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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.

Easter on Crete at Daios Cove

Sunday April 13, 2014
Luxury resort Daios Cove in northeastern Crete near Agios Nikolaos is offering a special package for Easter. Several room choices are available, including one which includes a private swimming pool. Easter "Saturday" dinner is also included - but bear in mind, that's at half-past midnight just after Good Friday ceremonials. Daios Cove Celebrates Easter

Easter in Heraklion Photo Gallery

Gaga in Greece

Sunday April 6, 2014
Worldwide sensation Lady Gaga will be performing in Greece for the first time on September 19th as part of her "ArtRave: The Artpop Ball" tour. The slot at the end of the peak tourist season gives foreign as well as Greek fans a chance to see the Lady in Athens at the Olympic Stadium at Maroussi.

More on the concert and ticketing information from eKathimerini: Lady Gaga to Stop in Greece on World Tour

Kalo Mina!

Monday March 31, 2014
No, that's not a typo for "Kalimera", which means "Good Morning". Kalo mina or Kalimena is a fun Greek word that preserves an ancient tradition of wishing a good "First of the Month". It's still heard in Greece on the first of every month. Of course, the first day of this particular month, April, is better known as April Fools' Day - but that is not a holiday that's caught on yet in Greece. More on Kalimena More Fun Greek Travel Glossary Words including Yasou! and Kefi.

Trip Advisor Shuts Out Greece on "10 Best Beaches" List

Sunday March 30, 2014
Matala Beach, Crete, GreeceJust checked out Trip Advisor's list of the world's top ten beaches to see which of Greece's many gems made the cut.

Imagine my surprise to find out that not one of them did. What, Matala or Kamares or Red Beach couldn't even "beach out" Rhossili Bay in Swansea, United Kingdom? Nothing against Great Britain's renowned beaches, but, um, really?

In any case, seems like a good moment to shine a little light on some of my personal favorites among the hundreds of beautiful beaches in Greece. What are your favorites? Feel free to add your comments below!

Here are some to get you started: The Best Blue Flag Beaches in Greece

Top Nude Beaches in Greece

Picture of Matala Beach copyright deTraci Regula

Hercules Returns

Thursday March 27, 2014
The second Hercules movie of 2014 is hitting theaters in July, and Ain't It Cool News has a glimpse of the new trailer for Hercules: The Thracian Wars, which stars Dwayne Johnson, "The Rock".

Hercules Trailer
More on Hercules, Demi-God of Greece

Earth Hour in Greece Saturday March 29th

Thursday March 27, 2014

Image Copyright World Wildlife Federation. Leading the way among world monuments agreeing to shut off decorative lights to demonstrate commitment to energy responsibility, the Acropolis will probably go dark for one hour at 8:30 pm local time on Saturday, March 29th 2014 to mark Earth Hour". As of this update, Greece has not confirmed participation for 2014, but the island nation of Cyprus will be participating. Some private ventures in Greece will participate, including the Athens Hilton, which will operate its bars and restaurants by candlelight during the event.

For 2014, the official "Superhero Ambassador" of Earth Hour is Spiderman.

The international event created by the World Wildlife Federation now counts thousands of cities worldwide that are participating in some way to mark the hour when the goal is to drastically drop energy consumption and appreciate the natural night.

Earth Hour will start in Greece and then proceed across the globe as different time zones reach 8:30pm. Candle-carrying crowds are expected to gather to watch as the monuments go dark.

In addition to the Acropolis in Athens, other Greek archaeological sites and landmarks will go dark, including the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion, the Rio-Antirio Bridge, and others. Also, many Greek islands will also be observing the special hour, including Santorini, Rhodes, Aegina , and about 200 other places, cities, and towns.

Everywhere the lights go out, there will be an event - planned or not - as people mingle to watch the darkness arrive and leave. Some areas will provide acoustic music presentations during the hour of darkness.

But if you're traveling on your own in Greece, you may want to avoid the roads around that time. While essential lighting and highway lights will stay on, being unable to see the beckoning glow from that mountain village may make navigation more difficult - unless you can look up. On this night, you may be able to actually use the stars to guide you.

Pictures from past years: Earth Hour 2008 - Aegina

Earth Hour 2009 - Rhodes

Independence Day in Greece

Monday March 24, 2014

March 25th marks a dual holiday for Greece - Independence Day and the Feast of the Annunciation. Travelers can count on parades and religious pageantry - but most archaeological sites and many businesses will be closed to observe this doubly-important day.

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