Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Greek mythology not in crisis #3

Featuring Medusa

In Greek mythology Medusa (Greek: Μέδουσα, "guardian, protectress") was a Gorgon, a chthonic monster, and a daughter of Phorcys and Ceto. The author Hyginus, interposes a generation and gives Medusa another chthonic pair as parents. Gazing directly upon her would turn onlookers to stone. She was beheaded by the hero Perseus, who thereafter used her head as a weapon until he gave it to the goddess Athena to place on her shield. In classical antiquity the image of the head of Medusa appeared in the evil-averting device known as the Gorgoneion.

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Pick of the day #30

Lalaria, Skiathos

Only reachable by boat from the port of the capital, Lalaria is situated on the north-eastern tip of the island and is a dream-like place of an incredible beauty with huge white cliffs rising out of the clear deep blue sea. 

To the left of the white sandy beach is a rock forming a natural bridge between the sand and the sea with a hole in the middle composing a sort of submarine passage. The magnificent Blue and Dark caves are located just before Lalaria and are worth being visited by boat.

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Pick of the day #29

Red beach, Santorini

The red beach is one of the most famous and beautiful of the beaches of Santorini. It is located near the village and ancient site of Akrotiri.

Because it is smallish, the red beach gets quite busy. A number of people come onto the headland just to admire this beach and never make it down to the hot sand. The reason why it attracts so many people is because of the slabs of red and black volcanic rocks behind it.

The sand itself is reddish black and painful to sit straight onto. There are thus a lot of sun loungers and shades. Just in front of the clear water is a corridor of large pebbles. You find on this beach that the sun seems to beat down particularly strong. The snorkeling is good here due to the interesting rocks.

Monday, 28 May 2012

Pick of the day #28

Saria, Karpathos

The small islet of Saria, located on the northern edge of Karpathos, is separated from the mainland of Karpathos by a narrow, long strait. It is believed that the two islands were united in the antiquity and a strong earthquake separated them. Historical records reveal that a kingdom existed there in the ancient times, probably the ancient town of Nisyros. The ruins of ancient Nisyros, including a temple dedicated to Apollo, can still be found on the sea-bed between Saria and Karpathos.

This tiny islet has a spectacular landscape comprising of white sandy virgin beaches with crystal clear water, abrupt cliffs, calcareous rock beds, deep caves and dashing streams. Saria is inhabited nowadays and only a few shepherds go to this isolated isle to range their stocks. In summer, there are small tour boats to connect Pigadia to Saria islet in frequent and daily itineraries.

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Sunday, 27 May 2012

Socrates trial (not guilty after 2400 years)

Socrates acquitted after 2400 years.

Crisis-enduring Greece received a bit of hope for belated justice. A re-trial of Ancient Greek philosopher Socrates in Athens, the very city that sentenced him to death in 399 BC, ended with his acquittal.

A panel of ten judges from Britain, France, Germany, Greece, Switzerland and the United States was hearing the case at the event at the Onassis Foundation. Five of them cast their votes for “guilty” verdict while five other said “not guilty”.Unlike the historical proceedings, the judges did not choose the form of punishment, since organizers felt it would unnecessarily complicate the process.

In the original trial Socrates was charged with failing to acknowledge gods worshiped by the city and a separate charge of corrupting the young. His teachings of skepticism challenged conventional moral, political and religious notions, which won him powerful enemies.

Ancient Athens accused him of conspiring with their enemy, the Spartans, to inspire a violent uprising of the Thirty Tyrants, a group of oligarchs, the leader of which was a pupil of Socrates.The philosopher spoke for himself in the trial before more than 500 jurors. The result was his sentencing to either death by drinking a hemlock-based liquid or permanent exile from the polis. Socrates opted for the former punishment.The most comprehensive account of the trial is that written by his friend and student Plato.

Socrates’ sentencing to death has modern-day implications, as the issues of freedom of speech are as resonant today, as they were 2,400 years ago, say the organizers of the mock re-trial."The issues that we will be debating here are global issues and are very pertinent," Anthony Papadimitriou, a lawyer and president of the Onassis foundation who spoke for the prosecution, said ahead of the trial.
At an earlier enactment of the trial in New York last year, Socrates was likewise acquitted.

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Greek culture not in crisis #2

Featuring this time the marvelous Temple of Poseidon in Sounion. Click here for the picture featuring Acropolis.

Some words about the historical and cultural monument:

The dramatic coastal location of Soúnio (Cape Sounion) in southern Attica was an ideal spot for a Temple of Poseidon, god of the sea. Standing atop sheer cliffs overlooking the Aegean Sea, the marble temple has served as a landmark for sailors from ancient times to today.Soúnio has been a sacred site since very ancient times. The "sanctuary of Sounion" is first mentioned in the Odyssey, as the place where Menelaus stopped during his return from Troy to bury his helmsman, Phrontes Onetorides.

Archaeological evidence has shown that there were two organized places of worship on the cape by the 7th century BC: a sanctuary of Poseidon at the southern edge and a sanctuary of Athena about 500 m to the northeast.Construction on a grand Temple of Poseidon began around 500 BC but was never completed; the temple and all the votive offerings were destroyed by the Persians in 480 BC. The Temple of Poseidon that now stands at Soúnio was built in 444 BC atop the older temple ruins. The Temple of Athena was also built at this time, atop her ancient sanctuary on the cape.

The sanctuaries began to decline from the 1st century BC onwards. Pausanias, who sailed along the coast around 150 AD, wrongly believed the prominent temple on the hill was the Temple of Athena.
Modern travellers visited Sounion long before excavations started on the site, including Lord Byron in 1810. Systematic excavations began on the site in 1897 and continue today.

Local marble was used for the Temple of Poseidon's Doric columns; 15 of the original 34 survive today. The columns were cut with only 16 flutings instead of the usual 20, which reduced the surface area exposed to the wind and sea water.

On the east side of the main path is an Ionic frieze made from 13 slabs of Parian marble. Badly eroded now, it depicted scenes from the battle of the Lapiths and centaurs and from the adventures of the hero Theseus (son of Poseidon in some legends).

Pick of the day #27

Ladiko beach, Rhodes

Ladiko is a small beach located on a beautiful bay 15km from Rhodes Town and 2km from Faliraki village. Ladiko beach features a tiny picturesque cove which can offer the visitor a beautiful day in the sun. The seashore has fine clean sand, with some small rocks scattered all around and many beach facilities.

Ladiko beach tends to get particularly crowded in summer. Usually small boats sailing near the shore as it is very popular. Lush green vegetation surrounds the beach and creates nice scenery.

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Friday, 25 May 2012

Pick of the day #26

Symi, Dodecanese

Symi also transliterated Syme or Simi (Greek: Σύμη) is a Greek island and municipality. It is mountainous and includes the harbor town of Symi and its adjacent upper town Ano Symi, as well as several smaller localities, beaches, and areas of significance in history and mythology. Symi is part of the Rhodes regional unit.
The shipbuilding and sponge industries were substantial on the island and, while at their peak near the end of the 19th century, the population reached 22,500. Symi's main industry is now tourism and the population has declined to 2,500.
Geographically, it is part of the Dodecanese island chain, located about 41 km north-northwest of Rhodes. Landmarks in the island include: 

  • The Monastery of the Archangel Michael Panormitis is a Greek Orthodox monastery built on the southwest coast in the early 18th century. It overlooks a bay, and is still inhabited by monks.
  • The Kastro overlooks the main town of Symi, Ano Symi. It was built by the Knights of St. John as an expansion of a Byzantine castle on the same site, many parts of which are still visible. There are also remnants of an ancient citadel on which the two later castles were built.
  • The municipal clock tower which was built circa 1880
  • The War memorial in the harbour consists of a monument "the Dove of Peace" in front of a bas-relief sculpture of a Trireme.
  • The town of Symi alone has thirteen major churches and dozens of chapels, some dating back to the Byzantine era.

Greece awarded with blue flag beaches

Greece is once again in the news, but this time to celebrate the quality of Hellenic beaches and clear waters. The International Blue Flag awards have ranked Greek beaches and marinas as second in the world. .
The coveted Blue Flags have been awarded to 394 Greek beaches and nine marinas, an increase of seven flags since 2011. Blue Flags are awarded by an International Committee and denote world-class prestige.
Island News reports that the Blue Flag "works towards sustainable development of beaches and marinas through strict criteria dealing with Water Quality, Environmental Education and Information, Environmental Management, and Safety and Other Services."

Ta Nea also reports that the European Environment Agency shows Greece has the clearest water for swimming of the Mediterranean countries.
Beaches in Corfu and Chalkidiki swooped the most Blue Flags with 35 each. A full list of Greece's Blue Flag can be found here

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Vathi beach, Thassos

Following the pic of the day, featuring Vathi beach in Thassos (click here), this video contains HD footage from the beach. Witness the exotic part of Greece!

Pick of the day #25

Vathi beach, Thassos

One of the most beautiful beaches of Thassos, located on the east side of the island, close to Makryammos. It is an extremely exotic place with green waters and white sand shaded by trees. The access is difficult, due to the bad road condition. But still, totally worth it! 

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Greek history not in crisis #3

Featuring Leonidas statue, Thermopylae

Leonidas (540-480 BC), the legendary king of Sparta, and the Battle of Thermopylae is one of the most brilliant events of the ancient Greek history, a great act of courage and self-sacrifice. This man and the battle itself has inspired since then many artists, poets and film-makers that hymn the spirit of him and his Spartans.

Little is known about the life of Leonidas before the Battle of Thermopylae. Historians believe that he was born around 540 BC and the he was son of King Anaxandrias II of Sparta, a descendant of Hercules, according to the myth. Leonidas was 
married to Gorgo and had a son. He must have succeeded his half-brother to the throne at around 488 BC, till his death in 480 BC. His name meant either "the son of a lion" or "like a lion". 

In summer of 480 BC, Xerxes, the king of Persia, was attacking Greece with a big and well-equiped army. As he had already conquered northern Greece and he was coming to the south, the Greeks decided to unite and confront him in Thermopylae, a narrow passage in central Greece. Leonidas and his army, 300 soldiers, went off to Thermopylae to join the other Greek armies. The Greeks altogether were about 4,000 soldiers, while the Persian army consisted of 80,000 soldiers.

Xerxes waited for 4 days before he attacked, believing that the Greeks would surrender. When Xerxes sent his heralds to the Greeks, asking for their weapons, as a sign of submission, Leonidas said the historical phrase "Come and get them!", declaring the beginning of the battle.

The first days, the Greeks were resisting, until a local man, Ephialtes, revealed to the Persians a secret passage to circle the Greeks and win the battle. Seeing that the Persian army were about to circle them, Leonidas asked the other Greeks to leave the battlefield. He proposed that he and his army would stay back to cover their escape, while the other Greeks would leave to protect the rest of Greece from a future Persian invasion.

Therefore, Leonidas with his 300 Spartans and 700 Thespians, who refused to leave, stayed back to fight the huge Persian army. They were all killed in the battlefield, in this deathtrap, protecting theie homeland and their values. After all, it was disgraceful for a Spartan to return to Sparta beaten in war. A Spartan would either return from war as a winner, or he should not return at all.

Today, a modern monument lies on the site of the battle in Thermopylae to remind of this courageous action, while the tomb of this legendary king lies in his homeland, Sparta.

Pick of the day #24

Milopotamos, Pelion

Milopotamos is a white, sandy pebble beach, with light crystal water of a unique beauty.It is divided by rocks into two sections with a snaky path leading from one part to another. Pine trees are shadowing the path leading to this beautiful beach, making the way to it particularly agreeable. 

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Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Pick of the day #23

Agia Anna, Amorgos

Agia Anna is a beautiful beach located very close to Chora, only few minutes walk from the monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa, the most important sight of Amorgos. Agia Anna is a small rocky beach that distinguishes for its spectacular beauty. It offers an amazing diving and snorkeling experience in the blue crystal waters of the Aegean Sea. The stunning waters of Agia Anna were captured 20 years ago in the English film "Big Blue".

Monday, 21 May 2012

Greek history not in crisis #2

Aphrodite(Venus) of Milos

One of the most famous ancient Greek statues was discovered on the Greek island of Milos in the beginning of the 19th century. This statue is called Aphrodite of Milos, or else Venus of Milos. Aphrodite was the Greek goddess of love and beauty.

The statue depicts a woman with young, energetic body, smooth contours and a twisting torso.  She is having a long drapery wrapped around her waist, which is styled in a way that can create a play of ight and shadow. Her face and her expression are supposed to show her god-like beauty. Her hair is tied.

This statue was made of fine Parian marble and is 2m tall. Both its arms have been cut and his creator is unknown. It was originally believed that Praxiteles was the sculptor but scientists say that it was created in the Helenistic Era, not the Classical Times.

Actually, this statue is believed to have been created somewhere between 130 and 90 BC. It is considered to be a mixture of various styles from the Classical period of ancient Greek art. Its grace reminds the great statues of ancient Athens, which influenced every from of art. 

This great statue was found in Milos in 1820 by a peasant named Georgios Kentrotas. As he didn’t know his historical importance, he decided to keep it in his farm. That time there was a French sailor named Jules Dumont d' Urville on the island.

He saw it and immediately understood the importance of this discovery. So he arranged through the French ambassador to Turkey at that time to have the French government purchase the statue. 

The purchase nearly did not happen. The message took a long time to get to the Frenchambassador. The peasant was getting restless and was being strongly encouraged to sell the statue to a priest at a local church.

The priest wanted to give the statue to an interpreter for the Sultan in Constantinople. When a representative from the French did finally arrive, the statue was being put on a ship going to Istanbul. He persuaded the leaders of the island to stop the sale and accept the offer from France. The translator was not too pleased with the turn of events but the statue finally arrived at the Museum of Louvre.

However, during the transportation or the argument, the hands were cut off the statue and lost.It is believed that the right hand was lifting her drapery and the left hand was holding an apple. The apple was a symbol of beauty for the ancient Greeks.

This statue is today one of the most famous works of the ancient Greek art and is often used as the symbol of Milos island. The original statue is kept today in Louvre but there is a replica of this statue in the Archaeological Museum of Milos.

Pick of the day #22

Panormos, Skopelos

A fabulous, wind protected bay with turquoise waters; consists of a large shingle beach and lots of coves. The water gives a spectacular mix of blue and green colours, that is most inspiring. Panormos is situated 12km from Glossa, and 16km from Chora (the main town of Skopelos).

The whole hamlet is surrounded by a green landscape, with trees and vegetation stretching down to the sea, providing a relaxing setting.

There is a natural bay close by that is used by many boat owners, to protect their vessles from the rough open seas, that can sometimes be very strong.

Exactly opposite Panormos is the small island of "Dasia", which provides a magical image during the sunsets that you will be able to enjoy here. 

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Pick of the day #21

Blue Caves, Zakynthos (Zante)

The blue caves are located in the West coast of Zakynthos. They are also known as the blue caves ‘of Volimes’, the picturesque village where they are located.This area is quite wilder, rural, and less transited than the others just mentioned. In fact, the blue caves are only accessible by the sea. 

The distinctive element of the blue caves is that they reflect the vibrating and striking blue colour of the waters in them, which at the same time capture and reflect the shine of the limpid sky reflected on their surface. This succession of bright reflection creates an almost magical atmosphere that is better appreciated at sunrise or sunset.

The blue caves have also interesting arches created by erosion along thousands of years, which allow for going through these caves and get actually surrounded by this surreal environment. However, there is one way of being part of that marvellous scenery apart from getting surrounded by the cave’s arches: the blue caves are obviously the soft spot for those who like diving.

These kinds of experiences usually remind the visitor of the many palaces, myths and fantastic literary characters and scenarios that characterise the Greek art manifestations, and it turns obvious where the inspiration of those ancient artists came from.

The Parthenon marbles belong to Greece!

This is a very interesting article, I just read this morning concerning the Parthenon marbles that have been stolen by the British. I will quote the important parts of the article as it is very big to read. Think of it and make up your own mind. You can find the entire article in the Guardian website (click here).

The Parthenon marbles are not ours. They belong in Athens

Children play near the British Museum's Parthenon marbles.  Photograph: Richard Baker/CorbisChildren play near the British Museum's Parthenon marbles. Photograph: Richard Baker/Corbis

Elgin's behaviour would be absolutely unacceptable today

Despite the disintegration of their politics and economy, the Greeks can still muster a crew of vestal virgins to light and nurture the Olympic flame. The ceremony had a bogus feel but, dressed in that clinging material the Athenian sculptors rendered so miraculously in marble, the virgins of Vesta the goddess of fire really did look as though they had served as caryatids or just stepped from an ancient frieze.
The idea of the flame and its journey is to imbue the branded and, I have to say, slightly tiresome modern Olympiad with the spirit of the games that were first held in 776BC in honour of Zeus. But the sight of these women also reminds us that, while ancient Greece has given so much to the modern world and sets some kind of bar for all civilisation, it is dishonoured as well as honoured in the 2012 Olympic city.
Those photographs from Greece last week sent me straight round to the chief site of that abuse, the Duveen Gallery at the British Museum, where the Parthenon marbles are displayed and there are as many diaphanously clothed virgins as you would wish to clap eyes on.
Don't get me wrong – this is not to attack the British Museum, which certainly represents a high point in civilisation and has a terrific director in Neil MacGregor. But it is a plea that we be honest with ourselves about the presence of so many of the Parthenon sculptures in Britain. There are bits and pieces in other European museums, but the great proportion of this incomparable work has been here since it was chiselled and sawn from the Parthenon by the Scots peer Lord Elgin just over two centuries ago. 
The only allusion to the controversy of the continued presence in this country that I could find in the museum was a notice near the entrance to the Duveen Gallery. "Elgin's removal of the sculptures from the ruins of the building has always been a matter for discussion," it says with a dry little cough before briskly moving on. "But one thing is certain – his actions spared them further damage by vandalism, weathering and pollution."
I won't dilate too much about the experience of seeing the marbles close up, which is something the ancient Greeks never did, because they were placed high on the Parthenon, but what is moving is the human detail of the sculptures. There is a deep love of the physical world in every fleeting action and gesture, particularly in the horses, which are shown at rest, exhausted or suddenly breaking into an exhilarating canter with their manes flying, muscles engaged, veins bulging. You are tempted to say the artists who observed so keenly and reproduced what they saw in marble with such accuracy were just as sophisticated as us. Not true – they were far superior.
 It's like being shown a collection of work by Picasso and Cézanne in someone's house and being told the paintings are stolen. It colours the experience, because the appreciation of great art cannot be illicit, and knowledge of a theft affects the way you see.
The Parthenon marbles are different because they were the height of man's achievement in the fifth century BC, and for about 2,000 years after that. They represent the core of Greek civilisation, and they are the beating heart of modern Greek identity. And, as important, the sculptures really represent half the building that was constructed between 447BC and 432BC to mark the defeat of the Persians by Athens.
If you ask the people who argue passionately for retention when they last went to see the marbles, it is striking how few have been in the past five years. It seems to be simply a matter of patriotic possession to them, rather than any great love of art. And talking of possession, they always tend to forget that the sculptures were prised from the Parthenon when the Turks ruled the Greeks, and they could not defend the emblems of their glorious past. If possession ever was nine tenths of the law, it is also true to say that it is often nine tenths of guilt. 
The late Christopher Hitchens campaigned long and hard for the return of the marbles. In a piece for Vanity Fair three years ago, he pointed out that all the arguments concerning pollution and weathering were now redundant, because the Greeks have built a beautiful museum ready to house their heritage. A few fragments from the frieze have begun to trickle back to Athens but the Greeks await the bulk of Phidias's masterly work and their heritage.
The argument that restoration would set a precedent is also false, because there are very few works in the world that fall into the category of the Parthenon marbles, which inspire deep feelings of national loss and yearning.
To weigh the issue, you need only ask yourself if Elgin's behaviour would be acceptable today. Of course it wouldn't, and nor would we expect to keep the result of such looting. So why do we hold on to these ill-gotten sculptures now?
While the Greeks strip their banks of money and head towards an economic precipice, it is hardly the moment to ship the marbles out of Tilbury.
However, I am suggesting that in the light of everything western civilisation owes Greece – in terms of democratic ideas, the Olympics, science, art and architecture – we should begin to address a simple truth: the Parthenon marbles are not ours to keep.
Well said , Henry Porter

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Rebranding Greece

Peter Economides speaks about the economic crisis and how Greece will manage to overcome its depts. the video is given with Greek subtitles for obvious reasons. Must watch this video:

We have to remind our selfs that Greece is still strong! So let's all Promote Greece! "Now is the time to imagine the future". 

Pick of the day #20

Telendos, Aegean Sea

Telendos is a big rock island in the East Aegean Sea and lies at a distance of about 750 metres from the west coast of Kalymnos. Its landscape is mountainous except for the east side, which faces Kalymnos. Apart from its beautiful landscape, it is also a historical area which offers a great interest for every visitor.The island of Telendos was joined with Kalymnos until the middle of the 6th Century A.D.

The powerful earthquake of 554 A.D., which struck th entire East Byzantine Empire, also mortally affected Kalymnos, causing deaths, destructions of settlements, churches and subsidence. The region between Kalymnos and Telendos sunk in the sea. Evidence o this destruction are the enormous cracks at the coast of Kalymnos, opposite Telendos, as well as the sunken buildings at the east coast of the island of Telendos and in the bottom of the marine channel, between Telendon and Kalymnos. At Pothia Beach, one half of a church is found on dry land while the other half is underwater.

The myth of the princess of Telendos: when a closer look is taken at the mountain across the water, it is noticed that the different rock ledges seem to take the shape of a body resting over the sea, with a big face. This is visible looking out from the top of the mountain.Kalymnos and the island of Telendos are new areas now offering excellent rock climbing all year round and the potential for new routes and new areas is enormous.

Friday, 18 May 2012

Greek heritage not in crisis #3

Featuring the Caryatids in Acropolis. We are proud of our heritage, even if some people tried and are still trying to take it away from us! 

caryatid (Greek: Καρυάτις, plural: Καρυάτιδες) is a sculpted female figure serving as an architectural support taking the place of a column or a pillar supporting an entablature on her head. The Greek termkaryatides literally means "maidens of Karyai", an ancient town of Peloponnese.

One of those original six figures, removed by Lord Elgin in the early 19th century, is now in the British Museum in London. The Acropolis Museum holds the other five figures, which are replaced onsite by replicas. The five originals that are in Athens are now being exhibited in the new Acropolis Museum, on a special balcony that allows visitors to view them from all sides.

The British remain unwilling in returning the caryatid where she belongs despite many efforts and campaigns, such as: 

Pick of the day #19

Parga, Preveza

Parga (Greek: Πάργα) is a town located in the northwestern part of the regional unit of Preveza in Epirus, northwestern Greece. Parga lies on the Ionian coast between the cities of Preveza and Igoumenitsa. It is a resort town known for its scenic beauty.

City amphitheatrically built, Parga is a picturesque resort that combines uniquely mountain and sea. One of the most cosmopolitan places in northwestern Greece, the “Bride of Epirus”, the beautiful Parga challenges you to experience up close its long history, its diverse natural beauty and hospitality of its inhabitants.

Parga rightfully attracts thousands of tourists every summer, not only because of its natural beauties, but also because of its beautiful beaches. You can enjoy your bath in the calm and hot water, but also you can do many of your favorite sea sports or games. The coasts of Parga are probably the best part by the beaches of Ionian Sea. The most popular and most visited beaches are: Valtos, Kryoneri, Piso Kryoneri, Lichnos, Sarakiniko, Ai Giannakis and other steep but also of rare beauty beaches.

One of the cities attractions is the island of Panagia:

Another attraction is the castle of Parga, demolished twice by the Ottomans and rebuilt by Venetians:

Add Parga in your vacations list! 

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Pick of the day #18

Papafragas, Milos

The idyllic landscape of Papafragas is one of the most impressive sites of Milos. From the top of the rock, it resembles a huge natural swimming pool, an enormous cave carved out of the cliff’s side. A tiny path leads to the tiny strip of sand that forms the beach. 

Crystalline waters of changing colours, depending on the weather and the light, welcome the visitor. Deep dark sea caves surround the place. Ready for an adventure? 

The most ancient site of Milos is just a few metres away; the ancient town of Phylakope,. The few remaining ruins of walls, buildings and tombs are now almost entirely covered by the water, but still bear witness of the life and civilisation existing there during the Neolithic period.

Take a look at Papafragas and other wonderful places here.

Promote Greece on Youtube

Promote Greece is going global every day. A video has just been uploaded on Youtube with the name of our cause, i.e. "Promote Greece". Take a look at it:

Share this video and let the world know that Greece is still the best destination. Let's all promote Greece! 

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Pick of the day #17

Voutoumi Bay, Antipaxos

Voutoumi is an amazing, pebbled beach on the north eastern coast of Antipaxos. It is situated inside a large cove with tall rocks covering the two sides of the beach, as seen in the picture above. 

Voutoumi beach, attracts many visitors from Paxi, Corfu and even Italy during the summer months, who love to swim in the inviting turquoise blue clear waters of the bay. The water is shallow and ideal for all ages. Take your family with you and enjoy yourselves. 
Worth a visit.

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Astonishing sunrise in Greece

Greece is well known for the astonishing sunset at the end of each day, but we should not forget the magical sunrise. The following video was recorded in Leptokaria at 6:35 in the morning as the sun rises and paints the sea and the sky. Take a closer look at one of nature's miracles: 

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Greek Mythology not in crisis #2

Featuring Theseus killing Minotaur

Theseus was Athens's great hero. While having all the qualities of a traditional hero, such as strength and courage, he was also intelligent and wise. His early adventures benefited the city and region. He was a successful king. He consolidated Athens's position in the region through shrewd political maneuvering. He led Athens's army on victorious campaigns. He is credited as the founder of Athens's democracy voluntarily turning many of his powers as king over to an elected assembly. He gained a reputation for helping the poor and oppressed.

His shedding of power also made it easier for him to continue going on adventures after he was king. "Not without Theseus" became a popular Athenian saying, reflecting the belief he should be included in any important undertaking.

While growing up he wanted to be like his older cousin Heracles. Perhaps the only example of conscious emulation by one Greek Hero of another. He became a fast friend of Heracles and they saved each others lives. Heracles through his strength. Theseus through his wisdom.

In middle age his wisdom deserted him. He began going on foolish adventures. He started making bad decisions. His efforts to produce an heir for the throne led to more problems. The people of Athens's grew tired on the turmoil he produced. Ultimately, he died in exile from Athens's. The city did not bother to bring his body home.

Pick of the day #16

Paleokastritsa, Corfu

Paleokastritsa is located on the northwest coast of Corfu, 25 km from the I.Kapodistrias airport as well as from Corfu town. The resort is hilly and nestles beneath the folds of steep verdant slopes of olive groves and citrus orchards. 

Paleokastritsa has long been considered one of the most beautiful villages in Corfu. Paleokastritsa is chiefly memorable for the exceptional scenery along with the superb beaches. The cool crystal waters are ideal for swimming and water sports.