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 May 2009 Newsletter
 This Month 
Seasonal Article: Mother's Day Gift Ideas! Special Feature: Creative Cretan Culture
What's New: New Gifts, Music, Books & More! Featured Destination: Crete - Part 1 of 5
Saint Namedays in May May's Recipe: Lákhano Me Khirinó
Suggestions & Comments / Subscription Info New Ancient Replicas CDs, DVDs, Apparel, and more!
May's Recipe:
Lákhano Me Khirinó
(White Cabbage with Pork)


Ingredients:


medium white cabbage
generous cup (250 ml) Greek extra virgin olive oil
2 lbs (1 kg) pork, dived
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 tomatoes, skinned, seeded and coarsely diced
Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
 
Preparation:
Cut the white cabbage into 8 pieces, remove the stalks, and cut the rest into reasonably thick strips. Wash and thoroughly drain the cut cabbage. Heat the olive oil in a pan and brown the diced meat on all sides.

Remove the mean and set aside. Add the chopped onion to the pan, and brown in the oil. Add the strips of white cabbage to the pan and braise for a few minutes, stirring occasionally, until they wilt. Add the diced tomatoes ad return the browned meat to the pan. Season with salt and pepper.

Add 2 cups (500 ml) water, slowly bring to a simmer over a low heat for about 50 minutes. As soon as the meat is cooked, season to taste with pepper and serve while still warm.

Excerpt from: Culinaria Greece by Marianthi Milona
 
Mythology Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Crete 750ml
Mythology Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Crete 750ml
 
Mythology Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Crete 750ml
Mythology Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Crete 750ml
 
Special Feature
Creative Cretan Culture

Those crafty Cretans...
This month we've added a new collection of silver jewelry, handmade in Crete, which feature several ancient iconographic designs that are still popularly worn through out all of Greece. Women in ancient Greece wore a lot of jewelry, as it often indicated a woman's wealth and status. Jewelry was made from precious and semi-precious stones, gold and silver. Today, many unearthed pieces of jewelry are exhibited in the museums across Greece and are a "must see" when you visit there. The silver charms and pendants in our collection are replicas inspired from the ancient Greek world, yet their ageless meanings symbolize cultural heritage that we treasure to this day.


Minoan Double Axe:
Of all the Minoan (ancient Cretan civilization) religious symbols, the axe was the holiest. Stylized double axes consecrated shrines in ancient Cretan homes and palaces. Full sized double axes were used by priests to kill sacrificial bulls in ceremonies to propitiate Zeus. In Greek mythology, the Minotaur (linked to the cult of the bull and the double axe in the primitive tribes of Crete) is a monstrous double, sometimes with the head of a bull and the body of a man or, conversely, with the body of a bull and the head of a man.


The actual Phaistos Disc is a disk of fired clay (approximately 15cm in diameter) from the Minoan palace of Phaistos, possibly dating to the middle or late Minoan Bronze Age (2nd millennium BC). It was originally discovered by Italian archaeologist Luigi Pernier, remarkably intact, on July 3, 1908 during his excavation of the first Minoan palace.
The disc is covered on both sides with a spiral of symbols, mostly representing easily identifiable every-day things (for example, "Man, Woman, Child, Bow, Arrow, Shield, Ship, Dove, etc.). Its purpose and meaning, and even its original geographical place of manufacture, remain disputed, making it one of the most famous mysteries of archaeology. This unique object is now on display at the archaeological museum of Heraklion in Crete, Greece.

Silver Two-Sided Circular Pendant: (Alexander, Prince, or Minotaur) 2.7cm

Silver Two-Sided Circular Pendant: (Alexander, Prince, or Minotaur) 2.7cm
Sterling Silver Minotaur Pendant (2cm)

Sterling Silver Minotaur Pendant (2cm)
Sterling Silver Greek Island Pendant - Crete (4cm)

Sterling Silver Greek Island Pendant - Crete (4cm)
Silver Circular Phaistos Disk Pendant (2.5 cm)

Silver Circular Phaistos Disk Pendant (2.5 cm)

Silver Minoan Double Axe Pendant (3.5 cm)

Silver Minoan Double Axe Pendant
(3.5 cm)

 Phaistos Disc
Silver Minoan Double Axe Pendant (2.5 cm)

Silver Minoan Double Axe Pendant
(2.5 cm)

 What's New!
  Stylish Greek Shoulder Bags
Colorful Seashell Shoulder Bag Style BG11

Colorful Seashell Shoulder Bag Style BG11
Canvas Greek Key Shoulder Bag Style BG23

Canvas Greek Key Shoulder Bag Style BG23
 
Canvas GREECE Shoulder Bag Style BG21

Canvas GREECE Shoulder Bag Style BG21
Woven Cotton Shoulder Bag Style BG20

Woven Cotton Shoulder Bag Style BG20
  Worrybeads, Begleria, and Fashion Jewelry
Worrybeads KN47 Dark Blue or Yellow

Worrybeads KN47 Dark Blue or Yellow
 
Worrybeads KN130 Blue or Honey

Worrybeads KN130 Blue or Honey
Worrybeads KN135 Turquoise, Honey, or Jade-Green

Worrybeads KN135 Turquoise, Honey, or Jade-Green
Worrybeads KN150 in Blue, Rose, or Charcoal

Worrybeads KN150 in Blue, Rose, or Charcoal
Begleri Large Tubular Beads (red, blue, yellow, or brown)

Begleri Large Tubular Beads (red, blue, yellow, or brown)
Dad / Grandpa Begleri Beads

Dad / Grandpa Begleri Beads
 
Rhinestone Evil Eye Necklace

Rhinestone Evil Eye Necklace
 
Rhinestone Evil Eye Bracelet BI220

Rhinestone Evil Eye Bracelet BI220
Rhinestone Evil Eye Bracelet BI200A

Rhinestone Evil Eye Bracelet BI200A
 
Evil Eye Greek Key Earrings Style EK24

Evil Eye Greek Key Earrings Style EK24
Evil Eye Greek Key Earrings Style EK26

Evil Eye Greek Key Earrings Style EK26
Evil Eye Greek Swirl Motif Earrings Style EK29

Evil Eye Greek Swirl Motif Earrings Style EK29
 
Deca Lepta Coin Earrings Style EK46

Deca Lepta Coin Earrings Style EK46
Phaistos Disc Earrings Style EK47

Phaistos Disc Earrings Style EK47
 
Evil Eye Minoan Dolphin Earrings Style EK50

Evil Eye Minoan Dolphin Earrings Style EK50
 
Evil Eye Circular Lapel Pin

Evil Eye Circular Lapel Pin
Leather Evil Eye Anklet Style TB020

Leather Evil Eye Anklet Style TB020
 
Evil Eye Beaded Anklet Style TB021

Evil Eye Beaded Anklet Style TB021
GREECE rubber band bracelet (white or blue)

GREECE rubber band bracelet (white or blue)
Sports Team Circular Lapel Pin

Sports Team Circular Lapel Pin
 
  Sterling Silver and 14k Gold Greek Jewelry
New Arrivals to Our
Silver and
Gold Jewelry Collections!
14k Gold Evil Eye Pendant 8mm

14k Gold Evil Eye Pendant 8mm
14k Gold Evil Eye Pendant 9mm

14k Gold Evil Eye Pendant 9mm
14k Gold Evil Eye Pendant 10mm

14k Gold Evil Eye Pendant 10mm
14k Gold Evil Eye Pendant 12mm

14k Gold Evil Eye Pendant 12mm
14k Gold Evil Eye Pendant 14mm

14k Gold Evil Eye Pendant 14mm
14k Gold Evil Eye Circular 2-Sided Pendant 8mm

14k Gold Evil Eye Circular 2-Sided Pendant 8mm
14k Gold Evil Eye Circular 2-Sided Pendant 9mm

14k Gold Evil Eye Circular 2-Sided Pendant 9mm
 
14k Gold Evil Eye Circular 2-Sided Pendant 10mm

14k Gold Evil Eye Circular 2-Sided Pendant 10mm
 
14k Gold Evil Eye Circular 2-Sided Pendant 12mm

14k Gold Evil Eye Circular 2-Sided Pendant 12mm
 
14k Gold Evil Eye Circular 2-Sided Pendant 14mm

14k Gold Evil Eye Circular 2-Sided Pendant 14mm
 
14k Gold Evil Eye Square 2-Sided Pendant 10mm

14k Gold Evil Eye Square 2-Sided Pendant 10mm
14k Gold Evil Eye Square Greek Key 2-Sided Pendant 10mm

14k Gold Evil Eye Square Greek Key 2-Sided Pendant 10mm
 
14k Gold Evil Eye Greek Key Circular Pendant 10mm

14k Gold Evil Eye Greek Key Circular Pendant 10mm
 
14k Gold Evil Eye Starfish 2-Sided Pendant 17mm

14k Gold Evil Eye Starfish 2-Sided Pendant 17mm
14k Gold Evil Eye Circular 2-Sided Pendant 12mm

14k Gold Evil Eye Circular 2-Sided Pendant 12mm
14k Gold Evil Eye Circular Pendant 10mm

14k Gold Evil Eye Circular Pendant 10mm
 
14k Gold Evil Eye Circular Pendant 8mm

14k Gold Evil Eye Circular Pendant 8mm
 
14k Gold Evil Eye Pendant - Triangle with Cubic Zirconia (15mm)

14k Gold Evil Eye Pendant - Triangle with Cubic Zirconia (15mm)
 
14k Gold Evil Eye Pendant - Fish-Shaped with Cubic Zirconia (20mm)

14k Gold Evil Eye Pendant - Fish-Shaped with Cubic Zirconia (20mm)
 
14k Gold Evil Eye Pendant - Flower-Shaped with Cubic Zirconia (13mm)

14k Gold Evil Eye Pendant - Flower-Shaped with Cubic Zirconia (13mm)
 
14k Gold Evil Eye Pendant - Heart-Shaped with Cubic Zirconia (12mm)

14k Gold Evil Eye Pendant - Heart-Shaped with Cubic Zirconia (12mm)
14k Gold Evil Eye Pendant - Eye-Shaped with Cubic Zirconia (22mm)

14k Gold Evil Eye Pendant - Eye-Shaped with Cubic Zirconia (22mm)
 
14k Gold Evil Eye Pendant - Eye-Shaped with Cubic Zirconia (17mm)

14k Gold Evil Eye Pendant - Eye-Shaped with Cubic Zirconia (17mm)
14k Gold Evil Eye Pendant - Flower-Shaped with Cubic Zirconia (10mm)

14k Gold Evil Eye Pendant - Flower-Shaped with Cubic Zirconia (10mm)
14k Gold Evil Eye Pendant - Eye-Shaped with Cubic Zirconia (17mm)

14k Gold Evil Eye Pendant - Eye-Shaped with Cubic Zirconia (17mm)

 
14k Gold Evil Eye Pendant - Eye-Shaped with Cubic Zirconia (12mm)

14k Gold Evil Eye Pendant - Eye-Shaped with Cubic Zirconia (12mm)
14k Gold Evil Eye Heart Pendant 13mm

14k Gold Evil Eye Heart Pendant 13mm
 
14k Gold Evil Eye Circular Pendant - Heart Center Greek Key (12mm)

14k Gold Evil Eye Circular Pendant - Heart Center Greek Key (12mm)
14k Gold Evil Eye Circular Pendant - (10mm) Clear Blue

14k Gold Evil Eye Circular Pendant - (10mm) Clear Blue
14k Gold Evil Eye Oval 2 sided Pendant - Greek Key (17mm)

14k Gold Evil Eye Oval 2 sided Pendant - Greek Key (17mm)

 
14k Gold Evil Eye Circular Pendant - Clear Blue (15mm)

14k Gold Evil Eye Circular Pendant - Clear Blue (15mm)
14k Gold Evil Eye Cross Shaped Pendant (12mm)

14k Gold Evil Eye Cross Shaped Pendant (12mm)
 
14k Gold Evil Eye Pendant - Eye-Shaped Mother of Pearl Greek Key (32mm)

14k Gold Evil Eye Pendant - Eye-Shaped Mother of Pearl Greek Key (32mm)
14k Gold Evil Eye Pendant - Eye-Shaped Mother of Pearl with Cubic Zirconia (32mm)

14k Gold Evil Eye Pendant - Eye-Shaped Mother of Pearl with Cubic Zirconia (32mm)
14k Gold Evil Eye Circle Pendant - 2 sided Heart Design (10mm)

14k Gold Evil Eye Circle Pendant - 2 sided Heart Design (10mm)

 
14k Gold Evil Eye  Circular Pendant (10mm)

14k Gold Evil Eye Circular Pendant (10mm)
14k Gold Evil Eye Pendant - 2 sided with Rope Detail (11mm)

14k Gold Evil Eye Pendant - 2 sided with Rope Detail (11mm)
 
14k Gold Evil Eye Pendant - Circle with Greek Key (12mm)

14k Gold Evil Eye Pendant - Circle with Greek Key (12mm)
14k Gold Evil Eye Pendant - Diamond Eye Greek Key (12mm)

14k Gold Evil Eye Pendant - Diamond Eye Greek Key (12mm)
14k Gold Evil Eye Circle Pendant - Flower Eye with Greek Key (12mm)

14k Gold Evil Eye Circle Pendant - Flower Eye with Greek Key (12mm)

 
14k Gold Evil Eye Pendant - Eye Shaped Clear Blue (15mm)

14k Gold Evil Eye Pendant - Eye Shaped Clear Blue (15mm)
14k Gold Evil Eye Pendant - Circle with Heart (10mm)

14k Gold Evil Eye Pendant - Circle with Heart (10mm)
 
14k Gold Evil Eye Circle Pendant - Cross (9mm)

14k Gold Evil Eye Circle Pendant - Cross (9mm)
14k Gold Evil Eye Circle Pendant - Flower Eye (9mm)

14k Gold Evil Eye Circle Pendant - Flower Eye (9mm)
14k Gold Evil Eye Pendant - Circle Wave (9mm)

14k Gold Evil Eye Pendant - Circle Wave (9mm)

 
14k Gold Evil Eye Pendant - Eye Shaped (12mm)

14k Gold Evil Eye Pendant - Eye Shaped (12mm)
14k Gold Evil Eye Pendant - Circle Flower 2 Sided (9mm)

14k Gold Evil Eye Pendant - Circle Flower 2 Sided (9mm)
 
14k Gold Evil Eye Circle Pendant - 2 Sided Eye Design (10mm)

14k Gold Evil Eye Circle Pendant - 2 Sided Eye Design (10mm)
14k Gold Evil Eye Pendant - Heart Shaped with Detail (10mm)

14k Gold Evil Eye Pendant - Heart Shaped with Detail (10mm)
14k Gold Evil Eye Pendant - Circle Wave (10mm)

14k Gold Evil Eye Pendant - Circle Wave (10mm)

 
14k Gold Evil Eye Pendant - Double Circle Detail (9mm)

14k Gold Evil Eye Pendant - Double Circle Detail (9mm)
Sterling Silver Bracelet - Square Greek Key Link (.7cm)

Sterling Silver Bracelet - Square Greek Key Link (.7cm)
 
Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet - Greek Key Square (6.5cm)

Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet - Greek Key Square (6.5cm)
 
Sterling Silver<br /> Bracelet - Swirl Link Circle (.8cm)

Sterling Silver
Bracelet - Swirl Link Circle (.8cm)

 
Sterling Silver Bracelet - Rectangle Greek Key Link (.4cm)

Sterling Silver Bracelet - Rectangle Greek Key Link (.4cm)

 
Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet - Greek Key Square (7cm)

Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet - Greek Key Square (7cm)

Sterling Silver Bracelet - Circle Greek Key Link (.2cm)

Sterling Silver Bracelet - Circle Greek Key Link (.2cm)


Sterling Silver Bracelet - Wavy Greek Key - Circle (.5cm)

Sterling Silver Bracelet - Wavy Greek Key - Circle (.5cm)

 
Sterling Silver Bracelet - Fish Swirl Oval (.6cm)

Sterling Silver Bracelet - Fish Swirl Oval (.6cm)
Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet - Double Greek Key Circle (6.5cm)

Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet - Double Greek Key Circle (6.5cm)

Sterling Silver Bracelet - Greek Large Gem (1.4cm)

Sterling Silver Bracelet - Greek Large Gem (1.4cm)
 
Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet - Double Greek Key Square (6.5cm)

Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet - Double Greek Key Square (6.5cm)


Sterling Silver Bracelet - Wavy Greek Key - Rectangle (.4cm)

Sterling Silver Bracelet - Wavy Greek Key - Rectangle (.4cm)


Sterling Silver Bracelet - Greek Key - Square (.4cm)

Sterling Silver Bracelet - Greek Key - Square (.4cm)


Sterling Silver Bracelet - Greek Key - Single Circle (.5cm)

Sterling Silver Bracelet - Greek Key - Single Circle (.5cm)


Sterling Silver Bracelet - Greek Key - Single Circle (.5cm)

Sterling Silver Bracelet - Greek Key - Single Circle (.5cm)
 
Sterling Silver Bracelet - Swirl Link Oval (.8cm)

Sterling Silver
Bracelet - Swirl Link Oval (.8cm)
Sterling Silver Religious Icon Pendant - St. John the Baptist (2.2cm)

Sterling Silver Religious Icon Pendant - St. John the Baptist (2.2cm)
 
Sterling Silver Star of Vergina Ring JP108R

Sterling Silver Star of Vergina Ring JP108R
Silver Circular Duel 10mm Symbols Cuff Bracelet (6cm)

Silver Circular Duel 10mm Symbols Cuff Bracelet (6cm)
 
 Greek Music on CD
San Tragoudi Magemeno (2 CDs), George Dalaras

San Tragoudi Magemeno
(2 CDs), George Dalaras

 
Mario and Friends 2, Mario Frangoulis

Mario and Friends 2,
Mario Frangoulis

 
Mono Kokkino, Melina Kana

Mono Kokkino, Melina Kana
 
This is Our Night, Sakis Rouvas

This is Our Night, Sakis Rouvas
 
Ourania Toxa Kinigo, Vasilis Papakonstandinou

Meres Ourania Toxa Kinigo, Vasilis Papakonstandinou
Glykeria, O Glyki Mou Ear - Hymns From Holy Friday

Glykeria, O Glyki Mou Ear - Hymns From Holy Friday
 
Petros Gaitanos, Oi Dromoi Mias Fonis (3CD+DVD)

Petros Gaitanos, Oi Dromoi Mias Fonis (3CD+DVD)
 
Melina Mercouri, The Very Best Of (2CD)

Melina Mercouri, The Very Best Of (2CD)
Stamatis Gonidis, Girnao Ekei

Stamatis Gonidis, Girnao Ekei
 
Glykeria 4CD Collection

Glykeria 4CD Collection
Nikos Vertis, Ola Ine Edo

Nikos Vertis, Ola Ine Edo
 
Nikos Vertis, Ola Ine Edo - Deluxe 2CD Edition

Nikos Vertis, Ola Ine Edo - Deluxe 2CD Edition
Nikos Ikonomopoulos, Akousa

Nikos Ikonomopoulos, Akousa
 
Vasilis Karras, Opos Palia

Vasilis Karras, Opos Palia
Stamatis Gonidis / Vasilis Saleas, Prosdoko Anastasin (2CD) - Hymns Of Holy Week

Stamatis Gonidis / Vasilis Saleas, Prosdoko Anastasin (2CD) - Hymns Of Holy Week
 
Eva Milli, Anexigito

Eva Milli, Anexigito
Melina Aslanidou, Sto Dromo - Best Of...

Melina Aslanidou,
Sto Dromo - Best Of...

 
Pashalis Terzis, Glenti Me Ton Pashali - 38 Non-stop Hits

Pashalis Terzis, Glenti Me Ton Pashali - 38 Non-stop Hits
 
Filippos Pliatsikas, Balarines Epitrepode

Filippos Pliatsikas,
Balarines Epitrepode
George Dalaras, Ta Hromata Tou Hronou

George Dalaras,
Ta Hromata Tou Hronou

 
Fresca 3 : The Chart Hits of 2008-09 (2CD + Bonus PAL DVD)

Fresca 3 : The Chart Hits of 2008-09 (2CD + Bonus PAL DVD)
Mykonos 9: Night and Day (2CD)

Mykonos 9: Night and Day (2CD)
Rithmos Remixed - 15 Remixed Hits

Rithmos Remixed - 15 Remixed Hits
 
Elena Paparizou, Vrisko To Logo Na Zo Boxed Special Edition

Elena Paparizou, Vrisko To Logo Na Zo
Keti Garbi, Kainourgia Ego

Keti Garbi,
Kenourgia Ego
Pix Lax, Best Of (3CD + DVD)

Pix Lax, Best Of (3CD + DVD)
Marianta Pieridi, Se Prokalo

Marianta Pieridi,
Se Prokalo

 
Eleni Tsaligopoulou, San Psemata (3CD)

Eleni Tsaligopoulou, San Psemata (3CD) 3CD)
 
Marinella - Kostas Hatzis, Recital Dia Gio

Marinella - Kostas Hatzis, Recital Dia Gio
Yiannis Parios, Gia Panta Mazi - 4CD Box Set

Yiannis Parios, Gia Panta Mazi - 4CD Box Set
  Movies in Greek on DVD
O Kaliteros Mou Filos, in Greek (PAL)

O Kaliteros Mou Filos, in Greek (PAL)
O Agnostos Ekinis Tis Nihtas (PAL)

O Agnostos Ekinis Tis Nihtas (PAL)
 
Paraggelia DVD (PAL / Zone 2)

Paraggelia DVD (PAL / Zone 2)
Mia Tenia Tou Thodori Atheridi - DVD (PAL / Zone 2)

Mia Tenia Tou Thodori Atheridi - DVD (PAL / Zone 2)
O Periergos Yiorgakis - Curious George - DVD (PAL / Zone 2)

O Periergos Yiorgakis - Curious George - DVD (PAL / Zone 2)
I Aliki Sti Hora Ton Thavmaton - Alice in Wonderland - DVD (PAL / Zone 2)

I Aliki Sti Hora Ton Thavmaton - Alice in Wonderland - DVD (PAL / Zone 2)
Stahtopouta Strofi Sto Hrono - Cinderella - DVD (PAL / Zone 2)

Stahtopouta Strofi Sto Hrono - Cinderella - DVD (PAL / Zone 2)
 
Moulan 2 (Mulan 2) - O Thrilos Sinehizete - DVD (PAL / Zone 2)

Moulan 2 (Mulan 2) - O Thrilos Sinehizete - DVD (PAL / Zone 2)
Mirmigkia - ANTZ - DVD (PAL / Zone 2)

Mirmigkia - ANTZ - DVD (PAL / Zone 2)
 
SpongeBob Volume 9 : Oi Xazoi tis Bandas DVD (PAL)

SpongeBob Volume 9 : Oi Xazoi tis Bandas DVD (PAL)
  Books About Greece and Books in Greek
Emeis Oi Ellines Vol. 1: Polemiki Istoria 1897-1918 Book+2DVD (PAL)

Emeis Oi Ellines Vol. 1: Polemiki Istoria 1897-1918 Book+2DVD (PAL)
 
Emeis Oi Ellines Vol.2: Polemiki Istoria 1919-1941 Book+2DVD (PAL)

Emeis Oi Ellines Vol.2: Polemiki Istoria 1919-1941 Book+2DVD (PAL)
 
Wallpaper City Guides: Athens

Wallpaper City Guides: Athens
 
The Audacity of Hope, by Barack Obama (in Greek)

The Audacity of Hope, by Barack Obama (in Greek)
Elpides Kai Oneira (The Story of Barak Obama), by Steve Doherty (in Greek)

Elpides Kai Oneira (The Story of Barak Obama), by Steve Doherty (in Greek)
Greek Fiction Anthology Volume A, in Greek

Greek Fiction Anthology Volume A, in Greek
 
Greek Fiction Anthology Volume B, in Greek

Greek Fiction Anthology Volume B, in Greek
Greek Fiction Anthology Volume C, in Greek

Greek Fiction Anthology Volume C, in Greek
Greek Fiction Anthology Volume D, in Greek

Greek Fiction Anthology Volume D, in Greek
Greek Fiction Anthology Volume E, in Greek

Greek Fiction Anthology Volume E, in Greek
 
Invitation to a Childrens Party, by Vefa Alexiadou, In Greek
Invitation to a Childrens Party, by Vefa Alexiadou, In Greek
 
Greek Pastries and Desserts, by Vefa Alexiadou (in Greek)
Greek Pastries and Desserts, by Vefa Alexiadou (in Greek)
 
Invitation to Dinner, by Vefa Alexiadou, In Greek
Invitation to Dinner,
by Vefa Alexiadou, In Greek

 
Invitation For Tea, by Vefa Alexiadou, In Greek
Invitation For Tea,
by Vefa Alexiadou, In Greek
Greek Cuisine, by Vefa Alexiadou (in Greek)
Greek Cuisine,
by Vefa Alexiadou (in Greek)
 Toys and Games
Greek Learning Puppy (sound in Greek)

Greek Learning Puppy (sound in Greek)
 
Sing and Play Pull-Down Puppy (in Greek)

Sing and Play Pull-Down Puppy (in Greek)
Greek Sing-Along Soft Activity Book (for Baby)

Greek Sing-Along Soft Activity Book (for Baby)
Greek Counting Amimal Friends Book (for Baby)

Greek Counting Amimal Friends Book (for Baby)
Teddy

Teddy's Greek Shapes & Colors Book (for Baby)
 
Greek Laugh

Greek Laugh 'n Learn Music Player (for Baby)
 
Greek Talking Smart Book (Age 2+)

Greek Talking Smart Book (Age 2+)
 
Greek Talking Smart Farm (Age 2+)

Greek Talking Smart Farm (Age 2+)
 
The Farmer Says (in Greek) Age 18-mos

The Farmer Says (in Greek) Age 18-mos
 
Smart Apple board - Greek Alphabet Learning Toy

Smart Apple board - Greek Alphabet Learning Toy
Baby

Baby's Greek Learning Laptop (Age 12 mos+)
Learning The Farm Animals - Wooden Peg Puzzle (in Greek) Age 3+

Learning The Farm Animals - Wooden Peg Puzzle (in Greek) Age 3+
 
Learning About My Favorite Foods - Wooden Peg Puzzle (in Greek) Age 3+

Learning About My Favorite Foods - Wooden Peg Puzzle (in Greek) Age 3+
Learning About My Face - Wooden Peg Puzzle (in Greek) Age 3+

Learning About My Face - Wooden Peg Puzzle (in Greek) Age 3+
 
Learning About Body Parts - Wooden Peg Puzzle (in Greek) Age 3+

Learning About Body Parts - Wooden Peg Puzzle (in Greek) Age 3+
 
Learning To Tell Time - Wooden Peg Puzzle (Age 3+)

Learning To Tell Time - Wooden Peg Puzzle (Age 3+)
 
Learning About My Family - Wooden Peg Puzzle (in Greek) Age 3+

Learning About My Family - Wooden Peg Puzzle (in Greek) Age 3+
 
Learning About My Favorite Fruit - Wooden Peg Puzzle (in Greek) Age 3+

Learning About My Favorite Fruit - Wooden Peg Puzzle (in Greek) Age 3+
 
Laugh-n-Learn Roll-Along Snail (in Greek)

Laugh-n-Learn Roll-Along Snail (in Greek)
 
Laugh-n-Learn Roll-Along Turtle (in Greek)

Laugh-n-Learn Roll-Along Turtle (in Greek)
 
 Ancient Replicas
   Vancouver 2010 Olympic Collectors' Pins
New Arrivals to our Vancouver 2010 Olympic Pin Collection!
Vancouver 2010 Mascots Pacific Coliseum Pin

Vancouver 2010 Mascots Pacific Coliseum Pin
 
Vancouver 2010 Sumi UBC Thunderbird Arena Pin

Vancouver 2010 Sumi UBC Thunderbird Arena Pin
 
Vancouver 2010 Miga Richmond Oval Pin

Vancouver 2010 Miga Richmond Oval Pin
 
Vancouver 2010 Quatchi Canada Hockey Place Pin

Vancouver 2010 Quatchi Canada Hockey Place Pin
 
Vancouver 2010 Mascots BC Place Pin

Vancouver 2010 Mascots BC Place Pin
 
Vancouver 2010 Quatchi 250 Days Pin

Vancouver 2010 Quatchi 250 Days Pin
Vancouver 2010 LotG Figure Skating A Pin

Vancouver 2010 LotG Figure Skating A Pin
Vancouver 2010 White Figure Skate Pin

Vancouver 2010 White Figure Skate Pin
Vancouver 2010 USA Figure Skate Pin

Vancouver 2010 USA Figure Skate Pin
Vancouver 2010 Glitter Figure Skate Pin

Vancouver 2010 Glitter Figure Skate Pin
 
Vancouver 2010 USA Hockey Skate Pin

Vancouver 2010 USA Hockey Skate Pin
Vancouver 2010 USA Flag Pin

Vancouver 2010 USA
Flag Pin
Vancouver 2010 Blue Clear Maple Leaf Pin

Vancouver 2010 Blue Clear Maple Leaf Pin
Vancouver 2010 Red Clear Maple Leaf Pin

Vancouver 2010 Red Clear Maple Leaf Pin
Vancouver 2010 Maple Leaf Bobsled Pin on Pin

Vancouver 2010 Maple Leaf Bobsled Pin on Pin
 
Vancouver 2010 Maple Leaf Figure Skating Pin on Pin

Vancouver 2010 Maple Leaf Figure Skating Pin on Pin
Vancouver 2010 Country Flag Spinner Keychain

Vancouver 2010 Country Flag Spinner Keychain
Vancouver 2010 USA Flag Spinner Keychain

Vancouver 2010 USA Flag Spinner Keychain
Vancouver 2010 Lanyard

Vancouver 2010 Lanyard
Vancouver 2010 Olympic Rings Pin

Vancouver 2010 Olympic Rings Pin
 
 T-Shirts,  Keychains and Greek Flags

  Featured Destination: Crete (part 1 of 5)

   
  Crete: Part One of Five

 

 

GEOGRAPHY. Crete is the largest of the Greek islands and the fifth largest in the Mediterranean. It is outstanding not Crete Harboronly on account of its geographical situation but, primarily because of its long history and exceptional cultural contribution. The island is 8261 sq. km. in area, has 1046 km. of coastline and a population of 536.980. It is separated administratively into four Prefectures, coinciding with its geographical division. The Prefecture of Herakleion (capital Herakleion) and the Prefecture of Rethymnon (capital Rethymnon) in Central Crete, the Prefecture of Lasithi (capital Aghios Nikolaos) in East Crete and the Prefecture of Chania (capital Chania) in West Crete. The numerous islets fringing the shores of Crete also belong to it (Dia, Mikronisi, Chrysi, Gavdos).

HISTORY. The island's unique geographical position, in the centre of the Mediterranean, played a decisive role in its historical development for it has always been a crossroads of civilizations, as well as a focal point for all manner of invaders. During its turbulent history it suffered numerous plunderous incursions and conquests. It is impossible to give a detailed account of its history, sights and historical monuments in a brief text such as this, which only furnishes basic, essential information.

Crete is characterized by its diversity of landscape and marked contrasts. The island is dominated by a major mountain range extending from west to east, the highest peak beingborder="0" src="images/crete_map.jpg" width="400" height="227" align="left" hspace="5" vspace="5" alt="Crete Island Map"> Mt. Ida -Psiloreitis (2948 m. a.s.l.). There are fertile valleys between the mountains, extensive plains (Mesara, Hierapetra, Herakleion, Chania) and gorges, the best-known being that of Samaria. The most outstanding feature of the Cretan mountains are the plateaus, large and small, the most famous of all being those of Omalos and Lasithi. Variety is the key-note of the Cretan landscape. In some parts there are woods and forests, green plains and in others the terrain is barren. The climate in the south is mild but the winters are harsh in the mountains. The south coast of Crete, facing the Libyan Sea, is the most precipitous, while the north is much gentler and most of the conurbations have developed there. The island was first inhabited in Neolithic times (6000 BC). Between 2800 and 1400 BC a unique civilization developed there, one of the most important in the ancient world and called Minoan after the mythical king Minos. Magnificent palaces were built (Knossos, Phaisto: Mallia, Zakros, Cretan Villageras well as country houses, an art and commerce flourished. Crete's influence spread throughout the Mediterranea basin. The Minoan palaces were destroyed ii around 1400 BC as a consequence of the eruption of the Thera volcano, Achaeans settled there and its acme in all aspects of life came an end. There were gradual changes in t ensuing centuries up until 69 BC when Crete was captured by the Romans, becoming p of the African province of Cyrenia. In 330A became a province of the Byzantine empire and its center, as in Roman times, was Go This phase of prosperity continued until 8 AD when it was conquered by the Saracens who set sail from Crete on their hostile sorties against other provinces of the Byzantine empire. In 961 AD the emperor Nicephorus Phocas liberated the island and installed Christian colonizers in order to swell the depleted population. In the years following, Crete once again was a hive of cultural activity, now centered on Herakleion. With the Fall of Constantinople to the Franks (1204) it came into the hands of Venice which purchased the isle for a token sum from Boniface Monferrat, to whom it had been presented by the Latin emperor of Constantinople. The Venetians assumed full command in 1210 and imposed the feudal system. The island was constantly plagued by insurrections until the mid-14th century when it was declared an independent republic. It then entered a phase of pre-eminence in sea-faring, commerce, becoming a major transit port.

Cretan PlazaIn 1538 the coasts of Crete were laid waste by the pirate Khayr ad Din Barbarossa and thence forth the Turkish threat loomed ever larger. Its economic floruit under the Venetians was accompanied by notable cultural achievements during the 15th and 16th century, particularly in art and literature. From 1669 to 1898 the island was occupied by the Turks, intransigent and rapacious masters. Crete took part in the Struggle for Independence in 1821 and in the Protocol of 1830 was ceded to Mehmet Ali of Egypt who held it until 1841. There followed another period of internal strife until the 1879 rebellion, after which Prince George was appointed Governor General. In 1912 Crete was incorporated in the Greek state. In 1923 refugees from Asia Minor flocked to the island and during the Second World War it fought obdurately against the enemy occupiers. Among Crete's distinguished sons in the world of art and letters are Domenicus Theotokopoulos (El Greco) and Nikos Kazantzakis, and in the history of Modern Greece the politicians Eleftherios and Sophocles Venizelos. The island's capital today is Herakleion, population 102,398, a convenient place from which to get to know not only its environs but central Crete in general.

Next month: Crete, Part Two - Central Crete (Herakleion)

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  May 2009 Greek Orthodox Calendar

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
          1
2nd Friday after Pascha

Jeremiah the Prophet

New Martyr Maria of Fourna, Mirabella in Crete
2
Removal of the Relics of St. Athanasios the Great

Hesperos & Zoe the Righteous

Boris, King & Enlightener of Bulgaria (Michael in Baptism)
 
3
Holy Myrrhbearers Sunday

Timothy & Mavra the Martyrs

Peter the Wonderworker
4
3rd Monday after Pascha

Pelagia the Nun-martyr of Tarsus

Hilary the Wonderworker
5
3rd Tuesday after Pascha

Irene the great Martyr of Thessaloniki

Neophytos, Gaius, & Caianus the Monk-martyrs
6
3rd Wednesday after Pascha

Job the Prophet

Our Holy Father Seraphim the Struggler of Mt. Domvu
7
3rd Thursday after Pascha

Commemoration of the Precious Cross that appeared in the sky over Jerusalem in 351 A.D.

St. Cyril, Archbishop of Jerusalem
 
8
John the Apostle, Evangelist, & Theologian

Arsenios the Great

Emelia, mother of St. Basil the Great
9
3rd Saturday after Pascha

Isaiah the Prophet

Christopher the Martyr of Lycea
10
Sunday of the Paralytic

Simon the Zealot & Apostle

Laurence of Egypt
11
4th Monday after Pascha

Renewal of Constantinople

Mokios the Holy Martyr
12
4th Tuesday after Pascha

Epiphanios, Bishop of Cyprus

Germanos, Patriarch of Constantinople
13
4th Wednesday after Pascha - Mid-Pentecost

Glykeria the Virgin-martyr of Heraclia

Sergios the Confessor
 
14
4th Thursday after Pascha

Isidore the Martyr of Chios

Holy Hieromartyr Therapontus
15
4th Friday after Pascha

Pachomios the Great Martyr

Achilles, Bishop of Larissa
16
4th Saturday after Pascha

Theodoros the Sanctified

Holy Martyr Peter of Blachernae
17
Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

Andronikos the Apostle of the 70 & Junia the Martyr

Holy Godbearing Nectarius, the Builder of the Holy Monastery of Varlaam of Meteora
 
18
5th Monday after Pascha

Holy Martyrs: Peter, Dionysius, Andrew, Paul, Christina, Heracles, Paulinus and Benedimus

Julian the Martyr
19
5th Tuesday after Pascha

Patrick the Hieromartyr & Bishop of Proussa and his Companions

Our Righteous Father Memnonus the Wonderworker
20
5th Wednesday after Pascha

Thalalaios the Martyr & his Martyr Companions

Mark the Hermit
21
Constantine & Helen, Equal-to-the Apostles

Pachomios the Righteous New Martyr
22
5th Friday after Pascha

Vasilikos the Martyr, Bishop of Comana

Holy New Martyrs Demetrius and Paul of Tripoli
23
5th Saturday after Pascha

Michael the Confessor, Bishop of Synadon

Mary the Myrrhbearer & wife of Cleopas
24
Sunday of the Blind Man

Symeon the Stylite of the Mountain

Saint Vincent of Lerins
25
Third Finding of the Precious Head of St. John the Baptist

Therapon the Hieromartyr, Bishop of Cyprus
 
26
6th Tuesday after Pascha

Carpos & Alphaeus, Apostles of the 70

Alexandros the New Martyr of Thessaloniki
27
Apodosis of Pascha

Holy Glorious Hieromartyr Alladius

John the Russian of Evia
28
6th Thursday after Pascha/Ascension

St. Eutyches the Martyr, Bishop of Melitene

Nikitas, Bishop of Chalcedon
29
6th Friday after Pascha

Theodosia the Virgin-martyr of Tyre

St. Theodosia, Virgin-Martyr of Constantinople
30
6th Saturday after Pascha

Isaakios, Founder of the Monastery of Dalmatos

Macrina, grandmother of St. Basil the Great
 
31
Fathers of the 1st Council

Hermias the Martyr at Comana

Eusebius and Haralambos the Monk-martyrs
 
           


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