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George Tzimas – A Chromatic Revolutionist

14.10.2016 in Arts & Culture

George Tzimas – A Chromatic Revolutionist   Degas said, “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” Take a moment to see the art of George Tzimas and you will see a world of color, beauty and sheer joy. George Tzimas was born and raised in Athens. At the young age of 7, he began painting. Following his studies, he went on and received his fine arts ABC Diploma in France. With a spirit of humor and imagination, he began his artistic journey. Q.  When did you realize you wanted to be an artist?   I…

October 28, 1940: The Day Greece Scored Victory for Allied Forces

09.10.2016 in Arts & Culture, History

October 28, 1940: The Day Greece Scored Victory for Allied Forces The following is an excerpt from the: http://politismosmuseum.org/en/exhibitions/current/300-oxi-day curated by the CSUS Department of Hellenic Studies   See the Oxi Day Exhibit here: http://politismosmuseum.org/en/exhibitions/current/300-oxi-day   Seventy five years ago, Ioannes Metaxas was awoken at 3:00 in the morning by the Italian Ambassador, Emanuele Grazzi. Metaxas escorted Grazzi to the sitting room on the right side of the main entrance to Metaxas’ Kifissia residence. Here, Grazzi reluctantly delivered an Italian ultimatum to Metaxas. The ultimatum stated that either Greece allow Italy to occupy certain strategic parts of Greece, or face invasion….

Making Memories in Messinia

09.10.2016 in Arts & Culture, History, Travel

Making Memories in Messinia In every corner of Greece there are destinations of exceptional beauty; picturesque with great landscapes, historic monuments and warm-hearted people who offer visitors a unique experience. Messinia is one of these exquisite places; it will warm your heart, soothe your soul and leave you with incredible memories… Messinia, which lies on the southwestern corner of the Peloponnese, has a history that dates back thousands of years (the boundaries of the prefecture were established in 371 BC after the fall of the Spartan domination). A rare combination of land and sea (it is a coastal region which lies…

Methoni: Centuries of History & Culture!

09.10.2016 in Arts & Culture, History, Travel

Methoni: Centuries of History & Culture! According to Homer, Methoni was one of the seven cities that Agamemnon offered to Achilles along with the return of Briseis and other gifts. All of this appeasement was done to prevent Achilles from leaving the war front in Troy… The municipal unit of Methoni includes the nearby villages of Grizokambos, Finikoùda, Foiniki, Lachanàda, Varàkes, Kainoùrgio Chorio, Kamarià, Evangelismos, and the Oinnoùsses Islands, to name but a few. The Oinousses complex naturally protects the port of Methoni from turbulent seas, making it an important location for the Byzantines, Venetians & Ottomans’ expansive trading businesses….

The Palace of Nestor

09.10.2016 in Arts & Culture, History, Travel

The Palace of Nestor For many readers of the Homeric epic, the world of the Iliad and Odyssey reflects a semi-mythical heroic past. But what happens when archaeology confirms these myths as something more than fairy tale? In such cases, humanity is rewarded with an astonishing discovery. The Palace of Nestor in Pylos is one of the great archaeological discoveries that brought the mythical world of Homer into historical reality. Located in the western Peloponnese, Nestor’s Palace is the best-preserved building from the Mycenaean period in Greece (1600-1100 BCE). During its peak (14th century BCE), the settlement was surrounded by…

The Navarino Bay of Pylos

09.10.2016 in Arts & Culture, History, Travel

The Navarino Bay of Pylos The modern city of Pylos is located several miles from where the ancient city (which dates back to the Bronze age) used to lie. The Bay is a natural wonder and the region chock full of history. It was here that a great battle ensued in 1827 and Greece would finally move towards liberty and independence. The Navarino (Italian name for Pylos) Bay offers a protected environment for the cities on its coasts, which flourished since antiquity. It is considered to be the largest natural port of Greece, as well as one of the safest…

Koroni: Motherland to the Koroneiki Olive!

09.10.2016 in Arts & Culture, Gastronomy, Travel

Koroni: Motherland to the Koroneiki Olive! Koroni is a town that was founded in ancient times, is the motherlands to one of Greece’s better known olive varieties, the “Koroneiki”, and a launching site for Russian meteorological rockets, from 1972 to 1989! Koroni (or Corone) is in the municipal unit of Pylos-Nestoras, one of the 6 municipalities of the regional unit of Messinia in the Peloponnese. It is nestled in a hill, below the impressive Venetian Castle of Koroni, to the southeast of the Messenian Gulf. Along with its counterpart, the town of Methoni with its own castle, the towns were of prominent…

Mount Athos: The Holy Land of Greece

09.09.2016 in Arts & Culture, History, Travel

Mount Athos: The Holy Land of Greece The heart of Byzantine splendor still beats on the steep slopes of Mount Athos. The “Holy Mountain” and the “Garden of the Virgin Mary” are some of the names given to Mount Athos over the years, a place which the Virgin Mary had chosen to be her garden on earth. In antiquity the entire region was called Ακτή (shore), and according to legend, the sea god Poseidon once killed a giant named Athos here using a massive piece of stone; the deceased’s name then given to the whole peninsula.   Mount Athos lies…

The Modern Saints of Greece

09.09.2016 in Arts & Culture, History

The Modern Saints of Greece According to the Greek Orthodox Church, the only true “saint” or holy one (Agios) is God himself. An individual who is sainted is bestowed this honor by their efforts in life to become part of the all holiness.   Often when we think of saints, our thoughts go to a time long ago – Saints Peter, Paul, John and others who were sainted for their role in spreading Christianity in its early days. As well as the Apostles, there are also saints who were prophets, martyrs, monastics and others who lead model lives.   But…

Dionysius of Zakyanthos

09.09.2016 in Arts & Culture, History

Dionysius of Zakyanthos Saint Dionysius of Zakynthos is a profound figure of the Greek Orthodox Church. He followed a humble and spiritual path in life that later saw the recognition of his sainthood and the miraculous preservation of his body. Life Saint Dionysius was born in 1547 to a wealthy family who provided him with theological education and the knowledge of several foreign languages that enhanced his distinguished intellect and spirituality.   After the death of his parents, at the age of 20, he decided to devote his life to God, become a monk and lead an ascetic life. In 1560 he…