Days 5 and 6: Tour of the Kassandra peninsula

The fifth and sixth days of our program consisted of a tour of the Kassandra peninsula with a focus on tourist spots and, also, establishments that offer novel experiences to tourists.

Saturday 30 August 2014

10.00: departure from the University Hostel

11:00-13.00: visit of the Institute of Apiculture, Hellenic Agricultural Organization ‘Demeter.’ (see video at the bottom)

Here students had the opportunity to listen to the talk and guided tour of Dr. Fani Hatjina, a researcher of bee biology and pollination, who explained about the research projects of the institute, offered us foundational knowledge about the life of bees, and shared with us her idea of apitourism, the opportunity that she offers to tourists to try out bee culture and taste locally made honey.

13.30: arrival at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Summer Camp of Kalandra.

14.00-15.30: Lunch.

15.30-17.00: Lecture by Prof. Tokmakidis.

The lecture contained two parts: the showing of a documentary video about the process of renovation of the Parthenon in Athens, and a powerpoint presentation about the Greek philosophers who inspired the development of the discipline of surveying.

17.00-19.00: visit of the beach of the camp of Kalandra.

19.00-20.30: dinner.

20.30-23.00: visit of a traditional fair held on the grounds of Kalandra village’s primary school.

Here our students had the chance to see ten professional groups of dancers performing traditional regional dances from all over Greece, and later to try out the dances themselves together with the rest of the villagers.

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Sunday 31 August 2014

11.00: departure from AUTh Kalandra camp.

11.30-12.30: visit of Sani Resort.

The largest and most luxurious resort of the prefecture of Chalkidiki, Sani resort is a compound including three 5-star hotels, a marina, a shopping area, church, cafes and night clubs.

13.30-14.00: visit of Ancient Olynthos, an ancient Greek city dating back to 5th century B.C., famous for its well-preserved mosaics and complicated sewer system.

14.30-15.30: visit of the Petralona Cave where the skull of a man who lived in the area 200,000 years ago, making him the oldest known inhabitant of Greece, was found in the 1960s.

16.00-17.30: visit of Ktima Gerovassiliou, one of the most famous wineries in Greece and one of the few wineries where the oldest Greek grape, the grape of Malagousia, is still produced. The museum, which is located on the grounds of the winery, contains one of the biggest collections of corkscrews. In addition, only two other museums in the world (one in Spain and one in California) display such a rich variety of tools used in the production of wine.

18.30: return to Thessaloniki.

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Dr Hatjina explains why contemporary artificial hives are better than the ones used in the past centuries

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