Nonstops to Greece from the US

What’s new in flights to Greece? United Airlines is adding three new flights to its international network, giving travelers more options for summer travel by flying direct to countries that are starting to reopen to vaccinated visitors. Starting in July, United will offer new direct flights from Washington Dulles International Airport to Athens, Greec (as […]

Why does ouzo turn white?

The ouzo effect Ouzo is well known as a Greek specialty, a strong apertif enjoyed throughout the country. Famously, it is known to change color from clear to milky white when water or ice is added to it. But why? This is a question that had bothered me for many years. Until recently, it was […]

Tsiknopempti – Feast of the Carnivores!

Tsiknopempti, literally meaning smokey Thursday, or BBQ Thursday, has a special place in the heart of every self respecting Greek, as it is the tradition where they eat as much meat as they possibly can. It signals the start of the last weekend that observant Greek Orthodox church members are permitted to eat meat before fasting for Lent. And of course, if you’re not going to eat meat for forty days, you have to make the last day count, right?

Dine like a Greek

You’ve found a Greek taverna that looks good to you. There are lots of people eating there, so you know the food is fresh. Let’s look at the 5 simple rules you’ll need to master to best enjoy dining in a restaurant in Greece. Getting a table You survey the restaurant and locate an empty […]

Paros – the Cycladic Underdog

In the US, the Memorial Day holiday marks the start of the summer travel season.  In Greece, although we all start thinking about our summer holidays as soon as we get past Easter, the actual “start” of the summer holiday season begins with the Agiou Pneumatos holiday – 50 days after Easter, with the first […]

Some people are pure gold

Mrs. Toula, We live our lives, we meet people, we make acquaintances and then we find some special people. It’s like panning for gold. You get a pan full of sand and rocks, you dip it i the water, swish it around, get rid of the sand and the rocks, and, there, in the bottom […]

Traditional Tzatziki & Quick Beer bread

Ingredients needed for the tzatziki: 1 cup + 3.5 Tablespoons strained yogurt (the fattier the better!) 1 cucumber 1 clove of garlic (if you feel like being a Greek grandmother while you make it then add a bit more!) 3 Tablespoons apple side vinegar 1/4 bunch dill, finely chopped (optional) 2 tablespoons olive oil (if […]

Sometimes it rains in Athens, But that’s OK!

Greece, land of sunshine, true. But every once in awhile there are a few days of rain. It can happen anytime. I’ve seen 3 days of rain in June, I’ve seen 3 days of rain in August, Looks like we’re looking at 3 days of rain in November … No need to fret if it […]

The 2000 Year Old Travel Bug

I don’t think anybody could have embodied #WanderlustWednesday Greek-style more than Pausanias, a native of what’s now modern-day Turkey, but made his name in the 1st century CE by pretty much taking my dream job to its fullest extent. What might that be? He just travelled all around Greece and wrote about it! His Description […]