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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

Chora


2/12/2017
Past, present and sea!!!

We parked our car near the port and went to enjoy a walk to the waterfront. We stopped by the cozy Marine Café Bar, with gorgeous views to the sea, right in front of us and tried for first time an excellent cappuccino coffee with…mastic, before continuing our exploration in Chios town.  
 


 

We had parked our car very near the extremely significant and historic “Korais” Public Library, one of the oldest and largest in Greece. It was established in 1792, as a department of the Great School of Chios. Major core of the library were the books and the manuscripts of the great writer and typical man of the Enlightenment Adamantios Korais and other Greek scholars, living abroad at that time. Through the years, the library was enriched with priceless book collections, important manuscripts codices, maps, pictures, photos, paintings, rare coin collections and files of newspapers and magazines. Among the invaluable treasures of the library is the 14 illustrated volumes of the "Description de l’ Egypte" (1809 – 1822 publication), a gift of Napoleon the Great to Adamantios Korais.

We photographed the historic library and the statue of Korais and must say at this point that we were also very impressed by the embossed courtyard with the white and black stones.



 

We continued our walk and passed by the Museum of History and Physics, housed inside the building of the historic High School of Chios (established in 1792).
 


We walked at the central pedestrian zone of Aplotaria, with its many and interesting shops and also with its numerous old (19th century) mansions.  
 


 

While exploring and admiring an area where past and present are combined in harmony, we arrived at  Vounaki Square_during the Ottoman Period at the square were taking place executions and it was called “Kilits Meindan” (Sword Square)_ _where the administrative buildings of the Regional Unit of Chios are situated, along with the Town Hall, the Ottoman Mosque (Mecidiye Camii), which has been turned into the Chios Byzantine Museum, and the large and very green Public Garden.
 


 

Quite a few noticeable sites dating back to the Ottoman period are to be found near the square. These include the Ottoman mosques, Bayrakli Camii and Osmaniye Camii and also the Ottoman fountains.  

We visited Mecidiye Camii, which houses the Byzantine Museum of Chios. In the building of the Mosque, which was constructed in the second half of the 19th century, are displayed Early Christian and Byzantine sculptures, Post- Byzantine Frescoes, various forms of Folk Art and Post-Byzantine portable icons. Among the museum’s most important exhibits are the two marble lintels from the age of Genoese Rule (14nth-16nth century) depicting St. George slaying the dragon.  
 


 

At the entrance of the museum is also displayed a copy of Eugene Delacroix's famous and moving painting, The Massacre of Chios, created by the painter E. Ioannidis in between 1917-1920.



The pride of Chios Town

While exploring the north part of the centre of Chios town, we found the Fortress of Chios, which has been its fortified core from the Genoese Era and then onwards. The Fortress is entered by the main Gate  (Porta Maggiore) at its south end, which  preserves the monumental form given to it by the Venetians in 1694. Another way to enter the Fortress of Chios is from the destroyed, today, “Upper Door” (Portello) at its northwest side.

The course of its walls forms an irregular pentagon with strong bastions at intervals. Eight of them are preserved in good condition and some others not.

The Fortress of Chios is inhabited till today and the number of its inhabitants is 650 approximately.
 


Our promenade-exploration to the historic centre of Chios town filled us with admiration for the rich history of the area and we kept taking photos and videos enthusiastically. But since it was high noon already, we stopped and sat at the traditional café Retro, where we were served greek “mezedes” (tit-beats). We accompanied them with a rather strong, popular local drink, “suma”, which we would learn more about, later on, during our travelogue in the island of Chios…

After our lunch break, we passed by the musical café Mezas, with the polite and smiling staff and eventually returned to our car and took the route which would lead us to our hotel, to the exceptionally beautiful Villa Rossa (situated at the area Kampos, only one kilometer away from the airport).  


A real gentleman and a mansion with grandeur of a past era… !!!

We were impressed at first glance. A beautiful neoclassical mansion, built in 1905, with plenty of elegance, finesse and grandeur of a past era…



Ronald, the owner, a very polite, exceptionally hospitable person, glob trotter and polyglot, welcomed us with refreshments of soda water with mastic and gave us excellent and useful information as far as the island and restaurants, in which we could try traditional cuisine of the island and other specialties from all over Greece too. He led us to our amazing room, on the second floor of the mansion_ it really travelled us back to time its decoration_ and after making sure that we were settled nicely and comfortably, he left discreetly and let us relax and refresh ourselves.
 


Boukia-Boukia...the ultimate gastronomic pleasure!!!

We had dinner early, on our first evening in Chios, and we chose an excellent restaurant, recommended by Ronald: (Bukia- Bukia at the area of Lefkonia-Kontari-Chios, very near to our hotel).

It was a real gastronomical experience for us! We tried Bosporus prawns, rolled in thin and crispy (“kantaifi”) pastry, local cheese of Chios (“Mastelo”), eggplants with tomato sauce, cuttlefish with spinach, a wonderful salad of fresh vegetables and freshly baked bread. 



We left the restaurant with the best of the impressions and having created already a personal idea about the hospitality of the people in Chios, since we had been receiving it generously till that moment; we took photos of the dreamy full moon and returned to our hotel to sleep. We should have a good night’s rest, since tomorrow it would start our real travelogue in the island of Chios.

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
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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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