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A Toast to the Holidays!

18.12.2016 in Gastronomy

A Toast to the Holidays! This season as you bring out the rolling pins and baking dishes, don’t forget that a lovely cocktail is the perfect compliment to your favorite desserts! These delicious and merry spirits will keep you warm and happy all winter long! Mastica Toddy 1 teaspoon honey 2 ounces water 2 ounces Mastica liqueur 1 cinnamon stick 2 whole cloves Boil the water and just as it comes to a simmer add the Mastica liqueur, honey and cinnamon stick. Bring to a slow boil. Pour into your favorite cup, garnish with cloves. Enjoy!   Blue Ouzo 1 ounce…

The Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum

18.12.2016 in Museums

The Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum Shiny sparkling bobbles. Brilliantly beautiful colors. Lavishly wonderful ornaments. There is magic in the air But it’s not Christmas we’re talking about… This is the Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum. Much like the work created by Ilias Lalaounis, the Museum named after him and founded in 1993 is a “one of a kind” in Greece. Unique indeed, the Museum is housed in the original workshop and includes more than 4000 pieces of jewelry and micro sculptures from over 50 collections designed by Lalaounis between 1940 and 2000. The director of the Museum is Ioanna Lalaounis, daughter of…

Holidays with Politismos

18.12.2016 in Travel

Holidays with Politismos This holiday season, we invited our feature writers in Greece to share their favorite holiday stories with you. From tradition to travel and carols to cookies, you’ll see that no matter where we are in the world, there is a common thread in this joyous season! Celebrating with loved ones, enjoying good food and being enchanted and inspired by the spirit of hope and good cheer that fills the air! My Best Winter Holiday, By Antonios Achoulias Since my early childhood I had deemed winter the most impressive season of the year – and the best for children. The…

Politismos in the Classroom – Taking a Bow in Ancient Greece

18.12.2016 in History

POLITISMOS IN THE CLASSROOM: Taking a Bow in Ancient Greece This month, Politismos launched its new classroom project, “Taking a Bow in Ancient Greece” with the support of the Rocklin Family Academy of Schools at their Rocklin Academy Meyers campus. 56 children, second and sixth graders, participated in the inaugural program. Taking a Bow in Ancient Greece brings the museum experience into the classroom – artifacts, activity, entertainment, and education – to engage the students, complement curriculum and preserve Hellenism! So many of our communities are not fortunate enough to have a Greek history museum or culture center. With no physical “place” for…

Andrea Eis, Creating a Visual Voice to Silent Conversations

18.12.2016 in Arts & Culture

Andrea Eis, Creating a Visual Voice to Silent Conversations Artist and teacher… Andrea Eis is a Professor and Director of Cinema Studies at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. Her art is a creative blend of her academic influences (classics, anthropology and photography/film/video), bringing together film, photography and even fabric. Her recent exhibit, Marginalia, will be exhibited online with Politismos this winter. We had an opportunity to speak with the artist and learn how she is giving “visual voice” to the beauty of the words that captivate her… In addition to your work as an artist and professor of cinema studies, you also have degrees in classics…

Dennis Tzannatos – Creating joy in pen & ink

18.12.2016 in Arts & Culture

Dennis Tzannatos, Creating Joy in Pencil & Ink Popular caricaturist Dennis Tzannatos was born in Toronto, Canada to Greek parents. At the young of age of only 3, he asked his mother for a pencil and paper… and so began his career! Starting in January 2017, Dennis will be creating the artwork for new children’s stories and histories on Politismos, be sure to check out his work! His artwork is also being used in the new Politismos in the Classroom projects. We are thrilled to spend a bit of time with the artist and learn about his inspirations and aspirations… It really…

The Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities

06.11.2016 in History

The Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities – Celebrating 40 Years The Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities (EUA) is a Special Service of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture & Sportsunder the direction of Dr. Angeliki Simosi. Founded in 1976, its objective is the protection of the underwater antiquities. This year, the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities celebrates its 40th anniversary and Politismos had the great privilege to speak with its director, Dr. Angeliki Simosi. The EUA has a wide array of responsibilities, including research, care, conservation and preservation of underwater antiquitiess as well as the supervision of projects by various maritime and oceanographic institutions or…

Sardeles Pastes – a Lesvos Delicacy

06.11.2016 in Gastronomy

Sardeles Pastes – A Lesvos Delicacy “The snack of choice with ouzo is Sardeles Pastes. These are the sardines that have been caught that morning, salted on the boat and served that night. To eat them, the skin is removed and they are seasoned with oil, lemon or whatever your host prefers to season with (though some eat them totally unseasoned).”  – Matt Barrett Sardeles Pastes are found mostly in Lesvos, mainly because the sardines from the Gulf of Kaloni are considered the best in Greece, if not the world. During the summer months the sardines are caught in the…

Museums of Lesbos

06.11.2016 in Museums

Our Recommendations for Must-See Museums in Lesbos! The George Jakobides Digital Museum Georgios Jakobides, born 1853 in Lesvos, studied at the Athens School of Fine Art and Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. He was a student of fine artists like Nikiforos Lytras, Gabriel Von Max, L. Löfftz and W. Lindenschmit. It took little time for his work to gain international recognition. Due to his success and talent, in 1900, Greece appointed him director of the newly-established National Gallery. And by 1910, he was named director of the his alma mater, the Athens School of Fine Arts. The Digital Museum…