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“Tsougrisma,” a Greek Easter custom

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There is no Easter bunny hiding eggs for the Greek children to find. The eggs are in plain sight, on the table, for everyone to take. Yet, no one may eat them before “cracking” them with someone, exchanging wishes and … Continue reading

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Dionysus in Delos

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Most people think that Dionysus, the god of wine, was no more than the drunken sidekick of Greek mythology. In fact, he was a rather powerful god who controlled the wild forces of nature. He did not care for the … Continue reading

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The Greek Carnival

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The Greek Carnival begins today; it is a festive period of three weeks, celebrated on the cusp of winter, usually in late February or March. It is a period of fancy costumes, parties and country-wide celebrations, culminating on Clean Monday.   … Continue reading

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Photo of the week: between the columns of Zeus

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The week is nearing its end and I almost forgot to post my customary photo. This is a favorite of mine: it is a view of the Acropolis as seen between the columns of the Temple of Olympic Zeus. To … Continue reading

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Photo of the previous week: orange trees

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I wish there was technology to capture smells as well as pictures. I chose this picture, of an orange tree in full bloom, but it can’t really convey what Athens smells like the first two weeks of April. Come April, … Continue reading

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Photo of the week: Tired tourists

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Tired, after a long day’s work, I caught a glimpse of some people who seemed more tired than I was. Exhausted, after a day of sightseeing, the four young girls were taking a rest in a square not far from … Continue reading

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Photo of the week: butterfly on a statue

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As I’ve already said, spring is in the city. As soon as flowers appear, so do the insects that feed on them. Suddenly, the city is full of bees and butterflies. This one is resting on the arm of a … Continue reading