The Butcher, The Greeter & The Grillfather: THE VILLAGES OF ZAGORI GREECE

Riding from Ioannina Greece in the remote northeastern region of Epirus, I head into the Pindos Mountains to explore the traditional stone villages of Zagoria (aka Zagorohoria, Zagori) Just another day of riding the world in search of culture, cuisine, and connection. Ride with me. Many think Greece is beaches, islands, and sambuca. But I […]

IS THIS THE BEST MOTORCYCLE RIDE IN GREECE? | The Mani & Peloponnese

There are a lot of great roads all over the world —to ride a motorcycle or drive a car. But riding THE MANI in the GREEK PELOPONNESE is one of my best motorcycle rides—ever. Perhaps it was the quiet, desolate, arid, and peaceful environment. Or perhaps it was the colors, clouds, and craggy cliffs. No […]

He Followed His Dream & The Passion of a Woman To Celebrate The Best In Greek Food & Wine

Meet Panos Kyriazis Athens Restaurateur, Entrepreneur, and Sommelier—Plus Travel Tips On The Greece Most People Don’t Know About This is the audio-only podcast edition of the ninth JOURNEYS Webcast—Adventure & Discovery In The Time of Corona. The webcast was livestreamed initially on June 8, 2020, from Athens, Greece, with our special guest, the award-winning restaurateur, […]

Bulgaria Bound Despite the Tug of Athens and Greece—Onward To Thessaloniki

Leaving most anywhere always tugs at my heart and mind; it makes me sad. I know I must move and get on with this adventure, but especially here in Athens, I feel a connection, a sense of belonging. I recognize this, but I must temper my mindset and shrug off the feelings. Last night I […]

Athens Captured: Spirit & Food. Friends & Mood.

  Temperatures are soaring here in Athens. Still, I climb the stairs to my third-floor apartment here in Marina Zeas rather than use the elevator. After just three days in the city, I shower several times a day for relief from the heat and to rinse the sweat. George at Vagianelis BMW tells me my bike […]

The Long Flight & Run To Athens—The 2019 Journey of Adventure & Discovery Begins

My little cottage in Leucadia is finally organized, and clear of all the stuff, I’m taking to Greece for my Summer Eastern European Adventure. Before embarking on an extended trip, I get a tad anxious. One the one hand, I want to be sure I have everything I think I’ll need, especially those items that […]

The Overheating of Doc & The Hillside Select. Finding Corks & Forks in Athens. Goodbye Greece, for now.

I look around my apartment here in Athens. My helmet sits on a chair in the living room, my riding suit stained from over 5,000 miles of riding takes up the sofa, and I strew more laundry and loose items from the kitchen table to the side tables in the bedroom. I’ve made a mess. […]

Podcast #32 From Slovenia—Riding the Balkans 2018: A Live Update

When I set off on this 2018 Eastern European Tour, I had no real plan except to search for the best stories in food, wine, and culture. I wanted to discover the truth about the region. Like me, most North Americans do not understand what is happening over here—my aim was to find out. Now […]

Goodbye Greece: Papigo Dreaming & The Butcher of Zagorohoria

Thanks to a great — and late—evening with new friends at Dryoino, I could not get up early. It’s noon when I am packed and ready to go. Within 10 minutes riding, my shirt is sweaty and sticking to my back, the tips of my fingers stick to the inside of my gloves. Another hot day […]

Outside The Walls of Ioannina Castle Town

Ioannina is relaxed, comfortable, and easy. With my bike parked safely inside the old city, I walk around and then outside the walls along the lake. I join other locals who are chatting, drinking coffee and juices and smoking cigarettes under umbrellas and tall trees that line the lake. So what I thought would be […]