Destination Greece Newsletter 061024 - October 24, 2006

Mycenae: The legendary home of the Atrides
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Greek cuisine: Lentil soup
Package of the month: Argonauts
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Mycenae Mycenae: The legendary home of the Atrides

The 'Golden City' of Homer, the Ancient capital of the Mycenaean Civilization. Starting point of the Trojan expedition of the Achaeans. Ancient history comes to life in Agamemnon's Mycenae, with the remarkable beehive Tombs and the 3,000 year old Lionesses' Gate. According to Homer and Aeschylus 'Oresteia', the city of Mycenae was founded by Perseus who killed the hideous snake-haired Medusa.

Mycenae was first settled by Neolithic people in the 6th millennium BC. Between 2,100-1,900 BC Greece was invaded by people of Indo-European stock who came from Anatolia to Greece. The invaders brought their culture to Mycenae and other mainland settlements. This new civilisation is known as Mycenaean civilization named after Mycenae. Archaeological finds indicate that the palaces of Mycenaean kingdoms were destroyed around 1,200 BC.

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Lentil soup Greek cuisine: Lentil soup

  • 1/2 pound lentils
  • 2 onions
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 red or green bell pepper
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 pinch of salt (to taste)
  • 1 pinch of pepper (to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil per serving
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar per serving
Directions: Wash the lentils. Soak in lukewarm water for 2-3 hours. Drain them and add them in 6 cups of water bringing to a boil. Lower the heat, chop the onions, carrots and garlic and add them in. Add the bay leaves and let simmer for 2 hours. Add salt. Let cool down and serve by pouring two tablespoons of olive oil and a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar in each plate. Serve with toast, Greek Kalamata olives and feta cheese on the side.

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  • Half Day Athens Sightseeing tour (organized) visiting the most important sites of the city and the Acropolis. Optional afternoon tour to the Temple of Poseidon in Sounion
  • Optional Full Day Delphi or Mycenae tour (organized). Lunch included
  • 4-day cruise in Greece and Turkey visiting Mykonos, Kusadasi (Ephesus), Patmos, Rhodes, Crete, Santorini, Piraeus, on Full Board, twin-bedded, Inside Category E cabin basis
  • Private transfers from/to the Athens airport
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  • Arrival suggested on: Fridays

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