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You could travel to Greece, soon

Posted by moodhacker on May 24, 2020 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)


Opening Update of Ferry Travel and International Arrivals:

The Greek authorities announced further updates, including the

May 25 opening of


  • restaurants,
  • bars and cafes and f
  • erry access to and from the islands,


 June 15 opening of


  • seasonal hotels,
  • and restoration of some international flights. 



Unrestricted Travel by Ferry to and from the Islands Begins May 25:


  • Masks are required (cloth recommended).


Passengers must


  • complete a health status questionnaire and
  • submit to a temperature check prior to boarding for trips longer than 30 minutes.


The questionnaire is available in Greek and English on our website and at the ports.


Ban on Entry of non-EU Citizens:

The Greek authorities banned entry of non-EU citizens until 11:00 p.m. on June 15.

By the end of May, the Greek authorities are expected to publish a list of countries from which they will accept tourists and the schedule. 


Quarantine and Airport Arrival Process:

The mandatory 14 day self-quarantine for all international passengers will continue through the end of May and possibly into June.

All international passengers must take a COVID-19 test upon arrival. You will be taken by bus to a designated hotel overnight where you must remain until your test results are available. Those with negative test results are released to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Those with positive test results will receive medical assistance. 


The Greek government is expected to announce an update to the current COVID-19 testing and quarantine requirements for international arrivals in the coming weeks.


Flight Updates:


  • Direct flights between the United States and Greece are scheduled to resume in early July.
  • Flights from Athens to Frankfurt resumed May 18.
  • Flights between Greece and Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, Turkey, and the Netherlands are suspended through May 31.



"We received reports that recent international flights arrived full (middle seats used) with minimal social distancing. If you are concerned about this, contact your airline prior to travel." US Embassy in Athens, writes in its Covid-19 Information Page 

Country-Specific Information:


Greek authorities confirmed 2,850 cases of COVID-19 within its borders as of May 20.

A mask or facial cover is mandatory in public transportation, taxis, elevators, hospitals, clinics and diagnostic centers. Masks are recommended in supermarkets, hair salons and other enclosed spaces. Violators may be fined 150 Euros. Social distancing measures are in effect until further notice.

The Greek government’s announced plan for re-opening (subject to change at any time):

May 18: Travel restrictions within the country will be lifted, allowing movement from one prefecture to another, except for islands.

Movement to the islands of Crete and Evia is permitted.

Museums and cultural sites open. S

ome organized beaches open with social distancing measures.

Ferries to some locations begin at 50 percent capacity to permit workers to return.

May 25:

Restaurants and coffee shops operate open-air premises only.

Travel by ferry to and from islands is permitted. Verify the schedule with the ferry operator prior to purchasing a ticket. Masks are required (cloth recommended). Passengers must complete a health status questionnaire and submit to a temperature check prior to boarding for trips longer than 30 minutes. The form is available here in English and Greek, and available at the ports.

June 1:

Shopping malls, department stores, and hotels that operate year round open.

Early June:

Interior spaces of restaurants and coffee shops open.

June 15:

Seasonal tourist accommodations open. *See Entry and Exit Requirements below.*

No flights between Greece and Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, Turkey, and the Netherlands until the end of May.

Flights to Germany began May 18. 

No quarantine for those entering Greece from Bulgaria as of June 1. All other land borders remain closed.

Entry and Exit Requirements:


The Greek authorities banned entry of non-EU citizens until 11:00 p.m. on June 15. Exceptions include spouses or minor children of EU/Schengen nationals, long-term residents, members of government delegations, and passengers in transit. Check with your airline for document requirements as your marriage certificate or your children’s birth certificates may be required to board. As of today, we do not have any information after June 15 and cannot answer whether your travel plans after this date can proceed.

By the end of May, the Greek authorities are expected to publish a list of countries from which they will accept tourists and the schedule. We will update this page when the list is available.

We received reports that recent international flights arrived full (middle seats used) with minimal social distancing. If you are concerned about this, contact your airline prior to travel.

No particular documentation to enter/exit Greece is needed at this time.

Quarantine Information:


Greek authorities announced a mandatory 14 day self-quarantine on all international arrivals through the end of May, possibly into June. All international passengers must take a COVID-19 test upon arrival. If you do not agree to the test or to quarantine, you will not be admitted into Greece.

Upon arrival, you are escorted off the plane and asked to fill out a tracing form. You are then taken into a booth in the arrivals lounge for a throat swab. After collecting your luggage, you board a bus which takes you to a designated hotel where you must remain until results come through the next day. If you are negative, you are released but must still quarantine for 14 days. If you are positive, you are told to stay in the hotel and given medical assistance. For any other arrival questions, you must consult directly with the airport.

Starting July 1, the mandatory COVID-19 test and 14 day quarantine will no longer be required. Greek authorities may conduct random sample tests.


If you are in Greece and were in any of the affected areas in the last 14 days and develop fever and/or respiratory symptoms such as shortness of breath or cough, stay indoors and immediately seek medical attention by contacting the National Public Health Organization at 1135.

National Public Health Organization of Greece:

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC):" target="_blank">by the US Embassy , Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Athens – Opening Update  

Puzzle out Milos during quarantine !

Posted by moodhacker on May 24, 2020 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Dreaming about Milos during self-quarantine? Puzzle it out!

Why Milos? We (Ferryhopper Team) had an internal competition: who would be the fastest to complete our previous puzzle about Rhodes.


Alkinoos won. And he is visiting Milos every year, for 12 years now!


So, play on Ferryhopper and create the romantic village of Klima in Milos.


Only 70 pieces to go and the time is running!


Tip: The puzzle is smaller than the background so that you can see all pieces!


Here you can read more about the wonderful island of Milos." target="_blank">Go to the Ferry hopper Page and Play Milos !

How to play

Click on Restart if you see the whole image.

Drag and move each piece until you make an arrangement that works for you.

Move closer the one to the other until you hear the satisfying sound of matching.

Keep track of your puzzle-time.

Finish the puzzle and enjoy the Castle.

Stay home, stay positive and remember every problem is a new puzzle to solve!


Acropolis with masks and social distancing

Posted by moodhacker on May 24, 2020 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Since May 18th Greece has reopened the Acropolis and all the outdoor archaeological sites throughout the country .


The ancient hill of Acropolis was closed to the public for sixty days due to the coronovirus testrictions measures

Visitros are asked to respect social distancing rules.


The site can host around 2,000 people at the same time and the use of masks is strongly advised.



It is still unclear how many tourists the guides can host in a group , and large groups  will not be able to visit the site  


Alongside the Acropolis, around 200 archaeological sites have opened up all over Greece.


Though, the museums, however, are still closed and announced to open at  June 15.


The IMF has warned that Greece is likely to be the EU country the worst hit by the economic fallout from the pandemic, with GDP expected to contract by around 10 percent this year.


Guidance for hotels and other travelers' accommodation facilities on COVID-19 prevention by the National Public Health Organization of Greece

Posted by moodhacker on May 24, 2020 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

According to the COVID-19 Respiratory Infection due to novel CORONAVIRUS SARS-COV-2 strain - Guidance for hotels and other travelers’ accommodation facilities published by the National Pubic Health Organization of Greece , these are the most important key points for the hotels and hospitality establishments in Greece  

When is a case considered more contagious?

A case is considered more contagious if the patient develops symptoms; however, a patient can potentially transmit the infection even 1-4 days before developing symptoms himself.

The main period of transmission is during the symptomatic phase. A case is considered as non-contagious 24 hours after symptoms subside.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19 infection?

The main symptoms of the disease are fever, dry cough and fatigue. Some people may also develop sore throat, joint/ muscle pain and nasal congestion. Symptoms are usually mild and approximately 80% of patients recover without need for treatment.

Which patients are considered to be more at risk of developing a severe condition?

Some patients develop dyspnea (difficulty breathing) and possibly, pneumonia that has to be treated in hospital. People in high-risk groups (e.g. elders, patients with heart conditions, diabetes mellitus, liver or lung conditions) are more likely to develop severe symptoms of the disease.

What is the definition of close contact with a COVID-19 case within hotel premises?

 Sharing the same room with a confirmed case of COVID-19

 Having direct contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 (e.g. handshake)

 Having been face-to-face or in the same closed space with a confirmed case of

COVID-19 at a distance less than 2 meters and for at least 15 minutes.

 Having unprotected contact with contagious secretions of a confirmed case (e.g.


Do hotel employees need to wear a mask?

You should use a mask in the following cases:

 If you have symptoms of respiratory infection (cough, sneezing, runny nose), in order to limit the risk of transmission.

 If you are caring for escorting other persons with symptoms of respiratory infection, to protect yourself against the infection. Other than that, generalized use of masks in working environments is not advised.

When should hotel employees refrain from work?

Hotel employees are advised to refrain from work if:

 They have symptoms of respiratory infection

 If they have come in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, and for 14 days after that.

What procedure is to be followed in case a hotel customer needs to self-isolate in his room (quarantine at the hotel for 1-14 days) after having a close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19?

 The isolated guest is advised to have his meals inside his room and refrain from using the hotel’s common areas

 Hotel personnel must refrain from entering the room, unless there is a serious reason.

 When entering the room, personnel is advised to use a standard surgical mask as well as gloves

 When leaving the room, any used gloves and masks must be disposed of; hand hygiene must follow

 Care should be taken so that the number of staff coming in contact with the quarantined guest will be limited to the minimum possible

General measures for prevention of infection transmission

All hotel areas must be well ventilated while access to running water and soap mustbe available to allow for good hygiene practice.

1. The first line of defense against infections is good hygiene practice. You are advised to wash your hands frequently with soap and water. If your hands are not dirty, you may use a disinfectant instead (e.g. 70 % alcohol solution). Use of gloves should not replace hand washing.

2. Good hygiene practice involves:


  •  covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
  •  avoid touching your mouth, nose or eyes with your hands to prevent bacterial spread


3. Avoid coming in close contact (1 - 2 meters distance) with patients who show r espiratory symptoms.

Handling a suspected case of COVID-19

If a guest meets the criteria of the COVID-19 case definition, (see NPHO’s website for case definition) the procedure below must be followed:

The hotel’s health official must contact NPHO IMMEDIATELY at 210 5212054 or 1135 hotline ( 24/7) to declare the suspected case and receive guidance on how to handle the case.


  • The patient is advised to remain in his room and keep the door shut.
  • If the patient shows symptoms of respiratory infection (cough, sneezing, runny nose), he must be provided immediately with a mask and tissues.

 If the patient was accompanied by another individual who still wishes to remain with him to take care of him (e.g. spouse), then this person must also be given a standard surgical mask and must practice hand hygiene at all times when coming in contact with the patient’s secretions (e.g. saliva) and, most importantly, before touching their face or before eating or drinking.
 Personnel must be advised to avoid entering the patient’s room, unless there is a serious reason. If need arises, we suggest that only one member of the hotel staff be responsible for the suspected case. This way, the number of employees exposed to infection may be reduced to minimum.
 Any used protective equipment (standard surgical mask, gloves) must be disposed of in a bin and must in no case be used again.
 After disposing of the protective equipment, you should wash your hands thoroughly with water and soap. Please note that using gloves does not replace hand washing, which is the most important measure of protection.


Care should be taken by hotel management for accessible and adequate amount of supplies to be used for infection prevention:

 soap and water or hand disinfectant

 tissues

 standard surgical masks

 disposable gloves

 thermometers

 garbage bags

 surface cleanser

Finally, to safeguard public health, the hotel management must keep a record of all members of staff and all persons who stayed at the hotel - name, nationality, check-in and check-out date, contact information (address, telephone number, e-mail), to allow communication with all individuals who came in close contact with a later confirmed case of COVID-19.

Information to staff and availability of protective equipment may contribute towards organized and controlled management of a case of alert. '

Timely planning and effective prevention can ensure the health of visitors and staff and maintain smooth facility operation.

Cooperation with NPHO and other Public Health bodies (District Divisions for PublicHealth) is important both in establishing measures of prevention as well as in proceeding with necessary actions and the provision of information if a case of infection is reported.


Health professionals handling a suspected case must use all droplet precautions and wear a FFP2 mask, a long-sleeve water-proof gown, gloves and eye protection (glasses).

Cleaning and disinfecting the patient’s room

 All surfaces the patient may have come in contact with must be thoroughly cleaned, e.g. door knobs, bathroom surfaces etc., particularly if these surfaces are contaminated with body fluids.

 Cleaning staff is advised to use a standard surgical mask, gloves and a disposable waterproof gown. While working, cleaning staff must not touch their mouth, nose or eyes with their hands. Also, they must not eat or smoke.

 After removing the gloves, thorough handwashing with soap and water is necessary.

Please note that using gloves does not replace hand washing, which is the most important measure of protection.

Fabric surfaces (e.g. furniture fabrics) must be steam cleaned at > 70°.

For any further clarifications, please contact NPHO at

210 5212054, 1135 (24/7)

The WHO Health Alert by WhatsApp brings to you, anywhere, COVID-19 facts

Posted by moodhacker on May 24, 2020 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

WHO has launched a dedicated messaging services in Arabic, English, French, Hindi, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese with partners WhatsApp and Facebook to keep people informed for their safety from coronavirus. This easy-to-use messaging service has the potential to reach 2 billion people and enables WHO to get information directly into the hands of the people that need it.


From government leaders to health workers and family and friends, this messaging service provides the latest news and information on coronavirus including details on symptoms and how people can protect themselves and others. It also provides the latest situation reports and numbers in real-time to help government decision-makers protect the health of their populations.


The service can be accessed by a link that opens a conversation on WhatsApp.

Users can simply type “hi”, "hola", "नमस्ते", "oi", “salut”, "ciao" or "مرحبا" to activate the conversation, prompting a menu of options that can help answer their questions about COVID-19.


The WHO Health Alert was developed in collaboration with Praekelt.Org, using Turn machine learning technology.


Join WHO's Health Alert on WhatsApp:



Send "مرحبا" to +41 22 501 70 23 on WhatsAppمرحبا






Send "hi" to +41 79 893 18 92 on WhatsApp




Send "salut" to +41 22 501 72 98 on WhatsApp




Send "नमस्ते" to +41 22 501 73 41 on WhatsAppनमस्ते;




Send "ciao" to +41 22 501 78 34 on WhatsApp








Send "hola" to +41 22 501 76 90 on WhatsApp




Send "oi" to +41 22 501 77 35 on WhatsApp



By, 6 May 2020

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Visitors are welcome with no mandatory tests in Greece

Posted by moodhacker on May 24, 2020 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

The Minister of Tourism announced, potential visitors to Greece will not be required to be tested for the coronavirus, nor will they be put in quarantine

Minister of Tourism, Mr Theoharis said authorities will boost the healthcare capacity of several tourist destinations


  • by providing tests
  • and doctors, as well as
  • an operational plan for handling  possible infections


For the hotels throughout Greece   this would require


  • the prerequisite of a hotel doctor, present 24/7 each hotel for health aid ,
  • and a coronovirus emergency doctor in case of any cases detected at the hotel area ,


Also according to the by the Hotel Protocl Order of the Minstry of Tourism in Greece


  • quarantine areas and
  • transfer to a health facility,


designed and ordered .

Free Entrance for visitors to Greece, with no testing nor quarantine

Posted by moodhacker on May 24, 2020 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)

According to Greek Tourism Minister Haris Theocharis, the government’s plan “Restart Tourism” project is evolving on two fronts:

The first is the domestic one and the second concerns the opening of the borders and the attraction of visitors from abroad


  • .As far as the domestic front is concerned, on June 1 will see the re-opening of the year-round hotels, campsites and camps, while
  • from June 15 onwards, the seasonal hotels will also be permitted to welcome visitors from abroad.


The second part of restarting the tourism industry plan, concerns the arrival of visitors from abroad


  • Flights to Eleftherios Venizelos airport in Athens will restart from June 15,


but solely from countries with good epidemiological criteria.

From July 1 flights will restart in all of the country’s airports.

As the Minister of Tourism announced,


  • potential visitors to Greece will not be required to be tested for the coronavirus,
  • nor will they be put in quarantine,


However, visitors will undergo sample tests when deemed required.

The New Year's Eve in Athens downtown

Posted by moodhacker on January 5, 2020 at 6:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Thousands of Athenians and visitors on Tuesday evening gathered at Syntagma Square in Athens, to wellcome the New Year at the city's special Feast organized by the municipality of Athens with lots of music, dancing and fireworks.


“It was the perfect way to welcome the new decade,” the Municipality said in an announcement.



A few minutes before midnight, Athens Mayor Kostas Bakoyannis asked people to hug each other and join him as he counted down to 2020 wishing all a happy New Year.

Among the artists that performed on stage were renowned Greek music band Melisses, as well as singers Ivy Adamou, Demy, Josephine and the Wolves gymnastics team.


The party continued until the early morning hours with a powerfull music program by Dj Pitsi.

Fireworks exploded over the ancient temple of Partthenon on top of Acropolis hill as part of theNew Year's Eve celebrations  

Forest bathing so close to Athens: rejuvenate mind and body

Posted by moodhacker on January 5, 2020 at 5:55 AM Comments comments (0)



Drowning in the firs, with magnificent views to the peaks of Euboea and Peloponnese, the Euboean and Corinthian Gulf, and the Attica basin lies the Flambouri Refuge, situated in the lush fir forest of Parnitha at an altitude of 1,158 meters with magnificent views¨


A place within the incredible beauty of Parnitha National Park, ideal for forest bathing, the new travel trend, for rest and rejuvenation for people of all ages that allows you to enjoy an all around view of the whole Attica,


Οn the south side you you can wach Athens from above, Aegina, Poros, Peloponnese and clear weather even Hydra.


On the east and north side, Marathon Lake, the Euboean Gulf, Euboea, its highest mountain, Dirfy and with clear weather the Aegean Sea and the curvature of the earth!



A place so close to Athens, but so far away from the daily routine of the city.


You can enjoy your coffee or the homemade dishes and you can take part in one of the many activities organized.



Ideal place for rejuvenation in nature, a breath away from the city, for young and old alike.





eco friendly equipped


The environmentally friendly Flamburi refuge has been powered since 1985 with photovoltaics that charge solar-powered batteries. It is heated by an energy-efficient fireplace that warms radiators, and also acts as a heat source, contributing to less air pollution.



It features an organized kitchen and offers coffee, drinks, rustic pies, freshly cooked homemade dishes, grilled meats, salads and pastries.


The shelter hosts parties, corporate events, seminars, school educational and environmental excursions and many other events, literally in nature!



There is also the possibility of overnight staying on the upper floor of the shelter, in a cozy and cozy wooden floor, making for a refreshing and relaxing sleep.


Mattresses, pillows and blankets are provided and you need to bring a sleeping bag or sheets and a pillowcase.













Parnitha has a rich network of trails and depending on your fitness level, you can choose trips that last 30 minutes to many hours. Together with the experienced guides and escorts of the shelter, you can make your own route, tailored to your group's moods and moods.



Mountain biking


Browse the mountain in a different way. Upload your pulses and breathe the fresh mountain air. Feel your adrenaline going downhill, feeling the sense of speed and adventure. Our experienced escorts take care of your safety and carry all the necessary equipment for you, for a carefree ride with no technical problems.





Experience the ultimate experience in the world of vertical rocks. Guided by experienced instructors, mountain and climbing guides, the necessary equipment and complete safety, you will climb the rocks that seem inaccessible and will feel unique emotions reaching the summit. Just 10 minutes' drive from Flamboury Refuge, climbing routes of small to medium difficulty are ideal for beginners.









Canyoning Crossing - Canyoning


Downhill canyoning is for many fans of extreme sports the most exciting. It combines hiking in the wild and the use of rappels. There is a theoretical lesson on the technique and use of the equipment we provide and of course absolute safety. In the Goura Gorge in Parnitha, you will not believe that you are not next to Athens.



Orientation - Orienteering


Amazing orientation activity for young and old and all levels of fitness, with a compass and map theory course. Compete with your friends by finding the flags hidden in the forest at the best time possible. Play individually and in groups, day or night!



Mountain Skiing


In the winter, try a separate walk in the snow-covered landscapes of the park, on the snowy treetops with the use of special sandals, under the guidance of hikers.



Skill and Action Games


A combination of activities in nature (Spider, Flying Fox, Centipede, Snake, Swamp, Pipe line, etc.) that offer incredible laughter and fun while developing concepts of team spirit, confidence, perseverance and collaboration. The perfect combination to celebrate an excursion, birthday, anniversaries, children's parties and more in a unique and original way.





Friday Saturday Sunday


and on public holidays.


Daily on request.


At Easter and August we are closed



Working hours


Friday-11:00 to 22:00


Saturday-08: 30 to 22:30


Sunday-08: 30 to 19:00






Forest bathing


"Even a small amount of time in nature can have an impact on our health., science says


A two-hour forest bath will help you to unplug from technology and slow down. It will bring you into the present moment and de-stress and relax you. Numerous studies I’ve conducted have shown that shinrin-yoku has real health benefits.



Mindfully release your senses



The key to unlocking the power of the forest is in the five senses.


Let nature enter through your ears, eyes, nose, mouth, hands and feet.



Listen to the birds singing and the breeze rustling in the leaves of the trees.

Look at the different greens of the trees and the sunlight filtering through the branches.

Smell the fragrance of the forest and breathe in the natural aromatherapy of phytoncides.

Taste the freshness of the air as you take deep breaths.

Place your hands on the trunk of a tree. Dip your fingers or toes in a stream. Lie on the ground.

Drink in the flavor of the forest and release your sense of joy and calm.This is your sixth sense, a state of mind.


Now you have connected with nature.


You have crossed the bridge to happiness.



When you have been busy at work all week, it can be hard to slow down. You may have been rushing around so much you no longer know how to stand still. Walking with a guide who is a trained forest therapist can help you feel more comfortable and find the right environment to fit your needs.


In one of my favorite forests, Iinan Furusato-no-Mori, the forest-therapy program includes guided walks. Doctors are on hand to offer general health assessments. When you arrive, you are given a physical health check and a psychological questionnaire. The therapist then works out the best walking plan for you.



But it is just as easy to forest-bathe without a guide. And there are many different activities you can do in the forest that will help you to relax and to connect with nature.


Here are some of the things people do:



forest walking,


eating in the forest,

hot-spring therapy,

T’ai chi, meditation,

breathing exercises,


art classes and


Nordic walking and plant observation.


"It doesn’t matter how fit – or unfit – you are. Shinrin-yoku is suitable for any level of fitness"


writes on Time Dr. Qing Li is the author of Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness, .


Dr.Qing Li as he explaines in his article, has devoted his research to provide the scientific proof behind the feeling we all experience being at the forest: "The sounds of the forest, the scent of the trees, the sunlight playing through the leaves, the fresh, clean air — these things give us a sense of comfort. They ease our stress and worry, help us to relax and to think more clearly. Being in nature can restore our mood, give us back our energy and vitality, refresh and rejuvenate us."


Dr. Qing Li explaines that the Japanese practice something called forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku. Shinrin in Japanese means “forest,” and yoku means “bath.” So shinrin-yoku means bathing in the forest atmosphere, or taking in the forest through our senses.



This is not exercise, or hiking, or jogging. It is simply being in nature, connecting with it through our senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. Shinrin-yoku is like a bridge. By opening our senses, it bridges the gap between us and the natural world.




The Benefits of Forest Bathing


Forest bathing has many benefits, including:



1. Creating Kung Fu Fighting Killer Cells


One Japanese study demonstrated that after a three-day camping trip in the forest, participants averaged a whopping 50 percent increase in NK cell activity. Forest bathing has been scientifically shown to increase immunity, decrease the risk of cancer and help you to recover from illness faster. One study showed that even looking at trees through a hospital window increased recovery time for gallbladder surgery patients.



Not only does forest bathing enhance NK cell activity, but it also increases their number, and for a significant length of time: the positive effects lasted for more than a week after the forest excursion.



2. Decreased Risk of Heart Attack


Multiple forest bathing studies have demonstrated its ability to significantly reduce blood pressure, stress levels and pulse rate. A trip through the woods will also increase your body’s adiponectin levels. These have an anti-inflammatory effect on blood vessel cells and have been shown to decrease the risk of heart attack.



3. Protection Against Obesity and Diabetes


Increased adiponectin is also inversely related to obesity and insulin resistance. The substance is secreted by fat cells and regulates our fat metabolism, glucose levels and weight gain. Forest bathing reduces blood glucose levels, even in diabetics. Diabetic patients did a forest bathe walk every eight months for six years. Even though their time spent forest bathing was very spaced out, their blood glucose levels still showed significant improvement.




4. More Energy and Better Sleep


Many of us notice the revitalized feeling we get from taking a deep breath in a natural location. It’s not just your imagination — forest bathing has been shown to increase vigor and fight fatigue. At the same time, it triggers hormones and processes in our body that improve sleep. It’s also been shown to reduce dopamine and cortisol levels, meaning it reduces stress and calms the body and mind.



5. Mood-Boosting Effects


A small study of 19 men showed that anxiety, depression and confusion levels were improved after a forest bathing trip. They compared the forest walking group to one walking through an urban area. Even though both groups had the health benefits of exercise, the forest bathing group clearly won out. This is just one example of the many studies showing the mood boosting effects of forest bathing.



6. Decreased Inflammation


Forest air is noticeably fresher than city air, or even other nature environments, since the trees are busy converting CO2 into fresh oxygen for our lungs. Not only is the air fresher, but the compounds naturally released by the trees decrease inflammation. The D-limonene found in some forest air reduces lung inflammation. Those with breathing problems like asthma and COPD have shown improvement after forest bathing as oxygen is increased and inflammation is lessened.




7. Clearer, More Comfortable Skin


Inflammation is the cause of many issues in the body, including certain skin disorders. Those with eczema and psoriasis can see benefits after forest bathing. Terpenes are some of the main anti-inflammatory components expressed by trees into the forest air and are mainly found in conifers like cypress, fir and pine trees.



8. Soothing Relief for Sore Muscles


There are over 40,000 known terpene structures and they have a wide variety of positive effects on the body. Osteoarthritis relief, reduced joint pain and inflammation, and decreased neck and back pain are just some of the proven benefits.



Two groups with neck pain did forest bathing, but one group added in a four-hour stretching and strengthening exercise. Painful and tight trigger points in the neck area were reduced more in the exercise group. However, pain, inflammation and range of motion in the group that didn’t exercise was just as good.



9. Anti-inflammatory Terpenes


Different terpenes have also proven to be effective against inflammation in the brain, liver and pancreas to keep these vital organs healthy. The terpene borneol protects the brain and nervous system and may help protect against degenerative brain diseases that stem from inflammation, like Alzheimer’s.



As mentioned earlier, forest bathing helps fight against cancer cell growth, and that’s due in part to the terpene D-limonene. This terpene has anti-tumor properties and studies have shown it effective against breast, intestine, pancreas, liver and colon cancers.





How to Forest Bathe


"First, find a spot. Make sure you have left your phone and camera behind. You are going to be walking aimlessly and slowly. You don’t need any devices. Let your body be your guide. Listen to where it wants to take you. Follow your nose. And take your time. It doesn’t matter if you don’t get anywhere. You are not going anywhere. You are savoring the sounds, smells and sights of nature and letting the forest in.", say Qing Li in his book


Dedicated Shinrin-yoku forests in Japan are predominantly conifer trees, but other trees are still beneficial for forest bathing. The point is to take a trip into the forest to soak in and fully experience your surroundings.



There are forest bathing guides that are certified through the association of nature and forest therapy.



According to this group “The aim of forest therapy is to slow down and become immersed in the natural environment.”



Lying on the ground, meditating, gathering forest edibles and noticing the foliage are some of the different ways you can forest bathe.







How Often Should You Forest Bathe?


Most of the studies showed benefits when participants went on forest bathing trips every one to four weeks. The more often you can go, the better. However, positive results were still seen even seven days after a forest bathing trip, and even as long as 30 days later.



Where to Forest Bathe


In the United States, any nature scene is considered acceptable for forest bathing, however Japan takes a more scientific approach. Shinrin-yoku trails in Japan are only certified as such after blood sampling shows a specific increase in natural killer cells. Choosing an area that’s heavily wooded by conifer trees may be best, but really any heavily wooded area will do. Just don’t forget the all-natural bug spray!


If you’re sweating, are distracted by swatting at bugs, or there are noisy children running around, then you can’t focus on relaxing. Choose a place with a comfortable temperature with minimal noise and distractions.







Enhance the Experience with Earthing


Since the idea is to connect with the Earth, grounding or barefoot shoes help improve the experience. This also enhances your perception of the surroundings. Depending on the area you’re in and the exact circumstances, you can also kick your shoes off and go barefoot. Electromagnetic exposure from wireless devices, cell phone towers, and other modern-day technology saturates our environments. Earthing and forest bathing gives us a way to reset our natural electromagnetic fields and center the body. Read more practical ways to reduce your EMF exposure here.



No Forest? No Problem!


If a whole forest isn’t available to you, then even standing underneath a single tree and inhaling deeply will benefit the body to some degree. Lay on a patch of healthy grass. Go to a nature park. There’s even some evidence to suggest that focusing on a picture of a forest may have some health benefits!



Amplify Forest Bathing with Essential Oils


If you’re not able to get out to a forest, and instead find yourself gazing at forest pictures, essential oils can improve upon the experience. Conifer essential oils from sources like cypress, pine, juniper, cedarwood and fir contain many of the same beneficial constituents trees release during forest bathing.



Scents from conifer trees and rosemary were found to promote a healthy inflammatory response throughout the body in one study. However, the effects were even greater when these oils were combined with frankincense. Using a diffuser in the room, or even a personal diffuser, like a diffuser necklace, or personal inhaler are good ways to experience these oils.



Smell &Drink Greece: The Awarded Botanical Gin Created by the Graces of Three Women

Posted by moodhacker on July 9, 2019 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)


Grace Gin

Grace Gin is a unique handcrafted Distilled gin from Greece.

It is the result of the shared vision between three women, two second generation distillers and a spirited woman with extensive knowledge and experience in the drinks industry.

The uniqeness of the product lies in its rich aromatic character that comes from the botanicals used, a selection from Greek nature’s land and sea. The hand crafted aspect, emphasizes the process of the ingredients' selection and how the distiller blends them in order to achieve the recipe used, to flavour the neutral grain spirit.



The term “distilled gin” means it is 100% traditionally distilled in pot stills in combination with the finest perfume techniques.

The Three Graces have researched and experimented with recipes for more than a year to decide on the 13 different botanicals and the extraction processes to be used. They start with continuous distillation to flavor the base spirit with 8 botanicals: Juniper berries, angelica root, orris, lemon and orange peels, cardamom, coriander and cassia bark.



Then carefully selecting only the “heart” of the distillation, and using a vapor-infused method, also used for essence oils production.



In addition to the base botanicals, schinos, myrtle leaves and orange blossom from Evia, have been added, and are perfectly combined with critamos (from Crete) and pink pepper. In order to enhance the final distillate’s aromas, the distiller has applied a smooth, light filtering method.


Grace gin has an ABV of 45,7%. On the nose it is juniper driven. At the same time this fresh-pine aroma combines perfectly with the presence of critamos and schinos. The pink pepper and cassia flavor are in the background while myrtle hints enhance this complex aromatic profile.



The palate is interestingly oily and robust. Both juniper and critamos are immediately to the fore, making a perfect match with the spicy character from coriander, pink pepper and cassia bark. There are underlying hints of an intense freshness with earthy elements.



Available in Greece and exported to England, Germany and Cyprus.

Grace Afternoon

40ml Grace Gin

10ml Amaro di Angostura liqueur

100ml lemonade

Glass: Collins

Mathod: Built

Garnish: Mint Spring


Grace & Tonic

40ml Grace Gin

10ml Amaro di Angostura liqueur

100ml lemonade

Glass: Collins

Mathod: Built

Garnish: Mint Spring



45ml Grace Gin

45ml Dolin Dry Vermouth

3 Dashes Fee Brothers Cherry bitters

Glass: Martini


Garnish : 2 maraschino cherries

4th annual "Beyond Borders" International Documentary Festival of Castellorizo, late Augaust

Posted by moodhacker on June 24, 2019 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

The fourth annual “Beyond Borders” International Documentary Festival of Castellorizo will take place from August 25 to September 1, 2019 on the idyllic Greek island in the eastern Mediterranean.

The Festival’s theme this year is “Bring people to Castellorizo and transport Castellorizo to the world!”

The competitive section of the festival will once again include a selection of Greek and foreign documentary films which were made to the highest artistic standards.

Historical and sociopolitical documentaries will compete for awards in the genres of ”Best History Documentary” and ”Best Social Documentary,” as well as for the ”Special Award for Mediterranean Friendship.”

The Beyond Borders festival will be a meetingplace for some of the top creators of historical and sociopolitical documentary films as well as figures from the sphere of arts and letters from Greece and abroad.

Among the films competing for prizes are “The Greek of the Russian Empire” from Russia, the film ”HAMAD,” a co-production of Sweden, Norway and Germany; “A Woman Captured” (Hungary); “Our Territory” (Belgium and Italy); “Time to Leave” (Turkey); “To the Living, Fatherland and Deep Roots” (France); “Hugo Blanco: Deep River” (Peru), and others.

The University of New York will be the honored institution and BBC Four the honored media for this year’s edition of the festival.

Source: AMNA