BBC:The mystery behind Greece’s temples

Greece2A very interesting article about Greece’s temples was posted on BBC’ s travel section “The mystery behind Greece’s temples”. The article author, Stav Dimitropoulos, explains how her grand father used to tell her  temples sympolize something bigger than humans and how she met Manolo Fernandez, a Spanish language teacher and amateur astronomy enthusiast, who shares her grandfather’s opinion – that the placement of Greece’s temples was not random.

Fernadez suggests that if you look at a map, the temple of Poseidon in Sounion forms an isosceles triangle with the Hephaisteion in Athens and the temple of Aphaia Athena in Aegina. Apollo in Delphi, Aphaia in Aegina and the Parthenon, the same: they all form perfect isosceles triangles!

An excellent summer read special if you have visited or planning to visit Greece.

Leonard Cohen’s days in Hydra

avishai-cohen-montreal-1189Leonard Cohen, who just passed way at the age of 82, great singer and poet spend 10 years in Hydra island of Greece. According to greekreporter.com …”A restless spirit, Cohen started as a writer and travelled a lot. In September 1960, he purchased a house on Hydra island, where he found his muse and the sunny solitude he needed to write. In fact he wrote his The Favourite Game (1963) and Beautiful Losers (1966) while living on the island. It was there that he met Marianne Jensen, his partner for most of the 1960s and the inspiration behind debut album cut, “So Long, Marianne”.  ” … see more here

Lesvos Hospital Aid Update

Our help is on its way to Portland’s Sister City — Mytilene, Lesvos, Greece!

The container full of humanitarian medical supplies and equipment was placed aboard a ship in New York on Saturday Oct. 22 and is now on its way to the port of Piraeus in Greece. It is projected to arrive on November 19. It will then be placed on a truck bed, driven onto a large ferry boat, and taken to the island of Lesvos and then to the Mytilene General Hospital.

 Approximately 10 volunteers joined staff members of Partners for World Health and loaded the container by hand – box by box – on Friday Oct. 14. It took five hours to fill the 40-foot container with nearly 900 items – the most that has ever been sent in one load, according to staff. In addition to tons of supplies of all kinds, included were four hospital beds, examining tables, chairs, walkers, and IV poles, plus equipment like defibrillators, etc.

 This extraordinary project of the Hellenic Society of Maine was made possible by our more than 90 individual donors and businesses, by a group donation from the parishioners of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Portland, and by one person in particular, Jeffery Choney — all who gave the more than $21,000 needed to make this happen.

 A special thanks to the members of the band, Skordalia, which performed the kick-off benefit concert; and to the USM School of Music for the venue. Invaluable assistance with customs issues was provided by Consul General of Greece in Boston, Mrs. Iphigenia Kanara. Shipping is being handled by Mike’s Shipping in Revere, Mass.

 Once all expenses for this project are settled, any remaining money will be used to send smaller boxes of supplies to the hospital.

 Thank you, thank you all!

Hellenic Society of Maine