Greece 's motto: " Freedom or death "
11.2 mln inhabitants
9,000 islands and isles, including 200 inhabited ones
Mountainous areas account for 80% of the territory
Mount Olympus' peak rises to 2,917 m
6,000 plant species, including 4,500 wild ones, with 800 of these endangered
900 wildlife (animal) species, including 200 endangered
25 March celebrated as Independence Day, to mark the revolts that broke out on the Greek mainland against Turkish rule in 1821
28 October, second most important national holiday
Capital city: Athens, with a population of 4 million
Greece is the cradle of the Olympic Games. Modern Greece has been a member state of the European Union (initially known as the European Communities) since 1981; at the moment, the nation is facing an economic crisis...
Sites inscribed in the Unesco world heritage list
Daphni and Hosios Loukas monasteries
Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus
Archaeological site of Vergina
" " Olympia
" " Mystra
" " Delphi
" " Mycenae and Tiryns
Temple of Apolo Epikourios à Bassae
Paleochristian and Byzantine monuments of Thessalonika
Medieval city of Rhodos
Monastery of Agia Moni of Chios
Archeological site of Delos
Eating à la grecque
Greece's land and sea -- together with their great ally, the sun -- generate foodstuffs of excellent quality, both nutritional and gastronomic. Local produce is traditionally cooked in a simple way and whilst in season, so as to make the most of its taste and benefits. Dishes are accompanied by regional wines, which definitely deserve to be discovered. The Nouvelle Odyssée offers you an alternative way of experiencing Greek cuisine: instead of all-inclusive standard hotel meals, you will get the chance to taste authentic fare at local taverns or right at your guesthouse if it provides full- or half-board.
Bon appétit! Or, as the Greeks say, Kαλή όρεξη !
apartment, studio, guesthouse, cottage, cabin ...
... With breakfast
one country, one sea
Open air market
siga siga* or the art of living à la grecque * Little by little
I decline all responsibility should you decide, upon return to your home country, to stick to the laid-back siga-siga lifestyle adopted while vacationing in Greece.
It is not unlikely that following a visit to Greece, you may suddenly feel like slowing down your pace -- so as to no longer be stressed and in a hurry. You may feel like finally taking your time to enjoy life, redressing the imbalance between your "being" and your "doing"...
You may begin working to live, not vice versa. You may start to look for a certain life quality for yourself, including healthy food, cheerful surroundings, contact with nature, and other essentials of everyday living.
Well, that's a clear sign of having caught the "siga-siga" virus. So if you personally discover any of the above symptoms in yourself, here's the good news: You are on the right track -- one leading to Happiness. Do keep taking midday naps, savouring healthy food, chatting with friends at length... And if, with all these practices, you don't feel happy enough as yet, just make another trip to Greece.