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Friday, October 24, 2014

Commissioner Hahn completes his tour of Greece's 13 regions with North Aegean and Western Macedonia

News from real Macedonia:
From the Official Website of the European Commission, Press release, Brussels, 24 October 2014:

EU Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn is visiting EU supported projects and meeting local representatives in Kozani, Western Macedonia today completing his tour of the 13 Greek regions which he began two years ago.

In 2014-2020 Greece will receive more than 15 billion EURO for investments under EU Cohesion Policy to stimulate growth and the creation of jobs. Currently the 13 regions are negotiating their operational programmes on how the investments can be best spent to help Greece's recovery.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Macedonia News el: Thessaloniki Port opens second phase of marina tender

Macedonia News el
(News from real/true Macedonia, Greece [1] , [2])
AMNA/ Thessaloniki Port Authority on Monday invited two business groups to submit binding bids in a tender to build and operate a new marina project, budgeted at 11.3 million euros. 
A port statement said that Lamda Development and a joint venture led by Aktor (also including Akte-Vega, Cosmos Yachting and Marina Kroslin GmbH) qualified for the second phase of bidding and can submit their offers by mid-October.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Περιήγηση στη λίμνη Καστοριάς με το «Ολύμπια» (video) ...

Ένα καραβάκι από άλλη εποχή ξεκίνησε εδώ και δύο εβδομάδες τα δρομολόγιά του στη λίμνη της Καστοριάς. Το «ΟΛΥΜΠΙΑ» δίνει την ευκαιρία στους επισκέπτες της Καστοριάς, αλλά και στους κατοίκους της, να γνωρίσουν το ειδυλλιακό τοπίο της λίμνης και την πόλη από μια άλλη πλευρά.
Μέσα από την εν πλω περιήγηση, κάνοντας τον «μικρό γύρο» της λίμνης, μπορεί κανείς να θαυμάσει τους παραδοσιακούς οικισμούς με τα επιβλητικά αρχοντικά, τις παραλίες της Καστοριάς και τα ψαροχώρια. ..Κατά την γραφική παραλίμνια διαδρομή της χερσονήσου, ο επισκέπτης μπορεί να δει τα αιωνόβια πλατάνια και τις ιτιές που γέρνουν μέσα στη λίμνη και να «συναντήσει» την Σπηλιά του Δράκου και την Ιερά Μονή της Παναγιάς της Μαυριώτισσας.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Macedonia News el: Dollis advocates Israel relationship ...

Macedonia News el
(News from real/true Macedonia, Greece [1] , [2])

Seeds of Greek-Israeli bond nurtured in Australia.(neoskosmos com)
12 Apr 2012
Greece and Israel have announced a unique diaspora conference, the brainchild of former deputy leader of Victorian ALP and Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Dimitrios Dollis, to take place in Thessaloniki.
The idea, to discuss how Greece and Israel can strengthen their ties with their diaspora communities, isn't Dollis's only brainchild: he is also widely credited with being a major force behind Athens' dramatic realignment of its foreign policy towards Israel.
Dimitri Dollis lived in Melbourne for 28 years and was a member of the Victorian Parliament and the ALP deputy leader.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Macedonia News el: Greek Honey in Ancient Greece ...

Macedonia News el
(News from real/true Macedonia, Greece [1] , [2])

"It was believed to have antiseptic and medicinal properties and for this reason they used it to mummify their dead. Is mentioned that the body of the legendary Greek king Alexander the Great was treated that way".....

Since prehistoric times humans knew how to collect the honey and how to use in foods. For centuries because of lack of knowledge about sugar, honey was the only sweetener in use. Even gods of ancient Greeks where fed on nectar and ambrosia. Honey held an essential role in the ancient Greeks diet and not a supplementary as it was a natural and healthy product. From fragmentary information about the composition of the meals of the ancient Greeks we see that honey is included daily in their diet, either alone or as material used in various sauces and desserts.

Thursday, April 5, 2012


Macedonia News el
(News from real/true Macedonia, Greece [1] , [2])
PRESS RELEASE (Pan-Macedonian Association USA, inc)
“There are no ethnic, social or political divisions in multiethnic ‘Macedonia’ when it comes to NATO membership”, said members of the FYROM’s Parliamentary Foreign Policy Committee, who presented their united position during the Tuesday, March 27, 2012 debate titled: “‘Macedonia’ and NATO: From Security Consumer to Security Provider”. However nothing of this statement could be further from the truth.  

The entire presentation of the panel (comprised of politicians from the FYROM: VMRO-DPMNE MPs Antonio Milososki and Pavle Sazdov, SDSM MP Igor Ivanovski and DUI MP Deshira Imeri), was designed to give the impression that all of the FYROM’s political forces are in unity regarding Skopje’s admittance to NATO at the Alliance’s upcoming summit in Chicago in May 2012. It took place in a small room on the fifth floor at the Washington-based Woodrow Wilson Center (WWC) with an audience of no more than twenty-five attendees, including several members of the Greek/American Pan-Macedonian Association USA. 

Mr. Milososki started the presentation with an intentional provocative remark against Greece by stating that when they became a country in 1991, Greece tried to stop them from becoming one under the pretence of the name. However, since Mr. Milososki and the rest of the speakers stated later that Greece is one of the biggest investors in their country we cannot understand their twisted logic.........

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Macedonia News el : Pensioner's note reveals financial pressure drove him to Syntagma suicide ....

Macedonia News el
(News from real/true Macedonia, Greece [1] , [2])

The man who killed himself in Syntagma Square in central Athens on Wednesday morning has been identified as a 77-year-old pharmacist.
It has emerged that he left a note criticising the government and explaining his reasons for taking his own life.
“I can’t find another way to react apart from putting a dignified end to things before I start looking through garbage in order to survive and before I become a burden for my child,” the note left by the pensioner said, according to reports.
It is not clear if the 77-year-old had the note with him or whether he left it somewhere for his family. It is not yet known what kind of financial problems the pensioner may have had.
The head of the Attica Pharmacists’ Union, Constantinos Lourantos told Skai radio he knew the man, who was identified as Dimitris Christoulas.
“He was a calm, family man,” said Lourantos.
In the suicide note, Christoulas compares the Greek government to Second World War administration led by army officer Georgios Tsolakoglou that collaborated with Nazi occupiers.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Macedonia News el : 'Priceless' ancient Greek statue snatched from smugglers is a fake ....

Macedonia News el
(News from real/true Macedonia, Greece [1] , [2])
An ancient Greek statue confiscated last month from suspected smugglers and described as «priceless» is actually a fake, a culture ministry source said on Tuesday.
"A closer examination found moulding marks and bubble traces, leading to the conclusion that the statue is a copy,» suggesting the statue had been cast rather than sculpted, the official told AFP on condition of anonymity...........

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Macedonia News el : Gold mining in Halkidiki divides local community ....

Macedonia News el
(News from real/true Macedonia, Greece [1] , [2])

Local officials in Halkidiki have vowed to continue their cooperation with a Canadian gold mining firm aiming to complete a 1.3-billion-euro development in the area despite mounting protest from residents.
A meeting of the municipal council in Ierissos on Friday night was cancelled after protesters disrupted the meeting, clashed with police and overturned cars. Some members of the council claimed self-styled anarchists had come to the town from other areas to cause trouble.
However, the project to exploit the Olympias and Skouries mines has drawn opposition from residents and environmental groups, which held up the concession in the past........

Friday, March 30, 2012

Macedonia News el : How to Enjoy Greek Wines, while Learning, Too. A Visit to Domaine Gerovassiliou....

Macedonia News el
(News from real/true Macedonia, Greece [1] , [2])

By Sofia Karasavvidou*
The Domaine Gerovassiliou Winery lies on the slopes of Epanomi, a village about 25 kilometers to the southeast of Thessaloniki. This family-run vineyard, the brainchild of oenologist Vangelis Gerovassiliou, enjoys a magnificent setting overlooking Thessaloniki and its harbor- on clear days, even far-off Mt Olympos can be seen in the distance. Along with great wine, the Domaine also contains one of the most intriguing wine-related museums anywhere, with a collection of rare bottles, corkscrews, and even ancient Roman amphorae once used for holding wines.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Macedonia News el : Greeks drawn by village life

Macedonia News el
(News from real/true Macedonia, Greece [1] , [2])
More than 1.5 million Greeks are considering moving from the city to the provinces, according to the results of a survey commissioned by the Agricultural Development Ministry that were made public Tuesday.
The survey, conducted by polling firm Kapa Research on a sample of 1,286 respondents in Athens and Thessaloniki, found that seven out of 10 (68.2 percent) have considered leaving the city for a new life in the provinces while one in five (19.3 percent) has already made the initial moves to relocate.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Macedonia News el : Αδελφοί Μανάκης (ή Μανάκια) / Manakis Brothers / Fratsî Manakia

Macedonia News el
(News from real/true Macedonia, Greece [1] , [2]  )
Αδελφοί Μανάκης ή Μανάκια
Οι αδελφοί Μανάκια Γιάννης και Μίλτος γεννήθηκαν το 1878 και 1882 αντίστοιχα στην Αβδέλλα Γρεβενών, αλλά έζησαν το μεγαλύτερο μέρος τηs ζωής τους στο Μοναστήρι. Ο Γιάννης αρχικά διατηρούσε φωτογραφείο στα Γιάννενα από το 1898 έως τα 1905 και στη συνέχεια μεταφέρθηκε στο Μοναστήρι.
Μαζί με το Γιάννη δούλευε και ο Μίλτος.

Δουλεύοντας μαζί τα δύο αδέλφια έγιναν πολύ καλοί φωτογράφοι και κινηματογραφιστές. Ο Γιάννης πέθανε σε ηλικία 76 χρονών στην Ελλάδα, ενώ ο Μίλτος πέθανε στα Μοναστήρι.
Οι αδελφοί Μανάκια διαθέτουν ένα πλούσιο αρχείο φωτογραφιών (12.500 φωτογραφίες) που βρίσκεται σε διάφορες ιδιωτικές συλλογές. Το 1906 βραβεύτηκαν στη Φωτογραφική Έκθεση Βουκουρεστίου με έξι θέματα παρμένα από τη ζωή των Βλάχων της Μακεδονίας. Η επαφή τους με τον κινηματογράφο έγινε για πρώτη φορά το 1905 στο Βουκουρέστι κι επηρέασε το Γιάννη θετικά αφού αγόρασε την κάμερα BIOSCCΟPE 300 από το Λονδίνο. Μαζί με τον Μίλτο επέστρεψαν στην Αβδέλλα όπου και γύρισαν την πρώτη τους ταινία με τίτλο “Υφάντρες”
Έκτοτε τα φιλμ που συνολικά γύρισαν τα αδέλφια είναι 67 και ανάμεσα σ αυτά σημαντικά ντοκουμέντα, όπως η κηδεία του Μητροπολίτη Γρεβενών Αιμιλιανού.
Τα δύο αδέλφια έκτισαν το 1921 τον κινηματογράφο στο Μοναστήρι. Οι Μανάκια θεωρούνται οι Έλληνες πρωτοπόροι κινηματογραφιστές στα Βαλκάνια. Το έργο τους θεωρείται σημαντικό και η προσφορά τους ανυπολόγιστη. Μέρος του έργου τους βρίσκεται στο Εθνικό Αρχείο των Σκοπίων, ενώ το υλικό που υπάρχει στην Ελλάδα βρίσκεται στην ΕΤ1.
Τα Γρεβενά τίμησαν τους πρωτοπόρους των Βαλκανίων δίνοντας το όνομά τους στον Δημοτικό κινηματογράφο των Γρεβενών.
Turkish Sultan Mehmed V Reshad Visiting Salonica/Selanik/Thessalonika
After the Young Turks’ Revolution victory in 1908, Mehmed V Reshad was appointed as Sultan in 1909 instead of Abdul Hamid and he reigned until 1918 as the penultimate Turkish Sultan. In 1911 he visited the most distant European parts of his empire including Thessalonika and Monastir. The Manaki Brothers managed to get a special licence to accompany him and film the Sultan’s stay. Thus they filmed two outstanding films about his visits to Thessalonika and Monastir. This film about the Sultan’s visit to Thessalonika consists of a number dramatic, tightly bound sequences:
a) Arrival of the Sultan in the port of Thessalonika
b) His walking along the streets of Thessalonika with many processions and parades
c) The departure of the Sultan from Thessalonika by train and his trip to Monastir.
It is characteristic of these last sequences that they are shot from the train in motion. Thus, they managed to shoot landscapes, and the railway stations passed through by the Sultan and his entourage.
Scene from the movie from 1911, in duration of 11 minutes. The movie is created in standard technique, without sound, in black and white and 35mm. Directors/Camermen: Manaki Brothers κινηματογράφος/ βίντεο
 Η ζωή τους και το πρώιμο έργο τους

Οι αδελφοί Μανάκη, ο Γιαννάκης και ο Μίλτος, γεννήθηκαν στην Αβδέλα Γρεβενών στις 18.05.1878 και 09.09.1882 αντίστοιχα. Ο Γιαννάκης από μικρός ενδιαφερόταν για τη ζωγραφική και φοίτησε στο γυμνάσιο του Μοναστηρίου για να πάρει δίπλωμα δασκάλου αλλά και ζωγράφου με ιδιαίτερες ικανότητες στην «ιχνογραφία» και «καλλιγραφία». Ο Μίλτος, τέσσερα χρόνια πιο μικρός απ’ τον Γιαννάκη, σε αντίθεση με τον αδελφό του, είχε ενδιαφέρον κυρίως για τη φύση και τη φυσική ζωή και πολλά χρόνια πέρασε στην Αβδέλα. Κατόρθωσε να γίνει καλός φωτογράφος και στη συνέχεια κινηματογραφιστής με βοηθό τον αδελφό του Γιαννάκη. Αρχικώς δραστηριοποιήθηκαν στα Ιωάννινα ανοίγοντας φωτογραφείο, αλλά μετά από διώξεις που υπέστησαν από τις Οθωμανικές Αρχές μετέφεραν το ατελιέ τους στο Μοναστήρι.

Monday, March 12, 2012

EL Macedonia News : The old and the new ....

Macedonia News el
(News from real/true Macedonia, Greece [1] , [2]  )

By Nikos Xydakis (ekathimerini)
Facing the chasm of the crisis caused by a bankrupt state, society appears ambivalent and ultimately prone to unruliness. Rage and despair are the dominant emotions of social groups being propelled violently into a state of poverty and even beyond it.
These feelings are easy to explain and well justified, but they manifest themselves in violent behavior, such as in increasingly frequent physical attacks against politicians and other public figures. The enraged citizens, who together form a mass, demand that those they see as “traitors” disappear from the face of the Earth. At least this is what we hear at parades.
Why do these people feel betrayed? Maybe because they voted for these politicians and supported these public figures in the past and now their expectations have been dismally disappointed.
The country’s two main political parties, which have held power for the past few decades, had the consent, at least in the ballot box, of the majority of society, even as much as three-quarters of the electorate. So criticism of the politicians ought to also contain some element of self-criticism. They should be asking, “Why did we entrust our fates to such unworthy people for such a long period of time?”
The other reaction to the bankrupt state is manifested in a withdrawal from public discourse and political action. Most Greeks, almost all in fact, agree that the old-style politicians have to go. Yet few would accept to take on an active political role in order to fill the void and to relaunch the painful process of rescuing and rebuilding the country under new terms and with new faces in the seats of power. Even new political parties or those that are not tainted in the public mind by past “sins” experience an enormous amount of trouble attracting new, undamaged faces into their ranks. They are willing to help as best they can but balk at the idea of putting themselves forward, of putting their names on the candidates list. And so, flying solo from one political party to another, we are left with the usual political ladder-climbers, damaged and spent.
The crisis reveals the limits of the old way of doing thing and the demands of a new system. The old system is all about heteronomy, isolation and clientelism -- in short, corruption. The new system demands autonomy, organization, participation and responsibility -- in short, democracy.

Macedonia News el : Cover letter to Ministers and NATO Members from WORLD PAN-MACEDONIAN ASSOCIATIONS ....

Macedonia News el
(News from real/true Macedonia, Greece [1] , [2]  )

The letter to Ministers and NATO Members:
Dear Minister and NATO Member,

On the occasion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) Summit in May 2012 in Chicago and due to the fact that one of the issues of discussion may be the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia’s (The FYROM) joining NATO, we are sending you an analysis of the misrepresented suitability of this country to be a member of the Organization that was written by an expert Balkan analyst, Mr. Marcus Templar.

We are highlighting the following themes that are contained within Mr. Templar’s Skopje's NATO Adventures: A Conversation on Insanity and Megalomania: The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: Bribing its Way to Membership” :

  • Stability in the Balkans is of utmost importance to Europe
Historically, the nationalism that is thriving in the Balkans has created either preconditions for war or, in some cases, was the reason for wars.  While the Balkans can be dismissed as “Yesterday’s War,” the underlying causes of the 1945-2001 upheaval remain as strong and as precarious as ever. 


  • Stability in the region can only be achieved if all Balkan countries cooperate
When one of the region’s countries, in particular the FYROM, promotes hostility and inaccuracies in an effort to boost nationalism and advocates an identity, which one could argue is the result of euphoric recalls considering that in the last century their alleged identity changed four times, then the results of such activities can only be negative.

  • There is internal strife in the FYROM with its own minorities
The 2001 civil war between the Albanian minority and the Slav majority in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) demonstrate that the nationalism that has fueled the fires of this region for centuries were not extinguished or resolved by the 2001 events. Internal strives are still continuing currently.


  • The FYROM leadership does not encourage good neighborly relations
The FYROM is a small country in the southern Balkans with serious external and domestic problems. It is the only country in Europe that fuels serious and entirely distinct conflicts in relations to its neighbors with no effort for immediate resolution.


  • There is no freedom in the basic human rights in the FYROM
For as long as the politicians sell their constituencies nonsense instead of the truth by forcing suppression of speech and press and other basic human rights through intimidation, the false concept of what democracy is will continue for the people of the FYROM, regardless of social standing or ethnicity.


  • The FYROM promotes hostility and inaccuracies in an effort to boost nationalism
The political elite of the FYROM cultivated and still does so through the country’s education system the idea of a “united Macedonia”. It banks on the mental condition of the Slavic population of the FYROM and its diaspora, not taking under consideration that their psychological instability could throw the Balkan Peninsula into a new bloodbath. 


  • The FYROM does not fulfill the NATO preconditions and criteria
The FYROM does not meet any of the preconditions set by NATO and save for the exception of some troops that the FYROM sent to NATO’s International Security Assistant Force (ISAF), it does not meet any other NATO requirements, including a less than medium rated strategic location.

Included in this package you will also find a book titled “Macedonia-Evidence” that contains a letter to President of the United States, Barack Obama that was co-signed by 372 (a number which increases with time) well-known scholars of Greco-Roman Antiquity from the best academic centers and universities around the globe. In this letter the academics and researchers unequivocally declare the Greekness of Macedonia and the Greekness of Alexander the Great, diminishing and erasing all unfounded and unhistorical claims by those in the FYROM.


Pan-Macedonian Association USA- Kostas Hatzistefanidis - President

Pan-Macedonian Association of Australia – Dimitris Minas - President

Pan-Macedonian Association of Canada-Haralmpos Moutousidis- President

Pan-Macedonian Association of Europe-Archimandrite Dr. Panteleimon Tsormpatzoglou-President

Macedonian Chapters of Africa-Amyntas Papathanasiou-President


Nina Gatzoulis

Coordinator of the Committee of the

World Pan-Macedonian Associations


March 2, 2012


Thursday, March 8, 2012

Macedonia News el : APOEL flies Greek flag in the Champions League ....

Macedonia News el
(News from real/true Macedonia, Greece [1] , [2]  )
By George Georgakopoulos (ekathimerini)
The fairy tale continues for APOEL Nicosia in Europe as the Cinderella of the Champions League eliminated Lyon in the penalty shootout and reached the last eight of the competition on Wednesday.
Greek goalkeeper Sakis Chiotis saved two kicks in the shootout to send the Cypriot champion to the quarterfinals of the competition, an unprecedented feat for any team from the island.
Former AEK Athens player Gustavo Manduca scored in the ninth minute at Nicosia’s GSP stadium to cancel out Lyon’s 1-0 victory in the first leg of the round-of-16 tie in France.
The team of former Iraklis coach Ivan Jovanovic held on to its lead throughout the 90 minutes as well as the extra-time, despite having to play from the 113th minute with a man less due to the second yellow card shown to Brazilian Manduca.
The capacity crowd at the 25,000-seater stadium held its collective breath as the two teams went to penalties: Chiotis dived twice to his left to save the shots by Alexandre Lacazette and Michel Bastos and give APOEL a 4-3 win in the shootout as the Cypriot team made no mistakes from the spot.
“We represent Cypriot Greeks, Cypriot soccer and of course Greece, as above all we are a Greek team,” APOEL spokesman Panikos Hatziliassis told Cypriot state radio RIK after the end of the game.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Macedonia News : Kastoria - Byzantine aura by the lake...

Macedonia News 

(News from real/true Macedonia, Greece [1] , [2] )

Τhe town Kastoria best known for fur industry, tradition and natural blessings maintain original character 
By Haris Argyropoulos
Set on a peninsula jutting out into Lake Orestiada, in Greece’s mountainous northwest, Kastoria is one of the most enchanting and interesting mainland towns, despite the recent proliferation of apartment blocks.

Its attractions are owed equally to its location, on the lake and in the shadow of mountains Vitsi and Grammos, as well as its long history and prosperity -- the result of its tradition as the center of the fur trade in the Balkans. In fact, one explanation for the origin of the town’s name is the Greek word for beaver, “kastoras,” while another is the namesake mythical Macedonian hero, a son of Zeus.

The town’s past dates back to prehistory, as attested by the 1932 findings at the lakeside settlement of Dispilio. It was fortified during Byzantine times -- when the fur trade is thought to have started -- and was hotly contested by a number of invaders going back to the 11th century, including Normans and Bulgarians -- especially the latter.

Today Kastoria, with a population of about 20,000, boasts some 70 Byzantine and post-Byzantine churches, as well as about half a dozen splendid mansions (“archontika”) of the old fur families, from the 16th to the 19th centuries, when the trade was perhaps at its peak. Local furriers established branches in most major European cities. Some of them are still in operation, although the number of enterprises has significantly diminished in the last few decades. In more recent years, the town has not been a major trapping center, but mostly relied on fur scraps imported from Canada, Scandinavia and, more recently, Russia to make coats and other items. Even today, the visitor is struck by the ubiquitous signs in Russian -- a measure of the still strong commercial ties with Eastern Europe.

The broader district, with its cultural, archaeological, environmental and natural attractions, is a prime winter destination. A walk around the old neighborhoods is not to be missed.

The aesthetically lacking building boom of the 1970s and 1980s, mostly evident along the southern part of the peninsula, fortunately left intact the old quarters of Doltso and Apozari and the old archontika in the heart of the town -- boasting two or three levels – which have been restored and reinhabited or turned into guesthouses and museums, such as the Nerantzi-Aivazi mansion, whose former occupants left in 1972 and which is now an excellent folk history musuem.

A number of the old Byzantine churches are also worth seeing, both for their architecture and frescoes. The oldest, Taxiarches, dates to the 9th century. Panaghia Koumbelidiki, so named because of its unusual dome (“kubbe” in Turkish), has the best-preserved and illuminated frescoes. The Byzantine Museum (Dexameni Sq, tel 24670.22325) exhibits some priceless old icons.

But one of visitors’ and locals’ favorite activities in Kastoria is taking a stroll along the footpath that runs around the lakeshore of the peninsula -- about 8 kilometers long -- lined with plane trees and the occasional fountain.

The lake, which has an area of 28 square kilometers, hosts plenty of wildlife -- including frogs, tortoises, cormorants and Dalmatian pelicans. Winter in Kastoria usually lives up to its name and there is a good chance you will catch idyllic images of frozen or snow-capped tree branches hanging over the water. The setting is, in fact, perfect for an invigorating winter walk.

At the far end of the peninsula is the Mavriotissa Monastery, with fine frescoes both on the interior and exterior walls of the 11th-century church.

The road around the lake leads to the villages of Dispilio, Mavrovo and Polykarpi, in the midst of apple groves and worth a visit. For those eager for more exploration, the route to Mt Grammos is particularly rewarding, through pine and fir forest on impressive mountain slopes with fine views of the Aliakmonas River, Greece’s longest.

A shorter route, to Mt Vitsi, reveals a landscape full of color, fragrances and wild herbs. The area is also excellent for mushroom picking in spring and fall. Higher up, in the Korestia area, you’ll find several deserted villages, relics of a bygone era.

A good time to visit Kastoria is January 6-8, the time the town organizes Ragoutsaria, the main local festival and first carnival of the year.

Transport & useful info

Area telephone code: 24670. Olympic Airlines has flights on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. From the airport, at Argos Orestikou, you need a taxi. Kastoria is 570 kilometers from Athens, via Lamia, Trikala and Kozani, and 219 km from Thessaloniki via Kozani. In both cases, there is highway but also a good deal of tight turns and narrow stretches. Τhere are three intercity bus connections from Athens daily (210.515.2548) and seven from Thessaloniki (2310.595.440). Car rental: 84000.

Where to stay

Most hotels have good views of the lake: Archontiko Alexiou Vergoula (imposing traditional guesthouse, 23415,, Venetoula (homely neoclassical, 22446,, Limneon (outside town, modern design, 85111), Tsamis (classic hotel outside town, simple decor, 85344), Loggas (luxury, stone-built, 7 km from town, 72424), Aeidrosos Chloe (29721), Aiolis (21070), Aposkepos (21480, in the namesake village, owner gives traditional cooking lessons).

Where to eat

Casablanca: good Mediterranean cuisine, Tuesdays closed (80 Nikis); Katergo: friendly eatery in a former jail, in-house tsipouro distillery, low prices, Mondays closed (19 Oresteion); Doltso: an old furrier’s mansion, serves boar when available (2 Tsakali); Krontiri: local cuisine, good views (13 Orestiados). Cafes: Nautical Club: superb view of the lake, live bands in the evening, Mondays-Tuesdays closed (1 Sougaridi); Zaza: 1 M. Alexandrou; Lago: 53 M. Alexandrou; Domus: trendy bar (7 Ermou); Cohiba: 2 Orestion.

What to see & activities

Traditional Costumes Museum (25188); the Musical Instruments Construction and Study School (12 Aiditras) has live concerts at weekends; the 15-million-year-old petrified forest and other fossils at Nostimo village, 27 km south of Kastoria; the walls of ancient Dioklitianoupolis, outside Argos Orestikou; the spa baths at Ammoudara; the Environmental Education Center (23069,; take a boat tour of the lake -- Overland (6973.051.2131) and Escape Land (6997.162.395) organize outdoor sports.
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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Οι Γιορτές της Γης είναι ένα οικολογικό και πολιτιστικό φεστιβάλ στο χωριό Βλάστη Κοζάνης ....

Η ιδέα ηχούσε παράξενα πριν από εννιά χρόνια: μια οικολογική γιορτή στη Βλάστη Κοζάνης, ένα ορεινό χωριό της Δυτικής Μακεδονίας, σε υψόμετρο 1.240 μέτρων. Σε μια εποχή που οι συλλογικότητες υποχωρούν, το περιβάλλον φαίνεται να απασχολεί όλο και λιγότερο τους πολίτες και επιπλέον επιλέγοντας έναν τόπο μακρυά από πολυσύχναστους καθιερωμένους τουριστικούς προορισμούς που γειτνιάζει με μια περιοχή περιβαλλοντικά υποβαθμισμένη από τα θερμοηλεκτρικά εργαστάσια της ΔΕΗ, η διοργάνωση των Γιορτών της Γης έδινε την εντύπωση ενός πρόωρα χαμένου στοιχήματος.
Ωστόσο η Κοινότητα Βλάστης και η Εταιρεία Περιβαλλοντικής Έρευνας και Ενημέρωσης OΙΚOΤOΠΙΑ, τόλμησαν, και με την αρχική συμπαράσταση της Διεύθυνσης Περιβάλλοντος της Ευρωπαϊκής Επιτροπής, κατόρθωσαν από την πρώτη κιόλας χρονιά, το 2001, να “τραβήξουν” τα βλέμματα όλων όσων αναζητούν κάτι διαφορετικό και οι Γιορτές της Γης να καθιερωθούν ως ένα από τα ξεχωριστά καλοκαιρινά events.
Εύστοχα χαρακτηρίστηκε από τον τύπο ως «ένα φεστιβάλ για σκεπτόμενους ανθρώπους», καθώς οι επισκέπτες συμμετέχουν σε πλήθος πολιτιστικών και περιβαλλοντικών δραστηριοτήτων, που επιπλέον αποτελούν μια πρόταση εναλλακτικών διακοπών, μια πρόταση πολιτιστική, μια πρόταση διαχείρισης του ελεύθερου χρόνου, ακόμα και μια πρόταση εναλλακτικής διατροφής.  Παράλληλα οι Γιορτές της Γης φιλοδοξούν να λειτουργήσουν ως καταλύτης για την αειφόρο ανάπτυξη και το ξαναζωντάνεμα της ευρύτερης ορεινής υπαίθρου, καθώς η Βλάστη παρά την μεγάλη της ακμή στις αρχές του αιώνα, σήμερα φθίνει πληθυσμιακά ακολουθώντας την μοίρα όλων σχεδόν των ορεινών κοινοτήτων της χώρας μας.
Περισσότεροι από 80.000 επισκέπτες έχουν συμμετάσχει τα οκτώ αυτά χρόνια, στις 39 συνολικά ημέρες φεστιβαλικών δραστηριοτήτων. Με φυσικό σκηνικό το λιβάδι, κεντρικό σημείο αναφοράς του οικισμού της Βλάστης, έλληνες και ξένοι καλλιτέχνες μας ταξίδεψαν με ήχους και ρυθμούς παραδοσιακούς, έθνικ, τζαζ και ροκ. Ανάμεσά τους οι Kultur Shock (USA), Fanfare Ciocarlia (Ρουμανία), ο Shantel (Γερμανία), ο Ivo Papasov και o Theodosii Spasov (Βουλγαρία), ο Trilok Gurtu (Ινδία), ο Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar και οι KAL (Σερβία), οι DelaDap (Austria), ο Khalid K.και οι Compagnie Cameleon (France), οι Hands Percussion Team (Malaysia), o Νίκος Παπάζογλου, ο Αλκίνοος Ιωαννίδης, ο Θανάσης Παπακωνσταντίνου, ο Παντελής Θαλασσινός, ο Σωκράτης Μάλαμας, η Καλλιόπη Βέττα, η Μάρθα Φριντζήλα, η Λιζέτα Καλημέρη, η Μελίνα Κανά, ο Δημήτρης Zερβουδάκης, ο Πετρο-Λούκας Χαλκιάς, o Χρίστος Τσιαμούλης, η Σοφία Παπάζογλου, ο Αγάθωνας, η Μαριώ, η Ρούλα Μανισσάνου, το συγκρότημα ΤΑΧΙΜΙ από τη Σουηδία, οι Mode Plagal, πολλά νεανικά συγκροτήματα (Δάρνακες, Δυτικές Συνοικίες, Xaxakes, Tσοπάνα Rave, FFC, κά), αλλά και αρκετά συγκροτήματα έθνικ μουσικής από Ιταλία, Γαλλία, Ισπανία, Τσεχία, Τουρκία, Σερβία και Ινδία.
Αλλά οι Γιορτές της Γης δεν εξαντλούνται στην απλή διοργάνωση μιας σειράς συναυλιών. Στόχος μας είναι η λειτουργία μιας «οικολογικής πόλης» με την αγορά της, το χώρο του πολιτισμού, του θεάματος και του φαγητού, όπου ο πολίτης βιώνει μια διαφορετική λογική, σε αρμονία με το περιβάλλον, συμμετέχοντας σε μια μεγάλη γιορτή, που περιλαμβάνει συναυλίες, παιδότοπο, θέατρα δρόμου και παραστάσεις Καραγκιόζη, εικαστικές και φωτογραφικές εκθέσεις, εικαστικές παρεμβάσεις, σεμινάρια και συζητήσεις, παζάρι βιολογικών προϊόντων και χειροτεχνιών, παρουσίαση της δράσης περιβαλλοντικών οργανώσεων, περιβαλλοντικά παιχνίδια, ορεινές αθλητικές δραστηριότητες, κ.α.


Macedonia News : Vlasti.. The fair maiden of Kozani ....

Macedonia News 

(News from real/true Macedonia, Greece [1] , [2]  )

Once-thriving Macedonian village is perfect base from which to explore the region...
The village of Vlasti in the region of Kozani, northern Greece, is on a plateau with rich vegetation and alpine meadows at an altitude of 1,180 meters between mounts Askio (or Siniatsiko) and Mouriki. The latter is much greener than its neighbor, whose name means “without shade,” due to the fact that it is practically devoid of trees. The reason why the mountain’s vegetation has been stripped is likely the activities of the “teligato,” a cooperative form of intensive livestock farmers that prevailed throughout Greece during Ottoman rule and is responsible for many a barren hillop.

The history of Vlasti begins somewhere around 1570, when the residents of Eordaia and Sisianoupoli were expelled from their villages by Turkish settlers/farmers (known as “koniari”), and sought a new, inaccessible place to set up home where they would be protected from further raids. Vlasti was not registered as an organized settlement until 1611. During the Orlov Revolt in 1770 -- which, instigated by the Russian Count Orlov, commander of the Russian navy during the Russo-Turkish War in the Peloponnese, spread to other parts of the country only to end ingloriously when the Russian abandoned the Greeks to their fate -- and the pillaging of Moschopolis -- a region in Albania with a large Greek and Vlach population that was punished by the Muslim Albanians for its participation in the Orlov Revolt -- a large number of Greek and Vlach refugees from that region settled in Vlasti.

Previously something of a backwater, Vlasti gained a significant boost from this influx of refugees, who contributed to its growth and importance, attracting more settlers from Epirus and other parts of Macedonia.

The rocky terrain and rich alpine meadows were especially conducive to livestock farming, which quickly took hold and became a staple of the local economy, with other sectors developing around it, such as dairy and textile production, as well as commerce. As the economy grew, so did professional diversity, with a number of residents becoming carpenters, builders, architects, painters, jewelers, etc.

Vlasti came under the jurisdiction of the Valide Sultan (Queen Mother) of the Ottoman Empire, who granted it numerous privileges that boosted its security, as well as its economic, social and cultural evolution. Vlasti got its first school for boys in 1843 and for girls in 1856.

Soon after the introduction of high school education to the village, the people of Vlasti began making their fortunes further afield, settling in Belgrade, Vienna, Venice, Trieste, Bucharest and other parts of Europe and the Balkans, earning wealth, academic qualifications and peerage titles. But this boom period ended in the early 20th century, as Vlasti was unable to ride out the repercussions of the Macedonian Struggle, the Balkan Wars and World War I. In World War II, the village was incinerated by the Nazis, and during the Greek Civil War, its residents abandoned it completely.

Some 800 residents returned in 1950 or thereabouts, but Vlasti never returned to its former glory and followed the fate of so many other mountain villages around the country whose residents preferred to seek their fortunes in the big city.

Vlasti, or Blasti as it is known today by locals, is located 52 kilometers from the city of Kozani and 24 km from Ptolemaida, and the trip from both cities is beautiful. The village currently has only around 100 permanent residents, but the population has been steadily rising in recent years as pensioners return and young people leave Greece’s crisis-hit cities looking to settle down in the countryside.

Vlasti is not a destination for a long holiday, but it is perfect as a base from which to explore the region, including towns like Kastoria, Siatista and Kozani, which are all marvelous. The village offers pleasant walks along narrow cobbled streets and good food at the local tavernas, and also boasts some very pretty old homes and churches.

How to get there

By car, Vlasti is located 555 km from Athens. The road is good, especially since the detour through Kastania was reopened. The route from Athens is to Larissa - Katerini - Veria, and then on to the Egnatia Highway to Vlasti via Kozani.

Where to stay

Galanos Hotel (tel 24630.92590, Located just 400 m from Vlasti’s main square, this recently opened traditional stone-built guesthouse has spacious, elegantly decorated rooms. Rates start at 60 euros for two people with breakfast. The Giannioti Estate (tel 24630.92090, 6945.953.500, is a new guesthouse, built with style and care. The service is excellent and the restaurant a must. Rates start at 80 euros for a double room with breakfast. The Lambas Hotel (tel 24630.92111) is one of Vlasti’s oldest and is built on a slope overlooking the entire village. The rooms are clean, warm and comfortable, though somewhat basic. Rates start at 40 euros for a double room with breakfast. Liotropi (tel 24630.92464) is a small guesthouse with five cozy rooms, located on the village’s main square. Rates start at 45 euros for a double room with breakfast.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Macedonia News : FYROM Media speak about Fiasco in the upcoming NATO summit ....

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(News from real/true Macedonia, Greece [1] , [2] ,[HOFM] )
Severe criticism and attacks against Gruevski’s policies by a number of FYROM’s Media and the Opposition Party was the outcome of the Wednesday interview of the FYROM’s PM in Dnevnik.
The PM of the former Yugoslav Republic, more or less, announced a black prognoses on what is awaiting his country at the NATO Summit taking place in Chicago. Gruevski  stated that the chances for FYROM to join NATO at the summit  in May are very slim.
In order to explain the dead-end that his Nationalistic policies led his country, he tried once more to put the blame elsewhere and conveniently leave out himself. Namely he stated that the great powers are preoccupied with their internal problems and are totally disinterested in resolving the name issue.
The essential admittance by Gruevski of the dead-end caused an uproar between the Opposition and a considerable number of FYROM’s Media. Utrinski Vesnik published on its front page a photograph of Gruevski watching himself in a mirror. The newspaper mentioned that Gruevski finally realized what is really happening and his illusions related to the judgement of the Hague were clobbered.
Fokus also predicted a Fiasco waiting Gruevski’s government in the NATO Summit. In a newspaper’s article it is mentioned that Gruevski has reached a wall in the end of the road he chose. Now instead of blaming himself for the road he chose, he blames the wall.
In the meantime, ELIAMEP organised two days ago a Public Debate regarding The future of relations between Greece and the FYROM. The Speakers who among them were found the former advisor of the Greek MFA, Mr E. Kofos and the ret. Ambassador, Mr A. Mallias emphasized that Greece should denounce the Interim Accord, since its constantly violated by FYROM.
 Want more of this? See these Posts:
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  3. Opposition Slams FYROM PM Over “Anti-NATO” Comments
  4. Macedonia News : FYROM Begs Greece to Unblock Its EU Accession Talks
  5. Milososki-Simmons: FYROMacedonia remains qualified for NATO membership, name issue must be resolved

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