November 2008 Newsletter
 This Month 
November's Article: Paradise Lost, by Giles Milton Seasonal Feature: Time to Begin Christmas Shopping!
Latest Arrivals: Games, Olympic Collectables and More! Featured Destination: Astypalaia
What's New: Music, Movies and Books November's Recipe: Kota Kapama  
Saint Namedays in November Suggestions, Comments, Subscription Info
November's Recipe:
Kota Kapama
(Chicken Stewed in Wine,
Garlic, and Cinnamon)

   Kota Kapama

 
Ingredients:
1 chicken (2 1/2 - 3 lbs)
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
5 cloves garlic
2 Tbs/ extra-virgin olive oil
4 c. coarse-chopped yellow onion
1/2 c. dry white wine
2 c. water
One 6-ounce tomato paste
1/2 c. grated Myzithra cheese
 
1. Pat the chicken pieces dry with paper towels so they don't spatter in the pan. Mix the cinnamon, salt, and pepper together in a small bowl and rub the chicken pieces on all sides with the mixture. Mince 3 of the garlic cloves and set aside.

2. Heat the olive oil in a large, deep, nonaluminum skillet over high heat. A 12-inch skillet with sides about 3 inches high will allow you to brown all the chicken pieces at once. If you don't have a skillet large enough, brown the chicken in 2 batches, using I tablespoon of oil for each batch. Don't crowd the pieces in the pan or the chicken will steam rather than brown.

3. Add the chicken to the skillet and brown for 4 to 5 minutes on each side, shifting the pieces with a metal spatula so the chicken doesn't stick to the skillet. When the pieces are nicely browned on all sides, remove from the pan and set aside.

4. Reduce the heat to medium-high and add the onions and minced garlic. Cook for about 3 minutes, stirring constantly, until the onions have softened and are a rich golden brown. Add the wine and scrape the bottom of the pan with a spatula or spoon to deglaze, loosening any browned bits.

5. When the wine has evaporated, add the water, tomato paste, and remaining 2 whole garlic cloves. Return the chicken to the pan. The liquid should cover about three quarters of the chicken. Reduce the heat to low, cover skillet with a lid, and simmer for about I hour, or until the chicken is tender and thoroughly cooked. (If the sauce becomes too thick, thin it with a little more water.) Taste and adjust the seasoning.

*Goes great over homemade buttered noodles or rice!

 
Excerpts from: "Cat Cora's Kitchen", by Cat Cora
Feature Article
Paradise Lost, by Giles Milton

Author Giles MiltonThe Turkish cavalry presented a magnificent spectacle as it cantered along the waterfront. The horsemen sat high in their saddles, their scimitars unsheathed and glinting in the sun. On their heads they wore black Circassian fezzes adorned with the crescent and star. As they rode, they cried out Korkma! Korkma! "Fear not! Fear not!" There were dark predictions of a return to the days of old, when conquering Islamic armies were sanctioned three days of pillage following the capture of a resisting city. Yet there had been no resistance to the Turkish army and few inhabitants could really believe that their city would meet with such a fate. Smyrna had long been celebrated as a beacon of tolerance—home to scores of nationalities with a shared outlook and intertwined lives. Little wonder that the Americans living here had named their colony Paradise; life here was remarkably free from prejudice and many found it ironic that they had to come to the Islamic world to find a city that had none of the bigotry so omnipresent at home. What happened over the two weeks that followed must surely rank as one of the most compelling human dramas of the twentieth century. Innocent civilians—men, women, and children from scores of different nationalities—were caught in a humanitarian disaster on a scale that the world had never before seen.

English
Paradise Lost: Smyrna 1922, by Giles Milton (in English)

Paradise Lost: Smyrna 1922, by Giles Milton (in English)
 
  Greek
Paradise Lost: Smyrna 1922, by Giles Milton (in Greek)

Paradise Lost: Smyrna 1922, by Giles Milton (in Greek)
"Milton draws on eyewitness accounts to render these events in all their horror, and ends with an almost incredible rescue led by an unlikely hero. Milton powerfully renders this tragic tale of an army that came to liberate Smyrna and instead massacred its citizens and burned their prize to the ground in a vengeful frenzy."

— Publishers Weekly

 

The process of making olive oil soap has remained almost unchanged for thousands of years. Millstone wheels grind the olive and their stones into a pulp, which is then piled onto filters in thin layers and pressed with increasing pressure, then the oil is separated from the water. Visitors to the Cretan Olive Museum at Kapsaliana can still admire the historical devices from the 19th century, but mechanical mills have dispensed with the horses and donkeys; hydraulics has replaced manpower at the screw press, and is being superseded in its turn by centrifugal force.

People were aware of the value of the olive tree from very early on. According to mythology, when both Athena and Poseidon wanted to assume the patronage of Athens, the Olympian gods were swayed by an olive branch. When both candidates were asked to present the city with a gift representing something most useful, the divine jurors found Athena's olive tree won hands down over Poseidon's saltwater spring.

New this month!
Agno Natural Olive Oil Soap - Honey
Agno Natural Olive Oil Soap - Honey
 
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Agno Natural Olive Oil Soap - Mastic
 
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Greek Aromatic Soap Gift Package (4 bars)
 

 Time to Begin Your Christmas Shopping!


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Evil Eye Glass Ornament G195
 
Greek / American Flag Photo Domed Christmas Ornament

Greek / American Flag Photo Domed Christmas Ornament
Glass Pomegranate Good Luck Ornament (Gouri) - 3.5" red flat back

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Glass Pomegranate Good Luck Ornament (Gouri) - 3.5" red round
 

 What's New!
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Trio Bel Canto, Ta Tragoudia Tou Topou Mas (Songs of Our Land) 2CD

Trio Bel Canto, Ta Tragoudia Tou Topou Mas (Songs of Our Land) 2CD
 
Pashalis Terzis, Mia Nihta Zoriki

Pashalis Terzis, Mia Nihta Zoriki
 
Mihali Hatziyiannis, 7 (Seven)

Mihali Hatziyiannis, 7 (Seven)
 
Giorgos Lianos, Krataei Gia Panta (4-track CD single)

Giorgos Lianos, Krataei Gia Panta (4-track CD single)
 
Grigoris Petrakos, Kenourgia Mera

Grigoris Petrakos, Kenourgia Mera
Stelios Kazantzidis, Ena Glenti Me To Stelara

Stelios Kazantzidis, Ena Glenti Me To Stelara
Zoi Papadopoulou, Tatouaz

Zoi Papadopoulou, Tatouaz
Nikos Vertis, Oniro Alithino - CD Single

Nikos Vertis, Oniro Alithino - CD Single
 
Antonis Remos, Antonis Remos in Concert (Live)

Antonis Remos, Antonis Remos in Concert (Live)
Triantafillos, Sto Diko Mou Stathmo

Triantafillos, Sto Diko Mou Stathmo
Yiannis Kotsiras, Ke Pali Pedi

Yiannis Kotsiras, Ke Pali Pedi
Mihalis Hatziyiannis, Emeis Oi Dio San Ena - CD Single

Mihalis Hatziyiannis, Emeis Oi Dio San Ena - CD Single
 
Kostas Karafotis, Irthes Esi

Kostas Karafotis, Irthes Esi
Paola, Perasame Me Kokkino

Paola, Perasame Me Kokkino
 Katerina Kouka, Fones Tis Nihtes

Katerina Kouka, Fones Tis Nihtes
 
Glykeria, Mikis Theodorakis : Ta Thamelia Mou Sta Vouna (2CD)

Glykeria, Mikis Theodorakis : Ta Thamelia Mou Sta Vouna (2CD)
 
Pix Lax, Gia Tous Prigipes Tis Ditikis Ohois

Pix Lax, Gia Tous Prigipes Tis Ditikis Ohois
 
Pix Lax, Pexe Paliatso Ta Tragoudia Sou Telionoun

Pix Lax, Pexe Paliatso Ta Tragoudia Sou Telionoun
Pyx Lax, Zorikoi Kairoi

Pyx Lax, Zorikoi Kairoi
 
Yiannis Tassios, Glossa Epikinonias

Yiannis Tassios, Glossa Epikinonias
 
Stamatis Spanoudakis, Kath

Stamatis Spanoudakis, Kath' Odon
Rallia Hristidou, Mono Mia Nihta Live + Bonus DVD

Rallia Hristidou, Mono Mia Nihta Live + Bonus DVD

 
Ston P - Tribute to Pavlo Sidiropoulo

Ston P - Tribute to Pavlo Sidiropoulo
Mykonos 8

Mykonos 8
Fresca 2 : The Chart Hits of 2007 and 2008 (2CD)

Fresca 2 : The Chart Hits of 2007 and 2008 (2CD)

 
Katerina Stanisi, Na Kaoune Ta Krevatia

Katerina Stanisi, Na Kaoune Ta Krevatia
Filippos Nikolaou, Mia Laiki Vradia Me Ton (2CD) - 95 Live Dance Hits

Filippos Nikolaou, Mia Laiki Vradia Me Ton (2CD) - 95 Live Dance Hits

 
Prodromos Tsaousakis, Apo Tis 78 Strofes (2CD)

Prodromos Tsaousakis, Apo Tis 78 Strofes (2CD)
Sotiria Bellou, Apo Tis 78 Strofes (2CD)

Sotiria Bellou, Apo Tis 78 Strofes (2CD)
Apostolos Hadjihristos, Apo Tis 78 Strofes (2CD)

Apostolos Hadjihristos, Apo Tis 78 Strofes (2CD)
Antonis Kalogiannis, Kratisame Ti Zoi Mou Taxidevontas (4CD) 81 Classics

Antonis Kalogiannis, Kratisame Ti Zoi Mou Taxidevontas (4CD) 81 Classics
 
Manolis Lidakis, Apo Ti Siopi Tou Hronou

Manolis Lidakis, Apo Ti Siopi Tou Hronou

 
Maria Faradouri, Anthology (4CD)

Maria Faradouri, Anthology (4CD)
Tha Pio Apopse To Feggari LIVE - Tribute to Lefteris Papadopoulos (2CD)

Tha Pio Apopse To Feggari LIVE - Tribute to Lefteris Papadopoulos (2CD)
 
Maniatika - Traditional Folk Songs

Maniatika - Traditional Folk Songs
Marios Tokas, Anthology 1954-2008 (4CD) - 80 Classic Hits

Marios Tokas, Anthology 1954-2008 (4CD) - 80 Classic Hits
Nana Mouskouri, H Istoria Mias Fonis - 3CD Set

Nana Mouskouri, H Istoria Mias Fonis - 3CD Set
 
Ta Tragoudia Tou Gamou (2CD) 29 Traditional Wedding Songs

Ta Tragoudia Tou Gamou (2CD) 29 Traditional Wedding Songs
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Stelios Kazantzidis, H Zoi Mou Oli (5CD) - 71 Greatest Hits

 
 
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To Gamilio Party (PAL)

To Gamilio Party (PAL)
 
To Fili Tis Zois (PAL) DVD + Soundtrack

To Fili Tis Zois (PAL) DVD + Soundtrack
 
JWIN Multi - Region DVD Player with Karaoke Function
New! JWIN Multi - Region DVD Player
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Plays NTSC and PAL DVDs! Great for Karaoke!
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Hristougenna Irthan Pali (Childrens Christmas Carols) by Ta Zouzounia (DVD-PAL)
 
Agia Nihta (Holy Night) by Ta Zouzounia - DVD-PAL

Agia Nihta (Holy Night) by Ta Zouzounia - DVD-PAL
 
Hristougenna Stin Pehnidoupoli (A Nonty Christmas) DVD-PAL

Hristougenna Stin Pehnidoupoli (A Nonty Christmas) DVD-PAL
 Books

Literature & Fiction

Gia na dei tin Thalassa, by Efgenia Fakinou (in Greek)

Gia na dei tin Thalassa, by Efgenia Fakinou (in Greek)
 
Tyflomiga, by Efgenia Fakinou (in Greek)

Tyflomiga, by Efgenia Fakinou (in Greek)
 
Proina Ksipnimata, by Veggelis Farofallou (in Greek)

Proina Ksipnimata, by Veggelis Farofallou (in Greek)
 
To Spiti Dipla Sto Potami, Lena Manta (in Greek)

To Spiti Dipla Sto Potami, Lena Manta (in Greek)
 
I agapimeni tou kiriou Lin, by Philippe Claudel (in Greek)

I agapimeni tou kiriou Lin, by Philippe Claudel (in Greek)
 
Siopili Petra, by Evrydiki Amanatidou (in Greek)

Siopili Petra, by Evrydiki Amanatidou (in Greek)
 
Apo tin Anatoli sti Dysi, by Giannis & Marina Alexandrou (in Greek)

Apo tin Anatoli sti Dysi, by Giannis & Marina Alexandrou (in Greek)
Palatia tou Vosporou, by Giannis & Marina Alexandrou (in Greek)

Palatia tou Vosporou, by Giannis & Marina Alexandrou (in Greek)
Gennithika Ellinas..., by Nikos Aliagas (in Greek)

Gennithika Ellinas..., by Nikos Aliagas (in Greek)
 
Ithela Mono Ena Antio, by Paschalia Travlou (in Greek)

Ithela Mono Ena Antio, by Paschalia Travlou
(in Greek)

 
Smyrni, by Tony Maniatis (in Greek)

Smyrni, by Tony Maniatis
(in Greek)

 
Oi Gennaioi tis Samothrakis, by Stamatis Tsarouhas (in Greek)

Oi Gennaioi tis Samothrakis, by Stamatis Tsarouhas (in Greek)
 
Ftera Apo Metaxi, by Paschalia Travlou (in Greek)

Ftera Apo Metaxi, by Paschalia Travlou
(in Greek)

 
Efta Feggaria, by Panagiota Smyrli-Stratopoulou (in Greek)

Efta Feggaria, by Panagiota Smyrli-Stratopoulou (in Greek)
 
Agapimeno Mou Aivali, by Ntinos Koumpatis (in Greek)

Agapimeno Mou Aivali, by Ntinos Koumpatis
(in Greek)

Biographies

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)
 
Echo Ena Mystiko, by Giannis Papamichaïl (in Greek)

Echo Ena Mystiko, by Giannis Papamichaïl (in Greek)
 
To Onoma Mou Einai Nana, by Nana Mouskouri (in Greek)

To Onoma Mou Einai Nana, by Nana Mouskouri (in Greek)
En Archi In O Kazantzidis, by Lefteris Papadopoulos (in Greek)

En Archi In O Kazantzidis, by Lefteris Papadopoulos (in Greek)
 
Mikis Theodorakis - Se Proto Prosopo, by Yorgos Archimandritis (in Greek)

Mikis Theodorakis - Se Proto Prosopo, by Yorgos Archimandritis (in Greek)
Osa Thymamai I Osa Agapisa (in Greek)

Osa Thymamai I Osa Agapisa (in Greek)
 

History & Culture

Apo to Spilaio tou Platona sto Spilaio tou Nizze kai O Theos apo ton Adi, by Zinon Tsikrikas

Apo to Spilaio tou Platona sto Spilaio tou Nizze kai O Theos apo ton Adi, by Zinon Tsikrikas
 
Heirs Of The Greek Catastrophe... Asia Minor Refugees... by Renee Hirschon (in English)

Heirs Of The Greek Catastrophe... Asia Minor Refugees... by Renee Hirschon (in English)
 
En Thessaloniki, by Eleftheria Drosaki (in Greek)

En Thessaloniki, by Eleftheria Drosaki (in Greek)
Enas Aionas Dyo Patrides, by Giorgos Katramopoulos (in Greek)

Enas Aionas Dyo Patrides, by Giorgos Katramopoulos (in Greek)
 
Pyramida 67. To Vivlio tou Emfyliou, by Renos Apostolidis (in Greek)

Pyramida 67. To Vivlio tou Emfyliou, by Renos Apostolidis (in Greek)
In Sfakia, by Peter Trudgill (in English)

In Sfakia, by Peter Trudgill (in English)
Pos na se Xehaso, Smyrni Agapimeni, by Giorgos Katramopoulos (in Greek)

Pos na se Xehaso, Smyrni Agapimeni, by Giorgos Katramopoulos (in Greek)
Ston Iskio tou Leukou Pyrgou, by Roula Papadimitriou (in Greek)

Ston Iskio tou Leukou Pyrgou, by Roula Papadimitriou (in Greek)
Taxideuontas Sta Kymata Tou Omirou, by H. N. Turteltaub (in Greek)

Taxideuontas Sta Kymata Tou Omirou, by H. N. Turteltaub (in Greek)
O Ellinismos tis Konstantinoupolis, by Soula Mpozi (in Greek)

O Ellinismos tis Konstantinoupolis, by Soula Mpozi (in Greek)

 
To Aristero Cheri tis Afroditis, by Takis Théodoropoulos (in Greek)

To Aristero Cheri tis Afroditis, by Takis Théodoropoulos (in Greek)

 
Theano, I Lykaina tis Polis, by Lena Manta (in Greek)

Theano, I Lykaina tis Polis, by Lena Manta (in Greek)
  Photography

Stin Palia Lefkosia... Me tin Matia Enos Fantarou (in Greek)

Stin Palia Lefkosia... Me tin Matia Enos Fantarou (in Greek)

 

Children's Books

Fthinopwro (Fall), Seasons by Evgenia Fakinou (in Greek)

Fthinopwro (Fall), Seasons by Evgenia Fakinou (in Greek)
 
Chimonas (Winter), Seasons by Evgenia Fakinou (in Greek)

Chimonas (Winter), Seasons by Evgenia Fakinou (in Greek)
 
Anoiksi (Spring), Seasons by Evgenia Fakinou (in Greek)

Anoiksi (Spring), Seasons by Evgenia Fakinou (in Greek)
 
Kalokairi (Summer), Seasons by Evgenia Fakinou (in Greek)

Kalokairi (Summer), Seasons by Evgenia Fakinou (in Greek)
 
To Asteri ton Christougennon, by Evgenia Fakinou (in Greek)

To Asteri ton Christougennon, by Evgenia Fakinou (in Greek)
 
I parastasi arxizei... (School Plays) in Greek

I parastasi arxizei... (School Plays) in Greek
To Klama tou Potamou, by Freda Kritsotaki - An Enviromental Awareness Story (in Greek)

To Klama tou Potamou, by Freda Kritsotaki - An Enviromental Awareness Story (in Greek)
 
Keramidogatos, by Erini Kamaratou-Gialousi, In Greek

Keramidogatos, by Erini Kamaratou-Gialousi, In Greek
 
I Hionati Kai Oi Epta Nanoi (Snow White), in Greek

I Hionati Kai Oi Epta Nanoi (Snow White), in Greek
To Stichiomeno Navagio (Spirulina and the Haunted Shipwreck), by  Kelly McKain (in Greek)

To Stichiomeno Navagio (Spirulina and the Haunted Shipwreck), by Kelly McKain (in Greek)
 
Taksidevo me ta Paramithia, by Dina Hatzinikolaou (in Greek)

Taksidevo me ta Paramithia, by Dina Hatzinikolaou (in Greek)
 
Keramidogatos, by Erini Kamaratou-Gialousi (in Greek)

Keramidogatos, by Erini Kamaratou-Gialousi (in Greek)
Proti Mera sto Scholeio, by Nikoleta Kosta (in Greek)

Proti Mera sto Scholeio, by Nikoleta Kosta (in Greek)
 
Perimeno Aderfaki, by Nikoleta Kosta (in Greek)

Perimeno Aderfaki, by Nikoleta Kosta (in Greek)
Mia Parakseni Mera, by Aggeliki Varelaki (in Greek)

Mia Parakseni Mera, by Aggeliki Varelaki (in Greek)
O Kalikatzaros pou Fovotan to Skotadi (Children

O Kalikatzaros pou Fovotan to Skotadi (Children's Play) w/ CD, by Maro Theodoraki (in Greek)
 
Christougenna sto Dasos (Children

Christougenna sto Dasos (Children's Play) w/ CD, by Sgouri Georgiadou (in Greek)
O Polemos Stin Troia, by Eleni Dikaiou (in Greek)

O Polemos Stin Troia, by Eleni Dikaiou (in Greek)
To Proto mou Vivlio Gia to Perivallon, by Elena Eleni (in Greek)

To Proto mou Vivlio Gia to Perivallon, by Elena Eleni (in Greek)
To Proto Mou Vivlio Gia Ta Hristougenna, by Dawn Sirett (in Greek)

To Proto Mou Vivlio Gia
Ta Hristougenna, by Dawn Sirett (in Greek)

 
Oi Magikes Maskes tou Koutsoflevarou, by Filippos Mandilaras (in Greek)

Oi Magikes Maskes tou Koutsoflevarou, by Filippos Mandilaras (in Greek)

 
Epistrofi Sto Scholeio, by Maria Papagianni (in Greek)

Epistrofi Sto Scholeio, by Maria Papagianni (in Greek)
Christougenniatikes Istories tou Dasous, by Eleni Dikaiou (in Greek)

Christougenniatikes Istories tou Dasous, by Eleni Dikaiou (in Greek)
 
Oi Peripeteies tou Odyssea, by Hugh Lupton (in Greek)

Oi Peripeteies tou Odyssea, by Hugh Lupton (in Greek)
 
Enas Deinosavros Sto Balkoni Mou, by Sakis Serefas (in Greek)

Enas Deinosavros Sto Balkoni Mou, by Sakis Serefas (in Greek)

Food & Wine

Eating the Greek Way: More Than 100 Fresh and Delicious Recipes from Some of the Healthiest People (

Eating the Greek Way: More Than 100 Fresh and Delicious Recipes from Some of the Healthiest People

 
Mikrasiatiki Kouzina, by Soula Mpozi (in Greek)

Mikrasiatiki Kouzina, by Soula Mpozi (in Greek)
 
Gefseis Tis Lakonikis Gis, by Maria Karampela (in Greek)

Gefseis Tis Lakonikis Gis, by
Maria Karampela (in Greek)

 
Syntages Tis Tasias, by Tasia Dendrinou (in Greek)

Syntages Tis Tasias, by Tasia Dendrinou (in Greek)
 
Athinaiko Trapezi, by Valentini Voulgari (in Greek)

Athinaiko Trapezi, by Valentini Voulgari (in Greek)

Entertainment (Mature)

 

Travel Guides

Doc, I

Doc, I've got to get something
off my chest..., by Arkas
(in English)

 
Crazy Combinations, by Arkas (in English)

Crazy Combinations, by Arkas
(in English)

 
To Fylo Ton Aggelon, by Arkas (in Greek)

To Fylo Ton Aggelon, by Arkas
(in Greek)
Michelin the Green Guide - Greece (in English)

Michelin the Green Guide - Greece (in English)
 
Streetwise Athens - Laminated City Street Map of Athens, Greece

Streetwise Athens - Laminated City Street Map of Athens, Greece
 
 
  Latest Arrivals
 Games and Toys!
Alphabet ABC Wooden Blocks in Greek

Alphabet ABC Wooden Blocks in Greek
 
Fisher-Price Speak & Teach Phone - Greek Edition

Fisher-Price Speak & Teach Phone - Greek Edition

 
Wooden Table Top Parthenon Blocks

Wooden Table Top Parthenon Blocks
Fisher-Price Dora We Did It! Dancing Dora (Speaks Greek)

Fisher-Price Dora We Did It! Dancing Dora (Speaks Greek)
Fisher-Price Talking Dora Surprise (Speaks Greek)

Fisher-Price Talking Dora Surprise (Speaks Greek)
 
Junior Scrabble - Word-Building Game (in Greek) Ages 5+

Junior Scrabble - Word-Building Game (in Greek) Ages 5+
 
Dora My First Scrabble - Word-Building Game (in Greek) Ages 5+

Dora My First Scrabble - Word-Building Game (in Greek) Ages 5+
Learning The Farm Animals - Wooden Peg Puzzle (in Greek) Age 3+

Learning The Farm Animals - Wooden Peg Puzzle (in Greek) Age 3+
 
Learning The Sea Animals - Wooden Peg Puzzle (in Greek) Age 3+

Learning The Sea Animals - Wooden Peg Puzzle (in Greek) Age 3+
Parthenon: Rise of the Aegean - Board game

Parthenon: Rise of the Aegean - Board game
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  Featured Destination: Astypalaia

Astypalaia CityscapeGEOGRAPHY: Rather isolated from the rest of the Dodecanese and nearer the Cyclades, Astypalaia lies between Amorgos, Anaphi and Kalymnos. It is also known as Astropalia and Stampalia, reminders of its Venetian occupation. 97 sq. km. in area, with 110 km. of coastline and 1,030 inhabitants it is 180 nautical miles from Piraeus. There is a ferry boat service four times a week during the summer and three times a week in winter. There are also boat connections with the Cyclades, the Dodecanese and, via the route to the outlying islands, with Crete. The island's terrain is mountainous (highest peak Vardia, 482 m. a.s.l.) and in effect consists of two peninsulas (south and north) linked by a narrow isthmus 105 m. wide. The morphology of the land has affected that of the coastline which is indented with many small coves and larger bays. The island's capital Astypalaia is the focus of all routes to the rest of the island with its few villages and scattered farmsteads. Its harbor is called Pera Yalos. With its tardy way of life, lovely beaches and small bays, Astypalaia is a perfect place for quiet holidays away from tourists.

HISTORY: Excavations have shown that Astypalaia was inhabited in prehistoric times, first by Karians and Phoenicians and later by Cretans, Mycenaeans and Megarites. In antiquity the island was known by several names (Pyrra, Pylaia, Theon Trapeza, Ichthyoessa) and evidently experienced something of an acme, as the many inscriptions found there suggest. This floruit continued into Roman times when the island was a trading station and anchor from which anti-piratical raids were launched. In Byzantine times it belonged to the Them the Aegean and it was during this period century) that the castle of Aghios loannis built on the southwest side. From 1207 wards it was ruled by the Venetians and in 1 was sacked by Barbarossa. It took part in Struggle for Independence in 1821 but remained under Turkish rule until 1912 when it was taken by the Italians who held it until 1 when, along with the other isles of the Dodecanese, it was incorporated in the Greek state.

Astypalaia City MapSIGHTS - MONUMENTS: The island's cap Astypalaia, is built amphitheatrically on a on its south side presenting a delightful v with its white houses clambering up from harbor to the hill top, dominated by its magnificent castle. The picture is completed the windmills strung out along the crest of hill on the outskirts of the village. The wall of the castle comprises numerous houses, so-called Xokastra, the oldest part of the settlement. The castle entrance is on its so west face and within its confines are two important churches, St. George and the Annunciation. The church of the Virgin Portaitissa just below the castle, is one of the most beautiful in the Dodecanese. Only another three villages on the island have a permanent population: Analipsi (Maltezana), Livadi (2 km. so of Chora) and Vathy (19 km. northwest Chora). Sights of interest include the monastery of the Virgin Poulariani (17 km. north of Chora) and that of St. John the Baptist km. west of Chora). Both facilities for tourists and the road work are underdeveloped. However, there many lovely beaches which can be reached bus from Chora, Livadi, Pera Yalos, Maltezna, or caique Aghios Konstantinos, Vathy. Accommodation is available in rented rooms. Yachts can replenish their water supply in harbor.

 November 2008 Greek Orthodox Calendar

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
            1
Cosmas & Damianos the Holy Unmercenaries & their mother Theodota

Bishop Raphael Hawaweeny of Brooklyn

David the Righteous of Evia
 
2
5th Sunday of Luke


Akindynos, Pegasios, Aphthonios, Elpidephoros, & Anempodistos of Persia

Domnina, Domna, & Kyriaki, the Martyrs 
3
Monday of the 7th Week

Acepsimas the Bishop, Joseph the Presbyter, & Aeithalas the Deacon, Martyrs of Persia

Dedication of the Temple of the Holy Great Martyr George in Lydia 
 
4
Tuesday of the 7th Week

Ioannikos the Great

Nikandros, Bishop of Myra
5
Wednesday of the 7th Week

Galaktion & his wife Episteme, the Martyrs of Emesa

Patrobos, Gaios, Hermas, Linos, & Philologos, Apostles of the 70
6
Paul the Confessor, Patriarch of Constantinople
7
Friday of the 7th Week

33 Martyrs of Melitene

Lazarus the Wonderworker
8
Synaxis of the Archangel Michael & the other Bodiless Powers: Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, Salaphiel, Jegudiel, & Barachiel 
9
7th Sunday of Luke


Nektarios the Wonderworker, Bishop of Pentapolis

Onesiphoros and Porphyrios of Ephesus
10
Monday of the 8th Week

Erastos, Olympas, Herodion, Sosipatros, Quartus, Tertios, Apostles of the 70

Holy Father Arsenius of Cappadocia
 
11
Tuesday of the 8th Week

Menas of Egypt

Saint Victor and Stephanie
12
Wednesday of the 8th Week

John the Merciful, Patriarch of Alexandria

Nilus the Ascetic of Sinai
13
John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople

Damaskinos the New Martyr of Mount Athos
14
Philip the Apostle

Gregory Palamas, Archbishop of Thessaloniki

Holy Great New Martyr Constantine of Hydra
15
Saturday of the 8th Week

Gurias, Samonas, & Avivos, Martyrs & Confessors of Edessa

Thomas, Archbishop of Constantinople
16
Matthew the Apostle & Evangelist
17
Monday of the 9th Week

Gregory the Wonderworker & Bishop of Neo-Caesarea

Gennadios I, Patriarch of Constantinople
 
18
Tuesday of the 9th Week

Plato the Great Martyr of Ancyra

Holy Martyr Romanus
19
Wednesday of the 9th Week

Obadiah the Prophet

Barlaam of Caesarea
20
Thursday of the 9th Week

The Forefeast of the Presentation of the Theotokos into the Temple

Gregory the Righteous of Decapolis
21
The Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple
22
Saturday of the 9th Week

Archippus the Apostles,Philemon the Apostle & his wife, Apphia, Onesimos the Disciple of Paul

Holy Martyr Cecilia and Those with Her
 
23
9th Sunday of Luke


Amphilochios, Bishop of Iconium

Gregory, Bishop of Agrigentum
24
Monday of the 10th Week

Our Holy Father Clement, Pope of Rome

Peter, Archbishop of Alexandria
25
Katherine the Great Martyr of Alexandria

Apodosis of the Presentation of the Theotokos into the Temple

Mercurios the Great Martyr of Caesarea in Cappadocia
 
26
Wednesday of the 10th Week

Alypios the Stylite of Adrianopolis

St. Nicon Metanoeite
27
Thursday of the 10th Week

James the Great Martyr of Persia

Nathaniel of Nitria & Pinouphrios of Egypt, the Righteous
28
Friday of the 10th Week

Stephen the New

Irenarchos & his Companion Martyrs at Sebaste
29
Saturday of the 10th Week

Paramonus, Philumenus, and their 370 Companion Martyrs in Bithynia

Our Righteous Father Nicholas, Archbishop of Thessolonica
30
Andrew the First- Called Apostle


Froumentios, Archbishop of Abyssina
 
           


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