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Bergamo/ Lago d’ Iseo/ Milan

30 Aug

Got enough of greek summer scenery so we chose northern Italy this year. Beautiful nature, excellent wine, delicious italian food, a gentle sun, our journey ended up with us looking for tickets in order to postpone our return. These are some of the photos we took..

Bergamo- Citta alta

We listened to some experimental church music

Fresh fruit in medieval surroundigs


The yellow ones are Bergamo’s signature dessert. It’s called polenta e osei, which is the local dialect for “polenta and birds"

Waiting for the funicolare to get us to the lower city after enjoying some excellent local wine

Bergamo- Citta bassa

This is supposed to be the busiest shopping street

Where is everybody? On vacation apparently.

Electricity gets you closer to God

Lago d’ Iseo (Lovere & Montisola)

I love their hats

Our favorite trattoria at our favorite plaza (Lovere)

Ready, set, picnic

Everyone was waving at our boat

Our captain waving back


We followed this path out of curiosity and it led us to our perfect "private" beach. Thumbs up for curiosity!

This lambrador' s game was trying to get all of the stones out of the lake. Talk about false hopes.

Just as we thought that we' d end up spending the night on the little lake island (Montisola), the boat came to our rescue


Stazione centrale

Duomo di Milano

This is why I didn' t get to go inside the duomo

The temple of shopping

The centre of Milan all to ourselves


Oinousses (Οινούσσες)

10 Aug

Travelling in the past: Mission complete

Google search for “greek islands with no cars”, “ tourists”, “ noise”, etc, gave few results, I guess because people who are aware of such places don’ t wish to share the secret, which is perfectly logical since time and again we’ ve witnessed the invasion of tourists ruin hidden, beautiful and virgin places. So after a week’ s intense search we finally found the perfect destination.

The port

Oinousses (Οινούσσες) is a collection of small greek islands near Chios island. Although the largest one, Aignoussa (Αιγνούσσα), is very much known, mainly as the birthplace of famous shipowners, people find it too desolated for a vacation destination, chosing to visit it with boats from Chios island for one day trips rather than staying there, which was obvious by the number of accommodations, which were about five or so.

The Oinoussian Mermaid

For literally last-minute planners, we were very lucky finding convenient plane tickets to Chios and booking the last room available. Arriving there we were pleasantly surprised to see that everything was so much better than expected. We found the deserted oasis that we were looking for, enjoying beautiful beaches all by ourselves, taking walks around beautiful vacant houses, enjoying the difficulties of a place where people have no care at all for the visitors and regaining peace of mind after a series of stressful months.

Seeing pictures of the island from the 1900′ s at the local “Oinoussian Maritime Museum” we noticed that the island hasn’ t really changed throughout all these years. After recently thinking about time machines and travelling in the past, it occurred to me that I finally had a kind of back-in-time experience.


“Pateronisso”. One can reach it by swimming. I actually did.

“Agios Ioannis beach”. To reach it we had to follow the goats’ pathways and climb, since there is no road that can lead you there.

“Demis”, the wall climbing dog
In the back, Fra in his cave reading his book about zombies 😛
“Chatzali beach”. One more “private” beach.

Walking to the beach through the pines we saw rabbits go by
There were a lot of fig trees on the island
“Kathisma” beach.
There were also a lot of bees. Fra got stung by one 😛
We stayed at the beach till the sun went down

Local people dancing..
..and falling in love
“Chara”, the stray pekingese of the island
The statue of the “Oinoussian mother” waving goodbye. The men of the island are mainly sailors.
Fishing boats
Having breakfast at the marine club
This cat thought he was our pet, sneaking into the house and asking for food
He also brought his miniature friend
If you are to make some tortellini pasta in a pan (with chillie con carne sauce) be sure to be hungry enough to eat it 😛
Interesting luggage 😛