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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Walk to Melaontas river

Yesterday, Wednesday, he walked on a path next to the Mylaonta river. With my small group we drove to Elati and from there we took the path that starts from the center of the village and leads through the forest. Those of you who have been reading the blog for a long time may remember that in the summer I had walked again in these places, from Stemnitsa to Elati, about a seven-hour journey. If you want to read the relevant article, click here: STEMNITSA-ELATI TRAIL.

Last time I had bypassed the river, crossing it across rather than across it. And really then I had no idea what I was missing. I had no idea about the little paradise. The perfect place for moments of relaxation and contact with nature. It would be great when the weather warms up to be able to go down to the river again with a book for company and spend a whole day there…

The rain and snow had given life to Mylaon, which starts from Elati and ends at Nymphasia. Then it flows into the Trago river, and together with other small rivers form the Ladon river. We crossed the bridge and headed left. The place was quite dark and damp, and the fir-trees towered above us, some large and some smaller, but all silent and verdant.

The bright color of the water and the sound it made as it crashed against the rocks was all I needed at the time. Birds were chirping, leaves were rustling slightly, small flowers were popping up here and there… it’s obvious that spring is knocking at Mainalo’s door. Unfortunately we didn’t stay long at the river, we mostly enjoyed walking there and didn’t even complete the trail, as it would be night soon. But even that little bit was enough for me to feel well and get fresh energy straight from the forest. We took the way back and in the center of the village we ate rice, pulses, olives and breadsticks with tahini.

I highly recommend you visit Mylaon on a good weather day, especially now that spring is starting and all the snow and rain is swelling the river. The route is suitable for children and adults.

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