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RunninGreece

It’s all about discovering! Discovering culture, history, beautiful landscapes and the heritage of the Aegean Sea. Trail running, bike tours, hiking in the mountains, a new, completely unknown Greek World. I am a cultural anthropologist, Mediterranean lover, mountaineer and ultra runner. I come from Poland, but I lived in Greece for some time, now based in Crete.
This is a record of my experiences.

Zvara

Zvara

About music, dance, Zagori Races and cosmic religion of Greece

Phaistos Disk

Phaistos Disk

The messenger of the forgotten world

Seal of Pylos

Seal of Pylos

Forgotten Masterpiece

Chariots of Fire

Chariots of Fire

Vangelis' Music And a Joy of Running

Argithea Mountain Race

A competition review and more

Olympus Marathon

Running Competition in Greece

Subjective guide. Updated

cykada

Secret Life of Cicada

In Litochoro and elsewhere

OMT100

My Life in Litochoro

and why I am staying here

Maleas

Maleas to Astros

The Most Beautiful Bike Route in Greece

koumaria

Glistrokoumaria

Greek Strawberry Tree and Hieronim Bosch

What's new on the website

The murder of Kapodistrias and quantum physics

– the story of one coin

Calypso Deep

Project Nestor, Odysseus and the beautiful nymph – the story about the nature of traveling

Crete 55 Peaks

The trail through all 2000 m peaks in Lefka Ori in Crete

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Lefka Ori

Zagori

South Crete

Amorgos

Kardamili

Olympus

Travel

At the beginning you have to choose a place on the map: Metsovo, Tempi Valley or Vergina. It cannot be too close, the journey must wean you from everyday life, prepare you for what is new and unexpected.

Blade Runner on Peloponnese

July 17, 2021

Pelion Little Train

May 22, 2021

Peloponnese by Bike

January 15, 2021

The Most Beautiful Bike Route in Greece

April 17, 2022

Culture

Nobody paints or sticks on anything here. Reality is not physically recreated, it is born in our head. An exhibition without a viewer is incomplete, like any real art.

Glistrokoumaria

Seal of Pylos

Secret Life of Cicada

Phaistos Disk

The most interesting thing in the whole story, however, is not whether the disc is authentic or not, what is written on it, and whether it is actually an inscription or some other kind of symbols. The most interesting thing is what makes it evoke so many emotions? Why are letters from various enthusiasts coming to the museum’s address almost every day, trying to read the “inscription” on the disk and sending ever different versions of the hymn to Mother Earth or other possible gods and goddesses?

Running

On Forgotten Paths on Olympus

Celebrating the Heat

Stories

An integral part of the Corfu landscape are abandoned cars. Although “abandoned” is actually not the best word. It suggests that someone carelessly left the car in a random place – and this is certainly not the point. On Corfu, old cars are ubiquitous, but they do not stand at random places. Of course, I’m thinking about vehicles that will never go anywhere. The owners left them on the side of the road, in an olive grove, in an old garage or at the top of the mountain letting them fall apart and return to where they belong, i.e. to mother nature.

That day I wanted to cross the mountains. Not high. Separating the central part of the Peloponnese from the eastern coast. It was in the second week of my journey around the great, mulberry-leaf shaped, Greek peninsula. I had over 1000 km in my legs. Countless bays and sea views under my eyelids, the memory of a few Venetian forts and many old towns, located on such steep slopes that some houses grow on the roofs of others. I was constantly reliving the endless serpentine roads and all the shades of sunrises and sunsets that I saw every day. I thought that little could surprise me anymore.

It is May 2015. The archaeological site of Nestor’s Palace in the southwestern Peloponnese, 15 km from the modern town of Pylos on the shores of the Gulf of Navarino. The rocky island of Sfakteria and several smaller ones, the site of naval battles one from the Peloponnesian War in the 5th century BC and a second from the time of the Greek Revolutionary War in the early nineteenth century, great Italian influence in the area. Nestor’s Palace a bit inland, discovered in 1939, thanks to the guidelines taken from Homer’s Iliad, because Nestor is a literary character (but it is possible that also real).

Itaka
By C. P. Cavafy
Translated by Edmund Keeley

As you set out for Ithaka
hope your road is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.
Laistrygonians, Cyclops,
angry Poseidon - don’t be afraid of them:
you’ll never find things like that on your way
as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,
as long as a rare excitement
stirs your spirit and your body.

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