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Greek Saffron

Saffron, a delicious spice coming from the Krokos (crocus) flower, is growing in Greece and known since ancient times! Saffron is being used in many different ways: for its flavor in the kitchen, for its color in cosmetics and paint, for its healing properties in the pharmaceutical sector. Cleopatra saw the value of using saffron in cosmetics, in the Old Testament it was mentioned because of its essence and Aeschylus described it as a way to dye fabric.
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How to make Greek frappe – the delicious ice-coffee

During warm and sunny days and especially in spring and summer, Greeks prefer to drink the cold Frappe instead of the warm Greek coffee. Also Omilo students many times are crazy about the frappe and would like to continue drinking it back home as well.
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Lazaretta, the former quarantine of Syros island

Since 2005, during the summer months, Omilo is organizing its Greek Language and Culture courses on the island of Syros. The Omilo students usually fly to Athens or Mykonos, and from there travel by boat to Hermoupolis, the harbor of Syros island, and capital of all Cycladic islands.
When you are about to arrive and face the harbor, you have a magnificent view over the hills of Hermoupolis and Ano Syros.  When you look to the left, on the southern extremity of the port, you also see a stone building, which once was the island’s quarantine, the “Lazaretto”. Nowadays, the building is beautifully lit at night, so it is easy to spot.

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A Wonderful Trip to Epirus and Thessaly

A student from Belgium who has been studying Greek for many years, not only in his home country, but also at Omilo during the summer, went on a trip in September of 2018 to Western and Central Greece. We are pleased that he has written about his experiences in fluent Greek and shared them with Omilo. Below you will find an account of his trip, and the translation in English.

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A Greek Story from the Aegean Sea!

When you holiday on a Greek island, you most likely enjoy having lunch or dinner in a picturesque seaside tavern. Here below a story that we found in a nice taverna on the island of Syros.

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March 25th: A Greek National Celebration and Independence Day

From antiquity to today, Greece has lived through major historical events. The country was involved in many wars: Persian wars, the wars of Alexander the Great, etc. In modern Greek history, from 1821 till of today, two major wars Greece was involved in, were the Greek War of Independence against the Ottoman Empire and the 2nd World War. Every year, Greeks remember these historical events with the celebration of two national anniversaries on October 28th and March 25th. 

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Facts And Myths About The Island Of Lefkada (Lefkas)

Lefkada, also called Lefkas, is a beautiful Greek island in the Ionian Sea on the west coast of Greece; south of Corfu and North of Kefalonia island. The island is connected to the mainland by a long causeway and floating bridge. Since Omilo organizes every year a 1- and 2-week course on Lefkada , we love to introduce you to some facts as well as to the rich mythological tradition of this Greek island.

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Alkionides Meres – Greek Mythology Combined With Sunny Winter Days

As in every country and season, there are natural phenomena. A Greek winter can be cold and in the mountainous areas, it always snows. However, every year there are also some very warm days with a lot of sunshine. They are called the “Halcyon days” or “Alkionides Meres”. Unfortunately, we never know on which days exactly those calm bright days will come. Usually, it is the period after Christmas until the end of January when there is a non-interrupted period of days with clear blue skies and warm temperatures, which at least in the Athens region can reach more than 20°C during day-time. Read more

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A Greek December Month

When we talk about December, we think of winter and celebrations. And also in Greece, winter “really” means winter and celebrating!
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The Onassis Cultural Center or “Stegi”

The name Onassis is synonym of Croesus, of a very wealthy man. Aristotle Onassis, the so-called “Golden Greek”, became worldwide known for oil tankers and Olympic Airways. However, he did much more than that. Let’s get to know him and have a closer look at the Onassis Cultural Center in Athens as well as the Onassis Foundation’s activities. Read more