Profitis Elias in Assini – Προφήτης Ηλίας της Ασίνης


Demetris and Elia

In a couple of days it will be the two years anniversary since we moved to Assini.  I’ve been seeing “Profitis Elias” rock, every day from my porch and I must have photographed it a hundred of times but it never crossed my mind that one day I would go up there.

Σε μερικές ημέρες κλείνουμε δύο χρόνια από την ημέρα που μετακομίσαμε στην Ασίνη.  Κάθε μέρα βλέπω τον Προφήτη Ηλία από τη βεράντα μας και πρέπει να τον έχω βγάλει εκατοντάδες φωτογραφίες αλλά ποτέ δεν πέρασε από το μυαλό μου ότι μια μέρα θα ανέβαινα στην κορυφή.

Collage Profitis Elias

However, when my daughter visited us last week she wanted to go up there.  I was afraid to follow but then I thought to myself “I am not getting any younger and who knows when they’ll decide to go up there again”.  I made up my mind that I would follow and the worse scenario, if I could not follow, I would sit under a tree and wait for them to return for me.

Profitis (profet) Elias takes its name from the small chapel on the top of the egg-shaped mountain.  The mountain is steep but from up there you will be rewarded with a bird’s-eye view of Tolo, Drepano, Vivari, even Iria when the weather is clear and on the other side Karathona beach and of course the villages of Assini, Lefkakia, Pyrgiotika etc.

Όταν μας επισκέφτηκε η κόρη μας την περασμένη βδομάδα ήθελε να πάμε εκεί πάνω. Στην αρχή φοβήθηκα να τους ακολουθήσω αλλά μετά σκέφτηκα ότι “Ποιος ξέρει εάν θα ξαναπάνε εκεί πάνω σύντομα και σίγουρα δεν γίνομαι πιο νέα όσο περνά ο καιρός”.  Έτσι αποφάσισα να τους ακολουθήσω και στη χειρότερη περίπτωση, εάν κουραζόμουν και δεν μπορούσα να προχωρήσω, θα καθόμουν κάτω από ένα δέντρο και θα περίμενα εκεί μέχρι να γυρίσουν.

Όπως σχεδόν σε όλες τις κορφές των βουνών, εκεί πάνω υπάρχει ένα εκκλησάκι αφιερωμένο στον Προφήτη Ηλία..  Η ανάβαση είναι αρκετά απότομη αλλά η θέα από εκεί πάνω αξίζει τον κόπο.   Από εκεί φαίνεται το Τολό, το Δρέπανο, το Βιβάρι, μέχρι τα Ίρια όταν ο καιρός είναι καθαρός και από την άλλη πλευρά μέχρι την παραλία της Καραθώνα και φυσικά το χωριό μας την Ασίνη, τα Λευκάκια, τα Πυργιώτικα κλπ.

Parking place before going on foot

We headed off early in the morning as the temperature in August is quite warm. Be sure to wear a hat and have water with you and if you have trekking poles, they will help a lot.

After passing from Agia Paraskevi and turning left to the cemetary we reached a sheepfold, where that was the last point where we could park our car.

Ξεκινήσαμε νωρίς το πρωί που κάνει δροσιά γιατί δεν είναι ν’ ανεβαίνεις τον Αύγουστο μεσημεριάτικα.  Εάν αποφασίσετε ν’ ανεβείτε μην ξεχάσετε να φορέσετε καπέλο, να’ χετε νερό και ακόμη και τα ειδικά μπαστούνια για το περπάτημα, τα οποία σίγουρα θα χρειαστούν.

huge steps

At the beginning, walking up the mountain is not that bad but after a while you end up climbing huge steps.  We had to stop a few times for me to rest but we finally made it to the top!

Στην αρχή η ανάβαση δεν είναι και πολύ δύσκολη αλλά μετά από λίγο δεν είναι μόνο ανηφορική η διαδρομή αλλά ανεβαίνεις τεράστια σκαλοπάτια.  Έπρεπε να κάνουμε μερικές στάσεις ενδιάμεσα να ξεκουραστώ αλλά τελικά τα καταφέραμε!

Elia

My daughter was the first to get up there.

Η κόρη μου έφτασε πάνω πρώτη.

Inside Profitis Elias

Inside the chappel of Profitis Elias.

Το εσωτερικό του Προφήτη Ηλία.

Bell and View from Profitis Elias

But the view up there is breathtaking!

Αλλά η θέα από εκεί πάνω σου κόβει την ανάσα!
View of Koronissi

The bell and view of Tolo bay area with Romvi and Koronissi islets

 Το καμπαναριό και η θέα προς το Τολό και τα νησάκια Ρόμβη και Κορωνήσι.

 

view of villages

View of the villages of Agia Paraskevi of Assini, Lefkakia, Pyrgiotika.

Θέα των χωριών Αγία Παρασκευή Ασίνης, Λευκάκια, Πυργιώττικα.

view of Drepano, Kallithea, Vivari

View of Assini, (I can see our house), Drepano, Kallithea, Vivari.

Θέα της Ασίνης (βλέπω και το σπίτι μας), το Δρέπανο, η Καλλιθέα και το Βιβάρι.

view of Karathona beach

View of Karathona Beach.

Θεά προς την παραλία της Καραθώνα.

View of Ancient Assini and Plaka Drepanou

View of Ancient Assini, Plaka Drepanou and nearby islands.

Θέα της Αρχαίας Ασίνης, της Πλάκας Δρεπάνου και των κοντινών νησιών.

Άλλες παρόμοιες αναρτήσεις:

A tour in Nafplion and Cooking for “All the best”, with Zita Keeley / Βόλτα στο Ναύπλιο και μαγειρεύω για Αμερικάνικη εκπομπή.

Assini / Ασίνη (Ναυπλίου)

Archaeological Museum of / Nafplio / Αρχαιολογικό Μουσείο Ναυπλίου

Nafplion, the first capital of Greece, Part 1 / Ναύπλιο, η πρώτη πρωτεύουσα της Ελλάδας  (Μέρος Α)

Nafplion, a tour in the old town, Part 2 / Ναύπλιο, περιήγηση στην παλιά πόλη (Μέρος Β)

Tolo / Τολό

You can find Greek recipes on my other blog.  My cookbooks “More Than A Greek Salad”, and “Mint, Cinnamon & Blossom Water, Flavours of Cyprus, Kopiaste!” are both available on all Amazon stores.

Για συνταγές στο άλλο μου blog.  Τα βιβλία μου “Mint, Cinnamon & Blossom Water, Flavours of Cyprus, Kopiaste!” και  “More Than A Greek Salad” κυκλοφορούν  στα Αγγλικά και διατίθενται σε όλα τα καταστήματα Amazon.  Μετάφραση του πρώτου μέρους του πρώτου βιβλίου με τίτλο “Κοπιάστε στην Κουζίνα μου” διατίθεται και στα Ελληνικά σε μορφή pdf από εμένα.

 

Kopiaste and Kali Orexi / Κοπιάστε και Καλή Όρεξη!

More Than A Greek Salad: my new cookbook featuring the Mediterranean Diet


Book Cover 14 Dec 13

I have the pleasure to announce that my second cookbook has just been published on The Amazon Kindle.

Rocket, Pear, Pomegranate and Feta Salad

Rocket, Pear and Pomegranate Salad

As I have a love for food and a sweet tooth, ever since I can remember myself, I used to carry a few extra kilos.

Vegan cherry cake

Nistisimo (Vegan) Cherry Cake

I went on my first diet after adolescence and since then I have been battling to control my weight.

Revithokeftedes Nistisimoi

Vegetarian  (Nistisimoi) Chickpea Patties with Minty Yoghurt Sauce

There were times I followed these silly crash diets some friends would recommend to me.  One of them was eating one kind of food a day, for example eating as much spaghetti as I wanted all day, then as much chicken the next day, or nothing but yoghourt, or only boiled courgettes (zucchini) etc.   Really, how much spaghetti, chicken, yoghourt or courgettes can you eat all day long?

whole wheat pasta with sausage courgettes and eggplants

Whole Wheat Penne with Sausage and Vegetables

I have tried various types of diets and although there was some weight loss, it was only temporary, as when you starve yourself, you lose some weight at first, but once you start to eat normally again, you end up gaining it all back again and even more.

Kebab tomato relish and yiaourtlou sauce

Kebabs, Tomato Relish and Yiaourtlou Sauce

If you search the internet, you will find a plethora of information about the Mediterranean Diet, sometimes described in very scientific terms, which will probably only confuse you.  What I have aimed to do in this book is to take all of the research I have done and laid it out in simpler terms, so that you won’t have to spend endless hours cross-checking the information you come across and trying to decide which source is giving the best info.

Tourkakia

Tourkakia (grilled offal)

During the first three years of blogging, I got carried away and lost track of what we (I refer to my family) should have been eating.  Seeing new recipes which I had never tried before made me want to try everything.

Peinirli

Peinirli (Pontian Cheese on Flatbread)

I loved learning more about cooking and the new horizon which was open to me, by using the internet to learn more about other cuisines and cooking techniques, apart from broadening my horizons, it also contributed to broadening my figure!

Salata Rossiki

Salata Rossiki (A much healthier version of Olivier salad)

As that was not enough, to make matters worse, my blogging addiction meant that I was spending all day in front of a computer screen, and I became completely sedentary.

Tahini Yoghurt Sauce with Artichokes

Tahini Artichoke Sauce

The increase in caloric input plus the decrease in physical activity lead to hypertension, high cholesterol, and back problems.

Fava Soup with Caramelized Onions

Fava Soup with Caramelized Onions

I knew I had to change my lifestyle immediately if I wanted to enjoy a healthy middle age, not to mention a long life.

Nistisima Low fat lemon cookies

Nistisima (vegan) low-fat Chocolate Cookies

In 2011 I started my final diet and have maintained my weight loss to this day. If I gain a couple of kilos over the holidays, I always make sure to lose them before I gain too many and they become difficult to lose.

Vegan moussakas with salata me ladolemono moustardas

Nistisimos (vegetarian) Moussakas and Melitzanosalata (eggplant dip)

My wish  now is to inspire more people to start eating healthier!

This new cookbook is a collection of over 250 of the best healthy Greek recipes as well as many of my own, based on the Mediterranean Diet, with no starving and no bland food.  My culinary skills and knowledge allow me to transform classic, traditional Greek dishes with healthy twists that don’t compromise on taste. Although many of the recipes in this cookbook have already been posted on my blog, many of them have been revamped to reflect my new lifestyle.  Unfortunately, these changes have not changed in the older posts, due to lack of time.

Red Pepper Pasta

Red Pepper Pasta

Many new recipes have also been created exclusively for “More Than A Greek Salad”, always based on the principles of the Mediterranean Diet.  The pictures you see through this post are only a small sample.

Imam Bayildi

Imam Bayildi

The cookbook is divided into three sections.  The first section covers useful information about the Mediterranean Diet, which in fact is not a diet but a lifestyle approach which leads to long, healthy lives with less chance of chronic disease.

Leek and taro soup

Soupa me Kolokassi kai Prasso (Leek and Taro Soup)

The second section showcases those Greek recipes which are based on the Mediterranean Diet.

All the traditional recipes are in the cookbook but also the low-fat, but mouth watering recipes I came up with while I was on a diet.  Those of you who follow my blog already know that during this period I lost 18 kilos over the course of six months.

Xifias (Swordfish) Plaki

Xifias Plaki (Swordfish plaki-style)

The third section consists of a Diet Plan based on the recipes of the cookbook, from which you can choose what to eat.

Quinoa Cake

Quinoa cake

For more recipes, please follow my blog Kopiaste (in English) and Κοπιάστε (στα Ελληνικά).

Kopiaste and Kali Orexi,