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Maria Korachai

BY Maria Korachai

| Nov 09, 2015

Athens

Life-Giving Flowers

Among the bustle of shoppers up and down Ermou street, the small open-air flower stall owned by barba-Yiannis, a term of endearment used for older folk, is a pretty oasis where time seems to stand still.

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Maria Korachai

BY Maria Korachai

| Nov 05, 2015

Athens

Eat after Midnight and Confess at Mavili Canteen

Yiannis makes sandwiches that feed your soul Should you find yourself enjoying a drink at one of the historic bars of Mavili Square, a well-known piazza near the American Embassy and Athens Concert Hall that provides relaxing weekday evenings and buzzing weekend nights, you may well end up partaking in the ritual of the obligatory sandwich from the local canteen. But let’s take things from the beginning. A fountain, old…

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Maria Korachai

BY Maria Korachai

| Nov 04, 2015

Athens

Lefteris and his Soft Pretzels

How and why “koulouri” became our national snack Multigrain, with sesame or without, with tahini… “Tomorrow I’ll have wholemeal; the kind you skinny girls favor.” Lefteris Agorastos, whose cart is permanently parked beside one of Athens’ busiest streets, sells about 50 koulouria, a Greek type of soft pretzel or bread ring, every day. Hailed as a “national snack” or “street breakfast,” simple and cheap at just 0.50 euros, you can…

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Maria Korachai

BY Maria Korachai

| Nov 02, 2015

Athens

Seeing the World From your Couch

Avid Athens couchsurfer Spyros Drakatos has hosted 150 couchsurfers from abroad in Athens flat Amy from the Netherlands wanted to hitchhike to Ioannina, northwestern Greece. Otavia and Julia, both from the UK, focused entirely on visiting ancient sites and went to bed early. Adrian from Spain liked the local olives so much that he wanted to take two large packets of them home with him, and Linda from Norway got…

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Maria Korachai

BY Maria Korachai

| Nov 02, 2015

Athens

Voulis Street’s Lady Luck

The most popular lottery vendor to pick your ticket. Athens has been the kind of city where a fortune could be waiting around the next corner since the 1920s – maybe in the form of a bundle of lottery tickets. There are your faithful punters who play on a weekly basis and your random passersby who may buy a single ticket, just like that, just in case. Georgia is one…

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Maria Coveou

BY Maria Coveou

| Oct 30, 2015

Activities

Shall We Dance?

As Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. ” If you are passionate about social dancing and you always pack your dance shoes even when traveling, just in case, we’ve got you covered. Greeks love to social dance, so all partner dances are represented, especially in the capital. Below are some of the parties you can join in…

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Amanda Michalopoulou

BY Amanda Michalopoulou

| Oct 30, 2015

Activities

Naxos: Embracing the Power of Observation

A weekend at Naxos From my schoolbooks I remembered that Naxos is the biggest island of the Cyclades and also that this is where Theseus abandoned Ariadne after she helped him slay the Minotaur in Crete. What I saw is a self-sufficient island, one of those places where you forget that Greece is in crisis.

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Joanne Trikoulis

BY Joanne Trikoulis

| Oct 26, 2015

Destinations

Leonidio, Arcadia: My L.A.

“This ain’t Hollywood, this is a small town. Where you keep me dreamy and never let me down.” As a Greek-American “city girl” growing up on the East Coast, I dreamed of jet-setting summer vacations out west in Los Angeles. Instead, every summer vacation was a pilgrimage back to the “homeland.” I had plenty of time to daydream about shopping on Rodeo Drive while enduring the 200-km, three-hour drive south…

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