More than 50,000 migrants stranded in Greece


A total of 50,411 migrants and asylum-seekers are currently in Greece according to fresh data provided by the government. According to the data, which were made public Monday, 28,593 migrants and refugees are currently in northern Greece, 13,711 in Attica, 5,538 on the islands and the rest scattered around the country. Advertisements

Don’t turn backs on refugees, pope says


Pope Francis, leading the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics in Palm Sunday services leading up to Easter, on Sunday criticized those who he said were washing their hands of the fate of desperate refugees. Francis blessed palm and olive branches in St. Peter’s Square before tens of thousands of people to commemorate Jesus’ triumphant entrance…

Interview with artist Nikos Tsokos: Living, breathing art


OR HOW A YOUNG GREEK ARTIST HAS MANAGED TO GAIN WORLD RECOGNITION AMONGST THE CACOPHONY THAT IS GREECE AT THIS POINT IN TIME Savvas Tsestos Limnatitis   Let’s get one thing straight: I am a staunch believer that the roots of great art have been buried deep in the soil of poverty, despair and heartache….

Baklava


baklava   Servings 10 1 lb phyllo pastry, thawed if frozen 1 cup butter, melted at room temp 3⁄4 cup sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 cups chopped walnuts 1⁄2 cup water 1⁄4 cup lemon juice 1⁄4 cup honey   Directions Preheat oven to 325. Layer half of the sheets of phyllo one sheet at…

Spanakopita


spanakopita new   Servings 15-18   Pastry   1 lb country-style phyllo pastry (if you can’t get that, regular phyllo pastry will do) 1⁄2 cup extra virgin olive oil, approximately   Spinach Filling   1⁄4 cup olive oil 2 lbs spinach, cleaned, tough stems removed 6 spring onions, cleaned, sliced in 1/4 inch lengths 1…

Sanctuary of Artemis at Aulis


PHOTOS BY NIKOS TSOKOS   The sancuary is located between Avlida and Chalkida. Aulis or “Avlida” as it’s known in Greek was where one of the most dramatic scenes throughout Homer’s Iliad took place. After killing a sacred deer of the Goddess Artemis, the leader of the Greek forces Agamemnon could not set sail for…

The Many Faces of Hellenic Culture


“The Many Faces of Hellenic Culture” is the first book from freelance writer and short film director, Billy Cotsis who doubles as a feature writer at Neos Kosmos. An extensive interview with Billy Cotsis will follow soon. Billy has travelled to over 48 countries and 58 Greek islands, allowing him to bring together a collection…

Lost chapters of history


Source ekathimerini   You want to hold your breath, as you do when you’re underwater, when gazing upon the splendid objects that archaeologists have dragged up from the deep. Ancient vases, Classical era jars, bronze figurines, Ottoman clay pipes from the 17th century, Byzantine coins and, most surprising of all, the contents of an amphora…

The rise and fall of ancient Greece


  They may see everything from their lofty vantage point, but how many of us passers-by can say we’ve given them more than a passing glance? Some 18 meters above the ground, in a manbasket suspended from a crane and in the company of monument restorer and civil engineer Gerasimos Thomas, I was able to…

The silent sentries of the Academy of Athens


Source: ekathimerini   They may see everything from their lofty vantage point, but how many of us passers-by can say we’ve given them more than a passing glance? Some 18 meters above the ground, in a manbasket suspended from a crane and in the company of monument restorer and civil engineer Gerasimos Thomas, I was…

Peloponnese launches new website of cultural events


The Peloponnese Regional Authority on Thursday announced the launch of a new website listing cultural events in the region of southern Greece. The website can be found at peloponnese.events and information is available in Greek and English. The regional authority said it received the support of municipalities in creating the site.

Greek goverment to refugees: Leave, please


An interesting development to say the least Source: ekathimerini The Greek government on Saturday started handing out flyers printed in Arabic, Farsi and Pashto to migrants and refugees camped out on the country’s northern border with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), informing them that the crossing is closed. The message urges the residents…

The ruined splendour of Verengaria Hotel


  Hidden amongst the towering trees of Troodos Mountain, adjustment to Prodromos Village, Verengaria Hotel eagerly awaits for the person with the vision – and the required cash flow- to restore it to its former glory.   WORDS & PHOTOS SAVVAS LIMNATITIS   Honestly, I can’t recall who came up with the original idea. Not…

UNITED WE STAND


I have been away for too long. There you go. I have said. An admission of guilt. (My teacher’s words are ringing in my ear: never start a sentence with “I”. It shows you are an egoistic person. Oh well. Twice guilty in a very short space. I guess I am heading for the gallows)….

Bamies


Dora Kitinas-Gogos prepares a plate of delicious bamies- ogra for our non Greek speaking friends   How much can I praise this simple vegetable that not many people like because they don’t know how to prepare it and it ends up slimy. The health benefits of bamies are almost endless, high in folic acid, Vitamin…

Ancient Greeks and the art of souvlaki


Savvas Tsestos Limnatitis reports on the latest foundings that reveal it was our ancient ancestors that first discovered barbecuing   Oh yes! Souvlaki. Our national treasure. Our pride and joy. The single thing -along with plate smashing of course- that almost monopolises the knowledge of the world’s people about the modern state of our nation….