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Saturday, 30 January 2010

The 7th clothe - Scenic Sunday

Theater art - Samos

An image from a great theater play in Samos last year.

Monday, 25 January 2010

An abstract view of our place - That´s my World


Virgin Mary from the cave - Panagia Spiliani

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At a short distance northwestern to the town of Pythagorio it is found Spiliani: as its name indicates (“spilia” is the Greek word for “cave”) it is a small church situated within a big cave; the church is dedicated to the Presentation of Virgin Mary. The church has a very old icon made of marble presenting Virgin Mary, but its features are hardly visible. Beside the church it is found a spring with holy water.

Friday, 22 January 2010

The Fountain of Kazania


The fountain of kazania is at least 200 years old, founded and builded from our grand parents in order to guaranty clean water for the land farms in the area of Kazania.

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Vitex - Λυγαριά


Vitex agnus-castus, also called Vitex, Chaste Tree, Chasteberry, or Monk's Pepper, is a native of the Mediterranean region.

Vitex, also a traditional plant in Africa, is a little-known fruit plant that has potential to improve nutrition, boost food security, foster rural development and support sustainable landcare

The leaves and tender stem growth of the upper 10 cm (4 inches), along with the flowers and ripening seeds, are harvested for medicinal purposes. The berries are harvested by gently rubbing the berries loose from the stem. The leaves, flowers, and/or berries may be consumed as a decoction, traditional tincture, cider vinegar tincture, syrup, elixir, or simply eaten straight off the plant as a medicinal food.[2]A popular way of taking Vitex is on awakening as a simple 1:1 fluid extract, which is said to interact with hormonal circadian rhythm most effectively. [3]
The berries are considered a tonic herb for both the male and female reproductive systems. The leaves are believed to have the same effect but to a lesser degree.[2][3]
This plant is commonly called monk's pepper because it was originally used as anti-libido medicine by monks to aid their attempts to remain chaste. It is believed to be a male anaphrodisiac, hence the name chaste tree. There are disputed accounts regarding its action on female libido, with some claims that it is anaphrodisiac and others that it is aphrodisiac.


Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Pythagoras of Samos


Pythagoras of Samos (Greek: Ὁ Πυθαγόρας ὁ Σάμιος, O Pūthagoras o Samios, "Pythagoras the Samian", or simply Ὁ Πυθαγόρας; c. 570-c. 495 BC[1]) was an Ionian Greek philosopher and founder of the religious movement called Pythagoreanism. Most of our information about Pythagoras was written down centuries after he lived, thus very little reliable information is known about him. He was born on the island of Samos, and may have travelled widely in his youth, visiting Egypt and other places seeking knowledge. Around 530 BC, he moved to Croton, a Greek colony in southern Italy, and there set up a religious sect. His followers pursued the religious rites and practices developed by Pythagoras, and studied his philosophical theories. The society took an active role in the politics of Croton, but this eventually led to their downfall. The Pythagorean meeting-places were burned, and Pythagoras was forced to flee the city. He is said by some to have ended his days in Metapontum.
Pythagoras made influential contributions to philosophy and religious teaching in the late 6th century BC. He is often revered as a great mathematician, mystic and scientist, and he is best known for the Pythagorean theorem which bears his name. However, because legend and obfuscation cloud his work even more than with the other pre-Socratic philosophers, one can say little with confidence about his teachings, and some have questioned whether he contributed much to mathematics and natural philosophy. Many of the accomplishments credited to Pythagoras may actually have been accomplishments of his colleagues and successors. We do know that his disciples believed that everything was related to mathematics and that numbers were the ultimate reality. It was said that he was the first man to call himself a philosopher, or lover of wisdom,[2] and Pythagorean ideas exercised a marked influence on Plato, and through him, all of western philosophy.

From wikipedia

Monday, 18 January 2010

No identity - Migration road

These two small boats laying since many weeks on the beach of Pythagorion.The unusual thing is that there is no identity "no name" on the boats, the reason is that the boats are coming from the other side, from Turkey, transfering hoppeless people...


"I have arrived on the Greek Island of Samos to look at one of the main illegal migration paths into Europe. The islands in the Aegean Sea are the new front line, and Samos in particular has become the favoured entry point. Geography is the reason. Stand on the eastern tip of the island and you are only 1km (0.6 miles) from Turkey, where many of the migrants from Afghanistan, Somalia and Iraq head to, hoping to make the final hop across the narrow straits."

This is a part of an article writen in the BBC webside about this sad stories happening daily in Samos. Please read more

Saturday, 16 January 2010

The old Sea Salt depot of Samos

This was the place where the people of Samos produced and stored the Salt from the sea in the hot summer months 60 years ago.
Today it just a ruin, and the place around a useful place for flamingos and other water birds.

Friday, 15 January 2010

The old well in garden


50 years ago it was very common to see a well in a garden in samian houses.
Now it is almost impossible to find such a place.I was lucky to find this one in the midle of Samos town and share this image with you.

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Samos Town Hall

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The Town Hall where it had once been housed the Parliament of Samos and now, apart of the Town Hall, it is also housed the Municipal Gallery with several historic souvenirs of the recent history of the island. Among those we should mention the Constitution of the State of Samos, several portraits of governors and other important persons of the political, economic and social life of the island and several documents of the local history.

Tuesday, 12 January 2010


As promised and uppon your request here is the detailled info about GIORTI

This is an image from a traditional giorti made in Samos.

And here is the great casserole to cook it .


1 kg half broken Grains
1 kg onions
1kg Veal or beef or pork or lamb ,only pieces of meat
200 gr butter , I prefer olive virgin oil
salt and pepper
warm water
regular pan or casserole (large)
paprika and cumin or cinamon (if desired)


Do the onions and the olive oil in the Casserole for 5 minutes.
Add the meat and move it around with a spoon slowly for another 5 minutes.
Do grains and water in the pan and bring it to cook. Let grains with water and meat by cooking at low heat . 3 to 4 hours approximately,Well stirring occasionally, because you will avoid it to burn.
After 4 hours cooking the food is well mixed through the grain and the dish looks like a porridge (think rice pudding).

Divide the court on serving plates, sprinkle little cumin or butter sauce over it if you like and eat it warm.

Monday, 11 January 2010

Church of Agios Spyridon in Samos Town


This 150 years old church is situated in the capital of Samos, Vathy, on the Square of Agios Spyridon.It is a church of an historic importance because it is the place where the decision to unite Samos with the rest of Greece was taken..On the feast day of the saint, to whom the chapel is dedicated, on December 12, a local food is served which is made from flour ground up and boiled with meat, butter and onions. It is called "yiorti" (feast).

A wonderfull door


A wonderfull door seen in Mitilinii village, just a masterpiece about 100 years old .

Saturday, 9 January 2010

The three arched bridge of Mili

Probably the oldest arched bridge in Samos, builded on the Imvrassos ancient river. According the Greek Mythologie the goddess Hera was born near to this river under a Wicker tree.

In 2005 the Greek State and the EC spend some 85.000 Euros to renovate any damages.

So today you can see it in a good shape.

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Thursday, 7 January 2010

A "Traditional" Sky - Sky watch Friday

A traditional balkoni in a old building in Samos town under a beautiful Greek blue sky!