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// AUGUST 2017
Hidden Secrets
Athens
Chios
Vrontados
Pantoukios
Lagkada
Marmaro
Kardamyla
Chios
Karies
Nea Moni of Chios
Avgonima
Anavatos
Lithi
Vessa
Agios Georgios Sikousis
Chios
Armolia
Pyrgi
Mesta, Greece
Olympoi
Mastic Museum
Volcano Beach Chios
Mesta
Limenas
Sidirounta
Volissos
Moni Agias Markellas
Epos
Vrontados
Chios
Oinousses
Athens
Mesta

Armolia

 

5/12/2017
A very sweet and very talented lady…

We woke up, slightly later than usual, we had breakfast with Ronald, the owner of our hotel, “Villa Rossa” and, after having loaded our luggage to our car, we said our good byes. We were quite sure that we would not meet again, during this particular journey of ours in Chios, but the situation developed differently and in a very pleasant way…

But for the time being, we were filled with enthusiasm and were in a youngsters’ excursion mood, since a new thrilling and amazing route with new beauties and hidden secrets was waiting ahead…

While driving south, to the Mastic Villages, with final destination the village of Mesta, we had a stop, after 20 klm, at the village of Armolia.  Its inhabitants are quite famous for their skills in creating and decorating ceramics and therefore we decided to visit one such a shop. We were welcomed by Melpo Paradishi- Kosmidi, a very polite and pleasant person.
 


She kindly guided us to her beautiful place and we truly admired her artistic skills, when she explained that all the lovely objects we were seeing in her shop were her own creations!

We saw beautiful dishes and platters, traditional pots, cups of clay, glasses and carafes and many other small artifacts, all hand painted! Colors of the Aegean Sea and motives inspired by the traditional life and cultural heritage of Chios, all combined with artistic skills and love. 
 


Melpo, with prudent and simple words, told us that they were all works of love, which fill her with joy, when she creates them. More over, within the framework of the well known to us hospitality of Chios people, when we had finished with our buying, she prepared for us pretty, little hand painted platters with presents (aromatic mastic in the form of chewing gum and of liqueur) and offered them to us to take as souvenirs from her shop. Such a sweet and kind person! 

Opposite her shop, there was her husband’s oil press and Melpo offered to take us there, when we said that we would like to visit it.  

So, we did visit it and it gave us an idea as far as how the oil reaches in its final form the hands of its producers.
 


We also saw a few inhabitants of Armolia Village who were waiting for the process of the cleaning and smashing of the olives to complete, before collecting the final product, the pure and virgin local oil. The atmosphere was friendly and pleasant and the good mood was contagious!
 


 

We left Armolia and carried on our journey towards Pyrgi.

Country: Greece
Date: 2017
Route: Greece : Chios Island - Oinousses
Cities: Athens, Chios, Vrontados, Pantoukios, Lagkada, Marmaro, Kardamyla, Chios, Karies, Nea Moni of Chios, Avgonima, Anavatos, Lithi, Vessa, Agios Georgios Sikousis, Chios, Armolia, Pyrgi, Mesta, Greece, Olympoi, Mastic Museum, Volcano Beach Chios, Mesta, Limenas, Sidirounta, Volissos, Moni Agias Markellas, Epos, Vrontados, Chios, Oinousses, Chios, Athens
Duration: 7
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Population: Chios: 53.199
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Country: Greece
Date: 2017
Route: Greece : Chios Island - Oinousses
Cities: Athens, Chios, Vrontados, Pantoukios, Lagkada, Marmaro, Kardamyla, Chios, Karies, Nea Moni of Chios, Avgonima, Anavatos, Lithi, Vessa, Agios Georgios Sikousis, Chios, Armolia, Pyrgi, Mesta, Greece, Olympoi, Mastic Museum, Volcano Beach Chios, Mesta, Limenas, Sidirounta, Volissos, Moni Agias Markellas, Epos, Vrontados, Chios, Oinousses, Chios, Athens
Duration: 7
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Population: Chios: 53.199
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Country: Greece
Date: 2017
Route: Greece : Chios Island - Oinousses
Cities: Athens, Chios, Vrontados, Pantoukios, Lagkada, Marmaro, Kardamyla, Chios, Karies, Nea Moni of Chios, Avgonima, Anavatos, Lithi, Vessa, Agios Georgios Sikousis, Chios, Armolia, Pyrgi, Mesta, Greece, Olympoi, Mastic Museum, Volcano Beach Chios, Mesta, Limenas, Sidirounta, Volissos, Moni Agias Markellas, Epos, Vrontados, Chios, Oinousses, Chios, Athens
Duration: 7 days
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Population: Chios: 53.199
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