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Κυριακή, 6 Ιανουαρίου 2013

I Love Ioannina a Romantic City..

photo by Pavlos Nikolos.
Ioannina and the village of the lake - ioannina, Ioannina

Passing by a hollow world - ioannina, Ioannina
Passing by a hollow world by Cretense
In the alleys of castle - ioannina, Ioannina

In the alleys of castle by ifanik
FROM AND FOR THE ISLAND - ioannina, Ioannina
Ioannina by night - ioannina, Ioannina

Ioannina by night by chrkont

Towards infinity - ioannina, Ioannina
Towards infinity by elf1979
White B (icycle & oat) - ioannina, Ioannina
White B (icycle & oat) by Cretense

The Its Kale walls - ioannina, Ioannina
The Its Kale walls by Cretense
ITS KALE - ioannina, Ioannina
Museum in Ioannina - ioannina, Ioannina
Museum in Ioannina by Maryspace
morning - ioannina, Ioannina
Frozen lake 
Ioannina's Lake - ioannina, Ioannina
Sunset at lake Pamvotis - ioannina, Ioannina
Sunset at lake Pamvotis by Cretense
The Castle in the City of Ioannina - Ioannina
The castle

The castle of Ioanna is the oldest Byzantine castle and it used to be the biggest administrative centre through the entire country during Ali Pasha's era.
The Jewish Synagogue is also in the castle, the only existing monument of the once powerful Jewish community of Ioannina.http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/212736/

The lake Pamvotis - Ioannina
Welcome to Ioannina, the city of silversmiths. - Ioannina
Lake Ioanninon (also called Pamvotis)

Lake Pamvotis has always been a popular fishing place. And Nisaki isle a quiet place for monks. But in the period of Ali Pasha's rule, the lake also became witness to his cruelty, when he ordered drawning of Kyra Frosini (whom Ali's son had an affair with), together with 17 maids of Ioannina unfoundedly sentenced as adulteresses. http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/21abdd/
approaching Nisaki - Ioannina

To get to the isle you'll take a regular boat service from Ioannina, the boats usually anchor near the entrance to the castle, so if you'll follow the Old Town Walls you can't miss it. The ticket costs 2 EUR one way and it can be purchased on the boat. 
Once quiet Nisaki is rather a tourist place now. There are several small monasteries, but people mostly visit the St.Panteleimon monastery which houses a small museum. This is where betrayed Ali Pasha was killed. It's a 10 minute walk from a small harbour where you'll disembark, unless you'll let the local shopkeepers stop you and make you try their local goodies (made by the Union of Women of Epirus and the Union of Women of Ioannina). At the latter you'll come across the famous Mrs Antonia who is difficult to escape from as she will make you try some of the sweets, or recommend remedies. And make you choose a fruit liquor... And... people, she really can sell. At least take a short lesson of selling skills. 
And, to not to omit an important gastronomy experience, people usually come to savour frog legs or freshwater fish on the square of Nisaki.

Canyon Vikos (Oxia overlook)"
Vikos gorge

Tourist path to Oxia viewpoint

approaching Vikos gorge from above
promenade along the lake - Ioannina
"walk around the lake"

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