Articles by Paige Moore

Photo (and Video) Friday: Happy National Day, Greece!

Photo (and Video) Friday: Happy National Day, Greece! March 25, 2011 | Events, Local Flavor | Read More
This morning the bell towers of the city churches are clanging like wind chimes in a hurricane; the welcomed sun is warming the flat roofs and countless balconies of Athens. Independence day in Greece is a day of deep national pride. In spite of the bitter winter, with hostile exchange between citizens...

The Delicious Stink of Greece’s Independence

The Delicious Stink of Greece’s Independence March 24, 2011 | Events, Food, Local Flavor | Read More
The Greek Revolution from the Ottomans started with a series of insurgence fighting, mostly from wild-eyed mountain men with the handlebar mustaches called “Kleftes.” The official, legendary start date is March 25, 1821, when Bishop Germanos of Patras raised a flag on Agia Lavra in Kalavryta...

Try Something New: Cuttlefish With Spinach

Try Something New: Cuttlefish With Spinach March 20, 2011 | Food, Local Flavor | Read More
It’s the second Sunday of the Great Fast here in Athens; we’re still trucking along down the highway of penitence called sarakosti, forty days of blood free meals until 12am Easter morning. It’s true that practicing a perfect lenten diet is waning with modern times, but everyone...

A New Ouzeri with a Very Old Name is Coming to Plaka

A New Ouzeri with a Very Old Name is Coming to Plaka March 16, 2011 | Food, Nightlife | Read More
Walking through Plaka today I spied the oxidized sign of Brettos Distillary, the centenarian drinking hole that’s made it into every Athens guide that’s worth reading. But what was this? I wasn’t at 41 Kydathineon Street in front of the dark, crowded bar, lit solely by the rainbow of...

Always On Sunday: Athens’ Famous Once Weekly Parade

Always On Sunday: Athens’ Famous Once Weekly Parade March 14, 2011 | Events, Things to Do | Read More
Last Sunday was gifted with the azure sky that makes this city a sometimes paradise. Families and tourists were outside to revel in the sun, ambling down the wide pedestrian pathways amidst balloon and roasted corn vendors.  At a quarter to eleven, as always, traffic through Syntagma stopped; distant...

Kali Sarakosti! Celebrating the Lenten Season in Athens

Kali Sarakosti! Celebrating the Lenten Season in Athens March 9, 2011 | Events, Food, Local Flavor | Read More
There’s a cumulative sigh of relief coming from cows, sheep, goats, chickens and fish all over Greece. The period of Carnival is over; this week started with Καθαρή Δευτέρα, Clean Monday, when all of the Orthodox-approved foods were rolled out onto long banquet tables and shared with...

This Month’s Local Flavor in Athens: Spring Fever

This Month’s Local Flavor in Athens: Spring Fever March 5, 2011 | What's New | Read More
I’ve said it a million times to a million people- the best time to come to Athens is in the spring. Flowers are bursting from the trees lining the streets lending a sweet smell to the city; the calendar is littered with holy feasts and observances, people seem to be on their best behavior- even...

Last Days of Apokries (Carnival) in Athens. Let’s Party!

Last Days of Apokries (Carnival) in Athens. Let’s Party! March 4, 2011 | Events, What's New | Read More
There are three days left of Carnival, the period where Orthodox Greeks are still given the grace to indulge in excess and walk the streets in silly costumes. Admittedly with the state of things, this year’s carnival period has been less celebrated than in years past but there’s still fun...

Photo Friday: Football Feud

Photo Friday: Football Feud February 26, 2011 | Events, Local Flavor, Things to Do | Read More
The picture below might have you suspecting that Athens has been burned to the ground. No, no… it’s just the Olympiakos fans of legendary Thira 7, or Gate 7, doing their primeval war dance before a game against their hated rivals, Panathinaikos, the football club of Athens. The “Red...

Important Athens Update: February 23rd Massive Strike

Important Athens Update: February 23rd Massive Strike February 21, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
It’s not that Athens is out to scare you away but workers all over the spectrum are fed up and have chosen February 23 to air their grievances. Expect flights to be interrupted, boats to stay in port, shops and banks to be dark, trains to stand still, and if all goes to plan, everyone who isn’t...