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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...

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...

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 (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...

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...

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...

‘Xronia Polla’ and the Bread of St. Basil

‘Xronia Polla’ and the Bread of St. Basil January 3, 2011 | Events, Food, Local Flavor, What's New | Read More
For the third day running, Greece is on holiday. The soundtrack of the streets is the constant, highly personalized ring tones of mobiles, followed by the greeting “Xronia polla! Kalie xronia!” Any hoop-ti-doo, personal or national, is reason enough to shout out the first wish of “many years”;...