Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Wild herbs: my family's favourite food...


My parents taught me and my sister to love nature and its goods. We used to go for pic-nics to the counrty with other families. The air there was clean and fresh and brought us laughs and happiness. The children were playing and running or making bunches of wild flowers and the parents were collecting wild herbs. I felt really grown up when my mom gave me one day a knife and a plastic bag and told me that I was ready to join the adults!
Many years have passed since that day but I still like to collect and eat wild herbs! And my family too! I cook them with m
any ways: boiled, in a pie, fricassee with a meat...
Two days ago, we went to the country and we found many of them.

As soon as I got home, I boiled some and that was my supper:
wild herbs with Cretian olive oil and lots of lemon!

A light and healthy dish!

I even collected some beautiful anemones and put them in a small vase!


Ow! I LOVE NATURE AND ITS GOODIES!!!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

The first days of the New Year - Part Three...


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...those are my nerves about my internet connection...
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...Back to my story...
Our first day at Tsepelovo (a village on the Pindos mountain) started with a full breakfast! Our apartment was great.


I opened the curtains waiting to see the snow...Instead of it there was fog and rain! It was raining heavily from the first day we arrived since... the last night!

We could see the snow at the top of the mountain and so we decided to go and found it! Yes, we were after it! LOL!!!
Finally we found it! It was little and dirty but we managed to play with the snow.


Our shocks were so wet that we put them on the heat of the car to dry them!


Tsepelovo, our company of nineteen people stayed at, was a tipical Epirotic one: with houses with stoned roof and walls. They have much of that stone there.


We visited many amazing places like
traditional and old bridges...


the canyon of Vikos...

the river of Voidomatis (means bull's eye) famous for its canoe kayac races ...


Ali Pasa's house (I'll narrate his story some day)
in the middle of the lake of Ioannina...



the cave of Ioannina which is rich of stalactites and stalagmites...


and last but not least the museum of Vrelli's Greek History Wax Museum...


I'll finish my narration with a video of my little one, who skated for the first time in her life! Despite her three purlers, she had a very good time!

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Monday, January 12, 2009

MY WORLD TUESDAY: The first days of the New Year - Part Two...

The Trip to Zagoroxoria.

It was early in the morning on 2nd of Jenuar
y when our trip started.
My girls had a sleepy look because they had gone to bed late the previous night.
That's why they fell asleep during the trip after they studied the map and relized that we had to drive for 470km.



It was raining all the way long and when it stopped for some minutes we saw a beautiful rainbow.


We passed through the bridge of Rio...


mountains...


and champaigns.


Finally we arrived at Ioannina.
It's a big city at the roots of the Pindos mountain,
with a big lake and a small island in it.
In front of us, up there at that snowy aiguilles were the villages of Zagori or Zagoroxoria as we use to say them.


We would be staying at one of those villages, in a traditional house, among the snow.

We had an extraordinary lunch and then we continued our way up to the mountain.
It was already dark when we arrived at the Tsepelovo village and we couldn't see much. What we saw in the day light the next day made us stay stumped...


TO BE CONTINUED...


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Sunday, January 11, 2009

The first days of the New Year - Part One...

Ow, what a mess!!! How will I put my house in order again? I hadn't realized that I had so many ornaments until I had to put them again in boxes.


Anyway I've almost finished, that's why I've sat down for a few minutes (I hope it won't be hours because as soon as I sit down on this chair and I blog, I forget about everything...).
These days passed so quickly...especially the days after New Year's Eve...

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New Year's Eve was a very busy day: my father went his car to the mechanic because it had an engine problem and I had to do all my parents' jobs . I returned home at 3 pm and I found my hubby cooking for the first time in his life: spaggetti with cheese.

A present was waiting for me in the mail box. It was from my blogging friend Aya from Japan. I was very pleased to see that she had written me some very sweet words with the presents she sent to us all.


(I'm very glad that in the last few months I'm blogging I have met some great people who deserve to be my friends because of their pure hearts, things so rare these days.)

Then I cooked a cheese pie for my sister's New Year's Eve party. I made a profiterole for desert, too. Last but not least I made our Santa Claus' pie.

The party was great but I won't tell you much about it, except that I won the coin at my sister's Santa Claus' pie.


If you're interested to know what happened at that party visit my sister's blog at http://antigonisdiary.blogspot.com.

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The first day of the year find me very tensed. I had to prepare our suitcases for a five days trip to north Greece, at Zagoroxoria...But first we cut my family's Santa Claus' pie. Guess who found the coin...


Yes, you're right me again...This must be MY lucky year!!!

TO BE CONTINUED...

Thursday, January 8, 2009

SkyWatch : The first sunset of 2009

1st January 2009:
Although I was preparing our suitcases for a five days trip,
I couldn't resist of that beauty!
Nature and sun are drawing...

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Thursday, January 1, 2009