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petak, 07 oktobar 2016 09:35

Komad zemlje u Sredozemnom moru

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Komad zemlje u Sredozemnom moru, smesten izmedju kritskog i libijskog mora koji predstavlja biser Grcke po mnogo cemu je ostrvo Krit. Rodno mesto Zevsa, kolevka najstarije civilizacije na svetu - Minojske civilizacje…

Na Kritu smo proveli 10 prelepih dana prosle godine u period od 27.08.-06.09.2015. Nakon sati i po vremena prijatne voznje avionom sa aerodrome Nikola Tesla stizemo u prestonicu Krita, Iraklion. Transfer od aerodroma do naseg hotela u mestu Hersonisos traje jos nekih 40-tak min iiii … avantura moze da pocne.

Hotel Agrabella je pristojan manji hotel, sa solidnom raznovrsnom hranom (dorucak i vecera), bazenom i odlicnom lokacijom. Na dva minuta od hotela vec smo u glavnoj ulici. Ulica prepuna radnji suvenira, garderobe, krzna, rent a car agencija… Paralelno sa ovom ulicom uz samu obalu je glavno setaliste, nacackano kaficima, pivnicama, tavernama, klubovima … Ono sto ovo mesto nudi je svakako dobar provod, za sta smo i mi , naravno bili raspolozeni. U moru klubova, Palm Beach je na nas ostavio najveci utisak kada je nocni zivot u pitanju i toplo ga preporucujem, kao i Karavi Café bar za dnevnu varijantu uzivanja. Takodje, preporucujem sela u neposrednoj blizini Hersonisosa, Piskopiano, Koutouloufari i stari Hersonisos, do kojih mozete doci pesaka i to nikako nemojte propustiti. Izuzetno sarmantna i simpaticna mestasca.

Ono sto nas je na prvi pogled razocaralo su plaze. Izuzetno uske sljunkovite plaze, dva, tri reda lezaljki i vec si u vodi. Prethodno dobro informisani o plazama u okolini, odlucili smo da ostatak odmora bude maximalno aktivan, tako da smo iz dana u dan menjali mesta za dnevni odmor, a vece provodili u Hersonisosu.

Stalis, 10 km istocno od Heronisosa, malo porodicno mesto sa dobro organizovanom pescanom plazom sa lezaljkama , suncobranima… Na plaži ima više taverni i kafića, koji često imaju specijalne kombinacije iznajmljivanja ležaljki i suncobrana sa cenom hrane ili pića.

Malia, 14 km istocno, skoro povezana sa Stalisom. Pored bogatog noćnog života, ono sto je krasi je dugi niz peščanih plaža sa čistim i plitkim morem . Na plaži nema prirodnog zaklona od sunca, ali se svuda iznajmljuju ležaljke i suncobrani.
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Agios Nikolaus, 40 km istocno, predivan gradić, nekadašnje ribarsko naselje u jugoistočnom delu ostrva. Uredjen, cist, sa plazom Almiros i najsitnijim mogucim peskom, koji daje utisak kao da hodate po plišu.

Kokkini Hani, 15 km zapadno od Hersonisosa. Arina beach (Beach club Freddoccino) , prostrana, ogromna pescana plaza sa finim zutim peskom, lezaljkama. Toga dana je bilo vetra, pa samim tim i vecih talasa, ali dosta je plitko, pa ’borba’ sa talasima moze biti prilicno zabavna i bezopasna.

nedelja, 02 avgust 2015 09:51

Thassos Island Today and Before

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The age of this blog is both old, in a sense of fast maturing of internet and IT technology in general, but also very young if we are counting human age in old fashion way. When we fist visited Thassos island dozen of years before, internet and social sharing technology were about to enter their unstable teenage years, so to speak. It was the time when I bought my first digital camera, HP PhotoSmart C850 with it's state of the art optics and digital technology from the time. Pictures from Thassos back then in the summer of 2003 were probably my first attempt to take more artistic landscapes from our Greece vacations and today is perhaps the time to compare both what changes in photography gadgets and also with Thassos itself after full 12 years.

 
 
 


Let's start with images first. After 12 years in time distance, I decided to choose the same number of images for this post - half of them shown above, all taken with HP Photosmart C850 with 4 megapixels CCD sensor and half below taken from this summer vacation with Nikon D5200 and CMOS sensor with approximately 20 megapixels more than in old HP. It is insufficient to say that 12 years of technology in optics, hardware and software is easily noticeable.

 
 
 


As for Thassos island, very little changed over the years. Local people are still the same, very hospitable and friendly, beaches are the same as they probably were hundreds of thousands of years before, the Aegean sea is still crystal clear, just like in the time of Zeus and the company and the Sun is the same hot, like in all Julys in previous millenniums and eons.


What is little different are the people who are visiting Thasos - this year there were more tourists from Eastern European countries, like Romania, Bulgaria, Moldavia, Ukraine and Russia and less from the Western Europe which is probably the result of the anti-Greece media campaign due to political conflict between Greek government and EU and financial crisis in Greece these years. I have to say that at least during our stay on Thassos I couldn't notice any crisis or any problems whatsoever. Man-made crises are always like that, they always have profusely enhanced exposure in media and the truth is never on either side in conflict and never in media. I know it is a cliche, but you probably heard the phrase "trust no one" and if you ask me, it is always the ultimate truth when it comes to raw propaganda, news in media, especially if it is related to some political affairs like current one in Greece vs EU (and by EU you can freely read Germany).

Usually, our thanks goes to our local Big Star travel agency and their forum called Putopis! which hosted couple of my post from this blog. Also to the Greek agency Mouzenidis Travel and the perfect Filippos hotel we spent our entire vacation within olive groves near the village of Rachoni and its stairway (Greek: σκάλα) to the sea.

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riginalni post:
http://www.milanzivic.com/2015/08/thassos-island-today-and-before.html

četvrtak, 09 jul 2015 17:53

Parga 2015

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Parga, letovanje, 2015....

Savršeno letovanje i deset predivnih dana provedenih u Pargi. Divan gradić na obali mora sa starom Grčkom tradicijom i gostoprimljivim domaćinima u savršenim apartmanima...Jednom rečju, prelepo. Bio sam sa familijom u junu, odmor je bio savršen u mirnom, ali vrlo živom gradu sa bezbroj prodavnica, lokala, sa tri lepe plaže za svačiji ukus. Dvoumio sam se za odabir mesta u Grčkoj ali na savet osoblja iz Big Star travela sam se odlučio za Pargu i nisam pogrešio. Počevši od prevoza autobusom pa do smeštaja u vili koja je zračila čistoćom i mirnoćom. Plaže su za svačiji ukus, more je čisto i prelepo. Ko voli može i na razna krstarenja. Mi smo se odlučili na izlet u Paksos i Antipaksos brodom. Sledeće godine opet u Pargu...Pozdrav ljubaznom kolektivu Big Star Travel

četvrtak, 14 maj 2015 07:56

Streets of Corfu

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Long ago I had that one extremely memorable dream. One of those that doesn't fade out with first morning sunshine. Instead, it was regularly popping the surface of my mind making me wondering if these vivid images, haunting me every now and again, are just product of my imagination or perhaps there are something more hidden beneath. In the dream I wander the narrow streets of an unknown city one after another and after a while I stumble to the big square with large monumental building decorated with dark reddish bricks with no signs or any familiar markings I can recognize. I was always wondering where all these colorful images originated from and somehow always had that feeling that I am probably missing an important link to fully understand the whole picture.

četvrtak, 14 maj 2015 07:28

Fishermen and Pirates of Evia

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The road this summer took us approximately 700km south to the Greek second large island of Evia (Εύβοια). Starting from this year we decided to leave Macedonian Greece and start spending our vacations and visiting other regions of the country and this southern part of the Balkans. Our vacation resort was located only about 100km from the spot where famous 'Battle of Thermopylae' took place and where in late summer of 480 BC, king Leonidas of Sparta confronted large army of Persian Empire lead by Xerxes the Great, who was trying to occupy ancient Greece in Persian second attempt. The Greeks was vastly outnumbered and faced with imminent collapse after the betrayal during the second day of battle, Leonidas dismissed majority of his army and in the most famous last stand, remained to guard the narrow pass of Thermopylae only with 300 Spartans, 700 Thespians and 400 Thebans. We all know what happened next. At least many of you saw the movie and although it was diverted from the real happenings and portrayed Leonidas defeat in more or less artistic way, this was one of the most striking battles of them all. In following months and years Greeks managed to stand on their feet and finally in couple of naval battles forced Xerxes to withdraw and to finally end the war.

četvrtak, 14 maj 2015 07:25

Mammoths of Moesia Superior

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Once, long, loong, loooooong ago in the days of Late Jurassic period in the world of Pterodactylus, famous flying dinosaur, mother Earth was pretty busy with the works of creating continents, large mountains, seas and oceans like we know today. At the time the place we know as Europe was mostly covered by large sea by the name of Paratethys. About hundred millions of years later, dramatic tectonic changes started producing large mountain formations today well known as Alpes and Carpathians, which made Paratethys to loose connection with Mediterranean to the south and to form separate large inland sea in today's central Europe. Millions of years later, there are two remnant seas that still exist with names of Black and Caspian Seas. But there was one more in nowadays Pannonain basin, that lasted almost 9 millions years and finally disappeared in the middle of the Pleistocene Epoch, about 600,000 years ago with remnant lakes here and there especially in Hungary today. During its long life, Pannonian Sea followed Earth's tectonic events and once was covering almost entire territory of nowadays Serbia. Even the place when I am located right now, was once pretty watery and wet. When I was a kid, I played a lot with digging our front yard and from time to time got lucky with couple of snail shells that sometimes forced me to think about their origin. There were small and white and even though I doubt they are that old, they were very much familiar to the ones you can find in nowadays salty seas. Nothing like you can see today in our neighborhood.

Viminacium's Vika
četvrtak, 14 maj 2015 07:16

Scientific Copenhagen

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Do you have that strange feeling when you are about to visit new city abroad and little afraid of what you would stumble to when it come to simple things? Like how to use metro line or how to buy a bus ticket or how to identify your next destination? Or how to book your flight back to your home? Or how to handle a simple dilemma of should you exchange the money to the local currency or is it wise to put your card in every ATM or any other 'slot' machine on your way?

Hello™ at Microsoft Campus Days, 2014

Ericsson, a Swedish multinational provider of communications technology and services, has the answer for you. And me too. Last week, I took my entire family to the trip to Copenhagen for both, business and pleasure hours in the Danish capital. During my previous visits I didn't have much time for tourism and any off work activity for that matter. So I took a little research this time and Ericsson's "Networked Society City Index" helped a lot. Within the well-developed ICT infrastructure, economy and social development as well as environmental progress, Copenhagen is located in the top five within the NSC index, among 31 well developed worldwide cities. After our visit we left Denmark with a feeling that everything, or most of it, went perfectly smooth and applied IT were extremely helpful, simple and useful. Unified communications (UC), integrated into people's business life from within smart gadgets and laptop computers were also big part of it and I can proudly say that, in a way, I took a part in active development of Rackpeople's* Hello™ for Microsoft® Lync® - UC software that integrates with Microsoft's Lync and Exchange and presents video conferencing within a single click on wide variety of screens and devices. The business part of last week Copenhagen's trip was to visit Microsoft Campus Days where Hello™ had a big feature presentation and successfully presented what it can do in current edition. From developer's point of view I have a good feeling that this project will have long life with plenty of room for more versions in the future especially if Skype and Lync integrate and create space for non-business users as well.

However, Copenhagen, beside business side of the medal has plenty more to offer. History, arts, sport and music events, amusement parks, museums, royal and naval sites, shopping streets and malls, restaurants, walks along the canals, sightseeing from the sea and many more, but this time we chose to glimpse the city's unique scientific side. With seven years old boy in our small family, along with me, being a big fan of science and skeptical society, our stay was really special. If you add a last week's Black Friday hysteria, which brought enormous smile on my wife's face all-day-long, I can safely say that we spent one of those memorable times you never forget.

The Rundetårn, a 17th-century astronomical observatory**
ponedeljak, 04 maj 2015 17:11

Πάργα

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In our part of the world summer vacation is the most important one for most people. There are several reasons for this and probably the major one is that during July and August in this part of western Balkans, where we live, temperatures can go as high as 45C (113F) degrees and the obvious solution is to pack your bags, jump into the car and go to one of four nearby seas for couple of weeks to cool and enjoy (and also to change the everyday's scenery and recharge your inner batteries which are always seriously depleted when summers come).

Due to the shortest distance and good roads Greece is probably the best destination for a car trip to the seaside that takes less than 10 hours of drive. Unfortunately this is one of few routes for all those "gastarbeiter" people who mainly work in Germany and other western countries and during summers form very long river of vehicles toward their home destinations in Turkey and other countries. When they hit borders along the way this is a nightmare you want to avoid. Once we had bad luck and stuck in one of 7 lanes between Serbian and Macedonian (FYROM) borders and waited 4 hours to pass through. This is why we always travel half a way during night and cross the borders around dawn or so to avoid crossing peeks and giant waiting times. Returning way is always smoother and we mainly use borders for rest and shopping. Like I already wrote in the post Aegean Sea before, short car destinations in Greece are all connected to Aegean sea, but this time we chose to check out Ionian basin and try relatively new motorway Greeks built not so long ago. Only once I spent vacation in this part of the Greece and I remember it was hard job for my father as the curvy road from Aegean to Ionian sea included one mountain after another and driving them through required full concentration all the way with frequent resting points. Today, this is different story with new modern freeway and the same destination is now reachable within 3 hours or so. Believe it or not, this new route includes about 60 tunnels almost 50km long combined and during summer heat driving through all the tunnels comes extra handy and relaxing.

Since this was the first time for me driving this road I decided to use little help from modern GPS navigation. It was only needed for last hour of the trip where we needed to leave motorway and find our way to the final destination in Parga, small and old town located some 40km south of Igoumenitsa port across the Corfu island. I didn't have any specialized GPS car device before and I decide to risk it a little and use the smartphone instead. I bought cheap navigation software called "Navi Ninasus" despite not so many recommendations online. To my surprise it handled all the situations extremely well and pointed us exactly to the front gate of our villa without any problems. Rerouting was perfect and fast and it proves very well on the ship and foot as well. You can see it in action in bellow photos and if you want to save some serious money in the big GPS market, this one is a very good solution.


When we visited our travel agency (Big Star Niš) and told them that we decided to go to Parga this year, Stefan, one of the agency owners, while describing the house we wanted to hire said something about nearby olive forest that looks exactly like the scenery from "The Lord of the Rings", fantasy trilogy based by J. R. R. Tolkien famous book. Of course, I was little skeptical about this but in the same time very curious to explore. The moment of our arrival, when I saw first large olive tree just above our villa I was eager to go to the forest as soon as possible. So we did very next day and if you look next couple of photos from the woods when we shortcuted our way to the Lichnos beach I am sure that, like me, you will agree that old olive trees are something special to see and to tell you the truth if Bilbo Baggins or Gandalf jumped out of some tree I wouldn't be surprised at all. My only regret is that we didn't hit the time when olives are being collected with large nets villagers are using for this purpose. I am sure this would be something worthwhile to see. Needless to say, our landlady on our last day gave us a bottle of olive oil as a present, made exactly from the olives collected right from the woods we saw and photographed and with this blog post I thank her for all her hospitality and kindness. The same level of gratitude goes to Stefan and "Big Star" which is one of the best travel agencies in Niš.
ponedeljak, 04 maj 2015 06:47

Hanioti

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Pre dve godine sam letovao u mestu Hanioti, koje se nalazi na prvom prstu Halkidikija u Grckoj. Putovali smo kolima, od mog stana u Nisu do vile Asteras u Haniotiju ima oko 550km. Putarine ce vas kostati oko 5 eura u jednom pravcu. Hanioti se nalazi na idealoj lokaciji, izmedju Polihrona (koje je dosta mirnije mesto ali ima siru i vecu plazu) i Pefkohorija (slicna plaza kao i u Haniotiju ali i vise sadrzaja u samom mestu), na nekih 5km i od jednog i od drugog mesta. S obzrom da sam putovao sa suprugom i cerkicom od godinu dana, nas je Hanioti u potpunosti zadovoljio. Mesto je prepuno prodavnica, kafica, restorana, ima par igralista za decu ali defitivno nije za osobe koje zele malo bolji nocni provod (za njih je mnogo bolji Pefkohori). Plaza je pescana ali za moje standarde i malo uza pa mozete imati problem u jeku sezone zbog ogromne guzve na plazi. More je kristalno cisto, sa predivnom plavom bojom.
Par puta smo bili u Pefkohoriju, ima vise i dnevnog i nocnog sadrzaja od Haniotija ali po meni nije za porodice sa malom decom zbog buke iz kafica i diskoteka koje rade i do nekoliko sati posle ponoci).
Obavezno posetite plazu Xenia Beach, koja se nalazi u mestu Paljuri, na 12 km od Haniotija juznije nakon Pefkohorija. Najsitniji pesak, i na plazi i na ulasku u more. Idealno mesto za malu decu, jer je plicak dosta dugacak. Imate mesta gde mozete i sami da postavite svoj suncobran ali i kafice gde uz pice mozete dobiti komplet lezaljki sa suncobranom.
Sto se tice izleta iz Haniotija, tu je poseta Solunu (gde mozete obici i Aquapark ili nki trzni centar popu Cosmos-a), onda krstarenje Halkidiijem, Meteori, grcko vece...
S obzirom da je Hanioti mondenska destinacija, cene vanpansionskog sadrzaja su skupe, u poredjenju sa Olimpskom regijom (Paralija, O. Beach...) u sezoni i dosta vece. Na svakom cosku imate supermarkete, u kojima mozete pazariti sve sto vam je potrebno od hrane i pica. Mi smo se uglavnom snabdevali u velikom supermarketu Masutis, koji se nalazi ispod same magistrale. U njemu su jeftiniji skoro svi proizvodi, cene slicne onima u Lidl-u (turisti koji letuju stalno u Grckoj znaju o cemu pricam...).
Hanioti - definitvno mesto u koje bismo se ponovo vratili... 

nedelja, 03 maj 2015 20:57

Čarobna Parga

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Prošle godine sam sa svojim momkom letovala u Pargi. Kada je došao trenutak da odlučimo gde ćemo na letovanje i detaljnije isplaniramo svoj odmor nismo dugo razmišljali. Znali smo da na jonskoj obali Grčke postoji mesto čarobne lepote koje se zove Parga.  Jedva smo čekali trenutak da spakujemo kofere i otputujemo u još jednu avanturu. Putovali smo autobusom, što je bio još jedan od razloga da se odlučimo za ovo mesto, jer Vam je jednostavno u Pargi automobil suvišan. Put je bio kraći nego što smo očekivali. Putovali smo 14h, bez nekih preteranih zadržavanja na granicama. Kada smo stigli, jako brzo smo se smestili, tako da smo odmah prionuli na upoznavanje sa ovim divnim mestom. Želim da napomenem da smo odseli u vili koja se zove Dandolos i bili smo prezadovoljni smeštajem, kao i ljubaznošću i gostoprimljivošću divnih domaćina. Prvi utisak koji sam stekla o Pargi je taj da je ona mesto koje se razlikuje od ostalih grčkih turističkih mesta. To je mesto koje ima dušu, ima neku svoju toplinu. Tragovi mlečana su vidljivi svuda, tako da dok šetate uskim ulicama imate osećaj da se nalazite u Veneciji. Prvog dana odmah smo otišli do Valtos plaže. Za ovu plažu smo čuli da je najlepša i zato smo odlučili da prvo nju posetimo. Put do Valtos plaže može da bude dosta naporan, ali uz veliki broj radnjica i prodavnica na koje nailazite usput sve deluje mnogo lakše. Ova plaža je uglavnom peščana, mada na samom ulazu ima dosta šljunka koji se postepeno gubi. Najlepši deo ove plaže je kod Tango bara i svima preporučujemo da posetite ovaj bar. Uz konzumaciju pića mozete koristiti bazen, a ležaljke i suncobrani se plaćaju. Cena je bila 8 eur za dve ležaljke i suncobran, a na ostalim delovima 5-7 eur. Bili smo oduševljeni ovom plažom, ali nikako nismo dozvolili da nas njena lepota spreči da vidimo i ostale plaže u ovom mestu. U samom centru nalazi se plaža Krioneri, a mnogi je zovu i gradska plaža. Ova plaža je šljunkovitija od Valtos plaže, ali svakako lepa na svoj način. Na nekih 100m od ove plaže je ostrvo na kome se nalazi crkva, tako da su nam posebno uživanje i izazov predstavljali plivanje i kasnije šetnja na samom ostrvu. Treća plaža koja se nalazi u samom mestu je Piso Krioneri plaža ili tzv. mala gradska plaža i ona se nalazi odmah iza Krioneri plaže. I ona je sama po sebi jako lepa, izolovana je i romantična. Postoji još jedna plaža koja se nalazi van Parge i do nje se stiže uglavnom taksijem, brodićem ili pešačenjem kroz maslinjake. Ova plaza se zove Lihnos. Mi naravno preporučujemo treći način, jer šetnja kroz maslinjake prestavlja pravi doživljaj. Kad prolazite kroz maslinjake imate osećaj kao da se šetate kroz šumu iz filma Gospodar prstenova. Za Pargu kažu da je jako brdovita, ali mi iskreno nismo stekli takav utisak. Ima delova gde je uspon veliki, ali čarolija koju Vam pruža ovo mesto jednostavno čini da sve to zaboravite. Napor koji Vam je potreban da se popnete do zamka je zanemarljiv naspram pogleda koji se pruža sa vrha. Pargu okružuje velko prostranstvo maslinjaka, pa posebno uživanje predstavlja miris maslina. Cene u Pargi su kao i u svakom turističkom mestu malo više nego kod nas. Mi smo se uglavnom najviše snabdevali i u marketima Ginis i Arista, ali svakako dobro snabdeven je i market Dalas. U marketu Dalas imate najveći izbor pića. Cene u restoranima se razlikuju u zavisnosti od toga gde se nalazi restoran, pa su Vam tako najskuplji oni koji se nalaze pored obale. Velika prednost ovog mesta je što se nalazi naspram ostrva Krf, Paxos i Antipaxos pa tako smo mi, naoružani avanturističkim duhom, krenuli na krstarenja koje nude lokalne agencije do ovih ostrva. Cene su uglavnom svuda iste - izlet do Krfa je 30 eur, a do Paxosa i Antipaxosa 15 eur. Krf nam se jako dopao, a pogotovo glavni grad Kerkira koji pleni svojom veličanstvenošću. Posetili smo ostrvo Vido i Srpsku kuću, gde smo na trenutak mogli da osetimo golgotu kroz koju je prošla naša vojska. Što se tiče Paxsosa i Antipaxosa, ovo krstarenje je spoj zabave i dobrog provoda. Uz svetske hitove i žurku na brodu, obilazak plavih pećina je predstavljao poseban doživljaj. Poslednji izlet na kom smo bili, ali ne i manje bitan, je obilazak jonskih ostrva. Ovo krstarenje uključuje obilazak Lefkade i prelepih plaža Egremi i Porto Katsiki, Kefalonije i predivnog gradića koji se zove Fiskardo, zatim Odisejevog ostrva Itaka i Onazisovo ostrvo Skorpions. Ovaj izlet košta 40 eur i predstavlja pravo uživanje. Parga je mesto koje bih ja najviše preporučila parovima i onima koji žele mirniji odmor, ali i avanturistima, jer ovo mesto ima dosta toga da ponudi. Parga je mesto gde ćemo se sigurno opet vratiti.