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Posted 23 June 2010 - 10:50 AM

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This is a complex of 220 islands out of which just around 40 are inhabited. Cyclades are located in the middle of the Aegean Sea, which makes access to them from Athens easy. Their name comes form the Greek word "kiklos", meaning circle, as this island complex has a circular formation.
To Cyclades belong some of the most visited Greek islands, Mykonos and Santorini. The famous scenery of cube shaped, white-washed houses with blue windows can be found mainly at the Greek islands of this complex.
Famous Cycladic Islands
Mykonos with its vivid nightlife and traditional architecture
Santorini for its breathtaking natural beauty owed to the volcano and the caldera

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The name of this island complex come from the Greek word "dodeka" (meaning twelve), as the major islands of the Dodecanese complex are twelve. In total though this island complex consists of around 150 islands, most of them uninhabited. The Dodecanese islands are in the southeastern of the Aegean Sea, neighboring to Turkey.
Ferry connection to these islands is not that frequent and the trip may last longer, but they can be reached by plane. Not to mention that at the two major and most famous of the Dodecanese islands, Rhodes and Kos islands arrive many charter flights daily.
The influence from the Venetians can be seen at all Dodecanese islands as they have been under Italian government until 1947.
Famous Dodecanese Islands
Rhodes with its Medieval Town, which is under the protection of UNESCO
Patmos where St. John wrote the Book of Revelation

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Just right next to Athens and Piraeus, you can find a small island complex with 7 inhabited islands. The Argo-Saronic islands are named after the Saronic and Argolic Gulfs, in which they are located. In great proximity to Athens, no more than 10min by ferry you can find Salamina island and more to the south of this complex the island of Spetses.
Some of the Argo-Saronic islands like Spetses and Hydra have maintained their traditional architecture and style and have prohibited vehicles.
Famous Argosaronic Islands
Salamina for the Battle of Salamis between the ancient Greek cities and Persia that has taken place there
Aegina for the famous Temple of Aphaia

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In the northern part of the Aegean Sea there is another small island complex, known as Sporades. Out of the 24 islands of the complex only four of them are inhabited, Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos and Skyros. These islands are famous for the natural beauty and green forests that cover them.
Famous Sporades Islands
Alonissos the natural habitat of Mediterranean Monk Seal
Skiathos for the beach Koukounadies and the nudist Banana beach

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In the Ionian Sea, which is at the western side of Greece, neighboring to Italy, there is another island complex with its own characteristics. In Greek it is also known as Eptanisa, meaning the seven islands, because guess what.it consists of 7 main islands.
With the exception of Paxoi islands, the Ionian islands are much bigger than those you will find at the Aegean Sea.
These islands have been under Venetian rule for centuries, therefore one can see up to today the influence of the Italians in the architecture and local's culture.
Characteristic of the Ionian islands is their natural beauty. In contrast to the Cycladic islands which are barren, the Ionian islands are covered by green forests that end at the golden beaches and turquoise waters. Port Katsiki beach of Le**ada and the Navagio Bay in Zante are some of the most photographed beaches of Greece.
Famous Ionian Islands
Corfu with the vivid traditions and the
Ithaca the homeland of Odysseys

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The rest of the Aegean Sea islands that do not belong to one of the typical complexes mentioned above are named after their location. They do not have much in common with the small and barren Cycladic islands nor do they resemble much to the Dodecanese.
Each one of these islands is unique; Lesvos, Samos, Chios, Ikaria are all large islands of great natural beauty, history and with strong traditions.
Famous Northeast Aegean Islands
Lesvos homeland of ancient poet Sapho and land where ouzo is produced
Chios the only islands producing the famous mastic gum

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Crete is an island lying at the south of the Aegean. As it is the biggest island of Greece and the 5th largest island of the Mediterranean it cannot be categorized into any other island complex. Its main four cities are Agios Nikolaos, Rethymno, Chania and Heraklio, which is also the Crete's capital.
For more information on Crete find a detailed guide. Evia cannot also fit in any island complex. Many forget it is an island (the second largest in Greece) due to its proximity to the mainland of Greece. Access to Evia is easy as the island is connected with a modern bridge with mainland.
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Posted 08 September 2010 - 03:51 PM

Thanks nice pictures with lots of informations

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 08:08 AM

What is actually happening in this small country that not even Stalin did not want to add to his 'trophies' after 2WW despite Greek leftists efforts to join him and the fact that all Balkans were becoming 'red'..


The only country that Hitler asked from Greek officers not to surrender their arms after Greek defeat as a way to express his respect for their bravery and passion...


I remember once a contest held in Washington (attended by around one million people) for the most appropriate description of a people, who will present the best psychology of a nation. A panel of fifteen scientists chosen unanimously and awarded Judge N. Kelly for the successful characterization of the Greek.

"Confronting the court of impartial history, writes the judge,
the Greek was not to the occasion, always "below the circumstances", but from a mental point of view, always had primacy.


The Greek is brilliant and selfish, active and unmethodical, sportsmanlike, but full of superstitions, hot-blooded, impatient and a warrior".



  • Built the Parthenon and left it later to become target of contention
  • Highlighted Socrates to poison him
  • Admired Themistocles to exile him
  • Served Aristotle and then hunt him
  • Built the Byzantine Empire in order to enslave to the Turks,
  • brought the '1821' (revolution against turks) and then compromised it
  • Gave birth to Venizelos (charismatic politician) in order to murder him
  • Tripled Greece but also nearly buried it

One moment is cut for the truth but the same time hates the person who refuses to serve the political lie.



Greek is a strange creature, wild, weird, and egopath.



Pity him, if you want admire him. And if you can, try to classify him.'(:))
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Posted 22 November 2010 - 09:06 AM

What is actually happening in this small country that not even Stalin did not want to add to his 'trophies' after 2WW despite Greek leftists efforts to join him and the fact that all Balkans were becoming 'red'..


The only country that Hitler asked from Greek officers not to surrender their arms after Greek defeat as a way to express his respect for their bravery and passion...


I remember once a contest held in Washington (attended by around one million people) for the most appropriate description of a people, who will present the best psychology of a nation. A panel of fifteen scientists chosen unanimously and awarded Judge N. Kelly for the successful characterization of the Greek.

"Confronting the court of impartial history, writes the judge,
the Greek was not to the occasion, always "below the circumstances", but from a mental point of view, always had primacy.


The Greek is brilliant and selfish, active and unmethodical, sportsmanlike, but full of superstitions, hot-blooded, impatient and a warrior".



  • Built the Parthenon and left it later to become target of contention
  • Highlighted Socrates to poison him
  • Admired Themistocles to exile him
  • Served Aristotle and then hunt him
  • Built the Byzantine Empire in order to enslave to the Turks,
  • brought the '1821' (revolution against turks) and then compromised it
  • Gave birth to Venizelos (charismatic politician) in order to murder him
  • Tripled Greece but also nearly buried it

One moment is cut for the truth but the same time hates the person who refuses to serve the political lie.



Greek is a strange creature, wild, weird, and egopath.



Pity him, if you want admire him. And if you can, try to classify him.'(:))
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Posted 10 February 2011 - 12:28 AM

Other Interesting Facts about Greece



Complete with very large overweight Greek women... Enjoy;)
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Posted 12 February 2011 - 03:09 AM

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Other Interesting Facts about Greece

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GIEMgq9lIA

Complete with very large overweight Greek women... Enjoy;)


Horseman you never liked Michael indeed i see...

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 12:45 PM

Other Interesting Facts about Greece

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GIEMgq9lIA

Complete with very large overweight Greek women... Enjoy;)


Everybody know the famous "Mykonos Island".

However a more interesting fact is that the term "Lesbian" come from the Greek island "Lesbos".
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Posted 20 February 2012 - 05:57 AM

The latest facts about Greece from RUSSIA TODAY:

It may have secured another €211 from Berlin to help it avoid bankruptcy, but the Greek government’s problems are far from over.

It now faces unprecedented hostility from its own people who have point-blank refused the prescribed austerity measures.
­Berlin rescues Athens

­Greece has become the poster child of the Eurozone debt crisis. Now, with Germany voting to extend the bailout fund, it looks like the country may soon get the cash injection it so desperately needs.

But that help has come with strings attached, and here in Greece, the people say that the price they are being made to pay is simply too high.

Kicked into action by a market panic unseen since the financial crash of 2008, the German government scrambled to approve a massive expansion of the EU's emergency bailout fund.

The new measures mean Berlin now personally guarantees an astronomical contribution of €211 billion.

However, most analysts agree that more must be done to prevent a widely-expected Greek default from shattering the Eurozone.

EU negotiators returned to Athens to restart talks on future bailout payments – the government's last chance to evade a collapse later this month.

But the fuel for the Greek government's relentless austerity engine seems to be rapidly running out.

­Greece boils over

Friday is deadline day for the Greek government's new “special tax”.

It is one of the measures the government has put in place to try to secure the next tranche of money the country needs to avoid bankruptcy.

The extra tax – which is expected to deduct another three per cent from people's annual income – is supposed to help plug some of the massive budget deficit.

But after more than a year of salary cuts and rises in living costs, the people of Greece are already at breaking point.

An activist of the “We won’t pay” movement, Errikos Finalis, told RT that “in the last two years almost everybody has lost at least 30 per cent of his salary or his pension.”

The opposition member says the movement has expanded rapidly in recent months as more and more people hit the financial wall.

“Before, most of the people were not paying because they wanted to protest against an unjust situation. Now, there are thousands and dozens of thousands of people who won't pay because they simply can’t,” Errikos Finalis said.

People’s desperation has becoming increasingly evident on the streets of Greece where violence has repeatedly broken out between riot police and protestors.

Tuesday night saw even more clashes as parliament voted in yet another in a long line of austerity measures, this time in the form of a new property tax.

As one protester who joined a rally near government headquarters explained: “They were organizing all this just to put Greece under IMF – just for political reasons. Greece and Greeks do not need IMF.”

Many people in Greece now question just who it is that is in control.

­Who rules Eurozone?

“Unfortunately today the real leaders of the Eurozone are the bankers,” believes economist Kiriakos Tobras.

“The real leader of the Eurozone is Mr Trichet from the European Central Bank.”

“Bankers are not paying, shareholders are not paying. And who has been called on to pay again and again? The citizens and taxpayers of the Eurozone,” the economist concludes.

Despite Germany having voted positively to expand the size and power of the European bailout fund, critics are already questioning whether that will be enough.

Attention is now turning to the many challenges the Eurozone still faces.

“If the problem moves from Greece and starts touching other European countries, than the German banks in the end will suffer a lot. So even Germany that we say is the most healthy economy in the European Union will be affected if the problem is not stopped today, if we don’t find a solution today, not just for Greece but for all the European Union countries,” says Mr. Tobras.

With past measures failing to have an effect and as political leaders continue to struggle to convince the public, the future of the Eurozone still hangs in the balance.

Protests over strict austerity measures are set to continue, and people in Greece are saying their country is now at risk of having not only a financial but a democratic deficit as well.

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 05:58 AM

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 01:55 PM

The title of this thread is "Interesting facts about Greece. Enjoy".

Well, I do not know if the newest facts are to be enjoyed, but they are certainly interesting.

GREECE BURNS - RIOTERS LOOT !

The worst riot damage in years has struck Athens as MPs pass harsh new austerity measures. Dozens of historic buildings were set ablaze after riots turned chaotic overnight in Greek capital with protesters looting shops and clashing with riot police.

Firefighters are dousing smoldering buildings and cleanup crews are sweeping rubble following a night of rioting in central Athens. The stench of tear gas hung in the air Monday morning, choking passers-by. Looters smashed dozens of shops as 45 buildings, including a cinema, bank, cafeteria, a mobile phone dealership and a glassware shop, burned in central Athens.

Police say at least 150 shops were looted in the capital. Dozens of police officers were injured and at least 70 people were hospitalized, with overall 120 injured. Sixty-seven rioters were arrested for attacking police officers and over 75 more were detained.

The clashes erupted after more than 100,000 protesters marched peacefully to the parliament to rally against the drastic cuts, which will axe one in five civil service jobs and slash the minimum wage by more than 20 per cent. Around 2,000 were involved in the violence.

The violence spread throughout the country, with riots taking place in Thessaloniki, Volos, Agrinio, the islands of Corfu and Crete. In Thessaloniki, clashes took place in the city center after the rallies and protest marches. In Volos during the protest, demonstrators threw Molotov cocktails into bank buildings, in the basement of the local municipal office, as well as the premises of the tax inspectorate.

Source for article and photos of Athens burning:

http://rt.com/news/a...shes-riots-145/

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 01:56 PM

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 02:04 PM

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 02:06 PM

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 02:07 PM

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 02:09 PM

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 05:43 PM

More interesting facts about Greece from Press TV:

Greece bailout talks impasse continues


Sat Feb 4, 2012 11:40PM GMT

Greece has once again failed to reach an agreement with its creditors on major sticking points to receive a multi-billion-dollar bailout package.


On Saturday, Greek Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos announced that the country's negotiations with the European Union, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) were still at an impasse.

Venizelos said the negotiations with the EU and the IMF were "on a knife edge" but insisted that a deal had to be sealed by Sunday night.

Earlier on Saturday, Venizelos stated that debt inspectors' demands for additional austerity measures were preventing a breakthrough in the talks.

Greece has to make a bond repayment of 14.4 billion euros (about $19 billion) by March 20. Athens cannot afford to make the payment, and the country will go bankrupt without more financial assistance.

Athens is under pressure to cover part of its debt as a precondition for it to receive a new aid package from EU member states and the IMF worth 130 billion euros (about $171 billion).

Meanwhile, the chief executive officer of Germany's biggest lender, Deutsche Bank, said he plans to visit Athens and observed that Europe faced a "make or break" moment on Greece.

On Saturday, Josef Ackermann stated that private investors had been "extremely generous" to Greece by offering "a loss of over 70 percent" on their bond portfolios.

"I can only ask other constituencies to do the same," he added, referring to governments and EU institutions, such as the European Central Bank, that also hold billions of euros in Greek debt.

Ackermann expressed optimism that Europe was emerging from the economic crisis but insisted that the Greek problem must be fixed.

"If we see Greece collapsing, I think we are opening a Pandora's box," he noted.

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 05:43 PM

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 06:36 PM

The bankrupt state: Greece

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkqxQ3qZg90

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