Greece 's motto: " Freedom or death " 

131,957 km2
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
Currency: euro
Religion: 97% of the population are Orthodox Christians
Neighbouring countries: Turkey, Albania, the Republic of Macedonia (or the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), as the Greeks choose to call it) and Bulgaria
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.

Sites inscribed in the Unesco world heritage list :

Acropolis of Athens
Daphni and Hosios Loukas monasteries
Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus
Archaeological site of  Vergina
  "              "               Olympia
  "              "               Mystra
  "              "               Delphi
  "              "               Mycenae and Tiryns
  "              "               Philippi
Temple of Apolo Epikourios à Bassae
Paleochristian and Byzantine monuments of Thessalonika
Medieval city of Rhodos
Old town of Corfu
Monastery of Agia Moni of Chios
Archeological site of Delos
Historic Centre with the Monastery of St John the Theologian and the Cave of the Apocalypse on the Island of Patmos
Pythagoreion and Heraion of Samos
Meteora and  Mount Athos

Eating à la grecque 

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  • eggplant salad baklava yogourt
  • feta cheese fish grill olive oil pita
  • cooking recipes recettes grece
  • stuffed tomatoes produits locaux
  • taverne repas lunch diner breakfast
  • sweet icecream ouzo metaxa wines
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  • sun sea cuisine half board fresh fish
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  • halva pistache bakery bread lamb
  • octapus poulpe crevette feuillete
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To the Greek, meals are an important social event, with families and friends gathering around the table to share food and conversation, as well as to enjoy some meaningful time with their loved ones.
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 New Odyssey 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 !

  The art of living à la grecque                       

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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.

... With breakfast  

More and more hospitality providers in Greece include breakfast into their services these days. Eating breakfast is something untypical for the Greeks, who usually just have a cup of coffee (made à la grecque, of course) after they get up -- only to grab some snack at a bakery later in the morning. Many of the country's hospitality professionals have come to realise, however, that full-fledged breakfast may be a service very much sought-after by non-Greek guests. Indeed, anyone hoping to have a truly relaxing sojourn will surely appreciate being served a delicious breakfast at the place where he or she is lodged. Especially if the meal consists of fresh local foods (often homemade) like puff pastries with spinach and/or Feta cheese filling, fruit jams, cakes, etc. What a nice way, isn't it, to start one's day while on vacation, with a lot of sightseeing and recreational activities in store!