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When we landed at Schiphol I was already over excited about our 5 day trip to Holland but nothing could prepare me for the moment I set my foot on Amsterdam. It was love at first sight. At first, I was almost shocked by the beauty of this city: the buildings, the parks, the streets, the bikes, the people, everything looked so different from Athens. I was about to discover another universe!
 
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Hello :)
I've been meaning to post about my holidays to Chios Island for some days now but unfortunately couldn't find the time! We left on the second of July (on my birthday) and returned on the 11th. Thank God we could watch the Fifa Finals on board ;)

Some info on Chios island:
"Chios is the fifth largest of the Greek islands, situated in the Aegean Sea, seven kilometres (five miles) off the Asia Minor coast. The island is separated from Turkey by the Chios Strait. The island is noted for its strong merchant shipping community, its unique mastic gum and its medieval villages." [via wikipedia]

We were very lucky as we stayed in one of the most picturesque villages called Vessa, part of the wider Mastichocoria region which control the production of their traditional mastic gum. The villages have been built during the 14th and 16th centuries and were designed in order to form fortified gates to protect against pirates! Most of the villages are now abandoned, especially during the winter season, which is a shame as we were told how these stone narrow streets were boosting with life and happiness some years ago ...

So enough with the talk, here is a selection of photographs I took in Chios, which I already miss!
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Vessa: just outside our door
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Vessa: flowers everywhere
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Vessa: we climbed up the ladder on the top right for the view
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Vessa: old charming buildings throughout the whole village
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Vessa: an abstract sculpture decorating the wall of an old stone building
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Vessa: ruins in the ancient part of the village
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A small traditional tavern
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... with a fantastic decorated wall
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full with various traditional and vintage objects
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Mavra Volia Beach
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Mavra Volia Beach: the pebbles are black due to a volcano eruption many years ago
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A small picturesque harbour
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The ultimate summer mood!
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A traditional ceramic studio
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... with a variety of handpainted traditional ceramics
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... and some wall plates
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Vessa: The best handmade pasta I've ever tasted!
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Lunch is served!
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Pyrgi village: main square
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Pyrgi: I just loved the geometrical decoration of the buildings!
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Pyrgi: more detail
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Pyrgi: many narrow streets like that
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Pyrgi: these kind of little bridges were build for support and stability between the buildings
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Pyrgi: an old church decorated in the same manner as the rest of the village
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Ag. Fotia Beach: more summer group therapy
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Chios: you could see small castle remains like that almost everywhere
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Chios mainland: awesome windmills
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Chios mainland: natural symmetry
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Chios mainland: beautiful sculpture
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Chios mainland: Kanaris sculpture
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Lithi village: coffee & relaxing in a nice hotel by the beach
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daydreaming by the beach
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Walking around Volisos
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Volisos: green and dreamy like a fairytale
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Volisos: close up shot
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All time classic greek church
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Volisos: old building remains
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Volisos: burning summer sun
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Volisos: deep blue greek sky
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Volisos: old building remains
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Nightwalk @ Vessa
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Nightwalk @ Vessa
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Creepy shot during our nightwalk @ Vessa
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Trying to make new friends :P
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no way ... even goats are mocking me :P hehe
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Walking through the forest near our village Vessa
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and always ending back to the beach