Acheron River, where experiences are endless

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Photo By Vicky Pan
Acheron River (ποταμός Αχέροντας) is one of our favorite places in Greece and we have already written a post about this paradise place. Last summer we visited Acheron River again. And that time we were determined to walk and swim into its cold waters. So we prepared ourselves, bought river shoes (you definitely cannot walk in the river without them) and a waterproof case, where you put your keys, some money and your phone (it is advisable to have your phone with you if you decide to walk a long distance). You can buy these at the stalls at the start of the walk, near the parking places. Leave behind a bag with a towel and dry clothes to change when you arrive back. 
Photo By PargaPortal
The water was freezing at the beginning. And this is the most challenging part of the walk. Because of the springs, the water at this point is very cold and you may think that you cannot manage walking any further. We recommend you start walking fast. Or rest for 5-10 seconds on the banks so that your body gets used to the temperature. And then start walking again. The water temperature gets better after a couple of minutes. Nature becomes stunning, and your walk more adventurous. For some short distances you must walk through narrow paths and slippery rocks. At some parts the river gets deeper. Swim hard and fast to cope with the current of the river. Stop for a while, listen to the nature sounds and feel the vibes of this ancient place.
Photo By Giannis Gioutlakis

After an exciting one hour of walking / swimming, we reached this stone bridge. This is the point where you can walk upon the rocks and reach the top of the bridge. The view is breathtaking. From there you can go back to the river or you can follow the path on the right hand side (follow the red spots). It takes about 45 minutes to go back to where you firstly started walking in the river. We chose the second option. We were completely wet by the river and we really enjoyed walking in the dense green nature. 

 

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Amvrakikos Cruises in Dolphin Heaven

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We have not posted for a while. We were travelling in the Northwestern part of Greece, visiting places near and about the beautiful town of Preveza (Πρέβεζα). We captured many pictures. Wrote our notes and we are ready to start sharing our best moments with you. The posts we are about to write the following days are about this region and its treasures. One of our unforgettable moment of our trip was the observation of dolphins in the Amvakikos Gulf (Αμβρακικός κόλπος) with Eco-Cruising. Eco Cruising is an effort Vasilis Lekkas (ichthyologist – environmentalist with a Masters on Coastal Zone Management, PADI diving and first aid instructor with professional experience since 2001) and Venetia Gigi (ichthyologist with a Masters on Coastal Zone Management with professional experience since 2003) with the understanding and collaboration of their two children Afrodite and Odysseus. (text by Eco-Cruising)
 
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 Their boat, Agios Sostis, as it is named, is a 30 tonne, 14m long, traditional and wooden “trehandiri” (type of boat), equipped with all safety and navigational equipment required by law. The equipment is completed by a 40” onboard screen where you see the presentations, masks and fins so you can admire the U/W world, IKELITE underwater digital camera and video camera to capture your holidays, and also a large BBQ where they prepare your meal while you enjoy your swim in turquoise waters!!! The Rigid Inflatable tender to Agios Sostis “Fouska” is also ready help you discover isolated beaches, majestic caves and hidden wonders that are inaccessible by larger vessels. (text by Eco-Cruising)
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The boat departed Preveza port at 10:00 and arrived back, 6 hours later. We spotted a numerous amount of dolphins from close by. The views and the feelings you get while you watch them are so powerful. If you have children, they will surely never get bored during this cruise. We were really happy to see a sea-turtle. Hosts are just amazing, very hospitable and very knowledgeable about the ecology of Amvrakikos Gulf. So if you have a question, ask them. They offered us drinks, refreshments and homemade food. We ended the day in a beautiful beach in Amvrakikos Gulf where we also had a meal in a taverna. You can also rent the boat for private cruising. Ideal for private BBQ on board and majestic sunset views. Costed about 40 euros per adult. If you visit this part of Greece, DO NOT MISS IT!
Photo By Eco-Cruising

For more information visit their website www.eco-cruising.gr

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Camping sites in Greece

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Here is a list of our favorite camping sites in Greece   1. Camping Gythion Bay, Gythio Very clean, friendly staff, based on an excellent location. You can rent tents and bikes. It is dog friendly.   
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  2. Lichnos Camping and Apartments, Parga Very clean, quality food tavern on the site, sandy private beach. Very friendly.
Photo By Enjoy Lichnos
3. Delphi Camping, Delphi Helpful staff, stunning view, high quality food, very clean. The pool by night is the highlight
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4. Krios Beach Camping, Paros  Great location, great campsite, friendly staff, very clean and safe place to stay. Wi-Fi and free computers.  
Photo By Krios Beach Camping
  5. Camping Vrachos, Meteora  Superb location near Meteora, very clean facilities, great view from the pool, great value for money   
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The International Academy of Homeopathy in Alonissos

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If you are interested in becoming a Classical Homeopath head for the International Academy of Homeopaths in Alonissos, situated on a hill side overlooking the Aegean Sea. The Academy is dedicated exclusively to the teaching of Homeopathic Medicine according to the principles of Dr. Samuel Hahnemann. The Academy was established in 1995 by George Vithoulkas who is also the Head of Education Department.  According to their official website every year, during the summer months, groups of doctors from various countries gather to be trained at the Academy. They come from Germany, Italy, Sweden, Norway, United Kingdom, Russia, the U.S.A., Canada, Austria, Japan, India, Mexico, Brazil, Greece etc. 12.000 medical doctors and homeopathic practitioners from 33 countries have been trained in the International Academy of Classical Homeopathy.  
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  For those who want to study online there is also an e-learning, academic program. For more information visit Vithoulkas.com & Vithoulkas.edu.gr Alonissos is a beautiful island popular for its National Marine Park, the largest protected marine area in Europe.

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