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Sesame Halva or Grocer’s Halva

For Greek Orthodox people Easter is the most important religious holiday. Before Easter we have a 49 day period of fasting, the Lent. During the Lent people are not allowed to consume any meat or fish or eggs or dairy … Continue reading

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Kyra Sarakosti or Mrs. Lent (Fasting and Greek Great Lent)

Ash Monday (or Clean Monday) is the end of the Carnival and marks the start of the Lent and 49 days of fasting although nowadays few people strictly fast for the whole of Lent. Greek Orthodox fasting excludes meat, fish … Continue reading

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Carnival In Athens

During the carnival period there are for sure many interesting things to do! The Greek Carnival is a vivid festive period.  Parties at houses, carnival parades, concerts in the streets! Here under you may find some of the events that … Continue reading

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Greek Easter – Do it the Greek way! (Part 2)

Four simple steps to discover the magic of Greek Easter! If you missed STEP 1 click here.

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Greek Easter – Do it the Greek way! (Part 1)

If you are visiting Athens during Greek Orthodox Easter Week, consider yourself lucky! It’s an experience you will not regret, as long as you… do it the Greek way! In the coming days you will be reading all about the … Continue reading

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All Souls’ Days or Saturdays of Souls

“Saturdays of Souls” are days set for commemoration of the dead in the Greek Orthodox Church. Jesus Christ lay dead in the tomb on a  Saturday that is why Saturday was chosen for prayer for the dead. There are several … Continue reading

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Store Your Luggage In Athens

Very often, we get requests from people who have an Athens layover for a few hours and would like to join one of our lovely tours, for example the Athens City tour and the Acropolis or the Food tour. These … Continue reading

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Olive tree, the present of Goddess Athena

One of the three pillars of the Greek cuisine is the olive oil. Greeks are in love with the olive oil and it is them who consume more olive oil than anybody else around the world! Twenty liters per head … Continue reading

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Bread: One of the three pillars of the Greek nutrition

Ever noticed how Greeks, love to add the ending  “-aki” to all that is dear to them? This way for example the name Marina becomes “Marinaki”, nero (water) becomes “neraki”, krasi (wine) becomes “krasaki” and of course the same happens with … Continue reading

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How to use a Taxi in Athens

Like in all capitals of the world, there are plenty of taxis cruising the Athenian streets. However, it is important to be aware of a few things before one boards a taxi: All Athenian Taxis are yellow and carry the … Continue reading

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