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Evzone: Threading in Greek Valiance

04.11.2021 in Arts & Culture, Uncategorized

Evzone: Threading in Greek Valiance   The Evzones are a special unit of the Greek Army. For over a century, they have been the most recognizable symbol of the Greek Presidential Guard.   The image of the Evzone is deeply significant to the Greek people. They stand as a symbol of national pride, as well as triumph over great tribulations. Hundreds of thousands of people have come from around the world to watch as Evzones stand guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Syntagma Square.   The word evzonas (Greek: εύζωνας) means “well-girt” and was first mentioned in…

The Louvre Celebrates Franco-Greek Friendship with Bicentennial Exhibit

10.10.2021 in Museums

The Louvre Celebrates Franco-Greek Friendship with Bicentennial Exhibit From 30 September, 2021 to 7 February, 2022, “Paris – Athens: The Birth of Modern Greece, 1675-1919,” will feature art from across Greek history and celebrate the bond between the two nations.   The Mission As the Ancient Greeks inspired the French, so did France help shape Modern Greece. Visitors will see this exchange of ideas play out in the objects on display in this exhibit. Organized by era, the pieces will lead visitors from past to present, following the two nations as they push each other forwards.   From Athens…  …

Theodoros Kolokotronis

04.10.2018 in History

Theodoros Kolokotronis   Born in Messenia and raised in Arcadia, Theodoros Kolokotronis (1770-1843) is undoubtedly the symbol of the Greek War of Independence (1821-1830), the man who embodied totally the battle cry “Liberty or Death”. Αt the age of ten, Theodoros lost his father in a conflict with Ottoman soldiers an incident that marked his soul forever.   Kolokotronis acquired a high military experience by servicing as a warrior-bandit (klepht) against the Turks on the mountains of Morea (Peloponnese), and later as an officer in the British army of Zakynthos. The Greek Revolution found Kolokotronis in Morea organizing the irregular…

Antiparos – always a good idea

10.08.2017 in Travel

“Antiparos is always a good idea” Mariliza Dimakou, a former graphic designer and magazine creative director, gave up life in Athens some years ago for Antiparos. She’s currently the owner of two charming gift-shops, and the public relations representative for the municipality. When she agreed to talk to me about the dreamy little paradise that Antiparos is, I did a bit of research online and came across one of her shops. A rather unique item caught my eye—a bracelet in the shape of the island, and a prompt on its packaging: “Antiparos is always a good idea”. I couldn’t help…

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…

The National Historical Museum: Five Hundred Years of History

01.03.2016 in History

The National Historical Museum: Five Hundred Years of History    When speaking of Greece, the achievements and remains of antiquity are commonly more familiar to most.  But there is a place in the center of the modern Greek capital where visitors will find themselves before a more tangible history, one that reflects the trials and tribulations of Modern Greece…     When visiting the National Historical Museum in Athens, contemporary visitors will inevitably find themselves entranced with the great statue of Theodoros Kolokotronis. It is only fitting that his likeness should stand guard before this institution. Kolokotronis, a deeply loyal and moral man…