The organisation organized a trip to the island...
organisation organized a trip of the island. On the road we saw the
beatiful landscape of the island and we were very impressed by the range of plants, trees, flowers
that grow on this island. We have also seen the volcano that is not active
anymore today, but the most interesting thing for us was seing mastic trees that
even grow in some areas of the world, they only produce the aromatic resin only
if grown here on Chios.
Our first stop was in one village called Mesta, which we will all remember for its original and
medieval arhitecture and atmosfere, huge brick paved mazes with peaceful people witch share their life between work, church and community. We entered an orthodox church and listened to a special ceremony in time of Easter. We also had a chance to chew natural mastic gum,
taking into account that in this village a big part of the population are
growing mastic trees. Some of us liked it some of us didn’t.
One other village that cought our attention out of all the villages that we
visited was one called Pirgi. What made this village special in comparison to
the other villages are the geometrical patterns that decorate all the houses of
the village. The decorated houses are like in most of the villages of the island
very close forming a fortress.
A few minutes by bus further there was a beach full of black pebbles called
Mavra Volia. It's worth to be mentioned here together with some other places
that cought our attention. We were told that the lava coming from one of the two
non-active volcanoes that enclose the beach is what gave the black color to the
pebbles covering the area.
Along with other villages and beaches and monasteries and people that we've seen
and met during our trip on the island reasured us that the island has more than
the dazzling natural beauty, it also has the human element that gives it it's