Blue Zone: Ikaria Greece
We spent a week on the Island of Ikaria in a 7-day cooking and culture class with Diane Kochilas learning the Ikarian lifestyle. Ikaria is one of five Blue Zones. Blue Zones are locations in the world where a larger than "normal" amount of residents live with vitality into their 100s!
We had endless experiences, learnings and views of peace and natural beauty. We learned to slow down, savor and appreciate the flavors of our meals and Jeff learned many cooking tips and Greek recipes (which thankfully he is still making - as Greek food is Liz's favorite). We visited a Bee Colony and then the Honey "Factory", milked goats and then made goat cheese, went on a foraging hike learning about the medicinal purposes of flora, and we went to a Panagiria!
We hope to visit all five Blue Zones! (Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Nicoya, Costa Rica; Ikaria, Greece, and Loma Linda, California).