Eureka! We have friends everywhere thanks to eTwinning and Comenius – Comenius journeys: Turkey – Cappadokia

Here you can see the place visited during our journey to Turkey. You can see the panorama from the highest tower in Ankara and a trip to Cappadokia. You can listen to our guide too. Simply wonderful and unique. Thanks to Comenius and eTwinning we have friends everywhere!!! 

Andreas Miaoulis – Hydrographer

Andreas Miaoulis was the first Hydrographer, and discovered a reef in the Ioanian sea which was named after him.  He published papers concerning the tidal currents in the Euripus Strait, as well as those predicted for the new canal at the Isthmus of Corinth.

                                                          The Euripus Straits

Andreas Miaoulis was born on the island of Hydra in 1830.  He was the son of Antonios Miaoulis and a relative of Andreas Miaoulis, the great Greek admiral during the Greek war of Independence.

Hydra island

He attended the Navy school and was commissioned as a sub lieutenant in 1854.  He was on of the first Greek officers to study hydrography, an ignored subject and that’s why he was nicknamed “the teacher”.  His obsession with the subject resulted in his dismissal but in 1866, when the importance of hydrography became apparent, he was recalled to active duty.  As captain of the ship Methoni he augmented his knowledge on the subject by observing the measurements made by the British hydrographer Arthur Mansell in the Euripus Straits.

Hydrography Definition

Hydrography is the science of surveying and charting bodies of water, such as seas, lakes, and rivers.  It includes the positioning and identification of things such as wrecks, reefs, structures, navigational lights, marks and buoys and coastline characteristics.

Maria Spiropulou – Physicist

Maria Spiropulu was born in 1970 in Kastoria, a mountain town in West Macedonia, Greece.

She is an experimental physicist at Caltech and CERN, the European high-energy physics laboratory outside Geneva, and is working on experiments for the Large Haldron Collider.  She says that her work is part of the search to discover the origins of the Universe.


Maria Spiropulu got her Bachelor’s Degree from the Physics Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 1993.  She had already begun research from 1991, working as a technical assistant at CERN”S DELPHI and later at BESSY, the synchrotron laboratory in Berlin, Germany.  After graduation she went  to Harvard University for her PhD in particle Physics.


Maria Spiropulu also had other interests.  In her early teens, she wanted to be an F-16 pilot and then an astronaut.  She played the drums and sang for a band.  She also practiced for several years in martial arts, especially karate, and later went on to do kick-boxing.

1st class (A3) of Junior High School, 19th High School of Patras

Papadiamantis – A play

Dear friends on “Eureka!”,

A couple of weeks ago a very well known Greek actor came to our school and performed some pieces from three of the best works of a very old and very famous Greek author, Alexandros Papadiamantis.

I’ve put together a slideshow presentation for you at this link—a-play and I hope you like it!

And now a few words about the performance.

The play was an old story about a girl and a prince. It took place at the sea on some big rocks. The prince went to war but before he left he told the girl that he would come back at Christmas to marry her. But the prince didn’t come back. Then the girl learned that he had gone to prison. She started crying and at night a green light shines at her house.

I feel unhappy because the girl and the prince didn’t get married. I also feel sad because the prince went to prison.

John Lazanas, Grade 3, 2nd Junior High School of Paralia

Philo of Byzantium

Philo of Byzantium was one of the most important mathematicians and engineers of the Hellenistic period.

He was from Byzantium but he lived most of his life in Alexandria.


Philo didn’t deal only with theory but he made constructions with which he could prove what he had in mind. His important constructions were the air pump, and the water pump, which worked with buckets.

Apart from these he made some items which worked with steam, like a horse drinking water, a girl pouring water and a siren for a lighthouse. With his last constructions he became the instigator to Heron of Alexandria.

Tolis Ritsikalis, Grade 3, 2nd Junior High School of Paralia