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Holiday from the thousands of beaches of Paros and Antiparos

Our Accidental Guide (Greek island) leads us to discover all the beaches and … of all the pleasure you can give away a holiday in Paros

I hate myself with all the cold and darkness of winter, always, but when the evening are on the train that takes me back home, I think its not longer bear them and then pick up the phone and look at a photo taken at Aldo Paros which I keep as a talisman anti-winter. I look at that picture and winter disappears, I immerse myself too happy in the light color of the sea that caresses you slow … I wonder why in many places of Greece Paros right … the answer lies in the expression of infinite bliss of Aldo enclosing in himself all the pleasure that can give away a holiday in Paros …

The most beautiful Greek islands, less tourist: Small Cyclades, Ithaca, Folegandros, Skopelos …

What are the most beautiful and less touristy islands of Greece? Among the most famous and popular destinations by tourists there are certainly Mykonos, Santorini, Crete, Rhodes and many others where tour operators, major hotels, and aereporti have made this area the most popular summer destinations in Europe.

Nevertheless, Greece is a country that offers an infinite number of islands, namely 6,000, of which only 227 are inhabited. A unique phenomenon for our European continent.

Here are some islands that show the ancient and authentic face of Greece, for those seeking a vacation out of the ordinary, and especially away from destinations affected by mass tourism.
Small Cyclades. Among the less tourist destinations are undoubtedly the Little Cyclades, a mini archipelago in the south-east of Naxos, in the Aegean Sea consists of four islands: Koufonisi, Iraklia, Schinoussa and Donoussa.

Koufonissi, about 4 km long, up to ten years ago pocchissimi visited by tourists, has now become a fairly popular destination for Greeks but still less than the usual mundane overcrowded islands. With its beautiful long sandy beaches, considered among the most beautiful in Greece, this island offers a wild and relaxing atmosphere, very quiet and no noise of cars and motorcycles given the almost total absence of traffic. Chora is the only village where you can find the rooms for rent and taverns to eat good fish.
Iraklia is the largest by extension, about 18 km, but has only 115 inhabitants. This island is the place for those who want to spend their holidays in Greece of old. This is also a destination for those seeking a complete peace and quiet, enjoy walking along secluded paths and spend lazy days on the beaches often almost deserted. The island has two small villages: Agios Georgios (the port) and Panagia (the capital) where there are several guesthouses, three tavernas, a bar, a supermarket and a tourist office.

Schinoussa, very small and certainly the most wild offers a total of 17 beaches, all within walking distance strictly seen, even here, the absence of traffic. Turning around the island are the beaches of Mersini, Tsigoura, Almyri, Livadi and Liolios.

Donoussa, 13 km long, is among the Small Cyclades the most difficult to reach, but the white sand beaches and crystal clear water make this place an exceptional place. Among the beaches to visit: Stavros, Kedros, Bruising and Kalotaritissa. The island’s population is mainly collects in the village of Stavros, who is also the island’s port and where you can easily find the guest house.

Ithaca, well known because of the Homeric narratives that bind to the events of Ulysses, is relatively unknown to tourists. It is a destination that offers much for travelers interested in history, archeology and Greek mythology. Despite being an island became quite famous in years is still an unspoiled place with numerous isolated beaches, small fishing villages, inland villages and several ancient monasteries.

Folegandros, the southernmost of the western Cyclades located between Sikinos and Milos, is the prototype for the typical Greek island, with clear waters, white houses and a few windy alleys. The larger villages are Karavostatis port, Chora and Kastro and all three are worth a visit. And ‘it considered one of the Greek islands less affected by mass tourism because, without an airport, it is difficult to achieve. Folegandros you arrive by sea from the nearest island to it, as well as from Santorini and Mykonos.

Skopelos, the largest of the North Sporades, is little known by mass tourism, probably, again, the lack of a Aereporto, which discourages the lazy tourists. The island can be reached by plane to Skiathos and from there about one hour by ferry to Skopelos. It is a place full of greenery and unique beautiful beaches, considered among the best not only of Greece, but also in the world.

Even Alonissos is part of the group of the Northern Sporades islands. quiet island, almost uninhabited and surrounded by greenery, ideal for walking and especially for couples who love nature, whose idea of ​​nightlife is staying in a tavern while watching the sunset in front of the port of Patitiri.

Skiing in Greece

It is normally tend to think of Greece as a purely summer resort town, with excellent beaches and islands where nature and fun are mixed. Instead, even in Greece you can organize winter holidays in the snow and below we will report the most renowned ski resorts.
The center is located on Mount Parnassus is probably the richest area ski and arranged in all of Greece. Here you can choose from 17 downhill slopes of varying degrees, 8 off-piste routes, 2 minipiste for beginners and several pedestrian connections for a total of 30 km of slopes between 1640 and the 2260 meters above sea level. Two of these tracks were also approved by the International Ski Federation for international competitions organizations.
To this was added the possibility to practice snowboarding, rent all the necessary equipment and to stay close to the area in one of the many accommodation facilities provided.

A hundred kilometers from Thessaloniki you will find this ski area consists of two peaks: Contact 1500 meters and Tria-Pente Pigadia, ranging from 1400 to 2000 meters above sea level and is the only area that has snow-making system artificial.
And ‘much quieter than many other more famous ski resorts, but also more affordable and less overflowing with people. The accommodation can accommodate up to a thousand people, as well as the twelve downhill slopes, reached by several lifts.
Among the services we find cafes, restaurants, medical service, ski rental and ski slopes for beginners.

Yamaha Yard Built 900 Faster Wasp Roland Sands

Roland Sands got their hands on an MT-09 inspired by the TZ750 uncle Kenny. It’s coming a new dirt track series? We hope
Although this is a type of media that has enjoyed much popularity in recent years in the undergrowth custom, that of motorcycle dirt track is a category that has had very little visibility, between dealers. In short, they are motorcycles that appeal to a lot of people, but if you drive one you have to order it from home. However, someone seems to be starting to think of making it a seriously. Yamaha is one of the houses the most reliable in this sense. It seems, in fact, that to try to imagine the lines of the guys Iwata have decided to turn to one of the most famous trainers in the world: Mr. Roland Sands.

It is with your help that has taken shape the latest in the series Built Yard. This time, the focus of attention was a MT-09, the three-cylinder 850 cc that is so popular even in our market in the last year. A very interesting idea, especially after the batch of projects “above” the smallest MT-07.

The Faster Wasp – this is his name – is inspired by the legendary openly TZ750, the bike with which, in the 70s, Kenny Roberts taught the world what it was like to drive, and has many original details. Among these we point out first of all the superstructures really lust. That codon and the saddle we like a lot, as well as the hand-beaten aluminum tank.

Also new are the vents, the cover of the radiator, the front table number plate and front fender. Among the more technical details worth mentioning the new exhaust system, formed from a kit of manifolds Two Brothers Racing and steel muffler RSD Slant. Also new is the braking system, consisting of front rotors superbike RSD, radially mounted calipers Performance Machine, RSD radial pump and pipes Spiegler. Signed two new cartridges for Öhlins fork and an unprecedented shock of the same house complete the picture and allow a more precise than they did the standard suspension.

Roland Sands tells us more. “I was running on the TZ250 and I rode to many Yamaha off-road. Ours is a long story. When I see what the Japanese brand has done and the goals it is placed, I feel really inspired. We have already made some bikes together. This three-cylinder engine is light and is really strong. It’s not a competition model, but transfers the level of performance Racing in an easy to drive. It’s great because it’s fun and I think a motorcycle is to entertain: “Faster Wasp” has this ability but, in addition, it offers outstanding performance. In this new concept we’ve been working and I both Kenny Roberts, one of my heroes, putting our common past Racing and coupling it with the three-cylinder engine. It was a very fun project and I am very happy with the result. “

I never gave up everything? Somebody did and went to Jamaica

Not only Bob Marley, beaches and cannabis. Andrea Cavallo Perin has dropped everything and left for six months exploring the Caribbean island every respect. His story
“Drop everything”. Hands up who has not thought at least once in their lifetime. Someone, in addition to having thought, has also done. Andrea Cavallo Perin, creative Turin of 29, he left for Jamaica in order to discover traditions and customs. And correct just clichés frequently. Let’s start with this: reeds, Bob Marley, breathtaking beaches, homophobia. “For heaven’s sake, all true, except racism: never look or an insult because they are white. Jamaica is far “, explains just returned from the Caribbean island after six months. “People have a great memory of the past because he lived and was freed from slavery. For Accompong Maroon for example, a man took me into the forest and showed me the place where his ancestors had fought for his life. That place, like many other things, is blessed with the rum, a rite of purification. ” It is thanks to a Jamaican rum, Appleton Rum, that Andrea was able to document everything.
“The rum in Jamaica is regarded as our wine, we do not miss my table and varies from Azona in the area, and also by social status.”
The exploration
“Every day, wake up at 7:30, breakfast with ackee, tropical fruit and Saltfish, dried fish; then exploring the length and breadth of the island. ” The thing that struck him was the nature: “dominates the man with all its power and luxuriance” But even people, “now tell much about himself and their country, from the manager to the farmer, without distinctions. But also reggae, slavery and much more. ” But there is one aspect that Andrea did not like: the slowness. “It will be in the heat but we have totally different rhythms and I have not managed to adapt. Everyone says: “Jamaica no problem”. ” The only thing that Andrea will is a biped bird: the chicken. “They call it Jerk chicken and cooked in many different ways. I’d had enough. ”
The journey is over, but for six months Andrew has really dropped everything, beginning with his work that is now ready to take it back. Not behind a desk, but still with a video camera, “I’m leaving for the” Around the World in 80 Days “. That is a video project that will tell the generation of global shapers, those young people who have invented something relevant and living in the same city in the book by Jules Verne. “

Alonissos, the pearl of the Aegean

Belonging to the Sporades, the Greek island has nothing to do with mass tourism: here you can enjoy the charm of nature between stunning beaches and picturesque views

Although the crisis has crippled Greece, the people of travelers not give up the dream of a midsummer night. There are poles nightlife dear to the young which Ios and Mykonos but there are actually unknown to mass tourism, places where peace is on the agenda: to respond to the desire for peace is Alonissos that, along with Skiathos and Skopelos, It is part of the Northern Sporades. You, the ancient Ikos, located in the northern Aegean, is the farthest island from the mainland why preserves that aspect so intact and untouched; for those wishing to visit her, you can be reached via Athens from Italy with scheduled flights of the national airline, Aegean Airlines, after the graduation Skytax Wordl Airlines, has distinguished itself as the best airline in Europe in 2015 ; once they arrive by bus to Aghios Konstantinos proceed by ferry or, alternatively, you can opt for the airport of Skiathos served, as well as dall’Aegean, by Volotea, Blu-Express and Meridiana, then to embark sull’aliscafo that, in a few hours, you can reach its destination.

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The history of this island and very troubled, because, in 1952, with the arrival of phylloxera that began to ravage the vineyards from California, the agricultural sector was severely compromised; sometimes, as they say, the worst there is no end in fact, in 1965, the island was disrupted by a huge earthquake that brought the people to move in a hurry in the Patitiri abandoning their homes to find refuge in new earthquake-resistant buildings. To get a small summary of the history of this island, you can visit the Folklore Museum and the Northern Sporades, located behind the beach marina, a private pole owned by Kostas and Anghela Mavrikis that, from May to September, invites tourists to get into the tradition admiring everyday objects that tell the lifestyle of the local as well as make a complete picture of Greek history and the wars that have seen protagonist.

Once out of the museum you can savor the sparkling side of the island between souvenir shops, cafes and taverns where to sit back and enjoy the view as “Alonissos”, a tasty restaurant where you can try the specialties of the house. From here everything begins and everything ends Patitiri, with its picturesque port set in a small bay, is the starting point for any adventure, primarily the National Marine Park of Alonissos, established in 1992, a marvel jealously preserved that articulates in 2200 kilometers square of surface, habitat for about 300 species of fish, dolphins and she, the seal Monachus-Monachus, the rarest species in the world as well as endangered, protected from Mom, the Greek Association for the Study and the defense of Foca Mediterranean which, since 1988, is responsible for defending the marine and coastal environment. In order to know with their own eyes this paradise, it’s worth taking part in day trips aboard the “Gorgona” in the company of Captain Pakis Athanasiou driving, with his stories, at a time of wonders like the Blue Grotto, Peristera, Agios Demetrios then reach Kyra Panagia and visit the monastery, still under construction, where you can buy wine, olive oil, souvenirs and various sacred objects.
Its small size, it is about twenty kilometers in length, allow to discover it in full in a few days, which is by car or scooter: do not miss the old Alonissos, or its Chora, a place with a high level of romance set on the top of a hill where you fall in love those white houses full of fuchsia bougainvillea, a particularly scenic at sunset when the sun gives fascinating play of light and colors that illuminate immense. Here you can stroll among the shops, stopping off in one of the many restaurants and cafes as the “Taverna To Aloni” from whose terrace offers a climate of total relaxation, surrounded by the atmosphere simple and familiar while, to delight the palate, we think specialties such as the famous cheese cake, the tyropita.

Can not deny that Alonissos is renowned for its beaches that have a really authentic look because mostly shrouded by lush vegetation as Milia, located in the south-east of the island in a cove hidden in a thick pine forest: over here the stones, you can take advantage of a sandy area that takes nothing away from the intense blue of the sea. The mix sand and stones is also found in Kokkinokastro, very romantic at sunset when the sun sheds light on the big red cliff that forms a small cape; it was here that, apparently, was the ancient city of Ikos, and, to prove it, are the remains of the walls that emerge from the water. No less Chrisi Milia, the busiest beach of the island and because it turns admiring its golden sand and its position that sees fit in the heart of a lush pine forest and the beaches more rocky site north as Megali Ammos, Tourkoneri and Gialia.

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September 2015:

TEN DESTINATIONS IDEAL FOR TRAVEL dreaming of a holiday, here is selected for you the best destinations for the month of September.
Summer, vacation time, holidays, relaxing. Regardless of the chosen destination, either at the beach or in the mountains, in Italy or abroad, the desire of all is relax and pleasant days. Most Italians have already reached the resort towns, where they will spend the August or the following week, which promises to be hot. Many others, however, expected in September 2015.

Travel in September is a solution that offers many advantages: the weather is usually good, still hot enough to choose beach destinations, the prices are affordable and the holiday destinations generally less crowded than in July and August. And then, why not start in September? We selected ten ideal destinations for the month of September:

In Europe, northern Germany offers breathtaking natural scenery. An ideal destination in September, attention this year to the weather forecast. Also in Europe, Austria and Switzerland will enchant you with their green, the mountain lakes, the enchanting scenery.
France awaits you with its cities. Provence is a viable alternative.
Portugal.
In Canada, a popular destination at this time is Quebec.
In the US West Coast, and in particular the City of Angels and San Francisco.
Africa: the resort on the Red Sea, Marsa Alam, Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada, but also Morocco and imperial cities, the desert.
In Italy all over the south and the two largest islands await you with their heavenly sea, the sun and the warmth of its people.
For a beach holiday, the Canary Islands, in front of the Morocco: Gran Canary, Fuerteventura, Tenerife.
The Balearic Islands, Spain. In particular, Ibiza and Formentera are exceptional in September. United disco the first and the second of the wild, both will welcome you with their crystal-clear sea and white beaches.
Greece and its islands, the sea and the white city: Santorini, Rhodes, Crete, Mykonos.

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Greece, a member of the Swiss: “Buy an island, so we will have access to the sea.

The Parliamentary Union of Ticino’s Party proposes that Pierre Rusconi Bern contribute in this way to save the country of Greece. So its citizens can “go on holiday safely.”
Switzerland should “give a bit ‘of money” to Greece in exchange for an island. So it would have “access to the sea” and its citizens could “go on holiday safely.” The proposal comes from the deputy Ticino’s Party center Pierre Rusconi, who has submitted a question to the Federal Council asking among other things that the country participate in this way to save Athens. That, moreover, based on the plan imposed by creditors, will have to transfer to a specific fund public goods for sale to derive, in theory, 50 billion euro. They will end up in ports, airports and public companies but potentially, in fact, even islands and beaches. E ‘news two days ago that the actor Johnny Depp bought for 4.2 million Euros, the islet of Strongylí, in March of Levante.

Bern, according Rusconi, should take advantage of the opportunity to get their hands on what could become the 27th Swiss canton. And on the island could build “a national sports center.” Opposite reactions from colleagues parliamentarians felt by the weekly Blick: the UDC Lukas Reimann agrees but would use the island “to send refugees” while the Socialist parliamentarian Zurich Jacqueline Badran speaks of “heat stroke ”

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