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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Greek carnival – Apokries

My daughter Dora says that sometimes she feels like she’s in the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Born in Greece but raised in the Netherlands, she is at home in both countries. What reminds her most about the movie is when I tell her that a word she’s using has a Greek root. Traditions […]

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My garlic man and his magic garlic

You may have noticed the garlic braids in many pictures of The Odyssey. You can see these ropes hanging almost everywhere you look. Garlic from Tripoli Every year, during the month of May, you’ll see a Mazda pickup truck loaded with ropes of garlic driving around Poros. It’s my garlic man: he comes from Tripoli, […]

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Greek tea

Is it not wonderful to warm up in the winter months with a hot cup of tea? In Greece we have some lovely flavors to choose from. Here are three of my favorite traditional teas: Mountain tea – Τσάι του Βουνού Mountain tea has always been and remains a popular herbal tea in my country. It […]

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Yoga Week at the Odyssey

Author and photographer: Annette Spaan Dutch Travel Journalist Annette Spaan spent months at the Odyssey and wrote this blog about her experiences.   The yoga and meditation week at the Odyssey seems like a great opportunity to finally put my brain into a much needed zen-mode. When I try to relax, at least ten different […]

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Athens by bike

Author: Annette Spaan. Photographer: Annette Spaan and Monique van Hulst Dutch Travel Journalist Annette Spaan spent months in Greece and wrote this blog about her experiences. Scroll down for the Dutch version   From Bangkok to New York to Buenos Aires, tourists are discovering world cities more and more by bike. Quite often it is the […]

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Hotel tip Athens: Athens Center Square Hotel

When in Athens you want a hotel which feels like coming home, within walking distance of the sights. The three-star hotels of Athens Hotels Group offer just that. They are located in two of the nicest districts of the historic center. Hotels Plaka and Hermes in the old neighbourhood of Plaka, built at the foot […]

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Katerina’s Farm

Author and photographer: Annette Spaan Dutch Travel Journalist Annette Spaan spent months at the Odyssey and wrote this blog about her experiences. If you are wondering where Katerina gets such wonderful fresh ingredients, you need to look no further than her olive farm on the Peloponnese mainland. Here she and her husband grow their own […]

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