Entries by Natania

Mastiha, the unique brand from Chios Island

Mastiha (Greek: Μαστίχα Χίου) is the famous and unique branded product of the Chios island. It is the fifth largest Greek island, located in the North-East Aegean Sea and very close to the Asia Minor coast. Since 1997, Chios Mastiha has been protected by the European Union as a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) product.   The origin of Mastiha The Mastiha (Mastic) grows all over the Mediterranean. But, the special variety tree (Pistacia lentiscus) grows only in the south of Chios island, in 24 villages. They are also called „Mastihohoria“, which means „Mastiha villages“. The founding of Mastiha villages dates […]

Chocolate festival in Óbidos

  Óbidos is a small and beautiful medieval city in the Oeste region in Portugal. We visited it during our Portugal tour with Filip travel agency in 2015. We were pleasantly surprised that day: during our visit on the 1st of May, The International Chocolate festival was held in Óbidos!   Every year the chocolate festival is held in a different period in spring. And it usually lasts two weeks in the period from March to May. This year (2018), for example, XVI festival took place from 23rd February to 18th March. During the chocolate festival, the visitors can attend culinary classes with […]

Panagia Kakaviotissa, the Church without a roof

The church without a roof, it seems impossible. What kind of a church is it… You’re probably wondering. And I was suspicious. But when I saw it, I was speechless! Well, it is church Panagia Kakaviotissa. This small, orthodox church, Panagia Kakaviotissa is located on the beautiful island Lemnos in the northern Aegean Sea. It is the eighth largest Greek island. Administratively Lemnos belongs to the department of the island Lesbos. Lemnos island Lemnos has fantastic sandy beaches and crystal water, mountain villages and interesting archaeological cities. According to Greek mythology, Lemnos was the island where the Olympian god Hephaestus had […]

Hot chili jam, made of hot peppers

Some like it hot, some like it sweet, but hot and sweet, together, hm… Maybe it seems crazy, but this combination is soooo tasty 🙂   We present to you HOT CHILI JAM, made with hot peppers. It is the perfect mix of sweet and hot taste, something like life in Serbia!   Chili peppers originated in Mexico, but the first European who discovered hot peppers was Christopher Columbo, during his trip to America in 1493. The people of Inca believed that the consummation of hot peppers could make your vision better. But Slavica and Alexander, the owners of the […]

Porto wines in Vila Nova de Gaia

Porto wine (Vinho do Porto) is a Portuguese fortified wine. All varieties of this wine have rich and intense aromas and flavor. It is produced from grapes grown and processed in the demarcated Douro Valley, in the northern regions of Portugal. Porto wines can carry this name only if it is stored and aged in the warehouses of Vila Nova de Gaia. The Douro Wine Valley The Douro Wine Region Valley is one of the oldest wine regions in the world. Nature is amazing: the river carved the deep valleys in the land and grapevine plants are terraced on vineyards […]

Porto, city of wine on the Rio Douro

  Porto (Oporto in Portuguese) is Portugal’s second-largest city after Lisbon. This amazing city is located in the northern part of Portugal, along the Douro river. Its western part extends to the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean. The name of the city Porto originates from the name of the ancient Roman city called “Portus Cale”. The name of today’s city, but also the name of the state of Portugal derives from that period. The Portuguese often called the city simply a port, with the article o (o Porto). Therefore, today in some languages the form of the name Oporto has stabilized. One […]