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Tower of the winds

Gone With The Winds

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]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

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]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…

Sounio, Sunset. Temple of Poseidon, Athens

Not Your Usual Cape Town

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A skeptic of the Greek vacation experience might wonder what makes some of the ancient sites and temples around the country so special. “Aren’t they all the same?” They might ask. Well, a lot of temples and houses of worship built by the ancients might seem a little similar on the surface, but beyond the stone and the marble and the architectural design, what’s special is that each temple in…

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This Win is Dedicated To…

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]For the second day in a row, this #ThrowbackThursday is a little bit less ancient than what we usually talk about about when it comes to Greek sightseeing: this time fourteen years ago, it was an exciting time for Athens, as we were right smack in the middle of hosting the 2004 Olympics! Along with Paris and London, Athens is one of three cities that have hosted the Summer Olympics…

Kalimarmaro, Olympic Stadium, Athens, Greece

Tourism is an Olympic Sport

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Have you ever wondered what it must have been like to witness an ancient chariot race? Can you imagine yourself in the midst of something that might be straight out of Ben-Hur? Well, the screaming crowds might only converge once every few years, but if you come to Athens, not everything gets left up to the imagination! This is Kallimarmaro Stadium, located in the shadow of the Acropolis and made…

Athens Sunset

For The Culture

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]If you’re really going to get the most out of your Greek experience, you need to spend a few days in Athens. Well, you don’t HAVE to spend time in Athens, but one of the biggest mistakes people make is thinking they can do Athens in just a day or two. If you’re really pressed for time, you can get away with seeing the Acropolis and Syntagma Square and all…

Food, Olives

Olive Love

There are a million different parts of Greek food and cuisine that have made their way into our modern foodie lexicon, but there might not be a staple more intimately associated with Greece than the simple olive. The Greeks love their olives—they even have a really fun olive and olive oil museum in modern Sparta that I told you all about a few weeks ago, and according to this cool…

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No Monk-ey Business

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Since it’s the height of the summertime, I suppose it makes sense that I’ve been spending a lot of time fantasizing about the coast, the water, island paradises and whatnot. Unfortunately, doing that forever would just be a disservice to the rest of Greece, especially the north! Given how incredible Athens, the Peloponnese, and the Cyclades are, it might be easy to forget anything north of Delphi, but there’s a…