Sailing the Ionian Greek islands

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 Sailing the Ionian Greek island This video about sailing was made by Ryan Clark as a birthday present to his granddad, the skipper of their sailing trip to the Ionian Greek islands (νησιά Ιονίου) of Kefallonia (Κεφαλονιά) and Ithaca (Ιθάκη).  Definitely one of the best videos we have seen about Greece, its pure beauty and its colours. The music is also perfect, as a cinematic effect. Once you start watching it you will get that nostalgic feeling when summer holidays are over. Winner of “Vimeo Staff Pick” December 2014
Winner of “VOTD Video of the Day” January 2015

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Keep Shelly in Athens

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Keep Shelly in Athens. We discovered “Keep Shelly in Athens” about one year ago, at the Zero Festival. Zero Festival takes place every summer next to magical Ziros Lake with sports activities, live bands and other shows. They started playing music just after the sunset. Their music and the colors of the sky created an atmosphere that we are never going to forget.  Their style is chillwave, downtempo and this track is our favourite one. We wish you a lazy Saturday noon. 

Greek liqueurs

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Traditional Greek liqueurs (λικέρ) are sweet spirit drinks made of Greek fruits, seeds, nuts, vegetable and flowers. Usually they are served in a small glass after a meal. Homemade liqueurs are kept in beautifully designed and vintage-style bottles. The tradition has passed on from generation to generation and nowadays you can still have homemade, premium quality liqueurs, everywhere in Greece. They are also sold online. In this article we present just a small example of these tasteful and aromatic drinks. The list is endless.
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Our favorite and most classic Greek liqueur is Vissino (λικέρ βύσσινο) a sour cherry liqueur. The sourness of sour cherries is combined with alcohol and a few spices resulting into a drink with a dark ruby colour, an intoxicating aroma and full bodied flavour. 
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Mastic liqueur, named Mastiha (λικέρ μαστίχα) is a unique liqueur made of the resin of the mastic trees of Chios island.  Mastiha liqueur is traditionally served chilled as a digestive drink, after each meal. Another excellent way to enjoy it, is to pour it in a tall glass with crushed ice or as an ingredient in Greek-style cocktails.

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The Greek sweet red wine | Mavrodaphne

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Mavrodaphne (μαυροδάφνη), a Greek sweet red wine. There is a great variety of Greek wines. But if you are a wine lover and have got a sweet tooth, then you will definitely love this red wine, high quality Mavrodaphne. Mavrodaphne is a rich and sweet Greek red wine that is served cold after a meal. So make sure you put it in the fridge when you start cooking your meal. It is blue cheese’s best friend. Sip it slowly to enjoy the after-meal time and feel its dense aromas and flavours of chocolate, caramel, coffee and raisins. Some people prefer it at room temperature as a liqueur, served with dark chocolate and nuts. 
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The Mavrodaphne wine tastes just like the Portuguese port. The hot Greek summer sun loads the grapes with sugars thus producing a really sweet wine. It is produced in the Achaea region, Northern Peloponnese.

Other food pairings of this wine are platters with fruits, mature yellow cheeses, puddings and fruit tarts. Read more...