My yia yia and papou (Vassiliki & Aristidis)
This is a story about how my grandparents met.
All my Greek relatives live in Athens. I never met my dad but met his family when I was 16 and have visited Greece seven times. Language barriers have always been a problem as I don’t know any Greeks in my home town to practise with once I leave Greece.
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Deep below the earths surface in the village of Therma near Agios Kyrikos in Ikaria bubbles hot springs rich in radium and other minerals. The best way to experience these is to visit the natural and established thermal baths. Ikaria has the most potent thermal waters in the world and not many people know about it. Ikaria has recently been named as a blue zone area of the planet for the longevity of some of the locals with many living over 100 years old.
Some of the locals don’t even believe this, and many don’t use the hot springs. I met mostly people from all over Greece and abroad coming to use them. Read the rest of this entry