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Sophia Nikolaou

Sophia Nikolaou loves to travel as much as possible.. The people, the cities and the cuisines around the Mediterranean are her favorite. She tries to finish her PhD in Economic Geography (but not hard enough). She thinks the Balkans is a crazy and unique place and since we were born here that must mean something!

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Wintertime holiday season a la Greek

To some it is the need to escape for a while from the gloominess of winter and the increasing difficulties of everyday life. Others see it as a spiritual uplifting occasion and a return to... Peek over our wintertime festivities
COOL AND CULTURAL: THE INCREDIBLE TINOS ISLAND

COOL AND CULTURAL: THE INCREDIBLE TINOS ISLAND

Third largest in the Cyclades archipelago, Tinos really has room for everyone: beach-partying youths, romantic couples, folklore admirers, Mediterranean foodies, religious pilgrims, marine-sports types, nature-loving types, art lovers and families with children! Tinos is located...

WHEN CINEMA GOES GREEK ISLANDS

Time and time again, international movie-makers decided to use the beautiful landscapes of the Greek islands as a setting to super-hit movies. It has for years been a win-win situation: both for the box-offices as...

Don’t just peek over: Join in! (How to travel like a local to the Cyclades islands)

The geography bit The Cyclades archipelago is situated to the south of the Aegean Sea within close reach from the Greek capital city. The ancient name for this cluster of islands derives from the circle... Useful tips and information
Easter in Greece

Easter in Greece

Highlights of the most important holiday of the year It is difficult to describe the intense feeling of the Greek Easter. There are socially apparent and publicly displayed alterations of mood (from joyous to sad,... Easter eggs symbolizes Crucifixion
When Heat Wave Comes to Town

When Heat Wave Comes to Town

Accompanied by the usual calls of warning to the citizens, mid-summer’s heat wave in Athens is seen as a regular, inevitable event … OK, so July is here again! And temperatures reach as much as... heat wave in Athens is inevitable event
SWEET AND BALKAN

SWEET AND BALKAN

A very basic sweet treat in the Balkans is common; mostly fruit (and vegetable or flower) can be turned into preserves when boiled in thick sugar syrup. It’s the same principle as jam but in... a recipe from Chios for sour- cherry
HRISTOPSOMO – Greek Christmas Bread

HRISTOPSOMO – Greek Christmas Bread

This round bread is indispensable at Christmas lunch, the most important meal of Christmas Day in Greece.Often you’ll find it topped by a B-shaped sign, which symbolizes the plough and whole walnuts always complete the... Ingredients and preparation
CARROT CREAM SOUP – FROM BRITAIN AND INDIA VIA GREECE!

CARROT CREAM SOUP – FROM BRITAIN AND INDIA VIA GREECE!

Lessons learned by Greek students in British-Indian cuisine Several decades of living and studying in the U.K. has left an indelible mark to many generations of Greeks. Of course, the omnipresent British-Indian food has been... Lessons learned by Greek students in British-Indian cuisine

Tea for comfort

A valuable companion to chilly weather In Greece black tea is not a common beverage, as it is most famously in Turkey and Asia. If you ask a Greek “would you like some tea?” they... A valuable companion to chilly weather