Articles Tagged ‘Local Customs’

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...

DOs and DON’Ts of Bargaining in Athens

DOs and DON’Ts of Bargaining in Athens September 10, 2010 | Local Flavor, Travel Tips | Read More
I can’t tell you about the Ancient Greeks or the Byzantines, but the bargaining tradition of present day Greece certainly was influenced by four hundred years of Ottoman rule. It’s a nation with carpet-sellers, for sure, but since progress and a more European identity have been tossed into the...

Pame Yia Kafe Stin Athina! (Let’s go for coffee in Athens!)

Pame Yia Kafe Stin Athina! (Let’s go for coffee in Athens!) June 14, 2010 | Food, Local Flavor, Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
Photo by Poolie Kafeneios and cafeterias are institutions in Athens. Business transactions are made, hearts are broken, stars are discovered, and countless cigarettes smoked. Surprisingly, not a lot of coffee is actually sold — you should be averaging one sip every ten minutes. If you get a free...