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Rhodes > what to do while visiting Lindos September 11, 2006

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Rhodes and Lindos

Drive along the picturesque south-eastern coastline, dotted with white-washed villages, to Lindos, one of the most important of the three great cities of ancient times. See how this entire city is guarded by medieval walls which were constructed by the knights of St. John in the 13th century. Within them stands the ancient Acropolis of Lindos, on the brink of a precipice 400 feet above the sea. From the Acropolis, marvel at the breathtaking views covering the great expanse of the Aegean Sea and St. Paul’s bay, where the apostle cast anchor during his historic voyage to Ephesus. Proceed on foot uphill, to the great staircase leading from the Hellenistic Portico to the Acropolis and Temple of Athena. Should you wish to make your way up by mule, a fee must be paid to the local muleteer. After the tour of the Acropolis, enjoy some free time in Lindos village. 

Return to Rhodes city to enjoy a panoramic drive through the new part of the city before continuing to Mount Smith to see the ruins of ancient Rhodes, the Temple of Apollo and Diagoras Stadium. Afterwards drop off at Porte d’Amboise, the start of the walking tour through the medieval city of Rhodes. Go through the northern part where once lived the knights and their attendants. View the Palace of the Knights and continue your walk down Chevaliers Road and explore the area.
Old City and Philerimos

Drive along the medieval walls to the summit of Mount Smith, the Acropolis of ancient Rhodes. From the tumbled massive pillars of the Temple of Athena, the view encompasses the nearby Temple of Apollo, the stadium of Diagoras and the port, once protected by the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Continue your drive across the island to Philerimos. The summit of Philerimos was the site of Ialysos, one of the three ancient cities of Rhodes. Later remains include the restored Byzantine church of our Lady of Philerimos, a chapel with 15th century frescoes, and the ruined Castle of the Knights.

After the visit, return to Rhodes and begin a walk of the old walled city to the Porte D`Amboise. It will be a pleasure to stroll the street of the Knights with its medieval buildings, winding alleys, towers, turrets and emblazoned facades. You will then visit the impressive Grand Master’s Palace and have the chance to see the superb mosaics
Lindos, enjoy a lunch at the beach

Enjoy a relaxing drive along the southeastern coastline on the way to Lindos. On arrival, proceed on foot uphill to explore the Acropolis of Lindos , which overlooks the Aegean Sea and St. Paul’s bay and marvel at the breathtaking views. Afterwards, take some time to discover this lovely town at your own pace. Continue to Hotel Blue Sea, a modern luxury hotel, where you will be able to swim either in the crystal clear waters of the sea in front of the hotel or in the swimming pool. A buffet lunch with a variety of traditional Greek dishes is served in the hotel. You can use the hotel’s changing facilities and sun beds.

Return to Rhodes and drive alongside the walls of the medieval city stopping at Port d’ Amboise where you start your stroll through the old town. Walk down Chevaliers Road and view the Palace of the Knights and the medieval houses of the knights. Continue passing by the hospital of the Knights of St. John, and enjoy a Greek traditional coffee at one of the nearby cafes.

The Library of the Benaki Museum, Athens September 11, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Arts Exhibitions Greece, Greece Athens.
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The Library of the Benaki Museum was founded in 1931, the year in which the Museum was established. Since then the library has grown to include more than 45,000 books and periodicals whose subject matter is related to the content of the Museum’s collections. The library is especially strong in the fields of Greek history, art history, folk culture, intellectual life and religion, from the Ottoman period through to early modern times. There is also an important collection of books about Islamic and Far Eastern Art.

The library houses a valuable collection of travel books dating from the 17th to the 19th century, a large number of rare antique books, monumental publications and first editions, as well as albums and unique copies of books of the 15th to the 19th century. These publications include the Mega Etymologikon published in Venice in 1499, the Biblion kaloumenon Geoponikon by Agapios Landos published in Venice in 1680, the Portolanos of Demetrios Tagias published in Venice in 1729, the album by Louis Dupre entitled Voyage a Athenes et a Constantinople published in Paris in 1825, and Baron Otto Magnus von Stackelberg’s La Grece, vues pittoresques et topographiques published in Paris in 1834. Certain monumental publications such as Julius Lessing’s study of Byzantine textiles and Arthur Pope’s series on Persian art, are perhaps unique in libraries through-out Greece, as is the fascimile edition of the Menologion.

An important section of the library is devoted to the history and art of the Byzantine Empire. This section includes a collection of Byzantine and post-Byzantine manuscripts of the Gospels, liturgical works, canon law, Patristic texts and homilies, collections of epistles and ecclesiastical music. These manuscripts, which date from the 10th to the 16th century, are mostly in Greek, although there is a limited number in Karamanli and Arabic.

The library, which is open to the public for reference only, is constantly enriched through donations, exchanges and purchases. The electronic cataloguing of its holdings, which was implemented using the ADVANCE system, has led to improved library services and to the easier exchange of information with other libraries in Greece and abroad.

It should also be noted that the library of the N. Hadjikyriakos-Ghikas Gallery is an annexe of the main library of the Benaki Museum. Its 7,000 volumes, which originally belonged to the artist himself, are primarily concerned with art history, and they are available for consultation by students and researchers.

The Benaki Museum ranks among the great benefactions which have enriched the material assets of the Greek state. At the same time, it is the oldest museum in Greece, which functions as a Foundation under Private Law.

Through its extensive collections covering several different cultural fields, as well as its more general range of activities which serve more than one social need, the Benaki Museum is perhaps the sole instance of a complex structure within the wider network of museum foundations in Greece.

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English to Modern Greek Wordlist September 11, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Learn To Speak Greek.
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The following is a simple word-list, translating English words to their closest corresponding Modern Greek ones. To find a word, use the “Find in page” option of your browser (from the Edit menu), or, in Windows, hit Ctrl-F. If you need to type in Greek and you don’t know how, read this note at the end of this page. There is a corresponding (reverse) Greek to English word-list.

This list should not be interpreted as a “dictionary” in any way. It was constructed by the author, at the request of his friend Joseph A. L. Insana, for the latter’s MediaGlyphs project. Entries appear as concepts, rather than as words, often grouped as two or three words in one entry, provided the words are all variations of the same basic concept. This is the reason why the Find option of your browser should be used to locate words, rather than simply scrolling and locating the word alphabetically.

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For a lexicon (translation of many modern Greek words into Inglese, Francese, Spagnolo, Portoghese, Italiano) go to >


A museum and a park to visit while in Zakynthos September 11, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Greece Islands Ionian.
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How well do you know Zakynthos?

Come to the Helmi’s Natural History Museum: it will help you wander to the less well know corners of the island!

Learn about our place: it’s hospitable and remarkable.

Do you want to discover the hidden messages of Zakynthos’ nature?

It houses valuable collections, displaying more than 500 samples from the natural world.

In the Museum the visitor has the opportunity:

To become familiar with the natural heritage of Zakynthos.

To be informed about the suggested delightful routes he can take on the island.

Visit the Helmi’s Natural Museum to admire everything that make Zakynthos’ nature so special and unique!

Become more familiar with the main ecosystem units of the island, from the impressive coastline to the wooded mountains.

Helmis Museum of Natural History is the only one of its kind on Zakynthos. Its opening ceremony took place on the 10th of October, 2000.

The founder is Mr. Panayiotis Helmis. The Museum is located at Ayia Marina Village on Zakynthos island, in a beautiful, traditional building.

The Museum’s collections include specimens from the flora and fauna of the Zakynthian nature.

The Museum is privately funded and aims at making the wonders of the Zakynthian Nature known beyond the island.

Since the first day of its operation the Museum has been continuously making progress.

Today, it is considered one of the most promising establishments of the kind in Greece and the Balkans.

For more information > http://www.museumhelmis.gr/

Welcome to “Askos Stone Park”! Browse this site to collect some information and pictures regarding the activities taking place at the Park as well as the services offered to visitors.

“Askos Stone Park” is the place where 170.000 self -sown plants (bushes and trees) grow, exactly as placed by Mother Nature.

Hundreds of animals also occupy the same area, living free in their natural habitats. There are wild hawks of many species, many representative mammals of the island, many species of birds, amphibians, insects and other native animals.

The park’s area contains several stone structures, like old stables, basins cut into the rock for water collection that date back many centuries and a lot of constructions using stone and wood, in harmony with the natural environment.

Scientific research organisations (e.g. farming schools) are welcome to the Park for every kind of scientific research, for which they may use the Park’s premises or the surrounding area throughout the year.

The Park is located at the north side of Zakynthos, one kilometer from the port of St. Nicholas at Volimes (this is where we take the ferry-boat to Kephalonia island and hire small boats to the Blue Caves and the Shipwreck).

The Park is 3 km from the Blue Caves of Cape Schinari, 4 km from the Lighthouse of northern Zakynthos, 5 km from the traditional village of Volimes, 8 km from the world-renowned Shipwreck, 10 km from the nice monasteries of Spiliotissa, Anafonitria, St. Andreas and 30 km from the town of Zakynthos.

For more information > http://www.askosstonepark.gr

Did you enjoy the 11th annual Greek Festival in Minot? September 11, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Greek Diaspora Festivals.
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Traditional Greek foods including gyros, charbroiled Greek chicken kabobs and baklava all accompanied by Greek Folk dancing and music set the tone for the 11th annual Greek Festival held at the Holiday Inn Sunday.

The festival’s trademark is food and fun and was sponsored by The Foundation For Orthodoxy with all proceeds benefiting the St. Peter The Aleut Orthodox Church, founded in 1937.

Included in the festival’s menu were complete charbroiled Greek kabob or Greek chicken dinners accompanied by traditional Greek side dishes as well as a vast array of Greek desserts and pastries.

The Kefi Winnipeg Folk Dancers provided the entertainment, and Greek wines and specialty drinks were also available to taste including the traditional Greek ouzo.

Wowing the crowd dressed in traditional Greek folk costumes, the Kefi Winnipeg Folk Dancers took center stage performing traditional Greek dances. The dancers showed the audience how dancing plays an important role in the life of a Greek and reflecting the customs and folklore of the different regions and islands of Greece.

Cyprus Rally entry list released September 11, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Racing & Motors.
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The organisers of the Cyprus Rally have confirmed the full entry list for their event, the twelfth in the 2006 FIA World Rally Championship, which runs from September 21-24.

49 crews will take part in the event, a similar amount to that which competed on the season opening Rallye Monte Carlo and in Mexico.

17 of those entrants will be WRC cars and in addition to the ‘usual names’ entered by the manufacturer 1 and manufacturer 2 squads – all three M2 teams will be in action, Toni Gardemeister will compete in a Astra-run Citroen Xsara WRC, in what looks set to be his final outing of the season.

In the Production Car WRC, 10 drivers’ will be eligible to score points, including current championship leader, Nasser Al-Attiyah, who missed the event in Japan as it was not one of his six nominated events. Toshi Arai also returns to action in the PCWRC, while Rally Japan PCWRC winner, Fumio Nutahara is one of the other notable names, in addition to OMV’s Aaron Burkart, who is of course competing in the JWRC – this is a one off outing for the German in a Group N car.

There will be over 20 local drivers, Andreas Tsouloftas and Spyros Pavlides both entered by the organisers as ‘guest’ drivers in the PCWRC field.

The full entry list is as follows: (more…)

Cyprus in Thessaloniki International Fair September 11, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Business & Economy, Shows & Conferences.
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Cyprus participates in the 71st Thessaloniki International Fair (8 to 17 September), with 18 companies in the sectors of industry and services.

Visitors to the Fair have the opportunity to be informed for the possibilities of Cyprus as a country that produces and exports quality consumer products and is a hub for tourism and the services industry.

Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism of Cyprus Antonis Michaelides was present at the opening ceremony of the Fair and held meetings with Macedonia and Thrace Minister Georgios Kalantzis and Greek Minister of Development Dimitris Sioufas.

The meetings focused on bilateral commerce and industry relations, energy issues and joint ventures between Cypriot and Greek businesspeople for exports in third countries and investments. Michaelides also visited the Cypriot pavilion.