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Greece, among other things, is a country known for its many generations of naval tradition. When the Greek boatyard, Ocean Yachts, first launched the 49ft. Ocean Star 495, the response was enthusiastic to say the least. The Anargyrou brothers, the company’s founders, have always been actively involved with the sea, as sportsmen at a young age and then as professional sailors. Their love and respect for the sea were the leading motivators for manufacturing yachts 30 years ago, in Brazil. When the Greek expatriates decided to return to their motherland, they applied their wealth of knowledge and experience of the boating industry to create Ocean Yachts’ first sailboats. The Ocean Star 495 was just the beginning of the company’s voyage. This first yacht model created a huge success among sailing vacationers and true to its mission of building reliable and innovative ya... (more)

Discover Yacht Charter in the Caribbean

The first Swan Hellenic Mediterranean cruise traveled to the Greek Islands in 1954, and in 1983, P&O purchased the company and furthered its development as a destination-rich cruise line, visiting numerous international ports of historical and archeological interests.  Since 2004, Swan Hellenic is part of the Carnival Corp, along with the Yachts of Seabourn, Cunard, NCL, Princess, Costa and Windstar. However, Swan Hellenic is a distinctive product and a premium brand. Perhaps the first thing guests notice when they step onboard the 600-passenger Minerva II is the richly-appointed furnishings and interiors set in a cozy, country-club atmosphere reminiscent of an English manor house. Thankfully devoid of the distasteful aspects of conventional cruising, there are no long lines onboard the Minerva, nor are there raised voices, piped elevator music, or glitzy atriums wh... (more)

Library of Celsus, Tomb of the Governor of Asia Minor

From "Turkish Riviera, the Turquoise Cost" magazine  The ancient city of Ephesus that is an hour away from Izmir (Smyrna) is the most well known archaeological site of Turkey. It is on the way between Izmir and Aydin and can be reached on the exit of Selcuk. The site is within walking distance from the center of Selcuk. Tourists of almost all destinations on the Turkish riviera have the possibility to find a daily tour to Ephesus site. One of the most important attractions in the ancient city is the Library of Celsus, built in AD 135 by Gaius Julius Aquila (a consul) to honor his father's memory, Tiberius Julius Celsus Polemaeanus the Governor of Asia Minor. The building was intended to be used both as Library and as the tomb of his father.  The Library was to house 12,000 scrolls, and as a tomb for Celsus, which was a great and special honor at that time as it wa... (more)

Moni Toplou, a Monastery with a Gun

  From "Greek Isles in the Summer" Magazine The eastern part of Sitia in Crete is almost a deserted place but the coastal road going off east of the town is the only one in the area with traffic because it leads to the two popular sights in east Crete - the Toplou Monastery or Moni Toplou and the palm tree forest at Vai which we will be talking on another article. On the coastal road there is not much to see, until you arrive at the historic Toplou Monastery. be careful as the road is narrow and has many badly-designed bends. The Monastery stands alone in the middle of no-where. It has been built in mid 15th century at a time when pirates and bandits of all nationalities were ravaging Crete and has withstood many attacks and occupations by invading forces. This is partly due to its strategic position. So the monks built a thick and strong 10 m high wall around the... (more)

Cretan Wedding Bread, a Piece of Art

From "Greek Isles in the Summer" Magazine Crete is an island of traditions, and is much different than the other parts of Greece. It is a big island and there are many attractions to find just know them in advance and watch-out for them. One of those attractions is certainly the Cretan Wedding tradition and if you happen to come across on a wedding, especially in the villages do not miss it.  I came across a wedding at Anogia village on the heights of Crete island, where a wedding is some very special event. At that village guests and villagers get dressed up and parade thru the village streets accompanied with live music and they dance all night in the village square. Also there is the after wedding party or feast called "glendi" which goes on for hours and sometimes days with lots of singing, dancing, lyra music, and eating. And the finale is when everybody goes ... (more)

Yacht Charter Croatia Magnum Nautica News

Ulitzer Travel Magazine Magnum Nautica, Croatia’s first and foremost Luxury yacht charter Croatia Company has announced a number of new additions that plan to take the firm to the top on the list of Europe’s best luxury charter companies. At a recently held press conference, Mrs. Dragica Gadzo, Spokesperson for the company, told reporters and guests about the latest addition to the fleet, an Azimut Jumbo 100, which currently has the honor of being the largest luxury charter yacht sailing the Adriatic waters. Magnum Nautica is a premier Luxury yacht charter Croatia service. Backed by Austria’s reputed Real4You Investment Corporation, the Croatian Magnum Group caters to luxury tourists through its luxury yacht charter service, the Magn um Nautica, and its luxury hotel subsidiary, Magnum Hotels which owns the Opatija, Bristol, Astoria and Apoksiomen in Croatia. The c... (more)

Rhodes Island Excursion Programme

From "Greek Isles in the Summer" Magazine   I thought it could be a good idea to provide you with a detailed excursion plan if you ever decide to visit Rhodes island, the largest of the Dodecanese islands group in Greece. This is actually the route I followed in Sept 2007 when I visited the island.  The programme below is a 10 day itinerary, including your arrival and departure days, which you may follow while you will be visiting Rhodes island. You can customize the programme to your own taste and time table. In some future articles I will be explaining to you in detail some of the wonderful places at Rhodes island.  Day 1. Arrival day. After you get your hotel room it is time to reserve your tickets for the nearby islands Symi and possibly Tilos. Then arrange with a rent a car company for some small car which you will use in your excursion. In the evening stro... (more)

Citron of Naxos, a Taste Not to Be Found Elsewhere

From "Greek Isles in the Summer" Magazine The Citron fruit is from the citrus family, it looks like a giant lemon, which has a very small and very sour juicy part in the middle so it is not worth to be eaten raw as a fruit. It has been known in antiquity as the median apples or in latin Citrus Medica. Today it is grown partly in the Middle East. In Arab countries it used as a replacement for vinegar because it is very acid, also in Persia it is used to flavor fruit salads and for marinating meat. In some places the leaves are used for tea and the fruit is used to make citron oil and citric acid. In Greece (and in the south of Turkey) the fruit is preserved and made into spoon-sweets, marmalades and candies.  In Greece today the Citrus trees are grown mainly in Naxos island which is a member and the largest islands of the Cyclades group just in the center of the A... (more)

Monaco Yacht Show Blog Launched on Ulitzer

Monaco Yacht Show Blog launched today on Ulitzer by International Yacht Vacations & Charters Magazine. The Monaco Yacht Show brings together professionals from the international luxury yachting sector; ship-builders and designers, equipment suppliers, brokers and service providers. The MYS is renowned throughout the sector for being the show that must not be missed in the luxury yachting sector because it is the only yacht show exclusively devoted to Superyachts of at least 25 meters in length. Ulizer already offers several popular yachting bogs such as: Yacht Charter Blog Yacht Charter Croatia Greek Isles Turkish Riviera Sacks Yachts OCEAN Independence Yacht Charter companies participated during this year's Monaco Yacht Show include: Allied Yacht Charter, http://www.alliedmarine.com Angela Carney Yacht Charters, www.acyachtcharter.com Camper Nicholsons, http://ww... (more)

Croatia Yacht Charter Presents Magnum Nautica

Magnum Nautica, the first luxury yacht charter Croatia company has announced that it has added a new luxury charter yacht to its existing fleet of 10 other luxury and charter yachts. This foremost Croatia yacht charter company has added Sunseeker Manhattan 60 to its fleet, making it an ideal choice as a luxury charter yacht for family vacations in the Adriatic waters. Announcing the addition of this mid-sized luxury yacht to the fleet of Magnum Nautica, its spokesperson, Dragica Gadzo, said, “The Sunseeker Manhattan 60, named Rej, is a luxury charter yacht in these areas which comes with three fully furnished luxury cabins.” Adding further, she said, “The yacht can carry a guest load of six people who will be accommodated in three double cabins. The master stateroom offers wardrobes and a generous en suite with a large shower.” The other two equally luxurious cabin... (more)

Katerina Moutsatsos, Kayikci and SOA World

After almost three months of traveling, I returned home today. When I flew around the island before I touched down, it was one of the most beautiful November days in the Caribbean. I had left home Labor Day weekend and traveled through Greece and Italy for most of October. It was one of the best seasons in Athens and Capri. Last Tuesday I was on a Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul to New York. They must have bought new planes, still Airbus but with a personal entertainment system on every seat with huge plasma touch screens - beats JetBlue big time. This flight is almost 12 hours. For a 36-hour stay in Istanbul, you better try your best to rest before you land in JFK, otherwise the remainder of your day will be completely shot. After going through "Two and Half Man" and the rest of the TV sitcoms, all popular movies including Oceans 13, I continued playing aroun... (more)