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April's Article: Cretan Nutrition and the Mediterranean Diet Special Feature: Do You Speak Greek? Greeks in America and Their Living Language  
What's New: Children's Greek Books, Music, DVDS, & Toys, Vintage City Photo Posters, Greek Music & Hymns, Greek DVDs, Books & Software, Coin Collection Sets, T-shirts & World Cup Jerseys, Ancient Greek Replica Magnets, Greek Food & Snacks , Incense & Charcoal Latest Arrivals: Greek Sterling Silver and Stainless Steel Jewelry, Traditional Greek Costumes and Accessories for Children & Adults
Featured Destination: Ionian Isles - Zakynthos April's Recipe: Lentil Salad with Roasted Red Peppers and Feta
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If you missed our Easter Gift Guide, you can view it here

 

April's Recipe:
Lentil Salad with Roasted
Red Peppers and Feta


Ingredients:
  • 1 pound large lentils
  • 6 scallions, cut into thin rounds
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound red bell peppers, roasted, seeded, peeled, and julienned
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup chopped dill
  • 1/2 pound feta, crumbled

Preparation:

Rinse the lentils in a colander and drain. Place in a pot with ample water, heat, and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove, drain, and rinse in a colander under cold water.

Place back in pot with fresh water, bring to a boil, reduce heat, and summer for 20-25 minutes, until tender but not mushy. As lentils simmer, skim foam from the surface. Remove, drain in a colander, and rinse under cold water.

In a large bowl, combine lentils, scallions, garlic, and peppers. Add salt, pepper, olive oil, and vinegar. Let stand for 20 minutes before serving. Serve at room temperature, topped with dill and crumbled feta.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings


Excerpts and Photography from: The Greek Vegetarian
by Diane Kochilas
 
April's Article:
Cretan Nutrition and the Mediterranean Diet


The Olive Tree and its Oil in Prehistoric Times

OLIVE OIL THE SECRET OF HEALTH
It has been established that olive oil shields the human body against cardiovascular diseases, cancer growths, diabetes and other diseases. More and more research is being conducted in nutrition with results corroborating the significance of olive oil in maintaining health and preventing diseases.

Bad Cholesterol:
The consumption of olive oil instead of other fats reduces the concentration of LDL cholesterol in blood without decreasing the levels of HDL, the so-called "bad" and "good" cholesterol respectively.

Triglycerides:
It has been shown that olive oil reduces the level of triglycerides in blood. A collection of bad cholesterol and triglycerides in blood can block the arteries which transport oxygen to the brain and heart. In general, olive oil protects against heart diseases.

Hypertension:
Olive oil reduces blood pressure, both systolic and diastolic. Therefore it decreases the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Cancer:
Recent studies have shown that olive oil consumptic can slow down breast cancer and other types of cancer. A balanced diet with olive oil and vegetables can reduce the chances of the appearance of cancer by 75%.

Gastrointestinal System:
Recent research shows that olive oil in conjunction with a healthy diet (vegetables, little meat, pulses) protects against cancer of the stomach, makes the liver work better, helps the liver to detoxify and cleanse from poisonous substances.

Osteoporosis:
Olive oil assists in the maintenance of bone thickness and protects against osteoporosis.

Diabetes:
Olive oil should also be included in the treatment of diabetes.


The composition of olive oil resembles that of maternal milk and is most efficient in the development of the central nervous system in babies and children. Olive oil contributes to the development of the bones, especially in children and adolescents. Olive oil, due to the antioxidant elements it contains, protects the brain and keeps it alert in old age. Olive oil enhances skin, protecting it from sun burns.
 

 

Continued next month



 

Excerpts and Photography from
Cretan Cuisine for Everyone
by Myrsini Lambraki

 

 Special Feature: 
 Do You Speak Greek?
Greeks in America and Their Living Language

Gringlish, like all patois, thrives because either there is no exact equivalent in the standard language, or the counterpart is too complicated for the Greek-American to remember or too cumbersome to bother to reproduce. Thus, in Greece, "frankfurter" is rendered as λουκάνικο a Latin-derived meat delicacy, which usually means ''sausage", while we here make a distinction and call it φράνφοθρα, dubbing the "seller" φρανφουράς. Conversely, "farm" is rather unwieldy translated as αγρόκτημα in the standard language, this compared to our more commodiously sounding φάρμα which also appears to be gaining ground in Greece. Another ploy in simplification is to transform common Greek verb into an auxiliary and to combine it with an uninflected English one. Thus, the workhorse κάνω ("to do") is harnessed to produce phrases like κάνω γιουζ and κάνω τράι, which in Greek, perhaps too ponderously for the Greek-American, translate in to χρησιμοποιώ and προσπαθώ respectively.

The common 9;ρι ("floor"), like ρούφι, became far, more palatable than the native πάτωμα and στέγη. Also, ρούμι ("room") formerly served well for the longer δωμάτιο, as did σαλιβόρι for "sidewalk", certainly because the native πεζοδρόμιον was a uppity mouthful. Some are probably quite regional as, for example (μπιλοζήρια or "below zero (degrees)", which appears to be popular only in the midwest.
The unassuming τικέτο ("ticket") can mean both εισιτήριο ("ticket of admission") as well as πρόστιμο ("fine" or "penalty"), and λίστα can indicate both "lease" and "list". The popular μπόσης refers lo "boss", roughly translated as προισταμενος, as well as to "bus", for the longer λεωφορείο. both native terms too high-falutin for the "sweat-of-the-brow" Greek-Americans. In earlier days φαγιaδορο meant either a "fighter" or a "fireman", and φαγιόσκαλα was a "fire escape".
   
Moreover, some words, very popular in Gringlish. have either changed meaning or have completely disappeared in native Greek parlance. The widely used κλητήρας was brought over to these shores when it meant "policeman", later reverting solely to ihe original meaning of "court bailiff in Greece. The classic σπιτάλι(α), meaning "hospital" to all immigrants, was an early Italian-derived construct related to the standard native σπίτι, ("house"), both deriving from the Latin hospes or "guest".
The universal κάρο arrived here as a "(passenger or freight) cart" and extended to the "car" or a "automobile". The native Greeks, however, began favoring the more elegant αυτοκίνητο or literally "self-moving", as the vehicle grew popular. The derived "carfare" became καροφέρια in the U.S., a very popular workhorse without a native mate. And μπλόκος early on became Gringlish for "city block" which in Greece was the Italian-derived word for "blockade", though τετραγωνον, the literary counterpart, did not gain acceptance there until the decade of the forties.
   
Especially interesting are the Gringlish terms for U.S. coinage and currency. The "cent" became σέντσι, a form also recognized by the larger monolingual Greek dictionaries. The "quarter" was heard as κόρι, much as the native ζόρι ("force") issued from the Turkish zor. The "nickel" and "dime", on the other hand, took on the native forms πεντάρα and δεκάρα, which in Greece are the five and ten lepta coins. Intriguing is the τάλιρο (τάλ(λ)ηρο or τάλ(λ)αρο), the Italian form of the German thaler, the parent also of the U.S. dollar. In 19lh century Greece, it meant, "dollar" only, but as the new century dawned, the present meaning of "five drachmas" came into vogue. The higher U.S. currency became πεντάρικο ("five dollar bill"), δεκάρικο ("ten dollar bill") and so forth, terms that relate to the drachma only in native speech.
   
In retrospect a goodly number of Gringlish terms survived and flourished, some even becoming standard Greek, often through their Italian and French cognates. These include αλεβέτα (elevator, lift), γκροσαρία (grocery store), κάρο (automobile in the U.S., cart in Greece), κέκι (cake, now κέικ in standard Greek), κοντρακι (contract, and now κοντρακταδόρος or '"contractor"), κόρι (quarter of a dollar), κρίμι (cream, as compared to the Italian-derived κρέμα), λαιντζα (license), λίστα (lease and list, the latter entered standard Greek through the Italian), μαγαζίνι (magazine), μάπα (mop. and μαπίζω, to mop), μαρκέτα (market), μεσίνι (machine), μπάγκα (bank, now standard Greek as is μπαγκαδάρος or "banker"), μπίλι (bill, invoice, the Greeks employ the Italian-derived φατούρα), μπιτσι (beach), μπλόκος (city block, probably from the Italian-derived μπλάκος, meaning "blockade" with an extension in meaning), πάρκικ (parking), πιάτας (dishwasher, scullion, the Greeks employ the Venetian-derived λαντζιέρης from λάντζα, dish), πηνότσι (peanut), πολιτσιμάνος (policeman, very popular in Greece now), σάινα (sign and shine , the latter, slowly dying, is also used in σαΐνάτικο or shoe-shine parlor), σπόρτης· (sport in behavior, mistaken by TriantafyHides as "sports"), στάντζα (stand, kiosk), στέκι (beefsteak, compared to the French-derived μπιφτέκι), τικέτο (ticket, both the admission and the fine), τούρκος (turkey, the Greeks prefer γάλλος), τρένο (train, the literary αμαξοστοιχία appears to have been attacked from both sides of the ocean at the same time), φένα (fan), φλόρι (floor), χοτέλι (hotel).
   
So ends the brief survey of Gringlish and its characteristics, much of it unknown or forgotten, even by the younger Greek-Americans. It originated and flourished because it served the needs of the Greek immigrants, many of who were barely literate. The language has changed much over the years, and it may slowly fade away as the American-born children learn their native language well and that of their parents hardly at all. Conversely, the new arrivals are transporting with them a more trendy word stock, often alien to the eye and abrasive to the ear of the Greek-American. But that is another story.
 
The Special Feature "Do You Speak Greek?"
will continue next month.

Excerpt from
Do You Speak Greek?
by Steve Demakopoulos

  What's New!
  Children's Corner



Children's Books in Greek
Greek Myths, stories, fairy tales, and proverbs with animals by Giolanta Tsoroni - Georgiadi (In Greek)

Greek Myths, stories, fairy tales, proverbs with animals by Giolanta Tsoroni - Georgiadi (In Greek)
I Parea, to Gataki, kai ena Taksidi, by Νίκη Σαλπαδήμου (In Greek)

I Parea, to Gataki, kai ena Taksidi, by Νίκη Σαλπαδήμου (In Greek)
My Domestic Friends, Cloth Book for Babies (In Greek)

My Domestic Friends, Cloth Book for Babies (In Greek)
Let’s travel to the Jungle, Cloth Book for Babies (In Greek)

Let’s travel to the Jungle, Cloth Book for Babies
(In Greek)
My Farm Friends, Cloth Book for Babies (In Greek)

My Farm Friends, Cloth Book for Babies (In Greek)
The duck, Plits – Plats  Bath book series (In Greek)

The duck, Plits – Plats Bath book series (In Greek)
The turtle, Plits – Plats  Bath book series (In Greek)

The turtle, Plits – Plats Bath book series (In Greek)
 
The frog, Plits – Plats  Bath book series (In Greek)

The frog, Plits – Plats Bath book series (In Greek)
 
Mia Mera me Neraides, by Stella Zoupa (In Greek)

Mia Mera me Neraides, by Stella Zoupa (In Greek)
I learn the four seasons, by Stella Zoupa (In Greek)

I learn the four seasons, by Stella Zoupa (In Greek)
Anakalypto tous Dinosavrous (In Greek)

Anakalypto tous Dinosavrous (In Greek)
Matheno tous arithmous, ta entoma, kai ta mousika organa, (In Greek)

Matheno tous arithmous, ta entoma, kai ta mousika organa, (In Greek)
Ekserevno tin Thalassa (In Greek)

Ekserevno tin Thalassa
(In Greek)
Favorite stories from Greek Mythology (In Greek)

Favorite stories from Greek Mythology (In Greek)
(In Greek)
My most favorite fairy tales with Princesses (In Greek)

My most favorite fairy tales with Princesses (In Greek)
Junior Visual English & Greek Dictionary

Junior Visual English & Greek Dictionary
My first fairy tales (In Greek)

My first fairy tales (In Greek)
Paramithia gia Kalinihta (Stories for Goodnight), (In Greek)

Paramithia gia Kalinihta (Stories for Goodnight),
(In Greek)
Mazoo and the Zoo 3

Mazoo and the Zoo 3
The Musical , Mazoo and the Zoo

The Musical , Mazoo and the Zoo
Alice in Wonderland - In Greek (DVD PAL)

Alice in Wonderland - In Greek (DVD PAL)
Lucky Luke Goes West (DVD PAL)

Lucky Luke Goes West
(DVD PAL)


Children's Greek Music & DVDS
Fisher-Price Handy Manny Talking Tool Box (Ages 3+)

Fisher-Price Handy Manny Talking Tool Box
(Ages 3+)
Fisher-Price Handy Manny Tools Dusty & Stretch (Ages 3+)

Fisher-Price Handy Manny Tools Dusty & Stretch
(Ages 3+)
Fisher-Price Handy Manny's Tools Felipe & Squeeze (Ages 3+)

Fisher-Price Handy Manny's Tools Felipe & Squeeze (Ages 3+)
Fisher-Price Handy Manny Tools Pat & Rusty (Ages 3+)

Fisher-Price Handy Manny Tools Pat & Rusty
(Ages 3+)

Children's Games & Toys
speak English and Greek
Fisher-Price Lil Laugh and Learn Sweet Moon Dreams Mobile

Fisher-Price Lil Laugh and Learn Sweet Moon Dreams Mobile
Fisher-Price Musical Learning Duck (6-36 months)

Fisher-Price Musical Learning Duck
(6-36 months)
Fisher-Price Peek A Boo Learning Clock (6-36 months)

Fisher-Price Peek A Boo Learning Clock
(6-36 months)
Fisher-Price Learning Letters Mailbox (6-36 months)

Fisher-Price Learning Letters Mailbox
(6-36 months)
  Vintage City Photo Posters
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Tripolis, Kolokotroni Square (1937)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Tripolis, Kolokotroni Square (1937)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Tripolis, Kolokotroni Square (1970)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Tripolis, Kolokotroni Square (1970)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Kosmas Kinourias, city view (1950)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Kosmas Kinourias, city view (1950)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Lagkadia, city view (1960)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Lagkadia, city view (1960)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Tiros Kinourias, city view (1970)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Tiros Kinourias, city view (1970)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Karitaina, city view (1920)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Karitaina, city view (1920)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Karitaina, city view (1935)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Karitaina, city view (1935)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Lagkadia, city view (1935)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Lagkadia, city view (1935)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Leonidio, city view (1960)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Leonidio, city view (1960)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Megalopolis, city view (1960)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Megalopolis, city view (1960)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Megalopolis, city view (1910)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Megalopolis, city view (1910)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Dimitsana, city view (1910)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Dimitsana, city view (1910)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Dimitsana, North city view (1917)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Dimitsana, North city view (1917)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Paralio Astros, City view (1965)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Paralio Astros, City view (1965)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Paralio Astros, City view, 1951

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Paralio Astros, City view, 1951
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Vitina, city view (1910)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Vitina, city view (1910)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Vitina, West city view (1948)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Vitina, West city view (1948)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Tripolis, Aris Square (1952)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Arcadia, Tripolis, Aris Square (1952)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Argolida, Ermioni, port view (1910)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Argolida, Ermioni, port view (1910)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Argolida, Nafplion, Town Square (1907)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Argolida, Nafplion, Town Square (1907)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Argolida, Nafplion, city view (1928)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Argolida, Nafplion, city view (1928)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Argolida, Nafplion, City view (1953)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Argolida, Nafplion, City view (1953)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Argolida, Nafplion, Bourtzi view (1950)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Argolida, Nafplion, Bourtzi view (1950)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Argolida, Nafplion, View from Palamidi (1960)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Argolida, Nafplion, View from Palamidi (1960)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Argolida, Porto Heli, city view (1960)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Argolida, Porto Heli, city view (1960)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Argolida, Methana, seaside view (1923)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Argolida, Methana, seaside view (1923)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Argolida, Argos, city view (1929)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Argolida, Argos, city view (1929)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Argolida, Argos, St. Peter Square (1954)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Argolida, Argos, St. Peter Square (1954)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Argolida, Argos Kranidio, city view (1948)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Argolida, Argos Kranidio, city view (1948)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Argolida, Methana, seaside view (1937)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Argolida, Methana, seaside view (1937)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Argolida, Epidavros, Theather (1920)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Argolida, Epidavros, Theather (1920)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Argolida, Epidavros, Stadium (1980)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Argolida, Epidavros, Stadium (1980)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Argolida, Methana, city view (1950)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Argolida, Methana, city view (1950)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Argolida, Tolo, city view (1950)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Argolida, Tolo, city view (1950)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Argolida, Porto Heli, city view (1967)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Argolida, Porto Heli, city view (1967)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Argolida, Tolo, city view (1955)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Argolida, Tolo, city view (1955)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Argolida, old map

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Argolida, old map
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Argolida, Ermioni, port view (1964)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Argolida, Ermioni, port view (1964)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Argolida, Tolo, city view (1974)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Argolida, Tolo, city view (1974)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Argolida, Nafplion, port (1930)

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Argolida, Nafplion, port (1930)

Keep a close eye on the Greek Poster Section as it continues to expand. We are in the process of adding hundreds of Vintage City Photos and Vintage Advertisement Posters.
Above you can find a selection from The Peloponnese Arcadia and Argolida regions.

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  Greek Music
Giro apo t oniro , Elena Paparizou (CD + DVD)

Giro apo t oniro , Elena Paparizou (CD + DVD)
Prosopika dedomena , Yiannis Ploutarhos

Prosopika dedomena , Yiannis Ploutarhos
Fanera mistika , Alkistis Protopsalti (Deluxe Version)

Fanera mistika , Alkistis Protopsalti (Deluxe Version)
Ah monaxia mou , Vasilis Karras

Ah monaxia mou , Vasilis Karras
San na min efiga pote , Tasos Ionannidis (2 CD)

San na min efiga pote , Tasos Ionannidis (2 CD)
Ola dika mas ki ola xena , Manolis Lidakis

Ola dika mas ki ola xena , Manolis Lidakis
 
Monos mou tin palepsa , Valantis

Monos mou tin palepsa , Valantis
Katathesi psihis , Nikos Ikonomopoulos

Katathesi psihis , Nikos Ikonomopoulos
Aroma paraxeno , Elenh Peta

Aroma paraxeno , Elenh Peta
Afraston thavma , Hronis Aidonidis (2 CD)

Afraston thavma , Hronis Aidonidis (2 CD)
Dimotiko glendi non-stop , Various Artists (2 CD)

Dimotiko glendi non-stop , Various Artists (2 CD)
 
Kritiki glendi , Various Artists (3 CD)

Kritiki glendi , Various Artists (3 CD)
Nanourismata me kithara ke pediki horodia , Pediki Horodia Spirou Labrou

Nanourismata me kithara ke pediki horodia , Pediki Horodia Spirou Labrou
My Songs , Spyros Zagoraios  (6 CD)

My Songs , Spyros Zagoraios (6 CD)
The History of Rebetiko Music (8 DVD + 8 CD)

The History of Rebetiko Music (8 DVD + 8 CD)



Hymns & Religious Music
Holy Easter Week Hymns - Holy Monday through Saturday (2 CD)

Holy Easter Week Hymns - Holy Monday through Saturday (2 CD)
Holy Easter Week Hymns - H akolouthia ton heretismon tis iperagias theotokou (2 CD)

Holy Easter Week Hymns - H akolouthia ton heretismon tis iperagias theotokou
(2 CD)
Holy Easter Week Hymns - Apo tin akolouthia tou megalou apodipnou

Holy Easter Week Hymns - Apo tin akolouthia tou megalou apodipnou
Holy Easter Week Hymns - H akolouthia tou mikrou paraklitikou kanonos pros tin iperagian theotokon

Holy Easter Week Hymns - H akolouthia tou mikrou paraklitikou kanonos pros tin iperagian theotokon
  Greek DVDs, Books & Software
Ta apokriatika me ti Domna Samiou , Domna Samiou (DVD PAL)

Ta apokriatika me ti Domna Samiou , Domna Samiou (DVD PAL)
The Farewell World Tour , Nana Mouskouri (DVD PAL)

The Farewell World Tour , Nana Mouskouri (DVD PAL)
Tears of the People , Petros Mantarakis

Tears of the People , Petros Mantarakis
I Foni ton Ouranon - Greek Poetry by Thomas Kollias (In Greek)

I Foni ton Ouranon - Greek Poetry by Thomas Kollias (In Greek)
History of Olympiakos DVD-ROM for Windows PC

History of Olympiakos DVD-ROM for Windows PC
  Coin Collection Sets
Greece 2000 Last Drachma Coin Set - Uncirculated AQ898

Greece 2000 Last Drachma Coin Set - Uncirculated AQ898
Greece 2009 Euro Set - Uncirculated AQ933

Greece 2009 Euro Set - Uncirculated AQ933

 
  Ancient Greece , Island T-shirts & Sweatshirts
Greek National Team World Cup 2010 Away Game Jersey Replica - ADULT

Greek National Team World Cup 2010 Away Game Jersey Replica - ADULT
 
Greek National Team World Cup 2010 Home Game Jersey Replica - ADULT

Greek National Team World Cup 2010 Home Game Jersey Replica - ADULT
Greek National Team World Cup 2010 Away Game Jersey Replica (includes shorts) - YOUTH

Greek National Team World Cup 2010 Away Game Jersey Replica (includes shorts) - YOUTH
 
Baby's White Leventis (strong and brave) Soccer Ball T-Shirt

Baby's White Leventis (strong and brave) Soccer Ball T-Shirt
Greek War Scene Tshirt Style D8

Greek War Scene
Style D8
Ancient Greece Olympic Athletes Tshirt Style D20

Ancient Greece Olympic Athletes Style D20
Ancient Greece Helmet Tshirt Style D43

Ancient Greece Helmet
Style D43
Greek Marathon Runners Tshirt Style D441

Greek Marathon Runners
Style D441

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Greek Islands Tshirt Style D270

Greek Islands
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Greek Islands Tshirt Style D285

Greek Islands
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Greek Islands Tshirt Style D300

Greek Islands
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Greek Islands Tshirt Style D304

Greek Islands
Style D304

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Greek Islands Tshirt Style D253

Greek Islands Tshirt
Style D253
Greek Flag Tshirt Style D467

Greek Flag Tshirt
Style D467

The new t-shirt designs featured here are available as both a t-shirt or a sweatshirt.
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  Ancient Greek Replica Magnets
Ancient Greek Cycladic Twins Magnet

Ancient Greek Cycladic Twins Magnet
Ancient Greek Hermes Magnet

Ancient Greek Hermes Magnet
Ancient Greek Poseidon Magnet

Ancient Greek Poseidon Magnet
Ancient Greek Athena Magnet

Ancient Greek Athena Magnet
Ancient Greek Apollo Magnet

Ancient Greek Apollo Magnet
Ancient Greek Heracles Magnet

Ancient Greek Heracles Magnet
Ancient Greek Medusa Magnet

Ancient Greek Medusa Magnet
Ancient Greek Olympia Magnet

Ancient Greek Olympia Magnet
Ancient Greek Dionysus Magnet

Ancient Greek Dionysus Magnet
Ancient Greek Erectheion Magnet

Ancient Greek Erectheion Magnet
Ancient Greek Aphrodite Magnet

Ancient Greek Aphrodite Magnet
Ancient Greek Nike Magnet

Ancient Greek Nike Magnet
Ancient Greek Map of Crete Magnet

Ancient Greek Map of Crete Magnet
Ancient Greek Hermes Magnet

Ancient Greek Hermes Magnet
Ancient Greek Tile Edge Magnet

Ancient Greek Tile Edge Magnet
Ancient Greek Ionic Capitol Magnet

Ancient Greek Ionic Capitol Magnet
Ancient Greek Poseidon Magnet

Ancient Greek Poseidon Magnet
Ancient Greek Heracles Magnet

Ancient Greek Heracles Magnet
Ancient Greek Discobolus Magnet

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The Clio Collection - Sterling Silver Earrings w/ Double Greek Key (35mm)
  Traditional Greek Costumes for Adults
women
Kastelorizo Costume for Women Style 641070

Kastelorizo Costume for Women Style 641070
Aegean Islands Costume for Women Style 641072

Aegean Islands Costume for Women Style 641072
Souliotisa Costume for Women Style 641081

Souliotisa Costume for Women Style 641081
Sarakatsana Costume for Women Style 641084

Sarakatsana Costume for Women Style 641084
Epirus Costume for Women Style 641096

Epirus Costume for Women Style 641096
Epirus Costume for Women Style 641099

Epirus Costume for Women Style 641099
Zagori Costume for Women Style 641102

Zagori Costume for Women Style 641102
Amalia Costume for Women Style 641105

Amalia Costume for Women Style 641105
Amalia Costume for Women Style 641108

Amalia Costume for Women Style 641108
Cyclades Costume for Women Style 641111

Cyclades Costume for Women Style 641111
Kithira Tsirigo Costume for Women Style 641114

Kithira Tsirigo Costume for Women Style 641114
Corinth Costume for Women Style 641117

Corinth Costume for Women Style 641117
Lemnos Costume for Women Style 641120

Lemnos Costume for Women Style 641120
Thrace Costume for Women Style 641123

Thrace Costume for Women Style 641123
Zitsa Epirus Costume for Women Style 641126

Zitsa Epirus Costume for Women Style 641126
Vlach Costume for Women Style 641129

Vlach Costume for Women Style 641129
Corfu Costume for Women Style 641132

Corfu Costume for Women Style 641132
Macedonia Costume for Women Style 641150

Macedonia Costume for Women Style 641150
Kapadokia Costume for Women Style 641153

Kapadokia Costume for Women Style 641153
Kapadokia Costume for Women Style 641156

Kapadokia Costume for Women Style 641156
Pontos Costume for Women Style 641162

Pontos Costume for Women Style 641162
Kastelorizo Costume for Women Style 641165

Kastelorizo Costume for Women Style 641165
Crete Anogia Costume for Women Style 641171

Crete Anogia Costume for Women Style 641171
Maniatisa Costume for Women Style 641201

Maniatisa Costume for Women Style 641201
North Aegean Costume for Women Style 641069

North Aegean Costume for Women Style 641069
Thrace Costume for Women Style 641030

Thrace Costume for Women Style 641030
Karagouna Costume for Women Style 641033

Karagouna Costume for Women Style 641033
Mykonos Costume for Women Style 641066

Mykonos Costume for Women Style 641066
Asia Minor Costume for Women Style 641063

Asia Minor Costume for Women Style 641063
Kapadokia Costume for Women Style 641042

Kapadokia Costume for Women Style 641042

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Florina Antartiko Costume for Men Style 642062

Florina Antartiko Costume for Men Style 642062
Crete Costume for Men Style 642065

Crete Costume for Men Style 642065
Crete Costume for Men Style 642068

Crete Costume for Men Style 642068
Crete Costume for Men Style 642074

Crete Costume for Men Style 642074
Fustanella Costume for Men Style 642077

Fustanella Costume for Men Style 642077
Fustanella Costume for Men Style 642080

Fustanella Costume for Men Style 642080
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Fustanella Costume for Men Style 642083
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Sporades Costume for Men Style 642086
Corfu Costume for Men Style 642089

Corfu Costume for Men Style 642089
Aegean Costume for Men Style 642092

Aegean Costume for Men Style 642092
Cyclades Costume for Men Style 642095

Cyclades Costume for Men Style 642095
Epirus Costume for Men Style 642098

Epirus Costume for Men Style 642098
Epirus Costume for Men Style 642101

Epirus Costume for Men Style 642101
Evros Costume for Men Style 642104

Evros Costume for Men Style 642104
Sarakatsanos Costume for Men Style 642119

Sarakatsanos Costume for Men Style 642119
Vlach Costume for Men Style 642002

Vlach Costume for Men Style 642002
Kefalonia Costume for Men Style 642026

Kefalonia Costume for Men Style 642026
Crete Costume for Men Style 642029

Crete Costume for Men Style 642029
Kapadokia Costume for Men Style 642032

Kapadokia Costume for Men Style 642032
Pontos Costume for Men Style 642047

Pontos Costume for Men Style 642047
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girls
Black Velvet Top and Fez only for Amalia Girls Costume

Black Velvet Top and Fez only for Amalia Girls Costume
Red Velvet Top and Fez only for Amalia Girls Costume

Red Velvet Top and Fez only for Amalia Girls Costume
Sarakatsana Costume for Girls Size 10-14 Style 643090

Sarakatsana Costume for Girls Size 10-14 Style 643090
Pontos Costume for Girls Size 8-16 Style 643105

Pontos Costume for Girls Size 8-16 Style 643105
Amalia Costume for Girls Size 2-6 Style 643009

Amalia Costume for Girls Size 2-6 Style 643009

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Tsolias Costume for Boys Size 2-6 Style 644302

Tsolias Costume for Boys Size 2-6 Style 644302
Crete Costume for Boys Style 644601

Crete Costume for Boys Style 644601
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Tsolias Costume for Boys Size 8-16 Style 644607
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Tsolias Costume for Boys Size 2-6 Style 644609
Thrace Costume for Boys Size 8-16 Style 644020

Thrace Costume for Boys Size 8-16 Style 644020
Miaoulis Costume for Boys Size 6-14 Style 644047

Miaoulis Costume for Boys Size 6-14 Style 644047 
Pavlos Melas Costume for Boys Size 10-14 Style 644044

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Traditional Red Tsarouchia in Children Sizes (11-13 US / 28-31 EU)

Traditional Red Tsarouchia in Children Sizes
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Traditional Red Tsarouchia in Youth Sizes
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Traditional Red Tsarouchia in Adult Sizes
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Traditional Black Tsarouchia in Adult Sizes (7-14 US / 40-48 EU)
Fustanella with 400 Pleats for Men's Costume

Fustanella with 400 Pleats for Men's Costume
Traditional Head Scarf Style 647501

Traditional Head Scarf Style 647501
Traditional Head Scarf Style 647502

Traditional Head Scarf Style 647502
Traditional Head Scarf Style 647503

Traditional Head Scarf Style 647503
Traditional Head Scarf Style 647504

Traditional Head Scarf Style 647504
Traditional Head Scarf Style 647505

Traditional Head Scarf Style 647505
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Traditional Head Scarf Style 647506
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Traditional Head Scarf Style 647508
Traditional Head Scarf Style 647509

Traditional Head Scarf Style 647509
Traditional Head Scarf Style 647510

Traditional Head Scarf Style 647510
Traditional Head Scarf Style 647511

Traditional Head Scarf Style 647511
Traditional Head Scarf Style ST647512

Traditional Head Scarf Style ST647512
Traditional Head Scarf Style 647513

Traditional Head Scarf Style 647513
Traditional Greek Belt Buckle Style 647801

Traditional Greek Belt Buckle Style 647801
Traditional Greek Belt Buckle Style 647802

Traditional Greek Belt Buckle Style 647802
Traditional Greek Belt Buckle Style 647803

Traditional Greek Belt Buckle Style 647803
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Traditional Greek Belt Buckle Style 647804
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Traditional Greek Belt Buckle Style 647805
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Traditional Greek Belt Buckle Style 647809
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Traditional Greek Belt Buckle Style 647810
Traditional Greek Belt Buckle Style 647811

Traditional Greek Belt Buckle Style 647811
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Traditional Greek Belt Buckle Style 647859
Traditional Greek Belt Buckle Style 647881

Traditional Greek Belt Buckle Style 647881
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Traditional Greek Belt Buckle Style 647885
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Traditional Greek Belt Buckle Style 647886
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  Featured Destination: Ionian Isles - Zakynthos (part 6 of 7)


GEOGRAPHY South of Cephallonia (8.5 nautical miles) and west of Kyllini (about 10 nautical miles) lies the third largest of the Ionian isles, Zakynthos. It is 402 sq. km. in area, has 123 km. of coastline and a population of 30,011. Zakynthos can be reached by ferry boat from Kylini (17 nautical miles), bus from Athens, via Kylini, and train from Kavasila, via Kylini. There is a daily aeroplane from Athens and a flight from Cephallonia with which there is also a local ferry link. The island's terrain is mountainous (highest peak Vrachionas, 756 m. a.s.l.) with small fertile plains. The northern and western coasts are rocky and precipitous, while the east and south shores are sandy, forming numerous bays and coves, the largest of which is Laganas.

Zakynthos is girt by many tiny islets resulting from the geological transformations to which it owes its shape. The island combines quiet rural life with cosmopolitan gaiety, it has beautiful green countryside, clean sandy beaches and a host of monuments, little wonder that visitors flock here in great numbers. The capital and main harbour is Zakynthos. The island has tourist facilities of a high standard and extensive road network enabling one to visit all the villages, both coastal and inland.

HISTORY Zakynthos has been inhabited since prehistoric times, first by Achaeans from the Peloponnese. According to tradition, mentioned by Homer, the island takes its name from Zakynthos, son of Dardanos king of Troy. In historical times it was initially one of the Athenians' allies but during the Peloponnesian War came under the sovereignty of Sparta. It was subsequently subject to the Macedonians and eventually the Romans, under whom it experienced a degree of autonomy. In Byzantine times it was the object of hostile attacks and looting and in 1185 was seceded from the Byzantine empire, comprising, along with Cephallonia, the Palatine County of Cephallonia and Zakynthos. When the Franks captured Constantinople (1204) Zakynthos was ruled by the Orsini. From1484 it belonged to the Cenetians who held it until 1797. The population was stratified in three estates or classes, as in the other Ionian isles, and during this period Zakynthos was raided many times by the Turks. In 1797 the French assumed control, then came the Russo-Turkish domination, the autonomous Heptanesian state, British rule and, finally, incorporation in Greece in 1864. In 1953 there was a severe earthquake, perhaps the major disaster suffered by the island. Since antiquity Zakynthos has been a hive of cultural activity and even in modern times art and letters flourished here. This was the birthplace of the national poet, Dionysos Solomos, of Hugo Foskolos, Andreas Kalvos and many other important authors and poets of recent times, in particular Grigorios Xenopoulos and Pavlos Matesi. A distinctive school of painting developed on Zakynthos (Zakynthos School) the main representatives of which are Panayotis Doxaras and Nikolaos Kantounis. Sculpture and other artistic activities similarly advanced.

SIGHTS-MONUMENTS Zakynthos, the island's capital, is built on the southeast side of the island and acquired its present aspect after 1953 since the old town was largely destroyed in the catastrophic earthquakes. The town, with its impressive buildings, fortress, renowned churches, museums, charming squares and streets has an atmosphere of elegance and nobility. One can visit the Byzantine Museum with its large collection of Postbyzantine icons, iconostases, the interior of the little church of St. Andrew from Volimes and a number of works by local hagiographers. The Dionysios Solomos Museum in St. Mark's square includes a statue of the poet, his mausoleum, heirlooms and personal possessions. There are also various exhibits and momentoes of the 1821 Struggle for Independence, as well as the Historical Archive of Zakynthos. The churches of St. Nicholas of Molos, St. Dionysios, the island's patron saint whose relic is housed within, the Virgin Phaneromeni and Our Lady of the Angels are all worth a visit. 3km west of the town, just beyond the garden suburb of Bochali, stand the remnants of a medieval castle, built on the site of the ancient acropolis, with a magnificent view of the town and its harbor. Here too is the important church of the Virgin Chrysopigi in which there is a rare double-sided Byzantine icon. On the road leading to the hill known as Strani is the church of St. George ton Philikon and the grave of the poet Andreas Kalvos. It was on this hill, Strani, that Dionysios Solomos was inspired to write the Hymn to Liberty and his bust stands in remembrance. One of the loveliest regions of Zakynthos is Akrotiri with its many lovely villas set in the midst of greenery.

On the south side of town, near the bridge over the torrent, is the restored church of St. Charalambos with significant icons and paintings of the saints. Not far away is the church of St. Catherine, metochion of the Sinai monastery. 3 km. southeast of Zakynthos is Argasi, one of the most picturesque seaside villages on the island. The monastery of the Virgin Skopiotissa on the summit of mount Skoros, on the site of the ancient temple of Artemis, is also worth seeing. Vasilikos is another lush green village (16 km. southeast of Zakynthos) with beautiful secluded beaches and just south of here is Porto Roma with its shady beach. The largest bay on the island is that of Lagana (9 km. south of the capital) surrounded by rich vegetation and with a seemingly endless stretch of sand is a popular tourist spot, as is the beach at Kalamaki.

The inland village of Lithakia (13 km. south of Zakynthos) can be reached from Agalas which has a very special atmosphere. The road from Lithakia leads to Keri (20 km. southwest of Zakynthos) with its church of the Virgin Koriotissa. This is an area of touristic development and many visitors come specially to see the sunset. 6 km. west of Zakynthos is the lovely country town of Machairado with the church of St. Mavra which has an exceptional iconostasis and paintings of the saints. The road leads northwards through verdant villages.

At Katastari (15 km. north of Zakynthos) is the ruined monastery of St. John the Baptist and at Aghios Nikolaos (17 km. northwest of Zakynthos) is the monastery of the Virgin Eleftherotria. Close to the village is another monastery of the Virgin Hyperagathos. One of the prettiest villages is Manes where the famous Anaphonitria monastery, in which St. Dionysios was an ascetic, stands. At Orthonies (26 km. northwest of Zakynthos) is the monastery of the Virgin Spiliotissa (mid-16th century) which has a valuable iconostasis. 33 km. northwest of Zakynthos is Volimes, a picturesque mountain village with important churches. From here one can take a boat to the famous Blue Grotto, near Korithi. Among Zakynthos' many lovely beaches that at Alykes deserves a place (18 km. northwest of Zakynthos). Excursions are organized from Zakynthos to both Alykes and the Blue Grotto and one can also take a trip around the island by caique. The beaches at Laguna, Argasi, Keri, Vasiliko, Alykes are ideal for swimming, fishing, and sea sports and can be reached y car. There are tennis courts in Zakynthos as well as in the large hotels which also have mini golf, sailing, water skiing and wind surfing facilities. Accommodation is available in hotels, pensions, rooms, and flats. From Zakynthos one can visit the islets of: Aghios Ionnis and Plemonari (from the beach at Anaphonitria), Aghios Nikolaos (Katastari), Aghios Sostis, Marathonisi and Pelouzo.

To the south of Zakynthos lies a tiny Archipelago, the Strofades (42 nautical miles) which can be visited by caique from the main harbor. On the largest of these is the 13th century monastery of the Virgin "Panton Hara" and of St. Dionsios. those with private craft can both sail around Zakynthos and visit the offshore islets. Refueling station in the main harbor.

Next month: Ionian Isles, Part 7 - Kythera


 April 2010 Greek Orthodox Calendar

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
        1
Holy Thursday

Mary of Egypt

Gerontios & Vasilides the Martyrs
2
Holy Friday

Titus the Wonderworker

Theodora the Virgin-martyr of Palestine
3
Holy Saturday

Nikitas the Confesor

Joseph the Hymnographer
4
Great and Holy Pascha

George the Righteous of Maleon

Righteous Plato the Studite
5
Fast Free

Renewal Monday

Monk-Martyrs Claudius, Diodore, Victor, Victorin, and those with them

Theodora the Righteous of Thessaloniki
6
Fast Free

Renewal Tuesday

Eutychios, Patriarch of Constantinople

Methodius, Equal-to-the-Apostles & Enlightener of the Slavs
7
Fast Free

Renewal Wednesday

Kalliopios the Martyr, Roufinos the Deacon & Akylina the Martyr in Sinope

Righteous Father Savvas the New in Calymna
8
Fast Free

Renewal Thursday

Agavos, Rouphos, Asynkritos, Phlegon, Herodion, & Hermes of the 70 Apostles

Rufus the Obedient of the Kiev Caves
9
Fast Free

Renewal Friday: Theotokos of the Lifegiving Font

Eupsychios the Martyr

Vadim the Righteous of Persia
10
Fast Free

Renewal Saturday

Terence & his Companions beheaded at Carthage

Gregory V, the Holy Martyr & Patriarch of Constantinople
11
Thomas Sunday

Antipas, Bishop of Pergamon

Pharmuthios the Anchorite
12
2nd Monday after Pascha

Basil the Confessor, Bishop of Parios

Anthoussa the Righteous of Constantinople
13
2nd Tuesday after Pascha

Martin the Confessor, Pope of Rome
14
2nd Wednesday after Pascha

Aristarchos, Pudens, Trophimos the Apostles of the 70

Thomais the Martyr of Alexandria
15
2nd Thursday after Pascha

Crescens the Martyr

Leonidas, Bishop of Athens
16
2nd Friday after Pascha

Agape, Chionia, & Irene, the Holy Martyrs
17
2nd Saturday after Pascha

Symeon the Holy Martyr & Bishop of Persia

Makarios, Bishop of Corinth
18
Holy Myrrhbearers Sunday

Holy Father John the Righteous, disciple of St. Gregory of Decapolis

Euthemios the Enlightener of Karelia
19
3rd Monday after Pascha

Paphnoutios the Holy Martyr

George the Confessor
20
3rd Tuesday after Pascha

Theodore the Trichinas

Zacchaeus the Apostle of Caesaria
21
3rd Wednesday after Pascha

Ianouarios the Holy Martyr his Companions

Our Holy Father Maximian, Patriarch of Constantinople
22
3rd Thursday after Pascha

Theodore the Sykeote

Nathaniel, Luke, & Clemente the Apostles
23
George the Great Martyr & Triumphant
24
3rd Saturday after Pascha

Elizabeth the Wonderworker

Savvas the General of Rome
25
Sunday of the Paralytic

Mark the Apostle & Evangelist

New Martyrs Emmanuel, Theodore, Gregory, Michael and the other Gregory at Macre of Alexandropoulos
26
4th Monday after Pascha

Basil the Holy Martyr Bishop of Amasea

Glaphyra the Righteous
27
4th Tuesday after Pascha

Symeon the Holy Martyr

Eulogios the Innkeeper of Constantinople
28
4th Wednesday after Pascha - Mid-Pentecost

The 9 Monk-martyrs of Cyzikos

Theocharus and Apostolus
29
4th Thursday after Pascha

Jason & Sosipater the Apostles of the 70 & their Companions

Holy Martyr Cercyra
30
James the Apostle & brother of St. John the Theologian

Argyra the New Martyr

Clement the Hymnographer
 


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