Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Athens In Bloom. Every year, Greece surrenders to the arms of spring. Floral displays are set up in the heart of Athens and a series of celebrations take place in Syndagma Square, the National Garden and many Athenian neighborhoods.
May 1-15: Chalkidiki Sokratia Festival — Folk festival. Larisa — Achillia — Literature, theater, folklore, music, dancing fest.
May 2: Katy Perry — The California Dreams Tour. After touring around Europe and the UK, American singer Katy Perry brings her sugary pop sounds to Adelaide Entertainment Centre. Expect all the hits from her latest album Teenage Dream, including California Girls, Firework and the popular title track. At Adelaide Entertainment Center. Cost $99 and starts at 7.30pm. For more information call +61 (0) 8 8208 2222.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
You will get the best fares when the airlines are offering specials on the SA-Europe leg of the journey. Your best bet is to find a good travel agent who will check all the carriers for special fares. You can also check the British Airways, Air France, Lufthansa, Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways sites for Internet-only specials. The budget carrier easyJet offers low-cost fares from London and Paris to Athens, so you could combine an easyJet ticket with a discounted fare from South Africa to London or Paris.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Although the clear blue water and whitewashed buildings give one a sense of tranquility, there are dangers to be avoided in certain locations and certain times of year. Greece is a very safe country for tourists, but it's best to be aware of the hotspots that exist for both travelers and locals.
Places that might prove to be unsafe for American travelers include football (soccer) games where the rivalry between fans of the two teams is at a peak. Greeks take their football very seriously. It's not uncommon for the fans of the losing team to pull up stadium seats, throw them onto the playing field, set fires, and in general, behave worse than a 3 year old who has been denied a toy in the supermarket. Innocent spectators have been killed and injured in this sort of riotous behavior at games and in the vicinity of the stadium.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Greece without Santorini is like a Greek salad without Kalamata olives – it just doesn’t taste the same. Santorini’s breathtaking Caldera, a sea-filled crater, and its vineyards and unbeatable nightlife make it a popular vacation destination. Hit the beaches or just explore. An island rich in ancient treasures, Santorini’s ruins from the Minoan period at Akrotiri and the wall paintings of Thera reveal one of the most fascinating prehistoric settlements of the Aegean. I toured the wineries and art galleries and bought an official hand-painted “Exact Copy” of a 7th-century B.C. pot with octopus design.