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Ξεκινά το μεγάλο ταξίδι της Ολυμπιακής Φλόγας... | Patrisnews

Ξεκινά το μεγάλο ταξίδι της Ολυμπιακής Φλόγας... | Patrisnews | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Το μεσημέρι της Κυριακής 29 Σεπτεμβρίου, θα ξεκινήσει το μεγάλο ταξίδι της Ολυμπιακής Φλόγας για τους Χειμερινούς Ολυμπιακούς Αγώνες «Σότσι 2014», μετά την Τελετή Αφής που θα πραγματοποιηθεί στις 12:00 το μεσημέρι στην Ιερή Άλτη.

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"Most Romantic Historic Hotel of Europe", the Winner is: Esperas Santorini

"Most Romantic Historic Hotel of Europe", the Winner is: Esperas Santorini | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Historic Hotels of Europe, Hotel Esperas Santorini, Oia, Santorini Island, Greece. Mansion hotels and luxury seaside accommodation in Santorini, Greek islands.
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Awarded with the Historic Hotels of Europe Most Romantic Hotel Award for 2015!
The Esperas Santorini is one of the most alluring hideaways on Santorini, an island famous for its stunning beauty, but if the awesome island landscape is not enough, this is one hotel that will make the entire island experience one that only dreams could replace. Perched high on the rocky cliffs of Oia, each traditional island house in the Collection is carved into the rock and preserved to accentuate the unique characteristics of island architecture and décor, complete with private terrace to bask in the magnificent views of the volcanic sea below. 

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The Greek Islands in the Top 10 destinations for 2015 - Independent.ie

The Greek Islands in the Top 10 destinations for 2015 - Independent.ie | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
The year has barely begun, and already we've got wanderlust. Here are our Top Ten global destinations for the year ahead.
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photo: islet Kastri near Kos Dodecanese, S.Aegean sea, Greece

 

Why: You'd be hard pushed to find a holiday spot as beautiful as the Greek Islands. Time and again, blissed-out holidaymakers head back for whitewashed walls, cobalt blue waters, tiny coves and the chance to gorge on Greek cuisine. Despite a tricky few years, there are signs of a comeback for the tourism industry in Greece, which makes now a great time to visit. Falcon has added Kos to Rhodes on its brochures this year, and Aer Lingus flies direct to Corfu.

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The Goddess Athena and her Sacred Temple, The Parthenon

The Goddess Athena and her Sacred Temple, The Parthenon | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Goddess Athena was greatly revered by the ancient Greeks. One of her many epithets, Pallada (or Pallas), was owed to the peculiarity of her birth. According to legend, she sprang forth from the forehead of her father Zeus, fully armed and shaking her spear fiercely, making a fearsome sound. The word Pallada is derived from the Greek word ‘pallein’ which means ‘to shake’.

This divine young virgin was among other things, the goddess of wisdom and justice. Her sacred symbols include the owl and the olive tree. According to legend, she challenged Poseidon on the Athens Acropolis aiming to win the patronship of the city. The two Gods agreed to each offer a gift before king Cecrops and the witnessing Athenians; the better gift would grant the deity the greatly desired patronship status.

Poseidon went first, striking the Acropolis Rock with his trident to produce the Sea of Erechtheus; a salt spring. As the myth goes, the Athenians weren’t particularly impressed with this gift, as the water wasn’t fit to drink. Poseidon then offered a second gift, a horse, to be used for war. When Athena’s turn came, she struck the ground with her spear and an olive tree sprouted from it swiftly; a magnificent gift to be used for nourishment, beauty and light in the dark. King Cecrops and the people of Athens favored the gift of the olive tree and declared Athena the patron deity of the city that inevitably took on her name.

According to myth, Poseidon was enraged by this and stormed to western Attica, where he flooded the Thriasian Plain. His rivalry with Athena, even though she is his niece, is legendary in Greek mythology. Homer’s Odyssey illustrates it heavily, telling the world of this fearsome uncle and his cunning niece who fight over the fate of Odysseus. The cunning Greek king and his loyal crew roamed the sea for years, going through infamous trials and tribulations as they made their way back home to Ithaca after the Trojan War. Although Poseidon tried to lead Odysseus to his demise, furious with him for blinding his beloved son, The Cyclops Polyphemus, Athena kept going against his will assisting Odysseus out of difficult situations, until he made it safely home back to his palace and faithful wife, Penelope.
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run the lake | Γενικές Πληροφορίες

run the lake | Γενικές Πληροφορίες | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Η λίμνη Βουλιαγμένης, ο Σύλλογος Δρομέων Νοτίων Προαστίων ‘ΕΥΚΛΗΣ’ και ο Οργανισμός Αθλητισμού Πολιτισμού & Παιδικής Αγωγής (ΟΑΠΠΑ), υπό την αιγίδα του Δήμου Βάρης–Βούλας–Βουλιαγμένης και της Ελληνικής Ομοσπονδίας Συλλόγων Μαζικού Λαϊκού Αθλητισμού – Υπεραποστάσεων (ΕΟΛΣΜΑ-Υ), με  την ευγενική χορηγία και υποστήριξη της Λίμνης Βουλιαγμένης–Τουριστικές Επιχειρήσεις ΑΕ, τη συμμετοχή και υποστήριξη στον εθελοντικό τομέα του ΚΕΘΕΑ, σας προσκαλούν στον λαϊκό αγώνα δρόμου με εκκίνηση και τερματισμό τη Λίμνη Βουλιαγμένης και διαδρομή περιμετρικά της θάλασσας στους κόλπους της Βουλιαγμένης και του Καβουριού.

ΣΚΟΠΟΣ ΤΟΥ ΑΓΩΝΑ

Σκοπός του αγώνα είναι η οικονομική ενίσχυση του Κοινωνικού Ξενώνα Βουλιαγμένης και του Παιδικού Χωριού SOS Βάρης  για την εκπλήρωση του οποίου θα διατεθεί το μεγαλύτερο μέρος των χρημάτων από τις εισφορές των συμμετοχών και των χορηγιών, καθώς και είδη πρώτης ανάγκης (κλινοσκεπάσματα, φάρμακα, τρόφιμα και βιβλία).
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Δικαίωμα συμμετοχής έχουν όλοι οι δρομείς άνω των 18 ετών. Οι δρομείς συμμετέχουν με απόλυτη προσωπική τους ευθύνη. Αποδέχονται πως υπεύθυνα δηλώνουν κατά τους όρους του άρθρου 8 του Ν. 1599/1986, έχοντας γνώση των σχετικών κυρώσεων, ότι έχουν προβεί στις απαραίτητες ιατρικές εξετάσεις από τις οποίες αποδεικνύεται ότι είναι υγιείς για να μετάσχουν στον αγώνα,  παραιτούνται δε από κάθε απαίτηση εναντίον του ‘ΕΥΚΛΗΣ’ για τυχόν βλάβη ή ζημία από οποιαδήποτε αιτία.

Επίσης, ρητώς αποδέχονται και παρέχουν τη  συναίνεσή τους στη λήψη φωτογραφιών, υλικού βίντεο και στην προβολή του γεγονότος, του ονόματός τους και της εικόνας τους σε οποιοδήποτε ενημερωτικό έντυπο, μέσο μαζικής επικοινωνίας ή κοινωνικό δίκτυο εφόσον το επιλέξει ο ‘ΕΥΚΛΗΣ’  για την προβολή της διοργάνωσης.

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19-Year-Old 'Greek Freak' Is Doing Things That Should Terrify The Rest Of The NBA

19-Year-Old 'Greek Freak' Is Doing Things That Should Terrify The Rest Of The NBA | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Only a handful of NBA players have as much potential as Giannis Antetokounmpo, the so-called Greek Freak who's having a breakout year for the Milwaukee Bucks.
Antetokounmpo is just 19 years old. He's 6'11" with a 7'3" wingspan. Hardcore NBA followers have been watching him since he came into the league in 2013, and it's only a matter of time before mainstream fans catch on to what he can do.

His ascent isn't going to be as smooth or immediate as that of Anthony Davis. He didn't attend college in the US and had little experience playing against the best teams in Europe when the Bucks drafted him straight out of Greece in 2013.
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The great Victorian beard craze

The great Victorian beard craze | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
The beard fashion of the past 10 years on both sides of the Atlantic mirrors an earlier facial hair craze, which started during the Crimean War, lasted for three decades, and was only entirely stamped out with the invention of the disposable razor in the early 1900s, writes Lucinda Hawksley.
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They were not merely growing the well-coiffed whiskers and neat moustaches hitherto deemed acceptable, but cultivating enormous whiskers that connected to huge, bushy beards and left just about enough space between them and the ever-expanding moustache to allow the owner to eat and speak.

In Britain the return of the beard (the full beard had last been in vogue in Tudor times) was thanks to the Crimean War of 1854-56. Beards had been banned in the British army until this time, but the freezing temperatures of Crimean winters, and the impossibility of getting shaving soap, led to a necessary change.

By the time the last troops returned home, beards were the mark of a hero. Men who had never seen any military action began to grow beards. Within a few years, it was almost impossible to see a beard-free male face in Victorian Britain - except in Buckingham Palace, as Prince Albert refused to conform to the fashion.

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Panos Kakaviatos on why it is time to get excited about Greek wine again - Harpers Wine & Spirit Trade Review (registration)

Panos Kakaviatos on why it is time to get excited about Greek wine again - Harpers Wine & Spirit Trade Review (registration) | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
From a smooth and structured Rossiu di Munte Yiniets 2009 by Katogi Averoff (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) to the chocolately hutzpah of Avaton by Ktima Gerovassiliou PGI Epanomi 2011, with three Greek varieties (Limnio, Mavroudi and Mavrotragano),...
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Four Greek Americans Elected in U.S. Senate

Four Greek Americans Elected in U.S. Senate | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
The results of the elections saw Republican Gus Bilirakis re-elected in Florida in the House of Representatives, Democrat John Sarbanes in Maryland, Democrat Niki Tsongas (wife of late presidential candidate Paul Tsongas) in Massachussetts, and Democrat Dina Titus in Nevada.

Cypriot American Charlie Crist, who was candidate for governor in Florida in the Democrat ticket, was not elected. It should be noted that Crist was governor of Florida until 2010 with the Republican party.

Greek American candidates were also elected in several state and district offices: Republican majority leader Dean Skelos in New York State Senate, Democrat Michael Giannaris in New York State Senate, Democrat Aravella Simotas in New York Assembly Home, Republican Nicole Malliotakis in New York State Assembly Home, and Democrat Leonidas Raptakis in Rhode Island State Senate.
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Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures: Marbles Will Return to Greece | GreekReporter.com

Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures: Marbles Will Return to Greece | GreekReporter.com | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
His belief that the Parthenon marbles now in display at London's British Museum will ultimately return to Greece, expressed the chairman of the International
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25 Secret European Villages, #Folégandros, #Greece

25 Secret European Villages, #Folégandros, #Greece | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Folégandros, Greece
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There’s no mistaking it, this tranquil spot in the Cyclades has nothing in common with neighboring Santorini: no building stands above two stories, no cruise ships pull into port, and there are no boutiques or fancy restaurants. Instead, on this remote island in the Aegean, waves crash on pebbled beaches, goats scurry up the hills, and an old wooden windmill twists in the salty breeze. It’s a delightfully quiet escape for those who have grown tired of Greece’s more trammeled getaways.

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Υποθαλάσσιο μουσείο το ναυάγιο των Αντικυθήρων

Υποθαλάσσιο μουσείο το ναυάγιο των Αντικυθήρων | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Εντυπωσιακά ευρήματα φαίνεται πως κρύβει το ναυάγιο των Αντικυθήρων το οποίο για πρώτη φορά χαρτογραφήθηκε στο σύνολο του.

Αυτό τουλάχιστον αποκάλυψε η προϊσταμένη της Εφορείας Εναλίων Αρχαιοτήτων Αγγελική Σίμωσι, που ωστόσο δεν αποκάλυψε λεπτομέρειες για τα φετινά ευρήματα αν και παραδέχθηκε ότι το συγκεκριμένο ναυάγιο θα μπορούσε να χαρακτηριστεί «πλωτό μουσείο».

Η ανασκαφή σε βάθος 55 μέτρων βρίσκεται σε εξέλιξη και θα ολοκληρωθεί στις 15 Οκτωβρίου, αλλά πιθανόν την ερχόμενη Πέμπτη να γίνουν επίσημες ανακοινώσεις επί του θέματος από τον υπουργό Πολιτισμού Κώστα Τασούλα.
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Ένα υποθαλάσσιο μουσείο κρύβεται στο ναυάγιο των Αντικυθήρων! 

Σημαντικά ευρήματα προέκυψαν κατά τη διάρκεια της υπερσύγχρονης υποβρύχιας έρευνας που συντελείται στο ναυάγιο των Αντικυθήρων με την συμμετοχή διεθνούς ομάδας αρχαιολόγων. http://bit.ly/ZPmhVM

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#Clinton Global Initiative to Host #CGI Mediterranean in June 2015 in #Athens, #Greece

#Clinton Global Initiative to Host #CGI Mediterranean in June 2015 in #Athens, #Greece | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
During the 10th Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, President Bill Clinton, Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton announced the CGI Mediterranean meeting, to be held in Athens, Greece in June 2015.

“The CGI Mediterranean meeting will bring leaders together to address critical regional challenges such as youth unemployment and social and economic volatility through new Commitments to Action, and to showcase the region’s enormous potential for growth,” said President Bill Clinton.

“I’ve been honored to serve as a CGI convening sponsor for the past five years. I love the CGI ethos of turning ideas into action. That’s why, today, I am proud to announce I will sponsor the first CGI Mediterranean event to bring the Clinton Global Initiative legacy of leadership and action to my own country,” said Ambassador Gianna Angelopoulos, who joined President Clinton for the announcement and is the founding sponsor of CGI Mediterranean.
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In addition to the CGI Annual Meeting in September, CGI hosts a number of convenings throughout the year, including CGI America and CGI University. For the past two years, Ambassador Angelopoulos has encouraged Greek students to submit proposals to CGI University, and funded their projects after launch. CGI has also brought its model of commitment-making to international settings, as well as hosting issue-focused meetings to create partnerships and develop new Commitments to Action on a global challenge.

CGI Mediterranean continues that tradition. Participants will develop solutions for long-term economic growth and competitiveness for countries in the Mediterranean region by generating commitments in areas such as youth employment, economic development, job creation, and green growth.

- See more at: http://usa.greekreporter.com/2014/10/03/clinton-global-initiative-to-host-cgi-mediterranean-in-june-2015-in-athens-greece/#sthash.geovFnAo.dpuf

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Αποσύρθηκε αρχαία μαρμάρινη κεφαλή του Ερμή από δημοπρασία των Bonhams

Αποσύρθηκε αρχαία μαρμάρινη κεφαλή του Ερμή από δημοπρασία των Bonhams | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Αποσύρθηκε αρχαία μαρμάρινη κεφαλή Ερμή από δημοπρασία των Bonhams μετά από αίτημα του ελληνικού υπουργείου Πολιτισμού
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Επισκέψιμοι χώροι τέσσερα ναυάγια σε Σποράδες και Παγασητικό

Επισκέψιμοι χώροι τέσσερα ναυάγια σε Σποράδες και Παγασητικό | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Σύμφωνα με τη μελέτη, επισκέψιμοι ενάλιοι αρχαιολογικοί χώροι κηρύσσονται:

το ναυάγιο στη νήσο Περιστέρα (Αλόννησο), που χρονολογείται στον 5ο αιώνα π. Χ. και το οποίο αποτελείται από μια συσσώρευση αμφορέων σε δύο επάλληλα στρώματα, μήκους 25 μ. και πλάτους 12 μ.
το βυζαντινό ναυάγιο στη νησίδα Κίκυνθο, συλημένο από το παρελθόν και με ελάχιστα δείγματα κεραμικής να το χρονολογούν μεταξύ 9ου και 13ου αιώνα.
το ναυάγιο στη θέση Άκρα Γλάρος, επίσης της βυζαντινής περιόδου, στο οποίο βρίσκονται κατά χώραν άγκυρες (που ίσως υποδεικνύουν και την ύπαρξη κι άλλου ναυαγίου στην περιοχή).
το ναυάγιο στη θέση Τηλέγραφος των μέσων του 4ου αι. μ.Χ., που λόγω της μεγάλης κλίσης του βυθού έχει διασπαρθεί σε μεγάλη έκταση.
Σύμφωνα με το σχέδιο της σχετικής κοινής υπουργικής απόφασης, που επίσης παρουσιάστηκε  και πήρε το «πράσινο φως» από τα μέλη του ΚΑΣ, στους παραπάνω επισκέψιμους ενάλιους χώρους θα επιτρέπονται, μεταξύ άλλων, η καθοδηγούμενη κατάδυση σε βάθος ώς και 40 μ. των επισκεπτών -υπό συνοδεία δυτών οργανωμένης κατάδυσης και της Εφορείας Εναλίων Αρχαιοτήτων, που θα έχει και την εποπτεία- για επισκόπηση του βυθού με ή χωρίς τη χρήση αυτόνομων αναπνευστικών συσκευών, η ερασιτεχνική φωτογράφηση και η επισκόπηση του βυθού με σκάφη διαφανούς πυθμένα.
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Μελέτη για την ανάδειξη τεσσάρων ναυαγίων σε επισκέψιμους ενάλιους αρχαιολογικούς χώρους, σε θαλάσσιες περιοχές των Σποράδων και στον δυτικό Παγασητικό, ενέκρινε το Κεντρικό Αρχαιολογικό Συμβούλιο.

Όπως επισημάνθηκε στο Συμβούλιο, η μελέτη, που εκπόνησε η Εφορεία Εναλίων Αρχαιοτήτων, εντάσσεται σε ένα ευρύτερο σχέδιο ανάπτυξης του ενάλιου πλούτου, αλλά και του καταδυτικού τουρισμού, το οποίο προωθεί το υπουργείο Τουρισμού και η περιφέρεια Θεσσαλίας, σε συνεργασία με το υπουργείο Πολιτισμού.

Το έργο, που χρηματοδοτείται από επιχειρησιακά προγράμματα του ΕΣΠΑ, παρακολουθεί ειδική επιτροπή, μέλη της οποίας είναι η Εφορεία Εναλίων Αρχαιοτήτων και η Διεύθυνση Προϊστορικών και Κλασικών Αρχαιοτήτων του ΥΠΠΟ.

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η γειτονιά με τα κόκκινα φώτα (Τρούμπα) στον Πειραιά ... ξαναζεί !

η γειτονιά με τα κόκκινα φώτα (Τρούμπα) στον Πειραιά ... ξαναζεί ! | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Trouba, the infamous red light district of old in Piraeus, Greece, will relive its “glory” moments tonight as part of the New Year’s Eve celebrations.

The most infamous neighborhood of Piraeus that went down in history for its brothels, cabarets and seedy bars, will see the red lights turned on once more as two bars that currently operate in the area will stage a theme night for tonight’s turn of the year.

The theme is, of course, a revival of the 1950s and 1960s where the cabarets of the area were at full swing and seafarers jumped from one seedy joint to another. Entitled “Red Light District New Years Eve 2015,” the event is sponsored by Mahayana Records and the area will glow with red lights. Troubar and Lola’s Bar are the two bars where people can welcome the new year dancing and drinking.

The history of Trouba began a little after the German occupation with the appearance of the first brothels. The port of Piraeus and the ever-changing rabble of seafarers was conducive to creating a red light district in the area.

Trouba flourished in the 1950s and the 1960s with most common visitors being seafarers, shady characters and the sailors of U.S. 6th Fleet. Cabarets such as the famous “John Bull” or “Black Cat” promised all kinds of pleasures to hungry seamen. The brothels of the area made many panderers rich and generated folk-lore stories of suffering prostitutes with hearts of gold. The 1963 movie “The Red Lights” is a good depiction of Trouba and the characters who inhabited it.

The arrival of the military junta in 1967 changed all that. Piraeus Mayor Aristides Skylitsis shut down all the seedy places, Trouba was reconstructed and most new buildings started housing shipping companies.
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Not just for summer: 6 reasons to head to Greece in winter

Not just for summer: 6 reasons to head to Greece in winter | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Greece is so closely linked to summer vacations that it rarely features in winter escape plans.
That's a shame, because while it rules the Mediterranean in the heat of July and August, it's also got some pretty cool moves in the dead of December.
Falling temperatures sprinkle new magic on stone-built villages lost in deep forests and medieval castles built into that beautiful Greek coastline.
Throw vibrant cities into the mix, along with buzzing ski resorts -- yes, ski resorts -- and a whole new perspective of the country opens up.
Here are six classy places to consider for a Greek winter getaway.
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Mediterranean Diet Associated with Longevity

Mediterranean Diet Associated with Longevity | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
The findings published in the British Medical Journal included data from 4,676 women from the Nurses’ Health Study — an ongoing study running since 1976 that has been following over 120,000 nurses from the United States. The participants filled out food frequency questionnaires periodically (about every 4 years), and had blood tests for measurement of telomere length. The Alternate Mediterranean Diet Score was used to assess adherence to the diet.

The results showed that greater adherence to a Mediterranean diet — characterized by high intake of vegetables, olive oil, fruit, legumes and less red meat and saturated fats — was significantly associated with longer telomere length.

The researchers noted that oxidative stress can accelerate telomere weakening and the established effect of the Mediterranean diet on oxidative stress may explain its effect on telomere length.

The researchers concluded that the results further support the benefits of adherence to the Mediterranean diet for promoting health and longevity.
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The American College of Greece | pages

The American College of Greece | pages | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Welcome to the American College of Greece, which consists of three divisions PIERCE, DEREE & ALBA. Join the oldest and largest US accredited college in Europe!
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Heritage Greece 2015 is an unforgettable journey to Greece tailored to connect students with their Greek identity and roots through a cultural immersion experience! The program was developed by the National Hellenic Society and is hosted by the American College of Greece.

Heritage Greece is a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore Greek heritage, culture and identity with a peer group of students from the US and Greece. Students learn language skills within the context of modern Greece and travel to important archaeological locations. Visits to an island and related sites and activities will facilitate strong connections with students’ Greek roots and identity.

The program is a gift from the National Hellenic Society to the selected candidates.

- See more at: http://www.acg.edu/admissions/study-abroad/heritage-greece#sthash.97P4sCTq.dpuf

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Mediterranean diet 'combats obesity'

Mediterranean diet 'combats obesity' | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
A Mediterranean diet may be a better way of tackling obesity than calorie counting, leading doctors have said.
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Mediterranean diets may help reduce the risk of heart attacks, researchers say.

Better than statins

And they make the case for a Mediterranean diet, including fruit and vegetables, nuts and olive oil, citing research suggesting it quickly reduces the risk of heart attacks and strokes, and may be better than low-fat diets for sustained weight loss.

The lead author, cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra, says the scientific evidence is overwhelming.

"What's more responsible is that we tell people to concentrate on eating nutritious foods.


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Santorini and Crete among top hotel destinations - Kathimerini

Santorini and Crete among top hotel destinations - Kathimerini | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
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Santorini and Crete among top hotel destinations
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The Greek islands of Santorini (pictured) and Crete have made it into the list of the world's top 25 tourism destinations with the best hotels, compiled by Agoda.com.
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Documentary on Iconic Greek-Jewish Singer to Premiere In London | Greek Reporter Europe

Documentary on Iconic Greek-Jewish Singer to Premiere In London | Greek Reporter Europe | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
On November 6, 2014, Roy Sher’s award-winning international feature documentary on the life of the iconic Greek-Jewish singer Roza Eskenazi will premiere in London. “My Sweet Canary” follows the life of three young musicians – Mehtap Demir, Tomer Katz and Martha D. Lewis – as they trace Eskenazi’s exuberant musical journey and explore the history of rebetiko music.
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The UK premiere will be a charity event for the Leukaemia Cancer Society and will be followed by a UK release from Cineworld on November 7. The documentary has already been screened across the globe throughout Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA, India and Europe and it is in Greek with English subtitles.

Eskenazi was born in the mid-1890s in Constantinople. She was a famous Greek-Jewish singer of rebetiko and Greek folk music who rose to fame in the 1920s. She was an amazing singer whose voice and charisma captivated audiences. She was mostly known for giving a voice to the poor and desperate Greek lower-class.

Over the years, she recorded hundreds of songs and was the first Greek female performer who extended her career in the US. She sang in Greek, Turkish, Armenian, Arabic, Yiddish, Ladino and Italian, while she also wrote many of her songs.

Eskenazi played a significant role during the German occupation of Greece. Thanks to a fake baptism certificate, she was not deported despite her Jewish roots. She remained in Athens where she opened a nightclub and would hide resistance fighters and British soldiers in her home. She was exposed in 1943 and spent 3 months in prison before being released.

Eskenazi spent her twilight years in peace at her home in Kipoupoli. Although she was a Jew from birth, she converted to the Greek Orthodox faith in 1976 and was renamed Rozalia Eskenazi. Within two years, she began to show symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. She died on December 2, 1980.

- See more at: http://eu.greekreporter.com/2014/11/05/documentary-on-iconic-greek-jewish-singer-to-premiere-in-london/#sthash.6BKbuzkJ.dpuf

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Milos Crafts's curator insight, November 6, 2014 10:54 AM

I don't know if it's possible to describe how wonderful Rembetiko music is!  Imagine love, passion, lust, angst and longing,  with highlights of humor and low-lights of wickedness, all written into music on the fumes of illegally smoked substances. 

 

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25 Secret European Villages, #Kardamili, #Greece

25 Secret European Villages, #Kardamili, #Greece | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Kardamili, Greece
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If you’ve heard murmurs that the jagged mountains and white-sand beaches of the Mani region are worth the trip from Athens, you’re not alone. Insiders head there for a traditional experience: authentic Greek salads and moussaka at Lela’s Taverna before spending the evening at the Elies Hotel’s outdoor patio, which overlooks the Gulf of Messenia. About three hours away on the Ionian Sea is the 765-room Costa Navarino resort with an observatory and tourism office dedicated to sustaining the village’s community and seafront.

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Missing Amphipolis Sphinx Head Discovered | GreekReporter.com

Missing Amphipolis Sphinx Head Discovered | GreekReporter.com | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Another amazing discovery has surfaced on the Amphipolis dig, Greece. The missing head of the Sphinx "guarding" the tomb's entrance was finally discovered.
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The Sphinx’s head is intact, with minimal breakage on the nose. It has a height of 0.60m and it is assigned to the body of the eastern Sphinx. Made of marble, the head has signs of red color on its curly hair (falling onto its left shoulder) that is tied with a white stripe. It carries a pole and archaeologists characterize it as a sculpture of exceptional art. The head was found in a depth of 15cm inside a marble threshold. In addition, fragments of the Sphinx’s wings were discovered in the same chamber.

In a press release, the Greek Culture Ministry underlined that the excavation is in full progress, having reached the entire surface of the third chamber (4.5m x 6m) in a depth of 5.20m from the tomb’s top. In the coming days, archaeologists have scheduled the removal of fallen limestones from the third tomb chamber’s interior and parts of a newly uncovered gate will be revealed.

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UNESCO accepts role of arbiter in Parthenon Marbles row

UNESCO accepts role of arbiter in Parthenon Marbles row | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Greece’s bid to establish its demand for the return of Parthenon Marbles from the British Museum in London to the Acropolis Museum in Athens more firmly on the international agenda came a step closer this week after UNESCO agreed to act as arbiter in the dispute between Greece and the UK.

“Greece’s aim was just that: the publication of an announcement in which third countries would encourage Great Britain to accept the arbitration process,” Culture Minister Costas Tasoulas told Kathimerini following the UNESCO announcement.

UNESCO’s committee unanimously agreed for the international heritage organization to mediate in talks between the two countries for the return of the marbles, removed from the Parthenon by Lord Elgin in the early 1800s. Britain, however, is under no obligation to accept the arbitration.

In a related development, the Greek Culture Ministry has submitted an application with UNESCO to have the ancient city of Philippi in eastern Macedonia listed as a world heritage site.
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Σταυρούλα Τσολακίδου: Μια Ελληνίδα παγκόσμια πρωταθλήτρια στο σκάκι

Σταυρούλα Τσολακίδου: Μια Ελληνίδα παγκόσμια πρωταθλήτρια στο σκάκι | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Είναι ένα κορίτσι που κατάφερε να φέρει ξανά στο ελληνικό προσκήνιο το σκάκι. Μια μαθήτρια από την Καβάλα, η οποία πέρυσι, σε ηλικία 13 ετών, γινόταν παγκόσμια πρωταθλήτρια αποσπώντας διεθνή αναγνώριση.
Γνήσιο ταλέντο, όπως εκτιμούν έμπειροι παράγοντες του αθλήματος, η Σταυρούλα Τσολακίδου έχει δυνατότητες να εξελιχθεί σε σκακίστρια μεγάλης ακτινοβολίας.
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