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Methoni’s castle

The castle of Methoni occupies the whole area of the cape and the southwestern coast to the small islet that has also been fortified with an octagonal tower and is protected by the sea on its three sides.

Its north part, the one that looks to land, is covered by a heavily fortified acropolis.
A deep moat separates the castle from the land and communication was achieved by a wooden bridge.

The Venetians built on the ancient battlements and added on and repaired it during both periods that they occupied the castle.

The entrance gate ends in an arch framed on the right and left by pilasters with Corinthian capitals.

It is considered to be the work of Venetians after 1700. On the right and left of the entrance two large battlements can be seen.

Right after the central gate, a domed road opens up that leads through a second gate and then a third in the interior of the castle, where the habitable part was and which was separated from the north part with a vertical low wall (approximately 6 meters), fortified with five towers (four square and one octagonal) is dated to the period after 1500, when the Turks tried to reinforce the population and the fortification of the caste.

In the interior there are ruins of the houses where the venetian lords lived during the period of rise, the paved street that led to the sea gate, the ruins of a Turkish bath, the Byzantine church of St. Sophia, close to which a slate with Latin lettering was found (dating back to 1714), parts of Doric pillars, a monolithic granite pillar, unlined, with a capital on the top of Byzantine style, which is supposed to have supported either the winged lion of Saint Mark, the symbol of Venice, or the bust of Morosini. That is why it is erroneously called “Morosini’s stele”.

There was an inscription on the capital that has not survived to this day. On the left of the entrance are the ruins of the building which originally Imbrahem used as a residence in 1826 and later general Maison. The French of the liberating corps remained in the area till 1833 and the construction of the church of Santa Sotira, which is still attributed to them. In the interior of the castle there are also a few cisterns and the remains of the British prisoner’s cemetery during the World War II.

On the south part of the walls rises the spectacular sea gate which has recently been restored.

A stone-paved stretch leads over a small bridge to the small fortified islet of Bourtzi.

Nowadays the walls of the fortress, even though in ruins, continue to be impressive.

What you see is a matter of perspective…What you feel is a matter of essence…Greece, a place like no other

Images are taken from Google and various Photographers.
Composition and Concept by Ares Kalogeropoulos.

Pap Test - Changing forever the lives of women

The Papanicolaou test (also called Pap smear, Pap test, cervical smear, or smear test) is a screening test used to detect potentially pre-cancerous and cancerous processes in the endocervical canal (transformation zone) of the female reproductive system. Unusual findings are often followed up by more sensitive diagnostic procedures, and, if warranted, interventions that aim to prevent progression to cervical cancer. The test was invented by and named after the prominent Greek doctor Georgios Papanikolaou (1883 - 1962). The Pap test, when combined with a regular program of screening and appropriate follow-up, can reduce cervical cancer deaths by up to 80%.

Skopelos ~ “The Green and Blue Island”

Skopelos (Greek: Σκόπελος) is a Greek island in the western Aegean Sea. Skopelos is one of several islands which comprise the Northern Sporades island group, which lies east of the Pelion peninsula on the mainland and north of the island of Euboea. It is part of the Thessaly region.
The town of Skopelos was honoured as a Traditional Settlement of Outstanding Beauty (19/10/1978 Presidential Decree 594,13-11/78, signed by President of Greece Konstantinos Tsatsos). This is the Greek equivalent of a site of Outstanding Architectural Inheritance. The building code for new construction and renovation within the village reflects some restrictions due to the Traditional Settlement decree. Some restrictions stipulate that no new buildings shall be of more than two stories, there must be a sloped cermamic or stone roof in the traditional style, and doors, windows and balconies be made of wood.
On a more fun note Skopelos and its neighbour Skiathos were the filming locations of the 2008 film Mamma Mia. The wedding procession was filmed at the Agios Ioannis Chapel near Glossa.

Sifnos island

Sifnos lies between Serifos and Milos in the Cyclades island group of Greece. The main town, near the centre, known as Apollonia, is home of the island’s folklore museum and library. The town’s name is thought to come from an ancient temple of Apollo on the site of the church of Panayia Yeraniofora
A must see in Sifnos, is also the historic settlement of Kástro (meaning “castle”), a beautiful outdoor museum and one of the most picturesque villages in the island. Unique traditional villages, organised yet some secluded beaches, and 227 churches spread around the island, are waiting to be discovered.

Theatre of Epidaurus - one of the purest masterpieces of Greek architecture

The theatre of Epidaurus was designed by Polykleitos the Younger in the 4th century BC. It seats up to 15,000 people.
The theatre is marvelled not only for its symmetry and beauty but mostly for its exceptional acoustics, which permit almost perfect intelligibility of unamplified spoken word from the proscenium or skênê to all 15,000 spectators, regardless of their seating. A 2007 study by Nico F. Declercq and Cindy Dekeyser of the Georgia Institute of Technology indicates that the astonishing acoustic properties are the result of the advanced design: The rows of limestone seats filter out low-frequency sounds, such as the murmur of the crowd, and amplify high-frequency sounds from the stage.

Inspire like no other

“Λίγο ακόμα θα ιδούμε
τις αμυγδαλιές ν’άνθίζουν
τα μάρμαρα να λάμπουν, να λάμπουν
στον ήλιο
κι η θάλασσα να κυματίζει
Λίγο ακόμα, να σηκωθούμε
Λίγο ψηλότερα…”

Just a little more
And we shall see the almond trees in blossom
The marbles shining in the sun
The sea, the curling waves.
Just a little more
Let us rise just a little higher.
(free translation)

~ George Seferis ~

'Just a little more' poem of George Seferis (1900 – 1971). He was a Greek poet, diplomat and one of the most important Greek poets of the 20th century, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature at 1963.

Kedrodasos, a secluded beach in Crete

Imagine a wild and distant place, a stretch of fine white sand dotted with smooth flat rocks, overlooked by a grove of ancient Cedar trees. This is the beach at Kedrodasos in the south-western corner of Crete!
The Kedrodasos beach has a tropical beach look and is a favourite for naturists because of its hidden, secluded and quiet location. There are no facilities nearby. The sand is exceptionally smooth and flat rocks allow the best tanning experience.
Wind and kite-surfing are particularly interesting here as the wind is usually intense and the sea is flat.

Astypalaia… a destination like no other

Astypalaia (pronounced [astiˈpalea]), is a beautiful Greek island that while belongs to the Dodecanese, geographically and culturally stands between the Dodecanese and the Cyclades. The main attraction of the island is the castle Astropalia, which has its origins from the Venetian times. Trademark of the island are also its very well preserved windmills.

Inspire like no other

“Θέ μου τί μπλε ξοδεύεις για να μη σε βλέπουμε”
Oh God, how much of blue color do you spend in your disguise from us” (free translation)

~ Odysseas Elytis ~

A quote from Maria Nefeli poem of Odysseas Elytis (November 1911 – March 1996), Greek poet that won the Nobel Prize in Literature on 1979

Zante’s “Blue Caves”

"In Zante Island of Greece you can find the interesting sight of Numerous "Blue Caves", that are cut into cliffs around Cape Skinari, and accessible only by small boats. Sunrays reflect through Ionian sea water from white stones of cave bottoms and walls, creating interesting blue effects, thus known as ‘Blue Caves’."

"Greece…an experience like no other"

“Happy is the man, I thought, who, before dying, has the good fortune to sail the Aegean sea.” ~ Nikos Kazantzakis (1883 – 1957), was a Greek writer, poet and philosopher

Rhodes Medieval Town

Rhodes Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the best preserved and most extensive medieval towns in Europe. As you wander around, it’s like stepping back in time and reliving all your childhood dreams of being a knight and attacking exotic castles in distant lands. Medieval buildings, mosques, traditional fountains, oriental motifs, Byzantine and Gothic churches, shops and cafeterias are scattered throughout the Old Town of Rhodes.

Nafplion the 1st capital of Modern Greece

Nafplion, a seaport town, is one of the most charming towns in Greece.Stepped streets overhung with balconies dripping with bougainvillea, beautiful neoclassical buildings, enticing shops, restaurants and cafes shape the most part of the town.
Two museums, two hilltop Venetian fortresses and… a miniature Venetian castle on an island in the harbour, called Bourtzi, which despite the fact that it was originally created as fortress it also served as a hotel from the 1930-1970, create a destination like no other.
Nafplion brings you face to face with the beginnings of modern Greece. For several years after the Greek War of Independence (1821-28), Nafplion and not Athens as many may think, was the original capital of the First Hellenic Republic.

Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Extra Virgin olive oil accounts for less than 10% of oil in many producing countries; the percentage is far higher in the Mediterranean countries (Greece: 80%, Italy: 45%, Spain 30%). It is important to note that 80% of the Greek olive oil is extra virgin, which is the top-ranked olive oil classification category in the world. This makes Greece the world’s largest producer of extra virgin olive oil.  On another note, Greece has by far the largest per capita consumption of olive oil worldwide, over 26 liters per person per year.

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