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March's Article: Cretan Nutrition and the Mediterranean Diet Special Feature: The Greek War of Independence
What's New: Traditional Greek Costumes & Accessories, Vintage Greek City Photo Posters, Sterling Silver Jewelry, Children's Toys, Music, DVDs & Books, Costume Jewelry & Komboskini Keychains, Food, Incense Latest Arrivals: Hand Painted Icons & Paper Reproductions, Greece Rhinestone Longsleeve Shirts, Zouzounia Childrens DVDs
Featured Destination: Ionian Isles - Cephalonia & Ithaka March's Recipe: Fava with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Capers
Saint Namedays in March Suggestions, Comments, Subscription Info

 






 
Greek Flag License Plate

Greek Flag License Plate
Greek Flag Party Toothpicks 100 pc.

Greek Flag Party Toothpicks 100 pc.
Greek Flag String 16ft long

Greek Flag String 16ft long
Greek Flag Sticker Sheet

Greek Flag Sticker Sheet
GREECE rubber band bracelet (white or blue)

GREECE rubber band bracelet (white or blue)
Coffee Mug Gift Package with Greek Candy - Greece ( in English )

Coffee Mug Gift Package with Greek Candy - Greece
( in English ) NEW!
Coffee Mug - Greece ( in English )

Coffee Mug - Greece
( in English ) NEW!
Coffee Mug Gift Package with Greek Candy - Greece ( in Greek )

Coffee Mug Gift Package with Greek Candy - Greece
( in Greek ) NEW!
Coffee Mug - Greece ( in Greek )

Coffee Mug - Greece
( in Greek ) NEW!
Greek Flag Coffee Mug

Greek Flag Coffee Mug
Greek Flag Baseball Cap

Greek Flag Baseball Cap
Heart Shaped GREECE Flag Tshirt 1247b

Heart Shaped GREECE Flag Tshirt 1247b
Greece Flag Waving Tshirt Style 1157

Greece Flag Waving Tshirt Style 1157
Greek Flag Waving Fitted Sparkling Spaghetti Strap Top

Greek Flag Waving Fitted Sparkling Spaghetti Strap Top

March's Recipe:
Fava with Sun-Dried
Tomatoes and Capers


Ingredients:
  • 1/2cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup yellow split peas, rinsed and drained
  • 5-7 cups water
  • Salt
  • 3/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes
  • 3 scallions, trimmed and cut into thin rounds
  • 1 large garlic clove, peeled and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons capers, rinsed and drained
  • 3-4 tablespoons sherry or balsamic vinegar

Preparation:

Heat 1/3 cup olive oil in a medium sized casserole or stewing pot. Add the onion and cook until soft, 6-8 minutes. Add the yellow split peas and toss to coat with the oil. Stir for 1-2 minutes. Add enough water to cover split peas by 2 inches. Cover and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat, uncover, and cook over very low heat, stirring occasionally with a wire whisk, to keep from sticking, for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, until the split peas are completely disintegrated. During the 2 course of cooking, add water. When the split peas have reached the consistency of loose mashed potatoes, remove from heat and add salt to taste. Cover with a cloth and let sit for 1 hour. The mixture will bind considerably.

As soon as you begin cooking the split peas, place the dried tomatoes in a bowl with ample warm water and let them sit for 30 minutes, to rehydrate. Drain, but set aside 1/3 cup of the liquid. Chop the dried tomatoes.

Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a medium sized skillet. Add the scallions and garlic and cook until soft. Add the dried tomatoes, capers, and tomato liquid, and stir for a few minutes until liquid has evaporated and tomatoes are soft. Remove from heat and set aside until ready to use.

Just before serving, pour in the remaining olive oil, save for 1 tablespoon. Adjust the salt and stir in the sherry or vinegar. Spread the split peas evenly onto a serving platter, top with the sun-dried tomato and caper mixture, and drizzle remaining olive oil over the top. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Note: You can replace the sun-dried tomatoes with 1 cup chopped plum tomatoes (canned are fine).

Serves 6


Excerpts and Photography from: The Greek Vegetarian
by Diane Kochilas
 
 
March's Article:
Cretan Nutrition and the Mediterranean Diet


The Olive Tree and its Oil in Prehistoric Times

The cultivation of olive trees has been an ancient practice in the Mediterranean basin. The products of this cultivation, olives and olive oil, have been used to meet basic dietary needs. It has been common knowledge among the peoples of the Mediterranean that the leaves of the olive tree and olive oil have therapeutic qualities. Olive oil was used as offering to domestic gods.

The Greeks have been using the olive tree products for thousands of years. Until a few years ago the olive tree was almost exclusively used in all meal preparations by the inhabitants of Crete, Peloponnese and the Aegean islands. It comes as no surprise then that the olive tree was revered by the people who benefited from it. The olive tree was considered holy and as such it entered the Greek folk tradition.

Olive Oil in Minoan Cooking Pots
The Minoans and the people of the Mycenaean period, during the second and the third millennium before Christ, used olive oil for practical as well as religious purposes. As far as the cooking uses are concerned, we now have quite a good idea even though there is no written evidence. A chemical analysis of Minoan cooking pots showed that the people of that time used olive oil in thier cooking!
Tablets found at Knossos record deliveries of oil along with other basic food products, such as barley, figs, wine, honey and flour, which were went out to unknown receivers, maybe even members of some kind of priesthood.

Why is Olive Oil the Best Fatty Substance
(Olive Oil Campaign by the European Union)
The natural juice from olives is clearly the best in comparison to any other fatty substance, animal (lard, butter) or vegetable (corn oil, Soya-bean oil, palm oil, sunflower oil) utilized in human nutrition. Olive oil offers unique nutritional, aromatic and biological features that render it an excellent and irreplaceable supplement in relation to other animal and vegetable oils.

• Olive oil, particularly the extra virgin, is a natural juice extracted from the olive fruits under natural processes (crushing, pressure, centrifugation, collection) without any additives or preservatives and no further processing. It can be consumed immediately after collection, as is the case with all fresh fruit juices.

• The olive oil offers significant aromatic substances and other elements that make it tastier than all other fatty substances.

• Olive oil is of average calorific value in comparison to other fatty substances.

• Owing to its increased content in polyphenols and tocopherols, olive oil is resistant to rancidity and oxidation.

• Since it is rich in monounsaturated acids and natural antioxidants, olive oil is better for frying than any other see oil.

• The chemical make up of olive oil is ideal for the human body. It offers natural antioxidant substances that are highly significant for health.
 

Continued next month



 

Excerpts and Photography from
Cretan Cuisine for Everyone
by Myrsini Lambraki

 

 Special Feature: 
 The Greek War of Independence

 The 25th of March is Greek Independence Day

"Throughout history man has conquered and suppressed his weaker fellows. Struggles for power have caused death and suffering for millions of innocents. As control passed from one empire to the next, the people and lands of subject nations and colonies passed as spoils to the victors.

Ancient Greece was no exception to this process of enslavement in its own rise to world power. But following the decline of its empire more than 2000 years ago, Greek citizens took their turn in succumbing to foreign subjugation. In all this long period of bondage, however, the Greeks believe their darkest years began when the great Byzantine capital Constantinople fell to the Ottoman Turks in 1453.

For nearly four centuries generations for Greeks suffered economic and intellectual poverty under Turkish occupation, all the while maintaining an unshakeable desire for human dignity and liberty, attributes inherited and retained over centuries from their Hellenic ancestors.

There is beauty and magic in the name of Greece. The ancient Hellenes reached the highest pinnacle of human endeavor creating a civilization whose achievements have remained an inspiration for all humanity. News of the outbreak of the War of Independence in 1821 evoked deep emotions amongst enlightened peoples everywhere, and found expression in Philhellenism a movement based on wide sympathy for the Greeks as the direct descendents of the parents of western civilization.

In 1821 Greece rose up in bloody revolt against the oppressive might of the Ottoman empire. Determined to end four hundred years of slavery or die in the attempt, Greek patriots began their unyielding struggle for liberty and independence."
(Peter Paroulakis in his book The Greek War of Independence)

On the 25th of March every year, we celebrate the beginning of the Greek Revolution and the War of Independence which gave birth to the modern Greek nation. On that day in 1821, Archbishop Patras Germanos declared the beginning of the Greek revolution at the Monastery of Agia Lavra. It is on that day that the cry "Freedom or Death" became the motto of the revolution which soon spread all over Greece and signaled the beginning of Greek independence from Ottoman rule. The Day coincides with the Annunciation also a important Greek Orthodox holiday, the announcement to Virgin Mary by the Angel Gabriel that she would become the Theotokos (God-bearer). The 25th of March is the most significant National Holiday in Greece.



 


Greek National Anthem

Dionysios Solomos (1798-1857).
Translation by Sir Compton Mackenzie

By the length of thy stride,
By the sweep of thy blade,
By thy countenance stern,
I know the, proud maid.

The bones of the Hellenes
Have hallowed the tale:
As of old thou art standing:
Hail, Liberty Hail!

Withdrawn into darkness,
Shy, bitter, in pain,
The call wast thou waiting
To come forth again.

Long, long wast thou waiting,
Late, late came the call:
In the tomb of oppression
Fear held us in thrall.

Yet secretly wouldst thou
Frequent foreign lands,
Blood-stained, to beg aid from
More powerful hands.

Alone, didst thou wander,
Alone, didst return;
That doors open hardly
The needy must learn.

But now we have risen!
Hark, hark to the cry
Of thy Hellenes determined
To conquer or die.
 

The Special Feature "Do You Speak Greek?"
will continue next month.

Excerpts and Photography from
The Greek War of Independence
by Peter H. Paroulakis

  What's New!!
  Traditional Greek Costumes for Adults
women
Kastelorizo Costume for Women Style 641070

Kastelorizo Costume for Women Style 641070
Aegean Islands Costume for Women Style 641072

Aegean Islands Costume for Women Style 641072
Souliotisa Costume for Women Style 641081

Souliotisa Costume for Women Style 641081
Sarakatsana Costume for Women Style 641084

Sarakatsana Costume for Women Style 641084
Epirus Costume for Women Style 641096

Epirus Costume for Women Style 641096
Epirus Costume for Women Style 641099

Epirus Costume for Women Style 641099
Zagori Costume for Women Style 641102

Zagori Costume for Women Style 641102
Amalia Costume for Women Style 641105

Amalia Costume for Women Style 641105
Amalia Costume for Women Style 641108

Amalia Costume for Women Style 641108
Cyclades Costume for Women Style 641111

Cyclades Costume for Women Style 641111
Kithira Tsirigo Costume for Women Style 641114

Kithira Tsirigo Costume for Women Style 641114
Corinth Costume for Women Style 641117

Corinth Costume for Women Style 641117
Lemnos Costume for Women Style 641120

Lemnos Costume for Women Style 641120
Thrace Costume for Women Style 641123

Thrace Costume for Women Style 641123
Zitsa Epirus Costume for Women Style 641126

Zitsa Epirus Costume for Women Style 641126
Vlach Costume for Women Style 641129

Vlach Costume for Women Style 641129
Corfu Costume for Women Style 641132

Corfu Costume for Women Style 641132
Macedonia Costume for Women Style 641150

Macedonia Costume for Women Style 641150
Kapadokia Costume for Women Style 641153

Kapadokia Costume for Women Style 641153
Kapadokia Costume for Women Style 641156

Kapadokia Costume for Women Style 641156
Pontos Costume for Women Style 641162

Pontos Costume for Women Style 641162
Kastelorizo Costume for Women Style 641165

Kastelorizo Costume for Women Style 641165
Crete Anogia Costume for Women Style 641171

Crete Anogia Costume for Women Style 641171
Maniatisa Costume for Women Style 641201

Maniatisa Costume for Women Style 641201
North Aegean Costume for Women Style 641069

North Aegean Costume for Women Style 641069
Thrace Costume for Women Style 641030

Thrace Costume for Women Style 641030
Karagouna Costume for Women Style 641033

Karagouna Costume for Women Style 641033
Mykonos Costume for Women Style 641066

Mykonos Costume for Women Style 641066
Asia Minor Costume for Women Style 641063

Asia Minor Costume for Women Style 641063
Kapadokia Costume for Women Style 641042

Kapadokia Costume for Women Style 641042

men
Florina Antartiko Costume for Men Style 642062

Florina Antartiko Costume for Men Style 642062
Crete Costume for Men Style 642065

Crete Costume for Men Style 642065
Crete Costume for Men Style 642068

Crete Costume for Men Style 642068
Crete Costume for Men Style 642074

Crete Costume for Men Style 642074
Fustanella Costume for Men Style 642077

Fustanella Costume for Men Style 642077
Fustanella Costume for Men Style 642080

Fustanella Costume for Men Style 642080
Fustanella Costume for Men Style 642083

Fustanella Costume for Men Style 642083
Sporades Costume for Men Style 642086

Sporades Costume for Men Style 642086
Corfu Costume for Men Style 642089

Corfu Costume for Men Style 642089
Aegean Costume for Men Style 642092

Aegean Costume for Men Style 642092
Cyclades Costume for Men Style 642095

Cyclades Costume for Men Style 642095
Epirus Costume for Men Style 642098

Epirus Costume for Men Style 642098
Epirus Costume for Men Style 642101

Epirus Costume for Men Style 642101
Evros Costume for Men Style 642104

Evros Costume for Men Style 642104
Sarakatsanos Costume for Men Style 642119

Sarakatsanos Costume for Men Style 642119
Vlach Costume for Men Style 642002

Vlach Costume for Men Style 642002
Kefalonia Costume for Men Style 642026

Kefalonia Costume for Men Style 642026
Crete Costume for Men Style 642029

Crete Costume for Men Style 642029
Kapadokia Costume for Men Style 642032

Kapadokia Costume for Men Style 642032
Pontos Costume for Men Style 642047

Pontos Costume for Men Style 642047
  Traditional Greek Costumes for Children
girls
Black Velvet Top and Fez only for Amalia Girls Costume

Black Velvet Top and Fez only for Amalia Girls Costume
Red Velvet Top and Fez only for Amalia Girls Costume

Red Velvet Top and Fez only for Amalia Girls Costume
Sarakatsana Costume for Girls Size 10-14 Style 643090

Sarakatsana Costume for Girls Size 10-14 Style 643090
Pontos Costume for Girls Size 8-16 Style 643105

Pontos Costume for Girls Size 8-16 Style 643105
Amalia Costume for Girls Size 2-6 Style 643009

Amalia Costume for Girls Size 2-6 Style 643009

boys
Tsolias Costume for Boys Size 2-6 Style 644302

Tsolias Costume for Boys Size 2-6 Style 644302
Crete Costume for Boys Style 644601

Crete Costume for Boys Style 644601
Tsolias Costume for Boys Size 8-16 Style 644607

Tsolias Costume for Boys Size 8-16 Style 644607
Tsolias Costume for Boys Size 2-6 Style 644609

Tsolias Costume for Boys Size 2-6 Style 644609
Thrace Costume for Boys Size 8-16 Style 644020

Thrace Costume for Boys Size 8-16 Style 644020
Miaoulis Costume for Boys Size 6-14 Style 644047

Miaoulis Costume for Boys Size 6-14 Style 644047 
Pavlos Melas Costume for Boys Size 10-14 Style 644044

Pavlos Melas Costume for Boys Size 10-14 Style 644044
     

  Traditional Greek Costumes Accessories
Traditional Red Tsarouchia in Children Sizes (11-13 US / 28-31 EU)

Traditional Red Tsarouchia in Children Sizes
(11-13 US / 28-31 EU)
Traditional Red Tsarouchia in Youth Sizes (1-6.5 US / 32-29 EU)

Traditional Red Tsarouchia in Youth Sizes
(1-6.5 US / 32-29 EU)
Traditional Red Tsarouchia in Adult Sizes (7-14 US / 40-48 EU)

Traditional Red Tsarouchia in Adult Sizes
(7-14 US / 40-48 EU)
Traditional Black Tsarouchia in Adult Sizes (7-14 US / 40-48 EU)

Traditional Black Tsarouchia in Adult Sizes (7-14 US / 40-48 EU)
Fustanella with 400 Pleats for Men's Costume

Fustanella with 400 Pleats for Men's Costume
Traditional Head Scarf Style 647501

Traditional Head Scarf Style 647501
Traditional Head Scarf Style 647502

Traditional Head Scarf Style 647502
Traditional Head Scarf Style 647503

Traditional Head Scarf Style 647503
Traditional Head Scarf Style 647504

Traditional Head Scarf Style 647504
Traditional Head Scarf Style 647505

Traditional Head Scarf Style 647505
Traditional Head Scarf Style 647506

Traditional Head Scarf Style 647506
Traditional Head Scarf Style 647508

Traditional Head Scarf Style 647508
Traditional Head Scarf Style 647509

Traditional Head Scarf Style 647509
Traditional Head Scarf Style 647510

Traditional Head Scarf Style 647510
Traditional Head Scarf Style 647511

Traditional Head Scarf Style 647511
Traditional Head Scarf Style ST647512

Traditional Head Scarf Style ST647512
Traditional Head Scarf Style 647513

Traditional Head Scarf Style 647513
Traditional Greek Belt Buckle Style 647801

Traditional Greek Belt Buckle Style 647801
Traditional Greek Belt Buckle Style 647802

Traditional Greek Belt Buckle Style 647802
Traditional Greek Belt Buckle Style 647803

Traditional Greek Belt Buckle Style 647803
Traditional Greek Belt Buckle Style 647804

Traditional Greek Belt Buckle Style 647804
Traditional Greek Belt Buckle Style 647803

Traditional Greek Belt Buckle Style 647805
Traditional Greek Belt Buckle Style 647809

Traditional Greek Belt Buckle Style 647809
Traditional Greek Belt Buckle Style 647810

Traditional Greek Belt Buckle Style 647810
Traditional Greek Belt Buckle Style 647811

Traditional Greek Belt Buckle Style 647811
Traditional Greek Belt Buckle Style 647859

Traditional Greek Belt Buckle Style 647859
Traditional Greek Belt Buckle Style 647881

Traditional Greek Belt Buckle Style 647881
Traditional Greek Belt Buckle Style 647885

Traditional Greek Belt Buckle Style 647885
Traditional Greek Belt Buckle Style 647886

Traditional Greek Belt Buckle Style 647886
Traditional Greek Belt Buckle Style 647808

Traditional Greek Belt Buckle Style 647808
Traditional Greek Jewel Style 647812

Traditional Greek Jewel Style 647812
Traditional Greek Jewel Style 647813

Traditional Greek Jewel Style 647813
Traditional Greek Jewel Style 647814

Traditional Greek Jewel Style 647814
   
  Vintage City Photo Posters
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Messinia, Kalamata, Platia Sidirodromikou Stathmou (1936)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Messinia, Kalamata, Platia Sidirodromikou Stathmou (1936)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Messinia, Kalamata, Polis (1928)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Messinia, Kalamata, Polis (1928)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Messinia, Kalamata, Odos Aristomenous (1910)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Messinia, Kalamata, Odos Aristomenous (1910)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Messinia, Kalamata, Anatoliki Paralia (1930)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Messinia, Kalamata, Anatoliki Paralia (1930)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Messinia, Kalamata, Paralia (1924)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Messinia, Kalamata, Paralia (1924)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Messinia, Kalamata, 6 town shots (1958)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Messinia, Kalamata, 6 town shots (1958)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Messinia, Kalamata, Pano Platia (1904)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Messinia, Kalamata, Pano Platia (1904)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Messinia, Kalamata, City Port (1922)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Messinia, Kalamata, City Port (1922)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Messinia, Kalamata, Paralia (1970)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Messinia, Kalamata, Paralia (1970)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Messinia, Kalamata, Town view (1936)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Messinia, Kalamata, Town view (1936)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Messinia, Gargalianoi, Central Square (1920)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Messinia, Gargalianoi, Central Square (1920)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Messinia, Pylos, Port view (1950)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Messinia, Pylos, Port view (1950)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Messinia, Gargalianoi, Central Square (1950)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Messinia, Gargalianoi, Central Square (1950)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Messinia, Kyparissia, City view (1910)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Messinia, Kyparissia, City view (1910)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Messinia, Navarino - Pylos, City view (1950)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Messinia, Navarino - Pylos, City view (1950)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Messinia, Methoni, Town view (1950)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Messinia, Methoni, Town view (1950)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Messinia, Pylos, Port view (1910)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Messinia, Pylos, Port view (1910)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Messinia, Kyparissia, Castle and Bay view (1950)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Messinia, Kyparissia, Castle and Bay view (1950)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Messinia, Filiatra, Central Square (1927)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Messinia, Filiatra, Central Square (1927)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Messinia, Old Map (circa unknown)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Messinia, Old Map (circa unknown)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Messinia, Pylos, City View (1970)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Messinia, Pylos, City View (1970)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Messinia, Agios Nikolaos, City View (1958)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Messinia, Agios Nikolaos, City View (1958)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Messinia, Kyparissia, View from the Castle (1958)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Messinia, Kyparissia, View from the Castle (1958)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Messinia, Navarino, Port view (1920)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Messinia, Navarino, Port view (1920)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Messinia, Methoni, Town view (1960)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Messinia, Methoni, Town view (1960)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Messinia, Kardamili, City View (1960)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Messinia, Kardamili, City View (1960)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Messinia, Pylos - Navarino, City view (1927)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Messinia, Pylos - Navarino, City view (1927)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Messinia, Kyparissia, Ano Poli (1952)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Messinia, Kyparissia, Ano Poli (1952)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Lakonia, Sparti, City view (1907)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Lakonia, Sparti, City view (1907)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Lakonia, Sparti, Leoforos Con. Palaiologou (1948)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Lakonia, Sparti, Leoforos Con. Palaiologou (1948)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Lakonia, Sparti, City view (1950)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Lakonia, Sparti, City view (1950)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Lakonia, Sparti, City View (1924)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Lakonia, Sparti, City View (1924)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Lakonia, Sparti, Leoforos Amalias (1950)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Lakonia, Sparti, Leoforos Amalias (1950)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Lakonia, Sparti, City View (1937)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Lakonia, Sparti, City View (1937)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Lakonia, Sparti, City view (1880)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Lakonia, Sparti, City view (1880)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Lakonia, Sparti, Agora (1900)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Lakonia, Sparti, Agora (1900)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Lakonia, Sparti, City view (1960)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Lakonia, Sparti, City view (1960)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Lakonia, Gythio, Port view (1935)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Lakonia, Gythio, Port view (1935)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Lakonia, Gythio, City view (1950)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Lakonia, Gythio, City view (1950)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Lakonia, Gythio, Perivolani (1912)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Lakonia, Gythio, Perivolani (1912)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Lakonia, Monemvasia, City view (1960)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Lakonia, Monemvasia, City view (1960)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Lakonia, Kastania, Town Square (1910)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Lakonia, Kastania, Town Square (1910)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Lakonia, Mani, Vathia (1965)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Lakonia, Mani, Vathia (1965)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Lakonia, Monemvasia, Ocean view (1970)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Lakonia, Monemvasia, Ocean view (1970)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Lakonia, Gythio, Port view (1920)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Lakonia, Gythio, Port view (1920)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Tripolis, City view (1935)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Tripolis, City view (1935)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Tripolis, City view (1920)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Tripolis, City view (1920)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Tripolis, St. Basil Church (1920)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Tripolis, St. Basil Church (1920)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Tripolis, Archontes from Tripoli (1917)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Tripolis, Archontes from Tripoli (1917)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Argolida, Nafplion, port view (1932)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Argolida, Nafplion, port view (1932)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Argolida, Nafplion, Bourgi castle (1935)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Argolida, Nafplion, Bourgi castle (1935)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Argolida, Nafplion, City view (1928)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Argolida, Nafplion, City view (1928)

Keep a close eye on the Greek Poster Section as it continues to expand. We are in the process of adding hundreds of Vintage City Photos and Vintage Advertisement Posters. Above you can find a selection from The Peloponnese Messinia, Lakonia, Arcadia and Argolida regions.

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  Greek Sterling Silver Jewelry
Rubber and Stainless Steel Bracelet with Magnetic Closure - Round Greek Key

Rubber and Stainless Steel Bracelet with Magnetic Closure - Round Greek Key
Rubber and Stainless Steel Bracelet with Acordian Hinge Opening - Greek Key

Rubber and Stainless Steel Bracelet with Acordian Hinge Opening - Greek Key
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  Featured Destination: Ionian Isles - Cephallonia & Ithaka (part 5b of 7)


GEOGRAPHY Ithaka, isle of the crafty hero of the Odyssey, king Odysseus, lies just 2 nautical miles west of Cephalonia,. Area 96 sq. km., coastline 101 km. population 3,646. It belongs administratively to the Prefecture of Cephalonia. Its capital and main port is Ithaka (Vathy) with which there is a dialy ferry boat connection from Patras (52 nautical miles away) and Astakos (about 26 nautical miles away). One may travel to Ithaka by bus via Patras and via Sami (Cephallonia). There is a link with Sami and Aghia Euphemia on Cephallonia, by ferry boat from Patras and Astakos. A local service operates from Nydri and Vasiliki in Lefkada. A narrow mountain range (highest peak Aetos, 808 m. a.s.l.) divides the island into two sections, north and south. The coastline follows the configuration of the land, being indented with numerous bays and coves. Ithaka is a verdant isle with picturesque little villages, a quiet way of life and interesting monuments in some parts. There is little tourist development but one is assured of a pleasant, relaxing stay, close to nature, and can make excursions to nearby Lefkada and Cephallonia.

HISTORY Ithaka (or Thiaki as it is called by the locals) was first inhabited in prehistoric times and, according to Homer, was the home of king Odysseus whose palace was located by Schliemann on one of the summits of the prehistoric acropolis called "Castle of Odysseus"' by the islanders. Excavations carried out by the British School of Archaeology have brought to light significant finds from the acropolis of both Classical and Hellenistic date, many of which are nowadays in the British Museum, London. Excavations have also shown that the island was first inhabited in around 3000 BC and throughout the Bronze Age it maintained contacts with the region of Nydri on Lefkada. Mycenaean sites have yielded an abundance of pottery. However, the island's acme evidently commenced after 1000 BC when it served as a trading station for the cities of the Greek mainland, particularly Corinth. Finds from a sanctuary on Mount Aetos bear witness to the island's many contacts with the cities of the ancient world. There was also a fortified acropolis on this peak and a second one at Aghios Athanasios near Stavros, while at Aghios Georgios a small sanctuary to an unknown goddess has been discovered.

In Roman times the island's fate was the same as that of the others in the archipelago. No monuments of Byzantine date have survived. During the Frankish occupation the island was attacked by pirates on numerous occasions and they used Vathy as a base for their forays. Ithaka belonged to the French in 1797 and then to the British, being incorporated in the Greek state in 1864.

In 1953 the island suffered considerable damage caused by earthquakes.

SIGHTS-MONUMENTS The island's capital, Ithaka (Vathy), is built at the far end of a closed bay and is the focus of roads leading to its villages and places of interest. There is a noteworthy library in the Cultural Society including rare editions, as well as a not inconsiderable library of theatrical works. About 1 km. west of Vathy is the cave of the Nymphs (Andron ton Nymphon) or Marmarospilia which is of outstanding archaeological interest. Here, according to tradition, the Naiads were worshipped and here Odysseus hid the treasures bestowed on him by the Phaiakes. South of Vathy (2 km.) at Perachori there is a church of the Dormition of the Virgin. From here one may visit the monastery of the Taxiarchs and clamber down to the east coast to the many delightful coves and inlets. Near Perachori is the Marathia plateau on which Eumaios, Odysseus' faithful shepherd, tended his swine. Further south, at Pera Pigali is Arethousa's Fountain, identified with the Homeric Korakos Petra (Crow's Stone).

In the region of Aetos (5 km. southwest of Vathy) there are remains of the ancient acropolis which Schliemann claimed was the site of Odysseus' place. North of Vathy (about 10 km.) is the monastery of the Virgin Katharon. Not far to the north (15km. northwest of Vathy) is Anogi, a mountain village overlooking the Ionian Sea.

There is another village to the west, Lefki (13 km. northwest of Vathy).

One of the most beautiful villages is Stavros (16 km. northwest of Vathy) and from here one can visit Polls, which still keeps its Mycenaean name, a fact which adds credence to the view that the ancient city of Ithaka was located hereabouts.

At Pelikata (1 km. north) a prehistoric installation of the mid-2nd millennium BC has been unearthed and pottery and other finds from these excavations are kept in the small archaeological collection.

In the Loizos cave, on the north side of the bay, Mycenaean pottery has come to light and traces of a shrine. The northernmost of the island's villages is Exogi (22 km. northwest of Vathy).

The seaside villages of the north and northwest coast include Frikes, on the homonymous bay and Kioni (21 km. north of Vathy), a national heritage village which is developing into a tourist centre.

There is no shortage of beaches and bays on Ithaka; all can be reached by car Tsiribi, Paliokaravo, Loutsa, Gidaki, Kioni, Polis, Ammoudaki are fine for swimming and fishing. There are just a few hotels, rooms and flats for rent. Those with their own boat can investigate secluded anchorages and coves as well as sail to Cephallonia. Refuelling station is at Vathy.

Next month: Ionian Isles, Part 6 - Zakynthos


 March 2010 Greek Orthodox Calendar

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
  1
3rd Monday of Lent

Eudokia the Martyr of Heliopolis

Andonina the New Martyr
2
3rd Tuesday of Lent

Hesychios the Martyr

Our Holy Father Nicholas of Plana
3
3rd Wednesday of Lent

Eutropios, Kleonikos, Vasiliskos, Zenos, & Zoilis the Martyrs

Theodoretos the Holy Martyr of Antioch
4
3rd Thursday of Lent

Gerasimos the Righteous of Jordan

Paul & his sister Juliana and their Companions
5
3rd Friday of Lent

Konon the Gardener

Theodore the Recruit
6
Third Saturday of Lent

42 Martyrs of Amorion in Phrygia

Finding the Precious Cross by St. Helen
7
Sunday of the Holy Cross

The 7 Hieromartyrs of Cherson

Lavrentios of Megara, the Righteous
8
4th Monday of Lent

Theophylaktos, Bishop of Nicomedea

Hermas the Apostle of the 70
9
40 Martyrs at Lake Sebaste

Caesarios the Righteous
10
4th Wednesday of Lent

Kodratos the Martyr & his Companions

Anastasia of Alexandria
11
4th Thursday of Lent

Sophronios, Patriarch of Jerusalem

Theodora the Righteous
12
4th Friday of Lent

Theophanes the Confessor

Symeon the New Theologian
13
Fourth Saturday of Lent

Removal of the relics of Nicephoros, Patriarch of Constantinople

Pouplios the Martyr, Bishop of Athens
14
Sunday of St. John Climacus

Benedict the Righteous of Nursia

Euschemon the Confessor, Bishop of Lampasakos
15
5th Monday of Lent

Agapios the martyr & his Companions

Manuel the New Martyr of Crete
16
5th Tuesday of Lent

Savinos the Martyr of Egypt

Christodoulos the Wonderworker of Patmos
17
5th Wednesday of Lent

Alexios the Man of God

Saint Patrick, the Enlightener of Ireland
18
5th Thursday of Lent

Cyril, Patriarch of Jerusalem

Trophimos & Eukarpion, Monk-martyrs of Nicomedea
19
5th Friday of Lent

Chrysanthos & Daria the Martyrs

Demetrios the New Martyr
20
5th Saturday of Lent: The Akathist Hymn

Righteous Fathers slain at the Monastery of St. Savas

Saint Cuthbert the Wonderworker, Bishop of Lindisfarne
21
Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt

James the Confessor

Thomas I, Patriarch of Constantinople
22
6th Monday of Lent

Basil the Holy Martyr of Ancyra

Kalliniki & Vassilisa the Martyrs
23
6th Tuesday of Lent

Nikon the Holy Martyr & his 200 Companion Martyrs

Anatolios & Protoleon the Martyrs converted by the martyrdom of St. George
24
6th Wednesday of Lent

Forefeast of the Annunciation of the Theotokos

Saint Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow.
25
Annunciation of the Theotokos
26
6th Friday of Lent

Synaxis in honor of the Archangel Gabriel

26 Martyrs in Crimea
27
Lazarus Saturday

Matrona of Thessaloniki

Paul, Bishop of Corinth
28
Palm Sunday

Hilarion the New

Herodion the Apostle of the 70
29
Holy Monday

Mark, Bishop of Arethusa

Martyr Cyril the Deacon and Those with him
30
Holy Tuesday

John Climacus the Righteous, author of The Divine Ladder of Ascent

Sosthenes Apollos, Cephas, Caesar, & Epaphroditos, the Apostles of the 70
31 Holy Wednesday

Hypatios the Wonderworker

Innocent, Enlightener of Siberia & Alaska
     


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