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Chios on my mind….

Chios alternative transliterations Khíos and Híos) is the fifth largest of the Greek islands, situated in the Aegean Sea, 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) off the Anatolian coast. The island is separated from Turkey by the Chios Strait. Chios is notable for its exports of mastic gum and its nickname is The mastic island. Tourist attractions include its medieval villages and the 11th-century monastery of Nea Moni, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Administratively, the island forms a separate municipality within the Chios regional unit, which is part of the North Aegean region. The principal town of the island and seat of the municipality is Chios town. Locals refer to Chios town as “Chora” (Chios literally means land or country, but usually refers to the capital or a settlement at the highest point of a Greek island).

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Dimitris Basis, is a Greek singer musician. He is from the village of Cherso, near the city of Kilkis. Dimitris Mpasis was born in Stuttgart. His parents lived in Germany for some years. He came to Greece for the first time at the age of eight when his entire family returned to Herso, a small village near the Greek – FYR of Macedonia border. At the age of nine he started chanting the liturgy in the local church and three years later he began to study Byzantine music. He gained his diploma at the age of seventeen. At the same time he used to sing at many cultural celebrations.

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Greek Memories – (c) Mazalien.

rete is more like a small country than another Greek island. It’s not just Greece’s largest island, but arguably its most fascinating and diverse. Its remarkable history is evident across the island, from the ruins of the Minoan palace of Knossos to the Venetian fortresses of Rethymo; from old mosques and Byzantine monasteries to the cave that is the legendary birthplace of Zeus. The Venetian port of Hania in Western Crete is one of Greece’s most evocative cities and the capital, Iraklio, is a dynamic city, the fifth largest in Greece. Crete is renowned for its natural beauty and diverse landscape. Spectacular mountain ranges dotted with caves are sliced by dramatic gorges that spill out to sea. The rugged interior is interspersed with vast plateaus and fertile plains. The east boasts Europe’s only palm-tree forest beach and the south coast has some of the most stunning beaches and isolated coves.

To be a broken ship beyond, deep
to be like that
without masts, without sails
to sleep

The place to be soft and the coast dead
around, around
with bended shell and with prow there
where I’m gonna bend

The sea to be lifeless and the fish dead
to be like that
and the rocks amazed and the stars away
to watch

Without tick tack the hours and the days sad
without grace
like that hollow and motionless in the silent nights
the moon

Thus to be demolished, dead ship
to be like that
in a dead sandy shore and hollow water
to sleep


Anapoda is an effort to bring back emotions to both the young of body and the young of mind, an effort to take you on a journey that will make you discover that music and travel may imprint in you teachings and feelings in a way that nothing else can, by reaching to the child and the daydreamer in you.

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Mihalis Xatzigiannis – Anapoda

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ihalis Hatzigiannis was born November 5, 1979 in Nicosia, Cyprus) and is a Greek Cypriot recording artist. When he was 18, he participated in a song contest in Cyprus, “Afetiries” where he won the first prize. Afterwards, he also participated in the “Laiki Bank Song Contest” with the song ‘I Diki Mou Istoria’ written by Andreas Gerolemou and won the first prize. In 1995, he participated in the Cypriot National Final for the Eurovision Song Contest 1995 with two songs, namely “Filise Me” (written by Andreas Gerolemou) and “To Gramma” (written by Leonidas Malenis) where the former entry came in 3rd place and the latter entry landed in second place. That year Alex Panagi won the preselection with the song “Sti Fotia”. Michalis started his career in Cyprus with three records that all went platinum: “Senario”, “O Mihalis Hatzigiannis Traguda Doro Georgiadi” and “Epafi”. He also participated in a musical production in Cyprus called “Pygmalion” in addition to also performing a number of concerts in major city tour in Cyprus titled “Mixalis Xatzigiannis, Andreas Gerolemou”


I will create my own world and I will live in it
here everything’s gonna be reversely.
For me the real will be fake
and truth will be the imaginary.

I turn the whole world upside down
I’m a crazy and weird kid.

When you will say “go away”
then I will be your inseparable shadow
and when I hear “come”
then I will go away again.

When you will say no
I would react as if I heard yes
cause my heart has it already
and I won’t resign simply like this.

I will create a world on my own and you’re free to come
but I will disobey in everything you say.
It’s not just resistance or egoism
it’s despair, it’s anger.

I turn the whole world upside down
I’m a crazy and weird kid.

When you will say “go away”
then I will be your inseparable shadow
and when I hear “come”
then I will go away again.

When you will say no
I would react as if I heard yes
cause my heart has it already
and I won’t resign simply like this.



Crete Diary

Crete island is the largest of Greece and is located in the south of the Aegean Sea. Crete is one of the most famous Greek islands and often visited with Santorini. It is separated in 4 prefectures: Chania, Heraklion, Lassithi and Rethymno. The island has everything to offer: mountainous landscapes, a coast with many beautiful beaches and rocky coves, beautiful towns and charming villages and harbors, excellent food, ruins like Knossos, of the Minoan Civilization, one of the greatest civilization ever, an exciting nightlife…

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Crete Diary

outouloufari is a very pretty village above the developed and established resort of Hersonissos on the north coast of Crete, 18 miles east of the capital Heraklion and the airport and 23 miles north-west of Agios Nikolaos. Holidays in Koutouloufari appeal to those wanting to enjoy the facilities and nightlife of a bigger resort while staying in a small village atmosphere. Koutouloufari is a charming place set on the hillside above Hersonissos with excellent views of a broad bay and the port. Koutouloufari holidays are set in a village that still looks and feels like a traditional Crete destination. There are pleasant local shops and restaurants with lots of character. Hersonissos is less than a mile down the hill. Hersonissos is an established busy and cosmopolitan beach and party resort where you will find everything that you might lack in peaceful picturesque Koutouloufari. Holidays in Koutouloufari have a selection of beaches to choose from. The closest is less than a mile down the hill from the village. Beaches in Hernosissos have some of the best watersports facilities on the island. Moving west from the resort you will find increasingly quieter and larger stretches of excellent beach. Koutouloufari holiday nightlife is probably a relaxed meal in appealing tavernas popular with locals from the resort below. This you can combine with all the attractions of Hersonissos holiday nightlife centred on the attractive harbour area where there are lots of tavernas and bars close to the waters edge. Hersonissos holiday nightlife is busy with plenty of clubs for those who want to party until late. Visit another nearby picturesque traditional village of Piskopiano. Hersonissos has popular boat trips to other beaches and small islands including the island of Dia. Popular Koutouloufari holiday excursions include the ancient Minoan palace at Knossos, Heraklions archaeological museum, Samaria Gorge, the island of Spinalonga and even a boat trip to the island of Santorini. Frequent buses run along the coast.

31 kilometres far from Heraklion at the East, the traditional village of Piskopiano is almost united with the successive village of Koutouloufari. This village of 450 permanent residents has an interesting architecture, as many of the old houses have an arch, a very common architectural feature in the village. It is worth visiting the church of Aghios Ioannis, built in the 16th century, and renovated a few times afterwards, as well as the ruins of the three-aisled basilica of the 6th century; some of the finds of this church are exhibited in the Heraklion Museum. It is also worth seeing the Agricultural Folk Museum, housed in an oil mill of the mid 19th century; the building has been restored and renovated by the Society of Cretan Historic Studies and there are presented professional activities of the past as a traditional oil-mill, a cooper’s workshop, a carpenter’s workshop, a forge and other traditional activities. The Museum has also a rich collection of various traditional instruments and a good collection of photographs from the early and mid 20th century. Many hotels of all categories, studios and rooms in traditional restored mansions and rooms to let are available for accommodation. You will enjoy food and drink in the restaurants, taverns and traditional cafes of Piskopiano and of the nearby Koutouloufari. And, if you can’t miss swimming and sea sports, all the beaches of Chersonissos are waiting for you. Access from Heraklion is very easy, by public bus with frequent service, taxi and rented or private cars and motorbikes.

Macedonia – A Civilization Uncovered

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his is a BBC documentary about Macedonia and the excavations with the great archeologist Manolis Andronikos in Macedonia, northern Greece. A very interesting footage about the graves of the royal house of the Ancient Macedonians! Indisputable evidences about the Hellenicity of ancient Macedonians. Macedonia, is a geographical and historical region of Greece in southeastern Europe. Macedonia is the largest and second most populous Greek region. Together with the regions of Thessaly and Thrace, it is often referred to informally as northern Greece. It is located at coordinates 40°45?N, 22°54?E.

Its territory covers most of the region of ancient Macedonia, including the birthplace of Alexander the Great. Its name was later imparted to a wider Balkan region that became known in modern times as Macedonia of which it forms 52.4% of the land and 52.9% of the population. It was part of the Ottoman Empire until 1912. In 1913, most of the Ottoman lands in Europe (including Macedonia) were divided between the surrounding countries of Greece, Serbia, Bulgaria, Albania and Montenegro. The new borders between Greece and the Ottoman Empire were reconfirmed in the Treaty of Athens, in 1913.

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