The greatest d.i.y. project is living happily.
I’m so excited to be spending my time exploring places like this one I visited few weeks ago. Of course it wasn’t the first time I’ve been to Parthenonas, a village located on the side of the mountain about 6 km outside Neos Marmaras, Sithonia, Chalkidiki. It is obviously a traditional village with stone built houses which give you that kind of feeling that they can survive over the time or even forever.
The houses are amphitheatrically built on the hillside. Thus, none of these buildings turn their backs on the spectacular views of Toroneos gulf. This view also includes that tiny island, Kelyfos (means ‘shell’ in Greek) or Turtle – because it looks like one.
So, once I was in such a traditional place, I stayed in a similar traditionally decorated home, enjoying the exceptional and hearty hospitality of my friends (Lefteris and Sophia, you guys are the best!!! ❤ ). A lot of ceramic plates, wooden furniture and decorative items are all these charming interior details that make you feel that you live in the past. Lovely antiques and some vintage items, all these kind of stuff that always make me happy when I see them being used for decorative purposes.
And a little bit of historical facts about that place… Herodotus refers to Parthenonas as a settlement called Parthenopolis, which was in the area of modern Parthenonas. Some years back a sanctuary – possibly of Zeus – was explored and pottery was discovered from the Archaic period (10 century BC), showing evidence of a settlement in this location. In 1970 the village was discovered and it was completely ruined. That’s why it was known at first place as ‘the abandoned village of Sithonia’. You can still see there several ruined houses and their remnants.
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