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Visiting Halki September 12, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Greece Islands Aegean.
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Halki island is giving its name for the mines of brass. This is the strongest theory but even now nothing is proving the existence of these mines. The main port and village in the island is Nimporio with 300 people.

Some recommended visits to enjoy the relaxing beaches are: Pontamos, Ftanagia, Kamia, Trachia and Areta.

To visit Halki, you can travel by boat from Piraeus port or from Rhodes island.

Halki offers you >

-Great beaches and view
-Fantastic and tasty local cusine
-A relaxing enviroment
-To visit near-by Rhodes Island
-Temple of Apollo
-Monastry of Saint John

Visiting Symi September 12, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Greece Islands Aegean.
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Symi island, while its interior is punctuated with small valleys, its cosatline alternates between being steep and rocky or sandy and indented with little coves.

After the conquest by Kinghts of St.John in 1373, commerce and shipping flourished until steam replaced sail. The statley mansions in the main town date from this period, which reach its peak in the 19th century.

The highest point in Symi is capped by the usual castle of the Kinghts of St.John, whose emblem can be seen above the main portal.

What to see >

-The Monastry of the Archangel Michael Panormitis, an 18th century monastery which contains marvellous Byzantine frescos.
-The traditional village of Emborio.
-Wonderful beaches: Yialos, Pedio, Emborio, Marathounda.
-Annual Music Festival
Every summer the Music Festival of Symi takes place. Many famous performers participate in this event.

Visiting Tilos September 12, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Greece Islands Aegean.
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Tilos Island has three towns: Megalo Horio, the island’s capital that kept the tittle “municipality”, Mikro Horio and the Livadia joined together in a second municipality, and with an overall permanent population of 1,102. Today with its permanent residents at around 300 and the numbers following a continuous downward trend, Mikro Horio lies deserted.

The climate is dry and salubrius. The relatively high summer temperatures are alleviated by northerly breezes that cool the island. Ιn winter though, whenever they blow, they bring to the affected areas somewhat colder weather from the mountains of Asia Μinor opposite.

Tilos offers you >

-Unspoilt nature, clean sea, cool waters, symbols of its piety .
-January and February, the exceptional pale rose veil of their flowers the whole framed by the emerald green slopes with the azure sea of Eristou at a backdrop
-The picturesque beaches of Livadi, Eristou, Plaka, Skafi, Lethron of St. Antonis with  its ravines and gorges with their water sources and the cold headsprings.
-The caves of Harkadio (with bones of dwarf elephants) beside the Missaria spring towards the frontier between Megalo Horio and Mikro Ηοriο, where their existence came fuil circle about 4,500 to 3,500 years ago, according to the calculations of the experts.

Visiting Samos September 12, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Greece Islands Aegean.
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Samos island features many interesting sites, beautiful beaches, crystal-clear sea, and many, many forests. Offers many excursions by walking and also famous for its wines.
Pythagorio is a small, but very lively village, built according to the traditional, local architecture. It is named out of the Samian philosopher, Pythagoras. Pythagorion has many restaurants, tavernas, bars, and shops.

Kokkari is a small, fishing village with about 850 citizens, several restaurants, tavernas, and shops. It has long beaches, but also small bays.

Kampos/Votsalakia is a major resort area of Samos. It lies on the southwestern part of the island, at a beautiful sandy pebble beach, and has several restaurants, tavernas, and bars.

Kerveli is a bay, located about 8km away from Pythagorio and 10km away from the town of Vathy. It is an area with a wonderful and very green countryside, and nice, small beaches.

What to see >

-Archeological Museum of Samos
-Karlovassi, the largest harbour
-Natural attractions: Orleander Valley, Stone Shelter, Mount Kastri, Valley of the Nightingales.

Visiting Rhodes September 12, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Greece Islands Aegean.
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The City of Rhodes, a modern metropolis, is the capital of the Dodecanese islands, and lies on the northern part of the island.

The Old Town of Rhodes is a unique site, and has been declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Monument.

The island of Rhodes is a place of wonderful natural beauty, offering nice forests, lakes, mountains, valleys, and of course, wonderful beaches.

The other towns and villages of the island have all their unique identity, as well as their own interesting parts and sites.

Rhodes is a cosmopolitan city, where cultural events take place all year round.

What to see >

The City of Rhodes
– The Acropolis (Temple of Apollo, Ancient Stadium and Odeum)
– The Aquarium
– Municipal Art Gallery/Nestoridion Melathron
– Grande Allbergo delle Rose (Rhodes Casino)
– Mandraki harbour
– Municipal Library/Royal Gardens

The Old Town of Rhodes
– Archeological Museum/Hospital of the Knights
– Municipal Art Gallery/Palio Sisitio
– Islamic Library
– Palace of the Grand Master
– Castellania
– Church of the Virgin Mary of the Castle
– Mosque of Soleigman the Magnificent
– Old Synagogue

Lindos village
– The Acropolis of Lindos

– Acropolis/Filerimos

– Ancient city of Kamiros

All over the island
– Valley of the Butterflies
– Seven Springs
– Prasonissi
– Vineyards and wine producers in Embona
– Traditional Ceramic factories

Homeboy and Technorati ranks > Update September 12, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Editorial.
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In a previous entry Homeboy and Technorati ranks of September 11th, we stated how much we appreciated your continuous interest in reading our blog.

Well, we have even better news to tell you!

Our Technorati ranking has improved. Our ranking now is 89,461.

A sincere “Thank you very much” to all of you, our valued readers! 


Today 15th September 2006 HomeboyMediaNews ranks at No 82,144 with Technorati.

Thank you again!


September 17th, 2006 Rank at 77,406

History of the Cyprus Rally September 12, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Racing & Motors.
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The first rallies in Cyprus were nothing like we see today. A cross between a race and a reliability trial, where the overriding problem was whether the cars would be capable of getting to the finish, is the best description. However, as the expertise of the drivers – and the reliability of the cars – improved, motor club members glamoured for another type of event and it became evident that something more professional was needed.

Therefore, in 1970 the Cyprus Automobile Association joined Rothmans of Pall Mall to run an annual international rally.

Initially they were rough, tough, long and ultimately destructive events, as the cars were routed over primitive (and sometimes non-existent) tracks; with unattainable average speeds and controls placed so as to extract the highest possible lateness penalties.

Despite its toughness, the Cyprus Rally earned itself a reputation for a blend of superb organisation, warm hospitality and genuine friendliness – features that still entice drivers, journalists and fans back year after year.
Hannu Mikkola was the star the first year but he failed to finish – engine failure forced him to retire his Ford Escort halfway through – and the winners were the three-man Anglo-Cypriot crew of Victor Zachariades, Loris Ellinas and Roger Fisher.

In 1971 local champion Christos Kirmitsis won in a Ford Escort TC, pushing Brian Culcheth and Johnstone Syer into second place. The British pair returned the following year, only to be pipped at the post again by a Cypriot: Lefteris Makrides in a Mercedes 250CE.

Stig Blomqvist and Arne Hertz brought their Saab 96 to the 3rd Cyprus International Rally and won, annihilating all opposition.

The Turkish invasion and subsequent upheaval precluded any motorsport in 1974 and 1975 but the Cypriots were soon back in business and the 1976 rally drew entries from Spaniard Antonio Zanini, Ireland’s Billy Coleman and Shekhar and Yvonne Mehta, the winners.

The Mehtas returned in 1977 but success eluded them, the victors’ laurels going to local champion Kypros Kyprianou in a Hillman Avenger.

In 1978 the event was awarded coefficient 3 in the European Championship – and Britain’s Roger Clark won.

Ari Vatanen and Dave Richards were the winners of the 1979 event while second place was enough to secure the European Championship for Jochi Kleint of Germany.

1980 saw Roger Clark triumph again in a works prepared Ford Escort RS and become the first driver to win the event twice – a record that stood for fourteen years.

Vahan Terzian, who dominated motorsport in Cyprus for a decade, took the lead in the 1981 rally after Britain’s Malcolm Wilson retired his Ford Escort early in the event. Cypriots took the top three places; but the island was not to see another local winner for ten years.

Meanwhile the rally had been steadily climbing the European ladder and it achieved coefficient 4 in 1982, the year that Tony Fassina left with the winner’s trophy and the European Championship in the bag. Jimmy McRae and Ian Grindrod romped home in an Opel Manta 400 the following year. (more…)