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Mythical wedding on the olive farm

Recently a dream became reality; we had the first wedding ever on my olive farm! The Scandinavian couple Oddney and Tore said their vows next to the sea as their guests watched while sitting on hay bales with Poros town twinkling at sunset in the distance. Both Greek and Norwegian gods seemed to be in […]

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Cycling on the island of Agkistri

Author and photographer: Annette Spaan       Scroll down  for the Dutch version   After a bike tour through the capital of Greece with Let’s meet in Athens I am on a roll. Why not discover a Greek island in the same way? I am joining the day trip to Agkistri. In the port of Piraeus the […]

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Horta – edible wild greens

I don’t know how common a sight this is in other countries, but my childhood memories include watching my parents – alone or with friends – walking slowly through fields slightly stooped over and gaze fixed intently on the ground, casually chattering in between stopping and prying greens from the ground with the short-handled knife […]

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Celebrating the first of May Greek style

May first is a celebration throughout all of Greece, with its roots in ancient times. Mother nature was impersonated in the Goddess Dimitra. Dimitra lost her daughter Persephone who remained in Hades – the underworld – so the story goes. But every spring Persephone could return to her mother, who was so happy every time […]

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The red eggs of Greek Easter

Photographer: Annette Spaan   The egg was a symbol of rebirth of the earth in Pagan celebrations of spring. Adopted by the early Christians it became a symbol of the resurrection of Jesus at Easter. Red eggs are perhaps the brightest symbol of Greek Easter, representing the blood of Christ and rebirth. We also dye eggs in […]

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Sea kayaking fun at Odyssey

My blog would not be complete without discussing the Odyssey’s sea kayaking adventure holidays. I have therefore asked my very good friend, business associate and kayak instructor Brian Gibbons to make a contribution. I have known Brian since 2005 when we started working together, he is now part of my big Greek extended family. Brian […]

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Greek Easter at The Odyssey part 2

Author and photographer: Annette Spaan Dutch Travel Journalist Annette Spaan spent months at The Odyssey and is a guest blogger for Katerina’s Kouzina. Read all about her experience of Greek Easter at The Odyssey last year.   It’s Easter Sunday! Today the resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated. I am excited to experience my first […]

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Greek Easter at The Odyssey

Author and photographer: Annette Spaan Dutch Travel Journalist Annette Spaan spent months at The Odyssey and is a guest blogger for Katerina’s Kouzina. Read all about her experience of Greek Easter at The Odyssey last year.   Coming from the Netherlands, Christmas has always been the biggest religious event for me. Now that I have […]

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Sea Urchins

The 48 days of Greek Lent begin on Kathara Deftera, or “Clean Monday” which follows the three weeks of carnival, or apokries. There’s no other holiday on the Greek calendar with such a special culinary tradition as this first day of Lent, including the bread. On “Clean Monday”, Greeks eat lagana: a flat, oval-shaped unleavened […]

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