'STENI' - The scenic village of Mountainous Evia
Trip Start May 08, 2010
39Trip End Jan 23, 2011
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We are off, driving to a popular resort of Evia today called Steni.
The village is built on the foot of the Mount of Dirfis and it is just 45 minute drive from Chalkida and about an hour from the place we live.
The village is popular the whole year round and is situated in the heart of the mountainous central Evia. It is a scenic little village of about 1280 residents, and you can feel the difference of the fresh cool air the moment you come up here.
I am writing a guide on Evia and I have chosen the hotel Steni, (www.hotelsteni.gr) the oldest hotel in the village but recently renovated and very popular with many of our friends who often come here
Our corner room on the second floor allows us to have a panoramic view of the whole village on one side, the hotel's garden and café below, and the precipitous cliff at the other side of the hotel. I unpack, have a cup of coffee, and I am off again to take some photos and meet people who will give me information and help me with my guide.
I pay a short visit to the Mayor Mr. Yiannis Bourodimos, who gives me the information I need, and I am off again this time trying to find some locals who will tell me about life in the village and listen to their interesting stories.
While wandering the paved square and the narrow pathways with the many Restaurants (Tavernas) and Cafes I stop to one of the many fountains of the village where a very old lady is washing a hand-woven traditional bag called "tagari" in Greek
We talk about the snow that covered the whole village two years back, and I am even invited to see her small house. She tells me about her family and her beloved people who passed away. I stay for a while and thank Mrs. Georgia and move on.
It is about 2pm and I am pleased that I cannot feel the heat of the coast up here. I walk and walk and take photos, and get information from locals who suggest places that we should visit, and I return two hours later to my room to get some sleep and rest.