Highlights from a sixteen-day exploration of the culture and gastronomy of the two wonderful, diverse ends of the country.
PART ONE: The North and Northwest
I arrived in Kavala one day before the official beginning of the trip. What a wise decision that was! It gave me more time to spend in Imaret.
This incredible, five-star hotel, is housed in an historic, 1817 building, a masterpiece of late Ottoman architecture. Hardly a place for those expecting a Ritz-like accommodation, its 26 charming rooms are full of character, one different from the other. Their appeal is original and uncommon, but quickly grows on you as you get immersed into the charm of this structure which was originally a religious school.
There are pools and serene inner gardens, long marble verandas and arcades that offer spectacular views of the bay of Kavala and the Aegean beyond. Looking at the bay, I enjoyed my exquisite breakfast as the golden morning sun sparkled on the water, an experience I will never forget!
Caught up in all sorts of everyday chores on Kea, even when we don’t prepare for a program or cook with our Kea Artisanal guests, I haven’t had the chance to travel within Greece for a very long time. The invitation of Georgeann Morekas and the Baltimore Women’s Guild of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation to accompany them as they explored parts of northern Greece and Crete was a most welcome change. (more…)