The famous windmills
Mykonos Town Hall
Portes archaeological site
Katerina – Mykonos, Traditional Marquetry & Cooking
Mykonos is a culturally vibrant island. Guests will go through a structured course on ancient greek marquetry, including a quick and thorough overview of the art, and gain hands-on experience in creating such works of art. They will also learn how to cook a traditional greek recipe, and comprehend all the necessary little-known secrets of local cuisine
WHAT you will LEARN:
How to make traditional marquetry (mosaics)
Greek traditional cooking & recipes
Itinerary: how we'll spend the day and what we'll do together
Guests will go through a structured course that will start with a quick and thorough overview of ancient greek marquetry, in order to become acquainted with the major actual such works of art. They will then learn how a marquetry artifact is produced, and how the materials are cut and prepared using marble. Under the Hostess’ guidance, each guest will be taught how to create his own marquetry, which he will then take with him back home
At the Hostess’ own kitchen, guests will learn how to cook a traditional greek recipe like moussaka, ntolmades, pastitsio etc, and comprehend all the necessary little-known secrets in order to be able to carry out the recipe execution at home. They will also learn how to produce home-made authentic greek liqueur drinks and marmalades.
Katerina Manta is your Hostess
Katerina has a first degree in Classical Greek Archaeology and loves revealing the depth of the greek culture and civilization to her guests. Having a long experience in hand-crafting works of art, she has also exhibited her own marquetry creations to various exhibitions in Greece and abroad. Because of her extensive travelling abroad, she conveys a cosmopolital and artistic flair to her guests
Place of ORIGIN: Athens
LIVES in: Athens, Arachova, Mykonos
SPEAKS: English, French
LOVES: travelling, hosting, meeting people and sharing experiences, hiking, skiing, swimming, cooking with friends
Has TRAVELLED to: many European countries, America, Mexico, China
Personal TRAITS: hospitable, excellent communicator, ability to blend with people from different cultures
Meeting Point: Mykonos Airport, arrivals gate
Duration: 5 hours
Price: 80 euros per person
Availability: 15 May – 15 October
Group size: 5 persons max
What’s SPECIAL about this experience: acquiring an in-depth knowledge on greek marquetry and cooking, through the eyes of a real connoisseur
Mykonos - Where the Experience will take place
What Wikipedia says
Mykonos is a Greek island, part of the Cyclades, lying between Tinos, Syros, Paros and Naxos. The island spans an area of 85.5 square kilometres (33.0 sq mi) and rises to an elevation of 341 metres (1,119 feet) at its highest point. There are 10,134 inhabitants (2011 census), most of whom live in the largest town, Mykonos, which lies on the west coast. The town is also known as Chora (i.e. the Town in Greek, following the common practice in Greece when the name of the island itself is the same as the name of the principal town). Mykonos' nickname is The island of the winds.
In Greek mythology, the Mykonos was named after its first ruler, Mykons, the son or grandson of the god Apollo and a local hero. The island is also said to have been the location of a great battle between Zeus and Titans and where Hercules killed the invincible giants having lured them from the protection of Mount Olympus. It is even said that the large rocks all over the island are the petrified testicles (or, in bowdlerized versions of the myth, the entire corpses) of the giants; this portion of the myth is the source of the slang term "stones" attested in most major European languages.
The island is composed mostly of granite and the terrain is very rocky with many areas eroded by the strong winds. High quality clay and baryte, which is a mineral used as a lubricant in oil drilling, were mined on the eastern side of Mykonos until the late 1980s.
Local specialities include: Kopanisti Mykonou (cheese), Kremmydopita, Louza (similar to the Cypriot lountza), Omeletta, Amygdalota (dessert), Lazarakia (dessert), Melopita (dessert)
Landmarks include: Chora windmills, Municipal Library, Petros the Pelican, Mykonos windmills, Mikri Venetia (Little Venice), Elia Beach, Armenistis Lighthouse, Archaeological Museum of Mykonos, Aegean Maritime Museum.