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The Heiliggeistkirche of Heidelberg seen from the Castle

Nea Makri



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The area was once known as Plesti, but following the 1922 Greek military disaster in Asia Minor and the subsequent repatriation of Greeks from the town of Makri, it was renamed Nea Makri (New Makri).
The United States Navy operated a HF radio communications base north of Nea Makri from the mid to the late 20th century. The transmitters were located further north, at Kato Souli. The callsign of the station was NGR. The American naval communications station was the deployment location for Naval Mobile Construction Battalion NMCB-133, homeported in Gulfport, MS.

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Pecs



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The mosque of Gázi Kászim pasa (pasha Qasim the Victorious)


Pécs is the fifth largest city of Hungary, located on the slopes of the Mecsek mountains in the south-west of the country, close to its border with Croatia. It is the administrative and economical centre of Baranya county. Pécs is also the seat of Roman Catholic Diocese of Pécs.
Pécs has been selected to be the European Capital of Culture in 2010 sharing the title together with Essen and Istanbul. The city's motto is: "The Borderless City".
During World War II Pécs suffered only minor damages, even though a large tank-battle took place 20–25 km south of the city, close to the Villány area late in the war, when the advancing Red Army fought its way towards Austria.

After the war development became fast again, and the city grew, absorbing several nearby towns. In the 1980s Pécs already had 180,000 inhabitants.
After the end of Socialist era (1989–1990) Pécs and its county, like many other areas, were hit hard by the changes, the unemployment rate was high, the mines and several factories were closed, and the war in neighboring Yugoslavia in the 1990s affected the tourism.

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Trikala



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Located in the fertile plain of Thessaly in central Greece, modern Trikala is the Homeric Trikka (or Trikki), the birthplace of three of the Argonauts and one of the areas touted as the birthplace of Asclepius (Asklepios), who is more often said to have been born at Epidaurus, where his main temple was sited in antiquity. Ruins of an old sanctuary to the physician-god, an Asklepieion, or healing place, are located between the central square and the church of Saint Nicholas (Agios Nikolaos) in Trikala; it is the oldest Aesculapium of Greece - a kind of medical centre, from which the worship of Aesculapius gradually spread.
There are other late Hellenistic and Roman period remains to be seen, mosaic floors, a stoa, and baths. Dominated by its Byzantine fortress on Hellenistic foundations occupying the ancient Acropolis, the picturesque city is divided in two by the river Lithaios, with the churches of Agios Demetrios and Agii Anargyri lending more Byzantine character to the modern town. She was managed by First Bulgarian Empire (920-922, 977-983, 996-997) due to occupations by Simeon I and Samuil. She was part of Great Wallachia (1204-1215), Despotate of Epirus (1215-1335), Despotate of Thessaly, who was a branch of one of Epirus, (1230-1335) (Suzerenity of Second Bulgarian Empire between 1230-1241, Nicean Empire between 1241-1261 and Byzantine Empire between 1261-1335), Serbian Empire (1348-1373), Byzantine Empire (1335-1348, 1373-1394, 1403-1411) and Ottoman Empire (1394-1403 and 1411-1881). Trikala was ceded to Greece in 1881 after Treaty of Berlin. It was captured again by Ottomans during the Greco-Turkish War of 1897 on April 28 for six months.

During the Principality of Pindus the national assembly of this state sat in Trikala.
Trikala is home to the General Hospital of the Trikala Prefecture. The Physical Education and Sport Science department of the University of Thessaly is also located in Trikala, and was founded in 1994, with the first students being admitted in the academic year 1994-1995; it was originally housed in the Matsopoulos Park facility, but moved to the new Karyes campus in July 1999. Trikala has over 20 schools of secondary education, and a modern night technical school also functions in the town.

Since December 2005, the Municipality of Trikala offers its residents free high speed Wireless Internet connection. As of 2007, around 95% of the total area of Trikala has access; this is one of the few European cities to offer such a service for free. Since 2009 tele-medicine is available for its residents, to track serious conditions without the need to visit hospitals.

Population: 137,723 (2005)

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Nea Filadelfeia or Nea Filadelfia (meaning New Philadelphia) is a suburb in the northern part of Athens, Greece. The suburb was settled by Greek refugees from Anatolia (specifically the region around the ancient city of Philadelphia) after the Greco-Turkish War.

The area was made up of farmlands and forests. The forests have been partially saved in the many squares and in the several parks today. In the early to mid-20th century, urban development replaced much of the farmlands. Today, much of the municipality is urbanized while the businesses are along the main roads. Many of the trees are aligned with the streets and in the squares and parks of Nea Filadelfeia. The biggest park to be found is called Alsos Neas Filadelfias, which covers almost 480 square meters of land and hosts many different trees. In the past it used to be a zoo as well as a park.

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This is a tree - restaurant (tavern)!!! I even had to pass through a tree that stood as a doorway. Fairytale stone fireplace, wonderful tree trunk pillars, picturesque all around view. Definitely a sweet memory!!! It is located near Mouzaki village.


City of Trikala



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Located in the fertile plain of Thessaly in central Greece, modern Trikala is the Homeric Trikka (or Trikki), the birthplace of three of the Argonauts and one of the areas touted as the birthplace of Asclepius (Asklepios), who is more often said to have been born at Epidaurus, where his main temple was sited in antiquity. Ruins of an old sanctuary to the physician-god, an Asklepieion, or healing place, are located between the central square and the church of Saint Nicholas (Agios Nikolaos) in Trikala; it is the oldest Aesculapium of Greece - a kind of medical centre, from which the worship of Aesculapius gradually spread.
There are other late Hellenistic and Roman period remains to be seen, mosaic floors, a stoa, and baths. Dominated by its Byzantine fortress on Hellenistic foundations occupying the ancient Acropolis, the picturesque city is divided in two by the river Lithaios, with the churches of Agios Demetrios and Agii Anargyri lending more Byzantine character to the modern town. She was managed by First Bulgarian Empire (920-922, 977-983, 996-997) due to occupations by Simeon I and Samuil. She was part of Great Wallachia (1204-1215), Despotate of Epirus (1215-1335), Despotate of Thessaly, who was a branch of one of Epirus, (1230-1335) (Suzerenity of Second Bulgarian Empire between 1230-1241, Nicean Empire between 1241-1261 and Byzantine Empire between 1261-1335), Serbian Empire (1348-1373), Byzantine Empire (1335-1348, 1373-1394, 1403-1411) and Ottoman Empire (1394-1403 and 1411-1881). Trikala was ceded to Greece in 1881 after Treaty of Berlin. It was captured again by Ottomans during the Greco-Turkish War of 1897 on April 28 for six months.

During the Principality of Pindus the national assembly of this state sat in Trikala.
Trikala is home to the General Hospital of the Trikala Prefecture. The Physical Education and Sport Science department of the University of Thessaly is also located in Trikala, and was founded in 1994, with the first students being admitted in the academic year 1994-1995; it was originally housed in the Matsopoulos Park facility, but moved to the new Karyes campus in July 1999. Trikala has over 20 schools of secondary education, and a modern night technical school also functions in the town.

Since December 2005, the Municipality of Trikala offers its residents free high speed Wireless Internet connection. As of 2007, around 95% of the total area of Trikala has access; this is one of the few European cities to offer such a service for free. Since 2009 tele-medicine is available for its residents, to track serious conditions without the need to visit hospitals.

Population: 137,723 (2005)

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Trikala - Thessaly - Greece

Plastiras lake - 18/02/2010


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Limni (lake) Plastira  is the embellishment of the Karditsa prefecture. It is found in the Plastira Municipality and is 25km West of Karditsa prefecture in altitude 1000m. It was created by the waters of the Megdova river, tributary of Acheloos, and took its name from Nikolao Plastira, a big patriot and visionary of that period. General Nikolaos Plastiras inspired this ambitious project in 1925. Standing at the edge of the river, where lies today the sluice of Megdoba River (Tauropos), he envisioned this area as a huge artificial lake. In 1959, six years after his death, his vision of a beautiful lake came to life, providing with water the thirsty villages of Karditsa and offering electricity of some hundred million kilowatt-hours.
Limni Plastira is one of the bigger artificial lakes in Greece. It constitutes a source of life for the entire of Karditsa. By the lake is drawing all the city of Karditsa and many communities. The water of the lake is reach up on the Larisa 's fields in the summer times. The landscape is magical; the exquisite lake with the deep light blue is surrounded by high and overgrown mountains and thick woods.

The region is considered a paradise; for the nature-worshippers and offers all the shapes of the alternative tourism like climbing, fishing, walk in the wood, swimming and chase. The unique experience will be reward each visitor, without no doubt.

Karitsiotis river - Plastiras lake 15/02/2008


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The Karitsiotis River is 13 kilometres in length, and flows into Lake Plastira. Its source in within the Boutsikaki Mountains.


Ποταμός Καριτσιώτης
Ο Καριτσιώτης ποταμός πηγάζει από το Βουτσικάκι και, μετά από διαδρομή 13χλμ., χύνεται στη λίμνη Πλαστήρα. Η ιχθυοπανίδα του αποτελείται από πέστροφες, μπριάνες, ασημόψαρα κ.α. Το περιβάλλον γύρω του πανέμορφο, με πλατάνια, τις ιτιές, και τα έλατα.

Stone bridge of Palaiokaria 10/02/2010

Stone bridge of Palaiokaria

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Μορφωτικός και Εκπολιτιστικός Σύλλογος Παλαιοκαρυάς Τρικάλων «Η ΓΚΡΟΠΑ»
Η Παλαιοκαρυά βρίσκετε σε μια χαράδρα ασύγκριτης φυσικής ομορφιάς σε απόσταση αναπνοής από την πρωτεύουσα των Τρικάλων. Είναι ένα τοπίο άγριο και εντυπωσιακό που δεν έχει να ζηλέψει τίποτα από τις άλλες χαράδρες της πατρίδας μας (Βίκου, Σαμαριάς, Νέστου, Αώου). Απέχει 25χιλ. από την πόλη των Τρικάλων και 11χιλ. από την Πύλη Τρικάλων. Έχει μήκος 15χιλ.περίπου και μικρότερο πλάτος 1χιλ.Το δε βάθος αρχίζει από 1χιλ. και φτάνει το 1.5χιλ.Ολόκληρο το μήκος της χαράδρας της Παλαιοκαρυάς διαρρέετε από τον Παλαιοκαρίτη ποταμό που πηγάζει από τον αυχένα της Γκρόπας ύψους 1700μ. περίπου, και εκβάλει στον Πορταικό ποταμό. Σε σύγκριση με ποταμούς άλλων xαραδρών ο Παλαιοκαρίτης  διατηρεί τα νερά του όλο τον χρόνο. Οι πλαγιές της χαράδρας είναι πετρώδεις συνήθως κατακόρυφες και το σπουδαιότερο καταπράσινες από πλούσιες συστάδες δένδρων και θάμνων που μαγεύει τον επισκέπτη δίνοντας μοναδικό αισθητικό αποτέλεσμα από τον καλύτερο καλλιτέχνη «τη φύση». Ο επισκέπτης υποκλίνεται στην ευρηματικότητα και την έμπνευση του Δημιουργού όπου η σύνθεση του τοπίου σε γεμίζει από θαυμασμό και σε μεταφέρει σε ονειρικές διαστάσεις. Μεγάλη και σπάνια ποικιλία βοτάνων και αγριολούλουδων στολίζει κατά την περίοδο της άνοιξης και του θέρους όλη την έκταση του βουνίσιου τοπίου της χαράδρας. Από πλευράς πανίδας στους απότομους βράχους, στις ξέφωτες πλαγιές και τα δάση φωλιάζουν και ενδημούν όλα σχεδόν τα άγρια ζώα και πουλιά της ευρύτερης περιοχής των Τρικάλων. Αετοί, γυπαετοί και γύπες αυλακώνουν ακατάπαυστα με το ανάλαφρο πέταγμά τους τον ουράνιο χώρο της χαράδρας και της χαρίζουν έτσι ξεχωριστή μεγαλοπρέπεια και συναρπαστικό θέαμα. Πλούσιες πηγές με κρυστάλλινα νερά αναβλύζουν από παντού αριστερά και δεξιά στις πλαγιές της χαράδρας. Υπάρχουν τρία οροπέδια που μπορεί κανείς να πάει είτε με όχημα είτε με τα πόδια (πεζοπορία).Το ένα είναι της Γκρόπας, το δεύτερο της Μπέης και το τρίτο του Καρβασαρά που μπορεί να δει κανείς όλο το Θεσσαλικό κάμπο . Αποτελείται από τους οικισμούς Άνω, Κάτω, Μέση Παλαιοκαρυά και Τσιμπιδέϊκα. Ο συνολικός πληθυσμός δεν ξεπερνά τους 250, ενώ το καλοκαίρι διπλασιάζεται. Οι κάτοικοι ασχολούνται κυρίως με την κτηνοτροφία (4.000 αιγοπρόβατα).

Plastiras lake - 9/02/2010

Plastiras lake - South

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Limni (lake) Plastira is the embellishment of the Karditsa prefecture. It is found in the Plastira Municipality and is 25km West of Karditsa prefecture in altitude 1000m. It was created by the waters of the Megdova river, tributary of Acheloos, and took its name from Nikolao Plastira, a big patriot and visionary of that period. General Nikolaos Plastiras inspired this ambitious project in 1925. Standing at the edge of the river, where lies today the sluice of Megdoba River (Tauropos), he envisioned this area as a huge artificial lake. In 1959, six years after his death, his vision of a beautiful lake came to life, providing with water the thirsty villages of Karditsa and offering electricity of some hundred million kilowatt-hours.
Limni Plastira is one of the bigger artificial lakes in Greece. It constitutes a source of life for the entire of Karditsa. By the lake is drawing all the city of Karditsa and many communities. The water of the lake is reach up on the Larisa 's fields in the summer times. The landscape is magical; the exquisite lake with the deep light blue is surrounded by high and overgrown mountains and thick woods.

The region is considered a "paradise" for the nature-worshippers and offers all the shapes of the alternative tourism like climbing, fishing, walk in the wood, swimming and chase. The unique experience will be reward each visitor, without no doubt.

Limni Plastira is 340 km far from from Athens and 230km from Thessaloniki. After the city of karditsa you will follow the signs and after 25km you will meet the first villages of the lake.

Epidaurus - 01/02/2010



Epidaurus ancient theater


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Epidaurus (Modern Greek: Ἐπίδαυρος, Epidavros) was a small city (polis) in ancient Greece, at the Saronic Gulf. The modern town Epidavros (Επίδαυρος), part of the prefecture of Argolis, was built near the ancient site.
The prosperity brought by the Asklepieion enabled Epidauros to construct civic monuments too: the huge theater that delighted Pausanias for its symmetry and beauty, which is used once again for dramatic performances, the ceremonial Hestiatoreion (banqueting hall), baths and a palaestra. The theater was designed by Polykleitos the Younger in the 4th century BC. The original 34 rows were extended in Roman times by another 21 rows. As is usual for Greek theaters (and as opposed to Roman ones), the view on a lush landscape behind the skene is an integral part of the theater itself and is not to be obscured. It seats up to 15,000 people.
The theater is marveled for its exceptional acoustics, which permit almost perfect intelligibility of unamplified spoken word from the proscenium or skene to all 15,000 spectators, regardless of their seating (see Ref., in Greek). Famously, tour guides have their groups scattered in the stands and show them how they can easily hear the sound of a match struck at center-stage. A 2007 study by Nico F. Declercq and Cindy Dekeyser of the Georgia Institute of Technology indicates that the astonishing acoustic properties are either the result of an accident or the product of advanced design: The rows of limestone seats filter out low-frequency sounds, such as the murmur of the crowd, and amplify/reflect high-frequency sounds from the stage.

Chrysocheria castle - Kalymnos island - 30/01/2010


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The Castle of Chrysocheria in Kalymnos: The castle of Chrysocheria lies on top of a hill that overlooks Chorio village, the ancient capital of Kalymnos. It is close to the cave of the Seven Virgins and was built by the Knights of the Order of St John, who ruled the island from the 14th to the 16th century. The objective of this construction was to fortify the city and protect it from possible conquerors and the invasions of pirates. This castle was inhabited until the 18th century.


Today, its interior still hosts the well-preserved church of Panagia Crysochera, which gives its name to the castle. This name means “our Lady with the golden hands”. The church was named after this because of the icon of Virgin Mary, in the interior of the church, which depicts Virgin Mary having hands covered with a golden leaf. A legend also says that a treasure of golden coins was once found under the floor of this church.

Furthermore, the church of Panagia Chrysochera also hosts some nice Byzantine frescoes. Apart from this church, we can find some other chapels within the castle, dedicated to other saints. On the west side of Chrysocheria castle, there are some ruined fortification walls and a coat of arms that belonged to a Genoan nobleman called Viniali. There are also the ruins of an ancient temple that used to lie in this area, the temple of the Twins.

Skywatch Friday - Kalymnos island - 28/01/2010


Chorio, capital of Kalymnos island

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Kalymnos, (Greek: Κάλυμνος) is a Greek island and municipality in the southeastern Aegean Sea. It belongs to the Dodecanese and is located to the west of the peninsula of Bodrum (the ancient Halicarnassos), between the islands of Kos (south, at a distance of 12 km) and Leros (north, at a distance of less than 2 km): the latter is linked to it through a series of islets. Kalymnos lies between two to five hours away by sea from Rhodes. The island is known as Càlino in Italian and Kilimli or Kelemez in Turkish.

In 2001 the island had a population of 16,235, making it the third most populous island of the Dodecanese, after Kos and Rhodes. It is known in Greece for the affluence of much of its population, and also stands both the wealthiest member of the Dodecanese and one of the wealthiest Greek islands overall.

Hephaestus temple - Ancient Agora




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Hephaestus was the patron-god of metal working. Athena Ergane was the patron-goddess of pottery and crafts in general. There were numerous potter shops and metal working factories in the vicinity of the temple, justifying the dedication of the temple to these two deities. The archaeological evidence suggests that there was no previous building located on top of the hill, except for a small sanctuary which was burned when the Persians occupied Athens in 480 BC. The name Theseion or Temple of Theseus, was erroneously attributed to the monument under the assumption it housed the remains of the Athenian hero Theseus, brought back to the city from the island of Skyros by Kimon in 475 BC.

Luxembourg gardens - Paris, 24/01/2010

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Parthenon - Acropolis - Athens (15/01/2010)


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The Parthenon (Ancient Greek: Παρθενών) is a temple of the Greek goddess Athena whom the people of Athens considered their protector. Its construction began in 447BC and completed in 432BC on the Athenian Acropolis, although decorations of the Parthenon continued until 431BC. It is the most important surviving building of Classical Greece, generally considered to be the culmination of the development of the Doric order. Its decorative sculptures are considered one of the high points of Greek art. The Parthenon is regarded as an enduring symbol of ancient Greece and of Athenian democracy, and one of the world's greatest cultural monuments. The Greek Ministry of Culture is currently carrying out a program of selective restoration and reconstruction to ensure the stability of the partially ruined structure.

The Parthenon itself replaced an older temple of Athena, which historians call the Pre-Parthenon or Older Parthenon, that was destroyed in the Persian invasion of 480 BC. Like most Greek temples, the Parthenon was used as a treasury. For a time it served as the treasury of the Delian League, which later became the Athenian Empire. In the 6th century AD, the Parthenon was converted into a Christian church dedicated to the Virgin Mary. After the Ottoman Turk conquest, it was turned into a mosque in the early 1460s, and it had a minaret built in it. On 26 September 1687 an Ottoman Turk ammunition dump inside the building was ignited by Venetian bombardment. The resulting explosion severely damaged the Parthenon and its sculptures. In 1806, Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin removed some of the surviving sculptures, with Ottoman Turk permission. These sculptures, now known as the Elgin Marbles or the Parthenon Marbles, were sold in 1816 to the British Museum in London, where they are now displayed. The Greek government is committed to the return of the sculptures to Greece, so far with no success.

Hephaestus temple - Ancient Agora


Hephaestus temple


Hephaestus was the patron-god of metal working. Athena Ergane was the patron-goddess of pottery and crafts in general. There were numerous potter shops and metal working factories in the vicinity of the temple, justifying the dedication of the temple to these two deities. The archaeological evidence suggests that there was no previous building located on top of the hill, except for a small sanctuary which was burned when the Persians occupied Athens in 480 BC. The name Theseion or Temple of Theseus, was erroneously attributed to the monument under the assumption it housed the remains of the Athenian hero Theseus, brought back to the city from the island of Skyros by Kimon in 475 BC.

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