Greece has been beaten ever since. A turbulent history and Greece always recovered; so will we now, too. Since you ever dreamed to visit Greece, NOW you have the possibility to make your dream come through … and live your MYTH
OK your tan is perfect for this summer. But what happens in a few weeks or months?
How to keep your tan as long as possible and start a new summer with already a little tan.
It’s not only the color that makes you feel good. It is also the Vitamin-D you got. Getting some vitamin D is really good for us. It boosts serotonin levels and is said to alleviate the symptoms of anxiety. Not to mention it works wonders for your teeth, bones and skin. But it can also be hard to maintain your tan once you’re out of the sun
How to retain your tan as long as possible?
Some easy tips
How to make your tan last longer
Apply plenty of sun cream. The ‘less is more’ rule definitely does not apply to sun cream. …
Take cool showers. …
Moisturize every day. …
Exfoliate once a week. …
Spritz yourself in body oil. …
Eat foods high in beta-carotene …
Drink more water. …
Wear white clothing.
Apply regular (not once only) and don’t be stingy, but “less is more” doesn’t apply with sun-cream.
Spritz yourself in body oil
We promise that this is a trick you’ll love. Have you ever wondered how celebs look glowing all of the time? The answer is body oil. Applying just a small amount to your arms and legs will instantly make them look sleek, and it’ll work wonders for your tan, too.
Hydrating your skin is incredibly important, especially when you’re planning to chill out in the sun. Moisturizing from head to toe keeps your skin cells plump and soft, meaning your skin tone is more balanced and that your glow will stay in place for longer. Try to avoid traditional after sun products, as many of these contain alcohol, which is very drying to your skin
Eat foods high in beta-carotenes
“Beta-carotene is an organic, synthesized chemical compound, containing a red-orange pigment which is found in lots of fruit and vegetables. Think sweet potatoes, mangoes, carrots, and pumpkins, to name a few. And research has shown that eating high amounts of these foods actually makes your skin appear darker”
Use a gradual fake tan
When it comes to making your tan last longer, the best and safest way is to use a gradual fake tan.
All this will help you to retain your tan through the winter
Molecular Cuisine YES, Athens has also space food Funky Gourmet is an awardwinning (including some Michelinstars) restaurant specializing in molecular gastronomy
Steak and more Telemachosresembles a classic Parisian brasserie, with a lofty ceiling, grandiose chandelier, huge mirror and tasteful art de la table. The menu offers a broad range of dishes: classic international and Greek recipes, from carpaccio (very thin slices of raw beef served with dressing or sauce) and Brazilian picanha (sirloin cap), to Thracian kavourmas (a slow-roasted, sausage-like cold cut) and pork fillets. The high quality of the ingredients is more than evident in both the raw and the grilled offerings. Try the tartar of Piedmont beef fillet and the Greek heifer rib eye steak. There is also a good variety of aged Greek cold meats, while the wine list features more than 200 labels – mainly strong reds from Greece, France, Argentina and South Africa.
Cookoovayaopened its doors in late 2014 and is the brainchild of five esteemed Athenian chefs. With its open plan kitchen and upscale modern dining room, this is one of the restaurants in Athens setting new trends in food and service. Authentic dishes oozing with Greek flavors and lots of originality such as the minced beef pie served with organic egg and yogurt or giouvetsi (orzo) with beef spare ribs. The menu is divided into cooking methods such as ‘in a saucepan and casserole’ or ‘on a skewer’ and in true Greek style, most dishes are designed to share.
Nikkei The combination of Japanese and Peruvian cuisine known as Nikkei has become one of the latest gastronomic sensations to hit Athens with their hip and stylish resto-bar in the upmarket district of Kolonaki. Proving it has what it takes to stick around, head chef, Thanos Stasinos presents a well-balanced menu of Peruvian cuisine paired with sophisticated Japanese flavors with dishes designed to share, such as the pachamanca chicken with oyster sauce, lime and fava. The sensational cocktail list sets off the menu and atmosphere
Ithaki’s seaside location overlooking the Saronic Gulf is truly magical. With an impressive list of visiting celebrities including Bill Clinton and Sean Connery, Ithaki is one of the most established restaurants in Athens. The Mediterranean menu is infused with French and Japanese influences with black cod marinated in miso or the Chateaubriand for two. A well-stocked wine cellar and a knowledgeable sommelier is also on hand. A pleasant retreat out of the city centre and ideal for a long lunch or dinner.
Spiros & Vasilis is a landmark in Athens since 1974, very close to the American Embassy and the Athens Music Hall. This successful family business has maintained an excellent level of quality cuisine and service, making it a favorite for important occasions. The menu is based on traditional tastes from French cuisine mainly from Provence, and some of the specialties are Entrecote Cafe de Paris in the authentic version, homemade pate foie gras, frog legs, Burgundy snails, grilled salmon with finocchio sauce. An interesting wine list accompanies the menu. The atmosphere is elegant and in the summer months meals are served in a cool garden. This restaurant is often selected by groups, both for lunch and dinner, all year round.
The canal was initially proposed in classical times and a failed effort was made to build it in the 1st century AD. Construction recommenced in 1881 but was hampered by geological and financial problems that bankrupted the original builders. It was completed in 1893, but, due to the canal’s narrowness, navigational problems, and periodic closures to repair landslides from its steep walls, it failed to attract the level of traffic expected by its operators.
The idea for a shortcut to save boats sailing all round the Peloponnese was long considered by the Ancient Greeks. The first attempt to build a canal there was carried out by the tyrant Periander in the 7th century BC. He abandoned the project owing to technical difficulties, and instead constructed a simpler and less costly overland stone ramp, named Diolkos, as a portage road. Remnants of Diolkos still exist today next to the modern canal. When the Romans took control of Greece, a number of different solutions were tried. Julius Caesar foresaw the advantages of a link for his newly built Colonia Laus Iulia Corinthiensis. By the reign of Tiberius, engineers tried to dig a canal, but were defeated by lack of modern equipment. Instead they built an Ancient Egyptian device: boats were rolled across the isthmus on logs, as the Egyptians had rolled blocks of granite to make their pyramids. This was in use by AD 32. In AD 67, the philhellene Roman emperor Nero ordered 6,000 slaves to dig a canal with spades. Historian Flavius Josephus writes that the 6,000 slaves were Jewish pirates, taken captive by Vespasian during the Jewish wars. According to Pliny the Elder, the work advanced four stadia (about 0.8 kilometers). The following year Nero died, and his successor Galba abandoned the project as being too expensive.
In the modern era, the idea was first seriously proposed in 1830, soon after Greece’s independence from the Ottoman Empire, and was brought to completion in 1893 after eleven years’ work.
As said before, nowadays it is more an Touristic attraction.
The whole World is expericing the Pandemic and though want to travel. Countires issue various limitations on travel.
BUT, your action to #safetravel is appriciated. PLEASE, be more than certain, that you are #safe and do not carry the virus. if possible, have a test 2 -3 days prior to your journey. Just to be on the safe side and not to spoil Your Holidays.
So far, Greece is accepting travelers
The 29 announced Friday August 07 are: Albania, Australia, Austria, North Macedonia, Bulgaria, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Estonia, Japan, Israel, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lebanon, New Zealand, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, Norway, South Korea, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic and Finland.
Travelers from Malta have to provide Negative Test.
How do you stay safe in Greece?
It’s best to stay alert and avoid confrontation. Even if you are speaking with someone else, have your hand on your belongings at all times. Travelers should use basic common sense and stay alert when traveling. Greece travel safety tips include being especially vigilant when riding public transportation.
To #staysafe whenever in public, keep your facemask and allow #socialdistance where ever possible. Stay Saf for your self and #keepgreecesafe too.
In their section on food, everybody praises the … Greek salad, Moussaka, Tiropita …
OK, you all have heard of these, but there is so much going on on Gourmet Dine. You even can find Michelin starred restaurants in Athens and other places. In Athens and on the islands, you can find real good food by young Chefs, delivering exciting dishes with fantasy and of great taste.
Also Molecular Cuisine is present. YES!
But do Travelers want to taste the Original Greek food or extravagant modern dishes?
Don’t worry, Modern Greek food is based on traditional cooking and you will be surprised to taste the Greek spirit
Also a great delicacy is Fresh Sea Food. From Shrimps to Lobster and Oysters, everything daily fresh. Preparation may vary in different spots.
BUT its always worth it to have e.g. Lobster Pasta or just mussels risotto.
Certainly, you all have (maybe) tryed Octapus. either as meze or as a dish.
Add some luxury and have delicious red Mullet or sea bream (either Tsipoura or Faggri) on charcoal. A fest itself.
Best enjoyed with Ouzo
How to best serve Ouzo to avoid crystallisation?
First the ouzo, then add wate (if desired) and the finally water … Yia Mas – Γεια μας – Cheers – Skol – Prost – salud – 乾杯 – 干杯 – לחיים – ура
Eco-friendly properties share 3 characteristics, all contributing to a unique and unforgettable experience for travelers. These are their impact on the environment and its conservation, their commitment to the local communities, and lastly their high standard of service to the guests.
1. The environmental impact
The first common value amongst eco-friendly hotels is to minimize their environmental footprint, while also conserving the natural surroundings. Preferred by nature lovers, many of these remote hideaways are surrounded by breathtaking scenery.
When it comes to impact, size matters! Usually these eco-friendly properties are of an intimate setting and not a large establishment. Unique to their location and natural setup, some of the characteristics they share is their eco-design and the way they operate. Many of these hotels are built with traditional, locally sourced materials, such as stone and recycled waste wood or reclaimed timber and using traditional methods of construction.
Not that long ago, it was not unusual either for some remote lodges to be completely off-the-grid and not to have electricity. A one candle-light dinner in an Eco lodge is an example. Sounds romantic, but somehow … Nowadays, many buildings now maximize the use of natural light and ventilation, they use renewable energy to generate electricity (solar or wind) and harness solar energy to heat water. Rainwater is collected and used for irrigation.
When it comes to the food served, expect an ecological approach to wholesome food, where it is usually organic, locally grown and always seasonal. Many would have their own organic vegetable garden in the resort as well, the perfect outlet for the kitchen compost.
The commitment to sustainable operating standards means also eco-friendly cosmetics and washing products, no plastic, no chemicals zone, and before recycling, all disposables are eliminated. Many Eco lodges also operate conservation programs, seek external certifications and actively raise guests’ awareness of how to care for their environment.
2.The Social Commitment
Responsible hospitality and travel businesses share similar social commitments to the local communities and to preserve the cultural heritage of the area as well as its natural heritage with great integrity. This is the second common value between such businesses: it’s the positive impact on the local economy, where the employment of locals make up a substantial percentage of the property’s staff and the contributions of sourcing local seasonal produce from neighboring farms to the kitchen benefit the community. Occasionally as well the hotels also offer unique local activities with communities, not found elsewhere, defining healthy relations between travelers and local people. In other instances, these businesses also support foundations, social causes or local enterprises, or gift a percentage of the proceeds towards conservation activities or through working with the community.
3.Standard of service
The third shared characteristic of our top pick is the high standard, style and comfort in service these properties offer. A fabulous way to experience these exceptional destinations without roughing it. No need to feel bad about the spa, that sunrise yoga and meditation classes, aromatherapy massages or the exquisite food. It’s all being served in a mindful way.
It all may sound somewhat primitive, but Eco Tourism is about preventing Nature and preventing impact of mass travel.
Eco-Travel is not for everybody.
Tough some statistics say
87 percent – say that they want to travel sustainably, according to the new Sustainable Travel Report released by Booking.com in honor of Earth Day on April 22. Nearly four in 10 (39%) confirm that they often or always manage to do so
(73%) of travelers worldwide intend to stay at least once in an eco-friendly or green accommodation in the year ahead
(72%) of travelers worldwide believe that people need to act now to make sustainable travel choices. The results were relatively consistent across age groups, Booking.com said, with almost three quarters (74%) of 46-55 year olds believing that action is needed, followed by Millennials at 71 percent.
Don’t worry! You don’t have to give up on Luxury.
You will find many 4* & 5* hotels in Athens, which are Eco-Friendly and embraced a philosophy it calls “Sustainable Growth”. Respect for nature, contribution to society and excellence in the workplace are its three pillars.
Other upscale hotel has done a great job at reducing energy consumption and working for a better environment. Tree planting activities, local purchasing, some organic menu items, recycling bins, and many other activities fall under the hotel’s green philosophy. Of course, it’s also comfy, stylish and centrally located!
Either we want it or not, Athens is the cental city of arrival to Greece and let’s be Eco-Friendly here, too!
Eco Tourism vs. Sustainable Travel
Industry consensus agrees ecotourism is more focused on ecological conservation and educating travelers on local environments and natural surroundings, whereas sustainable tourism focuses on travel that has minimal impact on the environment and local communities
Sustainable Luxe, in opposite to Eco Tourism, offers Luxury and placed into nature using mostly local natural parts to be build.
The aim of sustainable tourism is to increase the benefits and to reduce the negative impacts caused by tourism for destinations. This can be achieved by: Protecting natural environments, wildlife and natural resources when developing and managing tourism activities.
3.500 years of Spa history, in some of the earliest descriptions of western bathing practices came from Greece. The Greeks began bathing regimens that formed the foundation for modern spa procedures. These Aegean people utilized small bathtubs, wash basins, and foot baths for personal cleanliness. The earliest such findings are the baths in the palace complex at Knossos, Crete, and the luxurious alabaster bathtubs excavated in Akrotiri, Santorini; both date from the mid-2nd millennium BC. They established public baths and showers within their gymnasium complexes for relaxation and personal hygiene. Greek mythology specified that certain natural springs or tidal pools were blessed by the gods to cure disease. Around these sacred pools, Greeks established bathing facilities for those desiring healing. Supplicants left offerings to the gods for healing at these sites and bathed themselves in hopes of a cure. The Spartans developed a primitive vapor bath. At Serangeum, an early Greek balneum (bathhouse, loosely translated), bathing chambers were cut into the hillside from which the hot springs issued. A series of niches cut into the rock above the chambers held bathers’ clothing. One of the bathing chambers had a decorative mosaic floor depicting a driver and chariot pulled by four horses, a woman followed by two dogs, and a dolphin below. Thus, the early Greeks used the natural features, but expanded them and added their own amenities, such as decorations and shelves. During later Greek civilization, bathhouses were often built in conjunction with athletic fields.
Today, Spa & Wellness are Top-Rated worldwide.
Greece is blessed with a plethora of Natural mineral springs through-out the country.
The geographical distribution of these resources is associated with the tectonic events or volcanic activities in the greater region.
Hydrotherapy is particularly important in the treatment of multiple ailments such as arthritis and rheumatic disorders, and fall into two therapeutical categories: internal therapy, which includes “positherapy” (drinking of natural mineral waters εσωτερική), “eispnotherapy” (inhalation of the fumes or droplets of mineral water) and “lavages” (oral, nasal, gynecological), and external therapy, which includes “baths”, “jet showers” (the body is hit by hot mineral water under high/low pressure for a specific period of time), “hydromassage” (the body is massaged by water under pressure), “hydrokinesotherapy” (combination of balneotherapy and kinesotherapy while the body is in the water) and “fangotherapy” (application of mud that has “ripened” on the afflicted parts of the body).
Following is a list of some of the most important locations of Greek Natural Mineral Springs
Peaceful resort in lush green surroundings, 18 km west of Lamia on the road to Karpenissi. There is easy access and good road network. Therapeutic properties: vascular disorders and syndromes,… Bath town Kamena Vourla
The resort of Kamena Vourla is located at a distance of 178 km to the north of Athens and is one of the most famous resorts of Greece as its therapeutic properties have been well known for many… Bath town Platistomo
It is located in lush green surroundings 6 km. north of Makrakomi in the prefecture of Ftiotida. At a small distance from the resort are the remains of ancient Fthia. Therapeutic properties:…
At a short distance from the prefecture’s capital Pyrgos, the mineral springs of Kaiafas are known for their therapeutic properties since antiquity. According to an ancient Greek myth, in these… Bath town Kyllini
Seaside resort with beautiful sand beaches, 43 km north of the prefecture’s capital Pyrgos. Because of the special characteristics of the area, one can easily combine therapeutic with seaside…
Located in beautiful, lush green natural surroundings 45 km. west of the prefecture’s capital Kavala. Therapeutic properties: chronic rheumatism and hypoacute arthritic disorders. Facilities:… Mud Baths of Krinides
The mud Baths of Krinides are located 18 km away from Kavala on the road to Drama. Clay and thermal springs: The amazing qualities of mud are well known in the region since late 19th century at the…
Greece is a preferred destination throughout the year.
But, summertime is Greek’s peak season for those who want to enjoy Sea – Sun – Fun
Winter in Greece isn’t what you might expect. It isn’t harsh or Siberian climate. Rather it is like a colder season with temperatures 10C and sometimes less when talking about Athens and the Attica Area.
Santorini, Mykonos are great places to travel to in Greece.
London recently reported 31+ million visitors on 3.200sq london metro km! can they take 50 million – NO
New York reported 50+ million on 784 sq km (inner city)! can N.Y take 80 million – NO
Santorini is an 90 Sq. KM island- everywhere is a limit –
SO, why not explore other islands? There are so many wonderful place to go in Greece.
Paro, Naxos, Rhodos, Zante … You want to enjoy on your precious holidays. Why spend your valuable vacation days in over-crowded places.
YES, these are MUST – GO places. M.D.C. Travel will help you to combine it all.