Greece financial crisis: A homeless man begs for money in Athens in February.
MySatelite comment: It makes one wonder how an article like this appears now, at precisely this time of year, when many are planning their summer vacation, after people around the world donated money in support of the «Up Greek Tourism» project in March that set up a billboard in NY’s Times Square to promote one of Greece’s most viable means of sustenance.
After a continued effort by the foreign media to denigrate Greece’s public sector in order to regulate its Συνέχεια
We posted an article five days ago here on MySatelite with one of the most beautiful videos of Greece and thought it a pity if a short comment in English were not added to make this splendid video available to English-speakers as well.
Despite propaganda emanating from Wall Street, the ECB, IMF and various other consortia which have been banking all along on this financial crisis like a roulette addict on 18 red, Greece has much to offer, though its politicians are bent on selling off its most prized assets — its land and natural resources — at ridiculously cheap prices, which has been in our view one of the prime reasons for the instigation of this crisis in the first place.
This video was made to remind us in Greece of the beauties of the blessed country we live in: its seas, Συνέχεια
Meteora – sandstone rock pillars situated in the Plain of Thessaly in central Greece, monasteries perched overlooking the plains. Nowhere on earth will you feel the same sense of exhilaration as when you stand and gaze beneath you at the lands that spread as far as the eye can see.
A beautiful video of Meteora made by Alexandros Maragkos. A rocky forest that is certain to astound. Watch the movement of the stars as the earth revolves around these holy suspended rocks.
Autumn in Greece is as magical as its summers.
Lake Plastira is located in the Prefecture of Karditsa. The dam was constructed in 1959 and its creation is attributed to Συνέχεια
By Zachary Karabell
It now appears that Greece will once again be bailed out of its financial morass. A year ago at this time, the world was roiled by the prospect of Greece defaulting on its considerable debts, and only the reluctant decision of the leading members of the European Union – Germany most prominently among them – led to more than $100 billion in loans extended to the Greek government.
Now, after a year of austerity measures that make Washington’s debt discussions look like a debate over whether to order the magnum of Crystal or the 1985 Lafitte, the Greek government once again is in danger of defaulting. And once again, reluctant Germans (who had sworn not to extend one more euro to the profligate Greeks) have agreed that providing more capital to a starved Athens is better than the prospects of a default.
Still, the unanswered question is how can Greece service its debts (let alone repay them) when Συνέχεια
The smallest of the Sporades islands offers relaxation along with inspiration
By Haris Argyropoulos
Skiathos, the westernmost and smallest of the Sporades island group, off the coast of the Pilio peninsula in central Greece, is best known for its contribution to modern Greek letters, notably by Alexandros Papadiamantis — the austere and influential 19th-century writer in whose novels it figured prominently. Papadiamantis provided lyrical and lucid portraits of the island’s harsh country life, marked by an inclination toward religious tradition but also deep psychological insight.
His descriptions of rural life no doubt helped put this pine-clad island of 48 square kilometers on the tourist map decades later, attracting large numbers of Greek and foreign visitors, who now conjure a much happier picture. Its trendy image has largely worn off in recent decades — possibly receiving a boost since the filming there of scenes for “Mamma Mia!” a few years ago. But Skiathos is sure not to lose its diehard fans, who belong to all age groups, attracted by the pine forest that touches the water, the golden sandy beaches as well as the cosmopolitan and youthful atmosphere that are all strongly reminiscent of the Saronic island of Spetses.
A site of significant naval battles, heroic acts and natural beauty that is full of surprises
By Haris Argyropoulos
The small, picturesque town of Preveza, 370 kilometers from Athens at the entrance to the Amvrakikos Gulf in western Greece, is so unassuming these days that visitors are surprised to learn that it hosted six foreign consulates at the beginning of the 20th century, while under Ottoman rule.
This curious fact was a reflection of the importance of its position, militarily and commercially, also indicated by the naval Battle of Actium across the strait, in 31 BC — when Octavian scored a decisive victory against Antony and Cleopatra — and the Battle of Preveza in 1538, in which the Ottoman admiral Hayreddin Barbarossa defeated a joint Spanish-Venetian fleet, claiming their supremacy in the Mediterranean for over 30 years.
Cycladic isle’s timeless appeal to every category of traveler is anything but accidental
By Haris Argyropoulos
A typical Cycladic island, Paros has many die-hard fans of all kinds, attracted chiefly by its friendly ambience and hospitable terrain. It can in fact be called “everyone’s island” — a location for the rich and the backpackers, the conservationists and the ravers, the culturally aware and the surfers, Greeks and foreigners — all can be found here in the summer.
Paros is “the real thing” in the sense of the typical Greek island stereotype: From traditional island life and farming communities to Internet cafes, Paros has it all — beautiful beaches of varying shapes and sizes, hotels of every category, quaint villages, great restaurants and plenty of souvlaki outlets, great nightlife as well as quiet spots off the beaten track.
Historically, Paros was best known for its translucent white marble, known as Parian, used in