Monday, March 28, 2011

Top 10 hotel pools

 Santorini Grace Hotel, Santorini, Greece
Santorini Grace's exquisite infinity pool is set on the hillside of Imerovigli and snakes around the cliff edge and over the lip of the island's famous volcanic caldera, offering perfect vistas across the ocean to Skaros rock, Thirasia, Palaia and Nea Kameni. The gorgeous 18-room boutique hotel (including 12 suites) from the stylish Grace Group opened in 2008 with soft-edge "Grand Design" architecture, cubist furnishings and whitewashed walls. The bedrooms are chic and cosy in shades of white and soft grey, with ample cushions, polished concrete floors, iPod docks and private terraces, where blissfully romantic dinners can be served for just US$6.60 (Dh24) in addition to the restaurant price. Tasteful black and white photographs balance out the vivid tones of the Mediterranean and its sunsets, which dapple the whole place salmon pink.
A double room with a plunge pool costs €425 (Dh2,120) per night, including breakfast, transfers and taxes. Children under 14 are not allowed. Visit www.santorinigrace.com
http://www.thenational.ae/lifestyle/travel/top-10-hotel-pools-dive-into-decadence?pageCount=0
Santorini-Grace-Hotel 

Santorini Inspiration




 http://www.suzannesealydesigns.com/?entry=1652





Available exclusively at LinenSource! Inspired by the Greek Isles, where azure waters and white stucco cottages create a dreamscape that encourages relaxation. This painterly quilt, with patches reminiscent of Mediterranean ceramic tiles, reverses to solid Aegean blue. Matching shams and a delicately embroidered accent pillow add layers of sunkissed luxury. 100% cotton. Machine washable. Imported.

Kokkinos Ouranos - Orpheas Avgoustidis

Official Trailer of new Layia's Yiourgou movie "Red Sky" with Apostolis Totsikas, Orpheas Avgoustidis, Pihla Viitala, Efstathia Tsapareli, Aggeliki Lemoni, Laertis Vasileiou, Altin Huta, Argiris Thanasoulas and others. This film is a production of the Greek Film Center, E.T. – National Television and Layia Yiourgou, while the executive producer is Protasis Film Productions. The film Distribution is made by Audio Visual Entertainment S.A.











Orpheas Avgoustidis, son of actors Mary Tzobanaki and Dinos Avgoustidis. Debuted in 2005 in the film "Loafing and Camouflage: Sirens in the Aegean Sea” directed by Nikos Perrakis.
Followed by the television series "Loafing and Camouflage” which was screened by NET season 2006/2007 and in which he starred as the soldier Yannis Papadopoulos. He has participated in the police television series for Alpha “10i Entoli” in the episode" Virtual Reality " where she starred alongside Danae Skiadi.
For the 2007/2008 season he starred in the romantic series for Alpha "I got red glasses” in which he portrayed the young teacher - Dimitri, who has a relationship with a woman 12 years older than him - Marianna (Evelina Papoulias) He performed in the Theater Diana, for a second season, the show "Night radio murder" with Helen Rantou and Basil Charalamopoulos.


For the 2008/2009 season he did a quadruple appearance in the following movies: starred with Akis Sakellariou and Faye Xila in the comic strip by Yiannis Xanthopoulos “All right"; appeared as a guest star in the remake of the 1959 classic Greek film "Ilias the 16th" directed by Nikos Zapatinas, starring Petros Filippidis. He co-starred with Basil Haralambopoulos in the movie "Bank Bang"directed by Argyris Papadimitropoulos, and "Dying for you" with Helen Rantou. In the same year he also starred in the theater show "The vrochopoios" directed by Helen Rantou at Theatre Diana and appeared in the juvenile series of Mega Channel "Agria Paidia” and the comic series "Seven deadly-mother-in-laws.Finally, in season 2010 - 2011 he is performing one of major roles in the series “To Nisi” (based on book of Victoria Hislop "The Island")
Movie Trailer

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Orthodox Teachings and Podcasts


http://lent.goarch.org/sunday_of_the_cross/learn/
http://lent.goarch.org/sunday_of_the_cross/listen/


 Icon of the Veneration of the Holy Cross used with permission and provided by: ΕΚΔΟΣΗ και ΕΠΙΣΚΟΠΟΥ , ΓΑΛΑΚΤΙΩΝΟΣ ΓΚΑΜΙΛΗ ΤΗΛ. 4971 882, ΕΚΤΥΠΟΣΗ Μ. ΤΟΥΜΠΗΣ Α.Ε., http://www.toubis.gr

Hymns chanted by Father Nicholas Kastanas
You will need Quicktime Player to listen to these hymns.
 
The commemoration and ceremonies of the Third Sunday of Lent are closely parallel to the feasts of the Veneration of the Cross (September 14) and the Procession of the Cross (August 1). Not only does the Sunday of the Holy Cross prepare us for commemoration of the Crucifixion, but it also reminds us that the whole of Lent is a period when we are crucified with Christ.
As we have “crucified the flesh with its passions and desires” (Galatians 5:24), and will have mortified ourselves during these forty days of the Fast, the precious and life-giving Cross is now placed before us to refresh our souls and encourage us who may be filled with a sense of bitterness, resentment, and depression. The Cross reminds us of the Passion of our Lord, and by presenting to us His example, it encourages us to follow Him in struggle and sacrifice, being refreshed, assured, and comforted. In other words, we must experience what the Lord experienced during His Passion - being humiliated in a shameful manner. The Cross teaches us that through pain and suffering we shall see the fulfillment of our hopes: the heavenly inheritance and eternal glory.
As they who walk on a long and hard way and are bowed down by fatigue find great relief and strengthening under the cool shade of a leafy tree, so do we find comfort, refreshment, and rejuvenation under the Life-giving Cross, which our Fathers “planted” on this Sunday. Thus, we are fortified and enabled to continue our Lenten journey with a light step, rested and encouraged.
Or, as before the arrival of the king, his royal standards, trophies, and emblems of victory come in procession and then the king himself appears in a triumphant parade, jubilant and rejoicing in his victory and filling those under him with joy, so does the Feast of the Cross precede the coming of our King, Jesus Christ. It warns us that He is about to proclaim His victory over death and appear to us in the glory of the Resurrection. His Life-Giving Cross is His royal scepter, and by venerating it we are filled with joy, rendering Him glory. Therefore, we become ready to welcome our King, who shall manifestly triumph over the powers of darkness.
http://lent.goarch.org/bulletins/documents/11x17_JourneyToPascha_1.0.pdf - Free Download - Daily guide through Holy Week
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Beautiful Santorini

http://www.santorini.net/
The present-day crescent shape of the island is a consequence of the activity of the volcano in prehistoric times feeding the myth of the lost Atlantis. Santorini is essentially what remains of an enormous volcanic explosion dated back 3,600 years and which created the current geological caldera; a giant central lagoon, more or less rectangular, and measuring about 12 by 7 km (7.5 by 4.3 mi), surrounded by 300 m (980 ft) high steep cliffs on three sides.

The mild activity of the volcano after this major eruption has built up two small islands within the caldera, Palea and Nea Kameni visited by hundreds of people everyday during the tourist season.

The impressive caldera dominates the west part of the island while the marvellous dry climate and the almost continuous sunshine create year-around conditions which are perfect for observation, photographs and videos under an extraordinary variety of natural lights and colours that give the visitor the exceptional advantage of reaching the interior of the volcano by boat.


 

 

 

 

 

 




http://ariannainteriors.blogspot.com/2010/08/santorini-luxury.html

 

Sunrocks Hotel - on the Caldera

Perched on the cliffs of a caldera that was created after a volcanic explosion in 1624 BC, Sunrocks picturesque, sun bathed residences combine elegant simplicity with modern comfort.

 

DNA explodes Greek myth about women



Robin McKie, science editor
The Observer, Sunday June 1, 2008
Article history

Women in Ancient Greece were major power brokers in their own right, researchers have discovered, and often played key roles in running affairs of state. Until now it was thought they were treated little better than servants.

The discovery is part of an investigation by Manchester researchers into the founders of Mycenae, Europe's first great city-state and capital of King Agamemnon's domains.

'It was thought that in those days women were rated as little more than chattels in Ancient Greece,' said Professor Terry Brown, of the faculty of life sciences at Manchester University. 'Our work now suggests that notion is wrong.'

Mycenae is one of the most important and evocative archaeological sites in Europe. According to legend, Agamemnon led his armies from Mycenae to Troy to bring back Helen - the wife of his ally, Menelaus - who had run off with the Trojan prince Paris.

The citadel was first excavated in the 1870s by Heinrich Schliemann, who uncovered tombs containing crumbling bones draped with jewels and gold face masks. 'I have discovered the graves of Agamemnon, Eurymedon, and their companions, all slain at a banquet by Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthos,' he told the King of Greece.

In fact, the graves have since been dated and shown to be too old for those of Agamemnon. Nevertheless, Mycenae has since proved to be a treasure trove of archaeological riches. Most recently, these have involved scientists using a range of new techniques, including facial reconstruction work carried out by Manchester researchers John Prag and Richard Neave. They recreated the faces of seven individuals whose skeletons had been excavated at a circle of graves inside the citadel.

http://engforum.pravda.ru/index.php?/topic/143907-dna-explodes-greek-myth-about-women/