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What is a kourelou?
First of all, it is a carpet made of colored rags which is typical of the Balkan area. But if you look at it carefully, it is much more: it is a pattern of ideas, folklore and new boho, very chic design! For us it is also a new project for our guests, a piece of real Greece you can always carry with you.

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The bicentenary of the Greek War of Independence (1821-2021) is the perfect opportunity for the country both to celebrate and honor its history and to look to its potential future.
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Have you ever wondered why kites fly on Clean Monday? And what does Kyra Sarakosti, a typical Orthodox Lent biscuit, represent?

With the Καθαρά Δευτέρα the Carnival ends and a long period of fasting begins. This path of preparation to Easter Sunday is rich in meaning and deeply felt, an opportunity for reflection and change.

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Kathari Deftera, or "Clean Monday", is one of the most important holidays in the Greek liturgical calendar and certainly one of our favourites. Growing up in a Catholic country and accustomed to a definitely gloomier and more introspective beginning of Lent, we could not be anything but (pleasantly) surprised by a celebration of reconciliation, regeneration and raising of the spirit characterised instead by outdoor excursions, flights of kites and good shared food.

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Thursday, 11 February 2021 10:28

MARTAKIA, COLOURFUL SPRING BRACELETS

It is surprising how many good luck charms, amulets and references to health appear in the Greek folk tradition.

Today we are featuring the white and red March bracelet called μαρτακι, which according to popular custom is worn on the wrist, ankle or in some areas on the big toe so that the wearer does not stumble. Traditionally, this bracelet would protect the wearer from the first sun and the whims of the spring season. In fact, red recalls the color of healthy cheeks while white symbolizes the purity of the complexion.

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Wednesday, 13 January 2021 20:33

THE DAYS OF ALCYONE

On a Greek island, especially in winter, time seems to go slower than in the rest of the world. The rhythms are marked by the conditions of the sky and the sea and reality finds an explanation in an intricate intertwining of myths, memories, history, traditions and science. It so happens that the warm temperatures of these days are not only determined by meteorological causes but also by a couple so in love as to involuntarily offend the gods, a compassionate Zeus and a beautiful sea bird, the Alcyone (or kingfisher).

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Tuesday, 15 December 2020 21:18

OLIVE GREEN KEFALONIA

In autumn, Greece is tinged with olive green, gold and earth tones.

It is in this period that villages and families come together for an important annual event, the olive harvest. An activity that is part of Greek culture, handed down from generation to generation and represents not only a commitment, but also an opportunity to meet and spend time with family, friends and neighbors.

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Tuesday, 20 October 2020 19:43

THE EXHUMATION OF THE SAINT. OCTOBER IN VALSAMATA

The monastery of San Gerasimos is located in the Omala plain, surrounded by vineyards and olive trees. A green and suggestive place that perfectly frames the most vivid symbol of Kefalonia's mysticism, the church dedicated to its patron saint. Although the island could not celebrate with music and banquets as it usually happens on October 20th, the saint's sarcophagus was brought today outside the church and placed under the huge plane tree that is located near the well that the Saint would have dug with his own hands.
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Tuesday, 25 August 2020 12:46

FANOUROPITA, THE CAKE OF LOST THINGS

Have you lost anything lately? Your purse, your glasses, your socks in the washing machine, your temper with your capricious children? Well, you should try baking a Fanouropita! In Greece, Fanouropita is made on August 27th to honour Saint Fanourios, the saint of lost things. His name originates from the Greek word “fanerono”, that is “I reveal”. Therefore, Fanouropita literally means “a cake that reveals”.

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You are almost ready to pack your suitcases, have carefully read your travel guide and took notes on Greek more exclusive beaches, historical sites, traditional celebrations and delicious food. But are you really ready to hop on your plane and reach the land of gods? Each and every country in the world has curiosities and local habits you probably don’t know. Some could make you smile; others could even land you a ticket if you are not careful! Greece is not an exception. So, before boarding, check out this list of curious facts about this great country.

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