Beautiful Island, Not so many tourists, Great Beaches.
I would not expect to have such a good time here. But I did and I remember these holidays as some of the most relaxing ones I ever had!
Chios is one the of the largest islands in the Aegean and is famous for its mastic gum. Take time to visit the mediaeval castle village of Mesta, the capital. Follow the arrows painted on the walls, passing the beautiful church in the centre which leads on to the old square where the locals sit around drinking coffee and watching the world go by....more
This is an old monastery that is now a UNESCO site. My favorite things about it were the views and wandering around all the buildings and ruins. It was under renovation while we were there but I still think it was an amazing place and I'm definitely looking forward to seeing it once all the work is finished.The main church had signs saying no one...more
Built right in the middle of the island this monastery was built in the 11th c. by the Byzantine Emperor Constantinos Monomachos. Adorned with beautiful mosaics, this has been an Unesco World Heritage Site since 1990.A handful of nuns are still there to treat you to a lukumi and water. Best time to visit is on a Good Friday when the procession of...more
Watch out! The 'Never Sleeping Eye' is watching from above!I always thought this 'Eye' symbol was most commonly seen in the mysteries of the Masonic Temple! This is the first time I have seen such a symbol so largely portrayed in the ceiling of a church! Very imposing indeed!more
Most people when looking at icons, frescos and painted walls in churches, tend to look only at the faces and clothing of the Saints depicted.If, however, you pay close attention to the details surrounding the figures, you will perhaps be surprised by the interesting and unexpected figures. Under the heavy, overwhelming robes of the figures on the...more
The most impressive thing to see at this monastery, are the magnificent icons and frescos painted on the walls of the main church. The monastery is a very large, rich monastery, but did not seem to be inhabited by many monks at the time I visited. I met with the 'Gerontos' who was called "Agonothikos' who showed me his kindness by giving me a cool...more
The hill side around the beautiful Nea Moni Monastery have been traced by paths meant for hikers and nature lovers. The paths are clearly designated and the times for each destination written on the wooden signs at the beginning of the trails.Be careful, as when walking in any dry forest area, that you light NO MATCHES OR CIGARETTES! You cannot...more
The monastery of Nea Moni is the most famous church in Chios. The mosaic designs on the walls are of international fame. I was very lucky the day I visited to have met the man who was painting the interior of the church during its renovation. The work in the church will not be finished until December, 2007, so you may not be able to go into the...more
All along the coast lines of Chios, you will see the castles that were used to look out for invading pirates. I wonder if the workers got overtime pay? Must have been pretty cold in the winter! No Television, No Computers, No microwave ovens to heat up the food! Coffee??? Probably only some stong 'tsipouro' to keep the bones from aching!Anyway,...more
Delicious appetizers with the taste of old Asia Minor and dishes "grilled-at-the-time". Oh, enjoy your dinner drinking "draft" red wine if it's winter or a cold Amstel if it's summer. Melitzanes in the oven with feta cheese - yummie and grilled "mastello" for appetizer. Then try a steak, a beef or a chorizo, french fries, greek salad and and a...more
The tavernas of Chios are very good. I have my favorites, but I'll leave it to you to find _yours_.I can't resist giving you a few names though: In Megas Limionas our favorite is taverna Agyra. Great food, great apple pie ;-)In Kambos there is an ouzeri named Apomero. You can find it following small green metalsigns on the stone walls in the...more
If you happen to find yourself hungry while strolling around Chios town, go for the home made cheese pies that Stephanos and Eirini offer in their little cafe, called Alkyoni. A hang out for the intellectuals, conservationists and artists of the island, it is a good place to catch up with the latest important things or disasters going on on the...more
Oh, mine! At the Chora of Chios full of young people just dancing all the new hits greek or not! Having always a good time with good friends from midnight till the morning light!
Dress Code: Casual... Actually, you don't need a dress code to get in.
we travelled around Chios by scooter/moto, which, despite a couple of incidents, was a great way to see the island. We hired them from somewhere in Karfas (don't remember the name) but there are loads of places to hire motos from. we payed about 10 euros per scooter a day. Just a couple of warnings... if you are inexperienced at riding a scooter -...more
Everything made by mastic. The diamond of Chios, the mastic, is produced by the Mastic trees, unique around the world. From the mastic you can made several products. The smell and the taste of mastic are everywhere... From bubble gums and sweets to sampoos and face lotions. It depends on what you buy... Face creams cost E11.00 and sampoos E6.00....more
The shops... You can find those things anywhere in Chios. It's just so local and traditional. Vases with teaspoon sweets. That's how we call it. Actually, a fruit is baked with sugar and varius bachars (like cinammon and vanilla). You can buy the vase of fruit you like but there are also coctail vases. The most common teaspoon sweets are cherry,...more
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The only employee in charge of the records of Chiot immigrants and emigrants, was unduly unfriendly, to say the least! She was so busy, that after some pleading and trying to express my urgency, she told me that I could go 'by myself' to the room where all the old record books were kept and look through each book to see if my grandfather's name...more
If you are thinking of coming to Greece to find your long-lost Greek relatives, it may be more difficult than you can imagine, especially if your relatives came from one of the island or even more complicated, from Mikra Asia.When I set off to the island of Chios, after having lived in Greece long enough to know the ins and outs and to be able to...more
As you walk through the village of PYRGI, AND if you are lucky enough to visit during the month of August, be sure to have a look out for the women of the village, sitting together stringing their treasures of wild red tomatoes.I wanted to capture this scene, 'unseen.' To capture the natural atmosphere, which I believe I have. Now, however, I wish...more
What you must always ask when you book a room in small hostels or in "rooms to let" houses.
How often the room is cleaned, garbage colection, change of linen, mopping?
Do you have to pay extra for the air conditioning?
What is the diastance from your interest's, museums, beaches, historic sites, island capital "chora"?
Is there a public transportation to those places?
As Maria lights the way deeper into the cave, she talks. She tells you to mind your step here and your head there...She begins her story, as in old, passed down from one storey teller to another...nothing written until now..."There was in Byzantine times, a ruler in the area of Agia Gala, called 'Konstandinos, the Warrior,' 'O Konstandinos, O...more
Kiria Maria, 35 years young, lives with her elder parents in the village, and takes care not only of them, but of the church. When ever tourists come to visit the church, she runs down the steep stairs along the cliff, with the key to open the door of the church and to tell them the story of 'How the Village Got its Name.'There is only one light in...more
Here in this remote mountain village, the woman, none of whom have ever driven a car, wait for their monthly pension money to arrive, via the Postman. He then takes some of that money back, as each of them pays him for their electricity bills and water bills. The government giveth, and the government taketh! Each of these women probably get not...more
Chios is known for the quality and aroma of its wild herbs. Before you leave the island make sure you buy some of the local wild oregano. It is by far the best in Greece. You will most probably not find it in super markets but at individual small grocery stores. Ask around. They will probably be sold with the stem. This is no problem. When you get...more
Nea Moni, this was a fantastic site to visit. So many ! buying a falling down house and spending Greek easter in the village this year.Going for bread every day from the woodburning oven in the village to eat with beautiful eggs.only hearing the sound of children playing and the clock striking the hour.more