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Hand-Picking Olives in Greece

On a sunny October day in the southwest Peloponnese, about 3 hours outside Athens, countless electric green olives were weighing down branches, signaling that it was time for an annual ritual: hand-picking olives in Greece. I was joining the workers for my first time olive-picking experience. I rolled up my sleeves and waited for instructions …

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Where (and What) To Eat in Athens

Greek food can be bizarrely good; and following is a guide to some of the best restaurants in Athens, Greece. The flavors of Greek food have been shaped over thousands of years, and the history of Greek food includes Middle Eastern as well as Italian influences. Common cooking ingredients include feta cheese, olive oil, yogurt, …

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Drinking Lion’s Milk in Greece – Greek Ouzo

  The experience was one of the most disorienting I’ve ever had. The milk of the lion is also known as the ouzo effect – spontaneous emulsification if you want to get technical – and it’s caused by adding water to anise-infused alcohols, such as ouzo, raki, and absinth. Believe me, I’d never heard of …

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First-Time Visitor’s Guide to Athens

For the first-time visitor to Athens, Greece, the city presents as a mixture of chaos and beauty. Immediately, you are struck by the noise — the hustle and bustle of its busy streets — a blend of engines, horns, and car radios blasting out from open windows. Following this — if you look up from the throng — you …

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Greece Tourist Information

Introduction to Greece Located in southeastern Europe, the country of Greece is comprised of a chain of over 6,000 islands and islets.  However, only 227 of the islands are inhabited. The four largest and most inhabited Greek islands are Crete, Euboea, Lesbos and Rhodes. The 6,000 islands are grouped into the following categories: the Argo-Saronic …

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The Cafe Culture in Athens

After hiking around the Acropolis, eating spanakopita, and watching the changing of the guard, there was one more important cultural aspect of Athens that my friend said that I needed to see: the cafes. It was mid-afternoon on a sweltering day in May. The temperature was over 100 degrees and I wasn’t so sure that …

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A Walking Tour of Central Athens

Athens overwhelmed us. We stepped out of the metro system into Plateia Syntagma, astounded by sunlight, crowds pushing past us to get  into the dark subway, men selling chestnuts from carts, and the stink of traffic. Although the city was renovated, and public transit improved for the 2004 Olympics, Athens remains a sprawling metropolis full of …

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