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3D Walk through the Ancient Glory in Greece

Posted by moodhacker on February 19, 2019 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

As you walk around the overgrown site of Ancient Olympia, birth-place of the Olympic games, you may visualize in 360º and 3D the glorious, inspiring monuments that once stood there, by using the  Mobile Optical Illusions is the market leader of AR & VR Apps for 3D Reconstructions of Archaeological Sites.

While in Olympia don’t miss to enter Virtually in the temple of Zeus and stare at one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the giant gold and ivory statue of the father of twelve Gods seated on his throne!

But there are also more spots and Greek archaeological sites where you can 3D enjoy the ancient glory , and "virtually walk throuth it" by using the ap p, personally or through group participation   

First, at the Acropolis Athens 

You may view Parthenon complete with its decorations and even step inside to see the giant golden ivory statue of the goddess Athena!

Using Moptil’s tablet or VR goggles you can visualize all Acropolis temples and statues as they were 2000 years ago. As you walk around the heritage site you can enjoy the temples that has not survived through the centuries, like the temple of Zeus, the temple of Diana the 9m statue of Athena Promakhos and many others. Stand by the Parthenon Priest or the Priestess of Nike temple while she is pouring olive oil on the altar!

Features include full reconstructions of the ancient buildings of Parthenon, Temple of Nike, Erechtheion, Propylaea, Theater of Dionysus, Temple of Zeus, Diana (Aphrodite), Ergani, Augustus (Roman period), the Bronze Repository, Arreforeion, the entire South slope, all the large altars

You may also find Moptil's at the  Ancient Lindos in Rhodes, the Minoan Palace of Knossos in Crete, Delos, Kos and Delphi. Soon we will also be in Cartegena of Spain

Moptill's team has developed the interactive tool to enjoy the most well known Monuments of Heritage Culture, fully reconstructed. Every project of Moptil involves 3D artists, Graphic designers, programmers, painters, archaeologists and many others. Moptil has created an ecosystem of professionals, that gives her the ability to develop many projects in parallel.

MOPTIL has steadily managed to enter into the Greek tourism sector and has received numerous awards and mentions, as well as the congratulations of the Minsitry of Greek Tourism Mrs. Elena Kountoura, the former Prime Minister of France Fraancois Hollande, and many more

Just look at nature and the brain works better, study says

Posted by moodhacker on February 18, 2019 at 2:00 AM Comments comments (0)

" Green roofs can reduce the retention of heat in urban areas, help to cool down buildings and thereby lower their energy use, and even pull some carbon dioxide from the air and feed it back into plant growth. Plus, they look cool." writes the Washington Post undelining also ¨

the psychological benefits of such intitiatives as green roofs according to new research. I

In a study published in the journal Environmental Psychology, the University of Melbourne’s Kate Lee and a group of colleagues found that interrupting a tedious, attention-demanding task with a 40-second “microbreak” — in which one simply looks at a computerized image of a green roof — improved focus as well as subsequent performance on the task.

The research adds to a growing scientific literature on the health advantages — psychological and otherwise — of being exposed to views of nature in urban settings, for instance through the presence of parks or trees. Research in this area is so far along, in fact, that researchers are considering whether it might be possible to identify the right “dose” of nature that people need to receive in order to actually reap significant health benefits.

Other psychological benefits of nature views have also been captured in recent literature. In one study, research subjects who viewed a 12-minute nature documentary before playing a game that involved managing a fishery resource engaged in more sustainable behavior.

The new study appears to break ground by showing an effect — and a benefit — from a much smaller and shorter-lived nature exposure.


In the research, 150 students were asked to perform a cognitively demanding task called the Sustained Attention to Response Task (SART). In the task, respondents view a series of individual numbers, between 1 and 9, on a computer screen. Each number flashes by very rapidly — in under a second — and the research subject has to press a particular keyboard key as rapidly as possible — unless, that is, the number is 3.

In that case, subjects have to catch themselves and not respond — which is difficult to do, given the habit built up of repeatedly and rapidly clicking the key.

This goes on for a large number of trials — 225 of them, requiring about five minutes in total to complete — making the task both difficult and also fairly taxing. No wonder, then, that it is regarded as a test of one’s ability to keep focus and attention over a period of time.

In the current study, students had to complete the SART task not once, but twice. However, they received a 40-second “microbreak” in between the two trials. During that break, their computer screens flashed either to a digital image of a city building roof covered in concrete, or one covered with grass and flowers. Then, they completed the remainder of the SART trial.

The green roof view that half of research subjects observed during their “micro-break.” (University of Melbourne)

Afterward, the students exposed to the green roof scene not only reported that it felt more “restorative,” they performed better on the task. In particular, they showed less fluctuation in response time, and made fewer errors of “omission” — failing to tap the keyboard key when they saw a number other than 3.


“Nature can provide cognitive benefits in much shorter timeframes, and in smaller amounts than previously demonstrated,” the authors concluded.

For anybody who toils all day at task after task in an office building, it’s hard to miss the implications. “Modern work drains attention throughout the day, so providing boosted ‘green micro-breaks’ may provide mental top-ups to offset declining attention,” said lead study author Kate Lee of the University of Melbourne by e-mail.

Alas, for many of us in the United States, going to an office window and looking out at a green roof next door remains impossible — for now, anyway.

 Lee reminds the findings are generalizable beyond green roofs. “Viewing different types of nature (parks and forests) can also boost attention, research shows,” she commented. “Based on this we would hypothesize that other types of urban greening that show similar vegetation characteristics to those studied previously may also boost attention.”

"There’s always a brief walk outside — if not to a park, then at least to somewhere you can see a tree", concludes Washington Post

Loving the Camera and Posting Everyday Improves Wellbeing

Posted by moodhacker on February 17, 2019 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Taking a photo each day and posting it online has complex benefits say researchers who say it supports improved wellbeing. A study recorded what photos people took, what text they added and how they interacted with others on the photo-a-day site for two months.

This is a popular social phenomenon, with Instagram having over 1.5million photos tagged #365 for each day of the year while there are thousands of members of Blipfoto, a key photo-a-day site.

A study co-authored by Dr Liz Brewster of Lancaster University and Dr Andrew Cox of the University of Sheffield recorded what photos people took, what text they added and how they interacted with others on the photo-a-day site for two months.


They found that taking a daily photo improved wellbeing through:

  • Self-care
  • Community interaction
  • The potential for reminiscence
  • Taking a moment to be mindful, and looking for something different or unusual in the day were seen as positive well-being benefits of the practice.

One participant said: "My job was a very highly stressful role... There were some days when I'd almost not stopped to breathe, you know what I mean... And just the thought: oh wait a moment, no, I'll stop and take a photograph of this insect sitting on my computer or something. Just taking a moment is very salutary I think."

  • It also led to more exercise and gave a sense of purpose, competence and achievement.

Another participant said: "It encourages me out of the house sometimes when I could just sit on my backside with a cup of tea. I'll think maybe I'll take a walk down on to the seafront and before I know it I'm two miles along the coast. "

  • The online contact helped people to manage loneliness and grief as well as meeting new people with shared interests. Several participants had taken early retirement and found that the contact established via photo-a-day replaced some of the daily office chatter that they missed.

"There's the banter in the workshop or the office or the place where you work. And perhaps [photo-a-day] offers that... Because I'm having conversations with people that I would perhaps have had in the workplace.


The online interactions created a community based on the photos and accompanying text.

"It could be a rubbish photograph but if somebody commented on it, it made it worthwhile."

The online text was used to provide personal narratives, reminiscences, and explanations of repeated images.

"I'm ever feeling down or something it's nice to be able to scroll back and see good memories. You know, the photos I've taken will have a positive memory attached to it even if it's something as simple as I had a really lovely half an hour for lunch sitting outside and was feeling really relaxed."

The researchers said the practice is "an active process of meaning making, in which a new conceptualisation of wellbeing emerges."

By Science Daily 

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Materials provided by Lancaster University. Note: Content may be edited for style and length.

Flu deaths spread worryingly in Greece, 39 in total, more than 20 in a week

Posted by moodhacker on February 8, 2019 at 4:15 AM Comments comments (0)

After thirty nine people lost their lives in Greece from flu, government authorities and the Greek Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO, HCDCP) reminded the public to get immunized, while there is a shortage of flu vaccines currently in the Greek pharmacies

The 21 victims succumbed during the past seven days, experts told a press briefing in Athens. Only two days ago, the death toll stood at 22.

General Secretary of Public Health Ioannis Basskozos called on citizens, at this very moment, in the mid of February to get the flu vaccine, while no vaccines are now available at pharmacies.

"We have ordered 50,000 vaccines to be in the Greek market by the end of the week," Mr Basskozos said, without giving a substantive answer on why the country has been left run out of vaccines, since the possible wave of flu was expected by the epidemiologists to peak at thsi period of time and on. Mr Basskozos, in fact, insisted that the health system is at its best, comcerng also the situation in the ICU.


"We have the largest number of ICUs in operation in recent years, 552 ICU beds are available across the country," said Baskozos, in an effort to show that the seasonal influenza epidemic is under control and that the health system is succeeding to handle the epidemic and the vulnerable target of influenza patients

However, the list of dozens of patients - about 60 on a daily basis last month - waiting to find an ICU bed intruded into chambers and corridors, cancels the Secretary General's assertion in the most sad way.

The Greek CDC (HCDCP) scientists characterized the spread of influenza greater than an other seasons, this year. At least 15% of the population is currently infected with influenza , with children and generally young, productive people being affected by the prevalent influenza strain, pandemic A (H1N1). There have been already two deaths of children, while nine children have been hospitalized in ICU - two of them still remaining in the ICU in critical condition. The recommendation of the scientists to parents regarding children with flu symptoms is timely communication with the doctor within the first 48 hours and whenever a severe and rapid deterioration occurs. They also said that the influenza epidemic could be exploited by schools and educators to introduce and learn the hygiene measures and their importance. It should be noted that all nine children hospitalized in ICU were not vaccinated against the flu. Of the 165 of the adults patients who were admitted to ICUs, only 15% were vaccinated while 85% of the patients were people of the high-risk groups and should have been immunized.

Greece is still lagging below the 75 percent threshold which the WHO has set for the vaccination of people belonging to population segments at high risk of complications, he said.

In the previous flu season 2017-2018, KEELPNO had recorded 42 fatalities, down from 108 in the winter season 2016-2017, according to the official data.

Athens Marathon 2018 hit record numbers, huge enthousiasm and grief

Posted by moodhacker on November 12, 2018 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Some 55,000 professional and amateur athlete participated in the 36th “Athens Marathon. The Authentic”, on November 11 in the Greek capital, breaking last year’s record of 51,000 participants.

The event included the 42,195-meter Marathon Race, the morning 5km and 10km road races, the power walking race, the afternoon 5km race, the kids’ and Special Olympics race.

The 36th Athens Authentic Marathon took place in the Greek capital on Sunday, with the participation of a record number of 55,000 runners from 106 countries. People of all ages took part in the event, which had people running 5 and 10-kilometer routes, and also a special one for children and another one for people with special needs.

Around 18,750 runners competed in the historic 42-km route from Marathon into the Panathenaic Stadium (Kallimarmaro), with participants passing through areas affected by the fires which devastated the area in July.

Mayor of Marathon, Ilias Psinakis said this year’s race was dedicated to the 99 people who lost their lives in the East Attica wildfires and also held a one minute silence in their honour.

Brimin Kipkorir of Kenya won the 36th Athens Marathon, beating Ethiopia’s Tesfa Wokneth by almost two minutes.

Muriuki Shelmith Nyawira from Kenya was the first woman to finish the race, coming in at 17th spot, followed by Koech Rebby Cherono from Kenya ranking 21, and Eleftheria Petroulaki from Greece came in at 30th place.


With tears in her eyes, the Greek Olympic gold medalist Athanasia Tsoumeleka stopped running and began walking through a black-clad crowd lining the street,.fourteen kilometres into the Athens marathon.

That was because she had just reached Mati, the grief-stricken coastal village near Greece's capital, Athens, where 99 people lost their lives to devastating wildfires some three months ago.

"It was as if you were breathing the souls of the people that perished," Tsoumeleka, winner of the women's 20km walk in the Athens 2004 Olympics, told Al Jazeera.

"The race felt like it was honouring the lost lives.

"You could see that the people were trying to be happy and support us but there was endless grief in their eyes," the 36-year-old said.

The record 18,750 participants from 105 countries ran the historical 42km route of the Athens Classic Marathon on Sunday, cutting right across Mati and passing through decimated forest areas as well as blackened and burned houses.

Banners saying "I will not forget" and "99 victims" were hung along the way, as black balloons flew into the sky.

The spectators, many of whom were dressed in plain mourning black or dark t-shirts emblazoned with the words "I love Mati", cheered and clapped to encourage the passing runners.

Greece should teach the Greek experience of Well-being' to the world

Posted by moodhacker on November 12, 2018 at 4:50 AM Comments comments (0)

George Patoulis: "We aim to offer the opportunity to Attica Region to become the place of the earth where Health travelers would be cured and revitalized."

The 4th Panhellenic Congress of Thermal Medicine at Kamena Vourla, Central Greece, closed its works today, October 14th 2018, announcing important scientific findings on Holistic, Wellness and Thermal Medicine, by the participation of Greek and international experts.

"Thermal tourism is the niche market and privileged particularity of our country that upgrades the Greek cities and regions to Health and Wellness destinations unique to the world travelers. Greece is rushing to meet the chance of the Health and Wellness Travelers’ boom expected in the near future, who rediscover in Greece the first Medical Tourism destination of antiquity", the President of Central Union of Municipalities of Greece (KEDE), President of Athens Medical Association (ISA), and President of the National Council of Health Tourism ELITOUR, George Patoulis stated in his speech.

Addressing the specialized audience of Greek and international holistic and medical scientists at the at the 4th Panhellenic Congress of Thermal Medicine in Kamena Vourla, Mr.Patoulis stressed that in 2025 Health Tourism is estimated to become worldwide the 2nd largest industry after health and pharmaceutical industry, and presented the unique comparative advantages Greece has, over most of the international Health Travel destinations, for the development of spa and medi-spa tourism. G.Patoulis called the official state to collaborate closely with Greece’s local and regional government for the exploitation of the 750 natural mineral Thermal springs that are found in Greece .

The 4th Panhellenic Congress of Thermal Medicine titled "Updating of Thermal Medicine in the Light of the Holistic Approach" is co-organized by the Hellenic Academy of Thermal Medicine and the Central Union of Municipalities of Greece, under the chairmanship of the Professor of Dermatology and President of the Hellenic Academy of Thermal Medicine Konstantinos Kouskoukis, and has been held by the participation of prominent Greek and foreign scientists of Holistic Medicine, representatives of foreign embassies, representatives of Greece’s local government, and also politicians and representatives of the Tourism and investment sector of Greece..

The President of the Hellenic Academy of Medical Medicine, Konstantinos Kouskoukis, presenting the newest findings of Complementary and Thermal Medicine, stressed that “the updating of Thermal Medicine is critical for Greece, firstly due to the demand shown by international travelers and patients on complementary therapies, secondly due to the inclusion of Thalassotherapy Units and Centers of Thalassotherapy in Primary Health Care, as well as the application of the provisions on patient mobility for holistic and thermal therapies in the European Union countries "

President of KEDE Giorgos Patoulis especially congratulated for his Action Plan on the exploitation of the Thermal Springs of Kamena Vourla , the Mayor of Kamena Vourla- Molos- Ag. Konstantinos, Ioannis Sykiotis, who, "made a breakthrough on Municipal Development in the field of Thermalism, and succeeded in highlighting the healing wealth of his region to Greek and international travelers, starting by the renaming of the Municipality of Molos- Agios Konstantinos, to Municipality of Kamena Vourla- Molos Konstantinos so as to re- launch a Thermal Tourism brand name to the area "

"We are aiming to establish Greece as one of Europe's largest Thermal centers, but still, the 696 of the country's 750 Thermal Springs remain untapped.

We call on the Local Government to insist in our effort to transform all health tourism areas of our country, the Blue Zones, and the Greek Regions into a chain of certified points of Thermal Tourism that will attract the Traveler to repeat his visits to Greece for his health and rejuvenation. We promise to do our best for Attica Region to become the cradle of Health Tourism of the 3rd millennium", concluded President of KEDE George Patoulis, who is running for Regional Attica governor next May

Experiential contact with the world of nature through the ancient Greek mythology

Posted by moodhacker on November 12, 2018 at 3:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Greek Nature: A Journey into the myth, is one among the very interesting educational programms launched by Oceanis Filyra, a Health Travel to Greece network , which designs and implements educational programs for children, as well as high aesthetics cultural activities for adults.

The cultural experiential programs are addressed to children and adults, especially also to to travelers and visitors in Greece, as well as expatriates children of the younger generations of the Hellenes Abroad 

All Oceanis Filyra educational programs are approved by the Greek Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs. The programs objectives are to create positive stimuli for children, aiming at creative thinking and acquiring new knowledge through experiential and interdisciplinary activities.The programs for children utilize modern theories of learning and enhance informal education while all are carried out by experienced and scientifically qualified staff..

Adult visitors have also the choice of a variety of cultural activities programs,aiming to discover unknown aspects of history and civilization and reach a deeper connection with the Greek Cultural Heritage.

The philosophy of the programs, such as "Greek Nature: A Journey into the myth","The journey of Water in ancient times. The journey of Water today", and more,  is to familiarize the participating pupils with the ancient Greek mythical tradition, through an experiential walking tour, which is directly related to the world of nature.

In particular, pupils, through their participation in the educational program, cover t6he following  variety of objectives:



Through their participation in the program pupils will be able to:

  • Understand that many plants owe their names to Gods or heroes of the ancient Greeks and are closely related to the Greek mythological tradition
  • Recognize the intimate relationship that ancient Greeks had with the natural environment, as well as discover the timeless belief that plants are a loyal partner in people’s lives.
  • Comprehend the interaction between man and the environment, based on the values ​​of environmental education.
  • Develop their creative skills with group art activities, which will encourage the expression of ideas, experiences and emotions.
  • Use dialogue as a way of expression to enliven narration.


  • Develop interest in Greek mythology.
  • Develop interest in the natural and man-made environment.


  • Develop ecological consciousness and awareness.


  • Develop creative skills by encouraging the expression of ideas, experiences and feelings through their works.
  • Comprehend that art is a great way of expression.


  • Feel the joy of creation and acquire the ability to express their ideas.
  • Comprehend the value of teamwork and collaboration and develop social virtues.
  • Be entertained.



A. Introduction

Welcoming the pupils, taking some time to get familiar with the area of the J. & A. Diomedes Botanical Garden and be informed of its rules of operation.Concentration in a specific area where the educational program will be conducted.

Brief narration of plant myths using visual material and interactive discovery.

B. Research activity through observation in the area of ​​the J. & A. Diomedes Botanical Garden

The children are divided into three groups and directed to the site of Historic Plants accompanied by the program interpreters. Each team through observation conducts research activities and presents the results of its research.

C. Creative Synthetic Activity

Pupils, while maintaining their groups,return to the venue of the program.They are encouraged to develop artistic activities, drawing inspiration from the myths they discovered in their research. Their artwork accompanies them back to the classroom as a reminder of their participation in the educational program.

Research-Design-Implementation of the Educational Program: Panoraia Kalompratsou, Historian – Paleographer MA

Venue: J. & A. Diomedes Botanical Garden

Age of children: 4–7 years old

Duration: 90 mins

Number of children per program: 25-30

Participation fee: 3 euros per child

Hellenic- German Cooperation for Health Tourism

Posted by moodhacker on November 11, 2018 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Hellenic- German Cooperation for Health Tourism is being established under the auspices of Central Union of Municipalities of Greece within the framework of the Hellenic-German Assembly in Hersonissos, Crete


George Patoulis: "We are working systematically to offer certified Health tourism services, attractive to Germany and third countries"

Greece's Health Tourism and its prospects of growth, with the assistance of Greece’s and German Regional Government support and know how, has been among the central topics discussed at the 8th annual Hellenic-German Assembly, in Hersonissos, Crete.

The President of Central Union of Municipalities of Greece Mr. George Patoulis, and the German Minister, authorized commissioner by Chancellor Angela Merkel for the Greek-German Cooperation, Mr. Norbert Barthle, and the Vice-President of the Association of Municipalities and Communities of Germany and President of the Union of Municipalities of Baden-Württemberg Mr. Roger Kehle, made an agreement for the cooperation between Germany and Greece for the further development of Greece’s Health Tourism under the auspices of the Hellenic-German Assembly, that implements the Regional Cooperation of the two countries, with the support of the Central Union of Municipalities of Greece, in the perspective of a united government of Europe.

The Hellenic- German cooperation for Health Tourism is being activated by an official Working Committee of the two countries with the participation of the local governments’ dignitaries and members of the scientific community of Greece and Germany, which will carry out annual conferences and scientific forums on Health Tourism for the cooperation of the two countries on Medical, Wellbeing and Spa Tourism, with the exchange of Health Tourists and the horizontal collaboration of Medical Specialties, Insurance and Investment Funds .

"Our meeting today takes place here in Hersonissos Crete, on the land of the well-known Cretan diet, a place with a developed rural and tourist economy, all being factors that, together with Greece’s climate conditions, create the ideal background for the promotion of Health Tourism.

The German tourism market sends annually an increasing number of visitors to Greece, - reaching the four million German tourists this year- , and is estimated to strongly benefit from the development of Greece’s Health Tourism. With the cooperation of the German Regional government’s dignitaries we look forward to exploit the opportunities the European Union now offers in this direction ", Mr. George Patoulis, President of the Central Union of Municiplaities of Greece said in his speech at the round table that was held with the participation of medical experts within the framework of the Hellenic- German Assembly.

The President of Central Union of Municipalities of Greece ( KEDE) explained that the European Union creates today the ideal conditions for tourism development by removing bureaucratic difficulties, bridging the administrative differences of the EU member states and by implementing the financing policy, "a very favorable conjuncture that invites us to joint forces , " Mr. Patoulis said, adding that Greece offers the advantages that meet the new international trends of Health and Wellness Tourism.

"Many other issues emerging in the field of Health Tourism demand the creative co-operation of the regional government of the two countries" said the President of KEDE, "such as the prospects for the development and utilization of the thermal springs and spa towns of Greece and Germany, with the combination of therapies, conducting training programs, and re-directing health tourists who look for alternative wellness treatments to more than one travel destinations. "

"Medical and Wellness tourism is obviously the most dynamic section of Tourism which could be further developed between Greece and Germany and benefit both countries . The geophysical factors that Greece offers which contribute to the travelers’ health as well as the top scientific expertise, medical and tourism infrastructure and services, our country can offer, aim to attract massive numbers of tourists from the world market ", underlined in his speech Mr. George Patoulis. President of KEDE, President of the National Council of Health Tourism ELITOUR, President of Athens Medical Association (ISA) and President of the International Health Tourism Center.

At Greece’s Health Tourism Round Table, which was held with great success within the framework of the Hellenic-German Assembly, Mr. Constantinos Pantos, Vice President of the International Health Tourism Center, gave a speech on IVF medical tourists visiting today Greece all over the world, while Mr. Constantinos Kouskoukis, President of the Hellenic Academy of Thermal Medicine explained the challenges of the development of Greece’s spa towns. Speakers also were the Secretary General of the International Health Tourism Center and ELITOUR Mr. Petros Mamalakis, the IVF expert, Doctor of the University of Bonn, Mr. Yannis Zervomanolakis, and nutritionist Mrs.Despina Komninou, who presented the new promising sector of Health Tourism, called Medical Nutrition Tourism.

In Athens, Best Hammam Experirence by Luxury Travel

Posted by moodhacker on November 11, 2018 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

At the center of the historic city of Athens, at the shadows of the sacred rock of the Acropolis, you can visit a unique place of relaxation, hospitalization and purification of body, soul and spirit, the best Hammam in Europe, Polis Hammam, according to the Luxury Travel Guide.


in ancient Greece, the healing plants used the energy of water for healing purposes, a habit that the Romans continued, evolved in the Byzantine times to become a popular habit of the Greeks who lived in Constantinople and Smyrna.

Today Polis Hammam located in the busy Athens near Psirri, gives you an alternative by allowing you some self-relaxing time.

The Story of Hammam

A «scent» of East exudes Polis Hammam and a journey in the Ottoman history begins where legends and reality become one.

But what is the Hammam for all those who do not know... however the elders definitely remember and reminisce ...

Hammam is a timeless value as many centuries since its creation, still continues to be first in people's preferences and attracts all those who desire health and wellness along with a journey of all senses through time.

From the past, Turkish baths played an important role in shaping the culture as they were meeting points for social gatherings, body and soul purification, relaxation but also pursued the practical cleansing needs because only few homes had bath amenities.

The baths were the first buildings that the Ottoman Turks constructed in a city as it was an important aspect of everyday life of the inhabitants. Of course, the hammam was not discovered by the Ottomans as baths existed since Greek and Roman times and the Byzantine Empire.

For many years, the tradition of the hammam was integrated into the multicultural mosaic of Greece and was essential in the everyday life of its citizens.

Then the modernization and the Western lifestyle came and memories, values and traditions faded dragging along the hammam too.


Today, the metality of the hammam charms most people as it is an escape from everyday life. In Polis Hammamyou will find the traditional authentic marble hot room with the impressive dome, the polygonal marble bench, the carved basins with the running water, the traditional fountains, along with all the traditional clothes and materials and of course, the necessary rest in the special room with the traditional tea, the spoon sweets, the fresh juices and... the hookahs.

Step Back In Time in this Athenian unique taverna

Posted by moodhacker on November 11, 2018 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

In business since 1887, Diporto – a defiantly traditional spot in downtown Athens – has no sign and no menu. The staff doesn’t speak a word of English, and you might have to share a table with eccentric old men who look like they stepped out of a folk ballad.  But if you ever wondered what it would be like to eat in a working-class Greek taverna circa 1950, read on, (by the Culinary Backstreets editor's note in 2015)

Eversince, Dioprto won its fame among the world travelers and became the suggestion among eclectic ones for the authentic experience it offers as the original Greek taverna that literally steps you back in time 

Diporto is located smack in the middle of what is – at least by day – one of the Athens’ most fascinating areas, home to a variety of specialized marketplaces. Varvakeios, one of the few of its kind in Europe, is the city’s largest fish and meat market, in operation since 1886. Around this enormous, chaotic market, where vendors try to outdo each other in shouting, lies Athens’ traditional center of trade, with streets devoted to specific merchandise: hardware stores and bric-a-brac on Athinas Street; spices, cheeses, kitchen equipment and plants on Evripidou and Sofokleous; doorknobs on Vissis (yes, there is a street dedicated solely to doorknobs).

The basement-level taverna – whose name means “having two doors,” for the very simple reason that there are two doors leading inside – is easy to miss, given the lack of a sign and fact that the place is literally underground. Once you walk down the well-worn steps, a cavernous world of wonders awaits you. The place is dark, with a faded concrete-block mosaic floor and one wall covered in wine barrels, which, unlike at most Athenian taverns, are not meant purely for décor but are actually used to store wine. From the vintage marble sinks and old-fashioned aluminum wine jugs to the garlic wreaths next to a 1950s fridge and the strong smell of food and smoke that sticks to your clothes, the atmosphere is so reminiscent of the Greece of another era as to be almost eerie, as if through stepping through those two doors you have somehow traveled back in time.

This is the kind of place where you can see pretty much anyone from the mayor of Athens to elderly men working in the market who like yelling about politics and their love lives (“I had a Bulgarian girlfriend for five years and then she died,” one man confided to another the last time we were there). There are just eight wooden tables and chairs, meaning that when it’s crowded you might have to sit with total strangers in front of the open kitchen, which is overflowing with pots and pans. The rustic peasant bread is placed directly on the paper tablecloth, without a basket or napkins – all the better for you to tear it with your hands.

Diners don’t come to Diporto looking for the latest in culinary experimentation; choices are limited to only five or six dishes each day, based on what’s in season and available in the nearby markets. The white-haired owner, Mitsos, a rather brusque athletic figure, lets you know what’s on offer. The venue’s wintertime specialty – and, to our minds, the highlight of a meal at Diporto – is an excellent chickpea soup that comes in a large, shallow bowl filled to the brim and doused with olive oil; it’s enough to feed two people. This is simple home cooking, the chickpeas so soft they almost melt in your mouth. Other dishes, such as Greek salad, a plate of small fried fish, fried sausage or bean soup, are also consistently good.

The house white is a good, cloudy retsina and – as is typical in tavernas – it is ordered by the kilo (a quarter, a half kilo or a kilo) and brought to your table in aluminum wine jugs. Retsina, which has been produced in Greece for more than 2000 years, is essentially white wine infused with pine resin, originally added by the ancient Greeks as a preservative. Often this is the simplest, cheapest wine available, but when it’s good there is something deeply comforting about it, making it the ideal accompaniment to Diporto’s home-style cooking.


As one might expect, this is not the kind of place that will necessarily bring you an itemized bill – you’ll have to mime or draw on your tablecloth if you want one. A salad, a chickpea soup, some fish and a quarter-kilo of wine should not cost more than €20. Prices, alas, are the one thing that has kept up with the times here.


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The Culinary Backstreets review was originally published on January 10, 2013.

Yoga by the Acropolis View

Posted by moodhacker on November 11, 2018 at 6:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Lynn is from San Francisco and moved to Athens in 2012. She instantly fell in Love with the city and decided to bring her own love for yoga to the Athenians and Athens' visitors. She started offering Kundalini Yoga lessons throughout different spots of the city, but the roof of the Acropolis became the hit.

Most of her lessons are in the form of a bid, that is, everyone gives any amount of money she can and wants.

"Yoga at its core is a technique associated with enlightenment and consciousness. When it came from the East to the West, most of the elements of the "enlightenment" were lost, resulting in much of the yoga we do today being more focused on physical elements rather than on spiritual practice. Kundalini yoga is the form of yoga that places great emphasis on breathing and meditation, and brings the person closer to the traditional goals of yoga. Its purpose is to help the person to the awakening stage which leads to the minful conciousness of living a life as a whole

In addition to the forms of exercise, Lynns also teaches the Enneagram, a character system that helps you discover yourself and those around you.

Information about Lynn on

For more choices of Yoga lessons with the view of Acropolis you can also follow the Moksha Yoga Center at Monastiraki 

Vinyasa Flow all levels with Konstantinos Siozios

There is also available the Yoga on the Roof school, by lessons taking place at PNIKA and at the yoga studios, Kallisperi &Erexhteioy Street next to Acropolis Metro, Special Yoga lessons an dpractise for pregnant wome are also inclkuded