greece is more than just beautiful

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Warrior Culture : Spartan
Subculture : Spartan Women

Sparta is often viewed historically speaking as the jocks of Ancient Greece. However if you dig just past the surface you discover just how wrong everybody is. Sparta was one of the few ancient civilisations to EVER allow women to own property, divorce, receive an education, or receive battle honors. In fact their historically unusual treatment of women coupled with strong warrior ethos make Spartans and Vikings close spiritual cousins. Considering to my memory they are the only ancient civilizations to do so. Beyond even that though Spartans revered their women believing Spartan men to be the only true men (as witnessed by the phallic symbol spartans put on their shields symbolic of being more manly than the enemy) that ment Spartan women were the only women worthy to give birth to real men. And it goes still further, they loved their wives and women so much that they spread tales and poetry of just how beautiful they were everywhere they went! And it may even been true since Hellen of Troy was a Spartan woman (historians believe their is at least some truth to aspects of the troy saga).

Inside The Most Amazing Greek Caves

By Ellie Ross

Greece has more than just beautiful beaches to visit. How about diving into a sea cave? Or exploring one of its grottos on terra firma? There are more than 8,500 caves in Greece, offering plenty of opportunities to see the country’s nature at its finest. Some of the geological formations were used as shelters for primeval man, others as places of worship - but all will leave you feeling you’ve just experienced something truly magical.

Blue caves,  Zakynthos

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Take a boat trip to the island’s famous Blue Caves, so-called because of their stunning turquoise water. Located just below the lighthouse at Cape Skinari in the north, they were discovered by Antonio Komouto in 1897 - and are something to behold even today. The glass-bottomed boats go right inside the caves and give you a great view of the marine life below. Feeling adventurous? Try snorkelling or swimming with turtles.

Cave Of Papanikolis, Lefkada

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Said to have been a hideaway for a Greek navy submarine during the Second World War, the Cave of Papanikolis is located 12 nautical miles from Lefkada, and is reached by a 45-minute boat ride from Nidri. You can dive in and swim right into the cave’s mouth, on to a small shingle beach. When bad weather rolled in, sailors would drop anchor inside it to protect their ships - and the vast cavern could easily accommodate even the larger vessels.

Milk (Or Ouzo), Koufonisia

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Located in the island group of Koufonisia, near the beach of Pori, this cavity is filled with chalky white seawater, earning its nickname Milk, or Ouzo. Rising from the water next to the cave is a rock shaped like a lion. The water’s white colour comes from the dust of calcium that falls from the rock.

Alistrati Cave, Serres (Macedonia)

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Greek caves aren’t restricted to the sea - step inside this low-lit chamber dripping with stalagmites and stalactites. Located 6km from Alistrati’s town, it has 3km of passages, 1km of which you can visit. Considered one of the most beautiful caves in Europe, it was known only to locals until around 1975. Now tourists seek out its impressive rock formations, including red stalagmites, known as ‘the flames’.

The Drogarati Cave, Kefalonia

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It was an earthquake that led to the discovery of this epic cave, some 300 years ago. The tremors caused a collapse that revealed the entrance to the cavern, which has been open to the public since 1963. Within, you’ll discover remarkable formations of stalactites and stalagmites, and it is thought that this cave is some 150 million years old.

The Cave Of Melissani, Kefalonia

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Situated just outside Sami, this cave is named after a nymph who is said to have drowned herself here because the god Pan did not return her affections. It consists of two lake-filled chambers - one which has a collapsed roof that lets sunlight spill in - and is surrounded by trees. Take a ride on a small boat through the cave and be sure to time your trip for midday, when the light illuminates the incredible blues of the water.

The Cave Of Pythagoras, Samos

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Visit this spot and you’re bound to feel more intelligent. It’s where mathematician and philosopher Pythagoras hid when the tyrant of Samos, Polycrates, was chasing after him. Located on the eastern side of Mount Kerkis, the highest mountain of the Aegean, around 3km from Votsalakia beach, it is remote and difficult to access. There are actually two caves - and it is thought that Pythagoras lived in one and used the other for teaching.

Diros Caves, Laconia

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A shelter, dwelling, storage and place of worship were just some of the former uses of the Alepotripa and Vlichada caves, located in Pirgos Diros. The entrance is a few meters above the sea and you can walk down a stairway to an underground lake where there are boats waiting. A guide uses poles to journey through the caverns and tunnels, which are eerily lit and adorned with stalactites and stalagmites. Many of the Paleolithic and Neolithic artifacts found here are in display in the museum, and suggest that the caves were one of the earliest inhabited places in Greece.


Feeling the wanderlust? See more beautiful things from Greece here.

I just realized something truly remarkable. You can say this doesn’t mean anything but I just…don’t know. It’s something….

So, the summer before I met X (almost 2 years ago), I started getting into Haruki Murakami. He’s a wonderful writer. He’s the king of magical realism! (Besides Garcia Marquez, of course!) And Murakami wrote this book, “Sputnik Sweetheart”. It’s about a twenty-something girl, Sumire, who’s obsessed with books and Jack Kerouac. Her best friend, only identified as “K” is in love with her but she doesn’t see him as anything more than a friend. Sumire is offered a job by an older, attractive woman named Miu. I forgot what the job was. Possibly an assistant? I forgot how the book ends but Sumire and Miu take a trip to Greece and Sumire disappears under suspicious circumstances. I don’t remember if she was ever found.

Anyway, I realized that reading this book just shy of a few weeks of meeting X was kind of like a foreshadowing! Isn’t that nuts? In some ways, I’m a lot like Sumire—shy and inexperienced, don’t know much about the world. Then, I meet this woman, who is beautiful beyond language and ends up turning my world upside down.

I feel like I’ve lost myself in her, in X. And it’s both a good and bad thing. She makes me forget everything for a while, like the whole time I’m with her, I’m just dreaming.

@theblackpxnther cont. from here

The country was beautiful, no denying that - almost as lovely as her home in Greece but emotions tended to cloud that judgement and make her think not. One thing it did have her own country beat on? Hot showers. And there was little that Elektra loved more than soaping up her body beneath a full pressured shower.

Of course she heard him coming, years of training had honed in her senses above the average, she just didn’t make a move to cover herself because she didn’t care. “Didn’t your parents ever teach you it’s polite to knock?” Elektra called out without looking to him, turning off the stream and stepping out of the shower to face him in all her naked glory.

preference #47 - he tweets a picture of you when youre on holiday together

preference #47 - he tweets a picture of you when youre on holiday together

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Jack

@jacksgap - i spent the whole day exploring Thailand with this beauty  

Finn

@finnharries - this pictures of my two loves, travelling and @(y/t/n)

Alfie

@pointlessblogtv - exploring Greece with @(y/t/n) how did i get this lucky? 

Marcus

@marcusbutler - going on amazing adventures with this amazing girl

Caspar

@casparlee - @(y/t/n) and i just had a great day at playlist meeting loads of you guys but now we’re exhausted 

Dan

@danisnotonfire - @(Y/t/n) has found her calling in italy

Phil

@amazingphil - @(y/t/n) loves New York more than me and thats a lot;)

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So this is an arranged marriage au and I wrote an idea about this not too long ago and it stuck in my head so here it is? It’s Het!Ontae btw :D

All Taeyeon wanted growing up was to always be able to run and get dirty out in the fields behind her home with her friends, but when she’s eleven she is told that her future involves a life with a man she’ll never really know before the ceremony. She figured childhood is much easier. 

Warnings: There is a brief mention of whipping as punishment, so uh just thought I would say that.

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When Taeyeon was eleven her mother called her away from her friends and brought her inside to talk. At the time the little girl didn’t understand what the woman meant when she said, “When you become a woman, the preparations for your life will begin.” She was told how when she turned seventeen she would meet her intended (another word that meant nothing to her,) once before getting married a little over a year later. She knew what marriage was for the thought of a princess falling in love with a prince was a frequent bedtime story told to her by her nurse as she grew up. Her mother kissed her cheek and told her to go play while she could. Taeyeon frowned before dashing off. Thoughts of her childhood ending far from her mind as she shouted for Minjung and Gwiboon to wait for her.

She bled for the first time a couple months after she turned twelve. She had gotten up from the blanket laid on the grass for their picnic to have Minjung ask her what the spot on her dress was. Gwiboon had frowned before taking off her apron and wrapping it around Taeyeon’s tiny waist, mumbling, “You’re a woman now.” Into her ear as she was led into her home. Both older girls knew what this meant. Running in the fields playing princess was over. Taeyeon would have to become the Lady she was born to be, and getting dirty in the mud by the river wasn’t a very lady like thing to do.

With tears in her eyes Taeyeon begged the girls to not tell and help her hide it, if not just for a few more days until it passed so she had a little more time with them. Gwiboon was willing to try, but as they attempted to convince Minjung of doing the same the two girls’ mother walked through the door carrying linens for the bed. Her eyes widened when she saw the blood stained rags and the spoiled dress skirt. Taeyeon knew there was no way in stopping Miss Choi from telling her mother. The little girl knew then that her childhood was over. Dreams of fairy tales and far away places shattered as she stared at the blood stained cloth sitting in the empty wooden bucket.

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anonymous asked:

do you know much about skin colours in the times of ancient greek mythology? i heard there was trading/travel between egypt/greece and ethiopia/greece so were there black people? or egyptian olive skinned people in that time? and because i assume 99% of greeks were white (?) were all of their gods seen as white or was there room for racial ambiguity since they knew there were people of other skin colours in that time, and they didn't seem necessarily racist/prejudice towards any of them?

I am not an expert on ethnicity in the ancient world by any means, but I know that a few people on here do know a lot about it, so I shall answer this really briefly in the hope that someone with more knowledge than me can pad it out with more useful information!

It’s important to remember that ‘Ancient Greece’ as we now term it is a very modern concept. Firstly, we tend to think of the ‘ancient’ part as being a narrow or fixed point of history. That’s a bit of an issue, really - what we tend to generalise as Ancient Greece actually encompasses a period of history from around 800 BC to 500 AD, and consists of various periods - Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, Roman, and late Antiquity. This means that considering Ancient Greece as a discrete entity is a bit like considering Europe as a homogenized culture from 500AD up until today.

Secondly, ‘Greece’ as a separate and discrete country is another relatively modern concept. Throughout much of antiquity, Greece was very much divided into numerous city states, known as poleis, such as Athens and Sparta. Each polis had a distinctive sociological structure and cultural tradition, and traded with (and exchanged catty ‘ya mum’ insults and also all-out war with) different poleis depending on complex networks of allies. The geographical area encompassed by Ancient Greece was enormous, meaning that cultural diversity was inevitable, and that therefore Greek identity was not necessarily dependent on one rigid idea of being Greek, but rather of being a citizen of your own city, and the ways in which you were able to contribute to that city and how that city related to those it was connected to. 

So, with that in mind, it becomes more evident that it’s quite problematic to try and think of Ancient Greece as a whole being ‘mostly’ anything, because what might have applied to one area or period might not apply to another.

Broadly speaking - yes, there was a lot of trading (and indeed less friendly negotiations, such as colonisation) with many other civilisations, such as Egypt, modern day Turkey and modern day Iran. Indeed, much of what we now think of as being explicitly Greek was in fact borrowed from these cultures, or became assimilated into Greek culture through colonisation - for example, certain attributes of Athena’s cult are known to have originated in Libya. 

This doesn’t mean that these things are any less Greek just because they originated outside of Greece itself; it just means that what we think of when we hear the word ‘Greek’ has been somewhat coloured by our modern perceptions of it and our modern prejudices. We tend to think of Ancient Greece as being an entirely Western entity; a civilisation of white Europeans who built an empire alongside - but still separately from - the Egyptians and the Persians and other non-Western cultures. That’s just not the case. Ancient Greece, in its broadest and most problematic definition, was a civilisation that was built entirely on its relationship with other civilisations, and which borrowed just as much as it influenced. 

So, to sum up with a few bullet points:

  • ‘Egyptian olive skinned people’ would presumably refer to a period of time at which Egypt was no longer ruled by its African dynasties and was ruled instead by Macedonian / Greek dynasties (as before these periods, it would be inaccurate to describe at least the ruling family of Egyptians as ‘olive skinned’ - they would have been black Africans) which would place your question between the Classical and Hellenistic periods of Greece, meaning that there were certainly Egyptians trading with and living in Greece. There’s a bit more on the racial characteristics of Ancient Egyptians here (my own limited viewpoint) and here (a much more well informed perspective)
  • ‘were all of their gods seen as white’ - the short answer is that we don’t really know. I’ve gone into this briefly before (here and here) but to be honest, the gods were generally depicted in human form only as representations of the qualities they possessed, and didn’t generally have canonical human forms. They had certain symbols and attributes which were constant, but their actual appearance is entirely fluid and dependent on the perspective of both the artist and the society in which that artist lived, as well as the particular attributes of the deity being worshipped and thus emphasised by that cult. Modern pigment testing has shown that at least one statue of Athena originally had blonde hair, and there are myriad descriptions of the deities as having golden / blonde hair and blue / green eyes, but this may be more of a representation of divinity than a realistic depiction of their racial characteristics. Regardless, the race of the gods doesn’t seem to have been either a defining feature of their divinity or a canonical one, so it would be tenuous for us to say that they were given any concrete ethnic representation, or indeed that they need one.
  • there were definitely tensions between cultures in Ancient Greece and other ancient civilisations, and there was also a tendency, just as there is today, for artists to attribute greater merit to pale / white features (eg describing women as ‘golden haired’ in order to connote their beauty) but I’m not educated enough to know to what extent this was reflected in perceived contemporary notions of race. 

Hopefully that’s answered at least part of your question, and someone else can wander in and chuck some more detailed information onto this post! 

All that space you made spring cleaning? You know what it’s for. Fill it with fresh new YA books that came out in April! 


1. The Edge of the Water by Elizabeth George#2 in a paranormal mystery series that will seriously up the suspense factor on your bookshelf.

2. The Truth Commission by Susan JubyThis hilarious contemporary wins your heart over in the first paragraph, and then again and again in the footnotes. 

3. Still Waters by Ash ParsonA triple shot of raw, gritty feels that will remind you of the first time you read The Outsiders.

4. As Simple as Snow by Gregory GallowayPrepare to be hooked as you follow the unanswered questions about Anna’s disappearance at a frozen river.

5. Scan by Walter Jury and Sarah FineA sci-fi with the heart of a thriller, meaning that you won’t even think about putting it dwn – the action won’t let you.

6. What I Thought Was True by Huntley FitzpatrickA complex, thoughtful love story set by the beach that will add much more depth to your summer reading. 

7. Popular by Maya Van Wagenen: Sixteen-year-old Maya’s memoir shows that she learned more than how to wear pearls properly when she followed a 1950′s popularity guide.

8. Just One Day Collection by Gayle Forman: Gayle Forman’s heart wrenchingly beautiful saga of love and self-discovery in one great box set, with steamy sequel novella Just One Night in print for the very first time!

9. Sophomore Year Is Greek to Me by Meredith ZeitlinZona’s trip to Greece makes you laugh out loud and squeezes your heart at the same time.

10. Legend Graphic Novel by Marie LuMarie Lu’s bestselling LEGEND come to life in a vividly-illustrated graphic novel!

11. First There Was Forever by Juliana Romano: This debut about evolving friendships and first love will soak you in bittersweet feels.

12. Miss Mayhem by Rachel HawkinsThe sequel to Rebel Belle delivers another excellent dose of hilarity and kicking butt in heels.

13. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa TahirAn epic high fantasy about fighting for what you want most that leaves you with one thought: I NEED MORE.

14. I Am Her Revenge by Meredith MooreBoarding school is pretty stressful when you’re there to seek revenge on behalf of your controlling mother.

15. Shattered by Teri TerryThe conclusion to the Slated trilogy doesn’t let up on terrifying suspense as Kyla fills the blank spaces of who she is. 

Which of these are you excited to read? 

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Επιλογές is a small family run bookshop in Greece.

Not just a personal commission but a labour of love and my first contribution to Greek graphic design and typography.

Greek calligraphy is a fascinating discipline with more idiosyncrasies and anomalies than I could have hoped for. Many thanks go to Gerry Leonidas for offering his expert advice on the subject. I’d also like to pay respect to Gert Wunderlich and his beautiful buchkunst, the inspiration behind the Επιλογές symbol.

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With more colour than a tube of Smarties, these are just some of the most colourful cities in Europe.

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Burano, Italy

Cinqo Terre, Italy - photo via justenjoyit.tumblr

Wroclaw, Poland

Copenhagen, Denmark

Armorgos Island, Greece - photo via samya on weheartit

DAY 2221

BluesGiris, Coo, TN           May 15,  2014            Thu  10:29 pm

Settings fascinate in nature. The essence of life and nature is the most beautiful. The end of a day .. the end of a life ! Darkness has its own merits and calls .. day light though enlightens the hours .. until it withers into the deep horizon and casts its most delightful endings ..

All endings do not necessarily bring essence or beauty, but somewhere we do know that were there to be a sudden end it would be the calling of the best there is .. the Almighty !!

Sun sets have a fascination beyond description ! They may signify the end of a day, the disappearing of the light, but they rule while they last. Many a time have we screeched to a halt on a driving expedition to have vision of, to be in the silent company of, what beholds us beyond. And words or expression are never sufficient to give opinion on or bring up feel that can truly give credence to what builds inside of us ..

There is just a silence to behold … and for many it makes the ultimate ‘noise’ !!

Some of the most bewitching sun sets that have had the appreciation of my cornea, have been in Kerala by the coast, Santorini in Greece, and the snow peaked Himalayas on the drive to Darjeeling from Siliguri ! I am more than certain there are a multitude of exciting destinations that have delivered such beauty … but I have yet to witness them … perhaps I shall someday ..

Why then are settings so fascinating ? Why the attraction to witness them ? Is the ending filled with the desire of witnessing endings ?

So many thoughts run through and search for an answer .. unable but to find them ..

Would any of you have them …?

With love 

Amitabh Bachchan

ps: Birthday wishes for Brinda Shah .. love and happiness always