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Smila, Greece

Europe is one of the five inhabited traditional continents of the Earth. Physically and geologically, Europe is the westernmost peninsula of Eurasia, west of Asia. Europe is bounded to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the west by the Atlantic Ocean, to the south by the Mediterranean Sea, and to the southeast by the waterways adjoining the Mediterranean to and including the Black Sea and the Caucasus Mountains. On the east, Europe is divided from Asia by the water divide of the Ural Mountains and by the Caspian Sea. Europe is the world's second-smallest continent in terms of area and third-largest continent after Asia and Africa in population.
Smila is a little village near Olympia with about 400 citizens. It is about in the middle of Pyrgos and Olympia. The myth says that it was called so, because there Praxiteles, the artist who made the famous statue of Hermes, lost his tool which was called smili. A lot of ancient articrafts where found in this village, especially in the northern part of it and are exhibits in the Olympia museum. A great cheese making tradition has been established in Smila over the past few years, with a lot of famous cheesemakers or tirobixtes in Greek, having been born in Smila, some of who have found extensive occupation as ship chefs. Olympia is an ancient city in Greece which was the site of the Ancient Olympic Games.
Greece lies at the juncture of Europe, Asia, and Africa. Regarded as the cradle of western civilization and being the birthplace of democracy, Western philosophy, the Olympic Games, western literature, political science, major scientific principles, and drama including both tragedy and comedy, Greece has a particularly long and eventful history and a cultural heritage considerably influential in Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East. Following the emergence of the Greek-speaking Byzantine Empire and 400 years of Ottoman control the Modern Greek state evolved after 1821-1830 as an independent Kingdom. Today, Greece is a developed country, member of the European Union and the Economic and Monetary Union of the European Union.

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