Friday, 4 August 2017

NOT JUST FOR THE ISLANDS

Greece offers more than beautiful islands, sandy beaches and the sun...

This month we have one of our nannies working for the second season in Monemvasia, a town in Peloponese.

Monemvasia in Greece is one of the most impressive places in the country. Carved on the back side of a sea rock in the Medieval times, it was not visible from the mainland, so that the locals could avoid enemy attacks. The only way to reach the Rock was by boat, but now there is a paved pathway to join the Rock and the castle with the mainland, this is where the name Monemvasia comes from.

A "single passage" into history.

Today most of the old mansions have been converted into guesthouses and boutique hotels. Outside the Rock, there is a new modern town and the walks into the castle town are telling stories of the past.
Holidays in Monemvasia are different and very popular for families.
They can be combined with day trips to Gythio, Mystras, Neapolis and other regions of the south Peloponnese.

Arts and crafts for slightly older children below have kept them busy and creative, thanks to the nanny's artistic imagination and flair....




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Saturday, 29 April 2017

Protomagya

What is Protomaya

May Day celebrations ( a reason to visit Greece this time of year) mean a celebration of Spring.
According to legend May was named after the Roman goddess Maia ( Greek word for midwife, mother and nurse). In the Ancient time this month was dedicated to Dimitra, the goddess of agriculture, and her daughter Persephone, who would return to her mother each May after spending her winter in the underworld with Adis ( Hades). One of the celebrations was Anthesteria, the first Greek flower festival as both Greeks and Romans believed that flowers represent the beauty of the gods and bring power, happiness, health and glory .
May Day is a bank holiday in Greece and families pick up flowers to make a Mayatiko Stefani/ May Day wreath. The process of making this brings people closer to nature. The wreaths are decorated by the whole family, especially with the help of children, singing and dancing, and they hang on the doors, balconies and walls.
What a great start of the season!


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Friday, 6 January 2017

The delightful village of MEGEVE in the eyes of our nanny....






Megève is a very cute and authentic village in Haute-Savoie, Chamonix Valley, the French Alps. The little church Saint Paul rings it's bells every hour right in the centre, close to the famous ski design shop Allaard. On the main square, a huge Christmas tree is rising up and shines upon Megève. It is one of the most magical sight you can expect when you come to enjoy winter holidays. Indeed, the king of the village stays up till the end of the season ! Near by, on the ancient pavement, beautiful horse-carriages are waiting to take you on nice tours all around the city and country-side. Of course, the car free streets are perfect for shopping, and you can find either cosy or prestigious restaurants Michelin- stared. There are also a few bars and nightclubs, even an outdoor bar right in front of the Christmas tree, where it is typical to have a vin chaud or hot chocolate ! Art galeries are another attraction there.

For kids, Megève has everything, beside an easy and large variety of slopes (the cable connection is one of the most practical). A little ice-ring and an icy mini-quad circuit in the centre, a big outdoor playground, a sleighing area, a summer sleigh (kind of roller-coaster), many walks to discover following the littles bridges along the river… There is a big indoor structure as well : Le Palais des Sports. Further along, an Olympic ice ring with music, a 3 floor library with a very comfortable space for little kids, a swimming pool, an inflated castles gymnasium , a ping-pong table, a tennis court, a climbing wall, and for the parents, a brand new spa/sauna/hammam/balneo complex !

During the season, the city organises several events like the Polo Master and winter golf cup in January, and the famous Jazz Festival in March. To put it in a nutshell, Megève is not only a typical charming village, it has so many cultural and sporty attractions for every taste and age! So, even when the snow is not there, the whole family will always find something new to do every day !
By Roxane
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