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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 12 May 2018
22 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 12 MAY 2018 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Greek beaches maintain Blue Flag quality Doing even better than last year, the Greek beaches still remain some of the best in the world when it comes to quality. That can be confirmed by the fact that 519 of Greece's beaches have received the coveted Blue Flag award, coming second out of 47 other nations; only Spain had more and came first with 590. In addition, 15 Greek marinas and one sustainable tourism boat also received the award, further solidifying the quality of the Greek waters. The improvement, when compared to the previous year is obvious, as only 486 beaches and 12 marinas were approved then, which is still quite an impressive number. The Blue Flag distinction is only given to beaches that have met certain strict educational, environmental, safety and access-related criteria; it is awarded by the Foundation of Environmental Education, which maintains its headquarters in the capital of Denmark, Copenhagen. President Pavlopoulos welcomes the Prince of Wales to Athens ‘Greece is in my blood and I have long had a fascination for her ancient culture and history,’ said Prince Charles, in Greek newspaper interview Prince Charles was the guest of honour at a dinner held at the Presidential Mansion in Athens on Thursday. Navagio Bay, Zakynthos. PHOTO: VISITGREECE Greek designers create next generation of floating sunbeds When it comes to leisure by the sea, nothing comes close to Greek expertise. If this statement needs affirmation, then there is no stronger proof of Hellenic ingenuity than the 'Waves' line of outdoors furniture. Created by designers Manos Tsikliotis and Vivian Paraschos for INOMO designs, 'Waves' are two-metre long floating sunbeds. The name is a reference to the movement of the Mediterranean Sea, but the appeal lies in the material used – fibreglass – which allows for the sunbed to float easily, making it ideal for use in the sea, anchored in shallow water, as well as on the sand. The luxurious-looking floating sofas have made significant impression and are currently sold internationally, though remaining an upmarket product, priced at €2,800 (AUD$4,450) each. The Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, were invited to Athens by Prokopis Pavlopoulos, president of the Hellenic Republic. In a meeting that the Greek President regarded as "historic", he and his wife Vlassia Pavlopoulou-Peltsemi received the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at the Presidential Estate in Athens on Wednesday. The couple attended a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Syntagma Square and at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery before heading to the presidential residence. Although the event was honoured with the presence of several prominent Athenians, including the country's leading politicians, no official reception was held, as protocol does not allow for it, since Prince Charles is not yet a head of state. In regards to the visit, according to Kathimerini, it was pointed out by Mr Pavlopoulos that the bonds of friendship between the two nations go as far back as the establishment of the Greek nation itself, noting the bat- cent years, I wanted to find a way – however small and inadequate – to help the young people of Greece achieve their full potential, whether through skills training or assisting them to set up their own enterprises," he added. A Greek WWII veteran in traditional Cretan dress talks with Charles, Prince of Wales, during his visit to the island of Crete in November 1998. Prince Charles wrapped up a three-day cultural visit to Greece with a trip to Crete. PHOTO: AAP VIA AP/EUROKINISSI tle of Navarino and Lord Byron as the key points between them. President Pavlopoulos also spoke of Prince Charles' Greek heritage through his father, Prince Phillip, and extended his hopes that there will be more visits to come in the future. Prince Charles also spoke of the deep bonds that connect the two countries and shared his gratitude for his first formal invitation to visit Athens. Finally, he too talked about his wish to have the opportunity to visit Athens again. A few days earlier, the Prince of Wales had visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Syntagma in order to lay a wreath of roses in honour of those that had fallen. Meanwhile, in an exclu- sive interview printed in the hard copy edition of Kathimerini, Prince Charles praised Greece saying it is in his blood. "Apart from anything else, Greece is in my blood and I have long had a fascination for her ancient culture and history, not to mention the fact that I have been so fortunate to have visited some of Greece's many beautiful and unique places," he said stressing that his father was born in Corfu. "Knowing that Greece, and so many Greeks, have been going through such a very difficult time in re- "This is something my Prince's Trust has been doing in the United Kingdom – and now, increasingly, overseas – for the last 42 years, and so, feeling deeply for the predicament facing the Greek people, I wanted to see if the experience we have developed over all these years might be of some assistance in overcoming the challenges confronting such a very special country." A frequent visitor to the Holy Mount Athos, Prince Charles also met with Archbishop Ieronymos, head of the Greek Orthodox Church, on Thursday, before heading to Piraeus where the HMS Echo and HMC Valiant are stationed. The British ships are cooperating with the Hellenic Coast Guard in search and rescue exercises. During their stay in Athens, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall attended a number of engagements to celebrate the UK and Greece's longstanding maritime relationship.
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