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Visit Greece: In the famous tsipouradika of Volos

While visiting Volos, the city of the Argonauts, you will definitely pass by a tsipouro taverna (tsipourádiko and, in plural, tsipourádika) as they are dispersed in every nook and cranny: almost 600 (!) of them bear the gastronomic stamp of the city and provide people with a favourite meeting point; that is the unrivalled landmark of Volos.A traditional habitThe process by which tsipouradika came to be enjoyed dates back a long way, to the 19th century. They were born out of a need for workers to have a place to ‘hangout’ near their work, as at lunchtime they could not go back to their neighbourhoods.So, small restaurants sprang up, serving simple meals at reasonable prices, accompanied by pure tsipouro (pomace brandy) originally coming form Tyrnavos and the villages of Pelion, and served in thimbles! These first tavernas became places where ordinary, open-hearted people could get together, thereby creating the appropriate culture. Later these gatherings were joined by refugees, who were often not customers but shop-owners, as the Asia Minor cuisine blended well with local dishes.Those carrying on this tradition today have preserved the spirit and the atmosphere of the original tavernas. The mood is relaxed and people are often treated to food or drinks. Groups of friends usually join up and strangers find themselves singing together in impromptu choirs. The distinctive little bottles of tsipouro are served at the tables by the dozen to accompany delicious dishes. The atmosphere is unbeatable, defining the entire life of the city, as tsipouradika are open from early in the morning until late at night.Good appetite!For lunch or dinner, in the afternoon or evening, the tsipouradika are what a pub would be in England, or a bistrot in France. What really make the difference are the grills, the frying pans, and the saucepans that indefatigably make delicious meze, ranging from fresh fish (sardines, picarels, red mullets, anchovies, dusky groupers, bonitos and swordfish) to shellfish and seafood in general. To round off your palate’s party, here come fried shrimps on tomatoe sauce and feta cheese, stuffed squids, octopuses on vinegar, grilled feta cheese, steamed mussels, baked potatoes, and, of course, fresh salads.Picture people getting together and having fun, while tasting all these mouth-watering dishes and having tsipouro, and you’ll have already started your sightseeing in the city of Volos. But then again, why not actually visit it?Read more here.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 reportPhoto Source: visitgreece.grSource: visitgreece.grLet's block ads! (Why?)

Greek Tourism Expo '17 opens its doors at Metropolitan Expo tomorrow

The international tourism exhibition "Greek Tourism Expo '17" opens on Friday at the Metropolitan Expo exhibition centre in Athens.In the exhibition, which will be open to public until Sunday, there will be a presentation of the entire Greek tourism sector, along with an introduction of new sectors such as gastronomy tourism, alternative and domestic tourism, health tourism and bioclimatic hotels.According to the organisers, 150 Hosted Buyers in each sector from 40 countries will take part in the exhibition, while a series of B2B meetings will take place.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 reportLet's block ads! (Why?)

Greek Supreme Court proposes extradition of Russian national to the US

Greec's Supreme Court's criminal division proposed the extradition to the United States of Russian national Aleksandr Vinik, 38, who is accused by American authorities of laundering 4 billion US dollars through an internet platform dealing in the currency exchange of virtual coins (bitcoins).The court's final decision is expected on December 13.The case is on appeal. Vinik's lawyers argued he should be tried in Greece, while he told the court he does not believe he will receive fair treatment in the US courts as a Russian nationa.Once the court delivers the final verdict, the decision on the extradition needs the signoff of the Greek Minister of Justice.Read more here.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 reportPhoto Source: areiospagos.grSource: ANA-MPALet's block ads! (Why?)

Riots in Athens after the march in memory of slain youth (video)

Around 1000 anarchists clash with anti-riot police units in Athens and Thessaloniki,  after a protest march in memory of the teenager Alexandros Grigoropoulos who was shot dead by a police officer in 2008, nine years to the day.In central Athens the extreme-leftists have set cars on fire and they have closed a few roads with roads blocks.Many of them are using the Polytechnic building as an HQ from which they are resupplied with petrol bombs.In 2008 after the death of Grigoropoulos, Greece faced an unprecedented three weeks of riots in many of its cities.Since then, the anniversary events in his memory are marked with smaller scale riots, just as it happens with the November 17th commemoration every year.Read more here.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 reportPhoto Source: Wikimedia Commons Copyright: Joanna License: CC-BY-SASource: protothema.grLet's block ads! (Why?)

German media: Erdogan visit to Greece part of effort to re-approach Europe

Turkish president Tayyip Recep Erdogan’s closely watched official visit to Greece, starting on Thursday, has attracted the attention of German media this week, with a dispatch circulated by Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, Neue Presse and Dresdner Neueste Nachrichte from Athens mostly revolving around the powerful Turkish leader’s purported attempt to re-approach the European Union.Neighboring Greece, according to the assessment of the German report, offers Erdogan the opportunity of a “bridge” with the rest of the European Union.“After the harsh measures he took against his critics, Turkish President Erdogan has led his country into isolation – there’s no talk over a possible Turkish accession to the EU. Erdogan is now trying to build bridges,” the widely circulated article on the German-language Internet underlined.Even though Erdogan has previously visited Athens as the prime minister, this will be his first time in the country as the Turkish president, a post with significantly increased executive powers from the last time a Turkish head of state was in Athens – far-off 1952.Beyond improved relations, the article refers to still unresolved problems, such as exclusive economic zones in maritime regions between the two neighbors – the Aegean, eastern Mediterranean – as well as the long-standing Cyprus island division.  Furthermore, the German report notes that some 1,000 Turkish nationals have fled the country to Greece in the wake of a round of mass arrests after a foiled coup in Turkey. Read more here.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 reportPhoto Source: Wikimedia Commons Copyright: Lfdder  License: CC-BY-SASource: naftemporiki.grLet's block ads! (Why?)

Der Standard: Hellinikon project to boost Greek economy

Austrian newspaper Der Standard underlines the growth potential of the Greek economy from the large investment project in the area of the old airport at Ellinikon.In its electronic version, the media group stresses that the investment "could help the economy as a whole".The Austrian newspaper reports that "the area of the old airport is still untapped. Soon the largest tourist facilities in Europe will be created there. The plans include hotels, casinos, conference rooms, a yacht marina and a public beach. With the investment in the region and the new jobs that will emerge, the crisis in Greece will become past, says Gerd Dyckelmann-Durban, Commercial Advisor and Head of the Commercial Department of the Austrian Embassy in Athens.The newspaper adds that "investments of eight billion euros and 75,000 jobs for the reconstruction of the huge untapped area (...) have been agreed, signed and ratified by the Parliament". Gerd Dyckelmann-Durban estimates that "an investment of this magnitude and with such symbolic power will stir things up. If Greek businessmen see bulldozers moving to Elliniko, they will feel confident and move on to their own projects."Despite any difficulties that have been encountered so far in the process of implementing the project, Der Standard appraises that "it seems almost inconceivable that Lamda and her partners will eventually give up. The pressure of European lenders on the Greek government is very high. Moreover, after eight years of financial crisis, the country is at the crossroads of change. The evidence that data is being reversed is finally there, "the newspaper quoted the technical agreement of the Greek government and institutions in Athens.The article concludes with the presence of the Lamda Development Group at the first Greek-Austrian Business Forum of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce, held this week in Vienna. Lamda "will present its construction proposal. The Elleniko project offers several opportunities for Austrian businesses, " Der Standard notes.Read more here.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 reportPhoto Source: Wikimedia Commons Copyright: Stafylis License: CC-BY-SASource:newgreektv.comLet's block ads! (Why?)

Greek 10-year bond yield drops below 5% for first time since 2009

The new 10-year benchmark Greek bond yield dropped below the 5.0 pct level on its debut in the market, for the first time since October 8, 2009, to pre-memorandum levels in the domestic electronic secondary bond market on Tuesday. The new 10-year benchmark bond replaced the previous one after the successful completion of a bond swap programme. The 10-year Greek bond yielded 4.84 pct, while the German Bund yielded 0.32 pct with the yield spread between Greek and German bonds falling to 4.52 pct from 5.13 pct on Monday. Turnover in the market jumped to 14 million euros, of which 8.0 million were buy orders and the remaining 6.0 million were sell orders.In interbank markets, interest rates were mixed. The 12-month rate dropped to -0.191 pct from -0.186 pct, the nine-month rate was -0.220 pct, the six-month rate rose to -0.271 pct from -0.274 pct, the three-month rate was -0.326 pct and the one-month rate was -0.367 pct.Read more here.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 reportPhoto Source: Wikimedia Commons Copyright: DaveOinSF~commonswiki  License: CC-BY-SASource: ANA-MPALet's block ads! (Why?)

Neos Kosmos feature on the Magical Monemvasia in southern Greece

Neos Kosmos reports that each year Monemvasia attracts thousands of visitors; it’s a destination firmly on mass tourism’s radar. The towering islet and its medieval village is one of the most popular attractions in the Peloponnese. Offering some fine boutique accommodation and eateries with serene views linked by a maze of alleyways, a trip here is always unforgettable. But, above all, it is its history that pulls us to this special place.While itis thought to have been an ancient Minoan trading post, its first recorded settlement (in the upper now ruined part of the town) was by residents of Sparta in the late 6th century. From the 10th century, it developed into a major maritime center and became a regular stop for traders plying the Mediterranean from Constantinople westwards. Having resisted Arab invasion and the Normans, Monemvasia was part of the Byzantine Empire until the Venetians arrived in the early 15th century. Ottoman rule held sway, through its population peak of 40,000 in the 17th century, until the island rock was liberated from the Turks in 1821.Today, exploring the medieval town to unveil its rich historical layers is one of the great Peloponnese experiences. Let the narrow cobbled alleyways draw you up through the ancient town and sooner or later you’ll find a terrace with one of the Aegean’s most sublime views. From your eyrie high above the terracotta roofs and church domes, looking out across the silver blue Aegean, time will seem to stop for a while; the world’s stresses left behind.Read full report here.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 reportPhoto Source: Wikimedia Commons Copyright: Ingo Mehling License: CC-BY-SASource: Michael Sweet/neoskosmos.comLet's block ads! (Why?)

Greek Economy AmCham Conference: Smart investors will grab opportunities today

The improving economic climate in Greece is the focus of a two-day conference organized by the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce in Athens.Politicians, entrepreneurs and diplomats are participating in the conference that as President of the Chamber Simos Anastasopoulos said it has become an important yearly event in the Greek calendar.Keynote speakers include Greece's main opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Deputy PM Yiannis Dragasakis, US Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt and Greek and American entrepreneurs and investors.Speaking to Greek Reporter’s Babis Petrakis, Anastasopoulos noted that participants will discuss prospects for the Greek economy and in particular ways to further improve the business environment in order to attract investments.“Greece has become a champion of investment. However, investments up to now aimed at balancing out the fiscal imbalances in the Greek economy,” he pointed out.“The imbalances were corrected but this was done at the expense of the real economy”, he continued.Anastasopoulos underlined that what is required now is to proceed with structural reforms that are necessary to improve the business climate.“These structural reforms have no financial impact. We need to speed up the administration of justice and the granting of permits and create a tax system that is stable and permanent.”These reforms are “absolutely necessary” for the improvement of the business environment in Greece.Anastasopoulos send a message to the Greeks of the Diaspora saying that Greece today presents a big opportunity for investment.“There is a growing consensus in Greece on what needs to be done to attract investment and improve conditions for entrepreneurship.“We expect an improving environment for 2018 and therefore the smart investor will grab the opportunity Greece s offering today,” Anastasopoulos stressed.The American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce has a a corporate membership currently of some 1.000 companies operating in Greece, that includes American companies doing business in Greece and major Greek enterprises doing business in or with the U.S.It encourages and facilitates trade, investment and professional partnerships from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.Read more here.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 reportPhoto Source: Wikimedia Commons Copyright: Rennett Stowe  License: CC-BY-SASource: greekreporter.comLet's block ads! (Why?)

Cosco-managed Piraeus Port eyes top-30 ports in the world list

The Cosco-managed Greek port of Piraeus is expected to exceed the four-million teu threshold, in terms of container cargo, at the end of 2017.A Cosco subsidiary that manages piers II and III at the port recently noted that container traffic so far in 2017 has exceeded 3.7 teu, whereas pier 1, which is directly run by the Cosco-managed Piraeus Port Authority (PPA), reported 380,000 teu over the first 10-month period, an increase of 80 percent compared to the same period in 2016.The goal for 2019, according to the port's management, is five million teu, which would render Piraeus as one of the 30 largest commercial ports in the world.At present, Lloyds List places Piraeus in the 38th place internationally for 2016, up from 43rd in 2015, when the Shanghai-based Chinese multinational assumed the management of the Piraeus Port Authority (August 2015) in what was then one of the most crucial privatizations in modern Greek history.Some 3.33 million teu in cargo was shipped through the port in 2015, growing to 3.736 teu in 2016.Piraeus ranked  third in 2016 in terms of other Mediterranean ports, behind Spain's Algeciras (4.76 million teu) and Valencia (4.72 million teu). According to PPA CEO Capt. Fu Chengqiu, the long-term aim for Piraeus remains 10 million teu.Read more here.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 reportPhoto Source: Wikimedia Commons Copyright: GeorgHH License: CC-BY-SASource: naftemporiki.grLet's block ads! (Why?)