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Το πρόγραμμα Ιανουαρίου για τις δωρεάν ξεναγήσεις σε γειτονιές της Αθήνας

Το πρόγραμμα Ιανουαρίου για τις δωρεάν ξεναγήσεις σε γειτονιές της Αθήνας | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
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•Η συμμετοχή σας είναι έγκυρη ΜΟΝΟ  με δήλωση συμμετοχής στην ηλεκτρονική πλατφόρμα  http://opandaxenagiseis.gr/ ή στην ιστοσελίδα του Οργανισμού www.opanda.gr 

•Οι ενδιαφερόμενοι μπορούν να συμμετέχουν έως και δύο ξεναγήσεις το τρίμηνο

•Πληροφορίες – διευκρινήσεις στο e.konitsioti@opanda.gr  και στο τηλέφωνο  210 3220826, κα Ελένη Κονιτσιώτη.

Το εισιτήριο εισόδου στα μουσεία και τους αρχαιολογικούς χώρους επιβαρύνει τους συμμετέχοντες στην ξενάγηση.

Σε περίπτωση κακοκαιρίας οι ξεναγήσεις στους εξωτερικούς χώρους δεν θα πραγματοποιούνται.

ΠΡΟΓΡΑΜΜΑ  ΙΑΝΟΥΑΡΙΟΣ

Πέμπτη 12 Ιανουαρίου 2017, ώρα 15.00

ΝΕΟ ΜΟΥΣΕΙΟ ΑΚΡΟΠΟΛΗΣ (ΑΡΧΑΙΚΗ ΣΥΛΛΟΓΗ)

Σημείο συγκέντρωσης: Εντός του μουσείου (εκδοτήρια εισιτηρίων),

Διονυσίου Αρεοπαγίτου 15

Ξεναγός: Kασσάνδρα Ποριώτη (έως 50 άτομα)

Παρασκευή 13 Ιανουαρίου 2017, ώρα 15.00

ΜΟΥΣΕΙΟ ΚΥΚΛΑΔΙΚΗΣ ΤΕΧΝΗΣ

Σημείο συγκέντρωσης: Είσοδος του μουσείου, Νεοφύτου Δούκα 4, Κολωνάκι

Ξεναγός: Λαυρεντία Γιαννόλα (έως 35 άτομα)

Παρασκευή 13 Ιανουαρίου 2017, ώρα 17.00

ΝΕΟ ΜΟΥΣΕΙΟ ΑΚΡΟΠΟΛΗΣ

Σημείο συγκέντρωσης: Εντός του μουσείου (εκδοτήρια εισιτηρίων),

Διονυσίου Αρεοπαγίτου 15

Ξεναγός: Στέλλα Γαλανοπούλου (έως 50 άτομα)

Παρασκευή 13 Ιανουαρίου 2017, ώρα 19.00

ΝΕΟ ΜΟΥΣΕΙΟ ΑΚΡΟΠΟΛΗΣ

Σημείο συγκέντρωσης: Εντός του μουσείου (εκδοτήρια εισιτηρίων),

Διονυσίου Αρεοπαγίτου 15

Ξεναγός: Άννα Μπενάκη (έως 50 άτομα)

Σάββατο 14 Ιανουαρίου 2017, ώρα 11.00

 ΒΥΖΑΝΤΙΝΕΣ ΕΚΚΛΗΣΙΕΣ

Σημείο συγκέντρωσης: Μικρή Μητρόπολη

Ξεναγός: Kασσάνδρα Ποριώτη (έως 50 άτομα)

Σάββατο 14 Ιανουαρίου 2017, ώρα 13.00

ΒΥΖΑΝΤΙΝΟ ΚΑΙ ΧΡΙΣΤΙΑΝΙΚΟ ΜΟΥΣΕΙΟ                                                                                

 Έκθεση: «The State Hermitage Museum: Gateway to History»                                               Σημείο Συγκέντρωσης: Eίσοδος του Μουσείου, Βασ. Σοφίας 22                                            Ξεναγός: Λαυρεντία Γιαννόλα (έως 35 άτομα)

Σάββατο 14 Ιανουαρίου 2017, ώρα 10.00

ΠΙΝΑΚΟΘΗΚΗ ΧΑΤΖΗΚΥΡΙΑΚΟΥ ΓΚΙΚΑ-ΜΠΕΝΑΚΗ

Σημείο συγκέντρωσης: Είσοδος της Πινακοθήκης,

Κρυεζώτου 3, Σύνταγμα

Ξεναγός: Θεώνη Κάμπρα (έως 30 άτομα)

Σάββατο 14 Ιανουαρίου, ώρα 12.00

ΟΛΥΜΠΙΕΙΟΝ ΚΑΙ ΚΑΛΛΙΜΑΡΜΑΡΟ

Σημείο συνάντησης: στην είσοδο του Ολυμπιείου

Ξεναγός: Άννα Μπενάκη (έως 50 άτομα)

Πέμπτη 19 1ανουαρίου ώρα 13.00

ΒΥΖΑΝΤΙΝΟ ΚΑΙ ΧΡΙΣΤΙΑΝΙΚΟ ΜΟΥΣΕΙΟ                                                                                

 Έκθεση: «The State Hermitage Museum: Gateway to History»                                               Σημείο Συγκέντρωσης: Eίσοδος του Μουσείου, Βασ. Σοφίας 22                                            Ξεναγός: Λαυρεντία Γιαννόλα (έως 35 άτομα)

Παρασκευή 20 Ιανουαρίου 2017,ώρα 17.00

 ΝΕΟ ΜΟΥΣΕΙΟ ΑΚΡΟΠΟΛΗΣ (κλασσική συλλογή)

Σημείο συγκέντρωσης: Εντός του μουσείου (εκδοτήρια εισιτηρίων),

Διονυσίου Αρεοπαγίτου 15

Ξεναγός: Kασσάνδρα Ποριώτη (έως 50 άτομα)

Παρασκευή 20 Ιανουαρίου 2017,ώρα 13.00

ΛΥΚΕΙΟ ΑΡΙΣΤΟΤΕΛΗ

Σημείο συγκέντρωσης: Ρηγίλλης 1 & Βασιλίσσης Σοφίας

 (Λέσχη Αξιωματικών)

Ξεναγός: Λαυρεντία Γιαννόλα (έως 50 άτομα)

Σάββατο 21 Ιανουαρίου 2017,ώρα 10.30

ΚΕΡΑΜΕΙΚΟΣ

 Σημείο συγκέντρωσης: Είσοδος του αρχαιολογικού χώρου,

Ερμού 144

Ξεναγός: Άρτεμις Σκουμπουρδή (έως 50 άτομα)

Σάββατο 21 Ιανουαρίου, ώρα 11.00

ΕΘΝΙΚΟ ΑΡΧΑΙΟΛΟΓΙΚΟ ΜΟΥΣΕΙΟ (Προϊστορική συλλογή)

Σημείο συγκέντρωσης: Εντός του μουσείου (εκδοτήρια εισιτηρίων),

Πατησίων 44

Ξεναγός:  Κασσάνδρα Ποριώτη (έως 35 άτομα)

Σάββατο 21 Ιανουαρίου, ώρα 10.00

ΠΙΝΑΚΟΘΗΚΗ ΧΑΤΖΗΚΥΡΙΑΚΟΥ ΓΚΙΚΑ-ΜΠΕΝΑΚΗ

Σημείο συγκέντρωσης: Είσοδος της Πινακοθήκης,

Κρυεζώτου 3,Σύνταγμα

Ξεναγός: Θεώνη Κάμπρα (έως 30 άτομα)

Κυριακή 22 Ιανουαρίου, ώρα 11.00

ΜΟΥΣΕΙΟ ΙΣΛΑΜΙΚΗΣ ΤΕΧΝΗΣ - ΜΠΕΝΑΚΗ

Σημείο συγκέντρωσης: Είσοδος του μουσείου,

Αγίων Ασωμάτων 22 & Διπύλου, Θησείο 

Ξεναγός: Θεώνη Κάμπρα (έως 40 άτομα)

Κυριακή 22 Ιανουαρίου 2017, ώρα 11.00

ΕΘΝΙΚΟ ΑΡΧΑΙΟΛΟΓΙΚΟ ΜΟΥΣΕΙΟ (Αίθουσες Γλυπτικής)

Σημείο συγκέντρωσης: Εντός του μουσείου (εκδοτήρια εισιτηρίων),

Πατησίων 44

Ξεναγός: Στέλλα Γαλανοπούλου (έως 35 άτομα)

Πέμπτη  26 Ιανουαρίου 2016, ώρα 17.00

ΜΟΥΣΕΙΟ ΜΠΕΝΑΚΗ (Ισόγειο)

Σημείο συγκέντρωσης :Είσοδος του μουσείου,

 Κουμπάρη 1, Κολωνάκι

Ξεναγός: Άρτεμις Σκουμπουρδή (έως 35 άτομα)

Σάββατο 28 Ιανουαρίου, ώρα 17.00 

'ΙΔΡΥΜΑ ΆΓΓΕΛΟΥ & ΛΗΤΩΣ ΚΑΤΑΚΟΥΖΗΝΟΥ

Σημείο συγκέντρωσης: Είσοδος του Μουσείου

Λεωφ. Αμαλίας 4 , Σύνταγμα

Ξεναγός: Θεώνη Κάμπρα (έως 25 άτομα)

Σάββατο 28 Ιανουαρίου, ώρα 12.00

ΜΝΗΜΕΙΑ ΠΛΑΚΑΣ

Σημείο Συγκέντρωσης: Eκκλησάκι Αγ. Δύναμης, επί της οδού Μητροπόλεως

Ξεναγός Κασσάνδρα Ποριώτη (έως 50 άτομα )

Κυριακή 29 Ιανουαρίου 2017, ώρα 11.00

ΕΘΝΙΚΟ ΑΡΧΑΙΟΛΟΓΙΚΟ ΜΟΥΣΕΙΟ(Αίθουσες Γλυπτικής)

Σημείο συγκέντρωσης: Εντός του μουσείου (εκδοτήρια εισιτηρίων), Πατησίων 44

Ξεναγός: Στέλλα Γαλανοπούλου (έως 35 άτομα)
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Visit These Local Gems in Heraklion

Visit These Local Gems in Heraklion | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Enjoy the Music

Cretan music is slightly different than the traditional music found throughout the rest of Greece. The reason for this is because of the Cretan lyra, a special stringed instrument that is played with a bough, and the Cretan lute, an instrument that is strummed like a guitar. Other traditional musical styles throughout Greece feature the bouzouki, instead. The Alai Cretan Cuisine restaurant in Heraklion has a traditional Cretan band every Thursday night. Sample the local cuisine while taking in the music!

Shop With the Locals

The Laiki Agora, or people’s market, is a time honored Greek tradition that most larger towns and cities adhere to. In Heraklion, the Laiki Agora market takes place every Saturday and is popular with visitors and tourists alike. For locals, this is a chance for them to buy fresh, local food that is straight from the source. Visitors to the city can catch a glimpse of local culture while searching for traditional Cretan goods to bring home.

Learn About Cretan History

Cretans are proud of their history and there are several opportunities throughout Heraklion to explore it. For example, the Heraklion Archaeological Museum is a great place in the city to learn about the past. With artifacts starting in the Neolithic Period (7000-6500 BC) and going all the way up to Roman times, the museum gives a 5000 year overview of the history of Heraklion. You should also visit the ruins of Knossos Palace. Most of the artifacts from the palace, however, are housed in the Archaeological Museum.

Eat Traditional Cretan Food

Experiencing the cuisine on the island of Crete will be one of the highlights of your trip, as long as you find the right places to visit! You will find fresh produce in abundance on the island, and the cuisine reflects this. Ippokambos is a traditional restaurant located near the water and is known for having some of the best seafood in the city. When you arrive at your hotel, just ask them where their favorite restaurant is. If you tell them you want to dine with locals, they’ll point you in the right direction.

Experience Nightlife With the Cretans

When it’s time to hit the town, it’s fun to go wherever the locals go. Cretans love their traditional food and music and many of the popular hotspots feature both.Peninta-Peninta is a local hotspot that also features fresh, local food and even has bands playing traditional Greek music while you dine. Don’t let the fact that it serves food fool you! The best time to go is after 10 PM and continues until people go home, as is typical for most of Greece!
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Kalo Podariko - New Year's Tradition of Smashing Pomegranates

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The Pomegranate on the Front Door

On New Year’s Eve, it is common for Greek families and close friends to gather together to spend time with each other. Each household hangs a pomegranate over the front door during this time of the year. Often, the pomegranate will be placed above or to the side of the front door at Christmas, and it will hang there until it is used on New Year’s Eve. Some families may also get their pomegranate blessed at their local Greek Orthodox Church before hanging it.

Reentering the Home at Midnight

As the time nears midnight, the family members in the household will turn off all the lights and make their way outside of their home. One person will be chosen as especially lucky, and they will be the first to reenter the household. This person will enter first with their right foot. Traditionally, children are chosen for the owner of stepping into the home at midnight. This person. referred to as the First Footer, is tasked with the special moment of being the first one to step into the home. It has to be done right, or else the ritual will not bring the family luck for the New Year!

The Smashing of the Pomegranate

After the First Footer enters, someone else is chosen who has a fresh and clean spirit. This is the person who takes the fruit in their right hand and smashes it against the door. Naturally, many of the pomegranate seeds will be revealed and fall out of the pomegranate. The more seeds that are scattered at the foot of the front door of the home, the more luck that that household will have for the year. If very few seeds are scattered, the luck won’t be as much as it would be if a lot of seeds came out. First footers often practice their technique before New Year’s in order to make sure they bring the family as much luck as possible.

The Mossy Stones

Before the New Year, it is also the tradition to put mossy stones near the front door. Before the other household members reenter the house after the first two, they step on these mossy stones that have been collected from nearby streams and ponds, and this is also considered to be a positive omen for the New Year. It is the tradition for the First Footer to stop on the mossy stones after smashing the pomegranates.

Pomegranates are looked at as a fruit that has the potential to bring luck. If the First Footer does his or her job correctly, the household will experience plenty of good luck throughout the year!
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The Best Guide To #Santorini Island, #Greece

The Best Guide To #Santorini Island, #Greece | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
e refer to it as one, but actually it is a complex of five islands. Santorini (Thira) is the main island and around it Thirasia and Aspronisi (parts of the ancient Stroggili) and the two volcanic islands Palea Kameni and Nea Kameni.

It was one island named Stroggili (circle in Greek) until about 1645 BC, when the volcano in the middle of the island erupted and Caldera was created. The two volcanic islands appeared much later from various eruptions starting from 157 BC until the last one in the 20th century (1950).

Many reasons made this island famous worldwide and more or less we all have seen a picture of it (it was that picture the travel agency used for Greece). There is a talk about the connection between Thira and mythical Atlantis. Also Jules Verne made Santorini famous with its books "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" and "The mysterious island" where captain Nemo and his crew watch the volcano eruption. He was one of the visitors and scientists that came to Thira during the eruptions of 1866 - 1870 and wrote the well known book just after it. It is realy the mysterious island, the volcano rules, the caldera view is the most breathtaking one on the planet!

If you are after the caldera view have a look at Fira, Oia, Imerovigli, Firostefani, Megalochori and Akrotiri.
For the best beaches check Perissa, Kamari, Perivolos, Vlihada and Red beach.

The unique caldera, the energy and the beauty of the island are the most important reasons for being ranked as the top island in Europe and one of the once in a life time must see destinations of the world.

If you want to know how to reach it, Santorini is connected to Piraeus, Thessaloniki, Crete, Rhodes, Kos and all the major Cyclades islands (Mykonos, Paros, Naxos, Sifnos, Milos, Tinos, Syros) by boat and Athens and many countries direct by plane.
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5 Reasons to Celebrate Your New Year in Greece

5 Reasons to Celebrate Your New Year in Greece | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
1. Exchanging Presents

If you’ve given and received presents at your home country on the day of Christmas, you’d be delighted to know that the custom in Greece for giving presents takes place on New Year’s Day. Protohronia, the day of New Year in Greece, is graced by the Greek Santa Claus, Ayios Vasilis, who gives out presents to everyone on the day of the beginning of the New Year. One of the most interesting parts of this custom is that people in Greece often flock to crowded places for last minute present shopping, and young adults and teenagers gather in the town centre to celebrate the strange yet interesting tradition of using foam spray and plastic hammers to declare a fun war on each other. Not only do you get to exchange presents, you also enjoy some entertaining spectacles!

2. Playing Cards

The common belief in Greece is that the New Year brings ample amount of luck. To acknowledge this custom, families in Greece play cards to see who gets the luckiest oncoming year. Gambling, rolling dice, and playing cards is a common custom in Greece on New Year’s Day. Families play these games as the New Year rolls in with a countdown, and indulge in friendly manner of gambling so that there is no strife between the players. This makes for a fun countdown to the New Year and also makes it a lot more exciting a time for everyone involved.

3. Unusual Customs and Traditions

A Greek New Year is one of a kind. There are some really great and unusual customs that the people of Greece follow, which makes the New Year a highly enthusiastic one. This includes things like preparing a cake where a gold coin is hidden so whoever finds it is the luckiest; children are given money as a symbol of starting the year in good faith, the scilla martina plant (sea onion) is hung in homes to bring good luck, ceremonies take place to repel the hobgoblins who are believed to wreak havoc within cities, three-day feasts during the week of New Year are conducted where people wear scary masks to get rid of evil spirits, bonfire nights with indulgent wine are celebrated during a week before the New Year, the village priest and men of the town attend a feast on December 25th have the meal of the Brotherhood etc.

4. Free Concerts and Dancing Through the Night

If you’ve experienced the customs and traditions of a Greek New Year, you’d be pretty interested to indulge in the celebrations that take place throughout a city with the young crowd. Concerts and dancing are common on the night of the New Year’s Eve. Decorations and festivities take place through all the towns, so you wouldn’t have to visit a particular one. However, Athens, which is famous for its beautiful decorations is a sight that shouldn’t be missed at all. The streets and common areas are filled with the local public that indulges in festivities all night. Music and dance are the most fun part of this display.

5. Short Trips and Cruises

Greece is filled with the most picturesque locations, and if you wish to spend your New Year’s Eve on a boat, go ahead and find a cruise that will take you through the mesmerizing parts of some towns and cities where you can witness the brilliant display of fireworks, have some of Greece’s traditional wine and bread, and observe the sprawling water before you during a cruise. Short trips are also organized by some travelling agencies which will help you see the best parts of a New Year celebration in Greece.

Once you’ve spent a New Year’s Eve in Greece, you’ll be visiting it many more times, and with such furore and interesting opportunities to explore, Greece will surely be one of your all-time favourite destinations for a New Year’s celebration in the forthcoming years.
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In The Heavens Above - #Meteora, #Greece 

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I had a similar sense of awe during a recent visit in Meteora, Greece. Meteora which translates roughly to “suspended in air” or “in the heavens above” can be found in central Greece, four and half hours away by car from Athens. Six Greek Orthodox monasteries stand sentry on towering, sandstone pillars.
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Best #Bites of 2016 in #Athens (and Beyond)

Best #Bites of 2016 in #Athens (and Beyond) | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Sea Satin Nino, Korthi Bay, Andros

This is one of those restaurants that a Michelin Guide would rate not merely as “worth the trip” but “worth the detour.” Although it may take an hour’s drive from the port and half an hour from Hora, any meal at Sea Satin Nino is cause for celebration. Chef/owner Dimitris Giginis has a way of imagining locally sourced ingredients in new guises that are both beautiful to look at and totally scrumptious. He cures his own mouth-watering pork fillet (louza), grills a mini-pyramid of Andros cheese, volaki, till the core melts and spills onto a side of sautéed cherry tomatoes, makes an open-faced sandwich of butterflied sardines and shaved pickled onion, tops baby kalamarakia (squid) with pesto sauce – just to name our favorites – all in a pleasantly shaded courtyard off Korthi’s main street. The service is friendly and excellent, and Giginis seems to be fulfilling his goal to make Korthi Bay the gastronomic center of the island. Moreover, his restaurant is open all day every day, even in the dead of winter.

Melilotos

Although the mere mention of Melilotos invariably elicits enthusiastic recommendations from downtowners, this correspondent had never managed to eat there until late November this year. But I leapt at the suggestion and was not disappointed. My dining companion and I sat outside on the pedestrianized street under a heater and studied the menu for ages before deciding on wild mushroom fricassee and salmon en papillote with an herbed crust and delicate mastiha-scented sauce.

The choice was difficult. The menu runs to several pages of traditional dishes with an emphasis on the freshest and best ingredients, cooked with an original twist. We hesitated over chickpeas baked with pumpkin and basil, chicken stew with prunes and quite a range of choice meats for carnivores. The waiter told us the salmon had to be cooked to order and would take 25 minutes, but who was in a rush? A couple of glasses of nice white wine arrived, along with two kinds of delicious bread in a paper bag. By the time we’d mopped up the sauce of the fricassee, our first course, the fish, arrived. It was perfect. So were the service, the lovely ceramic plates and even the decorative place mats. I’ll be going back soon.

To Tavernaki tis Marinas, Corfu

“If you’re in Corfu Town, make sure to have a meal at Marina’s taverna,” a local food-loving friend told us one Sunday morning in October. And as we happened to be in the neighborhood, between the Old Port and the New Fort, we negotiated the mazelike streets until we found it: a cozy room with green walls, modern paintings and solid wooden furniture. We chose a table outside in the almost private, tiny back alley that felt more like a courtyard.

It was late for lunch, so there weren’t too many customers, and we told Marina’s daughter who had sent us and said, “We don’t want a main course, but rather a sampling of your specialties.” What followed was a feast beyond our expectations: possibly the best marinated anchovies we’ve ever tried, a delectable mushroom salad with balsamic dressing, a plate of fried seafood (anchovies, sardines, kalamarakia) and definitely the best grilled grouper. We couldn’t figure out what made it so special; there was some magic going on. Magic was present in our warm welcome, too, and in the bill. But it wasn’t reserved just for us. We later heard that Christopher Hall, in Corfu to film the second season of the PBS/ITV production “The Durrells,” chose To Tavernaki tis Marinas for his end-of-season party for the cast and crew.

— Diana Farr Louis

Seychelles

This eatery in Metaxourgio, with its combination of good food, pleasant atmosphere, friendly service and great prices, is one of those places that never lets you down. I find myself going back there again and again without ever tiring of it.

The menu is seasonal and ever-changing, focusing on Greek cuisine and high quality ingredients. Anna and Fotis, the two passionate owners, clearly love what they do and are always in search of the best small producers around the country. Cheese, sausages, cured meat and fish, handmade pasta, olive oil, capers and more – all are shipped over to Athens, especially for them.

My all-time favorites here are the braised beef cheeks served on crispy hand-cut fried potatoes and the roast lamb with Greek-style egg noodles from Metsovo. The house wine and tsipouro are excellent.

Nolan

A relatively new entry in the Athens food scene, this modern, light-filled restaurant is conveniently located on Voulis Street, near the Parliament and Plaka, and ideal for a more upscale lunch or dinner.

Kostas Pissiotis, the restaurant’s owner was inspired to open this restaurant by the talented, young, half-Greek, half-Japanese chef Sotiris Kontizas, who combines Greek and Asian ingredients and cooking methods.

The simple, straightforward menu focuses more on seafood, but also offers meat and vegetarian options. Dishes are served family-style on ceramic plates made specially for the restaurant and come with your choice of comforting sides: mashed potatoes, steamed rice, vegetables or potato bread.

I like the zucchini with miso and aged white cheese from Naxos, the bean noodles with olives and octopus, the short fin with fennel and the already famous steamed buns with pork cheeks. The fried chicken, coated in panko, or Japanese-style breadcrumbs, is perfectly cooked; crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, definitely one of the best I have ever tried.

Argoura

Whenever I feel like eating fresh seafood with a flavorful twist, I head to Argoura. Its taverna-like appearance doesn’t make much of an impression, but the food is astonishingly good.

Owner and chef Nikos Michail puts so much effort and love in what he offers, carefully selecting every single ingredient himself daily. The restaurant is named after his village on the island of Evia, which is where most of the fish and seafood he serves comes from. Frying is out of question here – Michail prefers cooking methods that highlight the freshness of his ingredients.

He welcomes guests with a complimentary fish soup, and I recommend following that up with the green salad with sea urchin dressing and the taramosalata (fish roe dip) with sweet potato. Among his signature dishes is undoubtedly the marinated (uncooked, ceviche-style) seafood, pristinely fresh and bracingly flavorful: elegant white sea bream infused with bergamot and tuna with sweet vinegar. The smoked eel served with an eggplant purée is a must, and so is the handmade goglies (traditional gnocchi-like pasta from Evia) with langoustines.

I like to end the meal with a sweet bougatsa, layers of phyllo with a pumpkin custard sprinkled with generous amounts of cinnamon, and a shot of the dried-fruit infused tsipouro.

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Τα βραβεία της Ακαδημίας Αθηνών για το 2016

Τα βραβεία της Ακαδημίας Αθηνών για το 2016 | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it

Αναλυτικά, τα βραβεία που απονεμήθηκαν το 2016, είναι:

ΤΑΞΗ ΤΩΝ ΘΕΤΙΚΩΝ ΕΠΙΣΤΗΜΩΝ

Βραβείο Αικατερίνης Κέπετζη, εις μνήμην του συζύγου της ιατρού Νικολάου Κέπετζη, με χρηματικό έπαθλο 2.000 ευρώ, στον πρώτο αριστούχο πτυχιούχο της Ιατρικής Σχολής του Πανεπιστημίου Αθηνών, ακαδημαϊκού έτους 2014-2015, κ. Ευάγγελο Οικονόμου.
Βραβείο Κωνσταντίνου Κτενά, με χρηματικό έπαθλο 3.000 ευρώ, από τα έσοδα του κληροδοτήματος Ευθυμίας Μερτσάρη, για πρωτότυπη εργασία ορυκτολογικού περιεχομένου, στον κ. Ευστράτιο Κελεπερτζή, για την εργασία του «Origin, mineral speciation and geochemical baseline mapping of Ni and Cr in agricultural topsoils of Thiva Valley (central Greece)».


Βραβείο Επαμεινώνδα Παπαστράτου, με χρηματικό έπαθλο 3.000 ευρώ, για εργασία σε τομείς της Γεωμετρίας, στον κ. Στέφανο Αρετάκη για την εργασία του «On a Foliation-Covariant Elliptic Operator on Null Hypersurfaces».
Βραβείο του καθηγητού Αριστείδου Φωτίου Πάλλα, με χρηματικό έπαθλο 3.000 ευρώ, για εργασία σε τομείς της Μαθηματικής Αναλύσεως, στην κυρία Δήμητρα Αντωνοπούλου και στον κ. Σπυρίδωνα Καμβύση για την εργασία τους «On the Dirichlet to Neumann problem for the 1-dimensional cubic NLS equation on the half line».


Δύο (2) βραβεία Δημητρίου Ν. Λαμπαδαρίου,  με χρηματικό έπαθλο 1.000 ευρώ το καθένα, για τους ικανότερους στο μάθημα της Γεωδαισίας, αποφοίτους Τμημάτων Πολυτεχνικών Σχολών της ημεδαπής, ακαδημαϊκού έτους 2014 – 2015 στις κυρίες  α) Έλλη Κάρκαλου, απόφοιτο του Τμήματος Αγρονόμων και Τοπογράφων Μηχανικών της Πολυτεχνικής Σχολής του Εθνικού Μετσοβίου Πολυτεχνείου και β) Αγγελική Σκλιβανίτη, απόφοιτο του Τμήματος Πολιτικών Μηχανικών της Πολυτεχνικής Σχολής του Δημοκριτείου Πανεπιστημίου Θράκης.


Βραβείο Δημητρίου Λαμπαδαρίου, με χρηματικό έπαθλο 3.000 ευρώ, για ερευνητική εργασία στον κλάδο της Γεωδαισίας, στους κ.κ. Κωνσταντίνο Χουσιανίτη και Αθανάσιο Γκανά για την εργασία τους «Strain and rotation rate patterns of mainland Greece from continuous GPS data and comparison between seismic and geodetic moment release». 


Βραβείο της Οικογενείας Λουκά Μούσουλου, εις μνήμην του ακαδημαϊκού Λ. Μούσουλου, με χρηματικό έπαθλο 3.000 ευρώ, για ερευνητική εργασία στον κλάδο της Μεταλλειολογίας – Ορυκτών Πόρων στον κ. Ανανία Τσιραμπίδη για την εργασία του «The unconventional hydrocarbon resources of Greece».


Βραβείο Δημητρίου Παπαδημητρίου, με χρηματικό έπαθλο 3.000 ευρώ, για πρωτότυπη ερευνητική εργασία με θέμα από τη χειρουργική της ουρολογίας, στον κ. Αθανάσιο Αρχοντάκη για τη μονογραφία του «Endoscopic radical perineal prostatectomy:Preliminary Results».


Βραβείο Ευτυχίας Ευταξιοπούλου, με χρηματικό έπαθλο 3.000 ευρώ, στη μνήμη του Αντιπλοιάρχου Κων. Ν. Ευταξιοπούλου, για μελέτη που αφορά στο Ναυτικό ή στη θάλασσα γενικότερα, στον κ. Κωνσταντίνο Μεταλληνό για το δίτομο έργο του «Ο ναυτικός πόλεμος κατά την Ελληνική Επανάσταση 1821-1829» Τόμοι Α΄ και Β΄ (Αθήνα, 2016) 


Βραβείο Χίλδεγαρδ χήρας Λεωνίδα Ζέρβα, με χρηματικό έπαθλο 3.000 ευρώ, για πρωτότυπη ερευνητική εργασία στον κλάδο της Οργανικής Χημείας, στους κ.κ. Δημήτριο Λημνιό και Χριστόφορο Κόκοτο για την εργασία τους «2,2,2-Trifluoroacetophenone: An organocatalyst for an Environmentally Friendly Epoxidation of Alkenes». 
Βραβείο της Ακαδημίας Αθηνών, άνευ αντιστοίχου προκηρύξεως, στον καθηγητή κ. Χαράλαμπο Τσουτρέλη σε αναγνώριση της μακράς επιστημονικής του προσφοράς στον τομέα της έρευνας και εκμετάλλευσης των ορυκτών πόρων της χώρας.
Βραβείο της Ακαδημίας Αθηνών, άνευ αντιστοίχου προκηρύξεως, στον κ. Λάκη Αναστασιάδη για το σύγγραμμά του «Κυπρίων Ιατρών Έργα. Η ιατρική στην Κύπρο 1950 -2015» (Εκδόσεις Εν Τύποις, Λευκωσία 2016).


ΤΑΞΗ ΤΩΝ ΓΡΑΜΜΑΤΩΝ ΚΑΙ ΤΩΝ ΚΑΛΩΝ ΤΕΧΝΩΝ

Βραβείο Γ. Αθάνα, με χρηματικό έπαθλο 3.000 ευρώ, για την καλύτερη εκδεδομένη ποιητική συλλογή νέου, κατά προτίμηση, ποιητού, στην κυρία Κωνσταντίνα Κορρυβάντη για τη συλλογή της  «Μυθογονία» (Εκδόσεις Μανδραγόρας, 2015).
Βραβείο Σωτηρίου Ματράγκα, εις μνήμην Αλεξάνδρας και Σωτηρίου Ματράγκα, με χρηματικό έπαθλο 3.000 ευρώ, που αφορά στην βράβευση της καλύτερης έκδοσης λυρικών ποιημάτων, στην κυρία Μαρία Κουλούρη  για τη συλλογή της «Ρολόγια και άλλοι χτύποι»  (Εκδόσεις Μελάνι, 2015).
Βραβείο Νανάς (Αθηνάς) Κοντού, εις μνήμην των αδελφών της Γεράσιμου, Χαράλαμπου και Ερατώς, λογοτεχνών, με χρηματικό έπαθλο 3.000 ευρώ, για βράβευση αξιόλογου ποιητή, στον  κ. Δημήτριο Χουλιαράκη για τη συλλογή του «Αναπολόγητος στις κούνιες ντάλα μεσημέρι» (Εκδόσεις Το Ροδακιό, 2013).
Βραβείο Ελένης Τιμ. Μυκονίου, εις μνήμην των γονέων της Ανδρομέδας και Τιμολέοντος Μυκονίου, με χρηματικό έπαθλο 3.000 ευρώ, απονεμόμενο σε αριστούχο διπλωματούχο πιανίστα, στον κ.  Ματθαίο Κιτσικόπουλο.
Βραβείο Σπύρου Μοτσενίγου που αθλοθέτησε η σύζυγός του Λίτσα Παπά-Μοτσενίγου, με χρηματικό έπαθλο 3.000 ευρώ, για βράβευση διαπρέποντος Έλληνα μουσικού εκτελεστή, συνθέτη, διευθυντή ορχήστρας ή μουσικολόγο, στον αρχιμουσικό κ. Λουκά Καρυτινό.
Βραβείο της Ακαδημίας  Αθηνών,  με χρηματικό έπαθλο 3.000 ευρώ, για νέο διαπρέποντα ζωγράφο ηλικίας μέχρι 40 ετών, στην κυρία Εύα Αποστολάτου.
Βραβείο Ελένης και Πάνου Ψημένου, με χρηματικό έπαθλο 3.000 ευρώ, για έργο αναφερόμενο στη Νεοελληνική Ιστορία ή Φιλολογία από το 1669 μέχρι σήμερα, στους κ.κ. Κυριάκο Δημητριάδη, Ανδρέα  Δημητριάδη και Γεώργιο Χατζηκυριάκου  για το βιβλίο που υπέβαλαν με τίτλο «Ιatrosophikón - Folklore remedies from a Cyprus monastery. Original text and parallel translation of Codex Machairas A.18» (Foundation Anastasios G. Leventis, Nicosia 2015).                                                                                                           
Βραβείο της Ακαδημίας Αθηνών, με χρηματικό έπαθλο 3.000 ευρώ, για την καλύτερη ερμηνευτική μονογραφία ή κριτική έκδοση έργου κλασικής φιλολογίας, οίκοθεν, στην κυρία Εβίνα Σιστάκου, για το βιβλίο της «Tragic Failures. Alexandrian Responses to Tragedy and the Tragic» (Εκδόσεις De Gruyter, Βερολίνο 2016)
Βραβείο Γεωργίου Π. Οικονόμου, με χρηματικό έπαθλο 3.000 ευρώ, για επιστημονική μελέτη αναφερόμενη σε θέματα αρχαιολογικά ή ιστορικά της Μακεδονίας, στην κυρία Μαρία Λιλιμπάκη –Ακαμάτη και τον κ. Νικόλαο Ακαμάτη, για την μονογραφία «Ανατολικό Νεκροταφείο Πέλλας – Ανασκαφικές περίοδοι 1991-2007», Θεσσαλονίκη, 2014.
Βραβείο Εμμανουήλ Ροΐδου, με χρηματικό έπαθλο 3.000 ευρώ, από τα έσοδα του κληροδοτήματος Ανδρέα Ανδρεάδη, για φιλολογική ή κριτική μελέτη με θέμα από τη ζωή και το έργο Έλληνα λογοτέχνη, στον κ. Χρήστο Δανιήλ για το βιβλίο του «Ο μαθητευόμενος εφοπλιστής και παλαίμαχος intellectuel και πολλά υποσχόμενος ποιητής, ανθυπολοχαγός εν εφεδρεία, πολεμιστής Κρήτης και πάντα δικός σου φίλος, Ανδρέας Καμπάς (1919 -1965)» (Εκδόσεις Άγρα, 2016).
Βραβείο της Ακαδημίας, άνευ αντιστοίχου προκηρύξεως, στον Σύλλογο Αποφοίτων Φιλοσοφικής Σχολής του Α.Π.Θ. «Φιλόλογος» (1962) για την αξιολογότατη επιστημονική και πολιτιστική δράση που αναπτύσσει στην πόλη της Θεσσαλονίκης.
Βραβείο της Ακαδημίας, άνευ αντιστοίχου προκηρύξεως, στον κ. Παναγιώτη Ιωάννου για το βιβλίο του «Λεονάρντο ντα Βίντσι, Λεόν Μπαττίστα Αλμπέρτι, Αντρέα Πότσο, δια την ζωγραφίαν. Οι πρώτες μεταφράσεις κειμένων τέχνης από τον Παναγιώτη Δοξαρά» (Πανεπιστημιακές Εκδόσεις Κρήτης, Ινστιτούτο Μεσογειακών Σπουδών 2015).
Βραβείο της Ακαδημίας, άνευ αντιστοίχου προκηρύξεως, στον κ. Νικόλαο Ταμβάκη, γεωπόνο –κηποτέχνη, τ. διευθυντή του Εθνικού Κήπου (1956-1984), για το εξαίρετο λεύκωμα «Εθνικός Κήπος. Ένας τόπος με μακρά κηποτεχνική ιστορία».  (Έκδοση Εταιρεία Φίλων Εθνικού Κήπου, 2016).
Βραβείο της Ακαδημίας, άνευ αντιστοίχου προκηρύξεως, στην «Παιδική – Νεανική Χορωδία ROSARTE» για την 15χρονη εξέχουσα καλλιτεχνική της πορεία, υπό τη διεύθυνση της μαέστρου κυρίας Ρόζης Μαστροσάββα.


ΙΔΡΥΜΑ ΚΩΣΤΑ & ΕΛΕΝΗΣ ΟΥΡΑΝΗ

Βραβείο Ποιήσεως, με χρηματικό έπαθλο 10.000 ευρώ, στον κ. Γιώργο Γώτη για το σύνολο του έργου του.
Βραβείο Μυθιστορήματος, με χρηματικό έπαθλο 6.000 ευρώ, στον κ. Ηλία Μαγκλίνη για το βιβλίο του «Πρωινή Γαλήνη» (Εκδόσεις Μεταίχμιο, 2015).
Βραβείο Δοκιμίου, με χρηματικό έπαθλο 6.000 ευρώ, στον κ. Νίκο Μπακουνάκη για το βιβλίο του «Δημοσιογράφος ή ρεπόρτερ. Η αφήγηση στις ελληνικές εφημερίδες, 19ος – 20ός αιώνας» (Εκδόσεις Πόλις, 2014)


ΙΔΡΥΜΑ ΠΕΤΡΟΥ ΧΑΡΗ

Βραβείο Ποιήσεως, με χρηματικό έπαθλο 10.000 ευρώ, στον κ. Τάκη Καρβέλη για το σύνολο του έργου του.
Βραβείο Μυθιστορήματος, με χρηματικό έπαθλο 6.000 ευρώ, στον κ. Κώστα Βρεττάκο για το βιβλίο του «Ασκήσεις περιέργειας» (Εκδόσεις Ποταμός, 2016).
Βραβείο Διηγήματος, με χρηματικό έπαθλο 6.000 ευρώ, στον κ. Κώστα Κατσουλάρη για τη συλλογή του «Νυχτερινό ρεύμα» (Εκδόσεις Πόλις, 2015).
Βραβείο Δοκιμίου, με χρηματικό έπαθλο 6.000 ευρώ, στην κυρία Χριστίνα Ντουνιά για το δίτομο έργο της «Μαρία Πολυδούρη, Τα ποιήματα (Τα ρόδα του αίματος) και Ρομάντσο και άλλα πεζά» (Εκδόσεις της Εστίας, 2014).


 ΤΑΞΗ ΤΩΝ ΗΘΙΚΩΝ ΚΑΙ ΠΟΛΙΤΙΚΩΝ ΕΠΙΣΤΗΜΩΝ

Αργυρό Μετάλλιο στον ομότιμο καθηγητή κ. Σπύρο Ν. Τρωιάνο για τη συνολική προσφορά του στην έρευνα και την προαγωγή του βυζαντινού δικαίου.
Αργυρό Μετάλλιο στην Ένωση μη κερδοσκοπικών Σωματείων Μαζί για το Παιδί για τις εξειδικευμένες υπηρεσίες ανά σωματείο, καθώς και συντονισμένες υπηρεσίες ως Ένωση, που εξασφαλίζουν ένα καλύτερο παρόν και μέλλον στα παιδιά με ειδικές ανάγκες, στα παιδιά που πάσχουν από σοβαρές ασθένειες και στα άπορα παιδιά και οικογένειες που χρειάζονται ψυχολογική, οικονομική και ηθική υποστήριξη.
Βραβείο Ιπποκράτους Καραβία, με χρηματικό έπαθλο 3.000 ευρώ, για επιστημονική μελέτη με θέμα «Πνευματική ιδιοκτησία κατά το Ενωσιακό Δίκαιο», στην κυρία Σοφία Χριστοδούλου για την ομότιτλη ανέκδοτη εργασία της.
Βραβείο Νικολάου Καρόλου, με χρηματικό έπαθλο 3.000 ευρώ, απονεμόμενο σε πρόσωπο ή σε συντεταγμένη ομάδα για πράξη ή δράση κοινωνικής αρετής και ευποιίας που προήγαγε την κοινωνική πρόνοια, στο Κοινωφελές Ίδρυμα Ιδιωτικού Δικαίου «Σπίτι του Ηθοποιού» για την κοινωφελή και αξιέπαινη δράση του σχετικά με τη στέγαση, σίτιση, περίθαλψη και κοινωνική στήριξη απόρων ηθοποιών αλλά και νέων σπουδαστών θεατρικών σπουδών που δεν διαθέτουν τα ανάλογα μέσα.
Λυκούργειο Βραβείο, με χρηματικό έπαθλο 3.000 ευρώ, από τα έσοδα της δωρεάς Παναγιώτη Γραμματικάκη, για επιστημονική εργασία στον τομέα της Φιλοσοφίας, στον κ. Δημήτριο Πάλλη για την εργασία του «Eros, Apophasis and Hierarchy: Critical Reflections on the Sixth Epistle of the Areοpagitic Writings».
Βραβείο Αικατερίνης Π. Οικονόμου σύμφωνα με τους όρους της διαθήκης του Γεωργίου Π. Οικονόμου, με χρηματικό έπαθλο 3.000 ευρώ, απονεμόμενο σε γυναίκα ή γυναικεία οργάνωση - σωματείο για εξαίρετη πράξη ή δράση κοινωνικής ευποιίας και φιλανθρωπίας, στο Κέντρο Κοινωνικής Φροντίδας ατόμων με νοητική υστέρηση «ΕΣΤΙΑ» για τη δωρεάν παροχή υπηρεσιών υψηλής ποιότητας σε 100 άτομα με ελαφρά και μέση νοητική υστέρηση από όλη την περιφέρεια της Αττικής.
Βραβείο Άγιδος Ταμπακοπούλου, με χρηματικό έπαθλο 3.000 ευρώ, για αδημοσίευτη επιστημονική μελέτη με θέμα από τον κλάδο του Κληρονομικού Δικαίου, στην κυρία Αθηνά Ξυνοπούλου, για την εργασία της «Τα δικαιώματα των κληρονόμων συνδικαιούχου σε κοινό λογαριασμό».
Βραβείο της Ακαδημίας, άνευ αντιστοίχου προκηρύξεως, στο Μουσείο Μπουμπουλίνας στις Σπέτσες για τη διάσωση και ανάδειξη του αρχοντικού της Μπουμπουλίνας σε Μουσείο και Πολιτιστικό Κέντρο χάρη στην κοπιώδη επιτυχή εθνική προσπάθεια του δημιουργού του και απογόνου της Λασκαρίνας Μπουμπουλίνας, κ. Φιλίππου Δεμερτζή – Μπούμπουλη.
Έπαινος στον κ. Ευάγγελο Χεκίμογλου για την εργασία του «Το αποδομηθέν ισραηλίτικον νεκροταφείον Θεσσαλονίκης εξ απόψεως εμπράγματου δικαίου».

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Travel to Greece with Kandy Shepherd

Travel to Greece with Kandy Shepherd | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Crete is the largest island in Greece and home to the earliest recorded ancient civilization in Europe, the Minoans, dating back to around 2700BC. It’s a fascinating place to visit.
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Stories of #Greece, plus we chat to author Victoria #Hislop 

Stories of #Greece, plus we chat to author Victoria #Hislop  | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Ellie is living up in North London where life and work are pretty humdrum But many of her days are brightened when week in, week out postcards pop through her letterbox, addressed not to her but to S Ibbotson, and signed “A”. Colourful and varied they chart one person’s progress through the Greek Islands, and they just keep coming. Ellie builds a montage of the bright and colourful images, a tantalising glimpse of the vast and varied beauty of the islands of Greece. Tempted to visit, she finds herself boarding a plane to Athens but just just as she departs, a journal arrives detailing the Greek odyssey of the sender of the eponymous postcards.

More stories follow on from the first, set all around the islands and at different time periods – one tale is of two brothers who are pitched against each other in modern day gladiatorial fashion by their father, each has to build up a hotel and whichever is most successful will inherit their father’s hotel conglomerate. But things do not go smoothly – the story sets the scene for the boom in tourism in the latter half of the 20th Century. Or the salutary story of Pelagia, innocently sweeping and cleaning in her local church, unaware of the effect she has on the (male) congregation.

There is everyday life, past and present, mixed with Greek mythology and mystery. A story about Vyronas – the poet Byron – who also ended up in the country and died in Missolonghi in 1824, leaving a town that “will always be in mourning for its past”….

Man on a MountainTop tells the story of two brothers, the priesthood and Mount Athos (where incidentally women and female animals are banned) a reworked mythological tale of two brothers, evocatively told. We also learn in another tale why some Greeks don’t plan anything of the least importance on a Tuesday (this was the day of the week on which Constantinople, the most significant place in Christendom, fell to the Turks).

The keeper of the diary says “I almost run out of words to describe the beauty of this country“.. a country of extremes, beautiful and monstrous edifices positioned side by side, seemingly beautiful landscapes, rugged terrains and people, who are welcoming and hospitable (for the most part!). This book will certainly boost tourism to the country and help with the economy that so sadly has made headline news over the last fews years, for all the wrong reasons.

The book is a wonderful piece of artistry, the photos are unusual, of mundane situations and often colourfully worked compositions (taken by the very talented Alexandros KakolYris) and it is just a wonderful item to hold in one’s hand. A delight both in terms of reading and the opportunity to see a place through the eyes of an author.
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Two Greek sites make top 10 list of this year’s archaeological discoveries | Kathimerini

Two Greek sites make top 10 list of this year’s archaeological discoveries | Kathimerini | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Excavators at the Phaleron Delta necropolis – a large ancient cemetery unearthed during the construction of a national opera house and library – earlier this year found at least 80 skeletons lying in a mass grave, their wrists clamped by iron shackles. Classical archaeology has called on the help of CSI-style archaeologists from the Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Science at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens (ASCSA) to examine the graves.

“For the first time we can illustrate historical events that took place during the struggle between aristocrats in the seventh century and led, through a long process, to the establishment of a democratic regime in the city of Athens,” project director Stella Chrysoulaki told Archaeology magazine.

Meanwhile, an key discovery was made this summer at the site of the world-famous Antikythera shipwreck as an international team recovered a human skeleton. “The newly discovered remains are the first to be uncovered in almost 40 years – and during the age of DNA analysis,” the magazine said.

Discovered by sponge divers in 1900 off the Greek island of Antikythera, the site has yielded hundreds of treasures, including bronze and marble statues, as well as the Antikythera Mechanism, often referred to as the world’s oldest computer.

Other feats in the top 10 list include the precise dating of the world’s oldest woven garment found in Tarkhan, Egypt, the discovery of more than 400 Roman waxed writing tablets during excavations in London, and the use of airborne laser-scanning technology by scientists in northwestern Cambodia to survey 900 square miles of the densely forested Angkor region, revealing centuries-old cities that once belonged to the vast Khmer Empire.
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Athens Goes Festive this Christmas Season with Events for All 

Athens Goes Festive this Christmas Season with Events for All  | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
The city of Athens will be celebrating Christmas and ushering in the New Year with hundreds of community activities around town offering both holiday cheer as well as charity for the needy.

The lighting of the Greek capital’s own Christmas tree standing at central Syntagma Square last week marks the beginning of holiday activities which run through to January 8.

More than 270 theater performances, concerts, choral and carol-singing shows, children’s workshops and interactive games, art festivals, handicraft sessions for young and old are taking place in neighborhoods across Athens, at local galleries and art spaces, at museums and parks, at cultural centers and at the Nationals Gardens.


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The new happening arts spot – the Kypseli Public Market has plenty in store with photography shows, workshops and community get-togethers. Meanwhile, traveling theater troupes will visit Athens primary schools to share the tale of Christmas while kiddies’ museums are offering everything from ornament-making lessons to Santa Claus letter-writing events. The National Theater will be “acting” out of a makeshift stage with actors reciting extracts from Christmas works and poems by famous Greek authors. Popular songsmith Dionysis Savvopoulos will be singing carols accompanied by the City of Athens Philharmonic Orchestra on Christmas Eve in front of the Attikon Cinema on Stadiou St (3pm). Radio presenters from 95.2 Athens Deejay will be playing out of a massive double-decker bus going around town with plenty of surprises.



And of course, the holiday season wouldn’t be complete without food. For two weeks starting on Thursday at central Kotzia Square opposite City Hall, the 1st Athens Food Market features fully-equipped food trucks offering the best street edibles available.

As tradition calls, the Mayor of Athens Giorgos Kaminis will be ushering the New Year on the Apostolos Pavlos pedestrian walkway at Thisseion. Stay tuned for details.

For more info on what’s on where visit the Athens Municipality site (in Greek).
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Δύο Έλληνες από τα Φάρσαλα έστησαν ντελικατέσεν αλλαντικών στο Ντίσελντορφ

Δύο Έλληνες από τα Φάρσαλα έστησαν ντελικατέσεν αλλαντικών στο Ντίσελντορφ | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it

Αποφάσισαν πριν από ενάμισι χρόνο να έρθουν στο Ντίσελντορφ και να ανοίξουν ένα μαγαζί με εκλεκτά ελληνικά προϊόντα με την ονομασία Speisen Der Götter GmbH που στα Ελληνικά σημαίνει «Οι τροφές των Θεών».
Με όπλο την ποιότητα των επιλεγμένων με αυστηρότητα προϊόντων έστησαν έναν όμορφο χώρο στο Ντίσελντορφ και κατάφεραν να προσελκύσουν το ενδιαφέρον αρχικά και την ικανοποίηση στη συνέχεια του απαιτητικού καταναλωτικού κοινού της Γερμανίας και όχι μόνο, αφού πελάτες τους είναι Ιάπωνες, Γάλλοι κ.α.

Στο κατάστημα βρίσκει κανείς υψηλής ποιότητας εξειδικευμένα προϊόντα που εκπλήσσουν ευχάριστα τους πελάτες, οι οποίοι σιγά – σιγά αρχίζουν και μαθαίνουν τον πλούτο της ελληνικής φύσης και κουζίνας.

Ετσι οι Γερμανοί που μέχρι τώρα ήξεραν το γύρο, το σουβλάκι και το τζατζίκι, αρχίζουν και μαθαίνουν το λάδι, το μέλι, το κρασί, τα τυροκομικά της Ελλάδας, αλλά και τον τραχανά, το κριθαράκι, τα γλυκά του κουταλιού και πραγματικά ενθουσιάζονται.
Άλλωστε όπως λένε οι δύο τολμηροί Φαρσαλινοί η μεγάλη ικανοποίηση για αυτούς είναι ότι οι πελάτες έρχονται και ξαναέρχονται στο κατάστημα πλέκοντας το εγκώμιο για την ποιότητα των προϊόντων και την άψογη εξυπηρέτηση.
Αυτή τη στιγμή στο κατάστημα υπάρχουν περισσότερα από 500 είδη από διάφορες περιοχές της Ελλάδας που είναι στο σύνολό τους πιστοποιημένα και επιμελώς ελεγμένα.
Οι δυο νέοι μιλούν με χαρά για την δουλειά τους, αναφέροντας οτι στο κατάστημα τους, διαθέτουν αγνό λάδι και μέλι χωρίς συντηρητικά, αλλαντικά και διάφορα άλλα Π.Ο.Π. προϊόντα, όπως επίσης και εκλεκτά κρασιά από όλη την ελληνική επικράτεια. Οι πελάτες τους είναι κυρίως Γερμανοί και Ιάπωνες, αλλά και Γάλλοι.
Προμηθεύουν με τα προϊόντα τους μικρές και μεγάλες επιχειρήσεις σε όλη την Γερμανία δείχνοντας έτσι έμπρακτα την διάδοση της ελληνικής κουλτούρας και μεσογειακής διατροφής.
Φυσικά τον τελευταίο καιρό έχουν αποτελέσει πόλο έλξης διαφόρων Γερμανικών αλλά και Ελληνικών ΜΜΕ.

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What Greeks Typically Eat for the New Year's Feast

What Greeks Typically Eat for the New Year's Feast | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Tomato and Orzo Soup

This simple soup is a favorite on New Year’s Day and is served in many homes. It is typically made from fresh tomatoes, pasta, onions, olive oil, sea salt, and garlic. Although the ingredients are simple, the soup is rich with flavor and makes for a perfect addition at the New Year’s feast.

Lahanosalata

Lahanosalata is Greek cabbage salad. Greeks enjoy preparing fresh foods from the garden. The Lahanosalata is traditional Greek salad loved by many. This salad is always present in many tables in Greece on the New Year’s Eve. Lemon juice and olive dressing is used to create an exceptional taste.

Moshari Kokkinisto

Moshari Kokkinisto, literally translated as reddened beef stew, is another favorite dish at New Year’s. This stew is different than the version of the stew that is served throughout the year. It is a special stew that is prepared in Greek homes to stimulate people taste buds on New Year’s celebrations. It is a highly anticipated dish made from browned beef, tomato paste, and other ingredients.

Pasta

It is also customary to serve some sort of pasta dish at New Year’s. Typically, pastitsio, which is made from meat and pasta, is usually the dish of choice. However, makaronia ograten is also popular. It is essentially a cheesier, meatless version of pastitsio and offers a nice addition to the table, especially if serving a heavier meat dish such as moshari kokkinisto.

Vasilopita

Vasilopita is the most anticipated New Year food in Greece. Vasilopita is New Year’s cake or bread. A small coin or medallion is usually inserted into the cake during the baking process. It is believed that the person who is going to find the coin in his/her piece of the cake will enjoy extra fortune in the New Year. Cutting of this cake is a tradition that has been held for hundreds of years. Family members and friends gather around the table as pieces of the cake are distributed to everyone who is there. The head of the family, such as the father, is the one who cuts the cake. The first piece of the cake is dedicated to Christ. The second one is for the household. The rest of the pieces are for everyone present. This cake is served for desert. Everyone is served their piece before they are permitted to look

Although menus many change depending on the family, the foods listed here are often found on the New Year’s table. No matter what is served, however, Vasilopita is always a part of the feast!
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#Delphi, #Greece: The Center Of The World In The Ancient Times

#Delphi, #Greece: The Center Of The World In The Ancient Times | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
The town is built on the slopes of Mount Parnassos on the edge of a cliff and the ancient site is as awe inspiring as it was 3,000 years ago.

It overlooks the Gulf of Corinth and a valley filled with olive and cypress trees.

In ancient times, Delphi was regarded as the center of the world, because according to Greek mythology, it is here that the two eagles released by Zeus from the ends of the universe to find the navel of the world met.

Sanctuary of Athena in Delphi

 

It was considered the place where heaven and earth met and the only place on earth where man was closest to God.

For many centuries, Delphi was the symbol of unity, and the cultural and religious center of the Hellenic world.

A Little Bit of History of Delphi
Delphi’s history begins in prehistory and in the myths of ancient Greece. According to the mythology, the site was sacred to Mother Earth and the terrible serpent Python stood guard to it.

The Python was later killed by Apollo and his sanctuary was built here by Cretans who arrived at Kirrha, Delphi’s port, with the god in the form of a dolphin.

This myth was enacted in plays that were presented during the Delphi festivals.

The Oracle
Small settlements were found in Delphi since Mycenaean times that indicate that the people were dedicated to the deities of Mother Earth, Themis, Demeter and Poseidon.

The worship of Apollo as the god of light, order and harmony was established between the 11th and 9th centuries. By the end of the Mycenaean period Apollo had replaced the other deities and had become the guardian of oracle.

This sanctuary grew very much in importance and size over the next five centuries.

However, Delphi became most famous for the Oracular powers of Pythia the priestess who foretold the future.

The Mediterranean people had so much faith in Pythia’s views of the future that they made no major decisions without consulting the Oracle of Delphi.

The Oracle would usually be an older woman selected from the villages around the sanctuary. She would sit on a chair over an opening in the ground and would inhale whatever was coming out from the opening (there are countless debates raging over whether it was a gas known to cause trance-like states).

She would conduct rituals and would fall into a trance-like state and would speak in fast to the priests of the priests of the sanctuary who would interpret whatever she was saying.

The sanctuary of Delphi was part of the Amphictyonia from the 7th century BC until the 4th century BC and the alliance protected the site from invaders and the Phocians.



Temple of Apollo and the Theater in Delphi

In 356 BC, the Phocians joined hands with the Athenians and the Spartans captured the sanctuary of Delphi. They were in desperate need to finance their war, so they stripped the offerings from the temples.

They were in control of the sanctuary until King Philip of Macedon liberated it. Philip defeated the combined force of Athenians and Spartans and became the dominant force in Greek affairs.

However, the sanctuary was taken by the Romans in 191 BC and General Sylla stripped the temple of its treasures in 86 BC, in order to finance the siege of Athens.

Three years later Thracian Maedi extinguished the sacred fire that had been burning uninterrupted for centuries and razed Delphi.

Even though the Romans revived the building, Oracle of Delphi lost its influence over the next few centuries and the worship of Apollo was replaced by a new religion, Christianity.

To commemorate the triumph of Apollo over Python the sanctuary organized the Pythian Games every four years. The athletic events were much like the Olympics.

Angelos Sikelianos organized a modern version of the Delphic Games in the 20th century.

Delphi is famous for its jewelry, as it is the family business for many people here. Some of them are handmade and you can also find museum copies of jewelry.

Things to See in Delphi
Delphi Site
Temple of Apollo
Sanctuary of Athena
Delphi Theater
Delphi Stadium
Delphi Museum
Delphi Tholos
The Charioteer of Delphi
The Castelian Spring
The Sacred Way
Where is Delphi?
115.5 miles/ 186 km from Piraeus, Athens, Greece
239.8 miles/ 386 km from Corfu, Greece
144.1 miles/ 232 km from Meteora, Greece
112.4 miles/ 181 km from Athens, Greece
126.7 miles/ 204 km from Volos, Greece
420 miles/ 676 km from Sofia, Bulgaria
150.3 miles/ 242 km from Olympia, Greece
74 miles/ 119.09 km from Athens International Airport, Greece
When you visit Delphi, listen with your heart, and you could possibly hear someone or something talking to you.
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Visit #Greece | #Lakes reflecting beauty

Visit #Greece | #Lakes reflecting beauty | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Lake Trihonida

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Surface area: 96 km2
Deepest point: 57 m
Lake Trihonida is an unexplored wonderland of beauty and remarkable biological diversity. The lake, in the Aetolia region of Western Greece, was created by vast geological changes. This is the largest lake in Greece and, as well as being beautiful, it is a major natural habitat of enormous ecological value with significant stocks of fish.

More than 140 species of bird can be found at the lake - thirty of them endangered. The birds nestle in the reed thickets or in the area surrounding the lake. On the shores, impressive calcareous fens create habitats of special scientific interest. Centuries-old plane trees, willows, oleanders, osiers, eucalyptus trees, olive groves and citrus trees create a forest landscape of outstanding natural beauty. In spring, wild orchids, cyclamens and gladiolas give off an intoxicating scent that rejuvenates the senses, and the water itself is dotted with beautiful white water lilies.
The lake is home to a wide variety of species of freshwater fish - some of these are rare and some delicious! Taste the superb lake sandsmelt, a gastronomic “must” to savour at local tavernas!
In the evening, when the sun withdraws discreetly back into its kingdom, the lights in the small villages of Arakynthos are reflected in the calm waters of the lake.
Activities: Explore the area by renting a sea bicycle or try paragliding to enjoy a birds’ eye view of the lake!
The Prespa Lakes

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Small Prespa
Surface area: 47. 35 km2
Deepest point: 8 m
Great Prespa
Surface area: 272 km2
Deepest point: 55 m
In the Florina region, surrounded by mountains, there is a magical world of incomparable natural beauty created by retreating glaciers and a series of seismic phenomena. Two important lakes here, Great and Small Prespa, provide a stunning sight, reflecting the wooded slopes of the surrounding mountains in their waters.

One of the most important wetlands in Europe, the Prespa lakes are considered to be a paradise for migratory birds; hundreds of bird species, many of them endangered, nest and breed here, among them the Dalmatian pelican, the cormorant and the heron. Kit yourself out with the right bird watching equipment and visit the special Bird Observatory, where members of the Hellenic Ornithological Society will tell you all about the birds or even lend you a telescope to observe them.
Don’t forget to cross the floating bridge leading to the island of Saint Achilios in Small Prespa and admire the ruins of the 10th century church of the same name. Visit the caves where hermits used to live and admire the rock paintings which can be seen at Fishermen Bay or along the shores of Great Prespa. At the end of your tour of the lakes, wander around the traditional settlements of Psarades (meaning Fishermen) and Aghios Germanos, where you can also try a meal of carp, one of the delicious fish found in the lake, Florina peppers and gigantes beans accompanied with a little local tsipouro (a clear schnapps-like spirit).
Activities: Don’t miss out on the opportunity to go on a romantic boat ride across the Great Prespa lake on traditional boats called “plaves”.
Lake Plastira

Info:
Surface area: 25. 2 km2
Deepest point: 60 m
Also known as “Little Switzerland”, Lake Plastira is surrounded by an idyllic landscape of unspoiled natural beauty that steals visitors’ hearts as soon as they set eyes on it. One of the biggest artificial lakes in Greece, the lake was created on the site where the Tavropos River used to flow in antiquity towards the Acheloos River further south. This marvellous stretch of water was created thanks to the vision of Nikolas Plastiras (after whom it was named), who wished to create an impressive dam that would bring great benefits to the whole area. Green mountain peaks bestow even greater beauty on the region and fast-flowing streams embellish the breathtaking scenery. Every season here has its own beauty and adds to the charms of the Agrafon region for thousands of visitors all year round.

Activities: A host of activities are available for visitors to explore nature in the area, including canoe-kayaking, sea biking or a trip in a traditional piroga (a small flat-bottomed boat).
Lake Pamvotida

Info:
Surface area: 23 km2.
Deepest point: 5 metres

This well known lake was in ancient times known as “Pamvotis” (the great provider). Situated right next to the city of Ioannina, this uncommonly beautiful lake is a true gem of the Ioannina Basin region. With a fascinating history full of legends and traditions that go back centuries, the lake of Kyra Frosyni * has become famous beyond the borders of Greece.
The lake is supplied by the springs of Mount Mitsikeli, of Drabatova, Sendeniko and Krya. Its waters are usually calm, though it freezes on occasions. It exerts a mysterious charm over the locals, who spend sunny summer days on its shores, revel in the morning mist around its banks or walk next to it on melancholic winter’s evenings.

There are thick reed beds around the lakeside as well as dense thickets of willows, poplar trees and huge plane trees which offer shelter from the wind to a host of local and migrational birds. Herons, grebe, snipe, swans and cormorants all “earn their daily bread” by snacking on the local fish population.
The lake has two main features: a dream-like peninsula with its historic castle and towering minarets and the small island – the only island in Greece to be inhabited and yet not have a name – which basks in its green waters.
Little boats will ferry you through the local nature, past historic monasteries and into the picturesque fishing community, where the real heart of the island beats. Sample some of the desserts that Ioannina is famous for, enjoy the warm welcome the locals offer guests or try some of the popular local snacks, such as carp, eel and frog’s legs.
The secrets of the lake are well hidden in the shroud of the morning mist. They await you when you take a trip through legend and history.
Activities: The Lake offers perfect conditions for water skiing, rowing and canoeing, as the wind in the area is usually very favourable.
*Interested in the story of Kyra Frosini? She was a beautiful young girl that asked her parents to allow her to marry a Greek merchant from Venice so as to avoid being forced to join the harem of Ali Pasha, the local ruler (she was only 12 year old). One day, when her husband was away, Muhtar (Ali’s son) fell in love with her (although he too was already married). Unfortunately, Ali Pasha also liked her, so he sent his son abroad on a military mission to be able to get close to her himself. She refused his advances, so he accused her of prostitution and ordered her to be executed (along with 16 other girls) by being drowned in the lake! The year was 1801. The story of Kyra Frosyni is so popular that many taverns, cafes and boats on the lake are named after her.
The lake of Kastroria

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Surface area: 28 km2.
Deepest point: 9 m.
With its uniquely glorious natural beauty, Lake Orestiada in Kastoria (kastoria in Greek means beaver – the area used to have a large population of the animal) enchants visitors with its indescribable beauty. It has been calculated that the lake came into existence 10,000,000 years ago and that, in its present form, it is a remnant of an older expanse of water that covered 164 square kilometres.

Lake Orestiada makes a stunning mirror in which the fur trading city of the same name is reflected. It is home to a significant population of birds with more than 200 species, many of them rare or endangered. Swans, wild pelicans, herons, cormorants and wild duck shelter in the dense forests on the shores of the lake and the moisture-loving trees around it, which lovingly protect their feathered guests beneath the canopy of their leaves. At the first light of day, the lake erupts into life. Fishermen in traditional local boats skilfully compete with the waterfowl to catch the varied rewards the lake has to offer, such as crucian carp, carp, perch and roach. When the sun begins to dip down to the horizon, cyclists and romantically minded walkers seek tranquillity and inner calm by walking amongst the gigantic copper-green plane trees that surround the oval lake.
Activities: The lake at Kastoria is ideal for water-based activities such as rowing, sailing, water skiing, fishing and boating.
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Exploring #Drogarati Cave in #Kefalonia #Greece

Exploring #Drogarati Cave in #Kefalonia #Greece | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
3km from the beautiful coastal town of Sami on the island of Kefalonia, deep within the trees and winding road lies a very special place once hidden for million of years, it is Drogarati Cave.
Before a strong earth quake opened it up for the world to see around 300 years ago, Drogarati Cave laid hidden 60 metres underground for what researchers estimate to be 100 million years (during the age of dinosaurs!). Although appearing to be one room, Speleologists have confirmed that the cave has an extension which means that it must be connected with other caves in the area that (unfortunately for us) are currently inaccessible for curious cave explorers. Initially, Drogarati Cave was developed and used by the community of Haliotata, under the supervision of the speleologist Mrs Petrocheilos, but since 1963 it has been open to the public and is now one of Kefalonia’s “must-see” places.
Making my way down the slippery steps to the cave entrance, I felt more concerned about breaking my neck on the way down than excited about exploring a dinosaur-era cave! But once safely at the bottom of the stairs, I ducked down and entered Drogarati Cave, and well…wow!
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#Athens, #Greece: The City of #Gods And #Olympic_Games

#Athens, #Greece: The City of #Gods And #Olympic_Games | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
There’s something peculiar about this place, not only confirmed by the fact that some 5,000 years ago the first settlers came and stayed atop the Acropolis hill. 1,500 years later they managed to come down and start building what was to become one the grandest cities of ancient times.

It reached its grand heights in the 5th century BC, during the Classical period of ancient Greece.

The legendary leader Pericles listened carefully when the Delphi Oracle declared that Acropolis must not be inhabited by earthly humans, but instead must be turned into a grand monument to Gods.
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Traditional (and Not So Traditional) Greek Coffee in Athens

Traditional (and Not So Traditional) Greek Coffee in Athens | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
A look at traditional Greek coffee and coffee culture, as well as other types of coffee like frappé that have recently gained greater popularity in Athens
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#Corfu, #Greece: The Emerald Island Of The #Mediterranean

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Corfu, or Kerkyra as Greeks call it, has an interesting history, according to Greek Mythology; the island was named after the Assopos River’s daughter, the Nymph Korkira.

She was kidnapped by Poseidon, god of the sea, who took her to this beautiful island, and the unfortunate Nymph’s name stuck since then. Hence we know the island as Corfu.

The island has been occupied since the Paleolithic Era and the first Greek settlers were Eretreans. The island was ruled by the Macedonians, Spartans, Illyrians and then by Romans. It was also ruled by the Normans and the Venetians for a short period.

In 1267, the King of Sicily, Charles of Angou, conquered the island and tried his best to replace the locally accepted and practiced Orthodox religion with the Catholic one, but his attempts failed and Corfu was again subsequently conquered by Venetians in 1386.

In 1797, Napoleon conquered Venice with his French Army and according to the Kamboformio treaty, Corfu island got included into the French State. The French were defeated by the English and the Russians in 1799, but the French came back in 1807.

This prosperous period saw the creation of the Ionian Academy, schools were built, public services reorganized, and there were many agricultural improvements.

Achilleion palace, Corfu Island

The English came back in 1815 and occupied Corfu. The English built many new roads, organized the town’s water supply and improved the education system.

In 1824, the island got its first Greek University. The Ionian Islands finally came under the Greek State in 1864.

Corfu was built on a promontory and its architecture has the influence of all the civilizations that once occupied the island such as the Venetians, the French and the English.

Corfu town is separated into northern and southern sections and the old town is located in the northern section between the Esplanade and the new fortress.

The Esplanade is the central square of the town and it was turned into a public square during the French occupancy.

The Esplanade was designed following the French garden architectural style with many trees and flowers.

A typical beach in Corfu Island

Every summer, a competition cricket match, a heritage from the English occupation, is held in this square and this is the only place in Greece where this sport is practiced.

Cultural events, Feast of Virgin Mary, Anniversary of the Union, Feast of Agios Spyridon, the Varkarola, the Kricket Festival, Festival of Kato Garouna and Ano Gerakiana, and the Festival of Corfu are some of the famous festivals celebrated here.

Corfu is a very lively island that offers a great variety of bars and night clubs.

All nightlife is located in the beach resorts of Corfu. The main shopping hub is situated in the town’s center where you can buy jewelry, ceramics, leather goods, and handmade lace and needle work.

Where is Corfu?


310 miles/ 499 km from Athens, Greece
320.6 miles/ 516 km from Skopje, Macedonia
182.6 miles/ 294 km from Patras, Greece
323.1 miles/ 520 km from Athens International Airport, Greece
310 miles/ 499 km from Skopje Airport, Macedonia
What to See
Beside the old and new Venetian fortresses, the Town Hall square, the square of the saints, the Ionian Academy, the Palace of Saint Michael and Georges, the city has many points of interest that would be a real shame to miss:

Mt Pantokrator
Achilleion Palace
The Kanoni area with the ruins of the Ancient city
Churches and Monasteries
Aqualand Corfu
Horse riding, windsurfing, cycling and diving are some of the other recreations in Corfu.
Beaches
Agios Georgios
Agios Gordis
Agios Stefanos
Arrilas Arrilas
Barbati
Excursions
Corfu Town
Aggelokastro, the Byzantine Fortress
Palaiokastritsa
Achilleion
Corfu is known as the “Emerald Island” due to its lush greenery and breathtaking beauty.

It is a hidden treasure of the Mediterranean and has been an inspiration to many artists and literary figures.

We wish you a fantastic Mediterranean cruise!
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Swedish #Archaeologists Discover Unknown #Ancient #City in @Greece

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Archaeologists from the University of Gothenburg have begun exploring a previously unknown ancient city at a village called Vlochós, five hours north of Athens. The archaeological remains are scattered on and around the Strongilovoúni hill on the great Thessalian plains and can be dated to several historical periods.‘What used to be considered remains of some irrelevant settlement on a hill can now be upgraded to remains of a city of higher significance than previously thought, and this after only one season,’ says Robin Rönnlund, PhD student in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Gothenburg and leader of the fieldwork.
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#Greece: A #Kefalonia Love Affair

#Greece: A #Kefalonia Love Affair | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Going back to Kefalonia is like visiting a long-distance lover. First, there is the longing. Then the planning. And finally we are reunited.

On arrival there is that delicious sense of anticipation and familiarity. Then a slight doubt creeps in. Has it changed? Will I still feel the same?

There’s a point on the road north from Argostoli, where my heart leaps, as I drive round a series of deep ravines, looking, looking, looking…. Finally I glimpse my beloved, the village of Assos, perched on the isthmus jutting out into the Ionian Sea.

Assos wasn't the first place I visited in Greece, but it was the first I really researched with infinite care.   And I lost my heart to it.  Hook, line and sinker.  Within 24 hours of driving down that switchback road I was in love.  Irrevocably, hopelessly and joyously in love.

And it's an enduring love. Yes, it's matured and developed, as these things must, if they're not to burn out. But it's a constant in my life and the very fact that we are kept apart by circumstance keeps the desire alive and potent.

Why do I love this place so much?
  
There is the physical attraction certainly. It's undeniably picturesque, with the multi-coloured houses snaking down the twisting road to the narrow isthmus. Then the ruined 16th century castle with its dramatic views and timeless atmosphere, dominating the peninsula. Explore the village lanes and you come upon unexpected treats. The house with the red tin roof, set off by the swathe of bright pink bougainvillea. The relics of a row of graciously proportioned Venetian houses.  Just their facades remain, a memory of the affluent and varied past of this village.

But physical attraction isn’t enough to sustain my love.

Swimming in the sheltered bay is a sensual pleasure.  Clear, still water feels like silk on my skin, cool after the heat reflected from the stony beach.  And after, the salty legacy, dried by the sun on my lips, my skin, in my hair – a reminder and a temptation to plunge again.

Hike up to the castle and I enter another world entirely. I walk through the curved entrance tunnel and it’s cold. Exit and the sun hits again. It seems silent.  Until I hear the soft drone of bees, as they pollinate the spring flowers.  Flashes of sharp yellow pierce my eye as Golden Orioles swoop and fly.  In the early days, I loved the tinkle of goat bells when stock grazed within the old castle walls. Sadly that is no more; bureaucracy has spoken and only the echoes linger in my ears.

And the heart of Assos is the people. Ultimately, that's what rekindles my love every time. The two brothers who run the little café bar by the beach.  We still don’t know each other’s names but they recognize me, even after a year away. And the lady, who runs the village shop – her English is even more limited than my Greek, but we have endless conversations with odd words and many gestures.  
Most of all the family who greet me every time like a long-lost daughter and sister. Returning to their restaurant at the heart of the village is like coming home. We catch up on family news and gossip. They bring me tidbits from the kitchen and insist I don’t pay for my drink. I note how much the children have grown. We embrace, we talk, we laugh.

And when it’s time to go, I promise to return.  And I always keep my promises.

Liz Alvey has had an almost 20 year love affair with Greece. As well as repeated visits to her beloved Kefalonia, she has travelled to many other Ionian and Aegean Islands and to Athens.
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The Best Travel Gadgets for 2017

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Gadgets are there to make life easier and when travelling the right choices can give of peace of mind as well as enhancing your travel experience. As we all know however space is a valuable asset when travelling and this makes selecting the best and most necessary gadgets an even more vital decision. Here is our advice on the best travel gadgets for 2017:
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Το ανάκτορο στο Τατόι θα αναστηλωθεί για μουσείο

Το ανάκτορο στο Τατόι θα αναστηλωθεί για μουσείο | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Η κατάσταση του κτίσματος, που αποτελεί αντίγραφο αγροικίας των θερινών ανακτόρων στο Πέτερχοφ της Ρωσίας, δεν είναι ιδιαίτερα κακή, παρά την πολύχρονη εγκατάλειψη. Η στατική προμελέτη μιλά, βεβαίως, για ανάγκη ενίσχυσής του σε διάφορα σημεία, ωστόσο δεν διαπιστώνει ανυπέρβλητα προβλήματα.



Ολόκληρο το πρώην βασιλικό κτήμα έχει έκταση 42.000 στρεμμάτων και το 2003 πολλά κτίσματα κηρύχθηκαν διατηρητέα, με τον κεντρικό πυρήνα του κτήματος (60 στρέμματα) να κηρύσσεται επίσης ιστορικός τόπος. Έκτοτε πολύ λίγα έχουν γίνει ως προς την αναστήλωση και αποκατάσταση των κτηρίων καθώς πρώτα απ’ όλα πρέπει η πολιτεία να αποφασίσει τι θέλει να κάνει με το Τατόι. Επί προηγούμενων κυβερνήσεων πάντως, έχουν συνταχθεί μελέτες, που θα μπορούσαν να έχουν εξεταστεί από το ΚΣΝΜ, να έχουν ωριμάσει, και να μπορούν τώρα να ενταχθούν στο ΕΣΠΑ, όμως η παρούσα κυβέρνηση δεν έδειξε το παραμικρό ενδιαφέρον. Κι όμως, η λειτουργία μουσείου στην περιοχή, θα μπορούσε να εξασφαλίσει έσοδα για την προστασία των κτισμάτων όπως και του περιβάλλοντος, που αποτελεί ένα πανέμορφο, πλην άγριο πλέον, δάσος.

Η μελέτη της Αναστασίας Μαγκουρίλου παρουσιάστηκε χθες στο Συμβούλιο, και πήρε έγκριση για την επόμενη φάση, που είναι η σύνταξη της οριστικής μελέτης.
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