Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Village Walkthrough- Paleokastro

I got the chance to visit a village near Samos Town a couple weeks ago, and I'm glad I did! There are about 30 some odd villages in Samos, and this one is full of old houses and lots of rich history. The village of Paleokastro is located in the eastern part of the island, 5 km to the southeast of the town of Samos. The name Paleokastro, meaning "an old fortress", comes from the ruins of an old fortress in the Agios Tryphonas area. In the Kerveli area there are remnants of an old settlement, Paliochori, where the first inhabitants of the area probably settled.
Paleokastro from far away
An old delivery truck
Driving into the village
The plateia with cafes, restaurants, and a children's  playground.
Opposite the plateia
A lazy cat!
This one caught my eye from far away! Love!
One of the many deserted house.
I like how the clothes hanging out to dry bring color to this neighborhood!
Renovation in process!
...and they let me look inside! high ceilings, big windows, and a nook under those stairs!
Around the bend, we came onto a surprise....
another plateia!
House on a corner!
An old ready to fall over house inbetween 2 nice houses
and through a little crack in the door that literally only fit my camera lens, this is what I shot.
A teeny tiny path through 2 houses
Sorry I didn't get the name of this church...
But I really wanted to ring those bells!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Tutorial... Tissue Paper Flowers

I decided for Maria's Baptism I wanted to do as much as possible myself, including the boubounieres, decorations, and decorating of the box. So I scoured the internet for ideas and finally just came up with an idea of making simple tissue paper flowers that I can tape to the box/luggage. Tutorials  I found were too complicated and a lot of them took too much time. Something I do NOT have! So here is my tutorial on (simple) tissue paper flowers!

Gather supplies

The finished product! I left an opening where we could still button the luggage, and I added more at the bottom so as to create a "flowing effect."
Thank you for making these tissue paper flowers with me!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Samos Wine Museum

The Samos Wine Museum was inaugurated in the summer of 2005 in Malagari and is considered a success. The space housing the museum was initially a privately-owned winery and, later, the Union’s cellar/warehouse and cooperage. The building itself is a “living” exhibit, with huge wooden casks from the early 20th century still in mint condition, although not in actual use.

Traditional wine making, its tools, its vats and tubs and its chemistry equipment, even the art of fashioning a barrel come to life through exhibits that spin visitors back into remote fragments of centennial time.

Documents, prizes and awards, bottles of wine, photographs, desk mementos and objects all contribute to complete the historic puzzle. An ingenious simulation depicting the cultivation of grape vines on their steep terraced perches (as it is customary on the island) from the moment they take root to the moment they are tenderly picked excites the imagination of visitors who may then wish to visit the two cellars, one reserved for barrels, the other for bottles of wine. (quoted from

From the street, this is the museum. Up until 2 weeks ago, it didn't have a sign clearly saying "hey, here is the museum!" so....
My dad made them one! And they actually use it!
What an impressive entry way!
Under these huge barrels are these tunnels
...that go all the way under!
Just to show how big they are!
And THIS is where we lost Maria's  pacifier! I wish those things had tracking devices!
The walls are filled with old pictures of farmers, awards, and members on the board of the ΕΟΣΣ group dating back to '34
Old barrel measuring tools
The barrel room, and one of the two staircases I encountered with the stroller!
A wine filter machine from 1938
Vintage bottles of  Samos wine. How cool would it be to bring back those old labels?!
Old chemistry sets and more vintage bottles
Old farmer's tools to protect the crops from parasites
Just a heads up, this museum is not so stroller-friendly!
The best part? You can taste the wines for free because it's included in the admission price of...2 EUROS!
Here is my dad making the sign!

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