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The Ascension of Christ

by Fr Kyril , on 20 May, 2012

The Ascension of Christ This Great Feast of the Lord commemorates His final moments on earth before being taken up into heaven. Jesus led His disciples to the Mount of Olives, and after blessing them and asking them to wait for the fulfillment of the promise of God the Father (which was that He would send to them the Holy Spirit), He ascended...

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Here today Gone tomorrow

by Nicole , on 02 February, 2012

Here today.. Gone tomorrow I am blessed to have enjoyed life-long relationships with my family and friends; sharing personal and mutual milestones, celebrations and commiserations. Among the many facets of the journey that I haven’t been able to quiet grasp, one in particular, is death. While I am rarely at a loss for words and can spea...

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Lesvos

by Rania , on 09 November, 2011

Lesvos: The island that makes you forget about the beach and focus on the architecture Lesvos is a Greekislandlocated in the northeastern AegeanSea. It has an area of 1632km²with 320 kms of coastline, making it the third largest Greek island and the largest of the numerous Greek islands scattered in the Aegean. It is very close to Turke...

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One Night in Bangkok

by Jaqui , on 06 November, 2011

One Night in Bangkok By Jaqui Preketes – Touchdown Tours “You pa-ba-seof?” said the Thai Customs official as I handed over my passport. “I beg your pardon?” I had no idea what she had just said. “You pa-ba-seof?” she asked again. I squinted as if I were hard of hearing. “Pa-ba-seof!”...

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Greece A Land of Contrasts

By OPA Editor, on 26 October, 2011

Greece – A Land of Contrasts by Judy Fetter, School Development Manager Alphington Grammar School Bilingual Greek Tour -Staff Member Tour Dates 4 th July to 2 nd August 2011 Confronting images across Greece as depicted in recent media were far removed from the reality of experiencing first hand the beauty and c...

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Welcome to everyday chef

By OPA Editor, on 22 October, 2011

Welcome to everyday chef A new and exciting concept which gives YOU the opportunity to share your recipe, or someone else’s, with all of our OPA! Magazine readers. Have you always thought your Mum makes the best stiffado, your Aunty makes the best avgolemmono, or you make the best hortopittes? Well, now is the time to share yo...

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Meandering Asia Minor

By OPA Editor, on 08 October, 2011

Meandering Asia Minor - Travels to Byzantium and beyond, with TOM ANDRONAS. “Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives…you are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace.” – Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, 1934. Nowhere else in the world does ‘Greek’ meet ‘Australia...

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Without a travel agent your...

by Jaqui , on 06 October, 2011

Without a travel agent, you’re on your own!”. “Calling passenger Ms. Jaqueline Preketes – Ms. Preketes, your flight is now boarding. Please make your way urgently to gate number 353 for immediate boarding.” Did I really hear my name? How could I have screwed up like this? But I had checked the gate number as soon...

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Earlybird Fares

by Jaqui , on 04 October, 2011

OPA! Magazine – October 2011 EARLYBIRD FARES .... ARE THEY REALLY WORTHWHILE? Earlybird airfares have been given a bad rapport the last few years, so I thought I would it would be wise to dispel any myths about them, and to highlight the truth of these very important promotional fares. So many questions surround Earlybird fares, a...

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A Modern Day Job

by Dean , on 25 September, 2011

ΓΙΑΓΙΑ ΠΑΝΑΓΙΩ – A Modern Day Job By DEAN KALIMNIOU "For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease."The Book of Job?? Some lives are like the mystery religions of old...

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Fathers Day Stifatho

by Hariklia , on 07 September, 2011

Don't ask me why I decided to make stifatho for lunch on Fathers Day. I don’t actually cook a lot of Greek food at home. Having grown up on Fakes, Fasoulatha and Bumyes, I’ve sort of had my fill. But stifatho was a dish I liked that Mum didn’t make very often. I asked myself why I was making it as the tears flowed, with ...

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