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Orzo, the italian word for barley, is a kind of short-cut macaroni shaped like a large grain of rice. In Greek it's called kritharaki meaning "small barley". Orzo pilaf is a particularly popular dish throughout Greece and can be combined with small pieces of chicken fillet. It's also one of... Continue »
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To celebrate the end of yet another school year but also the festival of Kataklysmos which marks the day of the Holy Spirit, hubby and I spent a fantastic weekend in Paphos - the land of Aphrodite - the Greek goddess of Beauty and Love. Paphos is one of our... Continue »
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Green Monday, also called Clean Monday, is a public holiday in Greece and Cyprus as it marks the beginning of Lent. It is celebrated with family picnics in the countryside, kite-flying and Greek Lenten foods consisting of shellfish, vegetables and various greens. For many Greeks, this day also marks a... Continue »
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Alan Bennett said in Writing Home that one of the pleasures of reading diaries is that they are like conversations - even if the conversation is with oneself. Keeping a diary for me has always been a creative necessity, a place of exploration or simply a place to express my... Continue »
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I've been often told that Christmas in London is magical. But mainly because of my fear of flying, I've never felt brave enough to fly for more than 4 hours. The last time I visited London was for a very sad reason, soon after my graduation from the University of... Continue »
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I am definitely not a pessimist. However, curiously enough, it is spring, not autumn that makes me sad. Spring has always been identified with youth, and the sorrows of youth are poignant and bitter. The daisies, the orchids and daffodils which challenge so bravely our boisterous and unpredictable March are... Continue »
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It is very common to hear people say "Think Positive" to a friend or relative who's been through rocky times. Few people, however, take this seriously. On the contrary, they'd rather ruin their health and poison their lives with negative thoughts. They hardly ever count their blessings and feel responsible... Continue »
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Social networking is a wonderful way to find old friends, classmates or colleagues or even connect with other people of other cultures. That's why I so enjoy communicating with my friends on Facebook. However, I am a curious person in the positive sense of the word, this is why I... Continue »
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There are times when I really feel like updating my blog yet no matter how much I try to squeeze a post out of my head, I hit dry spells and can't think of a word to write! What's even more frustrating is that trying to break through a blank... Continue »
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This has always been my favourite food. Mum would often cook it for me even after I got married. I have recently asked her to give me the recipe and I gave it a try. To be honest, I don't think it turned out great although Alkis told me that... Continue »
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Mckenzie Beach - Sunrise- 6:41 am It took Alkis almost three months to talk me into going walking with him along Mckenzie Beach which is only 5km away from home. On the one hand, there was the problem with my leg and on the other hand I love to sleep... Continue »
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The Greek mpriam (baked vegetables) is my favourite summer dish and an excellent option on a hot summer day. It's healthy, it's filling, it's light, it's delicious and very easy to make. My recipe serves four. Ingredients 4 aubergines / eggplants cut into medium-sized pieces 4 courgettes / zucchini cut... Continue »
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In Grimm's well known fairy tale, the new Queen - Snow White's step mother - has a magic mirror which is an animate object. Being beautiful and vain, the Queen often asks her Mirror: " Magic Mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?" The Magic Mirror would... Continue »
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I still can't believe that I was back home from hospital yesterday, after having had angioplasty of the leg on Tuesday afternoon! What's even more incredible is that two days later I feel great and my leg is hardly painful after the procedure. There's a bruise where the catheter was... Continue »
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The Greek word “avra” means aura but also the cool breeze from the sea. As soon as my husband and I set foot in Avra Imperial Beach Resort and Spa located at about 25 km from Chania on the island... Continue »
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The City of Chania Day 5 - Friday, July 13th 2012 Friday the 13rh turned out to be an exciting, fun day and a great night out in Chania. Having spent a very enjoyable day at the resort, we set out to discover Chania by night. As we really don't... Continue »
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Situated on the east coast of Cyprus, Protaras covers approximately 5km of the golden Famagusta Coastline. Protaras flourished into a charming tourist resort in the 1980s as a more sophisticated alternative to the buzzing and wild atmosphere of its neighbouring town; Agia Napa (located 7 km west of Protaras). Saint... Continue »
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When the weather says so, Alkis and I enjoy a Sunday outing and lunch in the nearby countryside. Last Sunday, we visited the village of Kornos and had a memorable lunch at Archontiko Papadopoulou. That lunch was for us the best gastronomic experience of the Greek-Cypriot cuisine we've ever had.... Continue »
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