Στήλη: Travelling-Holidays

WORLD PARTY

(By Krikis Thanasis, Mittaris Nikos & Koutsokeras Mihalis, A Class)

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World party is a TV show which started in 2013 from the Greek channel ERT 3. Four best friends from Thessaloniki started this TV show just because it was their dream. After a lot of rejections from Greek TV channels they finally managed to find the solution by just waiting for an opportunity. This opportunity was given to them by ERT 3 channel. So, let’s introduce the main presenters of this extremely unique TV show.

Sakis Tanimanidis

He was born in Thessaloniki in 1981. He is the director, producer and presenter of the show. He is maniac with gymnastics, healthy food and a healthy lifestyle. He is usually hungry throughout the day. He has excess energy and likes to talk and travel around the world. His motto is «You Only Live Once» (YOLO) … not just sit on the couch and let life go on. He likes to make others smile. He is an engineer and he has studied Aristotle. He did his Master’s (MBA) at Babson College US. His best friend is George.

George Mavridis

He was born in Thessaloniki in 1978. He has particular love for animals and more specifically for his dog, Molly. He has been professionally engaged in the art of tattooing since 1999. He paints from a really young age. His hobby is football and he likes extreme sports. He loves music and video games. He is the owner of «Tattooligans» studio, which is his second home. His best friend is Sakis.

 

There are also two other members, Thodoris Plakidis (Teo) and George Letzas. They are the photographers/filmers. These four talented young travelers travel all around the world and they are trying to show to people the beautiful side of some countries known or not. In each episode, they try to present a country. They show the most representative and other parts of various countries all around the world. The unique characteristic about this TV show is that, unlike other TV shows, they always face any situations, bad or good, with humor and with their motto YOLO (which means you only live once). This means that anyone must face their difficulties with happiness and hope about the future.

The secret of success

Their secret of success is that from the beginning they wanted to make something different, something that has never been done before. Although some people may not like this show, no one can say that it’s not different.

The most dangerous of their journeys

No1: Zambia, Africa – Victoria waterfalls: George and Sakis jump in a physical pool from the edge of the waterfalls. Sakis claimed that that single moment he lost 10 years of his life.

No2: in northern Africa, they travelled in a ghetto where they were the only white people in that area. The indigenous black people could always harm George and Sakis as they have strong enmity for white people.

No3: the most dangerous place they visited was a favela in Argentina where they couldn’t escape from the aggressive mafia members.

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The most impressive and exciting trip they made was in the Amazon River. They say that wherever you go you meet different civilizations but Amazon was extraordinary. The combination of pure nature and unspoilt river in addition to indigenous civilizations create a unique landscape with picturesque scenery. It’s startling how the indigenous people adapt so well in the rainforest without any help or communication with the modern world.

But the trips have offered something more than just fun. They were fulfilled as humans due to all their new experiences. The fact that they meet people from all social statuses has helped them form a personality that can judge situations better.

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Above all, they are simple people, but most importantly inseparable friends. They have formed a friendship that will last maybe forever. This is, as they claim, the most important outcome of their trips. They think that travelling around the world is the point of life and would recommend it to everyone.

Sources

http://www.alphatv.gr/shows/entertainment/worldparty/whoiswho

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Why do we travel?

By Eva Katrivesi (A class)

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When being kids or even teenagers, we all have the urge to explore the world, find new friends, try new foods and go to that one café in Rome that one of the celebrities you like posted on Instagram the other day. Moreover, I bet that all of us want those “tumblr” pictures we see all over the Internet, taking place in Paris, Venice, Sydney, New York City or Africa. But, what do all these experiences provide us with and what are the main reasons for travelling?

First and foremost, travelling is a way of learning new things. For example, you learn about the culture of a place, the beliefs of the people living there and their traditions. For instance, if you visit China you will probably learn about meditation and buddism. However, it is not only about learning things. When travelling, a lot of people try to tighten their bond with their travel-buddy or to reunite with a family member. For example, I’m half Australian so I’d like to visit my cousins in Australia soon.

In addition, there are people who only do travelling for professional reasons or just for shopping. Unfortunately, travelling is not about showing your friend that you are wealthy enough to go somewhere just to do a “shopping therapy” or that you are busy enough to only go to job-related-journeys.

Travelling is about finding who you really are. Finding new things that you enjoy, expanding your taste, not only in food but also in music, clothes and people. Travelling is about using that foreign language you learned at high school, even if a lot of years have passed and you may look silly to try it. It helps to learn things, not only for the place you visited but also for the people around you, your travel-buddy and most importantly about yourself. The benefit from this experience is that you try to enhance all these things in order to become a better human being.

To conclude, I strongly believe that travelling is a one-kind-of-experience, a very unique one, because every journey has its own story and that leads me to the conclusion that, if travelling was free, nobody would remain at home.

 

7+1 Things To Do When In Venice!

      By Athanasia Lampiri (A class)

1. See three major sights in one square

Standing in the middle of the magnificent piazza San Marco is an experience in itself: Napoleon referred to it as the ‘drawing room of Europe’, since it appears that much of Europe’s population is crammed into this great square. But it’s  Basilica di San Marco, often seen as the living testimony of Venice’s links with Byzantium and Torre dell’Orologio, a clock tower, that are, not just the square’s, but some of the city’s main attractions.

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2. Cool down with a delicious gelato

Most people agree that there is no gelato like Venice’s gelato. Be prepared to be patient though, because there’s always a huge crowd waiting to be served. But it’s worth the wait. These people are passionate about making ice-cream and experimenting with new flavours. How about trying flavours such as hazelnut or yoghurt, and even artichoke, asparagus and ginger?

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3. Take a trip down the Grand Canal T

he best way to take in the Grand Canal is on board a vaporetto (Venice’s ubiquitous waterbus). The canal provides a superb introduction to the city, telling you more about the way Venice works.

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4. Enjoy the Biennale in Venice

And, of course, the Venice Biennale is in full force. In 2015, an impressive 89 nations sent works by 136 artists to this, the worlds biggest and longest running artistic extravaganza which takes place every two years. Get involved and express your inner artsy side.

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5. Get a bird’s-eye view of Venice

Enjoy the breathtaking view of Venice taking in the Lido, the whole lagoon and (on a clear day) the Dolomites in the distance.

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6. Get a taste for true Venetian cuisine

Try traditional dishes from the Veneto (goose in its own fat) or freshwater lagoon fish and a strong selection of Venetian antipasti, including raw sea food.

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7. Get around in a gondola

No trip to Venice would be complete without a punt down one of the city’s waterways in an iconic gondola.

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Don’t forget to visit the Pontei dei Sospiri.

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+1. Slip on a mask and enjoy the Carnevale

Carnevale, the world’s largest and most famous masked party, has existed since the Middle Ages, but it came into its own in the 18th century. Today, visitors go to piazza San Marco, where professional poseurs in ornate (and exorbitant) costumes occupy prime spots and wait for the world’s press photographers to immortalise them. Venetians, on the other hand, organise private masked and costumed celebrations, or gather in smaller squares.

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THE MOST WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE I HAVE EVER HAD

By Periklis Solomos (A class)

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The most wonderful experience I have ever had was a holiday I spent with a friend in Kalogria. As we were camping, we were afraid that it might rain, but the weather turned out to be gorgeous. I remember that week so clearly: the walk to the beach each day; turning that final corner and suddenly seeing the magnificent sea spread out before me like a sparkling blue carpet; the hours spent lazily lying in the sun and plunging into the sea when it got too hot. It was marvelous.

On the last day we were there, Chris and I were lying on the beach when Chris laughed and said: ‘ Look at that silly woman waving at us!’. We both grinned and waved back but she did not look very happy.

‘Hold on’ I said suddenly, she is waving for help! We both ran down the beach and dived into the water to save her. She was OK but she had got a cramp and would certainly have drowned if we had not been there! We both got our pictures in the paper!

All in all it was an exciting and rewarding holiday. I am planning to go again this year!

The serene beauty of Ioannina and trekking in Zagori and the Vikos Gorge

By Niki Argirou-Kolotourou (B class)

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Traditional architecture, rich history, urban culture and youthful energy, all make for a unique combination that transforms the city on the shores of tranquil LakePamvotida into an ideal choice for relaxation, exploration and entertainment.

Ioannina is blessed with abundant natural beauty and a rich history. Lake Pamvotida lies at the foot of mountain Mitsikeli. The lake is just so peaceful, you can either follow its romantic promenade or sit on a bench and take in the view. Small boats connect  the city with a little island in the middle of the lake, the so-called “nissaki” by the locals. This islet counts around 100 stone houses and numerous tiny stone alleys – a beautiful labyrinth of history and architecture. Here you can also visit the house  where Ali Pasha, the ruler of Ioannina during the  years of Othoman occupation was assassinated.

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Another must- see is the old town, spreading within the walls of the city castle, the largest Byzantine fortress in Greece which offers  breathtalking views over Lake Pamvotida.

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If you have one museum to visit this should be the Museum of Greek History. Its creator Pavlos Vrellis, a former algebra teacher and sculptor, bought the land ath the age of 60, designed the building that houses now the museum and built everything from scratch. The interior, consisted of dimly lit rock-encased areas, hosts 36 wax sculptures created by Pavlos Vrellis depicting various landmarks of modern Greek history.

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 Last, make sure you visit Perama Cave. Follow the guited tour trough the cave and admire up close the beautiful stalactites and stalagmites that have been formed over the years.

Ioannina is famous for its silverwork. There are numerous shops around the city selling silver jewellery and decorative items-the perfect gifts for yourself or your loved ones.

Visiting Zagori, northwestern Greece is something of an otherworldly experience. Perched at altitudes as high as 1.400metres, the region’s villages, inhabited for centuries and truly incomparable, constitute a surprisingly functional society that has lived, prospered, and continues to live as one with nature. Man-made constructions are an integral part of the setting, andappear to have grown or evolved along with the natural landscape. The region’s contact with the outside worldwas assured by a network of tracks and 45 stone arch bridges, works of architectural wonder and most of which were constructed in the 18th and 19th centuries. These days, the trails offervisitors the opportunity to embark on unique trekking experiences.

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The best way to explore Zagori is via a route  beginning at Kapesovo, along trails that have existed for centuries, through villages, along rivers, across bridges, taking in landscapes of sensational beauty and ending up at Koukouli. This route  takes about a week,but if your time schedule doesn’t allow for that, pick asection and spend a couple of hours or an afternoon taking in this marvelous part of the country.

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The route from Kapesovo to Vradeto includes the stairs of Vradeto, an 18th century stone-paved trail along the side of the gorge. Heading off from Kapesovo and Koukouli and crossing the renowned Kokkori Bridge leads to Kipous, where the Plakida Bridge,one of very fewtriple-arch constructionsin the area, is located. From here, continue to Dilofo, the best preserved of all the region’s villages which offers spectacular views. The Vikos Gorge, listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s deepest, begins at Vitsa. Walking the whole gorge from start to finish takesfive-and a –half to six hours. At the end you’ll find the village of Papigo. The gorgeous nearby Rogovo pools, ideal for swimming in the summer, are definitely worth a visit. Heading all the way up to the mountain retreat at Astraka and Drakolimni lake, at an altitude of 2.050 metres ,is a magical experience.The view from the lake is breathtaking. Once rested at the retreat, hikers can take in the Astraka highlands and head towards Tsepelovo before concluding the trek at Koukouli.

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ROME: ETERNAL CHARM

By Maria Katsenou (A class)

THREE DAYS IN ROME

Rome is an unforgettable city. The sophistication of the Roman Empire is resurrected through the city’s countless ancient treasures. This and the gastronomy explain why everyone when it comes to throw a coin into Fontana di Trevi wishes that one day, they will return to Rome.

 

DAY ONE

The plane finally touched down! I am so happy that I have reached my destination so I take the first taxi and I head towards the Pantheon. There is no entrance fee and the dome inside is an architectural wonder! I visit it and then I make a walk at Piazza della Rotonda which is the square right outside the Pantheon. Then I go to Piaza di Firenze for a taste of fresh buffalo mozzarella delicacies at Obika.

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The next day I decide to visit the Flavian Amphitheatre, the renowned Colosseum and the Roman Agora. After finishing this route and taking some photos with men dressed up as Roman soldiers, I look for the Colloseo metro station which is situated just across the monument, and take the subway until I arrive at Piazza di Spagna. Around this area you will find especially fashion stores…actually this is the place where all the big Italian brands are placed! Near Piazza di Spagna, you can also find the first ever McDonald’s opened in Italy (not such a historical event but it is important for the peckish). Later, I visit Fontana di Trevi. I take pictures, look around and of course defend my pockets and bag from the strange people and buy an ice cream from the Gelateria near the fountain. From here on I will only tell you to enjoy your night walk and get lost into the alleys.

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DAY THREE

I would definitely dedicate my last day to the Vatican museum. I have already booked my tickets, so I admire the imposing St.Peter’s and the Sistine Chapel avoiding the queue. It will take you about 3-4 hours to see it and notice the memorable art pieces. I pass the Castel Sant’ Angelo overlooking the River Tiber on my way to the Trastevere. I make a little walk wondering through its cobbled streets and having lunch of delicious seafood at le Mani in Pasta. Here is the end of my trip…with all my heart I wish to return to Rome someday!

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“Travel broadens the mind”

By Nefeli Markou (B class)

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Ever since the era of nomads people have travelled to almost every part of our planet no matter what their purpose had been. The aim of travelling in those days was mainly for survival whereas nowadays it is mainly for fun and to give ourselves the pleasure of having new experiences.

 

It’s these new experiences that can make one broaden his mind and change his outlook on life that are sought by travellers. How on earth can someone get in touch with lifestyles and traditions different from his own if he doesn’t abandon his set ways for a while and indulge into a whole new experience of different cultures? No amount of mere reading of travel books or watching documentaries can be compared with the force of images of someone who has actually been there himself and not via TV or books.

 

On the other hand, it is often said that travelling has become a big business and therefore its creative and educational characteristics mentioned above have faded away due to the attempt to see the lighter side of travelling only such as drinking fancy cocktails next to a pool or getting suntanned on a tropical island which serves the purpose of relaxation only.  Such travellers can’t be said to broaden their minds since they are restrained in a hotel lounge without contacting the customs and the cultures of the place visited.

 

So the mental benefits of travel depend on the individual. Travelling can’t be viewed on its own as anything more than an opportunity. How this opportunity will be milked and whether travelling is not just a break but an opportunity to cultivate our minds depends on us.

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ONE VILLAGE, ONE WORLD, THE WHOLE LIFE

By Sotiropoulou Ioanna-Maria (B Class)

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Desert,dry soil and winds brought from the Atlantic ocean.This is the scene in northwest Namibia, where Himba’s villages are located.Villages scattered all around,seasonal rigged by makeshift mud.

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Himba’s are nomads.That’s why they have to move continuously. They graze cow herds, their movable property, their only property, their own life.

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In their villages you can see only women and children. Women unpretentious expressive, tall, slender, living statues, walking the streets topless with irregular skins hanging just below their navel and cover their hips.They are doing everything in villages. Build their huts, take care of their children, cook, carry timber, water… Men are always away with the herds.

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People there live in another era. Away from progress that threats their tradition.So close to nature and so dependent on her.

But, whatever their life is, as different as they may be from our own, undoubtedly has a common element. Life is struggle. Regardless of how or where, the circle is still the same.

 

Sources: Geotropio Magazine no.427

http://zyrinis.gr/node/7006

Superlative Spots

By Vicky Verra, Nikh Katika, Panagiwths Koutshs and Marinos Gizas (B Class)

Across the roughly 60 million square miles of land covering this breathtaking planet, there are a lot of exceedingly beautiful places. From serene and stirring to surreal and sublime, trying to list them all would be an impossible task; and of course beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But that doesn’t mean we can’t do our best to give a shout-out to some of the places that showcase the amazing accomplishments that Mother Nature – sometimes with an assist from her inhabitants – has achieved. Here are some of the best places.

The Maldives

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Salar de Uyuni (Southwest Bolivia)

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Victoria Falls (Zambia)

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Northern Lights (Norway)

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We decided to close with two Greek places, which in our opinion are the best in Greece

Meteora (defined as middle of the sky)

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Santorini

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Travelling to Machu Picchu

By Myrsini Hamakioti (A Class)

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One of the world’s great wonders, Machu Picchu is the Holy Grail for any traveler visiting South America. In a spectacular location, it’s the best-known archaeological site on the continent, with over 2500 people arriving daily.

Historians believe Machu Picchu was built at the height of the Inca Empire, which dominated western South America in the 15th and 16th centuries. Some of them support that Machu Picchu served as a royal estate for Inca emperors and nobles. Others have theorized that it was a religious site, pointing to its proximity to mountains and other geographical features that the Incas held sacred. Dozens of alternate hypotheses have cropped up in the years since Machu Picchu was first unveiled to the world, with scholars variously interpreting it as a prison, a trade hub, or a station for testing new crops, among many examples.

It was abandoned an estimated 100 years after its construction, probably around the time the Spanish began their conquest of the mighty pre-Columbian civilization in the 1530s, and remained in the dark for almost 4 centuries. In the summer of 1911 the American archaeologist Hiram Bingham arrived in Peru with a small team of explorers hoping to find Vilcabamba, the last Inca stronghold to fall to the Spanish. Traveling on foot and by mule, Bingham and his team made their way from Cuzco into the Urubamba Valley, where a local farmer told them of some ruins located at the top of a nearby mountain. The farmer called the mountain Machu Picchu, which translates to “old peak” in the native Quechua language. On July 24, after a tough climb to the mountain’s ridge in cold and drizzly weather, Bingham met a small group of peasants who showed him the rest of the way.

 

Machu Picchu is made up of more than 150 buildings ranging from baths and houses to temples and sanctuaries.

 Led by an 11-year-old boy, Bingham got his first glimpse of the intricate network of stone terraces marking the entrance to Machu Picchu.

In the midst of a tropical mountain forest on the eastern slopes of the Peruvian Andes, Machu Picchu’s walls, terraces, stairways and ramps blend seamlessly into its natural setting. The site’s finely crafted stonework, terraced fields and sophisticated irrigation system bear witness to the Inca civilization’s architectural, agricultural and engineering prowess. Its central buildings are prime examples of a masonry technique mastered by the Incas in which stones were cut to fit together without mortar.

Archaeologists have identified several distinct sectors that together comprise the city, including a farming zone, a residential neighborhood, a royal district and a sacred area. Machu Picchu’s most distinct and famous structures include the Temple of the Sun and the Intihuatana stone, a sculpted granite rock that is believed to have functioned as a solar clock or calendar.

Today, hundreds of thousands of people tramp through Machu Picchu every year, braving crowds and landslides to see the sun set over its towering stone monuments and marvel at the mysterious splendor of one of the world’s most famous manmade wonders.

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