Yiouli was born in Athens and lives in the city with her family. She studied history and archaeology at the University of Athens, and became a licensed guide for the city in 2005.
Although trained as an architect, Nikitas lives and breathes Greek cuisine. Beginning at an early age with weekly treks to the Athenian markets with his two grandmothers, Nikitas has surrounded himself with skilled home-cooking and the specialty foods of Greece throughout his life. He has been conducting tours in his hometown for many years: what began as small walks with friends from abroad in the late 1970s have morphed into critically-acclaimed culinary adventures in Athens' central market. Nikitas' walks are equally focused on food, the people, and the city, producing a rare insider's glimpse into the food culture of Athens.
Smaro was born in Piraeus, lives in Athens, and has family roots in Greek Macedonia. As an undergraduate she majored in sociology and later studied at the School for Professional Tourist Guides and finally went on to complete her MA in Cultural Heritage Studies at University College London. She has been guiding all around Greece since 1998. Fluent in Greek, English, and Italian, Smaro has also lead tours for Stanford, Harvard, Yale and other Ivy League Alumni groups; Swan Hellenic; Abercrombie & Kent; the British Museum; the National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions; the American Institute of Archaeology; the Biblical Archaeology Society; the Smithsonian Institution and several universities. She enjoys reading, traveling, trekking, scuba diving, teaching and – still - studying!
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