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Travelers can now publish online their sketches and drawings of Greece

Very much like the early European travelers to Greece, modern travelers still love to spend their time sketching under the magnificent Greek light. Architects and artists explore the amazing Greek landscape, archaeology and architecture with a pen in their hand. Hence, the latest initiative by Greek-born architect Elias Messinas, who has been travelling and sketching through Greece since the 1980s, to invite travelers, architects and artists, to share their sketches and drawings of Greece in his unique new site ecoweekorg.wixsite.com/eliasblue-greece  RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Let's block ads! (Why?)

Pink Martini concerts in Athens on December 15 and 16

Oregon-based covers band Pink Martini will be presenting two special Christmas concerts at the Galatsi Olympic Hall on December 15 and 16, with some of its greatest crowd-pleasing ballads as well as Yuletide classics. Tickets begin at 26 euros and can be purchased in advance at www.viva.gr or by calling 11876. Olympic Hall, Veikou Avenue, Galatsi Read more at ekathimerini.com RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons Copyright: Anne Jacko License: CC-BY-SA  Let's block ads! (Why?)

Five ways to experience Athens like a local

Five ways to experience Athens like a local are proposed by Gina Lionatos at the following article by greekcitytimes.com: A city that is ever-evolving, Athens has no shortage of places to explore. Once you’ve walked the ancient ruins of the Acropolis, shopped at Plaka and sipped cocktails down at the Athens Riviera, here are five ways to experience Athens like a local would. Take a walk through the Laiki market The Laiki (Farmers Markets) occurs weekly in most Athenian neighbourhoods. Imagine a street lined with stalls, set up by local growers selling fresh produce as far as the eye can see. Not only is it fresh and affordable, but the Laiki gives an insight into every-day Athenian life. If your Greek is up to scratch (and even if it’s isn’t), say hello to one of the growers and you just might get a story or two! Some of our favourite markets include Pagrati (Tuesdays), Petralona (Fridays) and Panormou (Saturdays). To add a touch of purpose to your trip to the Laiki, get in touch with the team at Boroume and see how you can volunteer your time to help save dozens of kilos of fresh produce to be donated to local charity groups who help feed the less fortunate. Hang out in the Plateia (Square) The Square or Plateia is central to life in Greece. It’s a gathering spot for locals, a meeting point for friends and is the heart of each neighbourhood. Usually boasting restaurants, cafes and sometimes even open-air concerts, these squares are abuzz with the sounds of lively chatter and the unmistakable clinking of glassware well into the night. Plateia Dexameni in Kolonaki will leave you spoilt for choice with its abundant selection of eateries and its lush green surrounds. Most Athenians will agree that Plateia Agias Eirinis has become one of the most popular squares in recent years with a varied mix of street food (Kostas, Lukumades), bars and cafes (Tailor Made, Mama Roux) that make it a favoured spot to hang out for the younger Athenians. Neighbourhoods outside of the city are no exception to this rule, with action-filled squares in most suburbs. Listen to the Greek radio Radio is a great barometer for what’s happening in any city, and Athens just happens to be home to some of the best Greek radio stations, most of which are also available to stream online. So whether you’re in the car, riding the train or getting ready for a night out, you’ll be in the loop on the latest tunes, events, and news. For your Greek fix, switch on Menta 88 FM or Sfera 102.2 FM. For a hit of house and laid-back alternative grooves, you can’t go past EnLefko 87.7 FM or local digital music station CannibalRadio. Watch a classic under the stars Over 50 years ago, there were 600 outdoor cinemas in neighbourhoods across Athens. Whether you’re a movie buff or simply looking for a new experience in the city, keep an ear and eye out for the many outdoor cinemas that still pop up across Athenian neighbourhoods in the warmer months. Our pick is the Cine Paris located in Plaka which has a stunning view of the Acropolis. You’ll also love the classic Cine Thiseon with its old-world charm and beautiful garden. Get away for the day Athens makes for a great base for shorter trips to nearby sights and destinations that will make you feel like you’re worlds away from the bustling city. Whether Summer or Winter, Athenians are prone to a short getaway to nearby regions. Take a three-hour drive to amazing Delphi, experience the jaw-dropping beauty of Meteora, or join skiing enthusiasts who all head to Arahova during winter. For those keen to hop off to an island for a day or two, the ports of Piraeus and Rafina connect you quickly and conveniently to gorgeous nearby getaways like Aegina, Kea, Andros, and Spetses. Read more at greekcitytimes.com RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons Copyright: Badseed License: CC-BY-SA  Let's block ads! (Why?)

Virgin Atlantic: First LGBTQ-only crew to fly from London to New York (video)

Virgin Atlantic announced its first ever “Pride” flight, in which all crew members are members of the LGBTQ community. The flight will take off on June 28 from London and will be landing in New York City. Passengers on board will be treated to an in-flight show by Broadway musical actor and star of the Netflix show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Tituss Burgess. “It will be a real celebration of queer culture at 38,000 feet above the Atlantic,” Virgin noted in a statement. In-flight events feature an on-board DJ, Drag Queen Bingo, a Judy Garland singalong as well as inter-seat speed dating. The flight will take place in view of the 2019 World Pride Day to be celebrated in New York with the airline announcing that part of the proceeds will go to “The Attitude Magazine” foundation. Read more at protothema.gr RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Let's block ads! (Why?)

Greek beer from Paros in world’s top-6 at Great Taste Awards

A Belgian-style wheat beer made on the Greek island of Paros, called 56 Isles Aegean Wit has been voted among the world’s top six great tasting beers, winning an unprecedented three stars in the 2018 Great Taste Awards, ANA reports. Great Taste, held by the Guild of Fine Food, is the acknowledged benchmark for fine food and drink. It has been described as the ‘Oscars’ of the food world and the ”epicurean equivalent of the Booker prize”. The same microbrewery that makes 56 Isles Aegean Wit also clinched two stars for its blonde Pilsner – the first-ever Greek beer to win a star in the Great Taste awards in 2017 – and one star for its 56 Isles session IPA, appearing for the first year. The Paros Microbrewery was set up on the Aegean island in 2014 by start-uppers Marinos Alexandrou and Nikolas Pavlakis, representing one of the biggest light industry investments made in the Cyclades archipelago in recent years. Beginning with a relatively small production capacity, the microbrewery is now planning a series of new investments to cover the ever-increasing demand in Greece and abroad. Read more at greekreporter.com RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: 56islesbeer.gr Let's block ads! (Why?)

World Travel & Tourism Council president Guevara praises Greece

The head of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), Gloria Guevara, praised Greece for the development of Greek tourism in an interview with the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA). She underlined that it is striking that, at a time when global tourism growth is at 4.6%, Greece will run at a rate of 6% growth in 2017.  Asked about the reasons of the current boom of Greek tourism, she pointed out that this is due to several factors. As far as the foreign climate is concerned, there is a rise in air travelers with the generation of Millenials investing in experience and travel and at the same time we have Asian travelers entering the travel map. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Let's block ads! (Why?)

Important new finds discovered at Akrotiri prehistoric settlement on Santorini island

Significant new finds have been unearthed during the ongoing excavation directed by Prof. Christos Doumas at Akrotiri, Thira, which are sponsored by the Kaspersky Lab and taking place under the auspices of the Archaeological Society at Athens, according to ANA.  Two of the larnakes contained a mass of clay in oval configuration (Photo Source: Hellenic Ministry of Culture/ Cyclades Ephorate) Situated in the building known as 'House of Desks' - near the spot where the exquisite golden ibex was found in 1999 - the finds include a marble protocycladic female figurine, two small marble protocycladic collared jars, a marble vial and an alabaster vase, which were found inside clay chests of rectangular shape. Larnakes discovered in the southeast corner of the site (Photo Source: Hellenic Ministry of Culture/ Cyclades Ephorate) According to a culture ministry statement, the finds were made under rubble inside a large and probably public building that is south of Xeste 3, near where the golden ibex now on display at the Museum of Prehistoric Thira was also found in a clay chest beside a pile of animal horns.   Amphoras and small rectangular clay wrinkles were discovered in Akrotiri, Thira (Photo Source: Hellenic Ministry of Culture/ Cyclades Ephorate) "Following the gradual revealing and cleaning of the small chest in the northwest corner of the space, a marble protocycladic female figure was found placed diagonally along the bottom of the vessel. From the group of chests in the southeast corner of the space, three were uncovered, of which the two smallest were filled with egg-shaped masses of clay while the largest contained two small marble protocycladic collared jars, placed upside down, a marble vial and an alabaster vase," the announcement noted. In the largest shrine were placed inverted two marble pre-Cycladic keepers, a marble flask and an alabaster vase  (Photo Source: Hellenic Ministry of Culture/ Cyclades Ephorate) to the ministry, the ongoing excavation at Akrotiri was gradually unveiling an area where ritual acts were performed that was very close to Xeste 3, an important public building decorated with rich murals at the southern edge of the settlement. "These finds are undoubtedly linked to the views and beliefs of Thiran society and provide a stimulus for a new interpretive drive on fundamental questions about the ideology and possibly the religion of prehistoric Aegean society," it added.    This year's excavations in Akrotiri, Thira (Photo Source: Hellenic Ministry of Culture/ Cyclades Ephorate) Let's block ads! (Why?)

Truffle hunting in the magical forests of Meteora

There are many things to do in the Greek area of Meteora that might surprise you — including truffle hunting. That’s right, the serene and spiritual monasteries, perched high up on rock formations, tower over the magical and beautiful forests below which hold the treasure of truffles. In the forests near Kalampaka, you can go on an organized truffle hunt — as well as taste a delicious pasta dish made with local truffles hunted by “truffle dogs” — not to mention there is the Natural History Museum of Meteora and Mushroom Museum that you can check out. This program is offered by Truffle Hunting, and is sure to be a special experience during your holiday in Greece. While you are visiting area of Meteora, you of course need to also be sure to make time to visit the Monasteries of Meteora, one of the largest and most precipitously constructed complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries. Read more at greekreporter.com RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons Copyright: Takeaway  License: CC-BY-SA  Let's block ads! (Why?)

Cyprus lures filmmakers with year-long sunshine and 35% rebate

AP reports from Nicosia that under its adopted moniker of “Olivewood,” the tiny Mediterranean island of Cyprus is trying to woo moviemakers from around the world with 300-plus days of sunshine yearly and a package of financial incentives including a cash rebate of up to 35 percent. A film “summit” on Wednesday brought together 120 directors and producers from as far afield as Australia to hear about Cyprus’ competitive advantages, including 100 centuries of civilization, advanced infrastructure as well as a wealth of local production talent. Invest Cyprus official Lefteris Eleftheriou touted Cyprus as a “natural film studio” — the island is almost on the same latitude as Los Angeles. Read more at thenationalherald.com RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons Copyright: TroodosMountains License: CC-BY-SA  Let's block ads! (Why?)

Impressive Autumn exhibitions in Greek capital of Athens

The weather has become unpredictable worldwide, and Attica recently experienced its first lashings of a cyclone, so no longer do Athenians enjoy summery sunshine til late October and the wake up to winter weather almost overnight. Regardless of the outdoor temperature though, Athenians always discover clever ways to enjoy the outdoors, and stay away from the house for a good part of the week. Following a summer of absence, citizens are back to enjoy some engaging and enlightening exhibitions great enough to cheer them up despite the weather. Joan Leigh Fermor’s Photography Since May 2018 the Benaki Museum has been hosting a deeply impressive and immersive exhibition of photographs captured by Joan Leigh Fermor, the wife of the world-acclaimed war hero and writer Patrick Leigh Fermor. Based in Mani and deeply in love with Greece, the couple explored the country and its people and brought other explorers to discover and love it from around the world, for a great part of their life. The fervour with which they lived is palpable in the photographer’s images of an era that is as long-gone as it is real. The exhibition ends on October 21st. Countless Aspects of Beauty Another impressive and unique exhibition that opened in Athens in May is being shown at the National Archaeological Museum – a fantastic destination in itself. The Countless Aspects of Beauty exhibition, which will be open to the public in an exquisitely curated space until the spring of 2019, showcases beauty in all its aspects from Neolithic to Roman times. From elaborately painted glass vases (found intact!) and mirrors to statues, reliefs, jaw-dropping jewellery and beauty accessories such as makeup or jewellery boxes, perfume bottles, and mirrors, one can enjoy seeing how the importance and interpretation of beauty was shaped during the millennia. The exhibition also has its own signature scent – created by the pharmaceutical and cosmetics company Korres based on a recipe found written in Linear B symbols on a stone tablet. Placed in two large glass vials, the perfume, which smells like intense rose and spoon sweet or marmalade, can be inhaled by visitors. Athens Pinball Museum Yet another feature to make Koukaki a hip neighbourhood, the Athens Pinball Museum welcomes visitors to enjoy playing or simply admire over 100 flippers collected, rescued or purchased by the museum’s pinball-machine-loving owner in a short space of time. A personal passion that became a large-scale project, the museum showcases pinball machines from the ‘50s- ‘90s with unique illustrations and art details that travel you back to different cultural trends, movies, and fashions. Yannis Moralis’ Art A retrospective exhibition that opened on September 20th and will run only until January 5th presents the familiar as well as often unknown paintings, sculptures, illustrations and even record covers created by acclaimed and innovative cubist artist Yannis Moralis. Visit it at the Benaki Museum’s Pireos St Annexe.  100 Years of Chinese History For the first time, the Acropolis Museum is hosting an exhibition that brings 18th century China to Greece. ‘From the Forbidden City: Imperial Apartments of Quianlong‘ brings the public to the magnificent interiors of China’s Emperor Qianlong (1711-1799), who held the throne for 60 years and created enormous reforms in the social and cultural life of China. One can admire over 154 artifacts including furnishings, statues, clothing and decor items from the emperor’s personal abode in the Palace of Many Splendors that lay within the Forbidden City. The exhibition will last until February 2019. Read more at greekcitytimes.com RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons Copyright: Dimboukas License: CC-BY-SA  Let's block ads! (Why?)