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October's Article: Winter Olympics  Special Feature: Church Symbolism
What's New: Music, Movies, and Books Featured Destination: Ionian Isles
Latest Arrivals: Ancient Greek Magnets, Statues, Olympic Pins October's Recipe: Youvétsi Me Lakhaniká (Baked orzo with vegetables)
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October's Recipe: Youvétsi Me Lakhaniká (Baked orzo with vegetables)

Ingredients:
  • 1 generous cup / 250ml Greek extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 tomatoes, skinned and finely diced
  • 1 stick celery, finely sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely sliced
  • 4 cups / 500g kritharáki
  • 8-12 keftedákia
  • 1 3/4 cups / 200g crumbled sheep's milk cheese
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350F (180C). Heat the olive oil in a pan and fry the onions and garlic until softened. Add the tomatoes, celery, and bell pepper, then season with salt and pepper. Reduce the heat and cook the vegetables for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the orzo. Half fill a high -sided flameproof dish with the vegetable and noodle mixture, top up with hot water, and stir. Bake in a preheated oven for about 1 hour. Shortly before the end of the cooking time, top with the keftédes and the crumbled sheep's milk cheese and leave in the oven for a few minutes to brown. Serve straight from the dish while still hot.


Culinaria Greece by Milona, MarianthiExcerpts and Photography from: Culinaria Greece
by Milona, Marianthi



October's Article:
The Winter Olympics

Get Ready for Vancouver 2010!
A Winter Olympics Primer.

The Winter Olympic Games is a winter multi-sport event held every four years, featuring winter sports held on snow or ice, such as Alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, figure skating, bobsledding and ice hockey. Cross-country skiing, figure skating, ice hockey, Nordic combined, ski jumping, and speed skating have been competed at every Winter Olympics since 1924. As the Games have progressed, other athletic events have been added such as luge, short track speed skating, and freestyle skiing. Athletics like speed skiing, bandy, and skijöring have been demonstration sports but never incorporated officially as an Olympic sport.

Fewer countries participate in the Winter Olympics than the Summer Olympics. The first Winter Olympics were held in Chamonix, France. Figure skating and ice hockey had been events at the Summer Olympics prior to 1924. The Games were held every four years from 1924 until 1940 when they were interrupted by World War II. The Winter and Summer Games resumed in 1948 and were celebrated on the same year until 1992. At that time the Winter Games split from the Summer Games. The Summer and Winter Olympics are currently celebrated on alternating even years. The first Winter Olympic Games to be held on this new schedule was in 1994 in Lillehammer, Norway.

Many countries have played home to the Winter Olympics. France has been host to the Games three times. The United States has hosted the Games four times, more than any other country. Several countries including Italy, Japan, and Austria have hosted the Games twice.

In 2003 the IOC awarded the 2010 Winter Olympics to Vancouver, thus allowing Canada to host its second Winter Olympics. With a population of more than 2.5 million people, Vancouver will be the largest metropolitan area to ever host a Winter Olympic Games. Vancouver is a low-altitude, seaport city with a relatively mild oceanic climate. Most of the venues will be located in the Vancouver metropolitan area, with the exception of the alpine and sliding events, which will be held in Whistler.

The Games will then be hosted by Sochi, Russia in 2014. This will be the first time that Russia has hosted a Winter Olympic Games.


 Special Feature: Church Symbolism
Part 1 of 1



Church symbolism dates back to the very beginnings of Christianity. During the persecution periods certain symbols were used to decorate the places of worship with these symbols having specified religious meanings. Few early Christians could read but all of them could recognize the symbolic portrayals, Many of these symbols are still used in church decorations and may be seen in the designs of stained glass windows, caged woodwork and icons. Listed here are some of the most familiar Christian symbols.
 
Alpha-omega (AΩ) - The first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. Signifies that God is the beginning and end of all things. Also expresses the eternity and divinity of the Lord and is referred to in the Book of Revelation of the Bible.
Book - A symbol of the Gospel - the word of God.
Bread - Symbol of the Divine Eucharist.
Candles - A symbol of the light of the Word of God.
Censer - The warmth of prayer, symbolized by incense.
Chalice - Symbol of the Holy Communion and the brotherhood of man.
Cross - There are many forms. All of them symbolize the Crucifixion of Christ and the triumph of Christianity.
Crown of Thorns - Symbol of the suffering Christ.
Eagle - Symbolizes St. John, who, because of his lofty theological expressions, soared heavenward like the eagle. A two-headed eagle signifies the Byzantine Empire and its church.
Eye - Symbol of the omniscience and omnipresence of God.
Fish - Early Christians used the fish as a secret symbol in the catacombs to conceal and safeguard their faith. The Greek word meaning fish ( ) symbolized Christ the Savior, the Holy Eucharist and Chistians.
Fisherman - Symbol of Christ the Savior as a Fisher of Men.
Flowers - Symbol of the pleasures and beauties of paradise.
ICXC - Symbolizes Jesus Christ.
- Symbol meaning that Jesus Christ is victorious.
Lambb Lily - The emblem of radiant purity.
Lion - Sometimes an emblem of Christ. Usually St. Mark is symbolized by the lion because his Gospel begins with the call to repentance by John the Baptist, a voice crying in the wilderness, which is compared to the roar of a lion in the desert.
Olive - Signifies consecration.
Olive Branch - An emblem of happiness and peace, symbolizing an end of turmoil as first mentioned in the Bible when the dove sent out by Noah returned with an olive branch.
Olive Tree - The emblem of immortality.
Ox (or Bull) - Symbolizes good deeds. St. Luke is symbolized by the ox because his Gospel begins with an account of the sacrifice of Zacharias. Luke also describes the sacrificial death of Christ, and the ox or bull was the ancient sacrifice animal.
Palm - The emblem of Christianity's victory.
Peacock (or Dove) - Symbol of the Holy Spirit. At the Baptism of Christ by John the Baptist, the Holy Spirit descended in the form of a dove.
Sheep - Followers of Christ; Christian worshippers.
Shepherd - Christ the Good Shepherd. The well known 23rd Psalm calls the Lord a Shepherd.
Snake - Signifies evil and Satan. The first temptation to Eve in the Garden of Eden came through the whispering of the serpent.
Triangle - Symbolic of the Holy Trinity.
Vessel (or Ship) - Symbolizes the Church of Christ.
Vineyard - Symbolizes the Holy Communion and also is symbolic of Christ from whom we receive life as the grape plant does from the vineyard.
Violet - Symbolic of purity.
Wheat - Symbolic of the Resurrection.
Winged Man - Symbol ascribed to St. Matthew because his Gospel begins with the genealogy of Christ as a man.
X - Symbolizes Christ. This is the first letter of the Greek word for Christ.
X P - Signifies Jesus Christ.

Ecclesia: Greek Orthodox Churches of the Chicago Metropolis
Excerpts and Photography from
Ecclesia: Greek Orthodox Churches
of the Chicago Metropolis by Panos Fiorentinos


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 Greek Fisherman's Hats

Wool Tweed Greek Fisherman Hat

The world famous Greek Fisherman's cap is now available in Wool tweed. Order yours today!
 
Wool Tweed Greek Fisherman's Hat - Brown

Wool Tweed Greek Fisherman's Hat - Brown


Wool Tweed Greek Fisherman's Hat - Black

Wool Tweed Greek Fisherman's Hat - Black
 Books in Greek
I mera tis kataigidas, Rosamunde Pilcher (In Greek)

I mera tis kataigidas, Rosamunde Pilcher
(In Greek)

 
To Telos tou Kalokairiou, Rosamunde Pilcher (In Greek)

To Telos tou Kalokairiou, Rosamunde Pilcher
(In Greek)
To agrio thymari, Rosamunde Pilcher (In Greek)

To agrio thymari, Rosamunde Pilcher
(In Greek)

To Erimo Spiti, Rosamunde Pilcher (In Greek)

To Erimo Spiti, Rosamunde Pilcher (In Greek)

To Monahiko Liontari, Rosamunde Pilcher

To Monahiko Liontari, Rosamunde Pilcher

(In Greek)
Ston Asterismo twn Didimon, Rosamunde Pilcher (In Greek)

Ston Asterismo twn Didimon, Rosamunde Pilcher
(In Greek)

 
Oloi Aftoi Oi Anthropoi

Oloi Aftoi Oi Anthropoi
Agapimeno Mou Aivali, by Ntinos Koumpatis (in Greek)

Agapimeno Mou Aivali, by Ntinos Koumpatis (in Greek)

Athina Thessloniki (Athens - Salonica), in Greek

Athina Thessloniki (Athens - Salonica), in Greek

Tyflomiga, by Efgenia Fakinou (in Greek)

Tyflomiga, by Efgenia Fakinou (in Greek)

(In Greek)
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Mythology for Children, O Kosmos genietai, oi Titanes, o Dias kai I Oikogeneia tou, adaptation by So

Mythology for Children, O Kosmos genietai, oi Titanes, o Dias kai I Oikogeneia tou, adaptation by So
Mythology for Children, Hera, Efaistos, Aphrodite, and Aris , adaptation by Sofia Zarambouka

Mythology for Children, Hera, Efaistos, Aphrodite, and Aris , adaptation by Sofia Zarambouka
Mythology for Children, Athina, Poseidon, and Artemis, adaptation by Sofia Zarambouka

Mythology for Children, Athina, Poseidon, and Artemis, adaptation by Sofia Zarambouka
Mythology for Children, Hermes, Pluto, Persefoni, Demetra, and Dionysos, adaptation by S Zarambouka

Mythology for Children, Hermes, Pluto, Persefoni, Demetra, and Dionysos, adaptation by S Zarambouka
Mythology for Children, Moires, Promitheas, Pandora, Defkalion, kai oi Anemoi , adaptation by Sofia

Mythology for Children, Moires, Promitheas, Pandora, Defkalion, kai oi Anemoi , adaptation by Sofia
Mythology for Children, Eos, Elios, Faithon, Selini, and Pan, adaptation by Sofia Zarambouka

Mythology for Children, Eos, Elios, Faithon, Selini, and Pan, adaptation by Sofia Zarambouka


Mythology for Children, Centaurs, Asklipios, Mouses, and Orfeas, adaptation by Sofia Zarambouka

Mythology for Children, Centaurs, Asklipios, Mouses, and Orfeas, adaptation by Sofia Zarambouka
Mythology for Children, Europe, Kadmos, Tantalos, Pelopas, and Danaos, adaptation by Sofia Zarambouk

Mythology for Children, Europe, Kadmos, Tantalos, Pelopas, and Danaos, adaptation by Sofia Zarambouk

Mythology for Children, oi athloi tou Hrakli, adaptation by Sofia Zarambouka

Mythology for Children, oi athloi tou Hrakli, adaptation by Sofia Zarambouka

Mythology for Children,Thiseas, Minotavros, Minoas, Pasifai, and Ariandne, adaptation by Sofia Zaram

Mythology for Children,Thiseas, Minotavros, Minoas, Pasifai, and Ariandne, adaptation by Sofia Zaram

Aristofanes for Children Series, Irini, adaptation by Sofia Zarambouka

Aristofanes for Children Series, Irini, adaptation by Sofia Zarambouka

Aristofanes for Children Series, Vatrahoi, adaptation by Sofia Zarambouka

Aristofanes for Children Series, Vatrahoi, adaptation by Sofia Zarambouka
Aristofanes for Children Series, Lysistrata, by Aristofanes, adaptation by Sofia Zarambouka

Aristofanes for Children Series, Lysistrata, by Aristofanes, adaptation by Sofia Zarambouka
Homer's Illiad, Adaptation by Sofia Zarambouka (In Greek)

Homer's Illiad, Adaptation by Sofia Zarambouka (In Greek)

Homer's Odyssey, Adaptation by Sofia Zarambouka (In Greek)

Homer's Odyssey, Adaptation by Sofia Zarambouka (In Greek)
(In Greek)

O Megalexandros, Sofia Zarmbouka (In Greek)

O Megalexandros, Sofia Zarmbouka (In Greek)

Gia tin Patrida, by Pinelopi Delta (In Greek)

Gia tin Patrida, by Pinelopi Delta (In Greek)
Ton Kairo tou Voulgaroktonou, by Pinelopi Delta (In Greek)

Ton Kairo tou Voulgaroktonou, by Pinelopi Delta (In Greek)
Paramythi horis onoma, by Pinelopi Delta (In Greek)

Paramythi horis onoma, by Pinelopi Delta (In Greek)
Sta Mystika tou Valtou, Penelope Delta (In Greek)

Sta Mystika tou Valtou, Penelope Delta (In Greek)
Maggas (Monotoniko), Penelopi Delta (In Greek)

Maggas (Monotoniko), Penelopi Delta (In Greek)

Trellantonis, by Pinelopi Delta (In Greek)

Trellantonis, by Pinelopi Delta (In Greek)
Kalokairi (Summer), Seasons by Evgenia Fakinou (in Greek)

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

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

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

Chimonas (Winter), Seasons by Evgenia Fakinou (in Greek)
  Recent Arrivals in Our Music Section
Digital Heaven 2009 - 14 Greek Summer Hits from Heaven

Digital Heaven 2009 - 14 Greek Summer Hits from Heaven
 Kalokeri 2009 - 55 Hits (3cds)

Kalokeri 2009 - 55 Hits (3cds)


Thalassa 2009 - 22 Greek Summer Hits (CD)

Thalassa 2009 - 22 Greek Summer Hits (CD +DVD)
Minos Summer 2009 - 20 Greek Summer Hits

Minos Summer 2009 - 20 Greek Summer Hits
Non-stop Greek Mix Vol. 5 by Nikos Halkousis

Non-stop Greek Mix Vol. 5 by Nikos Halkousis
Athens Bar vol. 3 - 16 Greek Summer Hits

Athens Bar vol. 3 - 16 Greek Summer Hits
Mamma Mia (OST)

Mamma Mia (OST)

The Nisiotiko Glenti - 81 Island Songs for your party

The Nisiotiko Glenti - 81 Island Songs for your party

 
Mihalis Hadjioannou - Rizes (Roots)

Mihalis Hadjioannou - Rizes (Roots)


Anna Vissi Live (2 CD)

Anna Vissi Live (2 CD)
Ena Oneiro Zo, Thelxi

Ena Oneiro Zo, Thelxi
Seven 7 Special Edition, Mihalis Hatzigiannis (BONUS DVD)

Seven 7 Special Edition, Mihalis Hatzigiannis (BONUS DVD)
PS S' Agapo Sp. Edition CD / DVD (PAL), Dionysis Shoinas

PS S' Agapo Sp. Edition CD / DVD (PAL), Dionysis Shoinas

Ap' to liverpoul sti sadorini, Vasilis Kazoulis

Ap' to liverpoul sti sadorini, Vasilis Kazoulis
Me ton obama adama, Hristos Nikolopoulos

Me ton obama adama, Hristos Nikolopoulos
Allios, Konstantinos Hristoforou

Allios, Konstantinos Hristoforou
Para Poli, George Tsalikis

Para Poli, George Tsalikis
Ximerose, Glykeria

Ximerose, Glykeria
An Ikseres, Andreas Stamos

An Ikseres, Andreas Stamos
Etimi, Rallia Hristidou

Etimi, Rallia Hristidou
Eleni Vitali Antholoyio (4 CD)

Eleni Vitali Antholoyio
(4 CD)
72 Megales Epiihies, Dionysis Hiotis (4 CD)

72 Megales Epiihies, Dionysis Hiotis (4 CD)

 
Zodano Kittaro, Eleni Vitali (2 CD)

Zodano Kittaro, Eleni Vitali (2 CD)
Ap' Tin Arhi, Vicky Leandros (5 CD)

Ap' Tin Arhi, Vicky Leandros (5 CD)
Glenti Sta Klarina, Filio Pirgaki

Glenti Sta Klarina,
Filio Pirgaki
14 Megala Tragoudia, Sofia Vebo

14 Megala Tragoudia,
Sofia Vebo
14 Megala Tragoudia, Nikos Gounaris

14 Megala Tragoudia, Nikos Gounaris

14 Megala Tragoudia, Tonis Maroudas

14 Megala Tragoudia,
Tonis Maroudas
14 Megala Tragoudia, Yiannis Logothetis

14 Megala Tragoudia, Yiannis Logothetis
14 Megala Tragoudia, Lakis Alexandrou

14 Megala Tragoudia, Lakis Alexandrou
 
  Software
370,000 word English - Greek Dictionary for Windows by Magenta

370,000 word English -
Greek Dictionary for
Windows by Magenta
395,000 word English - 
Greek Dictionary for English Speakers (Windows), 
by Magenta

395,000 word English -
Greek Dictionary for English Speakers (Windows),
by Magenta
395,000 word English - Greek Dictionary Gold Edition, by Magenta MAC, WINDOWS, LINUX

395,000 word English - Greek Dictionary Gold Edition, by Magenta MAC, WINDOWS, LINUX


300,0000 word Ancient Greek - Modern Greek Dictionary for Windows by Magenta

300,0000 word Ancient Greek - Modern Greek Dictionary for Windows by Magenta

68,000 word English - Greek Business Dictionary for Windows, by Magenta

68,000 word English - Greek Business Dictionary for Windows, by Magenta
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395,000 word English - 
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My Life in Ruins - Nia Vardalos DVD (NTSC)
 
  Ancient Greek Magnets
Ancient Greek Magnet New Arrivals
 
Ancient Greek Hestia Magnet

Ancient Greek Hestia Magnet
Ancient Greek Dionysus Magnet

Ancient Greek Dionysus Magnet
Ancient Greek Satyr Magnet

Ancient Greek Satyr Magnet

Ancient Greek Bull of Sport Magnet

Ancient Greek Bull of Sport Magnet
Ancient Greek Themis Magnet

Ancient Greek Themis Magnet
Ancient Greek Ionic Column Magnet

Ancient Greek Artemis Magnet
Ancient Greek Leonidas Magnet

Ancient Greek Leonidas Magnet

Ancient Greek Kore Magnet

Ancient Greek Kore Magnet
Ancient Greek Plato Magnet

Ancient Greek Plato Magnet

Ancient Greek Helmet Magnet

Ancient Greek Helmet Magnet

Ancient Greek Cycladic Magnet

Ancient Greek Cycladic Magnet
Ancient Greek Minotaur Magnet

Ancient Greek Minotaur Magnet

Ancient Greek Alexander Magnet

Ancient Greek Alexander Magnet
Ancient Greek Poseidon Magnet

Ancient Greek Poseidon Magnet

Ancient Greek Hera Magnet

Ancient Greek Hera Magnet

  Statues and Busts
Plato Bust (6")

Plato Bust (6")
Hygeia Bust (5")

Hygeia Bust (5")
Aristotle Bust (6")

Aristotle Bust (6")

Charioteer Bust (6")

Charioteer Bust (6")
Apollo Bust (6")

Apollo Bust (6")
Poseidon or Zeus Bust (6")

Poseidon or Zeus Bust (6")
Sphinx Statue (5")

Sphinx Statue (5")
Artemis Bust (6")

Artemis Bust (6")

Asclepius Bust (6")

Asclepius Bust (6")
Athens Stadium Statue (5" x 3")

Athens Stadium Statue
(5" x 3")
Helmet of Athena (4")

Helmet of Athena (4")
Helmet Statue (4")

Helmet Statue (4")
Temple of Apollo Statue Portara (6")

Temple of Apollo Statue Portara (6")

Owl Statue (6")

Owl Statue (6")
Hadrien's Gate Statue (6")

Hadrien's Gate Statue (6")

Homer Bust (7")

Homer Bust (7")
Column Statue (7")

Column Statue (7")
Pythagoras Bust (7")

Pythagoras Bust (7")

Alexander Bust (7")

Alexander Bust (7")
Poseidon or Zeus Bust (8")

Poseidon or Zeus Bust (8")

Hippocrates Statue (12")

Hippocrates Statue (12")
Pericles Bust (10")

Pericles Bust (10")
Epidavros Theater (7" x 8" x 3")

Epidavros Theater
(7" x 8" x 3")

Candle Stick Holder -  Ancient Greek Column (5")

Candle Stick Holder - Ancient Greek Column (5")
Candle Stick Holder - Ancient Greek Column Top (3")

Candle Stick Holder -
Ancient Greek Column Top (3")
  Vancouver 2010 Olympic Collectors' Pins


 
Vancouver 2010 3 Months To Go Pin

Vancouver 2010
3 Months To Go Pin

 
Vancouver 2010 USA Goalie Mask-Flag Pin

Vancouver 2010
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Vancouver 2010 Canadian Goalie Mask-Flag Pin

Vancouver 2010
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Vancouver 2010 License Plate Pin

Vancouver 2010
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Vancouver 2010 Inukshuk by the Sea Pin

Vancouver 2010
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Vancouver 2010 Replica Torch Pin

Vancouver 2010
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Vancouver 2010 Look of the Games Snowboard Pin

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Vancouver 2010 Look of the Games Skis Pin

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Sterling Silver Rear-view Mirror Charm - Virgin Mary and Crucifix

Sterling Silver Rear-view Mirror Charm - Virgin Mary and Crucifix

 
Sterling Silver Rear-view Mirror Charm - Cross

Sterling Silver Rear-view Mirror Charm - Cross
Sterling Silver Rear-view Mirror Charm - Byzantine Greek Orthodox Cross and St. Christopher

Sterling Silver Rear-view Mirror Charm - Byzantine Greek Orthodox Cross and St. Christopher
Sterling Silver Rear-view Mirror Charm - St. Christopher and Byzantine Greek Orthodox Cross

Sterling Silver Rear-view Mirror Charm - St. Christopher and Byzantine Greek Orthodox Cross

 
Sterling Silver Rear-view Mirror Charm - Byzantine Greek Orthodox Cross and St. Christopher

Sterling Silver Rear-view Mirror Charm - Byzantine Greek Orthodox Cross and St. Christopher
Sterling Silver Rear-view Mirror Charm - Virgin Mary and St. Christopher

Sterling Silver Rear-view Mirror Charm - Virgin Mary and St. Christopher
Sterling Silver Rear-view Mirror Charm - Virgin Mary and St. Christopher

Sterling Silver Rear-view Mirror Charm - Virgin Mary and St. Christopher
Sterling Silver Rear-view Mirror Charm - Virgin Mary and St. Christopher

Sterling Silver Rear-view Mirror Charm - Virgin Mary and St. Christopher

 
  Sterling Silver Keychains
Sterling Silver Keychain - Greek Key

Sterling Silver Keychain -
Greek Key
Sterling Silver Keychain - Helmet

Sterling Silver Keychain -
Helmet
Sterling Silver Keychain - Winged Victory (Nike)

Sterling Silver Keychain -
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Sterling Silver Keychain - Phaistos Disk

Sterling Silver Keychain -
Phaistos Disk Winged Victory (Nike)

 
  Sterling Silver and Costume Jewelry
The Athena Collection - Sterling Silver Bracelet w/ Greek Key (6mm)

The Athena Collection - Sterling Silver Bracelet w/ Greek Key (6mm)
The Athena Collection - Sterling Silver Bracelet w/ Greek Key (27mm)

The Athena Collection - Sterling Silver Bracelet w/ Greek Key (27mm)
The Athena Collection - Sterling Silver Bracelet w/ Greek Key (5mm)

The Athena Collection - Sterling Silver Bracelet w/ Greek Key (5mm)
The Athena Collection - Sterling Silver Bracelet w/ Greek Key (8mm)

The Athena Collection - Sterling Silver Bracelet w/ Greek Key (8mm)
The Athena Collection - Sterling Silver Bracelet w/ Greek Key Links (7mm)

The Athena Collection - Sterling Silver Bracelet w/ Greek Key Links (7mm)
The Athena Collection - Sterling Silver Bracelet w/ Greek Key Links (7mm)

The Athena Collection - Sterling Silver Bracelet w/ Greek Key Links (7mm)
The Athena Collection - Sterling Silver Bracelet w/ Greek Key Links (7mm)

The Athena Collection - Sterling Silver Bracelet w/ Greek Key Links (7mm)
The Athena Collection - Sterling Silver Bracelet w/ Large Greek Key Links (25mm)

The Athena Collection - Sterling Silver Bracelet w/ Large Greek Key Links (25mm)
The Athena Collection - Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet w/ Greek Key (27mm)

The Athena Collection - Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet w/ Greek Key (27mm)
The Athena Collection - Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet w/ Greek Key (27mm)

The Athena Collection - Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet w/ Greek Key (27mm)
The Athena Collection - Sterling Silver Necklace w/ Large Greek Key Links (30mm)

The Athena Collection - Sterling Silver Necklace w/ Large Greek Key Links (30mm)
The Athena Collection - Sterling Silver Necklace w/ Greek Key Links (7mm)

The Athena Collection - Sterling Silver Necklace w/ Greek Key Links (7mm)
The Athena Collection - Sterling Silver Necklace w/ Large Greek Key Links (20mm)

The Athena Collection - Sterling Silver Necklace w/ Large Greek Key Links (20mm)
The Athena Collection - Sterling Silver Necklace w/ Greek Key Links (5mm)

The Athena Collection - Sterling Silver Necklace w/ Greek Key Links (5mm)
The Athena Collection - Sterling Silver Bracelet w/ Alexander & Greek Key Links (12mm)

The Athena Collection - Sterling Silver Bracelet w/ Alexander & Greek Key Links (12mm)
The Athena Collection - Sterling Silver Necklace w/ Alexander & Greek Key Links (13mm)

The Athena Collection - Sterling Silver Necklace w/ Alexander & Greek Key Links (13mm)
The Ariadne Collection - Sterling Silver Necklace w/ Swirl Motif Links (20mm)

The Ariadne Collection - Sterling Silver Necklace w/ Swirl Motif Links (20mm)
The Ariadne Collection - Sterling Silver Necklace w/ Swirl Motif Links (20mm)

The Ariadne Collection - Sterling Silver Necklace w/ Swirl Motif Links (20mm)
The Ariadne Collection - Sterling Silver Earrings w/ Swirl Motif Links (22mm)

The Ariadne Collection - Sterling Silver Earrings w/ Swirl Motif Links (22mm)
The Ariadne Collection - Sterling Silver Bracelet w/ Swirl Motif Links (25mm)

The Ariadne Collection - Sterling Silver Bracelet w/ Swirl Motif Links (25mm)
The Ariadne Collection - Sterling Silver Bracelet w/ Swirl Motif Links (22mm)

The Ariadne Collection - Sterling Silver Bracelet w/ Swirl Motif Links (22mm)
The Ariadne Collection - Sterling Silver Bracelet w/ Swirl Motif Links (22mm)

The Ariadne Collection - Sterling Silver Bracelet w/ Swirl Motif Links (22mm)
Sterling Silver Cufflinks - Alexander the Great

Sterling Silver Cufflinks - Alexander the Great
Sterling Silver Pendant - Apollo (26mm)

Sterling Silver Pendant - Apollo (26mm)
Sterling Silver Pendant - Apollo and Owl (25mm)

Sterling Silver Pendant - Apollo and Owl (25mm)
Sterling Silver Pendant - Alexander the Great (25mm)

Sterling Silver Pendant - Alexander the Great (25mm)
Sterling Silver Pendant - Athena (26mm)

Sterling Silver Pendant - Athena (26mm)
Sterling Silver Pendant - Medusa (30mm)

Sterling Silver Pendant - Medusa (30mm)
Sterling Silver Pendant - Medusa (20mm)

Sterling Silver Pendant - Medusa (20mm)
 
Sterling Silver Pendant - Minoan Bee (35mm)

Sterling Silver Pendant - Minoan Bee (35mm)
Sterling Silver Pendant - Minoan Bee (35mm)

Sterling Silver Pendant - Minoan Bee (35mm)
Multi-color Evil Eye Spiral Wire Bracelet

Multi-color Evil Eye Spiral Wire Bracelet
 
Children's Bracelet - Sterling Silver MInoan Dolphin on Multicolored Leather

Children's Bracelet - Sterling Silver MInoan Dolphin on Multicolored Leather
   

  Featured Destination: Ionian Isles (part 1 of 7)

Karpathos Island MapThe islands off the west coast of Greece are known as the Ionian isles or Heptanese. They comprise an archipelago of twelve islands, the six largest of which are more densely populated (Corfu, Paxoi, Lefkada, Ithaka, Cephallonia, Zakynthos), sharing a common history and more or less the same political identity. Kythera is often included with the Ionian islands although it lies off the southern tip of the Peloponnese, isolated from the other isles and has its own history and political physiognomy.

The islands cover a total area of 2,307 sq. km and have a population on 182,651. In general their terrain is mountainous with numerous small fertile plains. Their coastline is indented with bays and coves and many promontories. According to the geologists they were formed as a result of geological disturbances resulting in their detachment from the Greek mainland with which they were originally joined. Myth relates that the islands were inhabited at the dawn of time and this is borne out by the archaeological evidence from Palaeolithic times (Cephallonia, Lefkada). During the Mycenaean age they enjoyed a remarkable floruit. This was the period of the crafty king of Ithaka, Odysseus, whose exploits in the Trojan War and adventures afterwards on his twenty-year voyage home are narrated by Homer.

During the 8th and 7th century BC Corinthians settled here, mainly in the northern islands of the group, founding an important city on Corfu. The secession of Corfu from Corinth at the end of the 5th century BC was the pretext for the Peloponnesian War. For a time the islands were subject to the tyrants of Syracuse, the kings of Epirus and Macedonia and, finally, the Romans (146 BC). They were harassed by pirates throughout Byzantine times until the Fall of Constantinople to the Franks (1204) when they passed under the jurisdiction of Venice, through the Serenissimo did not capture them until much later (1386). Under the Venetians the population was stratified into three classes: the Nobles (Nobili), Bourgeoisie (Civili) and Peasantry (Populari). the Ionian islands remained a Venetian possession until 1797 and were only occupied by the Turks for a brief interval. In 1797 they came into French hands and remained so until 1864, when they were incorporated in the Greek state. During the Second World War they were first occupied by the Italians and in 1943 by the Germans, only being liberated when hostilities ceased.

The long period of Venetian rule and easy communication with Italy and the West had a decisive influence of the character and yet, despite these centuries of various foreign masters, they always maintained and preserved their Greekness. At the same time there was a plethora of artistic and cultural activity, art and letters were cultivated and the Ionian isles set their seal on modern Greek literature.

The visitor will enjoy not only the natural beauties of these islands with their great diversity of landscape, but also their wealth of monuments. Many of the later edifices, both ecclesiastical and civil, are decidedly Italianate.

The mild climate, high standards of tourist development and ease of access make the isles an ideal place for holidays all year round.


Next month:
Ionian Isles, Part Two - Corfu


 October 2009 Greek Orthodox Calendar

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
   
 

 
1
Thursday of the 2nd Week

The Feast of the Holy Skepi of the Theotokos

Ananias, Apostle of the 70
2
Friday of the 2nd Week

Cyprian the Holy Martyr, Justina the Virgin-martyr of Nicomedea

Eleutherios and Roustikos, the Athenian Martyrs 
3
Saturday of the 2nd Week


Dionysios the Areopagite

John the Chozebite, Bishop of Caesaria
 
4
2nd Sunday of Luke

Hierotheos, Bishop of Athens

Domnina the Martyr and her daughters
5
Monday of the 3rd Week


Charitina the Martyr

Methodia the Righteous of Kimolos 
 
6
Thomas the Apostle of the 12


Eroteis the Martyr of Cappadocia

Makarios the Righteous of Chios
7
Wednesday of the 3rd Week


Sergius & Bacchus the Great Martyrs of Syria

Polychronios the Martyr more
8
Thursday of the 3rd Week


Pelagia the Righteous

Pelagia the Virgin-martyr of Antioch

9
James the Apostle, son of Alphaeus


Andronicus & his wife Athanasia of Egypt

Poplia the Confessor of Antioch

10
Saturday of the 3rd Week


Eulampios & Eulampia the Martyrs

Our Righteous Father lus the Confessor
11
Sunday of the 7th Ecumenical Council


Philip the Apostle of the 70, one of the 7 Deacons

Theophanes the Confessor, Bishop of Nicaea
12
Monday of the 4th Week


Symeon the New Theologian

Provos, Andronicus, & Tarachos, Martyrs of Tarsus
13
Tuesday of the 4th Week


Carpos, Papylos, Agathodoros, & Agathoniki, the Martyrs of Pergamus

Benjamin the Deacon
14
Wednesday of the 4th Week


Nazarios, Gervasios, Protasios, & Celsius of Milan

Kosmas the Hagiopolite
15
Thursday of the 4th Week

Loukianos the Martyr of Antioch

Savinos the Bishop of Catania
16
Longinos the Centurion
17
Saturday of the 4th Week


Hosea the Prophet

Holy Martyrs Cosmas and Damian of Arabia
18
Luke the Evangelist


Marinos the Martyr
19
Monday of the 5th Week


Joel the Prophet

St. Varys the Martyr
 
20
Tuesday of the 5th Week


Artemios the Great Martyr of Antioch

Gerasimos of Cephalonia
21
Wednesday of the 5th Week


Hilarion the Great

Our Righteous Father doulus, the Wonderworker of Patmos
22
Thursday of the 5th Week


Averkios, Equal-to-the-Apostles and Wonderworker of Hierapolis

Seven Holy Martyred Youths of Ephesus
23
James the Apostle, brother of Our Lord


Our Righteous Father Ignatius, Patriarch of Constantinople
24
Saturday of the 5th Week


Arethas the Great Martyr & Syncletiki and her two daughters

Sebastiane the Martyr
25
6th Sunday of Luke


Marcianos & Martyrios the Notaries, Chrysanthe

Tabitha, who was raised from the dead by Peter the Apostle
26
Demetrios the Myrrhbearer & Great Martyr of Thessaloniki


Commemoration of the Great Earthquake in Constantinople
27
Tuesday of the 6th Week


Nestor the Martyr of Thessaloniki

Kyriakos, Patriarch of Constantinople 
28
Wednesday of the 6th Week


Holy Protection of the Theotokos

Holy Martyrs Terrence and Eunice
29
Thursday of the 6th Week

Anastasia the Martyr of Rome

Avramios the Recluse & his niece Maria of Mesopotamia
30
Friday of the 6th Week

Cleopas, Apostle of the 70

Zenobios & Zenobia the Martyrs
31
Saturday of the 6th Week

Amplias, Apellos, Stachyos, Urbanos, Aristovoulos & Narcissos of the 70

Nicholas the new Martyr, Epimarchos of Alexandria


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