Articles by Paige Moore

Athens New Chic in Old Plaka

Athens New Chic in Old Plaka May 20, 2011 | Off the Beaten Path, Things to Do, What's New | Read More
Walking down Adrianou Street with a friend the other day, we noticed the inevitable tragedy of the current economic circumstances: several longstanding stores are dark and dusty while cheap souvenir and T-shirt shops seem to be multiplying like rabbits. My friend lamented the fact that Athens doesn’t...

The Latest Addition to the Venizelos Airport

The Latest Addition to the Venizelos Airport April 30, 2011 | Food, Travel Tips | Read More
If your plans in Athens involve a hostel, apartment, camper, charter yacht or sailboat, you’re going to be happy about the new addition to the Arrivals level: a traditional “pandopoleion” stocked with locally made dry goods, American cereals, fresh fruit, cheeses, meat, olives, beer, wine, herbs,...

Saranda, Albania: An Up-and-Coming Mediterranean Destination

Saranda, Albania: An Up-and-Coming Mediterranean Destination April 28, 2011 | Off the Beaten Path, Things to Do, What's New | Read More
By: Barbara Rockwell Nestled among the pristine beaches, crystal-blue waters, and little-known cultural sites of the “Albanian Riviera,” sunny Saranda is poised to become a prized Mediterranean travel destination. While the rest of the Mediterranean is largely swarmed by tourists, coastal Albania...

Post-Easter Pictures: The Miraculous Holy Light Arrives in Athens

Post-Easter Pictures: The Miraculous Holy Light Arrives in Athens April 25, 2011 | Events, Local Flavor | Read More
Another Easter come and gone. Athenians are using this last night of the official Easter holiday to digest generous portions of lamb and finish the last of their “Chronia Pola” phone calls. It’s sad to say goodbye to Pascha but visitors are surely going to enjoy the refreshing sight...

The Island of Kea, Greece’s Up and Coming Destination

The Island of Kea, Greece’s Up and Coming Destination April 23, 2011 | Off the Beaten Path, Things to Do | Read More
Due to inexpensive ferry tickets and a mere two-hour trip from the Athens city center, budget-conscious travelers are choosing Kea* over more popular Cycladic islands such as Santorini and Mykonos. Picturesque with terra cotta roof-lined hills, windmills, and a rugged terrain, Kea is less spoiled and...

Athens’ Great Week: Megali Evdomada

Athens’ Great Week: Megali Evdomada April 20, 2011 | Events, Local Flavor | Read More
The weather is gray and dreary in Athens of late, almost as though the cumulative preparation for Good Friday is setting the stage for a mournful weekend leading to the burst of sunshine, Easter Sunday, or Pascha. Starting tomorrow most businesses will start shutting down in preparation for a rolling...

The Wax Rainbows in the Windows of Athens

The Wax Rainbows in the Windows of Athens April 9, 2011 | Local Flavor | Read More
In Athens, the road to Pascha is lined with candle-filled windows. Lambadas are traditional Easter gifts for children to be used on Holy Great Saturday to receive the Holy Light from Jerusalem. The modern lambada is sometimes beautiful, oft-times a tacky amalgam of tulle and Happy Meal toys that appeal...

Two Upcoming Shopping Events Featuring Young Designers of Athens

Two Upcoming Shopping Events Featuring Young Designers of Athens April 8, 2011 | Events, Things to Do | Read More
Shoppers, fashionistas, and trendsetters who happen to be in Athens this weekend or the next will want to know about these two events, sure to attract the hazardously hip from all over the city. April 9&10: Moving Party for Poupee The darlingiest shop of Plaka is moving out and they want to lift...

Photo Friday: Human Statue in Preparation

Photo Friday: Human Statue in Preparation April 8, 2011 | Photo Friday | Read More
The best and worst thing about Athens is you just don’t know what to expect when you turn a corner. Walking through Plaka today the surprise was for the best: a woman preparing to become a human statue (and being filmed in the meantime) framed against a heavy paneled door and yellow stucco facade...

This Month’s Local Flavor in Athens: The Days leading to Πάσχα

This Month’s Local Flavor in Athens: The Days leading to Πάσχα April 1, 2011 | Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
Easter is coming and Athens is getting ready. The almond trees are getting showy with their pink blossoms, the streets are perfumed with neroli and incense wafting from church windows, and the shops are putting up fairytale window displays: a rainbow of Easter candles called lambathes suspended from...