Tower of the winds

Gone With The Winds

It’s hard to be an “under the radar” destination in the vicinity of the Acropolis in Athens, but if anything comes close, it might be the Roman Agora, which is just to the north of the Acropolis. While its neighbors like the Ancient Agora, the Stoa of Attilus, and the glut of awesome museums in the area might garner a lot of attention, the “Horologion” of the Roman Agora is…

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Founding Fathers

It’s a big day in Greece today! Were he still around, today would be the 154th birthday of Eleftherios Venizelos, who some might consider the George Washington (or maybe the Abraham Lincoln) of the modern Greek state. One of the most important political figures in Greek history this side of Pericles, Venizelos rose to fame and power by helping to orchestrate Crete’s independence before founding Greece’s Liberal Party, guiding it…

Gyros, Athens, Greece

Pass the Tzatziki

Gyro mania! You probably know what a Gyro is—yes, it’s pronounced yee-ro, with a nice rolled r—but what does it mean? Where does it come from? And how much does a real Greek gyro resemble the sandwich you might get from a street cart in New York or a hole-in-the-wall in Chicago? Today is the day you finally learn! First, you have to ask, what’s in a name? Like its…

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Of Venetians and Venizelos

If you’re visiting Crete, most of the to-do lists will have you somewhere in the vicinity of Iraklio, Crete’s largest city and one of the biggest in the whole country. But it’s not the only major metropolis on this majestic island—don’t count out Chania! Like everything else in Greece, and especially Crete, Chania is really, really old, old enough that Homer gave it a shout-out in the Odyssey, when Odysseus…