Friday, September 26, 2014

Fresh, crisp air

There is a place where it’s really great to stay for an extended 
weekend and even more. Zarouchla is a little village on the 
slopes of Mount Helmos at 1200 of altitude. It takes about 
1 hour of driving from Corinth so we can get there even 
unexpectedly .... like we usually do!There is everything you 
can demand from a mountain experience and mainly fresh, 
crisp air as temperature has been nastily high on the coast 
where we live. Sleeping with a warm quilt,this is one 
of the greatest delights especially now when you feel so 
weary from the prolonged summer heat. Food is another 
attraction but it’s something “between us”. An old lady is 
cooking in an old fashion hostel changing the menu 
according to her kitchen garden crop or the forest supplies. 
Chanterelle preserves was so unusual but exquisite to taste 
while the peach cake in the breakfast was divine!We stayed 
in a comfortable new built hotel  Styga Mountain Resort
a family enterprise whose owners do their best to satisfy 
the mountain lovers and keep the village alive. 
The hotel’s name come from Styx which in Greek mythology, 
was a river which flows out from a rock near Zarouchla. 
Styx formed the boundary between Earth and the 
Underworld. According to some versions, Styx had 
miraculous powers and could make someone invulnerable. 
In his childhood, Achilles was dipped in it, acquiring immortality 
except of his heel, by which his mother held him.
Whence the expression Achilles’ heel, synonym of weakness.   


That’s all for the moment. 
I’m sending you a fresh, breezy hug 
from an unrepentant hot region. 


  1. Yes, this is a wonderful place to be. I love all the beautiful flowers!

    Happy weekend! Hugs, Ingrid

  2. Oh we were just reading the temperature in Athens and remarking how nice it would be to have warmth and sun - the Greek kind - again. Our Pacific Northwest is blanketed in heavy dark rain clouds that have been dumping copious amounts of rain the last couple of days. Your photos are beautiful as always and we will put this place on our 'future' list! Have a great weekend~ Jackie

  3. Sei bravissima a creare un 'mood' con le sole foto , tutte bellissime, che posto stupendo. Devo dire che le ortensie mi hanno in particolare colpito , le mie ormai sono totalmente sfiorite . Abbraccio e buon weekend

  4. Wat een prachtige plaats om te verblijven.
    Wat laat je ons mooie foto's zien om mee te genieten.
    Geniet er met volle teugen van en ik hoop dat de warmte afneemt zodat je er geen last meer van hebt.
    Een heel mooi weekend!

    Liefs, Gerry

  5. It looks like an incredible and very beautiful place and so fascinating too!! You must have had an amazing time. The pictures are all so pretty (an understatement!!). So glad for you. xx

  6. Every single picture is a painting, and together, they tell the story of a place, enchanting.

    I am lost in the beauty of your images, and do not want to be found.


  7. Dearest Olympia,
    You always know how to spot some heavenly and very tranquil areas...
    What you didn't know is that one of your photos did relive fond memories of my Paternal Grandmother as there were near an age old chapel close to her home, those white symphoricarpos that you show in the one photo. We would pop the white berries as little kids, between our fingers.
    Enjoy a lovely weekend!

  8. Wow! Great shots, Olympia! Such beautiful landscapes, colors.. everything! Happy weekend!

  9. Good Morning Olympia

    How beautiful to be transported to Greece on this sunny Irish morning. Your images are so inviting and exude a peacefulness. Chanterelle and peaches also add to the taste and flavour.

  10. Hello Olympia - I can well imagine how welcoming the soft mountain air would be following on from the long hot coastal summer - it looks an idyllic spot to spend some time. The chanterelle preserves look enticing, and now I am wondering how they were made?

  11. What a magical place to stay, Olympia! Your photos are so beautiful, full of interesting images and warmth and light!
    Happy weekend.
    Helen xox

  12. Such a beautiful country place to spend some time Olympia.
    Away from the intense heat.
    The peach cake looks divine.
    Unspoiled beauty.
    lovely post and photos.
    val x

  13. Querida Olympia, como siempre impresionantes tus imagenes, piedra, madera, verde, agua, hierro, me encanta!!!!!!

  14. Dear Olympia,

    I am back again. The hollidays were so long and I have got a good time with do nothing.
    Your place is fantastic and so magic. If you was quiet than maybe it´s possible that you can see fairies and elves.
    Wonderfull pictures for dreaming.

    Have a good autumntime

    Your Flowermum

  15. Your images are beautiful I can almost feel that cool crisp air. Sarah x

  16. Bonjour Olympia !
    Ce paysage est tellement différent de l'idée que l'on se fait de la Grèce ! Ça donne vraiment envie d'y être et ce plat de chanterelles a l'air vraiment délicieux...tu as de la chance d'avoir ce bel endroit paisible pour t'échapper...
    bon dimanche à toi xx

  17. Looks like you got a little autumn
    south over to, lovely photos from the

  18. Dear Olympia,
    Styga Mountain Resort is so pretty, and I love the story of Achilles. What a lovely white horses. There is something so magical about the white horse, and it is surely my favorite. I always enjoy your lovely pictures. They are so charming and interesting.


  19. So many beautiful pictures! I cannot choose which I like most. Styga Mountain Resort, it sounds like the perfect place to stay.

  20. You've provide a luscious series of pictures, Olympia. I can feel the warm breezes and would love to visit such a beautiful place!


  21. Hi ! oh I loved this post ....the images are so lovely and lush .... and I can imagine how you enjoyed the relief from the heat good that it is close at hand ! peach cake for breakfast ...mmmm great idea ...we are having a lovely mellow autumn , some days are even quite warm so for us it's a rare treat ....have a nice weekend ...Gail x

  22. Que de belles photos d'un ravissant village!!!! Ces troncs d'arbres couverts de mousse sont fantastiques! On comprend bien que la temperature y est bien plus agreable que dans les villes, en ce moment. Merci pour ce partage de beaute, chere Olympia!

  23. I have been making the same cake also a real favourite here. Have a lovely October

  24. Just LOVE this place...beautiful and calm...

  25. What a magical place.....soooooo incredibly beautiful!!!!!

  26. Love your blog because you always take me to a short trip to beautiful place in Greece! Old stone-built house,which is hardly seen here in Japan, fascinates me. Hope to visit your country someday!!

  27. So incredibly nice, lovely place and photos.

    Good Saturday.

  28. Thank you for the fresh breezy hug!

    SO nice! I like the white kitten!


  29. Dear Olympia,

    Beautiful photographs you have shown of Zarochula - looks so peaceful and lovely having the fresh crisp air.
    Also I enjoyed learning about the Achilles heel.
    Hope you are having a lovely weekend

  30. How lovely, Olympia! The flowers and the pictures are gorgeous!


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