Destination Greece Newsletter 061206 - December 06, 2006

Santorini: the Akrotiri excavations (part 1)
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Greek cuisine: Grilled Sardines
Greek Isles Honeymoon
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Akrotiri-frescoes Santorini: the Akrotiri excavations (part 1)

It is one of the most important prehistoric settlements of the Aegean. The first habitation at the site dates from the Late Neolithic times (at least the 4th millennium BC). During the Early Bronze Age (3rd millennium BC), a sizeable settlement was founded and in the Middle and early Late Bronze Age (circa 20th-17th centuries BC) it was extended and gradually developed into one of the main urban centers and ports of the Aegean.

The large extent of the settlement (circa 20 acres), the elaborate drainage system, the sophisticated multi-storied buildings with the magnificent wall paintings, furniture and vessels, show its great development and prosperity. The various imported objects found in the buildings indicate the wide network of its external relations. Akrotiri was in contact with Crete but also communicated with the Greek Mainland, the Dodecanese, Cyprus, Syria and Egypt. The town's life came to an abrupt end in the last quarter of the 17th century BC when the inhabitants were obliged to abandon it as a result of severe earthquakes. The eruption followed. The volcanic materials covered the entire island and the town itself. These materials, however, have protected up to date the buildings and their contents, just like in Pompeii.

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Grilled Sardines Greek cuisine: Grilled Sardines

  • 1 lbs fresh sardines
  • 4 pieces of garlic (chopped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of red chili pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of oregano
  • juice from one lemon
  • 3-4 teaspoons of olive oil
  • salt and pepper
Directions: Mix the olive oil with the lemon juice, the garlic, the chili pepper, the oregano and the salt and pepper. Use the mix to marinate the sardines in for 2-3 hours. Grill for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side.

Serve with red sweet Florina peppers on the side and white wine.

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