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February's Article: The Greeks of Australia Special Feature: Zakynthos: Food, Wine & Products
What's New: Sterling Silver Jewelry, 2011 Gouria Good Luck Charms, Costume Jewelry and Accessories, Greek Music, Greek Books, Children's Books & DVDs in Greek, Greek Tshirts, Vintage Greek Posters, February's Recipe: Eggplant with Tabbouleh & Yogurt sauce
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February's Recipe:
Eggplant with Tabbouleh & Yogurt Sauce


Ingredients:
  • 4 small eggplants
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 bottled Florina peppers (pimentos)
  • 1 recipe yogurt sauce (basic recipes)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green onions
  • 3 tbsp grated onion
  • 2 small cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

for the tabbouleh:

  • 1 cup bulgur (broken wheat)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup finely chopped parsley and mint
  • 2 large tomatoes, skinned, seeded and finely chopped
Preparation:

Prepare the tabbouleh. Put the bulgur in a bowl, cover with water and soak for 2 hours, until it swells. Strain very well. Put the strained bulgur  in a large bowl and mix it with the parsley, mint, tomatoes, green onions, onion, garlic, and half the lemon juice. Refrigerate for one hour. Beat the rest of the lemon juice with the oil, salt and freshly ground pepper and leave in the refrigerator to pour over the salad just before serving. Wash the eggplants and cut in half lengthways. Make 2 or 3 incisions in the skin of the eggplant, without cutting right through to the other side. Sprinkle with plenty of salt and leave in a colander to drain for 1 hour. Wash again and squeeze with your hands to extract all the water. Deep-fry the eggplant halves. Strain them so that the surplus oil drains off and lay them on a dish. Sprinkle with freshly ground pepper and spread half a slice of red pepper on top of each eggplant. Leave to cool. Serve the tabbouleh inside the eggplants accompanied by 1 tablespoon of yogurt sauce. The dish prepared without the yogurt can be refrigerated for several hours, up to 1 day.

Preparation time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cooking time 1 hour

 
Vegetarian, low fat recipe.

Excerpts and Photography from: Cooking a Love Affair
by Alexia Alexiadou


 



February's Article:
The Greeks of Australia


The Greeks of Australia

From 1890 to 1930 many underage boys were the victims of the padrone system. Children as young as eleven years old were brought by their relatives to work under their authority long hours in cages, confectionery shops, laundries, coffeehouses, carpentry, grocery shops and restaurants under callous conditions. Some of the boys worked as vegetable, fruit and fish peddlers. Their transportation was arranged and paid for by the relative by means of mortgage, while their parents in Greece were assured that adequate provisions would be made to secure not only their financial welfare but also their education. In return the boy was to remain under their authority and in their employment for at least one year. During the early years many boys experienced complete isolation, censorship of their mail, severe exploitation and inability to abandon the padrone.

Greek immigration was influenced by the fact that it was based on kinship, family values and loyalties. Pioneer immigrants had no choice but to follow the settlement and occupational patterns selected by the senior settlers of their family and to follow professions that had been followed by the pioneer settlers and their family to safeguard the customs and tradition of their village of origin. Many young Greek immigrants remained unmarried out of family obligation towards the single sisters that they left in the old country, while some decided to marry in order to provide a family environment and to look after their elderly parents. The formation of crowded communes in houses in their inner suburban areas in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Adelaide whereby single young men or families of the same kinship shared common facilities must be assessed in the light of these values. Companionship, security, financial advancement and easy access to accommodation were the advantages of the communal system. the main concerns of the Greek family were for their children to maintain loyalty to the villages customs and values, not to marry outside the ethnic group and to maintain their mother tongue. Postwar immigrants added to these aims the attainment of an excellent education for their children and the acquisition of real estate not only for a more affluent lifestyle and prosperity but also for security.

In financially difficult periods employment was the exclusive privilege of British subjects, forcing the majority of the new immigrants into constant mobility to find seasonal work. Colonial and post colonial governments protected these concession laws and prevented banks from lending to employers hiring the services of non-British persons. The character of the Australian colonies until the early years following the Second World War, remained British. Since the introduction of the Aliens Legislation in WA, in 1867, non-British settlers were prohibited from acquiring land. This was amended in 1951 when certain countries, including Greece, were declared 'friendly countries' and in 1965 land rights were extended to citizens of those countries who migrated to Australia. During the post federation period the union movement and the Australian Labor Party continued an anti-immigration policy, confining most southern European settlers to manual work in the rural areas and exercising political pressure on governments to enforce restrictions at the expense of the immigrants. Some settlers, because of their wealth, and accompanying generosity, became more accepted in Anglo-Australian society and this acceptance, combined with their wealth, enabled them to visit relatives and act as advocates on Greek national issues. (Tamis and Gavakis, 2002).

Australian opinion about immigration was influenced by British tradition and, to a very large extent, by economic conditions. the level of acceptance was largely determined on the basis of proximity to 'the Australian way of life', the degree of historical ties with Britain, and the capacity to assimilate. Acceptance of Greek immigrants, however, ultimately rested on their ability to serve the interests of the society without threatening entrenched labor positions. Even by 1948 the relative position of Greek immigrants appeared in favor of limited Greek entry (the second highest after the Chinese), 45 per cent were positively favorable, while 18 percent voted for their exclusion (Tamis, 2000). The Japanese threat, the aftermath of World War II and gradual changes in government and public opinion increased the acceptance of liberal reforms. The process for the liberalization of immigration policies was cumbersome because the pressure for change was indirect. Most politicians considered any association with liberal movement as a political liability. After 1965, the Menzies Government adopted constructive proposals submitted by liberal pressure groups, including the Australian Council of Churches and Associations for Immigration Reforms. It was the vision and the policies adopted by contemporary statesmen that laid the foundation for the formation of a multicultural Australian society.

Despite their hardships pioneer Greeks successfully grafted the social and cultural life of the old country onto the new environment. Living in communes within the inner suburban areas of the capital cities they managed to lay the foundations for the establishment of the first church was built and soon after launched the Greek language Sunday schools (1900). They also sponsored musical and theatrical productions (1912), circulated their first newspaper Australia (1913), published their first book, a commercial and social guide, The Life in Australia (1916), initiated social events and set up their most fashionable form of social institution, the Greek kafeneia (coffee houses). The coffee house was the most widespread form of organization amongst the Balkan immigrants, acting as an all-male recreational centre, meeting place and a venue for finding employment and acquaintances. Heated political discussions took place there, attracting only those patrons who were in complete ideological alignment with the proprietor and his political favorites. Pictures of the political figures were portrayed on the walls to manifest the ideological reference point of the place. Their patrons played cards, held endless discussions on politics and philosophy and gossiped about community leaders. In periods of domestic community strife, coffee houses were the venues for public debate and an arena for learned discussions, often mistaken for quarrels by the agents of the Australian secret services. Many Greek organizations were established using the kafeneia as their assembly place. During the early years, in the absence of any churches and clergymen, Greek pioneer settlers had the opportunity to listen in the kafeneia to some chants during the Good Friday and the Easter celebrations or even to conduct certain sacraments with the assistance of gramophones.

Article to be continued next month

 

Excerpts and Photography from
The Greeks in Australia
by Anastasios Tamis

 Special Feature:
 Zakynthos: Food, Wine & Products

Alisiva is ash or lye: wood ash is boiled in water, carefully strained, and used to clarify and keep fruit firm for spoon sweets. In the old days ladies used it also for their laundry: they folded the freshly washed sheets, still wet, placed them in straw baskets and sprinkled layers of ash between them. Over this they poured hot water, which rinsed away the ashes as it purified and bleached the sheets.

Daphne is bay leaf. It is the best seasoning in red sauces and baked fish or poultry. It is also used to flavor dried fruits such as figs and raisins, It is useful in closets to keep woolen clothes from moths during summer.

Capers, either fresh or pickled, are perfect in salads and stuffing.

Canela is cinnamon, often used in tomato and meat sauces and usually accompanied by cloves. It is also used in pies and sweets, boiled in syrups, sprinkled on rizogalo and in spoon sweets.

Clove, usually accompanied with cinnamon in spicy and red sauces, is used to decorate baklava and other sweets, and is also added to herbal tea, which helps with colds.

Pine nuts are used in Zakynthian cuisine in stuffed vegetables and desserts.

Dill grows in all gardens in Zakynthos. It is used in red sauces, salads and stuffed vegetables, especially in artichokes, string beans and in sgatzeto, the Greek Magiritsa, which is the Easter Soup. Zakynthians combine it mostly with fennel.

Maratho is fennel, similar to dill. It is commonly used in red sauces, salads and stuffed vegetables.

Parsley is often used in salads, red sauces, stuffed vegetables and in Sperna -sweetened grain dish- served at memorials.

Diosmos is mint, found plentifully in most gardens to be used for therapeutic reasons and as an herbal tea to soothe the intestines. It is often used in red sauces and is essential is polpetes, meatballs, for its excellent flavor and scent.

Thendrolivano is rosemary, used in baked dishes such as chicken, other meats, or fish on charcoal. It is also served as a tea accompanied with other herbs.

Glykaniso is anise, mostly used in sweets, breads and mainly in paximathia, sweet rusks, and also a herb for newborn babies, to soothe their intestines.

Anthonero is blossom water, usually from orange blossoms, used in making pasteli and some cosmetics.

Arbaroriza is the rose geranium. Its leaves are sweet and Zakynthians use them for their scent when making jams and sweets, especially quince and grape jam.

Chamomile is a therapeutic herb which Zakynthians collect in the spring and keep for the whole year. It is appreciated as a therapeutic drink either for stomach problems, eye infections, or soothing babies discomforts. It is also used as disinfectant and for cosmetic purposes too.

Faskomilo is a herb similar to sage. It is a mountain tea and has a strong taste and scent. It is a wild bush that beekeepers feed their hives. Zakynthians collect it from the hills, let it dry, and keep it for a long time. In winter it is boiled in water, strained and served with honey as a special drink for colds.


The Special Feature "Zakynthos: Food, Wine & Products" will continue next month...

Excerpt from
Cooking and Traditions of Zakynthos
by Calliopi Toufidou

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Sterling Silver Necklace - Alexander and Athena (33mm) Rhodium Plated

Sterling Silver Necklace - Alexander and Athena (33mm) Rhodium Plated
 
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Worrybeads with Metal Greek Key Motif Beads
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25th Anniversary Limited Edition Box Set, Notis Sfakianakis (6CD, 2DVD)

25th Anniversary Limited Edition Box Set, Notis Sfakianakis (6CD, 2DVD)
Hriso Paketo 2011

Hriso Paketo 2011
The Island  TV Series Soundtrack O.S.T.

The Island TV Series Soundtrack O.S.T.
Epitihies 2011 (3 CD)

Epitihies 2011 (3 CD)
Rithmos In the Mix Vol. 3 , Various Artists

Rithmos In the Mix Vol. 3 , Various Artists
Minos 2011 Special Edition

Minos 2011 Special Edition
Laika 2011 (3CD edition)

Laika 2011 (3CD edition)
Kolasi 2011

Kolasi 2011
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Dio fones mia psihi, Yiannis Ploutarhos
Parafora, Sakis Rouvas

Parafora, Sakis Rouvas
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Mihalis, Mihalis Hatziyiannis
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To Kalitero Psema, Mihalis Hatziyiannis
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Agapi einai esy, Anna Vissi
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Doro yia sena, Nikos Ikonomopoulos
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Aggeli stin kolasi, Kelli Kelekidou
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Notis Sfakianakis, Matomeno Dakri - Horeftikon
I zoi mou erotas, Natassa Theodoridou

I zoi mou erotas, Natassa Theodoridou
Giorgos Dalaras sings Stavros Kougioumtzis (2 CD)

Giorgos Dalaras sings Stavros Kougioumtzis
(2 CD)
Perasma, Sokratis Malamas

Perasma, Sokratis Malamas
Ta Kommatia tis Psihis mou

Ta Kommatia tis Psihis mou
Sti hora ton trelon, Onirama

Sti hora ton trelon, Onirama
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Egklima kai Timoria, Giorgos Margaritis
Stous Torinous Kairous, Giorgos Koinousis (2CD)

Stous Torinous Kairous, Giorgos Koinousis (2CD)
Stamatis Gonidis, Se thelo

Stamatis Gonidis, Se thelo
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S' ta ipa ola, Vasilis Karras
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The Education of an American Dreamer, Peter G. Peterson (In English)

The Education of an American Dreamer, Peter G. Peterson (In English)
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I skotini plevra tou Iliou by Chrisa Dimoulidou
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Den mpori, tha strosei, by Lena Manta (In Greek)

Den mpori, tha strosei, by Lena Manta (In Greek)
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Opws Ithela na Zisw, by Eleni Priovolou (In Greek)
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I tehni tou na eisai giagia, by Hara Marantidou
(In Greek)
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Ta Sakia, by Ioanna Karystiani (in Greek)
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I ksypoliti twn Athinwn, by Filomila Lapata (In Greek)
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Skiouros ziti Berberitsa, by David Sedaris (in Greek)
CIA, o aporritos fakelos tou Andrea Papandreou, by Marios Evriviades (In Greek)

CIA, o aporritos fakelos tou Andrea Papandreou, by Marios Evriviades (In Greek)
Ypo to miden, Tessera Sholia gia tin Krisi (In Greek)

Ypo to miden, Tessera Sholia gia tin Krisi
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Oi anthropoi mou, by Stavros Theodorakis (in Greek)

Oi anthropoi mou, by Stavros Theodorakis
(in Greek)
Mia Nea Eksoteriki Politiki gia tin Ellada, by Spiros Markezinis (In Greek)

Mia Nea Eksoteriki Politiki gia tin Ellada, by Spiros Markezinis (In Greek)
1821 - I Gennisi enos Ethnous, by Pashalis Kitromilidis (In Greek)

1821 - I Gennisi enos Ethnous, by Pashalis Kitromilidis (In Greek)
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Psomi kai Alati, the Coobook, by Giannis Loukakos (In Greek)
O giros tis Elladas se dekaeksi taksidia, by Kostas Horikos (In Greek)

O giros tis Elladas se dekaeksi taksidia, by Kostas Horikos (In Greek)
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Greek Box of Knowledge - Mini Boardbook Set #4 - Animals, Garden, Toys & Food (In Greek)

Greek Box of Knowledge - Mini Boardbook Set #4 - Animals, Garden, Toys & Food (In Greek)
Greek Box of Knowledge - Mini Boardbook Set #5 - Numbers (In Greek)

Greek Box of Knowledge - Mini Boardbook Set #5 - Numbers (In Greek)
Greek Box of Knowledge - Mini Boardbook Box Set #6 - Animals (In Greek)

Greek Box of Knowledge - Mini Boardbook Box Set #6 - Animals (In Greek)
Greek Box of Knowledge - Mini Boardbook Set #7 - Colors (In Greek)

Greek Box of Knowledge - Mini Boardbook Set #7 - Colors (In Greek)
Brothers Grimm Fairy Tale Box Set of 5 Books (In Greek)

Brothers Grimm Fairy Tale Box Set of 5 Books
(In Greek)
Little Princess Board Book Set of 5 Books (In Greek)

Little Princess Board Book Set of 5 Books (In Greek)
Greek Magnetic Boardbook - Learning Numbers (In Greek)

Greek Magnetic Boardbook - Learning Numbers
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Greek Magnetic Boardbook - Learning the Alphabet (In Greek)

Greek Magnetic Boardbook - Learning the Alphabet
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Efharisto Parakalo / Please and Thank You Boardbook, by Dorling Kindersley (In Greek)

Efharisto Parakalo / Please and Thank You Boardbook, by Dorling Kindersley
(In Greek)
Dora's Greek Alphabet, Numbers, Shapes & Colors, by Kelly Demopoulos (In Greek)

Dora's Greek Alphabet, Numbers, Shapes & Colors, by Kelly Demopoulos
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Dual Language Fairy Tale - Little Mermaid / Mikri Gorgona (In Greek & English)

Dual Language Fairy Tale - Little Mermaid / Mikri Gorgona (In Greek & English)
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Dual Language Fairy Tale - Snow White / H Hiona Ti Ke Oi Nanoi (In Greek & English)
Dual Language Fairy Tale - The Ugly Duckling / To Ashimopapo (In Greek & English)

Dual Language Fairy Tale - The Ugly Duckling / To Ashimopapo (In Greek & English)
Good Morning Good Night / Kalimera Kalinihta by Melanie Mitchell (In Greek)

Good Morning Good Night / Kalimera Kalinihta by Melanie Mitchell (In Greek)
Lullabies & Stories from the Crib with CD / Nanourismata Apo Tin Oneirohora (In Greek)

Lullabies & Stories from the Crib with CD / Nanourismata Apo Tin Oneirohora (In Greek)
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star / Oneira Glika Me Asterakia Fotina (In Greek)

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star / Oneira Glika Me Asterakia Fotina (In Greek)
Sweet Dreams Baby / Oneira Flika Moraki - Light Up Musical Book (In Greek)

Sweet Dreams Baby / Oneira Flika Moraki - Light Up Musical Book (In Greek)
To imerologio enos Spasikla, by Jeff Kinney (In Greek)

To imerologio enos Spasikla, by Jeff Kinney
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  Children's DVDs in Greek
Walt Disney :: Fantasia :: Special Edition, In Greek (PAL/Zone 2)

Walt Disney :: Fantasia :: Special Edition, In Greek (PAL/Zone 2)
Madagascar 2, In Greek (PAL/Zone 2)

Madagascar 2, In Greek (PAL/Zone 2)
Shrek 4, Forever After, In Greek (PAL/Zone 2)

Shrek 4, Forever After, In Greek (PAL/Zone 2)
Barbie, Mariposa, In Greek (PAL/Zone 2)

Barbie, Mariposa, In Greek (PAL/Zone 2)
Barbie, Princess of the Magic Island, In Greek (PAL/Zone 2)

Barbie, Princess of the Magic Island, In Greek (PAL/Zone 2)
The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea (PAL / Zone 2) In Greek

The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea (PAL / Zone 2) In Greek
Walt Disney :: Aladdin - The Return of Jafar, 2 DVD Special Edition, In Greek (PAL/Zone 2)

Walt Disney :: Aladdin - The Return of Jafar, 2 DVD Special Edition, In Greek (PAL/Zone 2)
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, In Greek (PAL/Zone 2)

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 Featured Destination: Cyclades - Seriphos (part 4 of 22)


GEOGRAPHY South of Kythnos, this is the third of the Western Cyclades covering an area of 73 sq. km., with 70 km. of coastline and a population of 1,133. Seriphos is 73 nautical miles from Piraeus, from where there is a daily ferry boat, and is similarly linked with Siphnos, Kimolos and Melos. Its capital is Seriphos (Chora). A mountainous island (highest point Tourlos, 585 m. a.s. I.) with small, fertile plains between the ridges, its coastline is highly indented, the largest bays being that of Livadi in the south and Koutala in the southwest. The population is involved in farming and fishing. The island has its own specific yet basically Cycladic atmosphere which in recent years has attracted an ever growing number of tourists, even though facilities are somewhat limited.

HISTORY Mythology tells us that Perseus grew to manhood on Seriphos, arriving here in a bladder, together with his mother Danae, fleeing the wrath of his father Akrisios, king of Argos. It was from Seriphos that he set forth to slay the dreaded Medusa. The island was settled by Ionian colonists in historical times, took part in the Persian Wars and became a member of the Athenian League. During the Roman period it was a place of banishment, in Byzantine times it faded into oblivion and then passed into the hands of the Venetians who apportioned it between several noble families. The Micheli family, which gained predominance, was expelled by the Turks (1537) after Barbarossa sacked the island. Like the rest of the Cyclades, Seriphos was frequently attacked by pirates, was held by the Russians (1770 -1774) for a brief interval and took part in the Struggle for Independence.

SIGHTS-MONUMENTS Chora, the main town, is built on a hill overlooking the harbour and presents a truly charming picture when viewed from afar, with its bright white houses, serpentine path wending its way up from the harbour, narrow alleyways with the paving stones outlined in whitewash and ruined Venetian castle. Indeed, it is one of the loveliest Cycladic towns. A small archaeological collection of finds from the region is housed in the Town Hall. There are many Postbyzantine churches, most of which have been renovated (St. Eleftherios, St. Athanasios) and the church of St. Constantine stands inside the castle

On the other side of the castle are the churches of St. John the Theologian and the Archangels. In the village of Panaghia (4 km.), north of Chora, there is a Byzantine church of the Virgin, built in the 10th or 11th century; its feast day is celebrated on August 15th. West of Panaghia is the church of St. Stephen in which traces of Byzantine wall-paintings are preserved.

Close to the village of Galani (2 km. northeast) stands the most important monument on the island, the monastery of the Taxiarchs, a fortress-like structure dated to the 17th century. Refurbished 18th century wall-paintings embellish the katholikon. The monastery possesses rare keimelia and valuable books and manuscripts. East of it lies the village of Kentarchos and beyond that the region of Psili Ammos, suitable for swimming. On the southwest side of the island are the bays of Livadi (10 km. from Chora) and Koutala (13 km. from Chora) known as Porto Catena in the Middle Ages and the virtually deserted villages of Koutalas and Mega Livadi. On an eminence above Koutalas is the site known as Kastro tis Grias, evidently inhabited at some time since there is a castle there, as well as a few ruined houses, traces of a fortification wall and remnants of a Hellenistic tower popularly known as Aspropyrgos. There is a second Hellenistic tower (Psaropyrgos) atop the hill of Kyklopas. West of Koutalas is the homonymous cave, discovered by chance while extracting metal ore, which was a cult place in antiquity; it has not been exploited.


On the southeast side of the island is the harbour, Livadi, sheltered from strong winds, a safe haven for all vessels and nowadays a marina for yachts. The island's sandy beaches and crystal clear sea can be reached by caique or on foot and even by vehicle, although the road network is rather rudimentary. Those most easily accessible are Livadi, Koutalas (by caique from Livadi), Megan Livadi, Psili Ammos (by caique), Ramos and Sykamia. Other coves and beaches can be reached by boat. There is a station for replenishing water supplies at Livadi and all the hotels, rooms and apartments are here, though there are a few rooms for rent in Chora.

Next month: The Islands of the Cyclades - Siphnos, Part 5 of 22
 


 February 2011 Greek Orthodox Calendar

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
    1
Tryphon the Martyr

Forefeast of the Presentation of Our Lord and Savior in the Temple

Perpetua & her Companions
2
The Presentation of Our Lord and Savior in the Temple

Gabriel the New Martyr of Constantinople

Jordan the New Martyr
3
Symeon the God-Receiver, Anna the Prophetess

Stamatios, John, & Nicholas, New Martyrs of Chios

Nicholas, Archbishop & Enlightener of Japan
4
Friday of the 15th Week

Isidore of Pelusium

Nicholas the Confessor
5
Saturday of the 15th Week

Agatha the Martyr

Polyeuktos, Partriarch Of Constantinople
6
Sunday of the Canaanite

Photios, Patriarch of Constantinople

Bucolos, Bishop of Smyrna
7
17th Monday after Pentecost

Parthenios, Bishop of Lampsakos

Luke the Righteous of Greece
8
Theodore the Commander & Great Martyr

Zechariah the Prophet

Nicephoros & Stephanos the Martyrs
9
17th Wednesday after Pentecost

Leavetaking of the Presentation of Our Lord and Savior in the Temple

Nicephoros the Martyr of Antioch
10
Haralambos the Holy Martyr

Anastasios, Patriarch of Jerusalem

Porphyrios & Baptos the Monk-martyrs
11
Vlassios the Holy Martyr of Sebaste

Theodora the Empress

Finding of the relics of Zachariah the Prophet, Father of the Holy Forerunner
12
17th Saturday after Pentecost

Meletios, Archbishop of Antioch

Antonius, Archbishop of Constantinople
13
Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee: Triodion Begins Today

Martinianos the Righteous

Aquilla & Priscilla the Apostles
14
Fast Free

Monday of Prodigal Son

Holy Father Auxentius of the Mountain

Cyril, Equal-to-the-Apostles & Teacher of the Slavs
15
Fast Free

Tuesday of Prodigal Son

Onesimus the Apostle of the 70

Our Righteous Father Anthimus the Elder of Chios
16
Fast Free

Wednesday of Prodigal Son

Pamphilios the Martyr & his Companions

Flavianos, Patriarch of Constantinople
17
Fast Free

Thursday of Prodigal Son

Theodore the Tyro, Great Martyr

Mariamne, sister of Apostle Philip
18
Fast Free

Friday of Prodigal Son

Leo the Great, Pope of Rome

Agapetus the Confessor, Bishop of Sinai
19
Fast Free

Saturday of Prodigal Son

Philemon & Archippos, Apostles of the 70

Philothea the Righteous Martyr of Athens
20
Sunday of Prodigal Son

Leo, Bishop of Catania

Agathus, Pope of Rome
21
Meatfare Monday

Timothy the Righteous

John III, Patriarch of Constantinople
22
Meatfare Tuesday

Finding of the Relics of the Holy Martyrs of Eugenios

Our Righteous Fathers Thalassius and Baradatus
23
Meatfare Wednesday

Polycarp the Holy Martyr & Bishop of Smyrna

Proterios, Archbishop of Alexandria
24
First & Second Finding of the Venerable Head of John the Baptist

Romanos, Prince of Uglich
25
Meatfare Friday

Tarasios, Patriarch of Constantinople

Reginos, Bishop of Skopelos
26
Saturday of Souls

Porphyrios, Bishop of Gaza

Photini the Samaritan Woman & her martyred sisters: Anatole, Phota, Photis, Paraskevi, & Kyriaki
27
Judgment Sunday (Meatfare Sunday)

Prokopios the Confessor of Decapolis

Raphael of Brooklyn
28
Cheesefare Monday

Righteous John Cassian the Confessor

Basil the Confessor
         


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