Here's more from the Easter trip I wrote about last week. From Metsovo we climbed further & higher into the Pindus mountains, close to the borders of Albania. The region of Zagori, northwestern Greece, contains 45 villages that are collectively known as Zagoroxoria. The charm of these remote and therefore largely untouched stone villages is already beyond imaginable, but is further intensified by the natural beauty of the Vikos gorge. The reserve is vast, dramatic, cut by crystalline waters, dotted with small chapels and monasteries, and like its villages, refreshingly unspoilt by the trappings of tourism.
An exhibition of portraits by Leonidas Papazolglou, taken over a century ago, was a lucky find in the village of Monodendri. His photographs, 2,500 in all, document the people of Kastoria and its vicinity at the time of the Macedonian struggle. I love the way this couple hold themselves, and each other. Plus their dress of course.
We stayed at Monopatia Resort- a cluster of buildings owned by one family and now restored by a descendant into one large, lovely hotel. 'Monopatia' refers to the stone footpaths (literally, 'single path') that are typical of the villages. The food that they serve here is truly extraordinary, (the owner previously ran a celebrated restaurant in Athens), with much of it foraged from the surrounding areas.