Ioannina and Surrounding Area

Ioannina and Surrounding Area

Date visited: September 2017

Photos taken by: Effie Edits Inc.

Our home base in Greece was in a small town just outside of Ioannina called Katsikas.  This is where Alex is from and a perfect place to be for day trips to Ioannina and Surrounding Area.

The city of Ioannina is so pretty.  The focal point of the city is Ioannina Lake, also known as Lake Pamvotida.  There is a walkway around much of the lake with cafes, restaurants and many tourists shops.  This picture below is the view from town, across the lake at a small town called Lingiades, halfway up the hill.

In this next picture, we took a little drive up to the town of Lingiades and took a photo looking back down at the town of Ioannina.  As you can see it’s an amazing view!

Ioannina is a great city to walk around in.  It’s quite small, with a population of 65,000.  Most shops in town are small, family owned shops.  Lots of restaurants, cafes, and silversmiths are big here.  

If you head southwest from Ioannina, you end up in Parga.  Parga is my favourite little seaside town in Greece.  It take an hour and a half to drive from Ioannina to Parga.  The water here is crystal clear, the hills are green, and the homes absolutely charming.

A short drive from Parga is Sarakiniko Beach (about a 20 minute drive).  It feels like paradise!

If you head north from Ioaninna, you end up in Vikos National Park.  One of the deepest gorges in the world is here at Vikos Gorge.  The views in this park are breathtaking.  It’s the perfect park for hiking.

After hiking uphill for about 2 hours, we reached the Monastary of Stomio.  It’s open to the public for viewing, lighting a candle and having a moment of peace.  Also, absolutely incredible views from this point.

Last but not least, here are a few images from the small farming town of Katsikas.  It’s only a 10 minute drive from the city of Ioannina.  Most of the town’s older population are chicken farmers or sheep herders.  Or both!  Life is wonderfully simple here.  The air is clean, the landscape is stunning and the people pretty wonderful.

Ioannina and Surrounding Area

 

Ioannina was the second stop in our European vacation.  Paris was the first stop, and London was the third stop.  Take a look if you’re interested.  Thanks for reading!

Yours Truly …. Yula

 

Europe

Europe

Date Visited: September – October, 2017

We have been to Europe a number of times, and the destination has always been Greece so that we could visit family.  Although the main purpose of this trip again, was to visit family, we decided to take a few days before the family visit to see Paris, and a few days after the family visit to see London.  It was a very small taste of both cities, which left us wanting to go back for a longer visit to see more!

Paris

Our first time in Paris was incredible. We rented electric bicycles, saw iconic landmarks and some not so famous places as well.

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Greece

We visited family in Ioannina Greece and took a few day trips to places like Parga, Vikos National Park and swimming in the Ionioan Sea.

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London

We used the Hop On Hop Off bus to view the most popular sights in London, England. We visited Buckingham Palace, London Bridge, Big Ben and more.

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Our Europe Trip

 

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Yours Truly …. Yula