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Plastiras Lake: an ideal destination for each season

Lake Plastiras in Thessaly, is a getaway destination for thousands of tourists all over the world each season, as it offers a variety of opportunities and activities for more or less adventurous types. The summits of Agrafa are ideal for climbing and the mountainous slopes are perfect for hiking or skiing.

The area’s terrain has a strange landscape filled with slopes and cliffs. Air sports are ideal for anyone who wants to increase their adrenaline. On the other hand, the blue and green colours of lake waters create the perfect setting for relaxation and recreation all year round. Especially boating, fishing and swimming are visitors’ favourites.

Horse-riding and shooting are also a priceless experience in Lake Plastiras. You can also rent mountain bikes, water-bikes, canoes, wind-surfing boards and other equipment suitable for lake sports. What’s more you can go for a swim or rod-fishing, near Pezoula and the Botanical Gardens. At Lake Plastiras, you may only fish with a rod, for the protection of the environment. It is a funny way if you wish to try your luck and have a fun experience.


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You have to be careful as it is strictly forbidden to use any engine boat or water vehicle in the lake, however there are special water bicycles you can use, which are also funnier.

If photo shooting is your hobby then this beautiful landscape will definitely fill you with excitement! You can free your talent and take as many photos as you wish in order to remember this magnificent art of nature.

In terms of sightseeing you can visit the Monastery of Panagia Plelekiti, absolutely visit the artificial dam created the Lake Plastiras. What’s more, time permitting, you can also see the observatory, from where you can admire the stunning natural surroundings of Lake Plastiras.

For your accommodation you opt for Titagion Boutique Hotel built in the village of Ag. Athanasios on the eastern banks of Lake Plastira, 800m. above sea level. The hotel stands in a privileged position offering panoramic views over the lake.

It is really worth to visit Lake Plastiras as it is a unique experience for each visitor when combined with horse-riding, fishing, and other activities as well.

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Your Period and Travelling: What to Do

Whether it is going on a surfari, travelling for several hours on a bus or overland, or hiking through the mountains, it is Sod’s Law that your period will surprise you right at the beginning of one of these holidays. Or any holiday, really. Between fine-tuning all the details of packing and organising a trip, it is easy for something like your period to be forgotten somewhere between visa paperwork and ensuring your vaccinations are up to date. Yet the unexpected arrival of your period is enough to cause serious predicaments whilst on the road, or the mountains, or the sea…you get the idea.

Stock up….

Whilst we might be used to every convenience store in the West offering a decent supply of tampons and pads, not all parts of the world are as readily-equipped. If you plan on travelling to remote villages or spending your time sparingly in cities, prepare ahead and pack several boxes of tampons and pads. You might begrudge using up so much precious bag space, but when faced with the dilemma of a four-hour drive to the nearest store, packing those extra necessities won’t seem so inconsequential. Even if you plan on spending most of your travels in metropolitan areas, be prepared to find that tampons won’t be as readily available as pads in some parts of the world. That said, remember to pack a few pairs of pants that are compatible with pads.

If you would rather not bother with the hassle of packing or searching for hygiene products, the ‘mooncup’ is also a good option. Whilst some might balk at the idea of inserting a silicon cup to collect their menstrual blood, it has several benefits over conventional hygiene products. The reusable silicone means it is more cost-effective and environmentally friendly, and is even compatible with sports like swimming.

Or not….

For those that, put simply, cannot be bothered with the hassle of packing and searching for female hygiene products, the contraceptive pill is the method of choice for avoiding their period. However this approach should be used with caution, as taking multiple pills in a row can cause multiple illnesses like kidney infection. Seek advice from your doctor beforehand, as some pills cannot be used several times in a row. Strictly speaking, only monophasic pills can be used in a row; these pills are taken once a day for twenty-one days, with a seven-day break between starting the next packet. There are other contraceptive treatments available that do not have a break for menstrual bleeding, but these should be discussed with your doctor before taking them.

What have you done about your period whilst on the road?

Photo credit: Ed Yourdon / Foter / CC BY-SA

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