09 oktober 2009
The people that live of the ilsand call their place still the “Flower of the East”,
in other words: "Fiore de Levante"
The name of the island, Zakynthos, originates probably from the son of the king Dardanos who was called Zakynthos.
In the years 1484 until 1797 the Venetians occupied the Island.
The influence of the occupations can still be felt on the island.
Especially the old Zakythos' songs you hear in the Tarverns:
The “Cantades” is a clear example of this.
It's a shame that the capital, called Zakynthos-city, was destructed by an earth-quake in 1953. But most parts have been reconstructed according to the old building plans.
The inhabitans of Zakynthos life mainly from the agriculture and tourism. They grow melons, citrus-fruits, olives and whine. But also many vegatables. A speciality on the island is "mandolato" ,
A soft noga from egg-white, honey and amandelen.
You can make excursions from Zakynthos to Kefalinia, Olympia,
Pelopponnesos and Athene.
But the island itself is also very beautifull.
Alll very beautifull places.
The beach at Aghios Sostis is very child-safe and has a slow slope into the sea.
But also in the north the beaches are very clean and child-safe.
In Laganas you find many souvenir shops and places to eat.
They mainly focus on the English audience.
Very beatifull other little places are:
A trip through the south-west side is terrific because of the many olive trees.
You will find an hagedis at many places and will be suprised by the smells of thyme and Oregano.
In other words: a superb Greek destination,
where you can enjou sun, see and nature!
Foto´s van Y. Bouwer
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