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Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Which Greek island should you go to?


Santorini is a shutterbug's dream: sheer rock faces striated in multitudinous shades, villages and towns clinging to the tops of cliffs, the caldera filled with clear deep turquoise water and home to the occasional cruise liner that against the soaring rock facades appears like a toy ship. Santorini is a shutterbug's dream: sheer rock faces striated in multitudinous shades, villages and towns clinging to the tops of cliffs, the caldera filled with clear deep turquoise water and home to the occasional cruise liner that against the soaring rock facades appears like a toy ship.
  • You can find vibrant nightlife to great shoreline scenes in this part of the Mediterranean
  • There are 46 unexploited traditional Greek villages on Naxos
  • Nature buffs would appreciate the array of outdoor activities offered on Paros and Ikaria
(CNN) -- Greece's 1,400 islands -- 230 of them inhabited -- are one of the Mediterranean's most beautiful assets.
From the Ionian, up by Albania in the northwest, to the Dodecanese, near Turkey in the southeast, they offer vacations you can't get many other places.
Each of the island groups has its unique allure, plus some of the most picturesque seascapes on Earth.
But for sheer variety in a small radius, proximity to Athens' ferry port at Piraeus and the best inter-island boat connections, none compete with the Cyclades.
We present the top nine islands in and around the Cyclades, each with its marquee attraction (for ferry schedules, check www.gtp.gr or www.greekferries.gr).
Best scenery: Santorini
The story behind this island is the stuff of legends -- in 1600 BC after a volcano erupted and its center collapsed into the sea, it left behind parts of its caldera that today form the island Santorini.
The views from pretty much anywhere on this crescent-shaped outcrop are superb.
Sheer rock faces are striated in multitudinous shades, villages and towns cling to the tops of cliffs, the caldera is filled with clear deep turquoise water home to the visiting cruise liners.
The whitewashed buildings in the main town Fira resemble a fresh blanket of snow atop a mountain.
On the northern tip, at Oia, where the sunsets are outstanding, houses, hotels and churches tumble down the rock walls. Every evening bus loads of tourists descend to watch the sun sink into the Aegean.
The scenery is as just impressive at sea level. Red Beach, as the name suggests, has a rust-colored backdrop and Mars-esque boulders, Eros Beach's eerie hoodoo-like walls would fit right in at a national park in Utah, and Caldera Beach, the only one that faces in toward the caldera, gives visitors a discernible sense of the volcano's immensity.
Where to stay: Vedema, in the village of Megalochori, doesn't have a caldera view, but its setting in a small village feels authentic (the town square and village church are a one-minute walk away).
The 45 rooms have views of the village homes or the surrounding rolling vineyards.
If a vista of the caldera is key, check in to sister property Mystique. Set in Oia, it has a secret wine cellar, and its 22 cave-style rooms are terraced into the cliff face, providing that classic Santorini experience.
Vedema, Megalochori, 84700, Santorini; +30 22860 81796; doubles from $320
Mystique, Oia, 84702, Santorini; +30 22860 71114; doubles from $470
Best nightlife: Mykonos
Mykonos is Greece's answer to Ibiza, but without the attitude and posturing.
Either side of the summer season Mykonos resembles another low-key beach destination but come July and August, night owls arrive in droves, and the main streets of Mykonos Town are packed with revelers -- even revelers with babies strapped into carriers.
At times the narrow alleys are so jammed with bodies the only way to move is en masse with the crowd as it sways through the streets in a singular motion.
In true Greek style, nothing here starts until late, though you can party in the daytime with 20-something Italians at Super Paradise beach.
A popular start is to have drinks at sunset at the Sea Breeze Cocktail Bar in Little Venice, snagging a table up the steps for the best views.
Across the island at Kalo Livadi you can find an unfussy beach where the new Nice n Easy bio-restaurant has fantastic organic fare at reasonable prices (the pasta with sharp kopanisti cheese is excellent).
Back in town, Jackie O' is a lively waterfront bar that draws the gay crowd, Agyra Bar has attractive, hard-bodied staff from Athens and at the always packed Rock 'n' Roll, where local and tourists are evenly split, the bartender blows a whistle before doling out oxygen shots.
My personal favorite is the bar/club Caprice, where all are united in their mission to just have fun, no judgments, no agenda; the barmen are as much into the music and dancing as the customers (they'll readily pour free shots of jelly liqueur).
Tip: At Caprice, many a first-timer falls into the area where the bar stools are, set one step down from the rest of the floor, so tread carefully.
Where to stay: Hotel Kivotos, on Ornos Bay, is removed from the hubbub, set on a hill with steps down to a peaceful rocky beach, and is an ideal refuge to refuel and recharge.
The cool rooms have clear Lucite chairs, LED lights in the floors (sounds tacky, but looks appropriately festive), a pool with a small circular bar, and most importantly, an energetic, attractive young staff that will give you the scoop on the best night spots.
Hotel Kivotos, Ornos Bay, 84600, Mykonos; +30 22890 24094; doubles from $590
Best traditional village life: Naxos
Where village life is the only life.
Where village life is the only life.
The largest island in the Cyclades has a string of swoon-worthy beaches on its west coast, a Venetian castle in its main town, some interesting ruins and great local produce and dairy.
But what sets it apart from the other islands are its traditional villages.
When you leave Chora, where the ferries berth, the pull of village life is evident -- note the sign at the outskirts of town that simply reads "Villages."
There are 46 of them on Naxos, some miniscule, but all a window into traditional life. Each has a bakery or cafe, a village square where old men with sun-creased faces sit around on tables drinking coffee and trading stories and an immaculately preserved church or two.
The hamlets are tucked among the hills and the switchback road that crisscrosses the island.
Kinidaros is famous for its bakery (the best on the island, the oven fired by wood) and musicians; Chalki has the excellent artisanal jam shop Era; locals come to the cobble-stoned streets of Apeiranthos to eat the crepes at Samardako; Keramoti sits in a valley, seemingly cut off from civilization, but it's also the base for hikes to Routsouna waterfall.
Since most tourists don't venture inland, the villages haven't succumbed to money-grabbing gimmicks.
Where to stay: Set away from the coast, Naxian Collection has good views of Chora, a handful of typical Cycladic white cubist villas with private pools, an on-site organic garden with fresh strawberries and breakfasts large enough to keep you going all day.
The likeable owner Ioannis Margaritis was born and raised on the island, so he knows everything about, and everyone on, Naxos -- literally. If you're lucky, he'll take you to a barbecue at his friend's house in one of the villages.
Naxian Collection, Stelida, Naxos; +30 22850 24300; doubles from $325
Best kiteboarding and windsurfing: Paros
The constant wind on Paros is evident as the ferry approaches the island -- you can see giant turbine fans steadily cartwheeling on the north coast.
While Paros might be as cosmopolitan at Mykonos (without the Louis Vuitton and Diesel stores) and pretty enough to attract Hollywood royalty (Tom Hanks purchased a house in the neighborhood, on sister island Andiparos), the real draw here is the force of nature.
During the summer, the Meltemi winds blaze down through the Aegean, supplying welcome breezes for beachgoers, but also creating conditions ripe for windsurfing and kiteboarding.
The winds peak in intensity during July and August; the five-mile channel that divides Paros from its neighbor Naxos funnels the Meltemi to glorious effect.
The main beaches for the sports are Pounda on the west of the island and Santa Maria, Golden Beach (Chryssi Akti), and New Golden Beach (Nea Chryssi Akti) on the east (New Golden Beach's winds are so reliable that The Professional Windsurfers Association held its World Cup there for six consecutive years in the 1990s).
For newbies, mornings are the best time to learn, when the wind is steady but tame. By early afternoon, when the gusts pick up and continue till dusk, pro boarders and windsurfers skim and bounce along the water.
Established operators include Paros Kite Pro Center, Force 7 Paros, and Paros Surf Club.
Visitors should time their visit around the island's most important festivity, on August 15, celebrating the Virgin Mary's ascension to heaven and culminating in a giant fireworks display mounted on boats in the bay of the port town Parikia.
Where to stay: Poseidon of Paros mixes whitewashed Cycladic architecture with flagstone walls, and is strategically poised between Golden and New Golden beaches (you'll see windsurfers shredding the water during afternoon drinks). The place also does a steady business with weddings.
Poseidon, Golden Beach, 84400, Paros; +30 22840 42650; doubles from $130
Best beaches: Milos
Every islander has their favorite beach, but none of the Cyclades promises the number and diversity of beaches as volcanic Milos.
Some have white sand, some black, some are rocky, others offer the satisfying sensation of crushed shells underfoot, with water ranging from emerald to aquamarine to cobalt blue.
With a heavily indented coastline (on a map Milos resembles a mutated crab) and pretty little coves at every turn, Milos has about 80 fine beaches, many only accessible by boat.
While each has its charm, some should not be missed.
Sarakiniko, a beach of brilliant white pumice, looks truly otherworldly (many liken it to the moon).
The three beaches of Paliochori are cupped by towering rock formations, its pebbles are multicolored and the sea water has warm pockets where it's fed by hot underwater mineral springs.
The small Tzigrado beach is flanked by headlands, and can only be accessed by boat or by a ladder down the cliffs.
A cave borders the even tinier Papafragas beach, while the rock walls that enclose it give the water the appearance of a river starting in the sand.
At Paliorema beach you can wander around an abandoned sulfur mine plant, see the wagons used to transport the chemical and look for sulfur crystals growing among the rocks.
Where to stay: Since visitors will likely camp down at a different beach every day, it makes sense to stay close to the main port of Adamas where taxis and boats are easy to organize.
Villa Notos has simple rooms in Cycladic colors of blue and white (some have terraces), Greek-made Korres toiletries, pretty views of Adamas Bay and is within walking distance of the town's restaurants.
Villa Notos, Adamas, 84801, Milos; +30 22870 28200; doubles from $52
Best for nature lovers: Ikaria
Top choice for outdoors people.
Top choice for outdoors people.
This rugged, wing-shaped island on the cusp of the Cyclades and named for Icarus -- the son of Daedalus who fled from Crete, got too close to the sun and tumbled into the sea just offshore -- has gained fame for the longevity of its residents.
Their diet, strong community and daily exercise mean Ikarian men are four times as likely as American men to reach the age of 90, according to a study by the University of Athens Medical School.
The 99-square mile island is basically one large mountain, peaking in the central Pramnos-Atheras range. For such a small area, the geographic variation is astounding -- Ikaria has rivers and tiny lakes, high forests of pine and oak, and hills at every turn that combine to make Ikaria an Elysian Field for outdoor buffs.
Ikaria's network of mountain paths known as monopatia is an informal web of routes that connects villages. The hiking guide "Round of Rahes on Foot," published by the local municipalities, details tracks and trails on the west of the island and also maps out a 15-mile tour along monopatia through the hills and villages of northwest Ikaria.
The trek brings hikers through farmland, bush, forest, past lakes, along donkey tracks, skirting goat herds and introduces visitors to the unhurried pace and uncomplicated nature of Ikarian life (this is an island where bakeries use the honor system).
After a hard day of tramping, trekkers can rejuvenate aching muscles at the mineral bath houses of Therma (whose waters, according to the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, have the highest concentration of the therapeutic element radon in Greece), or look for the steam rising from various spots around the coast like Lefkada, where heated water emits and joins the Aegean.
Where to stay: Fittingly Villa Dimitri has studio rooms and apartments terraced into a hillside near Armenitis, the steps an ideal preparation for the walks and inclines ahead. Whitewashed rooms have private terraces and views of the Aegean.
Villa Dimitri, Armenistis, 83301; Ikaria; 30-22750-71310; doubles from $55
Best Robinson Crusoe destination: Koufonisia
Actually two islands, Kato and Ano (meaning lower and upper) Koufonisia, with the former almost uninhabited, are like a land that tourism forgot, mainly because the quickest ferry from Athens takes six hours.
Home to only a few hundred residents, Ano Koufonisi is tiny, just 2.2 square miles, so walking or cycling round the island are the most efficient modes of getting about.
The main industry, apart from the creeping reach of tourism, is fishing, and the main town of Chora retains the feel of an untouched fishing village, with small boats bobbing in the harbor.
There's not a whole lot to do here, but that's the idea.
You can hire a caique (traditional wooden boat) for a trip to the nearby island of Keros, where examples of early Cycladic figurines have been carefully excavated.
Otherwise life settles into a slow rhythm of going to beaches like Finikias, Platia Pounta, Fanos and the naturist-friendly Pori, taking a caique trip to the deserted strands of sand on Kato Koufonisia, or visiting the churches of Agios Nikolaos, Profitis Ilias, and Agios Georgios,
Where to stay: The white-on-white Aeolos Hotel is close to the port, has bright rooms with flashes of pastel color, and a decent pool ringed by stone tiles.
Aeolos Hotel, Koufonisia; +30 22850 74296; doubles from $130
Best couples getaway: Folegandros
Romance awaits.
Romance awaits.
Santorini is often the go-to island for couples in these parts, but another Cycladian island where houses perch on clifftops is an even better escape for lovebirds.
The mountainous, mostly treeless Folegandros doesn't get the crowds of the islands around it thanks to sparser ferry service, a boon for twosomes in search of some solitude with their sun and sand.
The main village of the island, Chora, set on a cliff plateau 650 feet up, embodies the archetypal image of Cycladic buildings of small white houses with blue doors lining cobblestoned street.
The Kastro, the Venetian part of Chora, is well preserved while the majority of the island appears as it has for centuries, devoid of buildings in favor of open landscapes.
Donkeys remain a widely used means of transportation and goats scramble up and down the sun-baked hills. Painters and writers from Europe come to Folegandros for quiet inspiration and the most enduring memories of a visit here are the silence and the bays with crystal clear water.
The one not-to-be-missed site is the northeastern cave of Chrysopelia, where ancient names are written in clay into the walls, a custom from the Hellenistic Period.
Where to stay: In the port village of Karavostasis, Anemi Hotel has a gorgeous infinity pool and a clutch of two-story buildings with rooms that have modern furnishings and exposed wood beams. It also accepts pets.
Anemi Hotel, Karavostasis, 84011, Folegandros; +30 22860 41610; doubles from $340
Best food: Crete
A 90-minute high-speed catamaran ride from Santorini, Crete is Greece's Wild West, where the locals are fiercely independent and have a fondness for guns (used, I'm assured, only to shoot at street signs or into the air during festivities).
Its 3,200 square miles are blessed with scores of microclimates, fertile soil and crops that haven't succumbed to the scourge of industrial farming. Which means that the tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants, strawberries, watermelon and other fruits and vegetables that grow here taste as nature intended.
The topography of central mountains ringed by shimmering coastline allows two growing seasons -- lower elevations in the winter, higher elevations in the summer -- and Crete is a hub for olive oil, cheese and wine production.
Eat at a traditional taverna (even a touristy one) or kafenio (Greek café) and you'd be hard pushed to have a bad meal because the raw ingredients are so darned good.
Elounda, on the island's northeast coast, is surrounded by some of the island's great agricultural areas, like the Lasithi plateau, has a selection of hotels for all budgets, and some excellent examples of what makes Greek mainlanders sigh when they think of the divine freshness of Crete's cuisine.
Ergospasio Restaurant, a former old stone carob factory, serves just-caught seafood overlooking Elounda harbor. The Ferryman Taverna is a local favorite, and for reason -- the mezes make great use of Crete's agricultural bounty.
Manolis Kafeneion on the main square is a great spot to share meze and raki (a fiery alcoholic drink made with grapes that locals drink after a meal) with Cretans.
Where to stay: The Blue Palace, just beyond Elounda, has spellbinding views of the Venetian-fortress-turned-leper-colony Spinalonga from its rooms, restaurants and beach. Its Blue Door restaurant does an expert job of recreating an authentic Greek taverna with flavors to match
Blue Palace Resort and Spa, Elounda, 72053, Crete; +30 28410 65500; doubles from $300

Friday, 16 August 2013

GREECE - The Heaven of this World

 
Just in case you have forgotten what Greece looks like, here is a short video with some wonderful images of our beautiful country to refresh your memory and to entice you to join us!


Thin house, fat price: New York's narrowest house - once owned by Carey Grant - sells for $3.25million

The skinny: New York City's narrowest house, which is 9.5 feet wide and 30 feet deep, has found a buyer
The skinny: New York City's narrowest house, which is 9.5 feet wide and 30 feet deep, has found a buyer


It may only be 8ft 4 inches wide, but one of New York's thinnest houses has sold for $3.25million dollars.
While the three story town house may not seem value for money with a measly 990 square foot of space in all.
But this home has a history.
The property, on Bedford Street in Greenwich Village, is where playwright and poet Edna St Vincent Millay wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning Ballad Of The Harp-Weaver in the early 1920s.
Since Ms Millay vacated the property, a host of other celebrities have lived at the property including actors John Barrymore and Cary Grant.
Other well-known former residents of the house, which has become something of an attraction on the tourist trail, include children's writer Ann McGovern and anthropologist Margaret Meade.
The house even inspired Ms McGovern, who lived there for seven years, to write Mr Skinner's Skinny House, a children's book about a man who struggles to find someone to live with him in the city's thinnest house.
She said on her website: 'Once I saw a man who was standing in front of the house with arms outstretched.
‘"Hey," he said. "I’m as big as a house," and he was.'
Despite its tiny size, the house boasts three bedrooms, two baths, four wood burning fireplaces and a secret garden.
A narrow spiral staircase runs through the house.
It was originally built by its neighbor around 1850, simply to fill in a carriage entrance way that led to the stables behind the property.
Since then, it has served as a shoemaker's shop and a candy factory, before being transformed for residential use.
The now-legendary skinny house, which is a regular attraction on New York walking tours, came close to demolition in 1950, before a lawyer stepped in to save it and its neighbors from being razed.
Pickle in the middle: 75 1/2 Bedford Street is swamped by its normal-sized neighbors
Pickle in the middle: 75 1/2 Bedford Street is swamped by its normal-sized neighbors
  
Home sweet home: The kitchen, which has modern appliances and marble tabletops, looks out onto the large, narrow back garden which is 42 feet long and nearly ten feet wide
Home sweet home: The kitchen, which has modern appliances and marble tabletops, looks out onto the large, narrow back garden which is 42 feet long and nearly ten feet wide

New York City's Narrowest House
Notable residents: The three-story townhouse is legendary for its size and its famous past inhabitants, which include actors Cary Grant and John Barrymore, poet Edna St Vincent Millay and anthropologist Margaret Mead

New York City's Narrowest House
Greenery: A private balcony in the master bathroom look onto the back garden, which dates back to 1850
It was sold for $2.175million in 2010 before being put on the market for nearly double - $4.3million - after a renovation in 2011.
The asking price was cut to $3.495 last year.
A description of house on the Town Real Estate website, where the house was listed, says: 'The Millay House exemplifies the artistic heritage and cultural fabric of this fabled neighborhood.
 'The residence has just been meticulously renovated with beautiful modern finishes, yet retains its original character and pedigree.'
It continues: 'Whether cozying up by the fireplace or enjoying the garden as a summer respite, this is truly a house for all seasons.'
New York City's Narrowest House
Design: Photos of the one-of-a-kind home, which is a regular attraction on many New York walking tours, show its sleek interiors, with exposed beams and large French windows
New York City's Narrowest House
Elegant: In the master bathroom, which features a large claw foot tub, windows open onto a private balcony

New York City's Narrowest House
History: It was originally built around 1850, to fill in a carriage entrance way that led to stables behind the property. Before it became a home, the building was a shoemaker's shop and a candy factory

New York City's Narrowest House
Unique home: A floor plan shows what the buyer has got for his or her money
A former resident of the house, actor Cary Grant
A former resident of the house, actor John Barrymore
History: Famous former residents of the house, include actors Cary grant, left, and John Barrymore, right


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk
 

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Γεγονότα



963:Ο Νικηφόρος Β' Φωκάς στέφεται αυτοκράτορας και θα παραμείνει στο θρόνο της Βυζαντινής Αυτοκρατορίας έως τις 10 Δεκεμβρίου 969. Ο Βασίλειος Β' και ο Κωνσταντίνος Η' παραμένουν συναυτοκρότορες.

1916:Οι στρατιωτικές μονάδες της περιοχής της Θεσσαλονίκης παύουν να αναγνωρίζουν την κυβέρνηση των Αθηνών, συνιστούν την Επιτροπή Εθνικής Αμύνης και αποφασίζουν να πάρουν μέρος στον πόλεμο στο πλευρό των συμμάχων της Αντάντ.

1936:Τελετή λήξης των 11ων Ολυμπιακών Αγώνων στο Βερολίνο. Αθλητής των αγώνων αναδεικνύεται ο Τζέσε Όουενς, που κερδίζει τέσσερα χρυσά μετάλλια. Η Ελλάδα έμεινε χωρίς μετάλλιο.
1936: Βιβλία με «ανθελληνικό» περιεχόμενο καίγονται σε κεντρικές πλατείες ελληνικών πόλεων από ανθρώπους της δικτατορίας Μεταξά. Ανάμεσά τους, βιβλία των Γκαίτε, Σω, Φρόιντ, Τολστόι.

1960:Η Ελληνική Δύναμη Κύπρου (ΕΛΔΥΚ) αποβιβάζεται στο λιμάνι της Αμμοχώστου, μέσα σε φρενίτιδα ενθουσιασμού των κατοίκων.

1969:Ο γιατρός Βασίλης Τσιρώνης καταλαμβάνει αεροπλάνο της Ολυμπιακής, που εκτελεί το δρομολόγιο Αθήνα - Αγρίνιο - Ιωάννινα με 28 επιβαίνοντες και το οδηγεί στα Τίρανα της Αλβανίας, θέλοντας με αυτό τον τρόπο να εκφράσει την διαμαρτυρία του για το δικτατορικό καθεστώς της Ελλάδας.

Γεννήσεις



1888: Τόμας Έντουαρντ Λόρενς, άγγλος στρατιωτικός, αρχαιολόγος και συγγραφέας, γνωστότερος ως «Λόρενς της Αραβίας». Ηγήθηκε της εξέγερσης των Αράβων εναντίον των Οθωμανών. (Θαν. 19/5/1935)

1919: Αντώνης Σαμαράκης, συγγραφέας. (Ζητείται Ελπίς, Το Λάθος) (Θαν. 8/8/2003)

1920: Τσαρλς Μπουκόβσκι, αμερικανός συγγραφέας. (Θαν. 9/3/1994)

Θάνατοι

1297: Ιωάννης Β' Μέγας Κομνηνός, αυτοκράτορας της Τραπεζούντας. (Γεν. 1262)

1888: Τζον Πέμπερτον, αμερικανός φαρμακοποιός, που ανακάλυψε την Coca-Cola. (Γεν. 8/1/1831)

1938: Ρόμπερτ Τζόνσον, αμερικανός τραγουδιστής και κιθαρίστας, με τη μεγαλύτερη επιρροή στο μπλουζ. (Γεν. 8/5/1911)


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Agios Nikolaos Weather today

Well it is almost the start of the summer holidays and it looks like the sun is here to stay! Great news! If you are coming to Greece during this time you will be greeted by the most wonderful weather. If you are getting ready for your holidays be sure to pack lots of sunscreen as it is going to be hot, hot, hot!! Have a great vacation everyone!






Wednesday, 14 August 2013

You can huff and puff but it won't fall down! Welcome to the house made of paper that's been standing for nearly a century

Like many in the U.S., building a home on the range was a paper dream for Elis F. Stenman.
But unlike many, Stenman made his American Dream reality - by building a house entirely out of paper.
And the unique property in Rockport, Massachusetts, U.S., has stood the test of time - its paper walls, paper furniture and even paper grandfather clock are going strong after more than 90 years.


Cut-out cottage: The house in Rockport, Massachusetts, US, is built entirely out of paper
A room in the Rockport paper house
Fully functional: The house comes fitted with electricity and running water, despite its apparently flimsy building materials
While the framework of the house is wooden, the walls are made from layers and layers of newspaper, which are glued and varnished to strengthen them.
Stenman, a mechanical engineer who designed the machines that make paper clips, began building the house as a hobby.
He began his project in 1922 and completed it in 1924. The house opened as a museum in the 1930s.

Mr Stenman's great niece Edna Beaudoin now runs the Paper House, after taking it on from her mother.
Ms Beaudoin said: 'Rain blows in, sometimes snow, but it's held up pretty well considering how old it is.
'Elis was curious and wanted to see what would happen to the paper, and well, here it is, some 90 years later.

 
Piano room in Rockport paper house
Kitted out: The house has paper walls, paper furniture and even a paper piano

Furniture in Rockport paper house
Building blocks: Little paper logs were cut with a craft knife and glued or nailed together
'There's lots of varnish on the Paper House walls. But we don't varnish the inside of the house because the more you put on, the darker it gets and we really just like to leave it so you can still read the papers.'

Mr Stenman lived in the Paper House during the summer months from 1924 to 1930.
 
After the wall material was made and he was already living inside the house, he made the furniture.
'The furniture is made out of little paper logs,' said Ms Beaudoin.
'The little rolls of paper are maybe a half inch thick and they're all cut to different sizes - cut with a knife.
Then they're glued or nailed together.'
Mr Stenman lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Piano in the Rockport Paper House
Clock in Rockport paper house
Well equipped: A paper piano and a grandfather clock which is made from a paper from each of the 48 states that made up the U.S. at the time
Desk made from Christian Science Monitor
News desk: This table is made entirely from old copies of the periodical The Christian Science Monitor
While making the Paper House, he mixed his own glue to put the paper together.
Ms Beaudoin said: 'It was basically flour and water, but he would add little sticky substances like apple peels.
'It has really lasted. The furniture is usable, and quite heavy.'
All of the furniture in the house is made from paper, including the grandfather clock and piano.
Inside the clock is a paper from each one of the 48 states in it, so there are all the state capitals and you can read them all the way down the front of the clock.
As it was made in the 1930s, the only two papers missing are those for Alaska and Hawaii.
Elis F. Steadman, paper house builder
Home sweet home: Mechanical engineer Elis F. Stenman lived in his Paper House in the summer from 1924 to 1930
 'This is a small town,' said Ms Beaudoin. 'Word got around that this man was making a house out of paper.
'I still feel responsible for it, but I don't worry about it.
'It's been here since 1924, so I guess if a storm was going to blow it over, then so be it.
'Here it sits and you can't spend your life worrying that something is going to happen to it. You just take care of it and that's it.
'When most people hear about the Paper House, they just ask, "why?"
'I don't really know the answer. I don't really know why unless he was just really thrifty or something.
'Newspapers were pretty inexpensive and everybody gave him the newspapers.'
Admission to the Paper House is $2.00 for adults and $1.00 for children aged between six and 14.


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Rising from the rubble: Christchurch's cardboard cathedral opens after last one was demolished in devastating 2011 quake

More than two years after the city of Christchurch was brought to its knees by earthquakes, it has finally risen out of the rubble - albeit in an unusual way.
The city has built the world's first cardboard cathedral after the original 132-year-old Gothic one was destroyed in the February 2011 earthquake.
Much of the city's iconic buildings were flattened by the 6.3 magnitude earthquake, leaving the New Zealand's second-largest city badly scarred.
 

Divine inspiration: The temporary cardboard cathedral has now finally opened

This photo taken on December 5, 2012 shows the fenced-off old Christchurch Cathedral missing its tower
This photo taken on December 5, 2012 shows the fenced-off old Christchurch Cathedral missing its tower
But now at least one of the most recognisable buildings has been replaced - with a cardboard alternative.
The temporary Anglican Church opened last week, with a 10-day music series called Joyfully Un-munted to herald its re-opening, RadioNZ reported.
The £2million project saw a 700 capacity cathedral built using cardboard tubes.
This shows some of the cardboard tubes that were used to support the new Christchurch Cathedral
This shows some of the cardboard tubes that were used to support the new Christchurch Cathedral

Houses teeter on the edge after landslides near Christchurch, after a 6.3 earthquake devastated New Zealand's second city and surrounding towns
Houses teeter on the edge after landslides near Christchurch, after a 6.3 earthquake devastated New Zealand's second city and surrounding towns
Japanese architect Shigeru Ban designed the new cathedral in earthquake-devastated Christchurch
Japanese architect Shigeru Ban designed the new cathedral in earthquake-devastated Christchurch
Each tube weighs 120kg in the unique design by Japanese emergency architect Shigeru Ban.
The triangular prism is fashioned from 98 of these interlocking cardboard tubes, The Independent reported.
The temporary structure also uses timber, steel and a concrete base alongside the cardboard tubes
The new building, which has a colourful window, was delivered by Christchurch architectural firm Warren and Mahoney, the Guardian reported.
Ban is an internationally-recognised architect, whose innovative work with paper has helped crisis situations.
He has constructed shelters made of paper in Haiti following an earthquake that ravaged the country in 2010.
He also designed homes made out of cardboard following the 2005 Hurricane Katrina, which flooded New Orleans in Louisiana and wiped away thousands of homes.
The quake killed 185 people and injured countless others, leaving Christchurch reeling by the disaster.
But Christchurch residents have come up with innovative and creative ways that Christchurch residents are moving on following the catastrophic quake.
Other innovative ideas, dubbed Gap Fillers, are also popping up all over the city in a bid to temporarily replace and improve buildings which were damaged and destroyed in the disaster.
The Crowne Plaza Hotel, which was demolished in the months after the quake, has made way for an impressive new pavillion made using more than 3,000 wooden pallets.
The impressive pavillion, which opened in December, is designed to help address the city's need for new small to medium sized entertainment venues following the demolition of clubrooms and city halls.
A vision: This handout illustration shows how the cardboard tubes will last for 50 years
A vision: This handout illustration shows how the cardboard tubes will last for 50 years


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Κύμα ικανοποίησης σήκωσε το «τσουνάμι της αλληλεγγύης που δημιουργήθηκε το βράδυ της Παρασκευής στην παραλία του Αλμυρού από το πάρτι της Λέσχης των φίλων του νοσοκομείου της Νεάπολης και των υπόλοιπων φορέων που διοργάνωσαν το D 4 a C 2 «Χορεύουμε για ένα σκοπό 2».
Η επιτυχία της εκδήλωσης, η συνοχή των φορέων που ενεπλάκησαν στην διοργάνωση, η βοήθεια και η συμπαράσταση των υπηρεσιών, η ακούραστη προσφορά των δεκάδων εθελοντών που βοήθησαν σε όλα τα πόστα, η καλή οργάνωση όλων των παραμέτρων, από καθαριότητα, ασφάλεια και τακτοποίηση του χώρου και το κέφι που απλόχερα μοίρασαν οι DJ’s και οι χορευτές τοποθέτησαν το 2ο πάρτι που γίνεται για ένα κοινωφελή σκοπό στο ημερολόγιο των επιτυχημένων δράσεων για την περιοχή μας.

Όλοι όσοι βρέθηκαν στην παραλία του Αλμυρού, 1500 άτομα περίπου, θα έχουν να το λένε και σίγουρα οι φορείς που θα στηριχτούν από τα έσοδα της εκδήλωσης μόνο χαρά θα νοιώσουν. Πέρυσι είχαν στηριχτεί οικονομικά από την πρώτη παρόμοια εκδήλωση, το κοινωνικό ιατρείο – φαρμακείο Αγίου Νικολάου και το ΕΕΕΕΚ Αγίου Νικολάου, φέτος 5 είναι οι φορείς που θα ωφεληθούν οικονομικά από τα έσοδα της εκδήλωσης, το Ειδικό Δημοτικό σχολειό Αγίου Νικολάου, η Ομάδα διάσωσης Κρήτης, το Ε.Ε.Ε.Ε.Κ. Αγίου Νικολάου, ο αθλητικός σύλλογος για ΑμΕΑ Λάτιος και το δίκτυο ΕΛΠΙΖΩ του ΟΚΥΔΑΝ.

Κόσμος και κοσμάκης βρέθηκε στην παραλία γεγονός που από μόνο του δείχνει ότι η διάθεση για νυχτερινή διασκέδαση υπάρχει και για επιλογές εκτός πόλης, το θέμα είναι εάν μπορεί να υπάρξει χωρίς περίπλοκα θέματα σε μια περιοχή που ακόμα δεν έχει αποφασίσει τι θέλει και πως το θέλει. Γεγονός είναι όμως ένα ότι δεκάδες εθελοντές, όλων των ηλικιών, υπήρξε και ολόκληρες οικογένειες που εργάστηκαν για τον σκοπό αυτό σε διάφορα πόστα, κατάφεραν να πετύχουν τον εξαιρετικά σημαντικό σκοπό τους.



Επόμενη σημαντική μουσική δράση για την ενίσχυση και στήριξη του συλλόγου των ΑΜΕΑ Αγίου Νικολάου είναι το μεγάλο πάρτι στις 14 του μήνα στην παραλία του Αλμυρού που θα συναντηθούν από ολόκληρο τον κόσμο οι καλύτεροι στο είδος της Reggae και Dub μουσικής σκηνής.

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Γεγονότα

1385:Η Πορτογαλία διασφαλίζει την ανεξαρτησία της, νικώντας στη μάχη της Αλζουμπαρότα το στρατό του ισπανού βασιλιά Ιωάννη Α'.
1846:Ο αμερικανός συγγραφέας Χένρι Ντέιβιντ Θόροου φυλακίζεται, επειδή αρνείται να πληρώσει φόρο για λόγους ιδεολογίας.
1922:Κατά τη διάρκεια της Μικρασιατικής Εκστρατείας, οι επιθετικές κινήσεις των Τούρκων εξαναγκάζουν την ελληνική Στρατιά να αρχίσει να συμπτύσσεται, με συνέπεια την κατάρρευση του Μετώπου.
1949: Οι Δυτικογερμανοί ψηφίζουν για πρώτη φορά μετά το τέλος του Β' Παγκοσμίου Πολέμου. Στη θέση του καγκελάριου εκλέγεται ο Κόνραντ Αντενάουερ.
1974:Εκδηλώνεται στην Κύπρο ο δεύτερος «Αττίλας», με την προώθηση των τουρκικών δυνάμεων στη σημερινή γραμμή αντιπαράθεσης, μετά τον «τορπιλισμό» από τους Τούρκους των ειρηνευτικών συνομιλιών της Γενεύης. Σε ένδειξη διαμαρτυρίας, η Ελλάδα αποσύρει τις δυνάμεις της από το στρατιωτικό σκέλος του ΝΑΤΟ.
1980:Ο ηλεκτρολόγος Λεχ Βαλέσα ηγείται των απεργιών στα ναυπηγία του Γκντανσκ της Πολωνίας, προκαλώντας το κομουνιστικό καθεστώς της χώρας.

Γεννήσεις

1851: Γιαννούλης Χαλεπάς, διακεκριμένος γλύπτης από την Τήνο. (Θαν. 15/9/1938)
1879: Γεώργιος Κονδύλης, στρατιωτικός και πολιτικός. (Θαν. 1/2/1936)
1908: Μάνος Κατράκης, έλληνας ηθοποιός. (Θαν. 2/9/1984)

Θάνατοι

1951: Ουίλιαμ Ράντολφ Χιρστ, αμερικανός μεγαλοεκδότης, που ενέπνευσε τον Όρσον Ουέλς στην ταινία του Πολίτης Κέιν. (Γεν. 29/4/1863)
1954: Νίκος Πλουμπίδης, στέλεχος του ΚΚΕ, που εκτελέστηκε για κομμουνιστική δράση. (Γεν. 1902)
1956: Μπέρτολτ Μπρεχτ, γερμανός δραματουργός. (Όπερα της Πεντάρας, Ο κύκλος με την κιμωλία, Μάνα Κουράγιο, Η ζωή του Γαλιλαίου) (Γεν. 10/2/1898)


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