December 2006 Newsletter
 This Month 
Watch Your Manners in Greece: In the Car Special Feature : Eastern Christmas
Recent Arrivals and Christmas Gift Suggestions Featured Destination : Dilos
Saint Namedays in December November 's Recipe : Galopoula (Stuffed Turkey)  
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Ingredients:
- 1 Turkey, about 11lbs
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 1/2 lb ground beef
- 1/2 lb ground pork
- 2 tbsp cooked ham, chopped
- 1 tbsp fresh sage, finely chopped
- 1 scant cup sweet white wine
- 1/2 cup fine noodles
- 1 cup rice
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 3/4 pine nuts
- 1 medium apple, peeled, cored, and chopped
- 2 cups boiled or roasted chestnuts
- 1 scant cup butter
- 1 scant cup mavrodaphne (red fortified wine)
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Salt
 

Preparation:

1) Remove the giblets from the turkey and set aside.  Clip the tips of the wings and cut the neck off short.  Wash the turkey and rub with salt and pepper. 

2) For the stuffing: cut the giblets in small pieces and fry oil with the onion, ground meat, and ham.  Boil the sage in water, add the white wine, and pour over the giblets.  Add the noodles, rice, raisins, pine kernels, and apple, pour over the water and cook for 15 minutes.  Finally stir in the chestnuts and season with salt and pepper.  Preheat the oven to 350*F (180*C).

3) Stuff the turkey with the mixture, place in a large roasting pan and cook in the preheated oven for 1.5 - 2 hours.  Melt the butter, mix with a little water, and baste the turkey with it every 30 minutes. 

4) Place the roasted turkey on a large serving platter, stir the wine into the oven juices, bring to a boil, and pour over the turkey.


Excerpt from: "Culinaria Greece" by Marianthi Milona

 
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Watch Your Manners In Greece
In the Car

Continued from November's issue...

- Where driving is concerned, Greece has its own unique etiquette. Some identify cars with horsepower and manpower, insisting that priority on the road is only for fast cars. This is, of course, a misconception. A good driver should have a combination of common sense and respect towards road rules.

- A car is not just a materialist's dream come true nor a babe magnet for show-offs: it is a means of transportation.

- For many people, a car is an extension of themselves. The way we keep and drive our car is closely related to our personality.

- Even though we feel private within our own car, we must always remember that other people can invade our privacy via the car's windows. So pastimes and unpleasant habits indulged in while waiting at the traffic light - such as picking one's nose or displaying sudden erotic enthusiasm towards one's companion - should be avoided. Of course, this is even more true if we are actually driving.

- We should make sure our car is clean, with spotless seats and no rubbish scattered over the floor. This does not mean, however, that we should take spend more time and energy caring for our car than for our girlfriend. (It is, sadly, considered very macho in Greece to spend ages soaping and polishing one's car!).

- We shouldn't throw rubbish out of the window or empty our ashtray onto the tarmac or the verge.

- If we damage a parked car, we should leave a note with our name and phone number.

- If we hit a car, pedestrian or animal, we must never abandon them and leave. We always stop and exchange personal details when an accident has been caused. In case of wounding, we always call and wait for an ambulance to arrive.

- If we witness somebody hitting a car and driving away, we should inform the car's driver.

- On a rainy day, we must try not to splash pedestrians.

- We should only park where allowed. Not on double yellow lines or at places where we hinder pedestrians or other cars (double parking, over pedestrian crossings). We also never park in front of somebody's private garage, and we always leave space between two cars, so they may easily leave.

- Pavements belong to pedestrians. Many drivers, with the excuse that they do not want to bother other vehicles' circulation, park on pavements. This means that pedestrians are forced to walk in the street, which puts their lives in danger. It also inconveniences those trying to push a child's pram or a wheelchair.

- We should leave space for other drivers, especially when they are maneuvering to park. It is unfair to honk and unnerve them.

- No matter how right or hot-tempered we are, we shouldn't take revenge by damaging or crashing into the car which has parked in front of our private garage. We should call the police, who are the only ones responsible for punishing law-breakers.

- There is no law stating that somebody must not take over two parking spaces, however this is a most selfish thing to do. What laws omit, good manners indicate.

- We sound our horn sparingly, not with the aim of terrorizing pedestrians or an indecisive driver ahead of us who happens to be lost and hesitant. Hooting is sometimes justifiably used, since many people are absent minded, or are slow to set off when the traffic light turns green. Where possible, however, we should opt for merely flashing the driver in front with our headlights.

- We shouldn't slam our car doors shut, nor honk in inhabited areas or late at night.

- Often, instead of pulling in to the side of the road, drivers sit in the middle of the street hooting for their friends to come downstairs and get into the car. This is pure bad manners, and it spoils both our neighbor's peace and quiet and the driver's own reputation.

- Even though there are certain rules regarding use of headlights, it seems that drivers have invented their own code. For example, if someone ahead of us is driving slowly in the left-hand (fast) lane, we blind him with our headlights so he will get the message and change lane. When we want to indicate that we have right of way, here we go again, flashing our headlights. In general, we should not leave our headlights full on, since they blind other drivers and may cause an accident.

- At crossroads the car coming in from the right has priority, unless a road sign indicates differently.

- Pedestrians, being more vulnerable, always have priority, even if the car is moving legitimately with a green light.

- We shouldn't use our mobile phones when driving nor while at petrol stations, since this may cause an accident.

- Athens has terrible traffic jams. However, this doesn't give us the right continually to slalom from one lane to another.

- Remember that at roundabouts priority belongs to those entering the roundabout. Those already on the roundabout should stop and let oncoming drivers pass, unless road-signs state otherwise.

Excerpt from "Watch Your Manners In Greece" by Christos K. Zampounis

Special Feature: Eastern Christmas

In Greece, Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas by going to church and with festive food. But there are no special duties or lavish family reunions, even if the obligatory giving of Christmas presents has gradually found its way to Greece, as it has all over the world. In some parts of "Trace, special Christmas games have developed. For instance, on December 24, thirteen young men (rougatsades) walk through the town singing, twelve of them dressed as disciples, the thirteenth as Christ himself. By way of thanks the young men receive a financial reward, as they are all just about to be called up for military service. On the other hand, kalanta, Christmas carols, no different from those of Western Europe, are sung all over Greece. Children go into shops and houses and wish the owners a year full of blessings, and in return they too are given money and candies. On December 25, the only day when all the family gets together, the galopoula, stuffed turkey, is roasted in ovens everywhere, and for dessert there are Greek Christmas cookies, melomakarona (honey macaroons).

The most important winter festival in Greece is the New Year, beginning on New Year's Eve with the New Year cake vasilopita. The first festival on the Greek calendar is marked by honoring St. Vasilios (Santa Claus), who comes down to earth on that day. Vasilopita can be made as a Madeira sponge or a puff pastry cake with nuts, or in a savory version with meat, and a coin is hidden in the cake after baking. The cake is cut on New Year's Eve, with all the family present. The pieces are distributed in a predetermined order: the first is for Christ, the second for Mary, the third for St. Vasilios, the fourth for the house, the fifth for the head of the family, the sixth for the mother, then one for each of the children. A piece is also cut for each absent member of the family. Whoever finds the coin can look forward to special success in the coming year.
 

Excerpt from: "Culinaria Greece" by Marianthi Milona
 

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On May 20, 1941, more than 8,000 elite Nazi paratroopers assaulted the civilian population of the island of Crete. It was the largest Nazi airborne operation of the war. Within 2 days, nearly 4,000 of the paratroopers were killed - more than the entire number of German soldiers killed in the war to that point.

Stunned by the relentless civilian fighting force of men, women, and even children, over 10,000 German reinforcements were quickly dispatched. Overwhelmed Allied soldiers were soon forced to evacuate the island, leaving Crete fated to a brutal German occupation. But the subjugation of the Cretan people - Hitler's true goal - would never be realized.

The 11th Day chronicles the stories of the men, women, and children of the Cretan civilian resistance movement and their relentless struggle against Nazi occupation forces from 1941-1945. Featuring rare, unpublished photographs and never before seen film footage of the Battle of Crete, these stories are told first hand and on-location, through exclusive interviews with Cretan fighters and veteran Allied soldiers and intelligence operatives.

Narration in English or Greek.  NTSC format.


 


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Irini Merkouri, Argises

Irini Merkouri, Argises
 
Kaiti Garbi, Pos Alazei o Kairos

Kaiti Garbi, Pos Alazei o Kairos
Elena Paparizou, The Game of Love

Elena Paparizou, The Game of Love
Alkisti Protopsalti, Ammos

Alkisti Protopsalti, Ammos
 
Giorgos Hristou, Gia na Doume

Giorgos Hristou, Gia na Doume
Elli Kokkinou, Ki Allo CD + Bonus DVD

Elli Kokkinou, Ki Allo CD + Bonus DVD
Antonis & Yiannis Vardis, Oti Agapisame

Antonis & Yiannis Vardis, Oti Agapisame
 
Zafiris Melas, LIVE

Zafiris Melas, LIVE
Kostas Makedonas, Pame Makria

Kostas Makedonas, Pame Makria
Peggy Zina, Ena

Peggy Zina, Ena
Angela Dimitriou, Oxigono

Angela Dimitriou, Oxigono

 
Thanos Petrelis, Karaoke DVD (PAL)

Thanos Petrelis, Karaoke DVD (PAL)
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It's All Greek to Me, Angelo Tsarouchas DVD (NTSC)
Gorgones and Magkes DVD (NTSC)

Gorgones and Magkes DVD (NTSC)
Gambros Ap

Gambros Ap'to Londino DVD (NTSC)
 Books
Book of Magic - Vivlio Mageias by Mara Meimaridi, In Greek

Book of Magic - Vivlio Mageias by Mara Meimaridi, In Greek
Treis aiones mia zwi by Zoi Haidemenou, In Greek

Treis aiones mia zwi by Zoi Haidemenou, In Greek
 
Aishatoi Kairoi by Anastasia Kalliotzi, In Greek

Aishatoi Kairoi by Anastasia Kalliotzi, In Greek
 
Pes pwt itan Oneiro by Anastasia Kalliotzi, In Greek

Pes pwt itan Oneiro by Anastasia Kalliotzi, In Greek
 
O Christos Ksanastavronetai by Nikos Kazantzakis, in Greek

O Christos Ksanastavronetai by Nikos Kazantzakis, in Greek
 
O ksakoustos Tsitsanis by Sotos Alexiou, In Greek

O ksakoustos Tsitsanis by Sotos Alexiou, In Greek
 
Mirodies kai gefseis tis Polis...kai stin korfi kanela - Politikes Syntages, by Voula Halkousi , In

Mirodies kai gefseis tis Polis...kai stin korfi kanela - Politikes Syntages, by Voula Halkousi , In
Psomi  ( Bread ) by Efi Voutsina, In Greek

Psomi ( Bread ) by Efi Voutsina, In Greek
Edesmatologion Smirnis, by Efi Grigoriadou - Authentic Recipes from Smyrna, In Greek

Edesmatologion Smirnis, by Efi Grigoriadou - Authentic Recipes from Smyrna, In Greek
The Most Beautiful Stories for Christmas and New Year

The Most Beautiful Stories for Christmas and New Year's Eve, in Greek
 
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  Featured Destination: Dilos

In ancient times a sacred isle, birthplace of Apollo, Delos now attracts myriads of visitors, all coming to marvel at its monuments. Nowadays uninhabited and very close to Mykonos (3.5 nautical miles from its westernmost headland) there is a daily boat service with it. In the summer caiques making excursions from other Cycladic islands also call here. A small canal separates it from the island of Rheneia.

Delos was known as Ortygia in antiquity and, according to myth, Leto sought refuge here, escaping the wrath of Hera, and gave birth to Apollo and Artemis. Archaeological evidence attests that the island was inhabited as early as 3000 B.C. In Mycenaean times a settlement existed on the west side where there was also a shrine to a female deity. It seems that the Ionian colonizers who arrived in around 1000 BC introduced the cult of Apollo, god of light and music. From the 9th century BC Delos became the centre (political and religious) of an Amphictyony of Ionians living in the Aegean islands, under the hegemony of Naxos. In the 6th century BC the Athenians joined this Amphictyony, on the pretext of their Ionian provenance. After the end of the Persian Wars (478 BC) Delos became the center of the Athenian/Delian League and it was here that the representatives of the League's members met annually to confer. The common treasury of their contributions was also kept here until 454 BC when it was transferred to Athens. In 426 BC the island was cleanse( or purified, the bones of the dead remove( from their graves and deposited on the neighboring island of Rheneia. Thence forth it was forbidden to give birth or die on Delos. When the successors of Alexander the Great cam( into the ascendancy Athenian influence on the island was displaced and it became independent, the centre of diverse alliances under the Macedonians, Egyptians and Rhodians. In 16( BC the Roman Senate passed a decree placing Delos once again under the aegis of Athens. In 88 BC it was laid waste by Mithnidates, it: monuments destroyed and its population o' some 20,000 souls decimated. Close on it,, heels, in 69 BC, came a new disaster from which the island never recovered, remaining deserted, a haven for corsairs. In 1872 the French Archaeological School began systematic excavations there, which still continuo today.

Delos is a vast archaeological site extending from its west side, which was the sacred harbour in ancient times. On the northwest side are the Propylaea and Agora of the Competaliasts or Hermaists, founded in the 2nd century BC and used by Roman merchants and freed slaves. Immediately beyond is the Sacred Way with bases for "ex votos". To the west stood the large Stoa of Philip, built in around 210 BC and opposite this is the so-called South Stoa (3rd century BC) and South Agora or Agora of the Delians. The Sanctuary of Apollo was located northeast of the Stoa of Philip, consisting of three temples dedicated to the god, of which the foundations of the third, the "temple of the Athenians", are nowadays visible. A little before the temple of Apollo stood the Oikos of the Naxians (6th century BC) and the Stoa of the Naxians (mid-6th century BC), to the north the Horn Altar (Keratinos) and northeast the temple of Artemis, built in the 2nd century BC upon the ruins of a previous temple of the 7th century BC. On the north side of the temple of Apollo were the so-called Treasuries and east of these the Prytaneion (mid-5th century BC). Southeast of this was the altar of Zeus Soter, protector of seafarers and, on the north side the temple of Dionysos (early 3rd century BC) and the Stoa reputedly founded by Antigonos Gonatas at the end of the 3rd century BC. To the west were diverse buildings, the Ekkiesiasterion where the Boule of the Deme of the Delians met and the Thesmophoreion, a 5th century edifice associated with the cult of Demeter. Situated on the north side of the sanctuary, in the quarter of the lake, was the Agora of Theophrastus, the Sanctuary of the Twelve Gods of Olympus, the Temple of Leto and the Agora of the Italians. A road led from the temple of Leto and north of the Sacred Lake to the famous Avenue of the Lions, votive of the Naxians in the 7th century BC. Only five of the original seven lions are still extant. At a slightly lower level lay the Sacred Lake on which the swans of Apollo swam in antiquity and which was filled in with earth following an outbreak of malaria in 1926. Northwest of the Avenue of the Lions was the Koine of the Poseidonists of Beirut, centre of merchants who worshipped Poseidon, two palaestrae, the sanctuary of Archegetes, the Gymnasium and the Stadium. The quarter of the Theatre, to the south of the Sanctuary was the major residential area and the houses of the Hellenistic and Roman periods were decorated with mosaics. From here one can easily reach the museum in which finds from the excavations on the island are housed. To the east of the Theatre quarter are remnants of various structures, while a road leads to the eminence of Kynthos, on the summit of which Zeus and Athena were worshipped. Northwest of the House of the Masks are remnants of the ancient Theatre (17 to 26 tiers of seats), which had a capacity of 5,500 spectators and was built in the 2nd century BC.

 Travel & Museum Guides for your trip in the area

Around Greece in 80 Stays by Jacoline Vinke

Around Greece in 80 Stays by Jacoline Vinke
Alistair Sawday

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Cyclades : Discovering the Greek Islands of the Aegean

Cyclades : Discovering the Greek Islands of the Aegean
Athens - History, Momuments, Museums (in English)

Athens - History, Momuments, Museums (in English)
National Museum - Illustrated Guide to the Museum (in English)

National Museum - Illustrated Guide to the Museum (in English)

 Saints' Name days in December

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
        1
Theoklitou
2
Muropis
3
4
Varvaras
5
Savva
6
Nikolaou
7
Amvrosiou
8 9
Agias Annis

10

11

12
Spuridonos
13
Eustratiou /
Loukias
14 15
Eleutheriou
16 17
Daniel /
Dionysiou
Zakunthou
 
18
Sevastianou &
Zois
19
Aglaias
20
Ignatiou
21
Themistokleous
22
Anastasias
23 24
Eugenias
25
CHRISTMAS DAY
26
Emmanouil /
Synaksi
Theotokou
27
Stefanou
28 29 30  31


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