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Apostolos & Miranda – walk-about in Kalamata, and crafting wood & metal ornamental artifacts

The guests will initially visit the historical and modern city center of Kalamata and the town’s magnificent beach, and will sample the local cuisine. After that, they will learn a multitude of new techniques in ornamental crafting using brass and wood, at Apostolos’ and Miranda's own workshop.

€50, 3 hrs, 5 persons

 WHAT you will LEARN: 

  1. Ornamental crafting at Apostolos’ own workshop 

  2. How to create original items and works of art

  3. The local cuisine with its traditional recipes and delis 

  4. An understanding of the locals’ day-to-day life

  5. Points of cultural & historic interest: the historical and contemporary city center, the beach

 

Kalamata - Where the Experience will take place

What Wikipedia says

Kalamata is the second most populous city of the Peloponnese peninsula in southern Greece and the largest city of the homonymous administrative region. The capital and chief port of the Messenia regional unit, it lies along the Nedon River at the head of the Messenian Gulf.

 

The 2011 census recorded 69,849 inhabitants for the wider Kalamata Municipality, of which 62,409 in the municipal unit of Kalamata proper. Kalamata is renowned as the land of the Kalamatianos dance and of the Kalamata olives.

 

The history of Kalamata begins with Homer, who mentions Pharai, an ancient city built more or less where the Kalamata Castle stands today. It was believed that during ancient times the area that the city presently occupies was covered by the sea, but the proto-Greek and archaic period remains (Poseidon temple) that were unearthed at Akovitika region prove the opposite.

 

In independent Greece, Kalamata was rebuilt and became one of the most important ports in the Mediterranean sea. It is not surprising that the second-oldest Chamber of Commerce in the Mediterranean, after that of Marseille, exists in Kalamata. Today, Kalamata has the second largest population and mercantile activity in Peloponnese. It makes important exports, particularly of local products such as raisins, olives and olive oil. It is also the seat of the Metropolitan Bishop of Messenia. The current Metropolitan Bishop is Chrysostomus III, since 15 March 2007.

 

There are numerous historical and cultural sights in Kalamata, such as the Villehardouin castle, the Ypapandi Byzantine church, the Kalograion monastery with its silk-weaving workshop where the Kalamata scarves are made, and the municipal railway park. The Church of the Holy Apostles is where Mavromichalis declared the revolt against Ottoman rule in 1821. Art collections are housed at the Municipal Gallery, the Archaeological Museum of Messenia and the Folk Art Museum.

 

Miranda & Apostolos Mylonas are your Hosts for the whole experience

Apostolos is a preliminary school teacher, but has also taken long studies in freehand drawing, sculpture and ornamental crafting. He has taught a visual arts course at the local borough for many years, and, together with his partner Miranda, both run their own visual arts workshop where they teach the painting and crafting arts to children and adults.

  • Place of ORIGIN: Kalamata

  • LIVE in: Kalamata

  • SPEAK: English, French

  • LOVE: travelling, crafting artifacts, learning by taking part in seminars and workshops

  • Have TRAVELLED to: Greece (all over), Italy, Malta, Spain, France

  • Personal TRAITS: very hospitable, pleasant, polite, and with a natural ability to convey their knowledge on art and crafting

Here's how we'll spend the day and what we'll do together

This Experience is offered in TWO versions:

Standard Pack
€50, 3 hrs, 5 persons
Deluxe Pack
€100, 6 hrs, 5 persons
Deluxe Pack

 WHAT you will LEARN: 

  1. Ornamental crafting at Apostolos’ own workshop 

  2. How to create original items and works 

  3. The local cuisine with its traditional recipes and delis 

  4. An understanding of the locals’ day-to-day life

  5. Points of cultural & historic interest: the historical and contemporary city center, the beach

Standard Pack
 

Here are the details for Booking this Greek experience

  • Place:  Kalamata, Messinias

  • Standard Pack - Duration: 3 hours

Timetable: 9.00-12.00

Price:  50 euros per person

Meeting Point: corner of Spetson & Aristeidou str, at Agia Aikaterini church

  • Deluxe Pack - Duration: 6 hours

Timetable: 9.00-15.00

Price:  100 euros per person

Meeting Point: 23rd March square, at Agioi Apostoloi chapel

  • Availability:  9 May - 18 June,  1 August - 30 September

  • Group size: 5 persons max

  • What’s SPECIAL about this experience: acquiring an insider’s view of the coastal city of Kalamata, coupled with a unique craftsman’s course in artifacts creation

HOW to get the Standard Pack:  1. click on the  Book Now  and, then, the  Request Booking  buttons, below  

2. at the field Redeem Promo Code FILL-IN:  standard_pack   3. you automatically get the 50%  discount on the Deluxe Pack price

 

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