Symi Greek “sokaki” best in the world!

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  1. First among the 20 best and most magnificent “sokakia” (alleys) in the world, comes the astouding”sokaki”, in Symi, Greece, (photo above), as it is shown in major articles of big tourists sites, this season. 4th comes another Greek sokaki in Zagorohoria, Epirus, and 8th comes another Greek sokaki in Molyvos, Lesvos.

4th (among the 20 best enticing sokakia in the world), is in Zagorohoria/Zagori/Zagoria, a rather secret region, but very well known to Greeks. The area is famous for its beautiful rivers, picturesque villages, and breathtaking views of nature at its best!


8th (among the 20 best), is the alley (sokaki) in Mithymna/Methymna, or Molyvos, is a town on the island of Lesbos, North Aegean, Greece. Before 1919, its official name was Molyvos; that name dates back to the end of the Byzantine era, but is still in common use today.


2nd: Kinsale, Ireland. 

Kinsale meaning:”Tide Head”, is a historic port and fishing town in County Cork, Ireland.


3rd: Valencia, Spain.

Valencia, on the east coast of Spain, is the capital of the autonomous community of Valencia and the third-largest city in Spain,  after Madrid and Barcelona, with around 800,000 inhabitants.


5th: Paris, France

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6th: The city of Cartagena, known in the colonial era as Cartagena de Indias is a major port founded in 1533, located on the northern coast of Colombia in the Carriben Coast Region. Economic activities include the maritime and petrochemicals industries, as well as tourism.  In 1984, Cartagena’s colonial walled city and fortress were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


7th: Frigiliana is a town and municipality in the province of Málaga, part of the autonomous community of Analusia in southern Spain.


9th: Visby, Sweden. Visby is a locality and the seat of Gotland Municipality in Gotland County, on the island of Gotland, Sweden with 24,330 inhabitants, as of 2017The Hanseatic city of Visby is a best-preserved medieval city in Scandinavia and since 1995, it has been on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.


10th: Boston, USA. Boston is the capital city and most populous municipality of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the USA. The city proper covers 48 square miles (124 km2) with an estimated population of 685,094 in 2017, making it also the most populous city in the New England region. The Boston area’s many colleges and universities make it an international center of higher education, including law, medicine, engineering, and business, and the city is considered to be a world leader in innovation and entrepreneurship, with nearly 2,000 start-ups.


11th: Orvieto, Italy. Orvieto is a city and comune in the Province of Terni, southwestern Umbria, Italy, situated on the flat summit of a large hill with steep sides, and a relatively flat top of volcanic  rock made of volcanic ash ejected from a vent during a volcanic eruption. The city rises dramatically above the almost-vertical faces of tuff cliffs that are completed by defensive walls built of the same stone called Tufa.

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12th: Bonn, Germany. The Federal City of Bonn is a city on the banks of the Rhine, in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, with a population of over 300,000. About 24 km (15 mi) south-southeast of Cplogne.


13th: San Francisco, USA, is the cultural, commercial, and financial center of Northern California. San Francisco is the 4th most populous city in California and the 13th most populous in the United States. As of 2016, it was the 7th highest-income county in the United States, with a per capita personal income of $110,418.

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14th: Giverny, France. Giverny is a commune in the Eure department in northern France. It is best known as the location of Claude Monet’s garden and home.


15th: Venice, Italy. Venice  is a city in northeastern Italy and the capital of the Veneto region. It is situated across a group of 118 small islands that are separated by canals and linked by bridges, of which there are 400. The lagoon and a part of the city are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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16th: Kundu, Turkey

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17th: Alberobello, (a small town and comune of the Metropolitan City of Bari, Apulia, southern Italy. It has 10 735 inhabitants and is famous for its unique “trullo” buildings. The “trulli” of Alberobello have been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1996.


18th: Eguisheim, a commune in the Haut-Rhin department in Grand Est in north-eastern France. Eguisheim produces Alsace wine of high quality. In May 2013 it was voted the «Village préféré des Français» (Favorite French Village), an annual distinction that passes from town to town throughout France.

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19th: Jerez de la Frontera or simply Jerez is (a Spanish city and municipality in the province of Cádiz in the autonomous community of Andalusia, in southwestern Spain, located midway between the Atlantic Ocean and the Cádiz Mountains).


20th: Antibes – France, (A Mediterranean resort in the Alpes-Maritimes department of southeastern France, on the Côte d’Azur between Cannes and Nice).



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DASKALIO – The Greek island of “Eros” (Love)

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“Poros has something from Venice: canal, communication between the houses by boats, glamour, leisureliness, sensual temptation (lemon-tree forest etc) – a place for international notable lovers. (George Seferis). Near Poros, there is a small island, it is called Daskalio, the “eros” (love) island. A wedding and Baptism destination in Greece.

Daskalio (Greek: Δασκαλιό) is a tiny uninhabited Greek islet in the Cyclades just off the west coast of the larger island Keros and formerly a promontory thereof. Its diameter is approximately 150 metres.

«Ο Πόρος έχει κάτι από Βενετία: Κανάλι, επικοινωνία ανάμεσα στα σπίτια με βάρκες, χλιδή, νωχέλεια, αισθησιακό πειρασμό, τόπος για διακεκριμένους διεθνείς ερωμένους» (Γιώργος Σεφέρης). Στον Πόρο βρίσκεται ένα μικρό νησάκι, το Δασκαλιό, όπου τελούνται εκδηλώσεις, όπως γάμοι και βαπτίσεις.

Poros - View on Eros island Daskalio by Danny Baeyens

Τhe heart shared island of Daskalio known as Eros island, is a wedding or Baptism destination.




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Breakfast in…”εις την Πόλη” = “is tin Poli” = Istanbul!

Breakfast in…”εις τιν Πόλη” (in the City) = “is tin Poli” = Istanbul!


Because the Republic of Turkey declared it the official name in 1923 and the Turkish Postal Telegraph and Telephone Office began sending back all mail addressed to the city by any other name from 1930.


After the city fell to the Turks in 1453 it was still called Contantinople which became  Kostantiniyye in Turkish and al-Qusṭanṭiniyah in Arabic, though in some contexts and titles the Turkish administration also referred to it as İstanbul from the Greek phrase “in the city”.


People both in the city and in the surrounding region referred to anything within its old walls as  “εις την Πόλιν” (eis tin polin) or simply “in the city” and this phrase became “Istanbul” in Armenian and later in Turkish.


Over the centuries the city had a range of nicknames, the most common being simply hē Polis  or “the City”.  Swedish Vikings who served there in the Byzantine emperors’ Varangian Guard called it Miklagarðr or Miklagard meaning “the big city” in Old Norse.


After the city fell to the Turks in 1453 it was still called Contantinople which became  Kostantiniyye in Turkish and al-Qusṭanṭiniyah in Arabic, though in some contexts and titles the Turkish administration also referred to it as İstanbul from the Greek phrase “in the city”.



The Maiden’s Tower – Constantinople

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The Maiden’s Tower (Turkish: Kız Kulesi), also known as Leander’s Tower (Tower of Leandros) since the medieval Byzantine period, is a tower lying on a small islet located at the southern entrance of the Bosphorus strait 200 m (220 yd) from the coast of Üsküdar in Istanbul, Turkey.

There are many legends about the construction of the tower and its location. According to the most popular Turkish legend, an emperor had a much beloved daughter and one day, an oracle prophesied that she would be killed by a venomous snake on her 18th birthday. The emperor, in an effort to thwart his daughter’s early demise by placing her away from land so as to keep her away from any snakes, had the tower built in the middle of the Bosphorus to protect his daughter until her 18th birthday. The princess was placed in the tower, where she was frequently visited only by her father.

On the 18th birthday of the princess, the emperor brought her a basket of exotic sumptuous fruits as a birthday gift, delighted that he was able to prevent the prophecy. Upon reaching into the basket, however, an asp that had been hiding among the fruit bit the young princess and she died in her father’s arms, just as the oracle had predicted. Hence the name Maiden’s Tower.

The older name Leander’s Tower comes from another story about a maiden: the ancient Greek myth of Hero and Leander. Hero was a priestess of Aphrodite who lived in a tower at Sestos, at the edge of the Hellespont (Dardanelles). Leander (Leandros), a young man from Abydos on the other side of the strait, fell in love with her and would swim every night across the Hellespont to be with her. Hero would light a lamp every night at the top of her tower to guide his way.

Succumbing to Leander’s soft words, and to his argument that Aphrodite, as goddess of love, would scorn the worship of a virgin, Hero allowed him to make love to her. This routine lasted through the warm summer. But one stormy winter night, the waves tossed Leander in the sea and the breezes blew out Hero’s light, and Leander lost his way, and was drowned. Hero threw herself from the tower in grief and died as well. The name Maiden’s Tower might also have its origins in this ancient story.

Due to the vicinity and similarity between the Dardanelles and the Bosphorus, Leander’s story was mistakenly attributed to the tower.

Source: Wikipedia

Ο “Πύργος του Λέανδρου”, ή “Πύργος της Κόρης”, (Kis Kulezi), βρίσκεται πάνω σε νησάκι στη νότια είσοδο του Βοσπόρου ,  200 μέτρα από την ασιατική ακτή της Χρυσοπόλεως στην Κωνσταντινούπολη και είναι προσβάσιμος μόνο με σκάφος.

Χτίστηκε από τον αυτοκράτορα του Βυζαντίου Μανουήλ Α’ τον Κομνηνό (1143-1180) για να εμποδίζει, με αλυσίδα που έφτανε μέχρι τον απέναντι πύργο των Μαγγάνων στην ακτή του Γαλατά, την είσοδο στον Κεράτιο κόλπο. Καταστράφηκε το 1509 από σεισμό και το 1719 από πυρκαγιά, αλλά πάντα τον ανοικοδομούσαν. Στους Βυζαντινούς ήταν γνωστός με το όνομα Άρκλα. Αργότερα, ονομάστηκε λανθασμένα από τους Ευρωπαίους «Πύργος του Λέανδρου», επειδή συνέδεσαν το όνομα του με τον μύθο της Ηρούς και του Λέανδρου, που αναφέρεται όμως στην περιοχή του Ελλησπόντου. Η σημερινή του ονομασία ως «Πύργος της Κόρης» προέρχεται από αυτή την εκδοχή.


Σήμερα λειτουργεί σαν εξαιρετικό εστιατόριο, ενώ παλαιότερα, λειτουργούσε σαν φάρος.

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Η επίσκεψή του Πύργου, (Maiden’s Tower), είναι πραγματικά μια συγκλονιστική εμπειρία.

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Υπάρχουν πολλοί μύθοι και ιστορίες, ακόμη καi τραγούδι, (song of  Maiden’s Tower), σχετικά με αυτό το χειροποίητο αριστούργημα πάνω στα βράχια.

Πηγή: Wikipedia


Sweet Constantinople!

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The open-minded owner of Zubeyir Ocakbasi & Restaurant, where we find a warm welcome, friendly atmosphere and excellent food, in İstiklal, Constantinople (photo:ALMA REAL ESTATE)

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İstiklal Avenue is visited by nearly 3 million people in a single day over the course of weekends.

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Πόλη γλυκειά Πόλη δική μας
Πόλη της γης και του ουρανού
Πόλη καημός που γινε τραγούδι εδώ…


…μέσα σ’όνειρο σ’είδα ξανά

όλο φώς όπως ήσουν παλιά

και στα μάτια σου η Αγία Σοφία
ένα δάκρυ που ακόμα κυλά…


Πόλη γλυκειά αγαπημένη
μία ζωή σ’αποζητώ
είσαι εκεί κι όμως σε αγγίζω εδώ…

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Η Μεγάλη Οδός του Πέραν είναι μία από τις πιο ξακουστές λεωφόρους στην Κωνσταντινούπολη. Στα τουρκικά λέγεται Ιστικλάλ Τζαντεσί (İstiklâl Caddesi).


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Βρίσκεται στην ιστορική περιοχή του Πέραν (Beyoğlu) και καθημερινά την διασχίζουν χιλιάδες επισκέπτες, (ενώ τα Σαββατοκύριακα, ο αριθμός των επισκεπτών φθάνει στα 3.000.000), είναι ένας δρόμος με μήκος περίπου 3 χιλιόμετρα γεμάτος με εμπορικά καταστήματα.

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Η Μεγάλη Οδός του Πέραν, αρχίζει από την πλατεία Ταξίμ, στο κέντρο της Κωνσταντινούπολης και φτάνει μέχρι τον Γαλατά. Τη σημερινή της μορφή την πήρε στα τέλη του 19ου, αρχές του 20ου αιώνα, όταν και οικοδομήθηκαν κτήρια σε νεοκλασικό ρυθμό.

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İstiklal Avenue or Istiklal Street (Turkish: İstiklâl Caddesi, French: Grande Rue de Péra, English: Independence Avenue) is one of the most famous avenues in Istanbul, Turkey, visited by nearly 3 million people in a single day over the course of weekends. Located in the historic Beyoğlu (Pera) district, it is an elegant pedestrian street, 1.4 kilometers long, which houses boutiques, music stores, bookstores, art galleries, cinemas, theatres, libraries, cafés, pubs, night clubs with live music, historical patisseries, chocolateries and restaurants.


Trams started to operate in Constantinople at 1871 and the one on İstiklal Avenue became active at 1883. Until 1914 all the trams were pulled by horses.

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Πανέμορφη Ελλάδα!

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Οπου και να ταξιδέψουμε, η Ελλάδα μας αποζημιώνει με την απίστευτη ομορφιά της. Ελλάδα, η πρέσβειρα της Ομορφιάς, της Ειρήνης και του Ανθρωπισμού, σε όλη την Υφήλιο. “Ας κρατήσουν οι χοροί” λοιπόν και ας απολαύσουμε τα ταξίδια μας σ’ αυτό το ονειρεμμένο Θεϊκό δώρο, την χώρα μας! (φωτο: Μύκονος : Πέτρος Αθανασάκος).