Through the eyes of Eva Divari
I knew of Maria from the Shipping community and the WISTA (Women in Shipping and Trading Association) meetings. I truly noticed her though, an evening when I heard her talk passionately about her favorite island, Astypalea.
The island’s beaches, the magical sunrise and the romantic sunset. Its people, delicacies, traditions and its indulging beauty, the crystal clear seawater and the endless blue of the Aegean Sea.
Her eyes were shining whilst she spoke of her vision for her birth place. And when she mentioned Kallichoron Art Boutique Hotel, I immediately sensed it was a unique place. I was surprised when she called and proposed to exhibit my artwork at the hotel. However, the charm of Astypalea that was bestowed upon me that night, persuaded me to pay a visit to this very special island and meet Maria’s business partner, Carolina and the team.
The business philosophy of these two women is loyal to Green entrepreneurship in harmony with the natural beauty of the island. They both strive, innovate, endeavor and set goals that they achieve.
But their biggest advantage is the breathtaking view from Kallichoron. Captivating nights with the Venetian castle glistening among the clouds, even in winter time, that welcome the pale pink dawn, followed by noon that douses the castle with light, and avails itself to the magical colors of the sunset. All these images were keeping me fixed on the balcony.
What other reason did I need to be convinced and become part of such an inspiring project despite the logistical difficulties?
The natural beauty, the stunning sunrise in the Aegean Sea, the challenge to explore the hidden beauties, each beach and the endless purifying blue, the desire to dive in the water and enjoy the peace it promises. To walk around the picturesque Chora and experience the serene island life.
But above all, I was won over by the vision and the passion of these two women, who truly love what they’re doing and the respect they pay to the authentic Greek hospitality.