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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 15 September 2018
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 2018 7 GREECE Acropolis Museum ranked ahead of Louvre The museum was in 6th place at annual travel awards TripAdvisor's annual Travelers Choice Awards for museums this year has the Acropolis Museum ranked just ahead of Paris' jewel, the Louvre. The 2018 list still sees Musee d'Orsay in first place, another French museum, followed by New York's National 9/11 Memorial & Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which came first in 2017. The British Museum in London came fourth and Prado in Madrid was fifth, only a few votes ahead of the Acropolis Museum. Designed by Swiss architect Bernard Tschumi, the Acropolis Museum officially opened its doors in 2009. According to the the 30,432 reviews submitted by TripAdvisor readers who voted, nearly half – 14,246 – rated it excellent, 3,243 as very good, 757 said average, 144 rated it poor and 47 said it was terrible. There is only one space that has not been filled yet, a glass facade that faces the Acropolis that is intended for the return of the Parthenon Marbles currently housed by the British Museum. The Louvre ranked seventh, with the National WWII Museum in New Orleans in eighth place, closely followed by the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City, while the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam remained 10th. Two of the world’s five most expensive villas for rent are in Greece Even though tourism reached an all time high, 100 Greek hotels and resorts are being auctioned during Autumn The Greek islands are the most sought after travel destination in the world right now and hoteliers are taking advantage of the high demand by creating luxurious paradise escapes. Indeed, a night's stay in such a paradise will cost an otherworldly amount that for some, equals to a monthly salary or even more. There are currently five villas across the world that offer the best there is in terms of accommodation, service and location, and two happen to be in Greece. Protocycladic archaeological discovery on Kythnos island sheds light on era A large habitation on Kythnos island has been uncovered, allowing archaeologists to obtain valuable information on Greece's history stretching from the Protocycladic era until the 7th-8th century AD. The site, which was unearthed in the town of Vryokastro on the Greek island of Kythnos, provides the first definitive proof of a 3rd millennium BC Protocycladic settlement. The discovery was not limited on Kythnos island, as smaller settlement was found on the nearby islet of Vryokastraki, according to a statement by Cyclades Antiquities Ephorate and the University of Thessaly. The main town of Vryokastro and the neighbouring islet of with its two towers and exterior walls almost intact. The archaeologists also accessed a number of well preserved rectangular rooms, partly carved from rock containing obsidian tools and pottery shards. Vryokastraki were once connected via a narrow isthmus, the findings show. Athens News Agency confirmed that the excavation took place between 24 June and 4 August, unearthing among Protocycladic ruins an early Christian basilica with later additions, A first study also shows that the site had been re-inhabited in the 12th century BC after a period of abandonment. The settlement appears to have been continuously inhabited from that time until the 7th or 8th century AD. The location shrank until it was completely abandoned in the early Byzantine era, when the few remaining residents moved to the fortress now known as Orias Castle. In fact, at the top of the list is a 360-square-metre villa in Megalohori, Santorini with five bedrooms and five bathrooms perched at the edge of a cliff. The minimalist mansion even has a huge swimming pool looking over the Aegean sea and its own heliport at only $8,153 per night. The only drawback is that guests are not allowed to smoke or bring their pets on the premises. Slightly less costly but still the world's third most expensive resort is another private villa in Apokoronas village, off Chania in Crete. At $ 2,795 per night, it can host eight people. It has four huge bedrooms, three bathrooms and offers breathtaking views of Souda Bay and the White Mountains. Again, visitors are not al- lowed to smoke or bring pets along. The other three villas are located in Malibu, California; Positano in Italy; and Waimanalo, Hawaii. Crete Santorini At the same time and in spite of Greek tourism being at a record high this year, the end of the summer tourism season will see up to 100 insolvent hotels and resorts around the country go to auctions as of today. According to Naftemporiki, most of the properties having been foreclosed on by the four systemic banks in the country. Most Greeks still blame migraines on evil eye Study reveals the majority of Greeks would rather have a ‘xematiasma’ than a painkiller According to a study conducted by the Society for Headache and Migraine Patients in Greece, it appears that the majority of the country's citizens still believe that the 'mati', most commonly known as the 'evil eye' is the main cause of headache. Out of the 10,000 people that participated in the nationwide study over 6,000 believe that spells to rid the 'evil eye' (xematiasma) can cure migraines, headaches, excessive yawning, stomach aches, and that they actually work. It is surprising that 40 per cent of Greeks believe that the 'evil eye' is real anyway, even though the study's intention was to gauge and raise public awareness regarding the causes and cures for headaches ahead of World Migraine Day, which falls on 12 September. Six out of 10 respondents told researchers that they usually blame their headaches on mal-intended people and over 40 per cent are certain religious or occult/ pagan incantations can help cure them. "There is a prevalence of misguided theories concerning headaches and their cure," said Dr Dimos Mitsikostas, an associate professor of neurology at Athens University and head of the Society for Headache and Migraine Patients. "It is important to dispel these prevalent myths and to break certain taboos, like fear of visiting a neurologist. Headaches are discounted by the boss, the romantic partner and often even by the doctor. "Most people associate headaches with some psychological factor when they are, in fact, caused by a biological disorder of the brain," Dr Mitsikostas added, explaining that women are more prone to such beliefs than men. "We found that two-fifths of women have a genetic predisposition, while 8.2 per cent of the population suffers from headaches and migraines," the doctor said, stressing that everyone should keep in mind frequent migraines and headaches may also be genetic or a result of certain food and drink consumption, weather conditions and life changes. The Dodecanesian Doreta Beach hotel and spa in Rhodes, will be the first to go tonight starting bids off €12 million followed by the awarded Aigli hotel in the northern Evia resort town of Aidipsos, starting at €3.26 million. Today will also see the fourstar and 209-room Filerimos Village resort also on Rhodes up for at least €5.7 million.
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