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Hi! I'm Elena! Welcome to my travel blog Creativelena.com.
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Across the Peloponnese: Celebrating Creative Travel in Kalamata, Corinth & more!

Greece. “A travel tale in the (spiritual) traces of humankind“, is what I wrote about my first real visit to Athens in February this year. Those feelings of awe still ring true today. If anything, my understanding about Greece, the current plight of its people due to the crisis, has all but deepened. Perhaps despite (or because?) of the crisis, the Greek people nevertheless manage to put a spell on us travellers. Making my way roadtrippin’ from Thessaloniki to Athens, or exploring the South-East of the Island of Crete: No matter if it’s the Greek Islands or the mainland, it will “always be Greece”, in a way – wonderful, intense, full-on, and simply magical.

 

Today, let me take you all the way to Kalamata. Into the backcountry of their famous olive groves and … to meet with a couple of creative minds on the Southern Peloponnese!

“So you’re driving all by yourself, from Athens to Kalamata?!”, my taxi driver in Athens gasps. “Well, why, sure”, I smile back, thinking it no big deal to drive for two and a half hours from Athens to Kalamata. Indeed, there are only very few cars out on the highways, most likely due to the high fuel prices & toll fees. Driving, my eyes keep hugging the pretty landscape all around, consisting of hills, mountains, and more hills, while thinking of the millennia of history, of early human settlement, and just how many wars for these fertile lands have already been waged here.

Arriving in Kalamata brings me back to the present moment: My meeting with Inga & Tassos, a German-Greek couple, inspires me to follow their enthusiasm in having set up a network for creative travel in Kalamata & the Peloponnese, “LocalMoods.com“: Check it out for gathering ideas for your next trip there!

Willkommen bei Local Moods in Kalamata ...

A warm welcome to Local Moods in Kalamata …

 

... gesucht & gefunden habe ich das charmante Paar bei der Recherche zu Kreativ Reisen weltweit, sowie dank meines Buches, "The Creative Traveler's Handbook" ...

… where we’ve found each other in part thanks to my book, “The Creative Traveler’s Handbook” which Inga & Tassos have already been reading in order to gather ideas of their own …

 

... nach einem kurzen Ausflug an den Strand nehmen mich Inga und Tassos hier ...

… after a quick stop at the beach, Inga & Tassos take me out here …

 

... zur sogenannten "Art Farm" des griechischen Unternehmers ...

… to meeting one of their networking partners, and friends, the “ArtFarm” near Kalamata …

 

... die als Teil von "Urlaub am Bauernhof in Griechenland" Kulturveranstaltungen & Workshops jeglicher Art ...

… part of the Greek “farm holidays association” hosting cultural events, musicians, and workshops throughout the summertime …

 

... dazu originelle Unterkünfte bieten ...

… including original, home-made accommodation units …

 

... und deren Baumeister, kreativer Veranstalter und passionierter Landwirt Ioannis uns noch dazu ...

… all spearheaded by mastermind, host, artist, farmer & builder Manolis …

 

... echte, frische Kalamata-Oliven mit Gurkenscheiben als Snack serviert : Herz, was willst Du mehr?!

… serving us fresh Kalamata olives with cucumbers for starters: Believe me, it’s worth driving all the way out here just for them!

 

Vielleicht eine kleine Darbietung dessen, wie die monatelang in Essig eingelegten Oliven geöffnet, der "Jahrgang 2016" zum ersten Mal gemeinsam verkostet wird ..?

Even more special: Harvesting “the first crop” of 2016 and learning more about just how Kalamata olives are “made”, and turned into the premium, well-known product they are …

 

Vielen Dank für diese schönen, gemeinsamen Erinnerungen, liebe Inga, lieber Ioannis, lieber Tassos (von links nach rechts).!

… thank you so much for this wonderful time together, dear Inga, dear Manolis, dear Tassos (from left to right).!

 

Tipp: Vom Osten Kalamata's aus, in leichter Anhöhe über dem Meer, habt Ihr den besten Blick auf den Sonnenuntergang im Westen.

My tip for you: Do not miss the sunset views from up here, east of the town of Kalamata overlooking the bay ahead!

 

Further north on the Peloponnese peninsula: After Kalamata, consider visiting Corinth & Loutraki, only about an hour west of Athens.

In Corinth, it is mainly the extensive excavation sites, as well as the historical museum, which are worth your visit. Some of the most important passages in the Bible, written by the “Apostle Paulus to the Corinthians”, are still very well visible here – a fascinating fact. Although I am not very “bible-minded”, so to speak, I can definitely warm to a well-told story. Full of awe, I listen to my travel guide Kostas Tsevas, who joins me for one morning and whose extensive knowledge of Paul the Apostle, and his work in the ancient Greek temple town of Corinth, leaves a big impression on me. I therefore recommend you a guided tour, likely reviving the ruins of Corinth today. Check this out.

Im Norden des Peloponnes, am Isthmus zwischen Athen & Patras gelegen, befinden sich die alten Tempelruinen der Stadt Korinth ...

Located between Athens and Patras, you will find the ruins of the ancient town of Corinth …

 

... inklusive dieser gut zweitausend Jahre alten Steinquelle ...

… a place including this very ancient rock fountain, quoted as many other remains around here, in the Bible …

 

... auf die der Apostel Paulus in vielen Bibelpassagen über Korinth Bezug nimmt ...

… love the many comparisons between the original bible text, and what’s still visible today, my travel guide Kostas Tsevas points out to me …

 

... faszinierend, und sehr spannend, eine solche "Bibelführung" durch Korinth!

… and I can only recommend you to take this tour through the ancient town of Corinth!

 

Für das anschließende Mittagessen empfiehlt sich ein Ausflug an die gegenüberliegende Seite der Buch, nördlich der Stadt Loutraki mit Blick auf Korinth ...

Later on, head on over and beyond Loutraki, on the other side of the Isthmus, in order to catch this great view here …

 

... nicht ohne mein Tzatziki, sag' ich da nur! Mahlzeit!

… when in Greece, never miss out on fresh Tzatziki , I say ..!

 

So Ihr noch ein bisschen verweilen wollt ...

And should you wish to stay a little longer, consider spoiling yourself to Wyndham & Poseidon Resort right by the beach …

 

... die Sonnenuntergänge hier sind einfach fabelhaft !

… their terrace features some of the best places I have ever seen for sunset watching … wow !

 

Was sich der legendäre Entdecker & Seefahrer Odysseus ...

Back in Athens, check out the Archaeological Museum and their special exhibition “Odysseus” : Well worth your while, too.

 

Next up, I’ll tell you all about my trip to Crete, and especially Mirtos (thank you for this tip, Janett!) and my trip researching the monasteries of Toplou, IerapetraSiteiaAgios Nikolaus as well as the beaches & bars in the east & south of the island … beautiful, you’ll see.

And you, what is it that you love so much about Greece?

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Elena writes about creative destinations, shares her personal travel stories and brings inspiring photography & interesting news updates home to you. Her mission is: "Continue to be amazed at this world, one creative travel experience at a time."

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