Tag Archives: Greece

Bankers at the Gates

FEW Greeks have a good word to say about the European banking system these days. They believe it’s the real reason for their current crisis, having pushed easy money on their politicians and now demanding a pound of financial flesh. … Continue reading

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Recent wordscene posts about Mystras

We have recently featured some of Peter Webscott’s posts from his blog ‘wordscene‘. He mailed me a few days ago to highlight a couple more about Mystras. I hope you enjoy them. They include some good original photographs. Mystras: last … Continue reading

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Greek monastery on slide to safety

THESSALONIKI, Greece — Engineers in northern Greece on Thursday began a costly operation to move a 12th-century Byzantine monastery that occupies land earmarked for a hydroelectric dam, an AFP photographer said. The state-run Public Power Corporation is spending 850,000 euros … Continue reading

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The Eagle Has Two Faces: Journeys through Byzantine Europe

Alexander Billinis is an American with Greek parents. He has travelled and worked all over the Balkans and now lives with his family in Serbia, writing about the region, in particular the trials and tribulations of the Greeks. This article … Continue reading

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Mystras: A haven of Byzantine civilization

In 1249, William II of Villehardouin, the Frankish ruler of the Peloponnese, began building Mystras, a fortress on a steep foothill on the northern slopes of Mt Taygetos, 6 kilometers northwest of the present-day town of Sparta, the capital of … Continue reading

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Easter customs around the Cyclades islands

First published in ekathimerini.com Amorgos, the easternmost of the Cycladic Islands, “would well repay a visit… for its quaint costumes and customs and unadulterated simplicity. But those are luckiest who can visit it at Easter,” wrote James Bent, British archaeologist and … Continue reading

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Agiasophia.com

I can’t vouch for the accuracy of the content of this site but there is certainly a huge amount of information and photographs here covering art, history, religion, the emperors, major cities etc. It may be worth a visit if … Continue reading

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