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May's Article: Cretan Nutrition and the Mediterranean Diet Special Feature: Do You Speak Greek? I've Got You Under My Skin  
What's New: Greek Language Translation Software, Greek Sterling Silver Jewelry, Vintage Greek City and Advertising Posters, Greek Music, Books and DVDs, Handcrafted Icons and Kylix, Children's Rompers and Toys Latest Arrivals: Greek Flag and Sports Tshirts and Sweatshirts, Ancient Greek Replica Magnets, Keychains, Stickers, Worrybeads
Featured Destination: Ionian Isles - Kythera May's Recipe: Stuffed Zucchini Flowers
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May's Recipe:
Stuffed Zucchini Flowers


Ingredients:
  • 12-16 zucchini flowers
  • A generous 1/3 cup / 100 ml Greek extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 1/2 bunch flat-leaved parsley
  • 1 bunch dill
  • 1 cup / 200 g rice
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preparation:

Briefly dip the zucchini flowers in water and pat dry with paper towels. Carefully open out the petals and remove the pistils. Heat the olive oil in a pan and sauté the onions. Add the parsley and dill, and pour over 2 cups / 500 ml of water (or vegetable stock). As soon as the water boils, add the rice, but do not allow it to become completely soft. Season with salt and pepper. Fill the zucchini flowers with the mixture and carefully pull the tips of the petals together.

Place the zucchini flowers close together in a casserole, pour a little water over them, and place the dish over a medium heat until the rice is completely cooked. Serve hot or cold.



Excerpts and Photography from: Culinaria Greece
by Milona, Marianthi
 
 
May's Article::
Cretan Nutrition and the Mediterranean Diet


The Olive Tree and its Oil in Prehistoric Times

ASSESSING OLIVE OIL

Looking at the Olive Oil
Empty a little olive oil in a flute type wine glass and look at the color holding the glass up to the light. The colors may vary greatly, from dark within some range, from dark green to pale green or to an almost transparent golden shade of green.

Is Color an Indication of Quality?
No, not always. However, as a rule of thumb, the greener the olive oil, the stronger the aroma and the richer the taste. This is due to the fact that the olives were picked at exactly the right moment - not too green and not too black. But a rich green color can also be obtained by including a few olive leaves in the pressing of the olives. The color improves in this manner but not the taste, which turns bitter.

Using Your Sense of Smell
The aroma of the olive oil is a factor of its overall condition. Hold the glass in your hand and rock the oil to and fro a couple of times, then take a whiff breathing deeply. Now ask yourselves does it smell fresh? Is the smell strong? How can you define it?

Tasting Olive Oil
This is the most important step. Take a mouthful of the oil but don't swallow it yet. As in wine tasting, have the liquid circulate in your mouth, over and under your tongue and finally let it slide down your throat, letting the air out through your teeth. Try ot evaluate the acidity; is the taste bitter, sweet, sharp? The tongue tastes the bitterness, the inside of the cheeks taste the sharpness and the tip of the tongue, the sweetness.

Do All Kinds of Raw Olive Oil Taste the Same?
There is a wide range in the taste of olive oil and it is precisely these natural flavors that make olive oil so unique among other edible oils. Connoisseurs generally classify olive oil as mild (delicate, light or buttery), semi-fruity (with a stronger taste of olives) and fruity (with a full-blown olive fragrance).

Flavors Vary from One Region to Another
The climate, the soil, the weather, the harvesting methods, the type of olives, the specific location of the olive grove, all play a significant role in the final taste of the olive oil. Just as with wine, there is a great difference in taste between all the olive oils produced in Greece, and even between the Cretan kinds. It is up to you to discover them!

Delicious Ways to Enjoy Extra Virgin Olive Oil

- Replace butter or margarine by a little plateful of olive oil in which to dip your bread or rush.

- Add a tablespoon of olive oil to the water in which you boil your pasta: in this way, it won't stick.

- Rub a little olive oil on your hands to spread your dough to prevent sticking.

- Pour a little olive oil over your potatoes before baking them to make them more crisp.

- Sprinkle olive oil on all greens, on boiled potatoes, on carrots, beans or any other vegetable and serve them with fresh parsley and spring onions.

 

Continued next month



 

Excerpts and Photography from
Cretan Cuisine for Everyone
by Myrsini Lambraki

 

 Special Feature: 
 Do You Speak Greek?
I've Got You Under My Skin

Imagine a Greek suitor singing Σ' έχω απο κάτω απο το πετσί μου under his beloved's window. She would either gaze back in dismay or fling a flower pot al his head. Human thoughts, feelings, and affections are similar in all parts of the world. Yet the way they are expressed differs considerably from language to language. When an expression has a connotation that cannot easily be deduced from the normal meanings of the constituent words, it is called an idiom or ιδίωμα, a word denoting "peculiarity" since Epicurus (late fourth century B.C.). Apollonius Dyscolus (second Century A.D.) was the first to discuss "idiom" in its linguistic sense; it is related to ίδιος meaning "One's own" since Homer, as is the English "idiot". The Greek language possesses a wealth of idiomatic expressions acquired over its long history. Many of the ancient and Biblical expressions are still employed by the modem Greek in his everyday speech, or in his correspondence. More than a few have to do with the parts of the body. Some can be translated with ease into English; others are much more elusive.
Since Salome danced in her seven veils and asked for John's head "on a platter," we have had την κεφαλή του επί πινάκι. Also σπάζω το κεφάλι μου, translates as "to break one's head over", or more idiomatically "to rack one's brains". And χτυπώ το κεφάλι μου στο' τοίχο easily becomes "to beat one's head against the wall" in English. But though έχει μούτρα looks like "Tο have the face'' (or more slangily "the puss", from the Irish pus. meaning "mouth"), it translates into "to have the Courage (or the effrontery)". And πέφτω με τα μούτρα is "to fall with your face" in English, but it means "to indulge in (somelhing) with gusto", which like γούστο stems from the Italian gusto. "enjoyment", itself from the Latin gustus, "a tasting (of food)".

The phrase χάρμα οφθαλμών has existed since the classical period, meaning "a delight to the eyes", while in the Bible we find οφθαλμός αντί οφθαλμού, or "an eye for an eye". In modern Greek there exist colorful expressions like τα μάτια σου τέσσαρα, passing over as "keep your eyes peeled", για τα μάτια, showing up as "for appearance's sake", while κάνω τα στραβά μάτια, indicates "to tolerate" or "to close one's eyes to". Μπήκε στη μύτη (or στο ρουθούνι) translates as "to go up one's nose", but idiomatically it denotes " to irritate". And σηκώνω τη μύτη μου means, as in English, "to turn up one's nose" or "to act haughtily".

With a slight turn in meaning, δεν ειναι για τα δόντια σου accurately can he rendered "it's too big a bite for you" in English. While μου το πήρες από το στόμα μου can approximate "to take (the word) out of someone's mouth". And δαγκώνω τα χείλια μου also means "to bite one's lips" in English. 1 lowever, μάλλιασε η γλώσσα μου does not convey "my tongue got hairy" but deciphers into "to talk oneself dry (or hoarse)", while πάει η γλώσσα του ψαλίδι represents "to talk very rapidly", though it means "to go like a pair of scissors" in English.

From μου 'φαγε τ' αυτιά, it is rather easy to infer "to chew one's ears off," or "to over talk". But δεν ιδρώνει τ' αυτί του denotes "it doesn't bother him", not "his ear doesn't sweat." The popular play Hair opened as Τρίχες in Athens; this also means "bunk" in Greek argot. And στην τρίχα translates as "to the hair", but it connotes "beautifully turned out" in Greek. Also, σαν της τρέλλής τα μαλλιά, "like the crazy one's hair", indicates "in great disorder".

The idiom τον παίρνω στο λαιμό μου expresses "to have somebody on one's conscience" or "to cast a spell on someone'', while εκάθησε στο σβέρκο μου denotes "to be saddled with'' (σβέρκος) or ζβερκος from the Albanian zverk, meaning "neck" or (τράχηλος). And not unsurprisingly, έκοψε το αίμα του means "his blood curdled", while τo αίμα νερό δεν γίνεται can easily give "blood is thicker than water." And a "blue blood" is γαλαζοαίματος in Greek.

Εμεινα κόκκαλο, is rendered as "dumbfounded" in good idiomatic English, while χτυπά (or δίνει) στα νέυρα denotes "to get on one's nerves". And though με την καρδιά στο στόμα does become "with one's heart in one's mouth", πόνος καρδίας is a "heart-rending sight". Also, not unlike English, έχω στην πλάτη μου conveys "to be burdened with" (like "monkey on my back") but κάνω πλάτες signifies "to aid and abet".

In the Bible we are told νίπτω τας xέιρας μου was the famous retort of Pontius Pilate when he "washed his hands" of having to decide on the future of Jesus. And έρχομαι στα χέρια means "to come to blows" not "Tο hold hands", while βάζω στο χέρι does not mean "to take in hand" but "to cheat" or "to take advantage of. Also γλυτώνω από τα νύχια signifies to get out of the clutches of, and ούτε στο δαχτυλάκι του τον φτάνεις roughly translates as "there's more (wit) in his little finger than in your whole body". But παίζω στο δάκτυλο is somewhat more esoteric as it manifests into ''to have at one's fingertips", and έφαγα τα νύχια μου means "to have searched everywhere" in Greek, not "to bile one's fingernails".

Homer's epic, the Iliad, deals with the mightiest of warriors, Achilles, and his one weakness, his "heel" or Αχίλλειος πτέρνα, while ξαπλώνω την αρίδα μου suggests "to stretch out in leisure" (or "to lead the life of Riley"), σηκώνω στο πόδι indicates "to stir up", and με τα πόδια στον ώμο expresses "as fast as one's legs can carry him", though it translates as ''legs on one's shoulders." Κάθεται στο στομάχι, not unexpectedly, denotes "lo sit heavy on one's stomach."

Though Cole Porter meant, of course, "to care for'' in his famous ballad, an exact translation can be interpreted as "suffering from a skin disorder". Examples of more faithful renditions are χονδρόπετσος meaning "thick skinned", and να σώση το πετσί του, "to save one's skin" as is πετσί και κοκκαλο, which becomes "skin and bones" which also very colorfully can he rendered as τέσσαρα κόκκαλα). Lastly, the Bible also affords us the expression To μεν πνεύμα πρόθυμον αλλ' η σαρξ ασθενής, or "Τhe spirit is willing but the flesh is weak". This, an English to Russian and back to English computer translation, became "the vodka is strong, but the meat is rotten" in an apocryphal anecdote popular among computer people.

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

Excerpt from
Do You Speak Greek?
by Steve Demakopoulos

  What's New!
  Greek Language Software
Systran 6 Automatic Translator from Greek to English Dictionary (Windows)

Systran 6 Automatic Translator from Greek to English Dictionary (Windows)
  Greek Music
30 hronia - ta laika mias zois / oi megales epityhies , Dimitris Mitropanos (2CD)

30 hronia - ta laika mias zois / oi megales epityhies , Dimitris Mitropanos (2CD)
Sta treladika , Efi Thodi

Sta treladika , Efi Thodi
Ela Sto Party 2010 , 25 Megales Dance Mix

Ela Sto Party 2010 , 25 Megales Dance Mix
Tha Ziso Gia Mena , Panos Kiamos

Tha Ziso Gia Mena , Panos Kiamos
Yia sena anaseno , Maria Iakovou

Yia sena anaseno , Maria Iakovou
Min enohlite , Xristos Pazis

Min enohlite , Xristos Pazis
Fotini Darra Live (2CD)

Fotini Darra Live (2CD)
Skotono , Hristos Dantis

Skotono , Hristos Dantis
To pehnidi pezete , Vasilis Papakonstandinou

To pehnidi pezete , Vasilis Papakonstandinou
Ola osa agapisa , Pashalis Terzis (4 CD)

Ola osa agapisa , Pashalis Terzis (4 CD)
Katathesi psihis , Nikos Ikonomopoulos

Katathesi psihis , Nikos Ikonomopoulos
Giro apo t oniro , Elena Paparizou (CD + DVD)

Giro apo t oniro , Elena Paparizou (CD + DVD)
Fanera mistika , Alkistis Protopsalti (Deluxe Version)

Fanera mistika , Alkistis Protopsalti (Deluxe Version)
Aroma paraxeno , Elenh Peta

Aroma paraxeno , Elenh Peta
Prosopika dedomena , Yiannis Ploutarhos

Prosopika dedomena , Yiannis Ploutarhos
  Greek DVDs & Books
Meals and Recipes from Ancient Greece , Eugenia Salza Prina Ricotti (In English)

Meals and Recipes from Ancient Greece , Eugenia Salza Prina Ricotti
(In English)
Kathe Mera Chef , by Vagelis Driskas (In Greek)

Kathe Mera Chef , by Vagelis Driskas (In Greek)
Argyro's Cooking , by Argiro Barbarigou (In English)

Argyro's Cooking ,
by Argiro Barbarigou
(In English)
Stin Kouzina me tin Argiro , by Argiro Barbarigou (In Greek)

Stin Kouzina me tin Argiro , by Argiro Barbarigou
(In Greek)
Aegean Recipes , by Argiro Barbarigou (In Greek)

Aegean Recipes , by Argiro Barbarigou (In Greek)
View to the Aegean : Face and Soul of the Ancestral Sea , Nikos Desyllas

View to the Aegean : Face and Soul of the Ancestral Sea , Nikos Desyllas
A Portrait of Greece , Terri Hardin

A Portrait of Greece , Terri Hardin


"Enas Anthropos Pantos Kairou", A biography of Thanassis Veggos, by G. Soldatos, (In Greek)
Kato ston Pirea sta Kaminia (in Greek)

Kato ston Pirea sta Kaminia (in Greek)
The Vlachs, by Nikos Katsanis, In Greek

The Vlachs, by Nikos Katsanis, (In Greek)
Ieros Polemos , by Theologos Alexandratos (In Greek)

Ieros Polemos , by Theologos Alexandratos
(In Greek)
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest , Stieg Larson (In Greek)

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest , Stieg Larson (In Greek)
The Girl with the Tattoo , by Stieg Larson (In Greek)

The Girl with the Tattoo , by Stieg Larson (In Greek)
The Girl who played with Fire , by Stieg Larson (In Greek)

The Girl who played with Fire , by Stieg Larson
(In Greek)
How to reduce your cholesterol , Janet Bond Brill (In Greek)

How to reduce your cholesterol , Janet Bond Brill (In Greek)
Thimame tin Vicky Moscholiou , by A. Gordon (In Greek)

Thimame tin Vicky Moscholiou , by A. Gordon (In Greek)
Alvanoi Arvanites Ellines , by I. Sideris (In Greek)

Alvanoi Arvanites Ellines , by I. Sideris (In Greek)
Mercedes Hil , by Chrisa Dimoulidou (In Greek)

Mercedes Hil , by Chrisa Dimoulidou (In Greek)
I Akri tis Klostis , by Marina Petropoulou (In Greek)

I Akri tis Klostis , by Marina Petropoulou (In Greek)
Ta Palatia tou Vosporou , by Maria and Giannis Alexandrou (In Greek)

Ta Palatia tou Vosporou , by Maria and Giannis Alexandrou (In Greek)
Esto mia Fora , by Pashalia Travlou (In Greek)

Esto mia Fora , by Pashalia Travlou (In Greek)
To Kleidi tis Edem , by Marina Alexiou (In Greek)

To Kleidi tis Edem , by Marina Alexiou (In Greek)
I Gi tis Elpidas , by Marina Alexiou (In Greek)

I Gi tis Elpidas , by Marina Alexiou (In Greek)
Fones to Kalokairi , by Rosamund Pilzner (In Greek)

Fones to Kalokairi , by Rosamund Pilzner
(In Greek)
Himerino Iliostasio , by Rosamund Pilzner (In Greek)

Himerino Iliostasio , by Rosamund Pilzner
(In Greek)
To Kokkino Simadi , by Sophia Voikou (In Greek)

To Kokkino Simadi , by Sophia Voikou (In Greek)
To Kleidomeno Syrtari , by Sophia Voikou (In Greek)

To Kleidomeno Syrtari , by Sophia Voikou (In Greek)
    Oracle of Delphi : Secrets Revealed DVD (NTSC)

Oracle of Delphi : Secrets Revealed DVD (NTSC)
  Greek Sterling Silver Jewelry
Sterling Silver Keychain - Alexander Ancient Tetradrachm Replica

Sterling Silver Keychain - Alexander Ancient Tetradrachm Replica
Sterling Silver Keychain - Greek Key Motif

Sterling Silver Keychain - Greek Key Motif
Sterling Silver Keychain - Greek Swirl Motif

Sterling Silver Keychain - Greek Swirl Motif
Sterling Silver Keychain - Phaistos Disk

Sterling Silver Keychain - Phaistos Disk
Sterling Silver Keychain - Vergina Star

Sterling Silver Keychain - Vergina Star
Rubber Bracelet with 18k Gold Emblem - Triple Parthenon

Rubber Bracelet with 18k Gold Emblem -
Triple Parthenon
Rubber and Steel Bracelet with 18k Gold Emblem - Double Parthenon

Rubber and Steel Bracelet with 18k Gold Emblem - Double Parthenon
Rubber and Steel Bracelet with 18k Gold Emblem - Double Warrior

Rubber and Steel Bracelet with 18k Gold Emblem - Double Warrior
Rubber and Steel Bracelet with 18k Gold Emblem - Double Athena

Rubber and Steel Bracelet with 18k Gold Emblem - Double Athena
Rubber and Steel Bracelet with 18k Gold Emblem - Warrior

Rubber and Steel Bracelet with 18k Gold Emblem - Warrior
Rubber and Steel Bracelet with 18k Gold Emblem - Parthenon

Rubber and Steel Bracelet with 18k Gold Emblem - Parthenon
Rubber and Steel Bracelet with 18k Gold Emblem - Double Aphrodite

Rubber and Steel Bracelet with 18k Gold Emblem - Double Aphrodite
Rubber and Steel Bracelet with 18k Gold Emblem - Double Parthenon

Rubber and Steel Bracelet with 18k Gold Emblem - Triple Athena
Rubber and Steel Bracelet with 18k Gold Emblem - Triple Athena

Sterling Silver Pendant - Phaistos Disk (19mm)
Rubber and Stainless Steel Bracelet - Alternating Strands with Greek Key

Rubber and Stainless Steel Bracelet - Alternating Strands with Greek Key
Sterling Silver Pendant - Phaistos Disk (40mm)

Sterling Silver Pendant - Phaistos Disk (40mm)
Sterling Silver Pendant - Phaistos Disk (35mm)

Sterling Silver Pendant - Phaistos Disk (35mm)
Sterling Silver Pendant - Phaistos Disk (26mm)

Sterling Silver Pendant - Phaistos Disk (26mm)
Sterling Silver Pendant - Phaistos Disk (19mm)

Sterling Silver Pendant - Phaistos Disk (19mm)
Sterling Silver Pendant - Phaistos Disk (28mm)

Sterling Silver Pendant - Phaistos Disk (28mm)
Sterling Silver Pendant - Phaistos Disk (24mm)

Sterling Silver Pendant - Phaistos Disk (24mm)
Sterling Silver Pendant - Phaistos Disk (20mm)

Sterling Silver Pendant - Phaistos Disk (20mm)
Sterling Silver Pendant - Phaistos Disk (16mm)

Sterling Silver Pendant - Phaistos Disk (16mm)
Sterling Silver Pendant - Phaistos Disk (14mm)

Sterling Silver Pendant - Phaistos Disk (14mm)
Sterling Silver Pendant - Phaistos Disk (25mm)

Sterling Silver Pendant - Phaistos Disk (25mm)
Sterling Silver Pendant - Phaistos Disk (21mm)

Sterling Silver Pendant - Phaistos Disk (21mm)
Sterling Silver Pendant - Phaistos Disk (18mm)

Sterling Silver Pendant - Phaistos Disk (18mm)
Sterling Silver Pendant - Phaistos Disk (15mm)

Sterling Silver Pendant - Phaistos Disk (15mm)
Sterling Silver Pendant - Vergina Star (30mm)

Sterling Silver Pendant - Vergina Star (30mm)
Sterling Silver Pendant - Vergina Star (23mm)

Sterling Silver Pendant - Vergina Star (23mm)
Sterling Silver Pendant - Minoan Bee (50mm)

Sterling Silver Pendant - Minoan Bee (50mm)
Sterling Silver Pendant - Minoan Bee (41mm)

Sterling Silver Pendant - Minoan Bee (41mm)
Sterling Silver Pendant - Minoan Bee (22mm)

Sterling Silver Pendant - Minoan Bee (22mm)
Sterling Silver Pendant - Minoan Double Axe (40mm)

Sterling Silver Pendant - Minoan Double Axe (40mm)
Sterling Silver Pendant - Minoan Double Axe (33mm)

Sterling Silver Pendant - Minoan Double Axe (33mm)
Sterling Silver Pendant - Decorated Minoan Double Axe (45mm)

Sterling Silver Pendant - Decorated Minoan Double Axe (45mm)
Sterling Silver Pendant - Decorated Minoan Double Axe (40mm)

Sterling Silver Pendant - Decorated Minoan Double Axe (40mm)
Sterling Silver Pendant - Decorated Minoan Double Axe (33mm)

Sterling Silver Pendant - Decorated Minoan Double Axe (33mm)
Sterling Silver Pendant - Decorated Minoan Double Axe (27mm)

Sterling Silver Pendant - Decorated Minoan Double Axe (27mm)
Sterling Silver Pendant - Decorated Minoan Double Axe (28mm)

Sterling Silver Pendant - Decorated Minoan Double Axe (28mm)
Sterling Silver Pendant - Owl Pendant (20mm)

Sterling Silver Pendant - Owl Pendant (20mm)
Sterling Silver Pendant - Punched Silver Swirl Motif (41mm)

Sterling Silver Pendant - Punched Silver Swirl Motif (41mm)
Sterling Silver Pendant - Diamond Swirl Motif (46mm)

Sterling Silver Pendant - Diamond Swirl Motif (46mm)
Sterling Silver Pendant - Diamond Swirl Motif (30mm)

Sterling Silver Pendant - Diamond Swirl Motif (30mm)
Sterling Silver Pendant - Swirl Motif (42mm)

Sterling Silver Pendant - Swirl Motif (42mm)
Sterling Silver Pendant - Diamond Swirl Motif (47mm)

Sterling Silver Pendant - Diamond Swirl Motif (47mm)
Sterling Silver Pendant - Diamond Swirl Motif (31mm)

Sterling Silver Pendant - Diamond Swirl Motif (31mm)
Sterling Silver Pendant - Greek Key Diamond (17mm)

Sterling Silver Pendant - Greek Key Diamond (17mm)
Sterling Silver Pendant - Double Sided Athena and Owl (27mm)

Sterling Silver Pendant - Double Sided Athena and Owl (27mm)
Sterling Silver Pendant - Ancient Tetradrachm Silver Coin (27mm)

Sterling Silver Pendant - Ancient Tetradrachm Silver Coin (27mm)
Sterling Silver Pendant - Ancient Tetradrachm Silver Coin (25mm)

Sterling Silver Pendant - Ancient Tetradrachm Silver Coin (25mm)
Sterling Silver Pendant - Ancient Greek Apollo & Owl Coin Replica (35mm)

Sterling Silver Pendant - Ancient Greek Apollo & Owl Coin Replica (35mm)
Sterling Silver Pendant - Ancient Tetradrachm Silver Coin (27mm)

Sterling Silver Pendant - Ancient Tetradrachm Silver Coin (27mm)
Sterling Silver Pendant - Ancient Tetradrachm Silver Coin with Greek Key (32mm)

Sterling Silver Pendant - Ancient Tetradrachm Silver Coin with Greek Key (32mm)
Sterling Silver Pendant - Ancient Tetradrachm Silver Coin with Greek Key (32mm)

Sterling Silver Pendant - Ancient Tetradrachm Silver Coin with Greek Key (32mm)
Sterling Silver Pendant - Ancient Silver Coin with Greek Key (27mm)

Sterling Silver Pendant - Ancient Silver Coin with Greek Key (27mm)
Sterling Silver Pendant - Ancient Silver Coin with Greek Key (27mm)

Sterling Silver Pendant - Ancient Silver Coin with Greek Key (27mm)
Sterling Silver Pendant - Ancient Silver Coin with Greek Key (23mm)

Sterling Silver Pendant - Ancient Silver Coin with Greek Key (23mm)
Sterling Silver Pendant - Ancient Silver Coin with Greek Key (23mm)

Sterling Silver Pendant - Ancient Silver Coin with Greek Key (23mm)
Sterling Silver Pendant - Parthenon with Greek Key (23mm)

Sterling Silver Pendant - Parthenon with Greek Key (23mm)
  Vintage City Photo Posters
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Tripolis, Kolokotroni Square (1937)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Tripolis, Kolokotroni Square (1937)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Tripolis, Kolokotroni Square (1970)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Tripolis, Kolokotroni Square (1970)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Kosmas Kinourias, city view (1950)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Kosmas Kinourias, city view (1950)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Lagkadia, city view (1960)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Lagkadia, city view (1960)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Tiros Kinourias, city view (1970)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Tiros Kinourias, city view (1970)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Karitaina, city view (1920)

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

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Karitaina, city view (1935)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Lagkadia, city view (1935)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Lagkadia, city view (1935)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Leonidio, city view (1960)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Leonidio, city view (1960)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Megalopolis, city view (1960)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Megalopolis, city view (1960)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Megalopolis, city view (1910)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Megalopolis, city view (1910)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Dimitsana, city view (1910)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Dimitsana, city view (1910)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Dimitsana, North city view (1917)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Dimitsana, North city view (1917)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Paralio Astros, City view (1965)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Paralio Astros, City view (1965)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Paralio Astros, City view, 1951

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Paralio Astros, City view, 1951
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Vitina, city view (1910)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Vitina, city view (1910)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Vitina, West city view (1948)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Vitina, West city view (1948)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Tripolis, Aris Square (1952)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Tripolis, Aris Square (1952)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Argolida, Ermioni, port view (1910)

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  Featured Destination: Ionian Isles - Kythera (part 7 of 7)


GEOGRAPHY Kythera and Antikythera lie just off the southeast tip of the Peloponnese in the Myrtoon sea, seemingly cut off from the other insular groups. With a surface area of 278 sq. km. and 52 km. of coast, Kythera is 103 (Aghia Pelagia) or 125 nautical miles (Kapsali) from Piraeus. A mountainous island with several ranges, its highest peak is Myrmingari (506 m. a.s.l.) The main town is Kythera (Chora) with a population of 3,354. Passenger and car ferries link the island with Piraeus and twice a week with Monemvasia, Neapolis, Gytheion, Antikythera, Kastelli (Chania) in Crete, and once a week with Elafonisos, Gerakas and Kyparissia. Hydrofoils also ply the route to Piraeus, as well as to Neapolis, Monemvasia and Porto Cheli. There is also a daily flight from Athens.

HISTORY The island was known as Porphyris or Porphyroussa in antiquity and was associated with the goddess Aphrodite who was worshipped here (Kytheria or Ourania Aphrodite) in a splendid sanctuary on the southeast side of the island in the locality nowadays known as Palaiokastro. Pausanias, 2nd century AD, refers to the temple as the oldest and most sacrosanct within Greece and that the goddess herself was an armed xoanon. The island has been inhabited since earliest times and by 1700 BC there were already two major urban settlements, Kythera and Skandeia. Finds from excavations at Kastri confirm that the Minoans had already settled here at the beginning of the 2nd millennium BC and, indeed, in several places. They were followed by Phoenicians, as attested by its ancient name, and then by Mycenaens. At Palaiopolis, near Avlemonas, Mycenaean graves have been revealed. In historical times the island belonged to Sparta, being captured only very briefly by the Athenians (424 BC). In the 4th century BC it passed into Macedonian hands and in 395 AD to the Byzantines. During the 12th century frequent and violent piratical attacks forced the islanders to move their capital to Palaiochora. Throughout the Latin occupation the island was under Venetian suzereinty, its capital was renamed Tsirigo, the name by which the island itself was known. In 1536 it was sacked by Haradin Barbarossa, then conquered by the Turks for a short interval and united with Greece in 1864.

SIGHTS-MONUMENTS The island's capital, Kythera (Chora) is built on a hill on its south side with a commanding view of the open sea, interrupted only by the tiny islet of Avgo. It is dominated by the massive and nowadays desolate Venetian castle, first built in 1316 and repaired several times. All the houses and churches within the castle are in ruins. People still live in the quarter known as Mesa Bourgo and some 16th and 17th century churches have also survived. The settlement of Chora, with its tiny cuboid houses, developed outside the castle walls. In the local Archaeological Museum there are finds from excavations conducted on the island, as well as on Antikythera and Avgo, the most important exhibit being the sculpted group of Aphrodite and Eros.

At a distance of 3 km. from Chora is the harbor of Kapsali, comprising two bays; Brostinos Yalos and Piso Yalos. Between the harbor and Chora is the Shrine of St. John the Forerunner at Gremnos where there is not only a chapel but also a grotto with burbling spring of holy water. Another place of pilgrimage is on the southwest side of the island, beyond the village of Pourko, where stands the church of the patron saint of Kythera, St. Elesa, built in 1871 in commemoration of her martyrdom there at the end of the 4th century.

Not far away is Livadi with its late Byzantine church of St. Andrew in which traces of wall paintings are preserved. From Livadi it is quite easy to visit the monastery of the Virgin Myrtidiotissa (11 km. from Chora) which has a unique vista out to sea. The monastery was founded in the mid-19th century and its katholikon, a replica of that of the Virgin on Tenos, was built specifically to house the icon of the Virgin discovered on the island in 1160 and formerly kept in a church in the castle. South of the monastery is the chapel of St. Nicholas Krasa, while south of the nearby village of Drymonas is the shrine of the Sts. Anargyroi, a private monastery built in 1825.

On the west side of the island (17 km. from Chora) is the very beautiful region of Mylopotamos, thus named after the 24 windmills which once stood here. Not far away are the remnants of a Venetian castle, dated to the mid-16th century, and a short distance beyond is the cave of St. Sophia, with its stalagmitic and stalactitic formations, regarded as one of the most spectacular in Greece. The church of the Shrine of the Virgin of the Orphan, about 3 silver-invested icon is incorporated within its iconostasis.

Proceeding northwards from Mylopotamos, one comes to Arodianika (the road to the airport commences here) and then to Potamos, the island's commercial centre, where there are several churches with important icons. The inhabitants of Karavas (34 km. from Chora), north of Potamos, evidently came to Kythera from Koroni in the Peloponnese in around 1600.

Five km. east of this village, renowned for its springs, is the harbour of Aghia Pelagia with its lovely sandy beach. 5 km. south of Potamos, just beyond the village of Trifyllianika, is Palaiochora, built in the 12th century when the Kytherans were forced to vacate their capital in order to escape the piratical raids. According to tradition, in its heyday, Palaiochora, dedicated to St. Demetrius, had a population of 800 souls and 72 churches, as many as there were families. Nowadays the best preserved of these is the church of St. Barbara. Perched on the cliffs of the east coast of the island is the monastery known as Aghia Moni, dedicated to the Virgin. In the church, dated 1840, there is the miraculous two-sided icon: on one face the Virgin (Hope of All) and on the other St. George.

One of the most interesting regions is that of Avlemonas (32 km. northeast of Chora), site of Palaiopolis which was a quarter in the city of ancient Skandeia, located at present-day Kastri. The church of St. Cosmas at Palaiopolis is constructed of ancient building material taken from the temple of Aphrodite. There are remnants of a Venetian fortress beside the harbor of Avlemonas and above the village stands the Byzantine chapel of St. George on the Mountain which dates to the 6th century, the mosaic floors inside are preserved.

Places of scenic beauty on Kythera include Livadi, Mylopotamos, Diakofti and there are therapeutic springs, as well as wonderful beaches for swimming, mainly on the east side and the bay of Aghios Nikolaos, Kapsali, Avlemonas, Diakofti, Aghia Pelagia. One may explore the coast best by boat and even visit Antikythera. There is a refueling station at Kapsali. There are rooms to let for visitors.

Antikythera is in fact a cluster of islands between Kythera and the Cretan Sea, about 16 miles from Crete (Gramvousa). Surface area 20 sq. km., length of coast 24 km., population 115 and capital Potamos. There is a boat connection with Piraeus (once a week) and with Kasteli (Kissamos). In antiquity the island was known as Aigila and was apparently first settled by Cretans and Dryopes. Much later, the Romans and Byzantines arrived, followed by the Venetians who called it Tsirigoto. The present inhabitants came from Sfakia at the end of the 18th century. A target and haven for pirates, the island is renowned for the ships sunk in its waters. In 1900 a shipwreck was recovered from the depths of the sea and a hoard of objects retrieved, including the wonderful bronze statue of the Ephebe of Antikythera, a work of the mid-4th century BC nowadays on display in the National Archaeological Museum, Athens. This is an island only for those seeking escapism from civilization.

A tiny islet off the southeast coast of the Peloponnese, in the Vatikiotikos gulf, 18 sq. km. in area, 26 km. of coastline, Elafonisos belongs administratively to the Prefecture of Lakonia. There are small local craft linking it with Neapolis and a boat to Piraeus once a week. In ancient times it was actually a peninsula, the narrow isthmus of which was subsequently submerged, and until 1677 there was a shallow causeway linking it with the Peloponnese. Excavations here have brought to light finds from the Bronze Age. Its sparkling clear sea and sandy beaches entice an ever-growing number of visitors who prefer holidays off the beaten track, since there are no organized facilities for tourists.

Next month: The Islands of the Saronic and Argolic Gulf


 May 2010 Greek Orthodox Calendar

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
            1
4th Saturday after Pascha

Jeremiah the Prophet

New Martyr Maria of Fourna, Mirabella in Crete
2
Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

Removal of the Relics of St. Athanasios the Great

Hesperos & Zoe the Righteous
3
5th Monday after Pascha

Timothy & Mavra the Martyrs

Peter the Wonderworker
4
5th Tuesday after Pascha

Pelagia the Nun-martyr of Tarsus

Hilary the Wonderworker
5
5th Wednesday after Pascha

Irene the great Martyr of Thessaloniki

Neophytos, Gaius, & Caianus the Monk-martyrs
6
5th Thursday after Pascha

Job the Prophet

Our Holy Father Seraphim the Struggler of Mt. Domvu
7
5th Friday 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
Sunday of the Blind Man

Isaiah the Prophet

Christopher the Martyr of Lycea
10
6th Monday after Pascha

Simon the Zealot & Apostle

Laurence of Egypt
11
6th Tuesday after Pascha

Renewal of Constantinople

Mokios the Holy Martyr
12
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Apodosis of Pascha

Epiphanios, Bishop of Cyprus

Germanos, Patriarch of Constantinople
13
6th Thursday after Pascha/Ascension

Glykeria the Virgin-martyr of Heraclia

Sergios the Confessor
14
6th Friday after Pascha

Isidore the Martyr of Chios

Holy Hieromartyr Therapontus
15
6th Saturday after Pascha

Pachomios the Great Martyr

Achilles, Bishop of Larissa
16
Fathers of the 1st Council

Theodoros the Sanctified

Holy Martyr Peter of Blachernae
17
7th Monday after Pascha

Andronikos the Apostle of the 70 & Junia the Martyr

Holy Godbearing Nectarius, the Builder of the Holy Monastery of Varlaam of Meteora
18
7th Tuesday after Pascha

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

Julian the Martyr
19
7th Wednesday after Pascha

Patrick the Hieromartyr & Bishop of Proussa and his Companions

Our Righteous Father Memnonus the Wonderworker
20
7th Thursday after Pascha

Thalalaios the Martyr & his Martyr Companions

Mark the Hermit
21
Constantine & Helen, Equal-to-the Apostles
Pachomios the Righteous New Martyr
22
Saturday before Pentecost

Vasilikos the Martyr, Bishop of Comana

Holy New Martyrs Demetrius and Paul of Tripoli
23
Pentecost - Trinity Sunday

Michael the Confessor, Bishop of Synadon

Mary the Myrrhbearer & wife of Cleopas
24
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1st Monday after Pentecost

Symeon the Stylite of the Mountain

Saint Vincent of Lerins
25
Fast Free

Third Finding of the Precious Head of St. John the Baptist

Therapon the Hieromartyr, Bishop of Cyprus
26
Fast Free

1st Wednesday after Pentecost

Carpos & Alphaeus, Apostles of the 70

Alexandros the New Martyr of Thessaloniki
27
Fast Free

1st Thursday after Pentecost

Holy Glorious Hieromartyr Alladius

John the Russian of Evia
28
Fast Free

1st Friday after Pentecost

St. Eutyches the Martyr, Bishop of Melitene

Nikitas, Bishop of Chalcedon
29
Fast Free

1st Saturday after Pentecost

Theodosia the Virgin-martyr of Tyre

St. Theodosia, Virgin-Martyr of Constantinople
30
All Saints

Isaakios, Founder of the Monastery of Dalmatos

Macrina, grandmother of St. Basil the Great
31
2nd Monday after Pentecost: Apostles Fast Begins Today

Hermias the Martyr at Comana

Eusebius and Haralambos the Monk-martyrs
         


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