Trip to mountainous Nafpaktia

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Seven mountains, countless forested peaks and a rough terrain define mountainous Nafpaktia, a 550-square- kilometer area that extends north of beautiful Nafpaktos town. Forests of fir, beech, oak and chestnut trees are dotted by more than 40 villages that form an impressive group of communities, one of the most impressive in the country. The old narrow dirt lanes that used to connect the villages are still traversable and that means that hiking lovers can use them to explore the heart of this area’s untamed nature, filled with lush densely forested valleys, ravines and brooks of crystal-clear waters. The aquatic environments of Evinos River and Evinolimni (Evinos Lake) enhance the beauty of the area.

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Major Villages
The historic fortified town of Nafpaktos will serve as your starting point as you begin to explore the serpentine uphill paths that will gradually reveal to you the so far out of sight lovely landscapes. The following villages are in the visitors’ list of best preferred destinations:

Ano Chora – Kato Chora
Built on a fir-covered slope of Mt. Korakas (1,050 m. elevation), Ano Chora is the top preference on the tourists’ list for the entire area. Stroll along the stone-paved narrow streets connecting the picturesque neighbourhoods. Admire the stone houses with the coloured balconies and the flowerbeds in the yards. Quench your thirst by the fountains and the gurgling waters of brooks running through the village. Stop by the stone-paved square dominated by Agia Paraskevi church. Right next to it you will see Karnavalos, a legendary old bus which used to run the Nafpaktos – Ano Chora – Kato Chora winding route, until 1983.

There is a 4 km paved road leading to Kato Chora. If you enjoy hiking you can follow the path of Oineas, a circular route (1h. 45min.) that connects the two villages. A more demanding yet memorable track is the one that crosses Kakavos ravine.

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Ampelakiotissa
The village is one of the top choices among hikers who wish to climb the nearby mountains, as it offers breathtaking views of the surrounding captivating landscape. The path of Hercules traverses a lovely gorge and connects Ampelakiotissa and Ano Chora (2h. 40 min.). Those of you who are interested in religious tourism will definitely enjoy a visit to Agios Nikolaos church, featuring a 1748 wood-carved iconostasis and to the historic Ampelakiotissa monastery, a landmark of mountainous Nafpaktia.

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Elatou
This is a small village, practically invisible, as it is located deep inside the fir forest. The stone-built houses with red rooftops are barely discernible behind the dense spear-shaped trees, creating a unique scenery. It is the perfect choice for a relaxing stay and romantic sauntering along its narrow cobbled streets.

Platanos
The traditional character and the mountain architectural style of the houses are quite impressive in the area’s largest historic village. The big square is one of the finest in the area, with a huge plane tree overlooking the traditional coffee shops and tavernas; this is a meeting place for locals and visitors alike. The village’s attractions include the Museum of National Resistance, the Folk Art Museum, and Agios Nikolaos church with its majestic twin bell towers, to name but a few. Make sure you visit the nearby villages Perko and Perista (2km.); you will be fascinated by the wild beauty of Nafpaktos mountainous land.

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Evinochoria (villages by Evinos River)
Start your trip from Platanos, then head towards the dam and the artificial Evinos Lake. Neochori, Arachova, Perdikovrysi and Klepa offer an enchanting view over Evinolimni.
At the point where Evinos gets narrower, you will see the single-arched Artotiva bridge, also called Kamara, spanning the river. This is an important site for locals and it is closely connected to the area’s history, financial activities and social life.

Activities
If you love adventure sports, this is your place to be! Hiking, mountaineering, mountain biking, 4X4 or off-road dirt bike riding are activities in the wild that will offer you truly memorable experiences. Other options for you include rafting, kayaking, rappelling and flying fox.

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Η βουλευτής Μαλόνι ζητά από τον Τίλερσον να πάρει θέση στην ανακίνηση θέματος Λωζάννης από τον Ερντογά,

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Με επιστολή της προς τον υπουργό Εξωτερικών Ρεξ Τίλερσον, η συμπρόεδρος της Ομάδας Ελληνικών Θεμάτων της Βουλής των Αντιπροσώπων, Κάρολιν Μαλόνι, καλεί τον επικεφαλής του Στέιτ Ντιπάρτμεντ να επιβεβαιώσει την υποστήριξη των ΗΠΑ προς την Συνθήκη της Λωζάννης του 1923, μετά την εισήγηση του προέδρου της Τουρκίας, Ταγίπ Ερντογάν ότι θα πρέπει να τύχει επαναδιαπραγμάτευσης.

Στην επιστολή της η βουλευτής Μαλόνι υποστηρίζει «οι Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες πρέπει να καταστήσουν σαφές ότι οι εδαφικοί όροι της Συνθήκης δεν είναι διαπραγματεύσιμοι και ότι δεν θα δεχθούν την τουρκική υποκίνηση συνοριακών διαφορών σε μια περιοχή που είναι ειρηνική για σχεδόν 100 χρόνια».

Εκφράζει παράλληλα την άποψη ότι το άνοιγμα συνοριακής διαμάχης για εδάφη που διευθετήθηκαν πριν από περίπου 100 χρόνια είναι μια προκλητική και επικίνδυνη πρόταση.

«Ελπίζω ότι οι Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες θα κάνουν ό, τι είναι δυνατόν για να αποθαρρύνουν την Τουρκία να ακολουθήσει αυτή τη γραμμή διπλωματίας», καταλήγει η επιστολή της αμερικανίδας βουλευτή.

Dear Secretary Tillerson,

As co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, I was concerned by news reports that indicate that, during a recent visit to Greece, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggested that it would be appropriate to reopen discussions of border issues settled in the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne. I understand that President Erdogan stated in an interview with the Greek daily Kathimerini and reiterated at a press conference with the Greek president that there should be an ‘update’ to the Lausanne Treaty. He also reportedly expressed his view that the treaty was unfair because it assigned islands to Greece that are situated close to Turkey’s shores. In my view, opening a border dispute over territories settled nearly 100 years ago is a provocative and dangerous suggestion, and I hope that the United States will do everything in its power to discourage Turkey from pursuing this line of diplomacy.

I represent a large community of Greek-Americans who are deeply unsettled by the possibility that Turkey may claim land that has been recognized as Greek for nearly a century. As you know, Greece first demanded its independence from Turkey starting on March 25, 1821 after 400 years of Ottoman rule. While many parts of Greece won independence in 1829, border disputes continued until after World War I. The Treaty of Lausanne, considered the final treaty concluding World War I, established the final borders of Turkey after the fall of the Ottoman Empire and designated the Dodecanese Islands to Greece. Turkey is now insinuating that the Treaty should be reopened and perhaps that some of those islands should be allocated to Turkey. I believe the United States should make clear that the territorial terms of the Treaty are non-negotiable and that it will not accept Turkish instigation of border disputes in an area that has been peaceful for nearly 100 years.

Thank you for your attention to this important matter. I look forward to hearing your views on this issue.

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“The Walking Dead” Art Exhibition to be Held in Athens

Despite having been criminally ignored in a series of award seasons in the US, “The Walking Dead” is by far the most popular TV show of the last decade, in the world.

Already in its eighth season, the provocative show, which is often raising existential questions in a post-apocalyptic world roamed by zombies, has thousands of die-hard fans in Greece too.

Apart from leading tens of fans into impromptu “zombie-inspired” parades through the streets of Athens, The Walking Dead is now organising an art show, inviting new artists to submit their creations based on the show.

FOX, the TV network producing the series, invites artists from all over Greece to participate in “The Walking Dead ART“. Inspired by the series-phenomenon, artists will create and submit their own The Walking Dead artwork.

Through an evaluation process, 30 artists will be selected to create their own unique works of interdisciplinary art, which will be exhibited in a public open exhibition that will travel us even deeper into the world of The Walking Dead.

During the March 2018 exhibition at the Athens Conservatoire, the audience will have the opportunity to see The Walking Dead artworks take part in the parallel actions taking place in the exhibition space, and also vote for its favorite artwork.

The exhibition takes place under the auspices of the municipality of Athens, supported by the Athens Culture Net, which operates with founding donor the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

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