By Sofia, May 12 2018 07:40PM
At Easter this year, as flowers were coming to bloom across Greece, I visited Kastoria in the north/west of the country, near the Albanian and Macedonian border.
Kastoria is a city with strong Byzantine features, which nests around the lake of Kastoria, beneath the Pindos mountain range. It was a very personal trip as I originate from this part of Greece, but left at a very young age and had not returned since.
Disregarding the singularity of their different architectural styles, I was struck by the similarities between the Kastoria region and where I eventually settled in Skopelos.
Both are girded by respective mountain ranges (albeit the proportions of the mountains are quite different - Vitsi, the highest of the Kastoria mountains, remains snow capped in the middle of the high summer!); both offer beautiful dramatic vistas; both offer magnificent wild nature and both have historic Old Towns - unique in architecture - sprawling high up hillsides from their busy, sociable waterfronts.
Returning to Skopelos - alive with the scents and sights of springtime growth - I couldn't help but reflect that, like plants, perhaps we prefer to lay our roots in familiar soils...