FOREIGN TRAVEL https://vagabond.bg/ en 5 MUST-VISIT PLACES IN ISRAEL https://vagabond.bg/5-must-visit-places-israel-2843 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">5 MUST-VISIT PLACES IN ISRAEL</span> <div class="field field--name-field-author-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">by Dimana Trankova; photography by Anthony Georgieff</div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/251" lang="" about="/user/251" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">DimanaT</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 10/30/2020 - 10:58</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>Much venerated shrines of the world's great monotheistic religions, stunning nature, vibrant nightlife and excellent opportunities for a relaxing vacation – plus millennia-old history and food and wines to die for: Israel is five times smaller in size than Bulgaria, but it is packed with places to see and experiences to immerse into.</h3> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="overlay-container"> <span class="overlay overlay--colored"> <span class="overlay-inner"> <span class="overlay-icon overlay-icon--button overlay-icon--white overlay-animated overlay-fade-top"> <i class="fa fa-plus"></i> </span> </span> <a class="overlay-target-link image-popup" href="https://vagabond.bg/sites/default/files/2020-10/tel%20aviv.jpg"></a> </span> <img src="/sites/default/files/2020-10/tel%20aviv.jpg" width="1000" height="676" alt="tel aviv.jpg " loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field uk-text-bold uk-margin-small-top uk-margin-medium-bottom field--name-field-image-credits field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Tel Aviv</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>It is impossible to cover all the wonders that you will discover once you set foot in Israel, but here are five of the most astonishing ones.</p> <h4>Tel Aviv</h4> <p>US vibe meets the Middle East in a city that blends the modern and the traditional in an organic and charming way. In Tel Aviv, skyscrapers rise by balm Mediterranean beaches along elegant Bauhaus architecture and the old fortifications of Jaffa town and port. The chaos, colours, smells and tastes of Carmel open air market coexist with the luxury shops at Neve Tzedek neighbourhood, and the local bars and restaurants cater to all types of public, from the religiously devout to the LGBTQ community. </p> <h4>Jerusalem</h4> <p>There is no such place anywhere in the world as Jerusalem.</p> <p><img alt="The Wailing Wall" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/169/Israel/wailng%20wall.jpg" class="align-center" /></p> <p class="text-align-center"><em>The Wailing Wall</em></p> <p>The city is the location of the most sacred sites of Judaism and Christianity and for Muslims it is second in importance only to Mecca and Medina. Throughout the millennia, this has resulted in conflicts, but also in interreligious and intercultural contacts and cohabitation. The city's oldest core, still protected by a fortification wall built by the Ottomans, is a maze of lanes and high walls that lead to covered markets and sites such as the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Dome on the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque.</p> <p><img alt="Church of the Holy Sepulchre" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/169/Israel/holy%20sepulchre.jpg" class="align-center" /></p> <p class="text-align-center"><em>The Church of the Holy Sepulchre</em></p> <p>Each corner, stone and garden in Jerusalem is, or is claimed to be, the witness of a major historical or religious event, from the Crusades to King Solomon's temple, the Passions of Christ, the creation of Adam, the sacrifice of Abraham and Prophet Muhammad's Night Journey. Jerusalem's millennia-old fame as a sacred spot attracts modern pilgrims from all corners of the world, which bring additional intensity to its already fervent atmosphere. </p> <p><img alt="The Dome on the Rock" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/169/Israel/dome%20on%20the%20rock.jpg" class="align-center" /></p> <p class="text-align-center"><em>The Dome on the Rock</em></p> <h4>Dead Sea</h4> <p>This incredibly photogenic geographical curiosity was born by the combination of three physical factors.</p> <p><img alt="Dead Sea" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/169/Israel/dead-sea.jpg" class="align-center" /></p> <p>Lying amid the desert at an altitude of minus 430.5 metres, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on land and is so salty (342 g/kg) that it is one of the saltiest and densest water basins on Earth. Life in the Dead Sea is impossible. So is swimming. The latter has inspired countless photographs of tourists floating in its still, blue waters, comfortably reading a book. The sea's salinity is why its colour is so vibrant and why its mud has healing and beautifying properties.</p> <h4>Masada</h4> <p>Jewish history abounds with moments of national triumph and tragedy. One of the most memorable ones took place in the Judaean Desert, near the Dead Sea.</p> <p><img alt="Masada" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/169/Israel/masada.jpg" class="align-center" /></p> <p>Built on a steep rock by King Herod the Great in 37-31 BCE, Masada was an impregnable fortress that protected a luxury palace furnished with amenities such as running water, baths and even gardens. In 73-74 CE, life in this pleasure spot turned nasty. Jewish rebels against the Romans took Masada and barricaded themselves in it. For several months they withstood the Roman efforts to take the fortress back. When the Romans eventually prevailed, the 960 Jews still surviving in Masada chose freedom over slavery and committed mass suicide. Today, Masada is one of Israel's most visited tourist sites, both for its impressive history and incredible location in the Judaean Desert. </p> <h4>Eilat</h4> <p>Travelling around Israel can be extremely exciting. Eilat is the place to come if you crave some relaxation.</p> <p><img alt="Eilat" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/169/Israel/eilat.jpg" class="align-center" /></p> <p>The only Israeli town on the Red Sea is a popular resort of excellent hotels, vibrant restaurants and bars, and pristine nature. Swimming in the Red Sea among colourful corals and fish is a must, and so is the visit of the Underwater Observatory. Other activities in and around Eilat include birdwatching, yachting and hiking in the surreal Red Canyon. </p> </div> <a href="/archive/issue-169" hreflang="en">Issue 169</a> <div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/travel/foreign-travel" hreflang="en">FOREIGN TRAVEL</a></div> </div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=2843&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="0MONXgIWeFwXm-Xu3uyis8ooG6IqtOjW_AmzC0T0hhM"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Fri, 30 Oct 2020 08:58:50 +0000 DimanaT 2843 at https://vagabond.bg https://vagabond.bg/5-must-visit-places-israel-2843#comments DISCOVERING OUZO https://vagabond.bg/discovering-ouzo-2598 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">DISCOVERING OUZO</span> <div class="field field--name-field-author-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">by Dimana Trankova; photography by Anthony Georgieff</div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/251" lang="" about="/user/251" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">DimanaT</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 09/02/2020 - 17:47</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>Greek aniseed liquor tastes best on island of Lesvos</h3> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="overlay-container"> <span class="overlay overlay--colored"> <span class="overlay-inner"> <span class="overlay-icon overlay-icon--button overlay-icon--white overlay-animated overlay-fade-top"> <i class="fa fa-plus"></i> </span> </span> <a class="overlay-target-link image-popup" href="https://vagabond.bg/sites/default/files/2020-09/barbagiannis.jpg"></a> </span> <img src="/sites/default/files/2020-09/barbagiannis.jpg" width="1000" height="667" alt="Barbayanni is one of the best known brands of Lesvos ouzo" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field uk-text-bold uk-margin-small-top uk-margin-medium-bottom field--name-field-image-credits field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Barbayanni is one of the best known brands of Lesvos ouzo</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The pines cast a dappled shade on our table and the cool sea is lapping at our feet, the rumble of pebbles drowned by the ecstatic chirping of the cicadas. "There is one thing Westerners won't ever get about us Greeks," says our host, dreamily, while a waitress approaches our table, an overloaded tray in her hands. "I graduated architecture in the United States and I worked there for a decade," he continues, while the waitress unloads a cornucopia of simple, yet delicious Greek food: sourdough bread, olives, cured anchovies, taramasalata, or fish roe relish, choriatiki salad, octopus tentacles curled from the heat of the charcoal. "I earned a good salary then, but after I returned home I never looked back," our host opens a small bottle and pours clear liquid into three tall glasses. "I earn less here and sometimes struggle with the bills, yet I am happier," he adds, while adding water to the glasses. The liquid turns a milky white. A light aniseed scent escapes from the glasses and pervades the air, mingling with the aroma of melting pine resin, salty sea and sunscreen. "Where else can I have a long lunch, spent mostly watching the sea and talking with friends, in the middle of the working week? One or two ice cubes?" Our host drops some ice into our glasses and raises his: "Stin ygeia mas! Cheers!".</p> <p>This particular long workday lunch took place at a cove near Molyvos, on the island of Lesvos, but our host's words would ring true all over Greece. The nation's lifestyle can appear slow and slightly irritating to the Westerner, especially where business is concerned, but once you make the mental effort to repress thoughts of pressing emails, you realise the Greeks have got something right in life. And ouzo, which we drank in that cove, plays a part in it.</p> <p><img alt="A period photograph shows how ouzo helped Lesvos people to relax and enjoy life" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/167-168/ouzo%20lesvos/old%20musicians.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-center"><em>A period photograph shows how ouzo helped Lesvos people to relax and enjoy life</em></p> <p>Ouzo, an aniseed spirit, is an integral part of Greek dining. Greek ouzo is popular in Bulgaria as well, and the best known brands are sold in Bulgarian supermarkets, but drinking ouzo in a seaside taverna in Greece surpasses by far drinking ouzo in a Bulgarian restaurant or at your kitchen table in Sofia. Lesvos is the ultimate place to enjoy the drink.</p> <p>Ouzo was born in Tyrnavos, on the mainland of Greece, in the 19th century, when someone had the brilliant idea of adding aniseed to a grape-based spirit called tsipouro. The new beverage became widely popular throughout Greece. According to some, ouzo became all the rage after absinthe was banned in the early 20th century. The next ouzo revolution happened when the Lesvos distilleries began using copper distillation stills for its manufacture. Lesvos ouzo soon became a byword for quality. The secret? Local producers, some of which have been in business for generations and use secret family recipes, make their ouzo not only with locally grown aniseed, but also with local herbs.</p> <p>On Lesvos, ouzo production is concentrated in Plomari, a town on the south coast. Some of the 17 local distilleries produce large quantities that travel far beyond Greece, while others are so small that only Lesvos natives have heard of them. Together, Lesvos ouzo manufacturers are a force to be reckoned with, as they make about 50 percent of total Greek ouzo production. Many are open to visitors, offer tastings and will gladly explain the technology of ouzo distillation, without revealing any trade secrets, of course.</p> <p><img alt="The owner of a small, family ouzo distillery that delivers to the local market" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/167-168/ouzo%20lesvos/ouzo%20maker%20plomari.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-center"><em>The owner of a small, family ouzo distillery that delivers to the local market</em></p> <p>Ouzo is made of fermented grapes mixed in giant copper stills with aniseed, herbs and water from local sources. The mixture is heated and then cooled, resulting in distilled alcohol that needs between 12 and 15 hours to drip from the stills. It is then left to "rest" for 40-60 days, a crucial period for all the ingredients to blend into a homogenous whole. The alcohol content of the resulting ouzo varies between 37.5 to 48 percent.</p> <p>The way one drinks ouzo is also important. The spirit should be at room temperature. Bulgarians tend to keep their precious ouzo bottle in the freezer, but this is a big no-no. Below-zero temperatures extract the anethole, the molecule that gives the aniseed taste, and turns it into crystals, thus altering ouzo's distinct flavour and aroma beyond repair.</p> <p>The proper way to enjoy ouzo is to pour it at room temperature into a tall glass and then add cool water to taste. Water dissolves the anethole and brings out the ouzo's famed milky colour. If you want your ouzo cooler, drop in a cube or two of ice.</p> <p><img alt="Few people are aware that in the 19th and early 20th century Plomari was more famed for its... soap. It was so good that the best samples were exported to France" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/167-168/ouzo%20lesvos/street.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-center"><em>Few people are aware that in the 19th and early 20th century Plomari was more famed for its... soap. It was so good that the best samples were exported to France</em></p> <p>A crucial part of enjoying ouzo is to understand that Greeks do not drink it in order to get drunk. They drink it slowly, appreciating its taste, and always take it with mezedakia, or appetisers. These can range from something simple, such as good bread with some olives – the ultimate Mediterranean treat – to more elaborate salads, seafood or pastries. The idea is to savour each sip, bite, and talk with friends as you share this simple feast, relaxing in the slight alcohol induced haze and in the realisation that a simple life is a quality life. As our Lesvos host would say, no paycheck is big enough to top this pleasure. When sitting in the shade of the pines, an ouzo glass on the table and a friend by your side, you cannot help but agree. </p> <p><img alt="church" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/167-168/ouzo%20lesvos/church%20plomari.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-center"><em>With its small houses and quiet lanes, Plomari hardly looks as Greece's ouzo capital. About half of the total national production is distilled here</em></p> <p><img alt="old woman" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/167-168/ouzo%20lesvos/old%20woman%20plomari.jpg" /></p> </div> <a href="/archive/issue-167-168" hreflang="en">Issue 167-168</a> <a href="/taxonomy/term/272" hreflang="en">Greece</a> <div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/travel/foreign-travel" hreflang="en">FOREIGN TRAVEL</a></div> </div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=2598&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="yPKH2h5eCFR1BzF6moNAB9hkAsVJOrUqFjedEAEw1lI"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Wed, 02 Sep 2020 14:47:30 +0000 DimanaT 2598 at https://vagabond.bg https://vagabond.bg/discovering-ouzo-2598#comments ТОП 10 ХРАНИ И НАПИТКИ, КОИТО ОПРЕДЕЛЯТ ВКУСА НА ГЪРЦИЯ https://vagabond.bg/top-10-khrani-i-napitki-koito-opredelyat-vkusa-na-grciya-2570 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">ТОП 10 ХРАНИ И НАПИТКИ, КОИТО ОПРЕДЕЛЯТ ВКУСА НА ГЪРЦИЯ</span> <div class="field field--name-field-author-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">текст Божидара Георгиева; фотография Антони Георгиев, visitgreece.gr</div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/251" lang="" about="/user/251" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">DimanaT</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/27/2020 - 15:18</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>Октопод, пайдакя и чаша рецина</h3> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="overlay-container"> <span class="overlay overlay--colored"> <span class="overlay-inner"> <span class="overlay-icon overlay-icon--button overlay-icon--white overlay-animated overlay-fade-top"> <i class="fa fa-plus"></i> </span> </span> <a class="overlay-target-link image-popup" href="https://vagabond.bg/sites/default/files/2020-08/table%20with%20a%20view_i523856186_560.jpg"></a> </span> <img src="/sites/default/files/2020-08/table%20with%20a%20view_i523856186_560.jpg" width="560" height="369" alt="table with a view_i523856186_560.jpg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field uk-text-bold uk-margin-small-top uk-margin-medium-bottom field--name-field-image-credits field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Гърция: оптималното съчетание на разкошен пейзаж и великолепна храна</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>За нас е станало всекидневие да използваме гръцки зехтин у дома или да си поръчваме панирани калмари в ресторанта, но истината е, че гръцката кухня е несравнимо по-вкусна, когато сме в Гърция. Може би е нещо във въздуха, в атмосферата или в начина на приготвянето, но такива са фактите - дори маслините каламата са по-апетитни, когато ги ядем в някоя таверна на Бяло море. Тук ви предлагаме субективен и далеч неизчерпателен списък на храните и напитките, които правят ваканцията в Гърция още по-хубава.</p> <p><strong>1. Салата хориатики</strong></p> <p>На теория основната разлика между салатата хориатики и шопската салата е в това, че в първата има зехтин и риган, и сиренето е на плочка или кубчета вместо настъргано.</p> <p><img alt="Greek Salad" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/talk%20of%20the%20town/Greece-food/greek_salad_510.jpg" class="align-center" /></p> <p>И все пак, когато сме седнали в традиционен гръцки ресторант в Солун, Тасос или произволна друга точка на Гърция, а пред нас стои салата хориатики, щедро полята със зехтин, не може да не отдадем дължимото на великолепното съчетание от пресни зеленчуци, вкусно сирене и ароматен риган.</p> <p><strong>2. Местни видове сирене</strong></p> <p>Гърция е световноизвестна със своята фета, но това не е единственото местно сирене, което можете да опитате тук.</p> <p><img alt="cheese, tomato" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/talk%20of%20the%20town/Greece-food/Cheese_tomatoes_olives_s508432399_560.jpg" class="align-center" /></p> <p>В Гърция се прави сирене като твърдите кефалотири и кефалогравиера, прясното мизитра и пушеното мецовоне, а рецептите, в които сиренето играе главна роля, са апетитни и привлекателни. В менютата на ресторантите откриваме грилованото сирене халуми и сирене фета саганаки (панирано с брашно). Нашият личен фаворит е сиренето буюрди - фета, запечена в гювече с чушки и домати. Яде се, докато е гореща.</p> <p><img alt="Cheese Greece" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/talk%20of%20the%20town/Greece-food/cheese%20greece.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-center"><em>Разнообразието от гръцки видове сирене на местните пазари е зашеметяващо</em></p> <p><strong>3. Възможностите на нахута и фасула</strong></p> <p>Добра новина за веганите и вегетарианците - гръцката кухня изобилства от рецепти, базирани изцяло на растителни продукти.</p> <p><img alt="Chickpea" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/talk%20of%20the%20town/Greece-food/chickpeas_shutterstock_560.jpg" class="align-center" /></p> <p>Бобовите растения, например, са в основата на две емблематични рецепти. Фава е разядка от сварен цял или пасиран нахут, допълнена с лук и много зехтин. Не пропускайте и фасула гигантес - огромни бобови зърна, запечени на гювече. </p> <p><strong>4. Октопод на грил</strong></p> <p>Когато се разхождате из произволно гръцко пристанище неизменно ще се натъкнете на гледката на отрязани пипала на октопод, които се сушат на слънцето.</p> <p><img alt="Octopus Greece" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/talk%20of%20the%20town/Greece-food/octopus%20greece.jpg" /></p> <p>Месото на октопода е специфично. За да запази фината си крехкост веднага след улова то трябва да бъде ударено сто пъти в скала, а след това да се остави да съхне. Гръцките рецепти за октопод са може би десетки, но нашият личен фаворит са пипалата, изпечени на грил. Крехки, сочни, с деликатно накъдрени от горещината краища, те са задължителна част от всеки обяд край морето.</p> <p><img alt="Grilled octopus" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/talk%20of%20the%20town/Greece-food/grilled%20octopus.jpg" /></p> <p><strong>5. Супа пацас</strong></p> <p>Почитателите на шкембе чорбата заслужава да опитат гръцката ѝ разновидност - пацас. Пацас се приготвя от агнешко, овче или свинско шкембе плюс месо от краката и понякога - дреболии. Другите детайли в рецептата варират според региона, но една от най-често срещаните добавки е авголемоно (застройка от разбито яйце и лимонов сок). Подобно на нас и гърците смятат, че чиния пацас изядена рано сутринта гарантирано лекува и най-зловещия махмурлук. </p> <p><strong>6. Агнешки флейки</strong></p> <p>В българските ресторанти агнешкото е екзотика. В гръцките е тъкмо обратното. Всяка уважаваща себе си гръцка таверна, била тя по крайбрежието или във вътрешността, предлага изключително компетентно приготвени агнешки флейки (пайдакя) - добре изпечени, умерено мазни и съблазнително ароматни. Съчетайте с порция домашно изпържени картофи с много риган и, разбира се, със салата хориатики.</p> <p><strong>7. Риба</strong></p> <p>Гръцкото море изобилства от риба и местните рибни ресторанти (псаротаверна) ви предлагат цялото му изобилие. Какво да поръчате? Дребните риби като гаврос (аншоа) и сардели са най-вкусни мариновани като мезе за узо или изпържени.</p> <p><img alt="Fried fish, Greece" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/talk%20of%20the%20town/Greece-food/fish%20greece.jpg" /></p> <p>Любимите на всички българи лаврак и ципура са най-вкусни изпечени на грил с много лимонов сок. По-слабоизвестните у нас саргос (бял пагел), сфирида (бял мероу) и синагрида (зубан) също са най-добри, когато са изпечени на грил. Риби като кефал и колиос обикновено се приготвят на фурна със зеленчуци, а тонът и рибата меч се предлагат обичайно под формата на добре изпечен стейк.</p> <p><img alt="ouzo meze" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/talk%20of%20the%20town/Greece-food/ouzo_meze_560.jpg" class="align-center" /></p> <p>Ако търсите нещо по-екзотично, поръчайте пържен скат или фагри - рядка и сравнително скъпа риба, която е най-хубава печена на грил с лимон. </p> <p><strong>8. Кацики</strong></p> <p>На остров Самотраки ще откриете специалитет, който изглежда на пръв поглед по-подходящ за планините - козле (кацики), изпечено на чеверме. Присъствието му всъщност не е толкова изненадващо - по-голямата част от острова е заета от висока планина. Ароматно, крехко и прясно, пълнено с ориз с дреболии, печеното козле е едно от нещата, които правят ваканцията в Самотраки толкова запомняща се.</p> <p><strong>9. Баклава</strong></p> <p>Традиционните гръцки десерти са сякаш безброй. Толкова са и възможностите да ги опитаме - от симпатичната традиция на таверните да предлагат безплатен десерт в края на обяда или вечерята до разкошните сладкарници с десетки видове сладкиши.</p> <p><img alt="Baklava" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/talk%20of%20the%20town/Greece-food/baklava_s68198743_560.jpg" class="align-center" /></p> <p>Класическата гръцка баклава е заслужено звездата на гръцките десерти. Приготвя се от многолистно тесто с истински мед и ядки, и е почти невъзможно да бъде имитирана в домашни условия - освен ако не е приготвена от сръчна гръцка домакиня. За нас остава да си я поръчаме в сладкарницата и да ѝ се насладим с чаша силно гръцко кафе на джезве (елинико).</p> <p><img alt="Greek coffee" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/talk%20of%20the%20town/Greece-food/greek%20coffee.jpg" class="align-center" /></p> <p><strong>10. Вино</strong></p> <p>Узото е заслужено популярно, но не оставяйте анасоновият му аромат да отвлече вниманието ви от великолепните вина, които се правят в Гърция.</p> <p><img alt="greece wine" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/talk%20of%20the%20town/Greece-food/wine_560X560.jpg" class="align-center" /></p> <p>През последните години страната се утвърди на международния пазар със забележителните си бели вина като асиртико от Санторини и мосхофилеро от Пелопонес, и с червени сортове като критското коцифали и характерното за Пелопонес и Йонийските острови мавродафне. И докато гръцките винари създават изключителни вина от местни и вносни сортове, във всекидневието разполагаме с чудесна и непретенциозна алтернатива - рецината. Виното с добавена пиниева смола има поне 2000 години история. Днес се произвежда в цяла Гърция, а достъпната му цена го прави спътник на почти всяко сядане на маса. </p> <p><a href="http://www.visitgreece.gr"><img alt="greece logo" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/talk%20of%20the%20town/Greece-food/logo_xwris.jpg" class="align-center" /></a></p> <p> </p> </div> <a href="/taxonomy/term/272" hreflang="en">Greece</a> <div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/travel/foreign-travel" hreflang="en">FOREIGN TRAVEL</a></div> </div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=2570&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="I7oY3j96HLnQJs1DgVnNls_HrW-bTsHCF0oDXKEueos"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Thu, 27 Aug 2020 12:18:52 +0000 DimanaT 2570 at https://vagabond.bg https://vagabond.bg/top-10-khrani-i-napitki-koito-opredelyat-vkusa-na-grciya-2570#comments ТОП 10 СКРИТИ СЪКРОВИЩА НА ГЪРЦИЯ https://vagabond.bg/top-10-skriti-skrovischa-na-grciya-2443 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">ТОП 10 СКРИТИ СЪКРОВИЩА НА ГЪРЦИЯ</span> <div class="field field--name-field-author-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">текст Божидара Георгиева; фотография Антони Георгиев</div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/251" lang="" about="/user/251" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">DimanaT</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 08/17/2020 - 13:26</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>Човек и добре да познава страната, винаги има какво да го изненада</h3> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="overlay-container"> <span class="overlay overlay--colored"> <span class="overlay-inner"> <span class="overlay-icon overlay-icon--button overlay-icon--white overlay-animated overlay-fade-top"> <i class="fa fa-plus"></i> </span> </span> <a class="overlay-target-link image-popup" href="https://vagabond.bg/sites/default/files/2020-08/open_0.jpg"></a> </span> <img src="/sites/default/files/2020-08/open_0.jpg" width="1000" height="667" alt="open_0.jpg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field uk-text-bold uk-margin-small-top uk-margin-medium-bottom field--name-field-image-credits field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Златна погребална маска от Микенската цивилизация, Археологически музей, Атина</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Всеки интелигентен човек е способен да изброи поне пет места и забележителности в Гърция със световна слава (особено, ако следва популярните инфлуенсъри в социалните мрежи). Но страната предлага много повече от Акропола, Санторини, Корфу, Делфи и Миконос. За онези, които искат да отидат отвъд онова, което са виждали на милиони вдъхновяващи снимки в Инстаграм предлагаме 10 скрити съкровища. Всяко от тях може да бъде посетено по време на лятната ваканция на гръцкото крайбрежие.</p> <p><strong>1. Монашеската република на Атон</strong></p> <p><img alt="Mount Athos" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/166/greece%20summer%202020/hidden%20treasures/01.jpg" /></p> <p>Разположен на оживената лятна дестинация Халкидики, Атон е олицетворение на съхранената история и традиция. Поради самоналожената забрана жени да стъпват на Полуострова на Богородица, дамите могат да разгледат няколко от 20-те манастира от Света гора единствено от борда на специално корабче, което се движи покрай брега, без да спира на сушата. Мъжете от своя страна трябва да кандидатстват за виза. Тази изолираност е само една от причините за мистичния ореол на Монашеската република на Атон. Другите са детайли като придържането към византийското денонощие, внушителните манастирски сгради, усилията, които трябва да положи посетителят, за да стигне от манастир А до манастир Б, аскетичният начин на живот на монасите, богатите библиотеки със средновековни и ценни ръкописи, църковното изкуство.</p> <p><strong>2. Полуостров Мани</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="The Mani" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/166/greece%20summer%202020/hidden%20treasures/02.jpg" /></strong></p> <p>Най-източният "пръст" на Пелопонес се слави като дом на сурови и свободолюбиви хора, които предпочитат независимостта пред удобствата. И днес Мани, зает от могъщия гръбнак на планината Тайгет, пази тази идентичност. Сред селата му стърчат масивните каменни кули, издигнати от местните жители за защита срещу нападатели и пирати. Пътуването по тесните планински пътища е бавно, но наградата са чутовните пейзажи, разкошните плажове, уютните таверни край закътаните скалисти пристанища и усещането, че сте на края на света.</p> <p><strong>3. Мостът Рио-Антирио</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="Rio-Antirio bridge" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/166/greece%20summer%202020/hidden%20treasures/03.jpg" /></strong></p> <p>Независимо дали пътувате към Пелопонес за да посетите забележителности като Олимпия, родината на Олимпийските игри, живописният град Навплио и античния Епидавър, или сте се отправили към оживения курортен град Парга на йонийското крайбрежие и остров Лефкада, мостът Рио-Антирио е гледка, която ще ви накара да спрете и дълго да съзерцавате. Открит през 2004 г. за Олимпиадата в Атина, мостът е дълъг 2800 м и е едно от най-дългите свободновисящи съоръжения от този тип в света. Дръзката му бяла дъга, която прехвърля Коринтския залив, е забележително доказателство, че чудесата на Гърция не датират само от Античността. </p> <p><strong>4. Лъвът край Амфиполис</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="Amphipolis lion" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/166/greece%20summer%202020/hidden%20treasures/04.jpg" /></strong></p> <p>Фотографията на каменен лъв се появява по билбордовете скоро, след като минете през Кулата. Ако решите да ги последвате или просто сте избрали за лятната си ваканция Кавала и селцата наоколо, ще го видите и на живо. Четириметровата статуя на 8-метров пиедестал се издига насред ухаеща на смола борова горичка. Лъвът е поставен на това място през IV в.пр.Хр. Защо точно, остава неизвестно. Може би е увенчавал гроба на важен военачалник.</p> <p><strong>5. Стари мостове</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="Old bridge" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/166/greece%20summer%202020/hidden%20treasures/05.jpg" /></strong></p> <p>Туристите, които за лятната си ваканция са избрали свежестта, прохладата и спокойствието на гръцките планини като Пинд и южните склонове на Родопите пред оживлението на плажовете, неизбежно ще попаднат на някой живописен каменен мост. Един от най-впечатляващите стари мостове в Гърция се намира в Арта. Мостът е построен може би през ХVII в., вероятно върху основите на по-стар римски мост. Легендата, която се разказва за него, звучи позната в български уши: невидима сила не позволявала мостът да бъде завършен, докато строителят не вградил в него собствената си съпруга.</p> <p><strong>6. Загорохория</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="Zagorochoria" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/166/greece%20summer%202020/hidden%20treasures/06.jpg" /></strong></p> <p>Когато имате резервирана почивка в Корфу или на йонийското крайбрежие, гледате да изминете възможно най-бързо последните километри от магистралата Егнатия Одос, които ви делят от ваканцията на плажа. Но ако имате един или два свободни дни, препоръчваме да излезете от магистралата и да се потопите в магията на Загорохория. Загорохория е онази част от Пинд, в която петдесетина селца с каменни къщи и църкви са разпилени сред особено живописен пейзаж. Въздухът е чист и през лятото носи прохлада и свежест, които липсват край напеченото от слънцето море. Панорамите са впечатляващи, а любителите на активната почивка могат да прекосят ждрелото Викос, което на места стига дълбочина 490 м. </p> <p><strong>7. Ксанти</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="Xanthi" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/166/greece%20summer%202020/hidden%20treasures/07.jpg" /></strong></p> <p>Независимо дали сте избрали за лятната си почивка Кавала, селцата наоколо или Тасос, Ксанти заслужава да се отбиете от пътя си. Традиционни къщи и разкошни резиденции в различна степен на западналост и спомени за отминало благоденствие, родено от някогашната търговия с тютюн - Ксанти категорично е най-живописният град в южната страна на Родопите. Какво да правите в него? Просто се изгубете в старата му част, която е истински музей на открито. Ако денят се случи събота, не пропускайте и оживения седмичен пазар.</p> <p><strong>8. Коринтският канал</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="Corinth canal" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/166/greece%20summer%202020/hidden%20treasures/08.jpg" /></strong></p> <p>Тясната ивица земя, която свързва континентална Гърция с Пелопонес и разделя Егейско и Йонийско море, в продължение на хилядолетия препятствала морския трафик. Древните гърци измислили гениално решение - дървени трупи, по които прекарвали корабите от единия до другия бряг. Но същинският пробив бил извършен през 1893 г. с прокопаването на канал, дълъг 6 км. Днес каналът, който с ширината си от 21 м продължава да се използва от по-малки кораби, е забележителност, която мнозина, пътуващи към Пелопонес, неволно пропускат.Наблизо са и живописните развалини на античния Коринт и внушителните руини на средновековния наследник на града.</p> <p><strong>9. Олимп</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="Olympus" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/166/greece%20summer%202020/hidden%20treasures/09.jpg" /></strong></p> <p>Идеята, че древногръцките богове живеели на Олимп, не е лишена от известно основание - на живо планината е внушителна и често закрита от мистични мъгли. Гъсти гори покриват подножието ѝ, а изкачването на каменистия връх Митикас (2918 м и втори по височина на Балканите след Мусала) е предизвикателство, което си заслужава усилията. Олимп е чудесен начин да съчетаете планинска ваканция с почивка на морето - само десетина километра стоят между планината и живописното село Литохоро и Олимпийската ривиера с чудесните ѝ плажове.</p> <p><strong>10. Скритите съкровища на Атина</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="Athens" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/166/greece%20summer%202020/hidden%20treasures/10.jpg" /></strong></p> <p>Ако взимате ферибот за Крит или Цикладите, пътуването до Атина е неизбежно. А щом веднъж сте стигнали Атина, редно е да я разгледате... В град, събрал забележителности като Партенона, храма на Зевс Олимпийски, евзоните пред Парламента и живописното гъмжило на квартал Монастираки, е лесно да пропуснете някои по-малко известни забележителности. Но ако сте в Атина и имате свободно време, не пропускайте Музея на Цикладското изкуство с мистериозните идоли от искрящ мрамор, фотогеничните съоръжения от Олимпиадата от 2004 г., културния и нощния живот в артистичния квартал Гази и фурникуляра до хълма Ликавитос, от който се открива една от най-хубавите гледки към Акропола. </p> <p><img alt="Greece logo" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/166/greece%20summer%202020/logo_xwris.jpg" class="align-center" /></p> <p> </p> </div> <a href="/taxonomy/term/272" hreflang="en">Greece</a> <a href="/taxonomy/term/106" hreflang="en">Web Exclusive</a> <div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/travel/foreign-travel" hreflang="en">FOREIGN TRAVEL</a></div> </div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=2443&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="PZLLOhpQXwB71dS8aesA7J_b1W6roXU8UrhW0Nb2zi8"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 17 Aug 2020 10:26:55 +0000 DimanaT 2443 at https://vagabond.bg https://vagabond.bg/top-10-skriti-skrovischa-na-grciya-2443#comments DUBROVNIK https://vagabond.bg/dubrovnik-2345 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">DUBROVNIK</span> <div class="field field--name-field-author-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">by Dimana Trankova; photography by Anthony Georgieff</div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/251" lang="" about="/user/251" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">DimanaT</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 08/05/2020 - 10:45</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>Once overcrowded Adriatic city now poignant example of power of social distancing</h3> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="overlay-container"> <span class="overlay overlay--colored"> <span class="overlay-inner"> <span class="overlay-icon overlay-icon--button overlay-icon--white overlay-animated overlay-fade-top"> <i class="fa fa-plus"></i> </span> </span> <a class="overlay-target-link image-popup" href="https://vagabond.bg/sites/default/files/2020-08/dubrovnik%20harbour.jpg"></a> </span> <img src="/sites/default/files/2020-08/dubrovnik%20harbour.jpg" width="1000" height="664" alt="Dubrovnik Harbour" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><img alt="Stradun, Dubrovnik's 300-metre main street, used to be packed with tourists" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/166/dubrovnik%20stradun.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-center"><em>Stradun, Dubrovnik's 300-metre main street, used to be packed with tourists</em></p> <p>A lifetime ago, in early 2020, Dubrovnik, in Croatia, was one of the best (or worst?) examples of how globalisation, cheap flights, cheaper accommodation and the dictates of Instagram could turn photogenic places into a nightmare. Its medieval cityscape, countless "inspirational" photos on the Internet and the fame of being Game of Thrones's King's Landing had caused Dubrovnik to become full to the brim. Its cobbled streets and alleys, stairways and ramparts, cafés, restaurants, hotels, churches and museums were packed, shoulder to shoulder, by a crowd happy to share with their Instagram followers that they were in yet another it-place.</p> <p>This is no more. Today, the streets of Dubrovnik are as empty as anywhere else in the Covid-19 stricken world, and this is the silver lining: now is the best time to actually see the famed city without the hazard of being crushed to death by other visitors, and to reflect on the city's poignant history.</p> <p>Dubrovnik was born from crisis. In the 7th century AD, Slavs were settling the Balkans, slowly and steadily changing a population dynamic that had existed for millennia, carving away influence from what had remained of the Roman Empire. Overwhelmed by the new arrivals, the inhabitants of an ancient city on the Adriatic coast, Epidaurus (not to be mistaken for the Epidaurus in Greece famed for its ancient theatre), moved to a rocky island just off the mainland. The place was inhospitable but safe. Over the following centuries, due to a combination of local ingenuity, luck and location, it became an important trading post claimed at times by all the ambitious powers in the region, from Byzantium and Venice to Serbia and Hungary.</p> <p> </p> <p><img alt="Orlando's Column is dedicated to a legendary hero who saved Dubrovnik from the Saracens. The clocktower still announces the time with a 16th century bell" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/166/dubrovnik%20orlando%20and%20tower.jpg" class="align-center" /></p> <p class="text-align-center"><em>Orlando's Column is dedicated to a legendary hero who saved Dubrovnik from the Saracens. The clocktower still announces the time with a 16th century bell</em></p> <p>In the late 14th century, Dubrovnik became an independent merchant republic, and remained so until 1808 and the Napoleonic Wars. During these fortunate centuries, Ragusa's merchants knew no borders, and would trade all over the region, including deep within the Bulgarian lands, which at the time were under Ottoman domination.</p> <p>This is when Dubrovnik became the beauty it is today. Carving out a place to live on the rocky outcrop now connected to the mainland, its citizens created a walled citadel of stone, criss-crossed by a grid of paved streets. There were palazzos for the wealthy, sturdy homes for the ordinary people, and beautiful churches for the whole community. At the heart of the city stood the Rector's Palace, the headquarters of the local government.</p> <p>By the 19th century, however, various factors including the spread of nationalism, competition among empires, and the development of new technologies and trade routes had rendered Dubrovnik redundant. After a short period of French rule, the city, now only a shadow of its former prosperity and independence, was incorporated into Austria. After the Great War, it became part of Croatia and federalist Yugoslavia.</p> <p><img alt="Having a cup of excellent coffee in the central square remains a part of the ultimate Dubrovnik experience" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/166/dubrovnik%20cafe.jpg" class="align-center" /></p> <p class="text-align-center"><em>Having a cup of excellent coffee in the central square remains a part of the ultimate Dubrovnik experience</em></p> <p>The interwar years were a time when tourists discovered Dubrovnik's quaint and romantic charm. When Dame Rebecca West, the author of Black Lamb and Grey Falcon, a doorstopper travelogue about the pre-Second World War Western Balkans, visited Dubrovnik, she noted enough foreign visitors to make the observation that the local hotels were "filled with people who either are on their honeymoon or never had one." Interestingly, the same could be said for the tourists visiting in the 2010s.</p> <p>Tourism flourished after the Second World War, when Dubrovnik became a star destination in Socialist Yugoslavia and was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. The breakup of Yugoslavia almost put an end to this. When Croatia declared independence in 1991, Yugoslavian forces besieged and heavily shelled the city for several months.</p> <p>Dubrovnik, fortunately, recovered, although the shiny roof tiles of restored houses still betray areas of former destruction. Now it faces another calamity, this time caused by the slump in international tourism.</p> <p>Outside the city walls, at the Old Harbour, a monument bears silent witness that the city has survived worse, through the ingenuity and care of its people. In the 14th century, when the Black Death ravaged Europe, Dubrovnik pioneered a method of protection against infectious disease that is still used today. To protect itself from the plague, it created a quarantine quarter, the lazarettos, where ships and travellers arriving from infected areas had to stay for 40 days before entering the city. These quarters became a whole neighbourhood in 1590-1642, when another deadly disease, cholera, was decimating the population. Today, the former lazarettos are a cultural venue, a welcome sign that with timely action hardships can be overcome – and hope restored for the future.</p> <p><img alt="The Covid-19 pandemic achieved what seemed impossible: it emptied Dubrovnik's streets and alleys" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/166/dubrovnik%20street.jpg" /> </p> <p class="text-align-center"><em>The Covid-19 pandemic achieved what seemed impossible: it emptied Dubrovnik's streets and alleys</em></p> <p><img alt="Thanks to clever policies, the city's fortifications have protected it not only from enemies but also from infectious diseases" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/166/dubrovnik%20castle.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-center"><em>Thanks to clever policies, the city's fortifications have protected it not only from enemies but also from infectious diseases</em></p> </div> <a href="/archive/issue-166" hreflang="en">Issue 166</a> <a href="/taxonomy/term/329" hreflang="en">Croatia</a> <a href="/taxonomy/term/340" hreflang="en">Western Balkans</a> <div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/travel/foreign-travel" hreflang="en">FOREIGN TRAVEL</a></div> </div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=2345&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="Y4kOdW-AfPBovnK_a2altFwWxm6Fb9Xn8dgg_X5ZSmk"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Wed, 05 Aug 2020 07:45:21 +0000 DimanaT 2345 at https://vagabond.bg https://vagabond.bg/dubrovnik-2345#comments 10 ГРЪЦКИ ОСТРОВА, КОИТО ДА ПОСЕТИМ ПРЕЗ 2020 https://vagabond.bg/10-grcki-ostrova-koito-da-posetim-prez-2020-2372 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">10 ГРЪЦКИ ОСТРОВА, КОИТО ДА ПОСЕТИМ ПРЕЗ 2020</span> <div class="field field--name-field-author-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">текст Божидара Георгиева; фотография Антони Георгиев</div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/251" lang="" about="/user/251" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">DimanaT</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sun, 08/02/2020 - 13:41</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><h3 lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG">От Тасос до Крит през Корфу и Спецес</h3> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="overlay-container"> <span class="overlay overlay--colored"> <span class="overlay-inner"> <span class="overlay-icon overlay-icon--button overlay-icon--white overlay-animated overlay-fade-top"> <i class="fa fa-plus"></i> </span> </span> <a class="overlay-target-link image-popup" href="https://vagabond.bg/sites/default/files/2020-08/open.jpg"></a> </span> <img src="/sites/default/files/2020-08/open.jpg" width="3240" height="2160" alt="open.jpg " loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG">Гърция нямаше да бъде Гърция, ако ги нямаше островите. Разпилени сред сините води на Егейско, Средиземно и Йонийско море, те са мозайка от различни истории, култури, пейзажи и кулинарни традиции, които са се преплитали на тях през вековете. След края на карантината пътуването с ферибот в Гърция вече е възможно - отличен момент да тръгнем на откривателско пътешествие. Единственото, което трябва да направим, е да имаме отрицателен PCR тест и да изберем накъде да тръгнем. Предвид богатия избор, второто не е лесно, но ето няколко идеи.</p> <p lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG"><strong>1. Тасос</strong></p> <p lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG"><img alt="Thassos island" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/166/greece%20summer%202020/01.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-center" lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG"><em>Плажът Алики</em></p> <p lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG">Тасос отдавна не е непозната земя за българите. Островът е толкова популярен, че менютата в ресторантите и обслужването в хотелите често са на български. Това отнема от усещането за откривателство, но Тасос е един от най-зелените острови на Гърция и заслужава да бъде посетен заради плажове като Алики, традиционните планински селца Теологос и Панагия, и прочутия местен мед.</p> <p lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG"><strong>2. Самотраки</strong></p> <p lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG"><img alt="Shrine of the Great Gods, Samothrace" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/166/greece%20summer%202020/02.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-center" lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG"><em>Светилището на Самотракийските богове</em></p> <p lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG">Отдалечен и слабо повлиян от масовия туризъм Самотраки е за хората, които търсят алтернативно, екологично ориентирано преживяване за тялото, душата и духа. Малките хотели са семейни предприятия, таверните предлагат биохрани и деликатеси като козе чеверме, а любителите на активната почивка могат да се отдадат на занимания като йога, гмуркане и катерене в планината Фенгари. Най-хубавите плажове са достъпни само по море, развалините на Светилището на Самотракийските богове са романтични, а гипсовите копия на прочутата антична скулптура Победата от Самотраки, днес в Лувъра, са навсякъде.</p> <p lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG"><strong>3. Крит</strong></p> <p lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG"><img alt="Crete" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/166/greece%20summer%202020/29092009-1350774.jpg" /></p> <p lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG">Развалини на Минойската цивилизация, великолепен археологически музей, живописните улички на Хания и Ретимно, и, разбира се, иконичният образ на Зорба, танцуващ на морския бряг - Крит е цяла вселена със своя история, митология, литература, герои, култура. Най-големият гръцки остров е място, в което трудно може да се скучае - от преход през титаничното ждрело Самария през посещение на пещерата, в която е роден Зевс, до розовия пясък на плажа Елафониси. На Крит се прави отлично вино, а ако сте настроени авантюристично, дайте шанс на местната гроздова ракия цикудя.</p> <p lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG"><strong>4. Корфу</strong></p> <p lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG"><img alt="Corfu" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/166/greece%20summer%202020/04.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-center" lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG"><em>Градината в двореца на императрица Елизабет</em></p> <p lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG">Книгите на Джералд Даръл накараха българите да бленуват за Корфу години, преди пътуването до Гърция да стане лесно, свободно и обичайно. Островът не разочарова. Дългите години, през които Корфу е бил италианско и британско владение са си казали думата и главният град Корфу е чаровно, запуснато и по гръцки безметежно съчетание на тези две култури. Какво да видите още? Лятната резиденция на австроунгарската императрица Елизабет, тронът на император Вилхелм II с гледка към източния и западния бряг на Корфу, и... Албания, която е на хвърлей през морето. Местната кухня разбираемо е повлияна от италианската, но истинската звезда са ликьорите и сладката от кумкват.</p> <p lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG"><strong>5. Лефкада</strong></p> <p lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG"><img alt="Porto Katsiki" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/166/greece%20summer%202020/05.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-center" lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG"><em>Порто Кацики</em></p> <p lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG">За да стигнете Лефкада дори няма нужда да взимате ферибот - йонийският остров е свързан със сушата с път. Най-прочутото място на Лефкада е Порто Кацики - плаж със сферични бели камъчета край сапфирена, дълбока вода, скрит в сивата гранитна прегръдка на скалите. Но има и още - като венецианския замък Санта Мавра, безкрайните плажове по западния бряг, специфичната местна разновидност на халвата и морските дарове в крайбрежните таверни.</p> <p lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG"><strong>6. Спецес</strong></p> <p lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG"><img alt="Spetses" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/166/greece%20summer%202020/06.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-center" lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG"><em>Кораби в старото пристанище на Спецес</em></p> <p lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG">Спецес е скъп, а автомобилите на него са забранени. Защо тогава да си причиняват краткия път с ферибота? Заради покоряващото съчетание от елегантна европейска архитектура, гъмжащите от птици гъсти гори, великолепните плажове и славата на място, вдъхновило Джон Фаулз за романа му The Magus.</p> <p lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG"><strong>7. Санторини</strong></p> <p lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG"><img alt="Santorini" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/166/greece%20summer%202020/07.jpg" /></p> <p lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG">Пищните залези над белите къщи на Санторини са втръснали на всеки с профил в Instagram, но ограниченията на 2020 г. ви дават шанс да им се насладите, без да се тъпчете в гъмжило от хиляди други туристи. Островът е действително неповторим с архитектурата си и драматичния пейзаж, роден във вулканично изригване преди 3600 години. Между черните и червени скали на Санторини се крият приятни - и фотогенични - плажове, а бялото вино асиртико, отглеждано в плодородната вулканична почва, покорява с лекия си цитрусов аромат.</p> <p lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG"><strong>8. Парос</strong></p> <p lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG"><img alt="Paros" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/166/greece%20summer%202020/08.jpg" /></p> <p lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG">Главният остров на Цикладския архипелаг не може да се мери по живописност със Санторини и по популярност с Миконос. И по-добре. Парос е спокоен, пълен с приятни пясъчни плажове за семейна почивка, а главният град притежава всички отличителните черти на Цикладите (бели къщи, сини кубета на църквите, вятърни мелници), без да е пренаселен. Неслучайно Том Ханкс има къща на Андипарос, островче в непосредствена близост до Парос.</p> <p lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG"><strong>9. Лесбос</strong></p> <p lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG"><img alt="Ouzo in Lesbos" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/166/greece%20summer%202020/09.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-center" lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG"><em>Прочутото узо от Лесбос</em></p> <p lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG">Разположен на хвърлей камък от Турция, Лесбос е предлага разнообразие, което заслужава поне едноседмичен престой. Столицата Митилини е чаровен лабиринт от къщи и църкви от ХIХ в., а традиционните градчета Моливос и Петра предлагат живописен пейзаж за снимки. Сред западна част на острова лежат останките от секвои, вкаменени преди милиони години от отдавна изчезнали вулкани. Романтичното село Ересос пази спомена за родената в него Сафо и е център на ЛГБТ туризма. Край плитките брегове на залива Калонис крачат ята от фламинго. А в романтично запуснатия Пломари са централите на дестилериите, които произвеждат разкошното местно узо. Не ги пропускайте - повечето от тях предлагат дегустации.</p> <p lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG"><strong>10. Лемнос</strong></p> <p lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG"><img alt="Lemnos" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/166/greece%20summer%202020/lemnos.jpg" /></p> <p lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG" xml:lang="bg-BG">Лемнос е гол и обрулен от ветровете - и тъкмо това привлича на острова почитателите на сърфа от целия регион. По плажовете на острова ще намерите оптималните условия за този вид спорт независимо дали сте начинаещ или напреднал, а главният град Мирина очарова със старите си къщи и спокойната си атмосфера.</p> <p><img alt="Greece National Tourism Organisation" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/166/greece%20summer%202020/logo_xwris.jpg" class="align-center" /></p> </div> <a href="/taxonomy/term/272" hreflang="en">Greece</a> <div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/travel/foreign-travel" hreflang="en">FOREIGN TRAVEL</a></div> </div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=2372&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="19hv1jyCG83UxIf3esJiGqXoFBy2UAoRKdyZE1J0Y-4"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Sun, 02 Aug 2020 10:41:37 +0000 DimanaT 2372 at https://vagabond.bg https://vagabond.bg/10-grcki-ostrova-koito-da-posetim-prez-2020-2372#comments GREECE: WHERE TRAINS GO TO DIE https://vagabond.bg/greece-where-trains-go-die-1804 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">GREECE: WHERE TRAINS GO TO DIE</span> <div class="field field--name-field-author-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">by Dimana Trankova; photography by Anthony Georgieff</div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/251" lang="" about="/user/251" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">DimanaT</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 07/03/2020 - 10:45</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>Thessaloniki's railway cemetery is unexpected legacy from times of economic, environmental optimism</h3> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="overlay-container"> <span class="overlay overlay--colored"> <span class="overlay-inner"> <span class="overlay-icon overlay-icon--button overlay-icon--white overlay-animated overlay-fade-top"> <i class="fa fa-plus"></i> </span> </span> <a class="overlay-target-link image-popup" href="https://vagabond.bg/sites/default/files/2020-07/thessaloniki%20train%20cemetery%202_0.jpg"></a> </span> <img src="/sites/default/files/2020-07/thessaloniki%20train%20cemetery%202_0.jpg" width="1000" height="667" alt="thessaloniki train cemetery 2_0.jpg " loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>We have written extensively, with justification, about the many charms of Thessaloniki. A short drive from Bulgaria, the second largest city in Greece abounds with pleasures for both body and the soul. Excellent restaurants and charming cafés, a marvellous seaside promenade and atmospheric central streets, a lively openair market selling everything from olives to icons. Add the late-Roman ruins, Byzantine churches, Ottoman monuments, museums, bars, cultural events... You name it, Thessaloniki has it.</p> <p>As in any large and lively city, Thessaloniki also has some places that are unknown not only to tourists, but also to most of its inhabitants. One of these is in a curious neighbourhood located west of the city centre; a grey zone of abandoned former industrial buildings, where clubs and late-night bars have colonised the old factories. There are several clearly labeled brothels and striptease joints among the blue-collar apartment blocks, the automobile tire and lubricant shops, a military base and some luxury hotels.</p> <p>This is also where hundreds of old train carriages are rusting and turning into dust under the Greek sun. They have been there for decades, slowly disappearing and disintegrating under the undergrowth and the graffiti.</p> <p><img alt="thessaloniki train cemetery" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="8275f477-d310-44fb-97ad-8d4f444d20fb" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/thessaloniki%20train%20cemetery%203.jpg" /></p> <p>Greece, rather unsurprisingly, claims to have the oldest railway in the world. In Antiquity, a line of tree trunks crossed the narrow strip of land that connects the Peloponnese to mainland Greece at Corinth. Ancient Greeks would roll their ships from one shore to the other on the trunks, thus shortening considerably the long and dangerous voyage between the Ionian and the Aegean Sea.</p> <p>The first proper railroad in Greece appeared in 1869, connecting Athens with its port at Piraeus. In the following decades, the railroad network expanded. Today, it connects Athens and Thessaloniki, extends to several other towns on the mainland and the Peloponnese, and links the country to its neighbours Bulgaria, North Macedonia and Turkey. Because of its inimitable geography of high mountains, deep gulfs and scores of islands, Greek railways could never compete in terms of speed and efficiency with highways and ferries. When an early 20th century National Geographic journalist took the train from Athens to Kalambaka to visit the famed Meteora monasteries, the journey took more than a day to cover a distance of 355 kms. Today's train covers the same distance in five hours.</p> <p><img alt="thessaloniki train cemetery" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="eeeb4d4e-83a9-48ce-aefe-d07fd3ca647f" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/thessaloniki%20train%20cemetery%204.jpg" /></p> <p>Over time, Greece modernised its railways. Tracks were widened and steam locomotives were replaced with diesel and electric ones. However, with this development came debt. Unable to compete with cars and buses or to overcome Greek topography, the railway company needed heavy subsidies to survive. </p> <p>By 2010, it had accumulated a $13 billion debt, about 5 percent of the Greek GDP. Staff salaries were high, with an average annual wage of $78,000, while on some routes trains were running practically empty. Revenues were meagre. When the Greek debt crisis hit in 2009, it was estimated that it would be cheaper for the government to transport all rail passengers by taxi. Over the following years, the company was restructured and partially privatised. Some lines were closed.</p> <p><img alt="thessaloniki train cemetery" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="8b91bf22-4622-4c38-85f3-8f7c09341ec3" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/thessaloniki%20train%20cemetery%205.jpg" /></p> <p>The trains crumbling into dust on the outskirts of Thessaloniki are not the result of the 2009 crisis. They are the product of better times, when the Greek economy was riding high, pun intended. In the 1980s, it seems, the best option to deal with decommissioned train carriages was to make sure they were out of sight and out of mind. In the grey area west of the centre of Thessaloniki at that time there were neither luxury hotels nor repurposed old industrial buildings. Recycling and using the old carriages for scrap metal was, obviously, seen as pointless.</p> <p>This is how the train graveyard appeared, an atmospheric reminder of the ebb and flow of technology, economy and urban life. </p> <p><img alt="thessaloniki train cemetery" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="9b030f38-039c-4d32-96ac-d6d824b95986" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/thessaloniki%20train%20cemetery.jpg" /></p> </div> <a href="/archive/issue-165" hreflang="en">Issue 165</a> <a href="/taxonomy/term/272" hreflang="en">Greece</a> <div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/travel/foreign-travel" hreflang="en">FOREIGN TRAVEL</a></div> </div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=1804&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="sX-eiWwE7smOWznqwVC0nA7o1FlbDkXU3k1YridF38g"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Fri, 03 Jul 2020 07:45:12 +0000 DimanaT 1804 at https://vagabond.bg https://vagabond.bg/greece-where-trains-go-die-1804#comments FTHIOTIDA, GREECE: A SAFE, ACCESSIBLE AND HIGH-QUALITY DESTINATION FOR SUMMER VACATION IN 2020 https://vagabond.bg/fthiotida-greece-safe-accessible-and-high-quality-destination-summer-vacation-2020-1148 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FTHIOTIDA, GREECE: A SAFE, ACCESSIBLE AND HIGH-QUALITY DESTINATION FOR SUMMER VACATION IN 2020</span> <div class="field field--name-field-author-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">by Ioannis Ath. Sarakiotis*</div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/251" lang="" about="/user/251" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">DimanaT</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 06/17/2020 - 12:10</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>As most of the countries worldwide are trying to the so-called “opening” out of the Corona-crisis first wave, Greece prides itself not only as a traditional tourism destination, but also amidst top-performers in the fight against Coronavirus. </h3> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="overlay-container"> <span class="overlay overlay--colored"> <span class="overlay-inner"> <span class="overlay-icon overlay-icon--button overlay-icon--white overlay-animated overlay-fade-top"> <i class="fa fa-plus"></i> </span> </span> <a class="overlay-target-link image-popup" href="https://vagabond.bg/sites/default/files/2020-06/Glyfa.JPG"></a> </span> <img src="/sites/default/files/2020-06/Glyfa.JPG" width="1024" height="768" alt="Glyfa.JPG" title="Glyfa" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Domestic scientific and healthcare human capital’s efficiency in tackling the virus’s spread has made Greece as one of the safer destinations, in which everybody can spend their holidays, a vacation time that will not be deployed under usual norms. The imminent tourism season may facilitate the promotion of an array of forms of tourism, Central Greece and especially its heartland Fthiotida (regional unity) can certainly provide. </p> <p>About two hours’ drive northbound from Athens, Fthiotida renders itself not just as an alternative, but a prime choice for anyone desiring to enjoy Greece albeit not having the opportunity to visit remote areas of the country, due to flight or any other transport limitations. </p> <p>Fthiotida is almost like a small-scale example of the rest of Greece, full of places barely touched by mass tourism, condensed and filled with all kinds of natural beauty, historic, religious and archaeological sites, as well as a multitude of local customs and traditions. Situated in the heart of mainland Greece, vacationers can easily travel to both mountain or seaside resorts, either at the mainland or the nearby archipelago, the Sporades. Offering a variety of high-quality accommodation and amenities, Fthiotida is an ideal destination even for the most discerning travellers. </p> <p><img alt="Kamena Vourla" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/talk%20of%20the%20town/fthiotida/Kamena%20Vourla.JPG" /></p> <p class="text-align-center"><em>Kamena Vourla</em></p> <p>At the same time, the range of varying sights the area offers aspire the visitors to feel like they have travelled throughout the whole of Greece. Whether you are drawn to the coast, for a sea-side vacation, or whether a mountain retreat is more to your liking, Fthiotida is undoubtedly the all seasons region.</p> <p><b>The Oeta and Parnassos Natural Parks</b> offer an excellent setting for everybody looking to hike and enjoy unspoiled natural picturesque landscapes, as well as many educational activities for both children and adults. </p> <p><b>The hot springs</b> in Kamena Vourla, Koniavitis, Thermopylae, Ypatis, Kallidromos, Platistomos, Palaiovracha, Dranistas–Kaitsas, are some of the most famous in the area, visited by thousand people every year. </p> <p><b>The Archaeological Museums</b> in Lamia and Atalanti, along with the <b>Byzantine Museum in Ypatis</b>, display exhibits from all over Central Greece, making them the most important cultural heritage reliquaries in the area. </p> <p><b>The Castle of Lamia</b>, another compelling cultural site of the capital of Central Greece, overlooks the valley of the Spercheios river, all the way to the Malian gulf. </p> <p><img alt="Statue of Thermopylae" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/talk%20of%20the%20town/fthiotida/The%20statue%20of%20Leonidas%20-%20Thermopylae.JPG" /></p> <p class="text-align-center"><em>Statue of the fallen Greek soldiers at Thermopylae</em></p> <p>At the foothills of Mount Oeta, the<b> Agathonos Monastery</b> is a remarkable landmark of great historical and religious importance, giving visitors a chance to admire all kinds of protected local wildlife and fauna that surround the Monastery. </p> <p><b>The village of Gorgopotamos</b>, along with its famous bridge, is a standing symbol of national unity, located just a few kilometres away from the capital, Lamia, amidst a magnificent lush landscape. </p> <p><b>Thermopylae</b>, the perennial passage between North and South Greece and a perpetual symbol for fighting for freedom against all odds, warrants a visit both for the statue of Leonidas and the museum located there. </p> <p>The villages of Pavliani and Velitsa, two majestic <b>mountain resorts</b> near Lamia, along with Amfikleia – Elateia, not only seem ideal for winter vacation, but also for summer one. </p> <p><b>A fishing-village with an Aegean island sense, Achladi,</b> located to the Eastern part of Fthiotida, is an ideal destination for those seeking to indulge in a unique gastronomic delight. </p> <p><img alt="Tithorea" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/talk%20of%20the%20town/fthiotida/Tithorea.JPG" /></p> <p class="text-align-center"><em>Tithorea</em></p> <p>To the west of Fthiotida, the <b>alpine village of Mavrilos</b>, attracts tourists all year around and is famous for the Chestnut Festival, held there every year and organized by hundreds of inhabitants. </p> <p><b>Finally, this listing should include</b> Konstantinos, Kamena Vourla, Skala of Atalanti, Theologos, Raches and Glyfa - seaside blue-flaggers and broadly known as high quality holiday destinations for vacationers from all over Greece. </p> <p><b>Towns like</b> Lamia, Amfikleia, Elateia, Atalanti, Agios Konstantinos, Stylida, Domokos, Tymfristos, Makrakomi, Sperchiada and the whole of Fthiotida await travellers of all tastes and interests. </p> <p>See you in Fthiotida!</p> <p><img alt="Ioannis Sarakiotis" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/talk%20of%20the%20town/fthiotida/SARAKIOTIS%20IOANNIS.jpg" /></p> <p><em>*Ioannis Ath. Sarakiotis is a SYRIZA MP of the Hellenic Parliament </em></p> <p> </p> </div> <a href="/taxonomy/term/272" hreflang="en">Greece</a> <div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/travel/foreign-travel" hreflang="en">FOREIGN TRAVEL</a></div> </div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=1148&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="JUb0eY1SaZR8OwWV0chfjIIJxlFqvrpXIBXPcdMRqeY"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Wed, 17 Jun 2020 09:10:46 +0000 DimanaT 1148 at https://vagabond.bg https://vagabond.bg/fthiotida-greece-safe-accessible-and-high-quality-destination-summer-vacation-2020-1148#comments GEORGIA: A SAFE DESTINATION IN COVID-19 STRICKEN WORLD https://vagabond.bg/georgia-safe-destination-covid-19-stricken-world-552 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">GEORGIA: A SAFE DESTINATION IN COVID-19 STRICKEN WORLD</span> <div class="field field--name-field-author-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">by Bozhidara Georgieva; photography by Zaqaria Chelidze</div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/251" lang="" about="/user/251" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">DimanaT</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 06/11/2020 - 10:56</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>Sate your wanderlust in 2020 with a trip to an amazing country untouched by the current pandemic</h3> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="overlay-container"> <span class="overlay overlay--colored"> <span class="overlay-inner"> <span class="overlay-icon overlay-icon--button overlay-icon--white overlay-animated overlay-fade-top"> <i class="fa fa-plus"></i> </span> </span> <a class="overlay-target-link image-popup" href="https://vagabond.bg/sites/default/files/2020-06/tbilisi2018.jpg"></a> </span> <img src="/sites/default/files/2020-06/tbilisi2018.jpg" width="1000" height="667" alt="tbilisi2018.jpg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>2020 is particularly bad year for people who love to travel the world, to discover new landscapes, cultures, food and experiences. In a time of closed borders and fear of contagion, a country stands out. </p> <p>Georgia, in the Caucasus, in the 2010s became the new star of culture, nature and food tourism. A country blessed with millennia-old history, golden beaches on the balmy Black Sea, and friendly people, it is a destination to explore and love that is hard to match. Amazing landscapes of mountains and traditional villages, delicious food, excellent wine and mesmerising traditional music plus the bustling capital Tbilisi with its patchwork of old and modern architecture and lively night scene: Georgia is a true gem for the curious travellers.</p> <p><img alt="Tbilisi" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/talk%20of%20the%20town/georgia/tbilisi%202.jpg" /></p> <p>In 2020, Georgia also proved to be not only an incredible destination, but also a safe one. </p> <p>While established, beloved and over-popular tourist destinations struggled to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, Georgia was quick to react. As early as January it implemented relevant measures to contain spread of the new coronavirus. Consequently, the country experienced relatively low number of Covid-19 cases. </p> <p>Georgia also paid special attention to its tourist industry. Mandatory Safety Guidelines were established. During the outbreak, 84 hotels hosted over 22,000 people who had entered the country for a 2-week quarantine, and gained valuable experiences on how to work effectively and securely in such situation.</p> <p>A special economic stimulus package targeted to the tourism industry provided that the sector is well prepared to survive and continue its work.</p> <p><img alt="Tbilisi" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/talk%20of%20the%20town/georgia/tbilisi4.jpg" /></p> <p>All of these are a reason why on 1 July Georgia will open its borders to all who want to visit as a safe destination. Strict protocols for disinfection, screening for Covid-19 and prevention of contamination are in place at entry points, restaurants, transportation, hotels. Travellers who have tested positive for Covid-19 will be treated at local hospitals and/or quarantined at local hotels. The specially created national label Green Tourism Zone, for its part, aims to provide tourists stress-free experience at isolated locations among clean nature and with plenty of open-air activities.</p> <p><img alt="Tbilisi" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/talk%20of%20the%20town/georgia/tbilisi2.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="Tbilisi" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/talk%20of%20the%20town/georgia/tbilisinight22.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="Tbilisi" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/talk%20of%20the%20town/georgia/TBILISIRAIN.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="Tbilisi" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/talk%20of%20the%20town/georgia/tbilisi25.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="Tbilisi" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/talk%20of%20the%20town/georgia/tbilisi20183.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="Tbilisi" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/talk%20of%20the%20town/georgia/tbilisisi.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="Tbilisi" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/talk%20of%20the%20town/georgia/tbilisiis.jpg" /></p> </div> <a href="/taxonomy/term/106" hreflang="en">Web Exclusive</a> <a href="/taxonomy/term/286" hreflang="en">Georgia</a> <div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/travel/foreign-travel" hreflang="en">FOREIGN TRAVEL</a></div> </div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=552&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="nVh2ch0ZnBO7v1prxATpg-WLE0bHQRfz0qM-cZwtRaw"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Thu, 11 Jun 2020 07:56:44 +0000 DimanaT 552 at https://vagabond.bg https://vagabond.bg/georgia-safe-destination-covid-19-stricken-world-552#comments GREECE: EDESSA https://vagabond.bg/greece-edessa-140 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">GREECE: EDESSA</span> <div class="field field--name-field-author-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">by Dimana Trankova; photography by Anthony Georgieff</div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/251" lang="" about="/user/251" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">DimanaT</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 03/31/2020 - 07:41</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>City of Waterfalls holds charming old architecture, laid-back atmosphere – to sound of constantly running water</h3> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="overlay-container"> <span class="overlay overlay--colored"> <span class="overlay-inner"> <span class="overlay-icon overlay-icon--button overlay-icon--white overlay-animated overlay-fade-top"> <i class="fa fa-plus"></i> </span> </span> <a class="overlay-target-link image-popup" href="https://vagabond.bg/sites/default/files/2020-06/edessa-greece-waterfall.jpg"></a> </span> <img src="/sites/default/files/2020-06/edessa-greece-waterfall.jpg" width="800" height="533" alt="edessa-greece-waterfall.jpg " title="Edessa&#039;s main waterfall" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Many cities are situated on famous rivers or seas, but Edessa, in northern Greece, was founded on waterfalls.</p> <p>Edessa sits on the edge of one of the easternmost outcrops of the Pindus mountains, where streams and rivulets jump through thick greenery and fantastically shaped rocks. Water has been its defining feature since the very beginning, as evident in its Greek and Bulgarian names. Both Edessa and Voden mean Water City.</p> <p>The earliest Edessa, however, appeared at this particular spot not because of the waterfalls, but because its location on the ancient route crossing the Balkans east to west was more important. The Ancient Macedonians were the first to settle here, at the foot of the hills, in what became their first-ever capital city. As centuries came and went, ancient Edessa grew and prospered. Its inhabitants were unable to cope with the constant Barbarian raids that ravaged the region in the 4th-6th centuries AD. Later, however, they abandoned the city and would not return for the next 500 years. This time, the settlers chose for their new home the top of the hills, by the streams and waterfalls. The upland location provided security, and the abundant water sources were crucial for withstanding sieges.</p> <p><img alt="Edessa, Greece" src="/images/stories/V162/edessa/050919-28218.jpg" title="Edessa, Greece" width="100%" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Modern Edessa with its traditional houses seen from the ruins of ancient Edessa</em></p> <p>In the following centuries, Byzantines and Bulgarians, Normans and Serbs fought for control of Edessa, with the Ottomans taking the upper hand in the 14th century. The city had a vibrant, multinational population of Greeks, Bulgarians, Turks, Pomaks, and Vlachs that by the late 19th century lived in beautiful wooden houses and used the abundant water as a cheap source of energy for pre-industrial rope and cordage production. Tensions within the community grew nonetheless, as both Bulgarians and Greeks claimed ownership of the town that was still part of the Ottoman Empire.</p> <p>In the first decades of the 20th century, Edessa changed dramatically, as a series of wars made the city a part of Greece. After an exchange of populations, Edessa's inhabitants were now predominantly Greek, and the import of cheap industrial goods made the primitive mills by the waterfalls redundant.</p> <p>Today, Edessa is quiet and blissfully overlooked by international tourists. The ruins of its ancient predecessor stand among the lush greenery at the foot of the hill. Water gushes through the centre of the city, flowing by beautiful old mansions, a 14th century church, an Ottoman bridge and a mosque, and a pretty railway station, a rarity in Greece. Then it rushes through a tranquil garden of mighty plane trees with the inevitable– and inevitably excellent – restaurant. Much has changed, but one thing stays the same: the water still fills the air with its freshness, chaotic and deafening, yet soothing, noise, before tumbling into the abyss. Edessa's fairy-tale waterfalls are best experienced on a hot day, and at dawn, when the rising sun turns them into gleaming columns of water.</p> <p><img alt="Edessa, Greece" src="/images/stories/V162/edessa/050919-27842.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Edessa, Greece" width="100%" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Edessa's main waterfall appeared, supposedly, in the 14th century after a lake, located on top of the hill, overflew</em></p> <p><img alt="Edessa, Greece" src="/images/stories/V162/edessa/050919-28157.jpg" title="Edessa, Greece" width="100%" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Edessa's old centre was extensively renovated and revamped in recent years</em></p> <p><img alt="Edessa, Greece" src="/images/stories/V162/edessa/050919-28207.jpg" title="Edessa, Greece" width="100%" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Rivers, canals and bridges define central Edessa. In summertime, they are fertile breeding ground for mosquitoes</em></p> <p><img alt="Edessa, Greece" src="/images/stories/V162/edessa/050919-28216.jpg" title="Edessa, Greece" width="100%" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>The ruins of ancient Edessa are witness of the time when the city was important for its strategic location rather than its abundant water</em></p> <p><img alt="Edessa, Greece" src="/images/stories/V162/edessa/050919-28229.jpg" title="Edessa, Greece" width="100%" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Boasting a restored medieval church, Holy Trinity Monastery is another site of interest near Edessa</em></p> </div> <a href="/archive/issue-162" hreflang="en">Issue 162</a> <a href="/taxonomy/term/272" hreflang="en">Greece</a> <div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/travel/foreign-travel" hreflang="en">FOREIGN TRAVEL</a></div> </div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=140&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="2mBpDhjwI4h31VeEKx7y6irStd66D1tebJdw3OUAx1A"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Tue, 31 Mar 2020 04:41:18 +0000 DimanaT 140 at https://vagabond.bg https://vagabond.bg/greece-edessa-140#comments