Sea Cucumbers Worth 1M Seized in Greece
Greece's port authorities launched an investigation shortly after receiving a complaint about the smuggling of a shipment of sea cucumbers on Wednesday night, weighing about 761 kilograms. The sea cucumbers were found on a truck aboard the Kefalonia - Kyllini...
“The Carols”: The Most Celebrated Painting in Modern Greek Art
The beloved painting titled "The Kalanda," The carols created in 1872 by the Greek master Nikiforos Lytras, is one of the most famous works in the history of modern Greek art. It is still admired today and is widely...
Mount Athos: A Monastic Community Where Time Stands Still
Mount Athos, referred to in Greek as the "Holy Mountain", is one of the most important centers of the Christian Orthodox world. Home to twenty monasteries under the direct jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, it is governed as...
Christopsomo: Where Bread Meets Fine Art at the Greek Christmas Table
Christopsomo, or “Christ’s bread,” has been an indispensable part of the Christmas Day table in every Greek household throughout the centuries. If you are ever fortunate enough to spend a Christmas in Greece, you will be certain to become enchanted...
Odontotos: Greece’s Amazing Cog Railway of the Peloponnese
The "Odontotos" railway in Greece, one of the few surviving cog railways in Europe, travels across the country and over and through its spectacular mountains. People in many mountainous countries in Europe and beyond are used to cog, or "rack,"...
Bronze Age Minoan Ingots Are Evidence of Ancient Trade Links
Bronze Age Minoan ingots with unique markings that were recently discovered off the Israeli coast show vast trading links between Cyprus and Sardinia, archaeologists say. Dating back to the late Bronze age, approximately the 13th to the early 12th century...
The Ancient Greek Roots of Christmas Traditions
Christmas is one of the most important and perhaps the most treasured celebration of Christianity and is a day filled with joy and love. Surprisingly, many elements of Christmas celebrations have their roots in ancient Greece. Every country celebrates with...
The Olympic Airways Uniform Design That Made Fashion History
Pierre Cardin, who passed away in late December, designed the Olympic Airways flight attendant uniforms in the glory days of the airline.
When Princess Diana Flew to Greece for Her “Dear Friend”
Diana, the Princess of Wales, made a surprise trip to the Greek island of Evia on September 18, 1996 to pay her last respects to her "dear friend," who had died several days earlier. She had developed a close friendship...
What Do Greeks Have Against Tuesday the 13th?
Like the Anglo-Saxons consider Friday the 13th a bad luck day, Greeks have branded Tuesday the 13th as a day you'd rather stay home and avoid everything that might cause an accident. The main reason Tuesday the 13th is not...