Η αναγέννηση του ελληνικού τουρισμού και η κρίση στην Κριμαία


 Η αναγέννηση του ελληνικού τουρισμού και η κρίση στην ΚριμαίαΣτην αναγέννηση του ελληνικού τουρισμού και στην επιστροφή των τουριστών στην Ελλάδα αναφέρεται η Peggy Goldman, εμπειρογνώμονας τουριστικών θεμάτων και πρόεδρος του Friendly Planet Travel, σε εκτενές άρθρο της στην HUFFINGTON POST με τίτλο «Greek Revival: The Return of Tourism to Greece», που συνοδεύεται από πολλές φωτογραφίες, επισημαίνοντας την εντυπωσιακή μεταστροφή της κατάστασης μόλις τέσσερα χρόνια μετά το ξέσπασμα της οικονομικής κρίσης, που είχε απομακρύνει τους τουρίστες από το λίκνο του Δυτικού Πολιτισμού, εξαιτίας κυρίως της αβεβαιότητας και του φόβου για ταραχές…


Οι χιλιετίες ωστόσο πολιτισμού δύσκολα εξαλείφονται και οι τουρίστες επιστρέφουν στην Ελλάδα, μολονότι η χώρα συνεχίζει την προσπάθειά της για οικονομική ανάκαμψη. Μαζί με τους τουρίστες επανέρχεται μια ισχυρότερη επιθυμία ανακάλυψης και εκτίμησης της ομορφιάς, της δόξας και της ισχύος της Ελλάδας, τόσο για την ενδοχώρα, όπως και για τα 6.000 νησιά που βρίσκονται διάσπαρτα στη Μεσόγειο και στο Αιγαίο Πέλαγος.
Πέρυσι σημειώθηκε αριθμός ρεκόρ στην προσέλευση των τουριστών, που ανήλθαν στα 17,9 εκατομμύρια, οι οποίοι εκμεταλλεύτηκαν τις τεράστιες ευκαιρίες που παρείχαν ξενοδοχεία, εστιατόρια και γραφεία ενοικίασης αυτοκινήτων. Ο ελληνικός λαός επίσης είναι πρόθυμος να μοιραστεί με τους τουρίστες τα εξαιρετικά τοπία τα οποία είχαν επιλέξει για να κατοικίσουν οι Θεοί, ο Ποσειδώνας στη θάλασσα και ο Δίας στα βουνά, υποστηρίζει η αρθρογράφος.

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Support for Greece’s mentally ill disintegrates as money dries up


Greece financial crisis: A homeless man begs for money in Athens in February.
Kostas Tsironis/AP

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

Aerial Viewing of Greece (video)


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

Suspended in the air – Meteora (video)


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.

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Autumn in Greece – The Dam at Lake Plastira


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

What Can You Do To Help Greece? Go There


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

Skiathos: Shady, in a good way


 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.

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