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Greece in April 2014

Avdou Village

It's official - it's Spring in Greece, though higher altitudes are just starting to warm. Spending  Easter in Greece is a wonderful way to get to know the country and enjoy the beautiful pageantry

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Greek Good Friday in Heraklion, Crete

Monday April 21, 2014
Exterior St. Tito's Church, Heraklion, CreteEnjoy a wander through the rose-scented streets of Heraklion, Crete, as residents observe Greek Orthodox Good Friday and prepare for Greek Easter Sunday, celebrated in 2014 on April 20th.

Greek Easter Picture Gallery

Preparing the Greek Easter Feast

On this Day in Greece - April 19th - Byron Day

Saturday April 19, 2014

April 19th is the anniversary of the death of British poet turned Greek folk hero Lord Byron, who succumbed to pneumonia in Messolonghi on this date in 1824. In 2008, Greece decided to make his deathday a holiday for the celebration of Greek culture. While it should not impact travel, visitors to Greece can expect extra free cultural events to be staged in his honor. Ask locally to find out what's happening nearby.

Places named for the hero, such as the Vyronas, are particularly likely to be commemorating their namesake.

International Monuments Day in Greece

Thursday April 17, 2014

Athens Greece The Parthenon on the AcropolisIt's another "free" day in Greece for International Monuments Day. You can take advantage of free admissions to museums and archaeological sites on April 18th.

Not right for your travel schedule? Check this list for many other free dates to visit Greek cultural sites.

Greek Easter Thursday - Dye Your Own Eggs ! It's Easy

Thursday April 17, 2014

Red Greek Easter Eggs in a ceramic bowl from Vori, Crete

The Thursday before Greek Orthodox Easter is the traditional day for dyeing easter eggs - and it's one of my favorite parts of this time of year. It's simple, and magical, and for about 95% of my readers, you have all the ingredients on hand to do it yourself. Some vinegar, a small amount of brown onion skins, eggs - you're ready. And though the eggs will end up red, it's also a very "green" process - no chemicals involved and the eggs are delicious to eat with some people claiming they can taste the faintly oniony flavor ... but you may find them too pretty to consume right away!

Step by Step - How to Dye Greek Easter Eggs

Easter in Greece Picture Gallery

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