Zakynthos, its unknown side | Amazing photography

Zakynthos is a Greek island in the Ionian Sea. It is widely known by its Italian name, Zante. The island is famous for its pristine beaches. Navagio beach and the Blue Caves are its top attractions. Of course, there is always the non-touristic side of a beautiful place. And that is shown perfectly through the lenses of a local amateur photographer, Stelios Pettas. Stelios lives in Zakynthos, apart from capturing beautiful photographs he collects driftwood, pebbles and shells and he creates unique art as By Step. For the purpose of this post we collected some of his recent photographs and few of his artistic creations. Enjoy!

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Lazarakia – Lazarus Saturday sweet spice breads

Photo by cookings.gr

Lazarakia (λαζαράκια), meaning little Lazarus,  are sweet, spicy small bread that are handmade on Lazarus Saturday, one week before the Greek Orthodox Easter.  They represent the miracle  of Jesus raising his friend Lazarus from the dead, after four days in the tomb. They are shaped like boys with crossed arms on their chest. Also their bodies seem to be wrapped in burial clothes.  Read more...

Komboskini – The Orthodox Prayer Rope

Komboskini (Greek: κομποσχοίνι) is a prayer tool that is used by Orthodox Christians dating back to the 5th and 6th century. Usually, they are handmade in monasteries, by wool (symbolising the flock of Christ) or silk and they are made up of complex knots, beads and a cross (either handmade or metallic).  These prayer ropes are used by many religious Orthodox people when they pray. You will find them in various sizes, but the bracelet style is the most common. The prayer ropes are blessed on the relics of specific Saints  so people may wear more than one. The traditional colour is black but nowadays, coloured komboskinis have also become fashionable. Read more...

Snow in Greece | Winter 2017 | Photos

A young refugee walks through snowstorm at refugee camp north of Athens. Photo: Reuters 

The low temperatures over the last weekend caused snow and frost throughout the country, even in the islands. Some parts of Greece, especially in the North have been completely blanketed in snow. Severe weather conditions placed refugees to risk in outdoors camps.  Here are some stunning and some shocking photos of snow-covered Greece. Read more...