Naxos | Our favorite parts of it

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Naxos (Νάξος) is the largest Cycladic island, green and very mountainous. It has been one of our favorites places to visit for the last 10 years. In this post we collected three of our pictures that reminds us some great moments we spent on the island some years ago.     1. Horse riding. Beautiful rides on the beach. Great sunset views. If you like adventures do not miss it!
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2. Shark rock in Agia Anna. We would never forget the feeling when we were walking and came across this rock. At least this one is harmless.  Later we found out that this is a touristic attraction.
Photo By Greece by a Greek 

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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

IONIAN from Ryan Clarke on Vimeo.

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. 

How to make Greek coffee

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Greek coffee (ελληνικός καφές) is prepared in a special coffee pot briki (pronounce as bree-kee) preferably on hovoli (heated sand). As it is very difficult to have hovoli in our kitchens, you can heat Greek coffee on a gas stove or on a single camping gas burner. Greek coffee is served hot, single in a Greek coffee cup /espresso cup or double in normal size cups.   Steps to prepare a single Greek coffee (for double simply double the amounts):  
  • Fill a coffee cup with tap water and pour into your briki. Make sure your briki is big enough if you make double Greek coffee
  • Add 1 teaspoon of Greek coffee (powder). If you prefer strong coffee add 1/2 or 1 more teaspoon. 
  • Add 1/2 a teaspoon of sugar or more if you like your coffee sweet. Stevia, or brown sugar can used instead.
  • Place the briki on the gas, on low heat.
  • Let the coffee heat up on low heat. Never leave the coffee heating up unattended.
  • The surface of the coffee will start foaming. Lift the briki up to settle the foam and put it on low heat again and watch the coffee foaming up again.
  • Once the foam covers the surface of the coffee, remove the briki from the heat.
  • Serve it in your coffee cup on a saucer.
  • By tradition Greek coffee is served with spoon sweets.
TIP: Very important, don’ t add milk & sugar and don’ t stir Greek coffee after it is served. Let the grinds sink to the bottom. Read more...

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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