Callisto and Ursa Major11-05-2013 17:22Callisto was the daughter of Lykaon, king of Arcadia and she was a nymph of Artemis, a virgin hunting-companion of the goddess. Kallisto (the most beautiful) attracted Zeus’ attention who seduced her.
Callisto has taken a vow of virginity and left her home to roam the mountains of Peloponnese as a devoted priestess to goddess Artemis. When Zeus once happened to see her her lying on the grass, he feel in love with her and turned himself into Artemis’ form in order to approach her. Despite her will, Zeus got her pregnant and in this way Kallisto’s vow to Artemis was broken.
Artemis noticed that Kallisto was pregnant when she invited her attendants to bathe with her after the hunt. Artemis expelled her from her company, and Callisto gave birth to her son Arkas shortly afterwards. Hera, wife of Zeus, transformed Kallisto into a bear in a way to take revenge for her husband’s infidelity.
Arcas, Callisto’s son, was the only heir of the throne of Lykaon and ascended to the throne either immediately after the death of his grandfather. Kallisto roamed the countryside in the form of a bear until her son ran across her one day. Just when Arkas was about to kill his own mother in hunting, Zeus intervened to save him from committing this terrible crime by transforming both mother and son into the constellations of Ursa Major (Kallisto) and Ursa Minor (Arkas).
Touristorama has been travelling all around Greece and its islands for over a decade. This year, during our trip to Naxos, the biggest of the Cyclades complex, we discovered an interesting spot, perfect for your night out on the island… which is what we do best: finding the best places and then propose you should visit them! Prime is a Scandinavian Bar, located on a privileged position in Chora of Naxos, opposite the port. It’s been operating for 21 years and enjoys a great fame to both foreign and local tourists.
In recent years, the beloved habit of pancakes has begun to become widespread in Greece as well. Touristorama discovered in Nafplion the place that makes the most delicious pancakes, according to the original American recipe.
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“Brunch” is both a noun, a verb and way of life. It’s not only an opportunity to eat something nice, but also a way to catch up with friends in the middle of the day. In Athens city we love it for both reasons. We have even discovered an easily accessible spot, perfect for the citibreakers to enjoy a full breakfast or a brunch during their travel in the Greek capital.
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