Excursion to the Amari Village, on Psiloritis Mountains

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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
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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!

Chania for a Day (or Eternity)

Old Port Chania -Παλιό Λιμάνι Χανιά.jpg

It said to be the most beautiful city of Crete and in the top5 of Greece in general. I agree and I can only note that  from the moment you land your foot in Chania, you somehow feel more peaceful. A feeling that somehow lasts for all the time you stay in its magical field. As if the problems bothering you could silent or even stop existing. Life in Chania rolls calmer, quieter and more humane.

Where to go :
Blue Pizzas : a special pizzeria / bar,  the pear, prosciutto, blue cheese pizza may not be your cup of tea at first sight, but in the end you will admit her deliciousness

Bazaki mini bar : Bazaki (which means “little jar” in Greek) it’s really a mini bar. It may fit maximum 12 people, but its warm and friendly atmosphere will justify you. In the summer you can seat outside too.

Bororo: in the old harbor drink one piece of cool and dapper cocktail, in the coolest glasses, while listening to the coolest of cool melodies

Koukouvagia : (meaning owl) it’s out and above Chania, offering you one of the most marvelous sights of Chania. You will discover there owl figures in the most unrespectable café’s places. In the summer drink your coffee along with its famous lemon pies and in the winter try an igloo ( pannacotta with caramel , chocolate and cookies , see below)

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Old Port Chania -Παλιό Λιμάνι Χανιά
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Old city, Chania - Παλιά Πόλη, Χανιά.jpg
Κουκουβάγια Χανιά - Koukouvagia, Chania.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!

Sweet Mother of Berries, Harvest Time

Strawberry, Raspberry and blackberries harvest time

♫ ♪ Smokey Bandits - Holidays In The Sun

Well the July-August month is the berries’ harvest month for us. Growing them in semi mountainous places (like ours), it’s their favorite cause all berries (rasp and black and blue and red) want a little bit of chilly-spring weather to grow strong and tasty.  May this cool weathers low down their growth and harvest (hey July), but -trust me on that- they end up being a-ma-zi-gly rasp-blissful. Something like the gods’  nectar. But reddish.

Strawberry, Raspberry and blackberries harvest time
Strawberry, Raspberry and blackberries harvest time, leaves of strawberries plants
Strawberry, Raspberry and blackberries harvest time, brown grasshopper
Strawberry, Raspberry and blackberries harvest time
a la Amelie Poulain! 

a la Amelie Poulain! 

Strawberry, Raspberry and blackberries harvest time, fields with cherry trees
Strawberry, Raspberry and blackberries harvest time
Strawberry, Raspberry and blackberries harvest time
Strawberry, Raspberry and blackberries harvest time
Strawberry, Raspberry and blackberries harvest time
Strawberry, Raspberry and blackberries harvest time
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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!

Cobalt Blue Dreams in Ouranoupoli

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♫ ♪ Fiona Apple - Pure Imagination 

My vacation at Halkidiki was only for 5 damn days, but the trip’s memories are a monopolizing theme in my mind, especially now – exams period-. The sea near Ouranoupoli is in my top list of idyllic cobalt blue waters. Also, in the term of “total relaxation holidays” these 5 days should be mentioned. They place that we were staying is an excellent example of an austere place, swamped with olive trees and

century cactus, in total harmony with the nature. Its name and aesthetics recall the monastic communities. The only difference; they don’t have beds with fancy mosquito nets.

If Skites is something that you would consider make sure to book the rooms with the sea view, drinking coffee on their wooden balconies with such a view would be bliss.

You can found more about that vacation, here –sunsets at Skites- and here – upside down world project.

Photos taken at: Skites hotel - bungalows

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At the border with holy mount Athos

At the border with holy mount Athos

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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!

It's All About Viewing Angles

Different Viewing angles - Skites Hotel, Ouranoupoli, Halkidiki (1)

♫ ♪ Arcade Fire - Reflektor

All depends on your point of view. The fact that you and me watch something, doesn't mean necessarily that we see indeed the same things. "Change your point of view and the world will change with you", haven't you heard of that? Totally irrelevant but I wanted to tell it. Anyway, in these photos (oh my, we had so much fun shooting them) I go with the really literal translation of the angles thing. In Halkidiki, in Ouranoupoli ( which means the City in the Sky by the way ) it's the best place to think about viewing perspectives. Sincerely really.

Photos taken at: Skites hotel - bungalows

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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!