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.
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.
Apostolos & Miranda offer an amazing Greek Experience, covering a thorough walk-about in Kalamata, and crafting wood & metal ornamental artifacts at their own workshop.
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.
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
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