posted Feb 24, 2020, 9:38 AM by Newcomers Bulletin Board   [ updated Feb 24, 2020, 9:39 AM ]

The Friends of The




Ephesos, Priene, Miletos, Didyma

and Pergamon

on Friday 29th, Saturday 30th , Sunday 31st May, Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd June 2020


 Ionia, the central region of the western coast of modern-day Turkey was one of the cradles of

Greek culture in various periods, but most particularly in antiquity. Here Greeks came into

contact with the local cultures of Asia Minor, which led to fluorescence, particularly in the sixth

century BC. Later developments were built on these firm foundations. Today Ionia is best known

for its majestic ruins which primarily date to the Roman period, a time when the region was once

again one of the most prosperous in the Greek world. On this trip we shall marvel at the majestic

ruins of Ephesos, Priene, Miletos and Didyma. We shall also visit Pergamon, an amazing city

built on a hilly crag and its surroundings, which in the Hellenistic period was the centre of an

important kingdom that punched well above its weight. This is a truly eye-opening excursion,

which will allow us to enjoy the antiquities of the region as well as the beautiful countryside in

the full bloom of spring.



The projected itinerary is:

Friday 29 May

1250                Flight from Athens (Eleftherios Venizelos Airport) to Samos

1345                Arrive at Samos airport, by coach to Vathy for a leisurely lunch (not included)

and a visit to the local Archaeological Museum

1800                Ferryboat to Kusadasi

1930                Arrive at Kusadasi, transfer to hotel. Evening free.


Saturday 30 May

0830                Coach pick-up from hotel for full-day tour.

Visit the “House of Virgin Mary” and then continue to the magnificent ruins of ancient

Ephesos, arguably the best-preserved Roman-period city on the eastern Aegean coast, with its

impressive roads, houses and public buildings.  

Our final stop for the day is the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient

World. (Lunch included)

1600                Return to hotel

Evening free.


Sunday 31 May

0800                Coach pick-up from hotel, drive to Pergamon (modern Bergama).

Full-day tour of the ancient city. Among the sites to be visited are the acropolis, the site of the

Altar of Zeus, the Library and the Asklepieion. (Lunch included)

Afternoon        Return to hotel.

Evening free.


Monday 1 June

0830                Coach pick-up for a full day excursion. Our first stop will be the Ionian city of

Priene, famous for its theatre, Agora, Bouleterion and well-preserved houses. We shall then

visit the ruins of the great city of Miletos. Its theatre is by far the most impressive of the

town’s surviving monuments. There are also the council-chamber, marketplace, temples,

baths and Ilyas Bey Mosque to be visited. After lunch we will continue to Didyma, the site of

the world-renowned Temple of Apollo, famous for its great oracle. (Lunch included)

Afternoon        Return to hotel.

Evening free.


Tuesday 2 June

0730                Check out from hotel

0830                Ferry to Samos.

1000                Coach tour and time for lunch (not included). Please note: enquiries are

currently being made into a winery visit. If this eventuates there will be a slight

supplementary payment.

1730                Flight to Athens

1825                Arrive at Athens (Eleftherios Venizelos Airport)




Members and Non-Members (plus one guest) who wish to participate in this excursion are

requested to register their place by Wednesday 11 March at the very latest. Note that priority

will be given to currently registered Members, as places are strictly limited.



Please ensure, when making your reservation, you advise the office.


a)  if you will require a single, double or twin (2 single beds)  

b)  provide a contact telephone number (mobile and landline where possible), plus email

     address if available.

c)  provide us with your passport number.



PARTICIPATION COST  (per person) :


Members:                                                        Non-Members 


Single room:               460                                        Single room:               485

Double/Twin room:    415                                        Double/Twin room:    440

Triple room:                400                                        Triple room:                425


If Non-Members choose to become Members before making their deposit they will be eligible

to pay the Members' rate. Single yearly membership is 30, family membership 40. If any

current Non-Members intend to include membership payment in their bank transfer they

should inform the office by telephone or email before doing so.


Cost includes

v Economy air fare Athens-Samos-Athens

v Ferry Samos-Kusadasi-Samos

v Hotel accommodation with continental breakfast for four nights at the four-star Ayma

Beach Hotel, Kusadasi.

v Coach transfers on Samos

v Coach transportation in Turkey

v Guiding by accredited guide in Turkey

v Museum/site entrance tickets included in Turkey-based itinerary

Not included are meals (other than breakfast and lunch in Turkey as indicated in the

itinerary), museum entrance fees when visited at leisure, tips plus any other sundry expenses.  



For all confirmed reservations a non refundable deposit per person of:


100 for Members and Non-Members


should be paid into Alpha Bank IBAN acc. number GR20 0140 1150 1150 0231 0029 916 by

WEDNESDAY MARCH 11 at the very latest.  


IMPORTANT: When remitting your deposit please ENSURE your NAME (and that of any

other participants you are paying for) is RECORDED on the PAYMENT SLIP and

then please either fax or email a copy of the remittance slip to the Institute  

(fax no. 210 924 1659, email: to ensure we have a correct record of your



Please note that no reservation will be considered valid or confirmed without proof of

payment by the deadlines given. In the event the places have not been filled by the deadlines

given, then members will be invited to register additional guests, if they so wish, subject to

remaining availability.


Half of the balance must be made into the same Alpha account as above by FRIDAY 3

APRIL. Apologies, but any cancellations after this date will be non-refundable.


The remainder of the balance, final payment must be made into the same Alpha account as

above, by FRIDAY 1 MAY.  



Travel Insurance must be a personal responsibility. Costs arising from

illness or injury cannot be borne by the Friends of the Australian

Archaeological Institute at Athens. Participants are also solely

responsible for ensuring that their required travel documents are in



Places are strictly limited, so please respond within these deadlines, to avoid





PLEASE CALL the Office of the AAIA on 210 924 3256 (Monday-Friday 9:00am-1:00pm) to

BOOK as places are limited, or fax no. 210 924 1659, email:, including full

contact details




All participants are advised to exercise due caution when visiting archaeological sites, and more

generally while on the excursion, and are recommended to wear comfortable walking shoes. We

also advise all participants to bring clothing appropriate to the expected/forecast weather

conditions as well as sun protection if necessary

FREE Meditation and Relaxation Techniques in English at House Hub

posted Feb 23, 2020, 1:34 AM by Newcomers Bulletin Board

Dear Newcomers,

These Workshops will provide a brief description of how Mindfulness practices can positively affect your biological physical and cognitive well-being. We will educate and demonstrate on the techniques: Progressive Muscle Relaxation, Safe Place, Four Elements and Breathing.

Most importantly, we will connect the application of these practices in our everyday lives in relieving stress, anxiety and negative thoughts.

Amy-Josephine Pedicino and Nathasha S. Sharma

from the Clinical Psychology Department at the Hellenic American University in Athens Greece

WEDNESDAY 26th and FRIDAY 28th


At House Hub (Othonos #93, Kifisia)

For more information contact 6977767168 or 6942827521

Lunch Bunch

posted Feb 19, 2020, 8:59 AM by Newcomers Bulletin Board

SPREAD YOUR WINGS, LADIES!  And land right inside "BUFFALO WINGS & RINGS"!  We're going stateside this month, for the best barbecued chicken wings (and onion rings) this side of Buffalo, N.Y. where they originated!  Plus incredible burgers, unique salads, and Mexican dishes!  So, don't be chicken -- come to Lunch Bunch!
Wednesday, February 26
1:00 PM
Harilaou Trikoupi 127
Nea Erithrea 14671
To reserve, contact:
Kathy Cambas

The World Day of Prayer

posted Feb 19, 2020, 8:07 AM by Newcomers Bulletin Board

The World Day of Prayer is an international, ecumenical, Christian laywomen’s initiative.   and is celebrated annually in over 170 countries.  The movement aims to bring together women of various races, cultures and traditions in a yearly common Day of Prayer as well as in closer fellowship, understanding and action throughout the year.

Through the World Day of Prayer, women are encouraged to become aware of the other countries and cultures and no longer live in isolation. They are also encouraged take up the burdens of other people, to sympathize with the problems of other countries and cultures and pray with and for them.

The World Day of Prayer aims to demonstrate that prayer and action are inseparable and that both have immeasurable influence in the world.

This year’s subject “Rise! Take Your Mat and Walk” has been prepared by the women of Zimbawe.


World Day of Prayer will be held on Saturday March 7th, at 16.30 p.m. at the Catholic Cathedral of St. Denis on Panepistimiou & Omirou street, Athens

Children's tree-planting Action

posted Feb 14, 2020, 3:40 AM by Newcomers Bulletin Board

Action Title:

Children's tree-planting Action on South Hymettus Mtn.

Date/Time: Sunday 16 February, at 10:00.

Meeting Location:

At the vehicle access bar of the forest gravel-road that begins at the junction of “Irodotou” and “Priamou” streets, in Voula (Panorama). (Map)

The site of the tree-planting is approached after a 30 min walk along a forest gravel-road.

Organized by: EDNY

Short Description:
The children are the future, however simply doing whatever we can for them doesn’t suffice. We need to also act with them. Therefore, EDNY is cooperating with the Greek Guiding Association and organizing a children’s tree-planting action on South Hymettus Mtn. During the action, which is open for the public, saplings will be planted in order to replace the trees that didn’t survive last year’s large tree-planting action. This way, the children will understand that the efforts aiming at restoring the greenery of the mountain require continuity and consistency. After the completion of the children’s tree-planting, the EDNY volunteers will continue with other volunteer tasks.

Need to bring:
- Comfortable, sturdy shoes (hiking boots recommended).

- Water/snack for personal use.

- Sweatshirt/raincoat.

- Leather/gardening gloves (optional).

- Pruning-scissors/spud (optional).

More information and relevant announcements here.

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General Regulation on the Protection of Data
As of 25 May 2018 the European Union’s new regulation on the protection of data, widely known as General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), came into effect. As regards this regulation we would like to inform you that your contact details are securely stored by the Newcomers-by-the-Sea, they are not disseminated to third parties, and they are only used by the Newcomers-by-the-Sea in order to inform you of its activities. You may, at any moment, request that NBTS stop sending you its communications and that it delete your contact details from its files.

Γενικός Κανονισμός για την Προστασία των Δεδομένων
Στις 25 Μαΐου 2018 ξεκίνησε η εφαρμογή του νέου Ευρωπαϊκού κανονισμού για την προστασία των δεδομένων, ευρέως γνωστού και ως General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Κατόπιν τούτου, θα θέλαμε να σας ενημερώσουμε πως τα στοιχεία επικοινωνίας σας διατηρούνται ασφαλή, δεν κοινοποιούνται σε τρίτους και χρησιμοποιούνται με μόνο σκοπό την ενημέρωσή σας σχετικά με τις δραστηριότητες των Newcomers-by-the-Sea. Μπορείτε ανά πάσα στιγμή να ζητήσετε την διακοπή των τακτικών ενημερωτικών επικοινωνιών μας και την διαγραφή των στοιχείων επικοινωνίας σας. 


posted Feb 12, 2020, 11:19 PM by Newcomers Bulletin Board


Dear Newcomers,

I would like to inform you that the new cycle of the Encounter/ Personal Development group would start soon. Every Friday for 10 weeks we would be meeting in my office in Agios Stefanos from 10.30-12.30, and would encounter each other in an atmosphere of trust, acceptance and confidentiality. The participants in the previous cycle had "graduated" with success; our theme to open a conversation was:" From Alienation to Personal Growth", but we as a group would agree which theme is most relevant to the participants and take it from there.

These are non-directive, experiential groups that concentrate on the here-and-now and encourage personal honesty, self-disclosure, exploration and confrontation. In personal development/encounter groups we share our deepest concerns and learn from each other in a climate of freedom and safety.

Encounter groups contribute to individual and relationship changes. But most of all they alleviate loneliness and alienation caused by the modern world and remind us that we all belong to a human race. They create a therapeutic experience by promoting interpersonal learning, installation of hope, sense of belonging, group cohesiveness, psychoeducation and altruism. By the feedback provided by the participants in the trusted environment, members learn how the world sees them and this helps their better adjustment.


I am looking forward to starting our journey of exploration.

 For any additional information please do not hesitate to contact me (tel. 6947520063).

 Warm regards,

 Alexandra KovacevicKonstantatou

Councellor & Psychotherapist

MSc Strathclyde University, Glasgow, U.K.

The Friends of the AAIA Two-Day Excursion

posted Feb 11, 2020, 12:49 AM by Newcomers Bulletin Board

to Hosios Loukas Monastery, Delphi & Nafpaktos on Sunday 15 and Monday 16 March 2020
From: Athens Friends AAIA

Dear Friends,


We are pleased to announce a two-day excursion to Hosios Loukas Monastery, Delphi and Nafpaktos on Sunday 15 and Monday 16 March 2020.

Please, register your interest soon as spaces are limited.

As always, priority will be given to members of the Athens Friends.

For more details see flyer attached.

Wishing you all the best,

Athens Friends of the AAIA

Zacharitsa 17
Koukaki 117 41
Tel: 210 924 3256
Fax: 210 924 1659

Activity Title: Hike on South Hymettus Mtn.

posted Feb 6, 2020, 11:16 PM by Newcomers Bulletin Board

Date/Time: Sunday 09 February 2020, at 10:00 (strict departure 10:15)

Meeting Location:

The junction of “Ymittou” and “Sarantaporou” streets in Voula (behind the 3rd Primary School), opposite “Alsous” (Ag. Nektarios) Square. (Map)

The hike will not begin from that location, but from a higher one on the mountain.

Short Description:

EDNY is organizing its first activity for 2020, a year that begun with actions, and it will be a hike with a view on Sunday 09 February. A hike that will approach one of the many locations of the mountain that offers uninhibited views towards the Saronic Gulf as well as towards the South Evian Sea. Towards the capital as well as towards the valley of Mesogeia. The aim is the col between the summits of Dasomeni Koryfi” and Stavraetos” and the route offers an escape in nature, next to Athens.

Join us and discover the green side of South Hymettus Mtn along with the EDNY volunteers, give yourselves a healthy break and enjoy lots of green and blue views.

Cost: Free. Please leave a contribution towards EDNY.

Organized by: EDNY

Need to bring:

- Comfortable, sturdy shoes (hiking boots recommended).

- Water/snack for personal use.

- Sweatshirt/windbreaker/raincoat.


Walking duration: Approx. 3 hours (10,5 klms)

Total event duration: Approx. 5 hours

Activity difficulty: 3/5. Takes place on gravel road and forest path.

More information and relevant announcements here.

Guided Tour

posted Feb 6, 2020, 11:13 PM by Newcomers Bulletin Board


posted Feb 4, 2020, 8:22 AM by Newcomers Bulletin Board



By popular demand there will be three extra performances of “H Adelphi mou-- My Sister” on 11th, 14th, and 15th February at 9 p.m.

TICKETS: 14, 10 and 8 euros / Pre-sale: Public Stores and Ticket Services


On Monday 10 February Radio Petter Church Sessions 5 presents hip-hop performer TAF LATHOS aka Panayiotis Kiriakou, an artiste with more than 15 years discography work in his bags.


Radio Pepper 96.6 FM/Tel: 213 018 9066 | E-mail:


On Wednesday 12th February at 8 p.m. the FONES CHROMATON CHOIR and FIVE VOICES/ THREE GUITARS MUSIC ENSEMBLE, directed by Ria Theodorou will perform Greek songs in a programme entitled “Timeline Trip”.

Entrance to this event is free., Tel. 210 8105665 e-mail:


 On Saturday 22nd February at 9 p.m. we host two bands & one solo artist in one concert! NOCHNOY DOZOR, CHURCH OF THE SEA & GNONE perform ambient, acoustic and soundscape music with vocals and music interludes.

TICKETS: 10 Euros and 8 Euros / Presale:

Information: 69732379947 and 6936120293

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