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The Limassol Carnival is one of the most important events in Cyprus, related to the Dionysian Festivals of the classical antiquity. It is a joyful and colorful event that attracts both young and old, locals and visitors, making Limassol the carnival center of Cyprus. The festivities begin on Shrove Thursday... Continue »
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If you're planning a trip to the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, then take a look at our top ten facts. You'll soon be able to impress friends and family with your knowledge about this beautiful country! 1. Cyprus gained independence... Continue »
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Blog: Anastasia
Greece is one of the few countries in the world where folk dances are as alive today as they were in ancient times. Dance has always played an important role in the life of a Greek. It is an expression of human feelings and everyday life. The Greeks danced at... Continue »
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On this gloomy and rainy winter day, I can hardly resist a glowing fire and a cup of hot chocolate Continue »
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My mother loves telling me about the good old days when people were honest and you could do business with a hand shake. Back then, mum says, the bank would loan based on your character and ...whoever happened to know you in the bank. You would pick up a hitch-hiker... Continue »
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The ideal summer holiday for me rhymes with the Greek Islands. Many people think they are all alike, yet they are so different. Despite some similarities, each Greek island has its very special "character" which can be enjoyed only if... Continue »
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4 servings Ingredients 1 cup extra virgin Greek olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 1 kilo (2 pounds) grouper or other gelatinous Aegean or Mediterranean fish, bones in, cut into serving pieces 1 medium carrot, pared and cut into diagonal slices 2 celery stalks, finely chopped Juice of 1 lemon... Continue »
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All photos are the courtesy of The Golden Coast Hotel Continue »
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Champs de Mars Champs-de-Mars is a large greenspace located in the seventh arrondissement between the Eiffel Tower to the northwest and the military school to the southeast. The park is named after Campus Martius in Rome - atribute to the Roman god of war, Mars. The lawns here were formerly... Continue »
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"Upwards and Downwards, One and the Same"--Heraclitus BY Janet McGiffin In the 6th century BC, the philosopher Heraclitus said, "A road is, upwards and downwards, one and the same." Those who have hiked the Vikos Gorge will say this description... Continue »
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Paris is, undoubtedly, the most visited European capital as it receives about 26 million tourists yearly. I've been to Paris many times, yet each time I discover something new or something exciting. Paris is magical and romantic.... What's more, you can never have enough of Paris. Day 1 - Monday,... Continue »
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My Vasilopita 2011 Some of you may remember my Vasilopita recipe posted on December 29, 2009. In this reblog, I have added recent photos and measurements in grams and ounces. Vasilopita is the Greek New Year's cake. Vasilopita is associated with Saint Basil's Day on January 1st in Greece. On... Continue »
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Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions which follow . Complete sentences are not necessary but your answers must be accurate! The English are not particularly famous for their tasty food. However, there are occasions when even the English do themselves proud, and one of these is Christmas.... Continue »
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Me and My Brother in 1962 Christmas Eve invariably brings back happy memories of my childhood and adolescence. As a child, I remember Dad getting us a tall pine tree - there were hardly any artificial Christmas trees in those days - and all the family together would help to... Continue »
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Naturally, Santa was there too! Christmas at the Golden Bay Beach Hotel has always been a unique experience but it seems to me that this Christmas it's been the best ever in more ways than one. Everything was just perfect: the decor, the music, the joyful festive atmosphere and the... Continue »
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This is a repost - Christmas 2008. I don't think I'll have the time to make all our traditional Christmas sweets, this year, though. The Christmas Cake is definitely not a traditional Greek cake but it was introduced to us when Cyprus was a British Colony in the 1950s. Since... Continue »
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Christmas in Cyprus is traditionally a solemn, religious holiday. Throughout the festivities, there is no doubt that Cyprus honours our Lord. Beautiful carols called "kalanda" have been handed down from Byzantine times and add to the reverent quality of the celebration. On Christmas Eve children go from door to door... Continue »
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I've been looking forward to the first December weekend since mid-November. Decorating for Christmas has always been for me such an agreeable occupation! Oh, how I love this time of year when I put up my Christmas trees - two at the school and two at home. I used to... Continue »
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Last week was such a busy week at work that I didn't even have the time to do the shopping at the supermarket. Alkis usually does the shopping as he finishes work earlier than me, but he was away on a business trip, so the fridge was almost empty. Saturday... Continue »