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Τετάρτη, 23 Φεβρουάριος 2011 14:02

Winter is a time to rest from summer holidays and prepare our next traveling. However, short excursions are welcome to get away from daily life, remove our stress and recover energies. Which place is better in wintertime than a region rich in natural beauty, somewhere between the mountains and the river, maybe somewhere close to the lovely town of Nafpaktos, western Greece?

At the entrance of a small village about 16 km from Nafpaktos, Hani Bania, there is a centre of outdoor activities, Rafting House. Set right next to Evinos River and with gorgeous view to the surrounding mountainside, this centre offers various extreme sports, including rafting, kayak, wall climbing, rappel, horse riding, trekking and archery, among others.

The centre is run by Mr Giorgos Kaltsis, who belonged for 6 years to the Greek National Team Canoe-Kayak. Along with his brothers, Dimitris and Marios, they have won 7 consecutive National Cups and Championships. Giorgos Kaltsis talked to Greeka.com about the creation of Rafting House and explains how important it is for people today to occupy with sports.

"Outdoor activities are great to get away from stress of daily life, particularly for people who live in large cities. You watch the beauty of nature and relax, you meet interesting people and get to know yourself better. Also, many people have noticed that through open activities, they figure out solutions to their problems easier and more effectively", said Mr Kaltsis.

Homori: Our Village Then and Now PDF Εκτύπωση E-mail
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Τρίτη, 14 Δεκέμβριος 2010 14:12

My memory of Homori goes back a few years before the Second World War.
As I grow older memories of the past are recalled and I yearn to be young again. I remember vividly how great it was to be a kid growing up in Homori. Life then seemed so simple, happy, carefree, and full of love.

When the Second World War broke out life in the village changed drastically overnight. From everywhere, people were coming back. Homori reached out and welcomed those who long ago left the village seeking a better life elsewhere.

Many of them were professionals in many fields, others just fathers and mothers, young and old wrapped up in their everyday lives who now found themselves plowing farm fields and planting gardens desperately trying to grow food to stay alive. They found themselves depending on each other and they shared whatever food they had, prayed together, and lived through it all. In 1945 the war was over and everybody rejoiced. Homori said farewell and goodbye to those who had come and were now leaving. For me, the war years were an amazing growing-up experience.

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Τρίτη, 14 Δεκέμβριος 2010 11:15

It's easy to remember my childhood years. The memories of that time of my life flood my mind every time I visit Homori.

An early morning trip to the field of Kanavokipo to gather oregano has become a summer tradition. It's about a 30-minute walk, but it takes much longer if you pause to enjoy the songs of the birds and the fragrance of the wildflowers.

Any time of year is a good time to sit in the town square of Homori and reminisce with the town elders over a glass of ouzo or a cup of coffee. Some of these elders have now moved to the cities with their families and some have passed away. They are missed.

For me it is a special pleasure in the summer to see some of the elder relatives and family friends, such as Thea Aphrodite, Theo and Thea Kotsotas, our retired priest, Pater Antonis and others.

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