Author: Real Greece

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Greek Easter, Tradition, food and drinking: Business as usual

For every Greek and Greek community worldwide Easter is coming, and they’re preparing for it like every other year: a lot of food, a lot of wine and beer, talking and laughing and dancing along with family and friends. Every family has someone who usually hosts the Easter events, usually someone with a big back yard. Some even dig a big hole in the ground and fill it up with…

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International Day of Monuments, in Athens

Wait a minute, I thought to myself taking another sip of coffee, we have guests & clients who will be in Athens the 17th of April, which means that on the 18th, International Day of Monuments, they can spend it all sightseeing in Athens. Wow, now that’s what I call luck! So since Greece offers a free entrance in the beautiful sights, let's figure out what they should do. For…

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Hunger Games: A Greek’s Edition

This year I’m finally going to do it, I told myself. This year I’ll go through all 40 days of Lent without a gram of meat, just like my Greek Orthodox tradition suggests. But it’s not so easy, believe me. I mean, it’s all going well, I’m already past the second week but then I find myself thinking about a big, fat souvlaki a lot more often, thinking about the…

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25th of March, Happy Greek Independence Day!

If you’re anywhere in Greece this week you’ve certainly noticed the Greek flags flying. Like everywhere in the world, a country’s independence day calls for celebration. Greece is no different, and in fact, Greek Independence Day is celebrated beyond the capital, across the country - and across the ocean in cities and towns with large Greek descent populations (although some cities, like Chicago, delay their celebration until they can be…

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Greek revolution 3/25/1821: Historical Elements

Everyone’s always talking about Greek summers. But for me, the Springtime in Greece is pure drama: it’s got all of the elements of a heart pounding, cinematographically breathtaking Hollywood movie (which in fact, is being released this month around the US - but that’s the subject of another post!) We pass from the Carnival period, to Greek Independence, followed by Greek Easter - all set amongst a backdrop of blooming…