Articles Tagged ‘Greece’

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...

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...

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...

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...

Some Important Changes for Travelers to Athens

Some Important Changes for Travelers to Athens January 30, 2011 | What's New | Read More
They tell us to embrace change, so here are a few things for travelers to put their arms around starting this month: THE GOOD Every Friday, the New Acropolis Museum will be open until 10pm. Save your visit to the museum for after sunset to take advantage of one of the best views of the Acropolis and...

What’s Up with Athens? A Look at the Current Situation and Tips that might Save Your Trip

What’s Up with Athens? A Look at the Current Situation and Tips that might Save Your Trip December 17, 2010 | Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
Wednesday and Thursday  there were nationwide strikes and demonstrations in Athens. The local news is flush with photographs of street battles between police and demonstrators, the underlying stories filled with details about black-masked, gasoline bomb-throwing rioters and air thick with tear gas “sending...