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Monday, Five Thirty: This Potent European Sipper is Made of 'Gum Drops'

Where: Chios, Greece
April 7, 2014 at 6:13 PM | by | Comments (0)

In celebration of the most needed happy hour of the week, we're launching a new column called “Monday, Five Thirty” that will take a look at different vices from around the world, specifically boozes and beers unique to a destination. Last week, it was a novelty shot that might make you lose your lunch. This week, we head back to Europe for a look at a potent after-dinner drink.

Originally made on the island of Chios, this Greek after-dinner drink will put you under the table if you're not careful. Typically distilled to be between 40-50% alcohol, Mastika will not only help with digestion, it will certainly help you sleep.

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Street Food Friday: If You Don't Eat This in Athens, Let Athena Strike You Down

Where: Athens, Greece
March 21, 2014 at 9:04 AM | by | Comments (0)

In a new weekly Friday column, we'll explore street food and other culinary specialties from around the world. Last week, it was the surprising taco trunk scene in Columbus. This week, we head to Athens, Greece, to see what's cooking.

This one might be as obvious as deep dish in Chicago or cheesesteaks in Philadelphia, but you absolutely must try a gyro in Greece. We say that not because you've never heard of one before, rather because, like the cheesesteak in Philly, you've never had one this good.

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Find Inspiration for a Trip to Greece in 'The Legend of Hercules'

Where: Greece
January 10, 2014 at 3:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Legend of Hercules follows the action-packed life of the mythical Greek hero, but it might provide some travel inspiration for theatergoers, too.

Even though the movie wasn't actually filmed in Greece (most of the location shoots actually took place in Bulgaria), The Legend of Hercules does trace his journey to sites across the ancient Greek countryside that are still popular with travelers today.

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The Adventures of Travel Cat: Napping in Oia, Santorini

Where: Oia, Greece
October 30, 2013 at 12:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

Kitty cats. They rule the internet and, whether we realize it or not, pretty much the world too. Ever noticed how cats sometimes stake out the coolest spots in a city? This new feature—Travel Cat—focuses on exactly that. Submit a photo to be featured by tweeting or Instagramming it to us (details below).

Travel Cat spotted in: Oia, Santorini, Greece.

This playful street cat was photographed by Caitlin Bonney (@caitlinbonbon on Twitter), who says of the lazy feline: "this cat is too busy napping to check out the amazing views in Oia on Santorini."

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The Adventures of Travel Cat: In an Alley in Rhodes

Where: Rhodes, Greece
July 24, 2013 at 1:24 AM | by | Comments (0)

Kitty cats. They rule the internet and, whether we realize it or not, pretty much the world too. Ever noticed how cats sometimes stake out the coolest spots in a city? This new feature—Travel Cat—focuses on exactly that. Submit a photo to be featured by tweeting or Instagramming it to us (details below).

Travel Cat spotted in: Rhodes, Greece.

This gaggle of cats was photographed by reader Jenna Jordan while visiting the medieval walled center of Rhodes. Over the two-ish years that we've been spying cats around the world, it's pretty much been established that Greece and Turkey top the list for the amount of stray cats taking over tourist spots. In fact, this kitty is already our second Rhodes feature.

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Visiting the Birthplace of Modern Medicine on the Greek Island of Kos

Where: Kos, Greece
July 9, 2013 at 10:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

We gave you five reasons why you should suck it up and go on a Greek Islands cruise, and now allow us to add a sixth: You can actually visit the birthplace of modern medicine, where Hippocrates performed his infamous research at the Askleipion on Kos.

Today, there is a bit of doubt about whether Hippocrates actually wrote the medical pledge that is referred to as the Hippocratic Oath. In fact, there’s a lot of skepticism surrounding the sixty or so medical writings that have survived and bear his name. But regardless of whether the documents were written by he or one of his students, it is certain that he was the lead medical researcher of the 5th century B.C., and that his life’s work had a great effect on the practice of medicine, both then and now.

One of the first things you'll notice upon your arrival is that, while Hippocrates might have been the first to discover that diseases were natural and not caused by the Gods, he truly believed that morale was a huge part of the recovery and healing process. Why? Well, just look at the photos above and below, taken from the top of the ruins. You'd feel better, too, if all hospitals had that kind of scenery!

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Five Reasons You Should Suck It Up and Go On a Greek Islands Cruise

Where: Greece
July 8, 2013 at 9:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

We know, we know. The word “cruise” doesn’t always evoke the best images in the minds of travelers. And we totally get it, because the clichéd imagery—overweight, aged travelers sitting around a pool between trips to the buffet—is not exactly unwarranted. Then there are those potentially boring days at sea, the underwhelming onboard nightlife, and the plethora of problems (read: disasters) the industry has seen lately. With that, we acknowledge your skepticism and hesitation when it comes to the idea of cruising.

All that said, allow us to present a silver lining. Turns out, cruising doesn’t have to be that way. There are plenty of ships out there to choose from, ships that focus more on the destinations, carry less passengers and stay late into the night at port (eliminating your reliance upon on-board entertainment).

And it just might make sense for exploring certain parts of the world. We recently sailed on the Azamara Journey on its Greek Islands and Turkey itinerary. Consider us convinced that, when approached appropriately, a cruise can satisfy the needs of young, active travelers, helping them see more places than they could on their own at a price that, while more expensive than backpacking, is not at all unreasonable for what you get.

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Smile, You're in Greece!

Where: Greece
May 20, 2013 at 10:41 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s not exactly a time to party over in Greece—at least for the country’s residents—due to the ongoing financial problems, bailouts, and other money misery. We’re hardly experts when it comes to the economic situation in the region, but we do know they’re going to get an influx of cash sooner than later. That’s because the tourists are getting ready to arrive, as the weather gets warmer and those Greek islands become more and more appealing.

Obviously buying up some souvenir t-shirts isn’t going to save the economy, but a little extra cash from a few tourists certainly won’t hurt. That’s just one of the reasons that the country’s prime minister is asking residents to pitch in, and to show a smiling face to greet those coming to visit Greece.

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The Adventures of Travel Cat: Rhodes, Greece

Where: Rhodes, Greece
March 20, 2013 at 2:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

Kitty cats. They rule the internet and, whether we realize it or not, pretty much the world too. Ever noticed how cats sometimes stake out the coolest spots in a city? This new feature—Travel Cat—focuses on exactly that. Submit a photo to be featured by tweeting or Instagramming it to us (details below).

Travel Cat spotted at: Rhodes, Greece.

This week's Travel Cat is from Instagrammer @aksakosha, who spotted this puss doing what any other cat would naturally do in the same situation: pop a squat on a perch perfectly sized just for him.

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Major Strike (Intentionally) Grinds Greece Travel to a Halt

Where: Greece
February 20, 2013 at 4:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

We hate getting involved in travel politics labor issues. We say things like 'hey, if your company or your country is in financial or economic trouble, maybe you should go to work,' which seems reasonable to us. You guys respond by yelling at us for - actual quote - "undermin[ing] the intrinsic and sacramental right for unions to strike or engage in collective bargaining." That's no fun for anyone.

That said, we'd be remiss if we didn't at least suggest the possibility that the 24 hour strike currently crippling Greece—which is specifically designed in part to disrupt travel and includes that country's civil aviation authority—is probably not going to help Greece's troubled economy.

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Aegean Airlines Ready to Shack Up with Olympic Air in Greece

Where: Greece
October 30, 2012 at 10:41 AM | by | Comments (0)

Financial things aren’t going that well over in Greece, and now it looks like the crisis is moving towards the airline industry. One airline isn’t exactly rolling in the euros—or drachmas—and there’s another looking to step in and gobble them up.

In this case, Aegean Airlines has the upper hand and now they are ready to make a move to combine with their rivals over at Olympic Air. This is the second time the two airlines have kind of moved towards getting warm and cozy with one another, but back in 2010 officials in Europe thought that the canoodling wasn’t good for competition. They've of different opinions now.

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Awesome and Affordable Scootering on Mykonos

Where: Mykonos, Greece
October 23, 2012 at 4:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

When in Rome, do as the Romans do.

We've heard it before and, heck, we've even uttered it ourselves. And that's just what we did when we were in, well, Greece. After arriving on Mykonos, we saw heaps of scooters going every which way and it looked like the best way to experience the island.

Locals have the right idea to get around the island, navigating narrow laneways. A sputtering scooter turns a trip around the island for a gliko frappe or a spanakopita into a lickety-split affair. You not only get to see a lot more than just one city, but you'll escape the hordes of tourists all looking for tacky souvenirs at the same shops.

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