The magic of Christmas has the glow of Thessaloniki

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xmas14 The magic of Christmas has the glow of Thessaloniki

“Every year is better than the last one…!” exclaimed the elf of Thessaloniki and opened the old Scrooge’s chest. And suddenly exquisite Christmas melodies, furious dancers, goblins and witches of fairytales, fir trees and boats, carols, “melomakarona” and “diples”, stars and shiny ornaments, reindeers, sleighs and Santa Clauses, gifts and countless surprises came out, unfolding and unrolling on the tremendous turn of the city.
Thessaloniki is ready for the most beautiful celebration of the year, a series of events that come from … all around for the visitors of the festive days and all those who chose to visit #XmasThessaloniki! Read more

Scents of cinnamon, clove and orange for Christmas in Heraklion

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For 37 days the “Christmas Castle” will be bringing joy and colour to all

Δ.Η.19Χριστουγεννιάτικο Κάστρο Φ4 Scents of cinnamon, clove and orange for Christmas in Heraklion

Each year, on December 1st, Heraklion puts on its Christmas finery and gets ready to celebrate Christmas and the New Year! Radiant and dreamlike, full of colours, scents and music, the city of Heraklion is one of the most interesting places to visit during the Christmas holidays. A city at the “heart” of Crete, with a long history and an impressive enceinte, located by the Aegean Sea’s big blue, with many museums and unique monuments, picturesque alleyways, squares, hospitable people and exquisite tastes is ready to put on its “Christmas costume” to welcome all those who wish to have a taste of its scents! Read more

Crete | The perfect itinerary!

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1 Heraklion Crete | The perfect itinerary!

When you have been travelling for a while, two years in my case, you get asked frequently where to go and what to do there. As time goes on you start developing itineraries even before having been asked anything at all! So if you are planning to go to Crete, I will give you the highlights, what there is to see and in which towns or cities to stay! In addition to that I based this island tour on a 15 day stay for a nice balance between travelling and relaxing. Read more

Athens is always a good idea in winter

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Athens SimonaVarnalieva2 Athens is always a good idea in winter

In the center of Athens there is a graffiti that says “Athens is the new Berlin”, and this is quite true, especially when it’s about the night life, the graffiti, and the urban vividness of the city.  But for me Athens can’t be compared with Berlin, not that it’s not great enough like Berlin, it just shouldn’t be compared with any other city. Read more

The Virgin Mary, patroness of farmers

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Ελευσίνα Οικομουσείο ΔυτικήΑττική ΘριάσιοΠεδίο Pros Eleusis Ecomuseum PersonalizedRoutes Eleusis WestAttica ThriasianPlain The Virgin Mary, patroness of farmers© Andreas Kamoutsis, CNN Greece

Perched on a promontory overlooking the archaeological site of Eleusis stands a small church dedicated to the Virgin Mary (Panagia in Greek, meaning the All-holy One). It was first mentioned in a letter, written in 1794, but it seems likely that it was built much earlier. The bell tower was added in the 19th century. The church is famous for the festival that takes place on 21 November, to commemorate the Presentation of the Virgin Mary in the Temple. The feast day is known as Panagia Mesosporitissa and it is only then (and on the previous day, 20 November) that the church is open to the public. But it is the rituals that take place in the open air that make a trip to Eleusis on that day a must for anyone interested in Greek traditions. Read more