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text 2018-03-19 10:51
Tips to ease up the process of buying properties in Greece


It is not a matter to wonder that Greek property is interesting to everybody. The amount of romance and beauty that Greece can provide you is unmatched. More than that Greece is turning out to be the new hotspot for the property market. There are beautiful villas for sale in Greek islands and it actually is of interest to many people. This article has some tips that you can use to ease up the process of buying properties in Greece.


  • Get to know the place- you should first go and visit the place. Greece covers a large variety of landscapes that include mountains, coastal, mainland, rural and urban. You should first travel the place and decide where you wish to buy the property.
  • Finances- you need to have your finances absolutely clear. You need to show that the money you are using to buy the property is legal. For the bank money you need to produce the 'pink slip' and if you are using some illegal money then you will have to give full tax on it.
  • Get your Greek account open- in Greece you need to transfer money directly from Greek bank account after purchasing the property.

Property for sale in Greek islands is too beautiful to handle. If you are making up your mind in buying a property in Greece then it is highly advisable to visit some of the island properties before you decide.  

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review 2018-03-13 01:55
Didn't impress me with this volume, but I still like the concept
Greek Mythology: Beyond Mount Olympus - in60Learning
"It's not by chance what Americans say when in need of a specialized or precise term, that 'the Greeks have the word for it'." -Aikaterini Spanakaki-Kapetanopoulos


Let me start by saying that I still think that the in60Learning project is a great idea and I hope it puts out a lot of material. I just hope that in their rush for quantity, they don't skimp on quality. From the typographical errors to the way this was written, I think that's a real danger.


Still, let's focus on this volume -- they really did go beyond Mount Olympus in their coverage of Greek Mythology, let's look at the contents of this book:
An Overview of Greek Mythology
The Creation
The Gods of Mount Olympus
Other Gods, Spirits and the Stars
The Underworld and Other Beings in Greek Mythology
The Human Race and the Gods
Greek Mythology in Today's World

That's a lot for anyone to tackle in a book much longer than this -- it's a Herculean effort to get that much into a book this small (pun fully intended). But they go for more than an overview of Greek Mythology, they try to suggest some deeper meanings, to tie their topic into philosophical discussions and the like. Some of that worked, some of that seemed like a stretch -- and some fell flat (that last paragraph, in particular, was a complete mess). You've got to admire the effort, though.


Not only did they cover a wide range of topics, but they worked in a lot of detail -- maybe too much in some instances (including the Roman equivalent names at some points felt like they were striving for word count rather than being thorough).


One of the main theses of the book is the impact that Greek Myth had on Western Culture/the English Language, as is seen in the quotation I borrowed above and they utilized to drive home the point. Not only did they prove this point (in case anyone thought it worthy of debating), but they overdid it. At a certain point, the sections along these lines just became lists:

From the Greek god of sleep, Hypnos, is derived the word hypnosis.
From the Greek legend of the King Tantalus, is derived the word tantalize. He was condemned for eternity to stand up to his chin in the middle of a river with a fruit tree above him. Whenever he tried to drink the water, it receded from him, or grab a fruit, it pulled away from him.
From the Greek god of love, Eros, is derived the word erotic.
From the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite, is derived the word aphrodisiac. . . .
From the god of fire and blacksmithing, Vulcan (Greek: Hephaestus), is derived the words volcano and vulcanizing.
From the Roman goddess of grain and farming, Ceres (Greek: Demeter), is derived the word cereal.


That goes on for pages (depending how you have your text size set). The facts are good, they're on point, but it's not good reading.


The basic overview of the Olympian myths, the origin of the universe, the war with the Titans, etc. was pretty solid. Nothing remarkable, but decently executed. The writing as a whole, however, didn't impress me -- frequently, but particularly as the authors tried to wrap up each chapter, the writing felt like it was lifted from High School term papers. I don't necessarily think that's a bad thing, but I got the impression that this series was supposed to be better than that.


This one didn't work for me, but I bet there are people out there who will be helped by it. These people didn't check out D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths so many times from 3rd to 6th grade that the library might as well have given me a copy (not counting the other books on the subject I read, reread, bought, etc. at that age) or haven't had kids during the Riordan-era of publishing. Basically, I should've skipped this one, I think. This slim volume took some big swings -- amount of material, range of material, a couple of the "Big Ideas" running through the book, and whiffed on them all (to stick with the metaphor, I do think it caught a piece of a couple of the pitches). A strong effort, but not one that worked for me.

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text 2018-03-01 11:32
What you need to know if you are looking forward to buy Greek property

If you want to invest your money in the wisest manner, real estate is undoubtedly the wisest options. Because of the huge potential of the real estate market, people have been shifting to put their money into buying property as owning a property is a utility that can return you high profits. The country of islands, Greece also has an interesting real estate market when looked upon closely. Since the economic crisis of 2009, the prices of properties have seen unimaginable downfall thus becoming center of attraction for the people to buy at the low rates. Data shows that prices have become almost half in the last decade and this has led to the market condition in which you can buy a decent property with even a relatively small investment.

Real estate trends in Greece

After studying Greek market the one thing that gets reflected very clearly is the fact that villas in Greek islands are the topmost choice of the people who look forward to buying a property here. Owning a villa lets you enjoy the scenic view and provides you access to the beach as well, so it becomes obvious that villas are the topmost priority of the most of the buyers. Also, there is a considerable number of people who can’t afford to buy a villa in the island country and consider it a better option to rather looking forward to house for sale, Greek

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-02-17 22:33
The Darkest Torment by Gena Showalter
The Darkest Torment (Lords of the Underworld) - Gena Showalter

The Darkest Torment by Gena Showalter
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Baden, former Keeper of Distrust, has something new living inside him, something darker than any mere demon. Bound to the King of the Underworld, he struggles to fit into his new role of assassin, however his biggest challenge comes in the form of Katarina - a dog trainer that happens to be the wife of a very troublesome man.

(WARNING: This review contains spoilers.)

Let me start by saying that this instalment's number twelve in an ongoing series (Lords of the Underworld), and at the beginning - it's been seven years since I picked up the first book - I absolutely adored Showalter's steamy and mythological world. My very first reviews are of this series, where I found the characters, the stories, and the sexual heat all new and captivating. I even gave five star ratings to a couple, The Darkest Pleasure and The Darkest Passion. I had nothing but praise.

That time has unfortunately passed.

Whilst these books will always have a place in my heart, and I'll probably, against my better judgement, continue on until they come to a final conclusion, I'm truthful to myself in that I'm not enjoying them as I once did. At this point I'm just regurgitating my complaints, and it feels more like a chore to get down my thoughts. I'll however try and be coherent about my reasoning - why do I now largely dislike what was once beloved?

- The characters tend to fuse together, becoming indistinguishable. They're too similar, often having the same mental outlook, the same behaviour and even the same dialogue. Say a bunch of them were in the same scene and it wasn't directly stated who was speaking, well, I honestly wouldn't be able to tell them apart.

- The sex has become stale and it fails to thrill me anymore. What was once downright dirty has turned tame. I don't need an excuse to prefer the eroticism that once dominated the romance.

- Plot inconsistencies are plentiful. I'm not even going to go into detail, but it's clear that Showalter made a decision to change already established storylines. Baden's past in particular completely confused me.

- The writing's declined on a monumental level. Full sentences are a thing of the past. Example:

Heart pounding, she jerked her hands away from him. “Sex...from me?”

“Yesss.” A hiss. “Only from you.”

Only. Amazing how one little word could send pleasure soaring through her, warming her. “You told me never to touch you.” Which she’d just done, she realized. My bad.

Which brings me to the dynamic of Baden and Katarina, and how she ultimately considered him an animal in need of training. When someone doesn't even think of their significant other as an actual person, then there's undoubtedly something wrong with the relationship. I liked the hellhounds, though, but that's the only thing, and it's not enough to justify a higher rating.

As for the whole William and Gillian debacle - I just didn't care.

In conclusion: I initially rated this two stars, however I believe one to be more appropriate in regards to how I feel. I'm not into this series anymore, but I feel an obligation to trudge onward. If only I could walk away.

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review 2018-02-03 17:27
Μπλε υγρό - Βίβιαν Στεργίου

Όμορφη πένα, προσφέρει καίρια σχόλια πάνω σε σύγχρονα θέματα, με μονολόγους σχεδόν παραληρηματικούς και με έναν αγνό ρομαντισμό να διαπερνάει τις αυτοτελείς ιστορίες.  

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