these plants occupy. The geology of the Yosemite area is characterized by granitic rocks and remnants of older rock. About 10 million years ago, the Sierra Nevada was uplifted and then tilted to form its relatively gentle western slopes and the more dramatic eastern slopes. The uplift increased the steepness of stream and river beds, resulting in formation of deep, narrow canyons. About 1 million years ago, snow and ice accumulated, forming glaciers at the higher alpine meadows that moved down the river valleys. Ice thickness in Yosemite Valley may have reached 4,000 feet (1,200 m) during the early glacial episode. The downslope movement of the ice masses cut and sculpted the U-shaped valley that attracts so many visitors to its scenic vistas today. via Wikipedia

"A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step." -- Lao Tzu Copyright © Demetrios the Traveler

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland

Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland, originally uploaded by _Zinni_.

the Danish name of the town is (Scoresbysund) is located on Liverpool Land (a peninsula in eastern Greenland) and the inhabitants are only just over 500 and live mostly on hunting.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


"A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step." -- Lao Tzu Copyright © Demetrios the Traveler

Fingal Head, Tweed Heads, NSW, Australia

Fingal Head was first sighted by James Cook about 17:15 EST 15–16 May 1770 (log date). The area and small town is often just called Fingal. It is located on the Far North Coast of New South Wales in Tweed Shire, about 5 km south of the New South Wales and Queensland border, and south of the Gold Coast. At the 2006 census, Fingal Head had a population of 575 people.
Via Wikipedia

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Oxford, England, UK

Oxford is the oldest university city in the United Kingdom, situated some 50 miles (80 km) to the west of the capital London in its own county of Oxfordshire, and located on the rivers Thames (the section of the Thames in Oxford is known as "The Isis") and Cherwell. Together with Cambridge (the second oldest university city and Oxford's great rival), Oxford has long represented the British academic establishment and élite ("Oxbridge"), a haven of tradition and endeavour. Oxford's famous "Dreaming Spires" refer to the medieval churches and colleges that dominate the bustling modern town in all their Gothic splendour. Picturesque architecture and a vibrant modern life (driven by students, light industry and technology) set in the rolling countryside of Oxfordshire make this a great destination.
via Wikipedia

Monday, January 2, 2012

Kos - Kastri Islet, Aegean Sea, Greece

Kos - Kastri Islet, originally uploaded by Visit Greece.
Kos - Kastri Islet

The island has several sandy coasts. The beaches in the north side of the island are more affected by winds. Most of the coasts underwent touristic development and have easy access and various services. Some of the most visited beaches are: Nomikou-Barbagianni sandy beach extending from the city of Kos to the surrounding areas. It is an organized beach with umbrellas and deck-chairs, water sports, restaurants and bars. Zourouni sandy beach is an organized beach with umbrellas and deck-chairs, water sports, bars and loud music. Nautical Club beach with fine sand is awarded with the European Union blue flag. Milos beach with fine sand, which is also awarded with European Union blue flag. There is a coastal bar with loud music and frequent concerts.


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