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Title: …And then God Created Lakonia
Location: Syntagma Square Metro Station Exhibit Hall
Description: What is happening at the Syntagma Metro station this week
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For those lucky enough to be in Athens, Greece during the week of March 8 to March 14 2009, the exhibition hall at the Syntagma Metro station is hosting 53 exhibitors from Lakonia. The moto for Lakonia is “and then God created Lakonia”. Those words are very true.
Stop by the Syntagma Metro station and try some of the best
 Honey you have ever tasted. Especially try the Elatos (Fir tree) honey. A creamy, opaque, golden honey with intense flavor and reputed to have “all healing” qualities.
 Olive oil – many producers of organic and conventional olive oil. Where else better to get an olive oil education than from the people who were born in the land of the olive. I believe olive oil is one of the products that is allowed to be brought back to the US – check with the Embassy or the US Department of Agriculture. (And if it isn’t, please don’t report me for all those 5 gallon cans I’ve brought back home to Chicago)
 Olive trees – small ornamental olive trees. These I certainly I cannot tell you to bring home … but I won’t tell on you if you try ;-)
 Wine – Some exceptional wines can be tasted and bought right at the exhibition. I am certain that you could even ship them home – Europeans don’t have to worry about how much, non EU travelers should check with your country’s customs authorities.
 Art – some very interesting landscape and still life paintings by Agapi Skalkou and wood sculptures by Ioannis Goudes (unfortunately neither one has a web page)
 Places to stay – Some great little inns hidden in the “Black Forest” of Greece. Tower Petropoulakis (www.pyrgospetropoulaki.com) is one of them.
One word of caution – GREECE IS ADDICTIVE. Do not attend too many of these special exhibits as you may find yourself living here for the rest of your life – and it is going to be a long and happy one!

Start Date: 2009-03-08
End Date: 2009-03-14

By Athensguide

How does a little girl from Skokie, Illinois find herself in historical Athens, leading curious explorers through the winding streets of Plaka, down "pezodromos" to hidden ouzeries for tempting mezedhes and homemade barrel wine? The journey began more than twenty years ago, and regardless of whether the wanderlust comes from the spiritual and culture DNA flowing through my veins, or the alignment of the stars on that cold mid-December day this Sagitterian came into the world, I never seem to tire of exploring my adopted homeland of Greece. Here you'll join me as I explore Athens: be it the back streets of Psirri and Gazi, or through the National Gardens and Zappeio where a family of turtles makes their home, or down wide, treelined Imittou Street in Pagrati, which pulses with Athenian life 24 hours a day. And while Athens has stolen my heart, the rest of Greece vies for my curiousity and wanderlust. My two guys (that'd be the Greek God, Vasilis and our Greek dog, Scruffy) and I can often be found settling in for a long weekend in some charming mountain village, or a quaint fishing port on a nearby island, or learning how Greek vitners are producing wines that rival some of Napa Valley's finests productions, or celebrating a panayeri in Epirus or sharing in the festivities as a family of Cretan sheepherders come together to sheer their 1500 sheep in the spring ... And if you happen to find yourself heading to Athens, consider finding yourself a real home for your stay. Living amongst the locals, be it for 3 nights or 3 weeks, will offer you the chance to experience true Athens, beyond the Acropolis. Choose from one of our 5 beautiful penthouse and historical homes, and who knows, I may be leading you down that winding "pezodromo" to our favorite hidden ouzerie!

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