All posts tagged: Christos

lush living in the peloponnese

WITHIN just over two hours drive from Athens, we zip past the seaside town of Akrata and start ascending the curvy mountain roads, past villages that it takes just minutes to drive in and out of. The landscape is breathtaking, with a massive, imposing mountain wall on one side, cobalt blue sea on another, and lush vegetation growing all around. With our windows rolled down on this gloriously warm, early May day, the sweet smells of grass and leaves wet by flowing spring water, bright aromatic flowers and pungent herbs, pour through our windows in an intoxicating wave. As we reach the 3000 year-old village of Seliana, we follow detailed directions until we come to a picturesque old church with a large plain tree and swings next to it, then spotting Re-Green’s unassuming entrance – a stone-built, square Mycenaean-style archway (a reference to the finds excavated on the land there). As we park we are greeted by Flery Fotiadou, who runs the place with her partner Christos Alexiou, and who waves us in with a dazzling smile. “Are you hungry?” she calls out, “we’ve just started lunch!” …

greece’s iyengar girl

YOGA has become a hip, beloved and popular form of exercise in Athens by now, although even as recently as 20 years ago, when Greeks were considerably more conservative and less (other)worldly, yoga was regarded with dire suspicion: often, it was considered to be some kind of weird practice that could brainwash you into leaving your honourary, pre-ordained state of Greek Orthodoxy to become a raving, chanting Buddhist overnight. As yoga classes began to draw at first the very alternative, then the mildly experimental, next the trend- as well as health-conscious, and eventually every type of person, it became an ordinary part of Greek life. As with all great things, when they become widely available and in all forms, it’s imperative for one to diligently search through the many options in order to discover what’s most suitable, and above all most beneficial, instead of risking injuries, incorrect learning and basically, wasting time, energy and money on something that offers none or only few of yoga’s real benefits. Today there are so many yoga schools and classes in Athens and around Greece that I’ve lost count, and …