Πέμπτη 30 Ιουλίου 2015

Guardian: “No fear, the real Greece is still here” (beautiful pics)

 Greece is still an attraction

In beautiful piece of what it means to vacation in Greece, and contrary to fear surrounding the country’s future in the Eurozone, the Guardian explains why it is still the right choice visit Greece during summer. The generous and friendly people, the fresh foods and the sense of warmth one feels there. Here is an excerpt of the article by Kevin Rushby:

Whatever happens, I’m heading for Greece this summer. Once upon a time that would not have sounded like a political statement, but it does today. And yet I am only going to Greece for the same old reasons I ever did: warm breezes off the sea well into October, traces of ancient heritage, the elemental, straightforward lifestyle, and to try, once again, to convince myself that retsina tastes good. And what could be more straightforward than putting your money, and your faith, in a place that you know and love?
Three years ago – when Greece was in one of its frequent “this is the end of everything” moments – I was sitting at a dining table on a beach in the Peloponnese. The restaurateur had moved it there – “Because you will like it!” – and then he sat down and started sloshing wine into glasses. There were Greek friends with me. I hadn’t known any of them for more than 24 hours. The table seemed to exert a gravitational pull, gathering people to it, all talking of whether tourists would come, of whether livelihoods would survive. But before too long, laughter broke out and somehow the financial crisis evaporated … and no one mentioned it again.
A fisherman’s catch was examined and a ridiculous quantity dispatched to the grill. More wine arrived; another table was added. The party got bigger. For people anxious about their financial future, I thought they showed a remarkable ability for wild feasting. Perhaps it was pagan superstition to fool the gods of bleak austerity. I liked that. I didn’t want the evening to end.
 http://en.protothema.gr/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/greece6.jpg(source:protothema, Guardian)

Τρίτη 28 Ιουλίου 2015

#SeeYouInGreece: Hollywood Celebs in Hashtag Campaign to Support Greece

 News website Greek Reporter recently launched a hashtag campaign to support Greece that includes a video of supportive statements on the country, made by some of the biggest names in Hollywood.

 The video includes statements on Greece made in the recent past to the Greek Reporter by Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Steven Spielberg, Gerard Butler, Jodie Foster, Sofia Vergara, George Clooney, Ethan Hawke, Michael Douglas and Robert Redford.

 The best way to help Greece and get a dream vacation bargain, is to visit the country NOW! Cause despite the debt problem, the sun is still shining, the culture is stronger than ever, and prices have hit an all-time low! If not now, then when?!

World's Best Places to Visit: Crete, the famous Greek island found on 22nd place!!

'Even after you've conducted plenty of research, choosing the perfect vacation spot can present a challenge. That's why U.S. News compiled a list of destinations using opinions and recommendations from travel experts and users to help you narrow down your options. The top spots range from big cities, such as Paris and New York, to coastal getaways, like Maui and Puerto Rico.'

 The Greek island, Crete is found on 22nd place.
If there was one word to describe the Greek island of Crete, it would be "diverse." Sandy beaches hide amongst soaring mountains, palm-tree forests grow in the middle of sprawling plains, bustling modern cities share coastline with ancient ruins.

 Read the whole list:
 1. London
 2. Bora Bora
 3. Barcelona
 4. Paris
 5. Sydney
 6. New York City
 7. Maui
 8. Rio de Janeiro
 9. Cape Town
 10. San Francisco
 11. Maldives
 12. Prague
 13. Yellowstone
 14. Bahamas
 15. Vancouver
 16. Washington D.C.
 17. U.S. Virgin Islands
 18. Zurich
 19. Budapest
 20. Las Vegas
 21. Hong Kong
 22. Crete

Photo of the day!

In Greece there are chairs enough to accommodate everyone. Come and relax with us. Eat. Enjoy a bottle of wine and become friends.

Τετάρτη 10 Ιουνίου 2015

Balos: The jewel of Crete, prior to this year’s high season

Pink sands, blue turquoise seas..

Paradise-like waters, deep blue or turquoise, pink sand, and a backdrop of a wild bushy nature. This is Balos, a beach in southwestern Crete which has become the talk of the proverbial town amongst tourists and international media. Business Insider recently praised the beach as one of the world’s hidden jewels. Conde Nast Traveller included it in its favorite spots in Greece...

Since we’re on our way to the summer high season and Balos will be brimming with tourists, Sooc offers you a series of pictures that bring out its beauty, as it is naturally.


Acropolis Ranked Among Top Landmarks in Europe!

Travellers across the globe have ranked the Acropolis in Athens among the top landmarks in Europe for 2015, a leading travel website said on Tuesday.
According to TripAdvisor’s 2015 Travellers Choice Attractions Awards, the Acropolis was ranked 21st in the list of top landmarks in Europe.
The annual awards are based on the millions of valuable reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travellers from all over the world.Acropolis_
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain, topped the Europe list, followed by Italy’s St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City and the Milan Cathedral (Duomo) in Milan.
Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews for landmarks worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period.
Tripadvisor also released the Top 10 Landmarks in Greece as voted for by TripAdvisor travellers.
Archaeological Site of Delphi. Photo © Shutterstock
Archaeological Site of Delphi. Photo © Shutterstock
1. Acropolis
2. Parthenon
3. Meteora
4. Delphi Ruins
5. Temple of Hephaestus
6. Monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa (Grace of Panagia -Virgin Mary)
7. Acropolis of Lindos
8. Spinalonga (Kalydon)
9. Epidaurus Theater
10. Hermes by Praxiteles

Πέμπτη 14 Μαΐου 2015

Greece Slips to Third in the World on ‘Blue Flag’ Beaches List.

 The Blue Flag Program has awarded its prestigious “Blue Flag” recognition to 395 of Greece’s best beaches, the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature announced on Wednesday.
Blue_Flag_Beach_54170401-photo-97379According to the announcement, Greece this year slipped one place to third spot on the Blue Flag quality award list, this year among 50 countries. Greece came third after Spain topped the list with 578 beaches, followed by Turkey with 436 beaches awarded the blue flag.
In total, 395 beaches and 9 marinas in Greece have been recognized for their excellent seawater quality, litter management, organization of the swimming area, safety procedures for bathers and protection of the environment, among other factors.
The Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature said that an effort is being made to increase the number of Greek awarded beaches and marinas.
Last year, 408 beaches and 10 marinas were honored with the quality “Blue Flag” award in Greece.
The “Blue Flag” is a voluntary eco-label awarded to the cleanest and best managed beaches across the world and is run by the independent, non-profit organization Foundation for Environmental Education (based in Copenhagen). The Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature is the program’s coordinator for Greece.