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Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation: V. Papantoniou Museum

01.04.2016 in Arts & Culture

Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation: V. Papantoniou Museum    The “V. Papantoniou” Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation (PFF) is a privately supported foundation, based in Nafplion. It was founded in 1974 by Ioanna Papantoniou with an aim to research, preserve and present the material culture of the Peloponnese and Greece on the whole. Papantoniou is a stage and costume designer and  Honorary Doctor of the Department of History and Archaeology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. In 2003, Papantoniou also founded the Greek Costume Society with the goal to create a Costume Culture Museum in Greece.    In 1981, PFF won the European Museum of the Year…

Celebrating Easter in Greece: A look at some of the unique customs, traditions and gastronomy

01.04.2016 in Arts & Culture

Celebrating Easter in Greece: A look at some of the unique customs, traditions and gastronomy   Easter, also known as Pascha, is one of the major religious celebrations in Greece. People from all over the country celebrate Holy Week, with the major celebrations occurring on Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday. Greece’s unique history, especially events driven by Christianity and the Ottomans, influenced the formation of these widely-varying customs.   Though many customs are often unique to specific regions of Greece, some traditions are celebrated similarly throughout the country, such as coloring Easter Eggs and eating traditional foods like…

SC!FY: Technology for People

01.03.2016 in Arts & Culture

SC!FY:  Technology for People  Responding to today’s digital age, a Greek non-profit organization has emerged with the intent to make a difference in human accessibility. The company is called SC!FY, and its core idea is that science should be accessible to all people without exceptions. In other words, humanity is the main owner of all its works. Its primary goal is to solve real life issues using cutting edge technology.   What is SC!FY and how it was created?   SciFy, a Greek non-governmental organization (NGO), was created in 2012 in order to solve problems that people face in everyday life, especially…

Of Mountains and Myths: The Wonders of Mount Parnassos…

01.03.2016 in Travel

Of Mountains and Myths: The Wonders of Mount Parnassos…     Mount Parnassos, one of the most beautiful mountains in Greece, is located only two hours away from Athens. Its spectacular topography and rich biodiversity place it among the most important mountain environments in the country. According to Greek mythology, this mountain was sacred to Apollo and the Corycian nymphs, and it was the home of the Muses. With elevations peaking at over 5000 and 7000 feet, Parnassos makes for the ideal winter sports destination, but also a magical place in which to escape…     Mythology    Etymologically, the word Parnassos has…

Bringing Back The Traditional Cooking Of The Peloponnese

01.03.2016 in Gastronomy

Bringing Back The Traditional Cooking Of The Peloponnese    I invite you to take a walk through the beautiful mountainous southern lands of mainland Greece, known as the Peloponnese; it is sure to be an experience that will excite all your senses.    From Mount Taygetos, mentioned in Homer’s Odyssey, to Mani, where early steps to Greek Independence from the Ottoman Empire were taken on March 17, 1821, the region has a rich history, but history is not the only reason to visit the region. When visiting, be sure to bring a good appetite. The Peloponnese are an absolute gastronomical delight!  Some…

The Great American MeatOut

01.03.2016 in Gastronomy

The Great American MeatOut    Held every year on March 20th, Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM) has coordinated and sponsored the Great American MeatOut since 1985 in an effort to reduce (and eventually stop) the raising and butchering of animals for food. The main aim is to inspire people to try a vegan diet and consider reducing meat consumption by going meat-free once a week.  The truth is, that more people every day are increasingly looking for ways to reduce, or remove, meat from their diet for economic, ethical, religious, health or environmental reasons.     Markets today have definitely adapted to…

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…

MARCH 25 1821: Freedom or Death

01.03.2016 in History

MARCH 25 1821: Freedom or Death    On March 25, 1821, Greece rose up against its oppressor, the Ottoman Empire, after almost 400 years of brutal occupation.  While the rest of Europe had flourished, this time in Greece is often referred to as the second Dark Ages.  The plight of Greece and the desire to support a country globally recognized as the foundation of Western Civilization spanned throughout Europe, across the ocean and over the United States.     In 1824, Daniel Webster presented a resolution in the US House of Representatives that would recognize the Independence of Greece.  A few…

Alexandra Trampa: Writing the Lives of Saints

01.03.2016 in Arts & Culture

Alexandra Trampa: Writing the Lives of Saints    Alexandra Trampa was born in Arta, a city in the northwest of Greece. At the age of 12, her family relocated to Athens, a bustling and exciting city for a child who always possessed an artistic flair.  While her initial studies were in fashion designing, in time, her gift, agiography (iconography), emerged as a result of an intense inner quest…     Did you begin with the intention of being an artist or an iconographer?  What were you drawn to first?   My quest was both artistic and personal, but then again these two things are…

Στραπατσάδα -Tomato & Egg Scramble (Strapatsada)

01.03.2016 in Gastronomy

Στραπατσάδα -Tomato & Egg Scramble (Strapatsada)   A delicious traditional recipe from Mani, Greece!    Ingredients:    4 eggs  2 large tomatoes  1 tsp honey  2 TB olive oil  1 garlic clove, minced  2 tsp dried oregano  2 tsp dried basil  1/2 cup feta  Parsley, chopped  Salt & pepper to taste    Directions:   Cut off the base of the tomato, and grate the tomato using a hand grater (you can also finely chop the tomato, if you don’t have a grater).  In a large frying pan, add olive oil and garlic over medium heat. Sauté for one minute. Add tomatoes,…