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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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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

Cheap Greece via the Dusseldorf Connection

Sunday April 13, 2014
The city of Dusseldorf in Germany is reminding international travelers that it can provide an easy connection to Greece and many other locations in Europe. Direct flights to Dusseldorf connect the cities of Atlanta, Chicago, Ft. Myers, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Newark, and Toronto, making this a useful hub for travelers from North America. If you're willing to add a short-hop flight or train ride from Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, or Hamburg and other locations in Germany, the options increase.

Greece-based airline Aegean Airlines operates flights to Athens, Thessaloniki, and Santorini year-round from Dusseldorf to Greece, and in the summer adds flights to Kalamata and Corfu, making this a great way to get to Europe and then continue on to Greece with bargain prices on the last leg to Greece via Aegean.

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