My name is Angelina Helioti and I recently graduated from the architecture school of NTUA.


After months of thinking, I took the risk of leaving life in Athens. The reason, the very quality of life of the metropolis. The fast pace, the pressure to “meet the deadlines”, the crowd of people and the lack of natural environment were things that led me to change.


I moved to a small, mountainous village in Arcadia, Stemnitsa. Although I grew up in Laconia, Arcadia is my place of origin and so in a sense, I feel like I have come home. I don’t know how long I’ll be able to stay here, but whatever it ends up being, I’ll try to enjoy it to the fullest.


Here I am enjoying everything I have been craving! Trees, rivers, lakes, quiet, everyday life at a slow pace.

I have a simple lifestyle, but it gives me inspiration for my artistic pursuits, photography, painting, and video making. At the same time, I am studying the art of silversmithing in a public school located here. In this blog you will find journal articles about my life here.


I hope you enjoy everything I’m about to share with you.


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Christmas dusk

Good evening to everyone! I hope you are having a great holiday season so far. Although a little late I thought I’d show you some photos from my holidays on the mountain.


On Christmas Day, just before the sun went down, my two brothers and I were “running” with the car to catch the sunset. I was preparing the camera with the tripod in the car as we climbed to one of the highest points of Stemnitsa. Unfortunately, by the time we arrived and I closed the door behind me, the last sunlight was disappearing behind the mountain. We were a minute late. Although we didn’t enjoy the sunset, we were compensated with a beautiful moon dominating a clear sky with heavenly colors.

Stemnitsa looked lovely now in that pink shade. The village is located between hills and mountains, it is amphitheater but sheltered and from this point the view is wonderful because it also faces the village but at the same time outside it.

As we were enjoying the view at dusk, a friend who owns a guest house very close to the spot passed by with a group of three dogs. Roo or Snow White is an amazing dog, I’ve written about her before here on the blog. I’ve known her since she was a puppy, so she was very comfortable with us and played with my little brother, Drakoulis

As evening fell the colors became more and more magical. The blue hour produced amazing photos and I couldn’t help but shoot continuously, even with the battery in the red. These afternoon colors are kind of romantic, they make me smile even if it’s a nostalgic smile.

The time had passed, so we had to go back to the house to prepare for the Christmas dinner. We went to a very sweet village here in Gortynia, Valtesiniko, to a restaurant with live music.

Now, for the New Year’s Eve, I am in the place where I grew up, Vlachioti. So you have my best wishes for 2023 from here.

See you soon.


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