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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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...
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