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It’s the pureness of this place. The smell of salty sea air, the sights of picturesque fishing villages, and the flavors of Earth’s best ingredients.

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It takes no stretch of the imagination to conjure an idyllic day spent in Greece. From the distinctly creative pulse of contemporary Athens to the swirling Cyclades, Greece is a heady mix of unparalleled history, charm, and warmth.

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Irresistibly intoxicating, Greece is a hotbed for discovery. On one hand you can trace the origins of Western culture, endlessly marveling at ancient ruins steeped in mythical tales. On the other, you could find yourself slipping past the cool crowd, into the chicest independent gallery opening in Athens. Then there’s the islands—some say 6,000 of them, give or take. Idyllic, sun bleached swimming coves and sweeping cliffside views are found on the iconic isles of Santorini and Mykonos, and the lesser-known gems of Paros, Sifnos, and Crete. But mostly there’s the people. 

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Tavernas are an integral part of life for both locals and visitors

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The catch of the day on a charcoal grill

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A fortuitous climate puts a focus on pristine ingredients prepared simply

There’s a governing philosophy that is an overlay to almost everything in Greece: filoxenia. Loosely translated as ’friend to the stranger’, this mindset extends equally to the small exchanges of daily life, as does it to the country’s mastery of hospitality. Welcoming and warm-hearted, the Greek people are unrivaled hosts, with any visitor quickly becoming family. Very well-fed family. And with an extraordinary Mediterranean bounty, it’s little wonder this country is home to one of the world’s five blue zones, on the Aegean island of Ikaria. 

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We wanted to share some culture tips to get you in the mood.

 

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    Margarita Karapanou's Kassandra and the Wolf (first published in 1976) is a contemporary Greek classic and has earned her comparisons to Proust and Schulz

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    Leading contemporary design gallery Carwan Gallery has announced the opening of their gallery space in Athens. Credits: Giorgos Sfakianakis.

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    Independent documentary film maker Marianna Economou's 'When Tomatoes met Wagner' was a Greek BIFF Oscar contender and won the Hellenic Film Academy for best documentary.

We wanted to share some culture tips to get you in the mood.

 

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Margarita Karapanou's Kassandra and the Wolf (first published in 1976) is a contemporary Greek classic and has earned her comparisons to Proust and Schulz

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Leading contemporary design gallery Carwan Gallery has announced the opening of their gallery space in Athens. Credits: Giorgos Sfakianakis.

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Independent documentary film maker Marianna Economou's 'When Tomatoes met Wagner' was a Greek BIFF Oscar contender and won the Hellenic Film Academy for best documentary.

With over a thousand islands, Greece boasts plenty of beach space to dance upon. Homespun talents brush shoulders with big-name DJs in places like Mykonos and beyond.

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Columns standing tall at the mythological birthplace of Apollo

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The god Dionysus depicted in mosaic on the island of Delos

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The oud is a short-neck fretted instrument of the lute family

Delos - The Eternal Festival 

A short, day boat trip from Mykonos, this sacred island is the mythological birthplace of twins Apollo and Artemis and long considered one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece. In fact, it might have been the first cross-cultural festival in human history—the Delia—a quadrennial celebration that drew diverse travelers from across the ancient world for singing, dancing, feasting, and every form of physical enjoyment.

“It’s a really beautiful story,” said Stelios Brigos, the vice governor and head of culture for the South Aegean.

“The name of Delos in Greek means the place that’s declared. It‘s like a declaration of existence, the declaration of life that was born there.”

 

When you walk through the ruins of Delos today, you see not only classical ancient Greek architecture but depictions of Syrian deities, a temple to the Egyptian goddess Isis, the ruins of a synagogue, Phoenician, Italian, and Palestinian artifacts—indicative of Delos’ time as a cultural melting pot.

 

Words Ruby Davies   Date 10 October, 2020

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