WELCOME TO LEDA'S GREECE in October 2016

WELCOME TO LEDA'S GREECE in October 2016

Paros island...

Paros belongs to the Cyclades Group of Islands 

Paros is located in the heart of the 24 inhabited islands of the Cyclades and because of its central location, it is an ideal starting point for the exploration of Aegean. The island, which is west of Naxos and east of Antiparos, is elliptically shaped, with 168 kilometers of coastline. Ferries arrive at our island in just a few short hours, and it is well connected to multiple destinations. 

The island infrastructure comprises a port, airport, marinas, public services, banks, post offices, local transportation, etc. The main port and anchorage are situated in Parikia, the capital of the island. 

Naoussa and Piso Livadi both operate marinas from which excursions to Naxos and neighboring islands depart. The port of Pounta connects Paros and Antiparos. >>>>

My life in a nutshell!

My life in a nutshell!

My name comes from the Greek Mythology, from  "LEDA & THE SWAN". Though I was born in Athens, as well as my parents, our family name can be traced all the way back to the 14th century, to the Ionian island of Zakynthos. From my dad's side, my origins are traced to Zakynthos & Amorgos, and from my mom's side, to Pontos & Asia Minor. 
I grew up in a house in the SUBURBS of ATHENS and went for studies to a university abroad to become a psychologistGROWING UP , I had a special connection to horses and kids
Have a look a what makes me me, my likes & dislikes. Live vicariously through my favorite performances, see my kind of ART, my favorite movies and add your own, and listen to my kind of music. Have fun trying to solve these MIND GAMES. Last but not least, take a sneak preview in my CHILDHOOD MEMORIESYou guessed it right: I'm completely mad about stuff!

Greece's Blue Flag beaches

The Blue Flag Programme is run by the independent non-profit organization Foundation for Environmental Education and is dedicated to labeling beaches and marinas appropriate for swimming. The criteria that a beach must fulfill to get a Blue Flag has to do with its cleanness, the water quality, organization, safety of the swimmers, environmental protection and other services. Usually 3,200 beaches and marinas in 37 countries are tested every year in swimming periods and normally Greece is ranked in the first three positions, among countries from Europe, Africa, New Zealand, Canada and the Caribbean. This eminence is another proof of the high-quality Greek seas that millions of tourists come every year to enjoy. Greece offers thousands of beaches. There are 395 blue flag beaches in Greece. Most Greece Blue Flag beaches are usually found in Halkidiki, on the northern side of Greece, while Dodecanese and Crete (particularly Lassithi) also gets high scores. The Ionian islands, particularly Kefalonia and Lefkada, also distinguish for their clean and organized beaches, proving that the Greek coasts have nothing to jealous out of the other famous beach resorts of the world. In 2015, 395 Greek beaches and 9 marinas have been awarded with the Blue Flag. Greece once again ranked second place on the Blue Flag quality award list among 49 countries. 

Source: www.greeka.com




Greek Culture


There is so much that defines a people, especially a people that has been around since the ancient times.

Zakynthos (a.k.a. Zante)


Zakynthos (Greek: Ζάκυνθος), or Zante (from Venetian) is a Greek island in the Ionian Sea. It is the third largest of the Ionian Islands. Zakynthos is a separate regional unit of the Ionian Islands region, and its only municipality. It covers an area of 410 km2 (158 sq mi) and its coastline is roughly 123 km (76 mi) in length. The island is named after Zakynthos, the son of a legendary Arcadian chief Dardanus. The name, like all similar names ending in -nthos, is pre-Mycenaean or Pelasgian in origin. 
Epiphany (January 6)
This day, takes on a special meaning in Greece. Here, there is a special ceremony of blessing the waters and of the vessels that ply them. The modern observance at Piraeus, the ancient port of
Athens, takes the form of a priest hurling a large crucifix into the waters.

Young men brave the cold and compete to retrieve it. These days, the cross is generally attached to a nice, safe long chain, just in case that year's crop of divers is something less than desired.
After the diving, local fishermen bring their boats to be blessed by the priest.
What does all this have to do with Christmas? Orthodox belief says that it was the day of the baptism of Jesus, and that this is where the day's association with water arises.

Rhodes / Rodos



Rhodes or Rodos (Greek: Ρόδος, Ródos) is an island in Greece, located in the eastern Aegean Sea. It is the largest of the Dodecanese islands in terms of both land area and population, with a population of 117,007, and also the island group's historical capital.
Historically, Rhodes was famous worldwide for the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The medieval Old Town of the City of Rhodes has been declared a World Heritage Site. Today, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe.

Childhood memories

I had do many wonderful memories growing up watching cartoons and movies. Everything was simple and sweet back then.

Lake Prespes and Pozar Thermal Waters

FLORINA prefecture
Prespes are two lakes in the northwestern part of Greece, in the prefecture of Florina. Megali Prespa is divided between Greece, FYROM and Albania, has an area of 270 km² and a maximum depth of 55 m. In Greece belong only 37 km². Mikri Prespa is found mainly in Greece (88%), while a small portion in the west belongs to Albania (12%) and has an area of 43 km² and a maximum depth of 8 m. The Prespa National Park was created in 1974.

Kerkyra (a.k.a. Corfu)

Kerkyra a.k.a. Corfu (info by wikipedia) is one of the Ionian islands (Eptanisa; 7 islands) cluster, in the Ionian Sea.  It is the second largest of the Ionian Islands and, including its small satellite islands, forms the edge of the northwestern frontier of Greece.
The island is part of the Corfu regional unit, and is administered as a single municipality. The municipality includes the island Corfu and the smaller islands Ereikoussa, Mathraki and Othonoi. The principal city of the island and seat of the municipality (pop. 33,886) is also named Corfu.

Christmas

St. Nicholas is important in Greece as the patron saint of sailors. According to Greek tradition, his clothes are drenched with brine, his beard drips with seawater, and his face is covered with perspiration because he has been working hard against the waves to reach sinking ships and rescue them from the angry sea. To members of the Eastern Orthodox Church, as are most Greek Christians, Christmas ranks second to Easter in the roster of important holidays. Yet there are a number of unique customs associated with Christmas that are uniquely Greek.


Makedonia: Nympheo and Arcturos

Makedonía, is a geographical and historical region of Greece in southeastern Europe. Macedonia is the largest and second most populous Greek region. The region and that of Thrace are often together referred to informally as northern Greece. It incorporates most of the territories of ancient Macedon, a kingdom ruled by the Argeads whose most celebrated members were Alexander the Great and his father Philip II.