Excursion to the Amari Village, on Psiloritis Mountains

Amari Village - Crete, Αμάρι Κρήτη.jpg

Some weekends are meant to be lazy ones; reading, favorite tv show and hot coffee by fireplaces and just that is enough. Some other times, when the every day's routine becomes a burden on your shoulders, you come up with a hidden desire to escape that couchpotato-ing weekend scenario and do something more, let's saying outgoing and energetic.

So, last weekend, 12 people and a furry little beast went up on the (Cretan) Psiloritis Mountain, in the tiny village of Amari to spend a challenging weekend. You know, keeping the fire burning 16hrs a day, hiking out in the wild beauty of Cretan mountains  and cooking for 12 people can be tricky sometimes. But, it went really marvelously well.

Χιονισμένος Ψηλορείτης - Snowy Psiloritis, Crete.jpg
Village Amari - Crete, Καμπαναριό Αμάρι Κρήτη.jpg
Village Amari - Crete, Αμάρι Κρήτη.jpg
Winter Oranges - Χειμερινά Πορτοκάλια.jpg
Amari Crete - Αμάρι Κρήτη.jpg
Amari Crete - Αμάρι Κρήτη.jpg
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Amari Crete - Αμάρι Κρήτη.jpg
Sunset Psiloritis - Ηλιοβασίλεμα στον Ψηλορείτη.jpg
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Déspina Kortesidou

Déspina Kortesidou was born with the April flowers sometime in the '90s in the sunny peninsula of Greece. She is a graduating master student of neuroscience & metabolism, and a born adventurer.

(3rd person statements sound so official, love it)

She founded In Whirl of Inspiration, back in 2011 when she was (just) a biology student, in the island of Crete. In Whirl of Inspiration started as a creative and writing outlet for when studying molecules, became too monotonous. Recently, she started writing a children book and a not-so-children's book about the civil war in Greece. She has a soft spot for cheese, elder people, and (her own) jokes, but can't tell any as she ruins them by laughing too early. She enjoys sharing advice for eating healthier, or inspiring people to cover themshelves with plants, color and confetti.

Feel free to email her at hello@inwhirlofinspiration.com, or find her on Instagram and Twitter. (breaking the 3rd person narration to thank you properly)

Thank you so much for reading!

Hiking at Voras mountain: from its foothills till its Kaimaktsalan

Hiking at Voras mountain: from its foothills till its Kaimaktsalan

Well since Kaimaktsalan's Ski Center (at Voras Mountains) is one of my all-time favorite destinations as soon as everything gets white and chilly outside, I was very curious for a long time to see these ice cold landscapes only with their summer clothes on. All this familiar frozen & illusive beauty being so green and roaring, well that's quite a surprise.

We started hiking from the mountain's foot and till the 1600m we were surrounded by oak and other deciduous trees. Green foliage roofs on the top shadowing the sea of ferns down, on their foot. If you were totally careless, you would trample a carpet of  teeny tiny strawberries just above the ground. Little vaults of nectar, that what these strawberries were all about.

Hiking at Voras mountain: from its foothills till its Kaimaktsalan
Hiking at Voras mountain: from its foothills till its Kaimaktsalan
Hiking at Voras mountain: from its foothills till its Kaimaktsalan
Hiking at Voras mountain: from its foothills till its Kaimaktsalan

After the bright, saturated greens, the color pallet changed a little bit.  From the 1600m (and till the 1700m. ) we entered the conifer zone. Majestic pines and firs were dueling for a place in the sky, while down below them, on the ground, another small world is thriving. The blueberries and the mushrooms are gabbling with little cute butterflies dancers.

Hiking at Voras mountain: from its foothills till its Kaimaktsalan
Hiking at Voras mountain: from its foothills till its Kaimaktsalan
Hiking at Voras mountain: from its foothills till its Kaimaktsalan
Hiking at Voras mountain: from its foothills till its Kaimaktsalan
Hiking at Voras mountain: from its foothills till its Kaimaktsalan
Hiking at Voras mountain: from its foothills till its Kaimaktsalan
Hiking at Voras mountain: from its foothills till its Kaimaktsalan
Hiking at Voras mountain: from its foothills till its Kaimaktsalan

And finally, the alpine tundra zone. Above 1700m and till the mountain's peak, which is the Kaimaktsalan* located at 2.524m., there are only low grasses. There was nothing to resemble the white enchanting slopes. And oh gosh, the ski lifts (at 2.016m.) are so odd standing there between noisy cicadas and gurgling water springs.  Nevertheless, the view was amazing as always.

*Kaimaktsalan is a word with Turkish origin and means White (=Kaimak)- peak (=tsalan) 

 

 

The Mountain Voras outspreading until FYROM. 

The Mountain Voras outspreading until FYROM. 

Hiking at Voras mountain: from its foothills till its Kaimaktsalan
Hiking at Voras mountain: from its foothills till its Kaimaktsalan
Hiking at Voras mountain: from its foothills till its Kaimaktsalan
Wild oregano flowers

Wild oregano flowers

For more hiking adventures. check our wandering at Kare Dere's Virgin Forest

xo

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Déspina Kortesidou

Déspina Kortesidou was born with the April flowers sometime in the '90s in the sunny peninsula of Greece. She is a graduating master student of neuroscience & metabolism, and a born adventurer.

(3rd person statements sound so official, love it)

She founded In Whirl of Inspiration, back in 2011 when she was (just) a biology student, in the island of Crete. In Whirl of Inspiration started as a creative and writing outlet for when studying molecules, became too monotonous. Recently, she started writing a children book and a not-so-children's book about the civil war in Greece. She has a soft spot for cheese, elder people, and (her own) jokes, but can't tell any as she ruins them by laughing too early. She enjoys sharing advice for eating healthier, or inspiring people to cover themshelves with plants, color and confetti.

Feel free to email her at hello@inwhirlofinspiration.com, or find her on Instagram and Twitter. (breaking the 3rd person narration to thank you properly)

Thank you so much for reading!

Close-up photos of plants (with macro lenses)

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Ηave a DSLR camera can ruin your life. No, I'm not kidding. The desired list with accessories for your camera will grow day by day. This list will include among others some really hot (and pricy) lenses and other cool gadgets that will make your photo shooting experience easier and more exciting. So, for not being broken choose what you would like to photograph more and invest in this. Do you like to shoot mostly portraits? Purchase then a good 70-90mm lens. Are you fond of vast landscapes or architecture. Invested in a wide angle lens.

For me the choice was an easy peasy one. After a year of hanging out with my Canon 600D I realized that I am a close-up person. The idea of macro photographs excites me so much. The ability to go so close to something and reveal small details that were invisible by your bare eye it's wow, so great that my brain hurts. However between me and that gorgeous macro photos stands up a beast of 250$.

I won't even try to imagine of owning this lens of course. Since then that tiny economic problem of mine, I considered in settling on some macro filters, which are not bad at all for their low price. At the time being I am among these and these. And don't worry we will talk further on them when I receive them and test them.

But tell me, do you use macro filters? Impressions?

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Breakfast close-ups all the above!

 ❤

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Déspina Kortesidou

Déspina Kortesidou was born with the April flowers sometime in the '90s in the sunny peninsula of Greece. She is a graduating master student of neuroscience & metabolism, and a born adventurer.

(3rd person statements sound so official, love it)

She founded In Whirl of Inspiration, back in 2011 when she was (just) a biology student, in the island of Crete. In Whirl of Inspiration started as a creative and writing outlet for when studying molecules, became too monotonous. Recently, she started writing a children book and a not-so-children's book about the civil war in Greece. She has a soft spot for cheese, elder people, and (her own) jokes, but can't tell any as she ruins them by laughing too early. She enjoys sharing advice for eating healthier, or inspiring people to cover themshelves with plants, color and confetti.

Feel free to email her at hello@inwhirlofinspiration.com, or find her on Instagram and Twitter. (breaking the 3rd person narration to thank you properly)

Thank you so much for reading!