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The Greek Sun

The brilliant light of Greece is famous the world over. Seeing the great ancient monuments bathed in sweet bright light, it seems almost as though the country has a special relationship with the sun. Some places in Greece - Rhodes for example - are basking in the sunlight 300 days per year. And Athens is

The Full Moon of August – A Night of Celebration and Culture

The rising of a full moon over the Greek horizon is a sight to behold, whether you are at the sea or in the ancient urban metropolis. The ancient Greeks thought so too, associating the moon with a beloved Goddess - Selene. In fact, even today in Greece the moon is poetically sometimes called Selini,

Athens in July – Open-Air Events and Outings

The Summer Cultural Season in Athens provides a unique opportunity to enjoy both some exciting events as well as the beauty of a warm Mediterranean evening.  The Athens Open Air Film Festival The Athens open-air film festival is the perfect example of this uniquely Greek union of culture, nature, and art. The festival builds on

Greek Traditional Dances

One of the many wonderful things about Greece is the strong role that traditional culture continues to play in modern life. You’ll see this at any festive gathering of Greeks abroad, and celebrations in Greece. Weddings, saints’ days, Baptism parties, or any time the mood strikes - these are all occasions for celebrating life through

March 25th in Mani – History, Nature, Cuisine

The 25th of March in Greece is both the most important national holiday as well as a religious holiday. Counting back nine months from Christmas day and the birth of Jesus brings us to March 25th. This is the day of the Annunciation - in Greek, the Ευαγγελισμός (Evangelismos) - when the angel Gabriel announced

Fast forward – Greek Orthodox Easter in Athens

In Greece, you really sense the mystery and the miracle of Easter. Unlike in most western Easter celebrations, Easter is not limited to a day or two, but encompasses a whole season.  Beginning after Carnival, Lent ushers in a period of restraint. Then, when Holy Week begins in preparation for Easter Sunday, the somber mood,

Gearing up to the Festive Season – Spotlight on Crete

Crete is a wonderful island to visit in winter, and especially at Christmas. This is one of Greece’s most interesting all-season destinations. Crete has a strong culture, with its own cuisine, own music, and even its own style of traditional dress. It also has strong traditions. Some of them are old, and some of them

Discovering the Mycenaean Trail

Exploring the trail of the Mycenaeans is a fascinating way to discover in depth one of Greece’s most fascinating civilizations. It’s also a wonderful way to experience the beauty of some of Greece’s most stunning natural settings. The Mycenaeans - a Glorious Bronze Age Culture of Greece The Mycenaeans, who flourished during the last phase

Ancestry Trips – Discovering Greek Heritage

The Greeks have always been adventurous people. Since ancient times, Greece has spread its culture through emigration. There have been famous Greek colonies throughout the region. In the west, there is southern Italy, where even today there are villages in Calabria where a Greek dialect is spoken by the locals. To the south, Alexandria in

October 28th- “Ochi” Day

One of the proudest National Holidays of Greece has an unusual name. It usually goes by that date, but it is also called “Ochi” day - “No.”  The history of October 28th and the celebrations surrounding the holiday offer a precious glimpse into the Greek soul.  Greek culture is famous worldwide for its hospitality, for