September 2006 Newsletter
 This Month 
Watch Your Manners in Greece: On A Boat (part II) Special Feature : The Salt in the Soup
What's New!!!! Featured Destination : Andros 
Saint Namedays in September September 's Recipe : Kremmidosoupa Me Tiri 
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September's Recipe:
Kremmidosoupa Me Tiri

(Onion Soup with Cheese)
        
 
 
Ingredients:
 
- 7/8 cup / 200 g butter
- 4 medium onions, sliced
- 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 2 cups / 500ml clear meat stock
- 2 cups / 500ml milk
- 4 slices of white bread
- 2 cups /125g coarsely grated kefalotiri cheese


Preparation:

Melt half the butter in a pan and fry the onions until transparent.  Add the flour, stirring constantly.  Fry the roux until golden brown, then add the mat stock, stirring constantly, and season with salt and pepper.  Leave to simmer over a moderate heat for about 5 minutes.  Heat 2 cups / 500 ml water.  Quickly bring the milk to a boil in a pan.  Combine the water and milk and stir into the soup.  Leave to simmer over a moderate heat for a further 10 minutes.  Meanwhile, dice the slices of white bread and fry in the remaining butter.  Serve the hot soup in bowls, scatter with the croutons, and sprinkle with the grated cheese.

Alternative:  fry the slices of bread whole, place one in each bowl, sprinkle with cheese, and pour the hot soup over the bread.

 
Excerpts from: "Culinaria Greece"

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Watch Your Manners In Greece
On A Boat (part II)

Continued from August's issue...

Tips for an ideal guest:

- He/she must always arrive at the pre-arranged time, and not at the moment of departure since the latter requires certain time-consuming procedures.

- Must always bring along a gift, usually something for consumption (food or drinks) or perhaps a decorative ornament for the boat.  If he has been asked to bring something specific, this is not considered a gift.

- He/she should not go on board wearing city shoes.  The latter should be placed in a special box and the guest should walk barefoot.  The reason for this is that the boat's sensitive floor may be scratched and wrecked.  Consequently, it is unacceptable (not to mention out of place) for a lady to totter around on deck wearing high heels.

- Since space is limited, a guest must only bring what is absolutely necessary.  Twenty-three Luis Vuitton bags is a bit of an exaggeration.

- Travelers must respect the boat and its owner.  He/she may feel at home, but should treat the boat as his/her house - cigarettes should not be put out anywhere and ash spilled on the floor, furniture should not be moved around and the guest should not leave his/her toiletries here and there.

- Sarcasm, criticism, gossiping, dissension, grumbling, complaints and oddities must all be left on the shore. If we wish to prevent the boat from becoming a psychiatric asylum, there's only one correct attitude: to be in good spirits.

- Smoking is not allowed indoors unless the caption or ship-owner allows us to do so.

- If we're asked to do a menial job, refusing is not an option.  We should respond eagerly to anything that we might be asked to do.

- A good traveler must always keep himself or herself clean.  The guest must often take a shower - since being exposed to the sun causes perspiration, which consequently causes unpleasant odors.  Bearing this in mind, he/she must be aware that clean water is limited on board and conserving water is crucial. 

- Contemporary yachts have a sanitary tank, which is emptied mid-sea.  If, however, our host's yacht does not include such a commodity, the guests must avoid using the toilet while the boat has anchored at a bay.  People swimming in the sea will not appreciate the view.

- Travelers must respect the environment and should avoid littering the sea or seashore.

- The crew are not our servants, but people just doing their job.  This means we must always be co-operative and polite towards them. 

- If we have no mobile phone reception, we should avoid using the yacht's satellite phone: it coasts a fortune (approx. 8 euros per minute).

- Ladies wishing to sunbathe on board must be decently dressed, so as not to "distract" the crew.

- On leaving the yacht, we must thank our host, the captian and the crew.  If granted permission from our host, we may leave a tip in an envelope for the yacht's crew.

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

 
Special Feature: The Salt in the Soup
 
In ancient times, salt was already indispensable for seasoning.  At first it was evidently less often used just to flavor food, but more as a way of preserving fish and meat - there are countless sources containing references praising salted tuna fish.  Salt was also important in the production of a strong, spicy fish sauce (igaros, Roman igarum), which formed part of many dishes in which you would not expect to find it today.  Various kinds of fish and fish waster were mixed with salt and fermented in the sun in large earthenware pots for three or four months, while being constantly stirred.  After being strained, flavored with herbs, and transferred to more manageable clay jars, igaros would keep for a relatively long time.  You have to imagine a product something like the Asian fish sauce.

Good sea salt should not be bleached and
should feel slightly moist.  The biggest salt
suppliers get their salt from central Greece.
 

It is unnecessary to stress the importance of salt in modern Greek cooking But salt production is inextricably linked to one of the unforgettable names in Greek history, which will never lose its importance for Greek national feeling.  The modern day salt center for the country lies very close to the town of Missolonghi, which is situated on the Gulf of Patras in the southwest of central Greece and was a center of Greek resistance at the beginning of the 19th century.   The major Greek salt companies are located here.  As in the other salt producing regions of the world, salt is produced by channeling seawater into big, shallow evaporating pans, in which the first pollutants can settle to the bottom, and the salt content of the water can be increased by repeatedly letting new sweater.  These pans feed the salt gardens, where the water finally evaporates in the sun until the crystallized salt remains.  About one third of the world demand for salt is produced from the sea in Greece and France.  Unlike tock salt, sea salt contains very small amounts of additional minerals such as bromine or iodine.  The latter regulates the metabolism and the functioning of the thyroid gland, so sea salt can prevent iodine deficiency and the symptoms connected with it.  high quality sea salt is sold unrefined, unbleached and without anti-caking agents.  It is pale gray and lumpy. 

The salt pans of Missolonghi are also home to a huge variety of birds.  Avocets, great white herons, and stilts are as much at home here as calandra, crested, and short toed larks.  There are plenty of fish here for them. 

 

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Cooking Iodized sea salt with equal sized granules. From sea and sun. Vacuum refined. For all houselod purposes.


 

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Traditional Greek Dance DVD

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Music & DVDs
Panos Kiamos, Monima Erotevmenos

Panos Kiamos, Monima Erotevmenos
Hrispa, Posa Hrostao

Hrispa, Posa Hrostao
 
Sotis Volanis, Sotis Volanis Vol. 2

Sotis Volanis, Sotis Volanis Vol. 2
 
Stelios Dionisiou, M

Stelios Dionisiou, M'Agapas H N'arhiso Na Pino
Giorgos Lebesis, To Kalokeri Afto

Giorgos Lebesis, To Kalokeri Afto
Kostas Karafotis, H Kardia Mou Selida Girizi

Kostas Karafotis, H Kardia Mou Selida Girizi
 
Glykeria, Vrohi Ton Asterion

Glykeria, Vrohi Ton Asterion
Greek Mix 2006 (2CD) 54 Dance Hits

Greek Mix 2006 (2CD) 54 Dance Hits
The 11th Day DVD (NTSC)

The 11th Day DVD (NTSC)
FIFA World Cup Germany 2006 : All the Goals DVD (PAL)

FIFA World Cup Germany 2006 : All the Goals DVD (PAL)
20 Original Greek Dances DVD (NTSC)

20 Original Greek Dances DVD (NTSC)
 
Traditional Greek Dances of Ipiros, Thessaly, Roumeli and Peloponnese DVD (NTSC)

Traditional Greek Dances of Ipiros, Thessaly, Roumeli and Peloponnese DVD (NTSC)
Traditional Greek Dances of Ionian Island, Cyclades, East Aegeau, Dodecauese and Cyprus DVD (NTSC)

Traditional Greek Dances of Ionian Island, Cyclades, East Aegeau, Dodecauese and Cyprus DVD (NTSC)
Traditional Greek Dances of Crete, Asia Minor and Pontos DVD (NTSC)

Traditional Greek Dances of Crete, Asia Minor and Pontos DVD (NTSC)
 
Traditional Greek Dances of Thrace, North Thrace and Macedonia DVD (NTSC)

Traditional Greek Dances of Thrace, North Thrace and Macedonia DVD (NTSC)
Children's Music
Babies Party

Babies Party
 
Mia Oraia Petalouda

Mia Oraia Petalouda
Itan ena mikro karavi

Itan ena mikro karavi
Perna Perna I Melissa

Perna Perna I Melissa
Ambembablom

Ambembablom
 
Zoom Zoom I Melissa

Zoom Zoom I Melissa
Ah Kounelaki

Ah Kounelaki
 
Giro Giro Oloi

Giro Giro Oloi
Tragoudakia gia ta mamounia

Tragoudakia gia ta mamounia
H Hionati kai oi Epta Nanoi and four more Greek Fairy tales

H Hionati kai oi Epta Nanoi and four more Greek Fairy tales
Oi mithoi tou Aisopou, Aesops Fables

Oi mithoi tou Aisopou, Aesops Fables
H kokkinoskoufitsa

H kokkinoskoufitsa
 
O pinokio and five more children stories

O pinokio and five more children stories
 
Ta paramithia tis giagias - Fairy Tales in Greek

Ta paramithia tis giagias - Fairy Tales in Greek
H stahtopouta

H stahtopouta
 
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Athens and Acropolis Travel Guide

Athens and Acropolis Travel Guide
Map of Athens (Attica Piraeus Greece)

Map of Athens (Attica Piraeus Greece)
 
Dean Tavoularis (a book of his work in English and in Greek)

Dean Tavoularis (a book of his work in English and in Greek)
To Thauma tis Portogalias by Yiannis Daras

To Thauma tis Portogalias by Yiannis Daras
 
Mystikon Filakas Aggelos by Mihalis Barbarousis (2 volumes)

Mystikon Filakas Aggelos by Mihalis Barbarousis (2 volumes)
 
Frappe Nation by Daniel Young

Frappe Nation by Daniel Young
EuroTalk Talk More!  Greek (Win/Mac)

EuroTalk Talk More! Greek (Win/Mac)
     
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Wearable Worrybead Bracelet 110954

Wearable Worrybead Bracelet 110954
Colorful Evil Eye Bracelet 111204

Colorful Evil Eye Bracelet 111204
Wearable Worrybead Necklace 140851 Blue

Wearable Worrybead Necklace 140851 Blue
Wearable Worrybead Necklace 140851 Orange

Wearable Worrybead Necklace 140851 Orange
 
Evil Eye Bracelet B24

Evil Eye Bracelet B24
 
20 Lepta Neckalce and Bracelet Set ( Black )

20 Lepta Neckalce and Bracelet Set ( Black )
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20 Lepta Neckalce and Bracelet Set ( Blue )
 
20 Lepta Neckalce and Bracelet Set ( Pink )

20 Lepta Neckalce and Bracelet Set ( Pink )
Faux Evil Eye Bracelet B12

Faux Evil Eye Bracelet B12
Twenty Lepta Keychain with Evil Eye 121028

Twenty Lepta Keychain with Evil Eye 121028
Good Luck Charm Keychain with blue glass evil eye 121410

Good Luck Charm Keychain with blue glass evil eye 121410
Keychain with Greek Flag and Alexander the Great / Symbol of Vergina 123305

Keychain with Greek Flag and Alexander the Great / Symbol of Vergina 123305
Children

Children's Evil Eye Bracelet P02
 
European Union Flag 3 x 5 ft.

European Union Flag
3 x 5 ft.

 
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Olive Branches and Marathon Runners Tshirt 10016

Olive Branches and Marathon Runners Tshirt 10016
Olive Branches and Marathon Runners Sweatshirt 10016

Olive Branches and Marathon Runners Sweatshirt 10016
The only think I know is that I don

The only think I know is that I don't know anything Tshirt 13
The only think I know is that I don

The only think I know is that I don't know anything Sweatshirt 13
Ancient Olympia Lithography Tshirt 342

Ancient Olympia Lithography Tshirt 342
Ancient Olympia Lithography Sweatshirt 342

Ancient Olympia Lithography Sweatshirt 342
 
Odyssey Lines 1-5 Tshirt 336

Odyssey Lines 1-5 Tshirt 336
Odyssey Lines 1-5 Sweatshirt 336

Odyssey Lines 1-5 Sweatshirt 336
Greek Island Ikaria Tshirt 220

Greek Island Ikaria Tshirt 220
Greek Island Ikaria Sweatshirt 220

Greek Island Ikaria Sweatshirt 220
Greek Island Lahonia Tshirt 211

Greek Island Lahonia Tshirt 211
Greek Island Lahonia Sweatshirt 211

Greek Island Lahonia Sweatshirt 211
Greek Island Messinia Tshirt 212

Greek Island Messinia Tshirt 212
Greek Island Messinia Sweatshirt 212

Greek Island Messinia Sweatshirt 212
Children

Children's All Wild Boys Tshirt Style 10017B
Children

Children's All Wild Boys Sweatshirt Style 10017B
Children

Children's All Wild Girls Tshirt Style 10018B
Children

Children's All Wild Girls Sweatshirt Style 10018B
 
Dolphin Tshirt Style 446B

Dolphin Tshirt Style 446B
Dolphin Sweatshirt Style 446B

Dolphin Sweatshirt Style 446B
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Fence with Flowers by Bill Williams 11 x 13.5 in
Fence with Flowers by Bill Williams 11 x 13.5 in
 
Mount Athos by Bill William 15 x 20 in.
Mount Athos by Bill William 15 x 20 in.
Mykonos Windmill by Bill Williams 16 x 16 in.
Mykonos Windmill by Bill Williams 16 x 16 in.
Osios Lukas by Bill Williams 15 x 20 in.
Osios Lukas by Bill Williams 15 x 20 in.
Parthenon by Bill Williams 13.5 x 20 in.
Parthenon by Bill Williams 13.5 x 20 in.
 
Ladder With Flowers by Bill Williams 9.5 x 14.5 in
Ladder With Flowers by Bill Williams 9.5 x 14.5 in
 
Makronitsa by Bill Williams 16 x 19 in.
Makronitsa by Bill Williams 16 x 19 in.
Street With Windmill by Bill Williams 14.5 x 20 in.
Street With Windmill by Bill Williams 14.5 x 20 in.
The Boats by Bill Williams 15 x 20 in.
The Boats by Bill Williams 15 x 20 in.
Poster of Acient Olympia Lithography
Poster of Acient Olympia Lithography
Poster of Athens Aerial View
Poster of Athens Aerial View
Poster of Delphi - Sanctuary of Athena, Tholos Temple
Poster of Delphi - Sanctuary of Athena, Tholos Temple
Poster of Erechtheion And Caryatides
Poster of Erechtheion And Caryatides
Poster of Mykonos Windmills
Poster of Mykonos Windmills
Poster of Parthenon at Night
Poster of Parthenon at Night
Poster of Parthenon at Sunset
Poster of Parthenon at Sunset
Poster of the Lighting of the Olympic Flame at Olympia
Poster of the Lighting of the Olympic Flame at Olympia
Poster of Sounion Temple of Poseidon
Poster of Sounion Temple of Poseidon
 
Poster of Virgin Mary Gyko Filousa
Poster of Virgin Mary Gyko Filousa
Small Poster of Ancient Acropolis
Small Poster of Ancient Acropolis
Small Poster of Ancient Athens
Small Poster of Ancient Athens
       

  Featured Destination: Andros


GEOGRAPHY.
Andros is the northernmost island in the Cyclades, the second largest and the closest to Euboia, which is only 7 nautical miles away (Cape Kafirea or Cavo d'Oro). 380 sq. km. in area, 177 km. of coastline, distance from Rafina 36 nautical miles. There are car and passenger ferries from Rafina which also link the island with Tenos and Mykonos, as well as Paros, and Naxos (more frequent during the summer). The island's capital, Andros, has a population of 9,020. Its terrain is mountainous (highest point 994 m. a.s.l.), dissected by ravines and three lush, verdant valleys with running water. The coast is likewise precipitous and there are sandy beaches only in the south. As of old most of the inhabitants are seafarers. On account of its extraordinary scenery, therapeutic springs, picturesque villages and historic monuments, the island is gaining in popularity, despite the locals' objection to tourism.



HISTORY.
Little is known about the island's remote past. It was colonised by Ionians in historical times and was closely associated with Athens and Euboia. Its acme lasted from the 7th to the 4th century BC, particularly in art
and literature. Andros sided with the Medes during the Persian Wars, for which action the Athenians imposed a punitive tax. A member of the Athenian League, it supported Sparta in the Peloponnesian War, afterwards passing into Macedonian hands and, later, to the Romans who ceded it to Attalos of Pergamon. The floru it enjoyed in Byzantine times, despite persistent piratical attacks, was due to the thriving silk industry. In 1207 it was taken by the Venetians, belonging to the Duchy of Naxos, and was ceded to Marinos Dandolos. At that time towers and castles were erected all over the island to ward off marauding pirates. It was sacked in 1537 by Barbarossa and captured by the Turks in 1566. The insurgence against the Turks in 1821 was led by Kairis.

SIGHTS-MONUMENTS. The island's capital, Andros (Chora), is built on the southeast side on the same site as the medieval town. In appearance it is typically Cycladic with steep, narrow streets, pristine white houses, archways and churches. At Mesa Kastro, built by the Venetians on the tiny peninsula on the outskirts of Chora, parts of the ramparts, tower and vaulted stone bridge over the moat, uniting it with Kato Kastro, can still be seen today. Entry to Mesa Kastro was through a main gateway (oxoporta) and smaller, secondary gateways (paraportia). Sections of the walls and traces of the buildings have survived from the Kato Kastro. In Chora itself the churchs of the Virgin Palatiani and the Virgin Hodegitria are worth visiting, as is the Maritime Museum, the Archaeological Museum, with rich finds of all eras, and the Art Gallery with works by the sculptor Tobros.

To the west of Chora are the villages of Lamyra, Strapouries and Ypsila with their gardens and greenery, as well as Menites, one of the loveliest on the island with ruined towers and the church of the Madonna of Koumoulos. Further south is Mesaria, centre of the island in the 18th and 19th century, with the Kairis family tower and church of the Taxiarchs, built in the reign of Manuel Comnenus (1143 - 1180), according to an inscription, and with an 18th century marble iconostasis. The churches of Archangel Michael at Melida and the Dormition at Mesathouri are contemporary with the church of the Taxiarchs, while the monastery of Panachrantos at Fallika was founded in 961 by Nicephorus Phocas, after the liberation of Crete. 9 km. southeast of Chora is the village of Livadia with its Frankish church, in olden days the Catholic cathedral. At Apoikia (northwest of Chora) are the Sariza springs and to the north the monastery of St. Nicholas (18th century). Stenies, another very attractive village to the north of Apoikia, has many handsome houses, mostly belonging to sea captains and sailors. One of the most beautiful regions of the island extends from just south of Chora as far as Korthi and includes several charming villages and Venetian towers. The church of the Virgin Phaneromeni at Kochylos merits a visit and the castle to the north, built in the early years of Venetian occupation, is variously known as Apano Kastro, Palaiokastro or tis Grias to Kastro.

On the southernmost tip of the west coast, at Zagora, excavations have brought to light finds of the Geometric era (8th century BC), indicating that the region was also at its zenith during the 7th century. At Palaiopolis, on the west coast of the island, are the ruins of the ancient capital of Andros and its acropolis, which survived into Byzantine times. Batsi (27 km. northwest of Chora), to the north of Palaiochora is extremely popular with tourists. Aprovato, north of Batsi, has a ruined tower and monastery of the Lifegiving Source (Zoodochos Pege), patron of the island. A road leads from Batsi to the village of Katakoilos and from there to the mountain village of Arnas, set in the midst of woodland. On the west side of the island is its main port, Gavrion (34 km. from Chora). On the north side of Andros, just beyond the village of Aghios Petros is Kastellaki, with a ruined tower. Further north, at Makrotalanto, the ruins of yet another medieval garrison are preserved. North of here are the villages of Kalyvari and Varidi and on the hill above them the remains of a fortress known as Vriokastro. Notable churches in the Fellos region (3.5 km. north of Gavrion) are those of St. Charalambos and the Transfiguration. The beaches in both bays at Chora, Nimborio and Paraporti are fine for swimming and sea sports, as are those at Korthio, Batsi, Gavrion and Vitali. For those with boats, water is available at Batsi and water and fuel at Chora. There are several hotels and furnished flats to let.
 

 

 Museum Guides for your trip in the area

Macedonia - History, Monumnets, Museums (in English)

Macedonia - History, Monumnets, Museums (in English)
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)
The Acropolis (in English)

The Acropolis (in English)
 
Knossos - A Complete Guide to the Palace of Minos (in English)

Knossos - A Complete Guide to the Palace of Minos (in English)

 Saints' Name days in September

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
        1
Simeon
2 3
Anthimou
4
Moisi,
Ermionis
5
Zaxariou
6 7 8
Gennisi tis Theotokou
9

10

11

12 13
Korniliou,
Aristeidou
14
Ypsosi tou Timiou Staurou
15
Nikita
16
Eyfimias
17
Sofias, Pisteos, Agapis, Elpidas
 
18
Eumeniou,
Ariadnis
19 20
Eustathiou
21 22
Foka
23
Sullipsi Prodromou
 
24
Theklas
25
Eyfrosinis

 
26
Metastasi Ioannou Euaggelistou
 
27
Kallistratou
 
 
28 29
Kuriakou
30

 
 


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