We all know about Travel Bucket Lists, but what’s your favourite country with regards to beauty and culture? For me, it’s obviously going to have to be Greece. Come with me as I discover and share with you the best of Greece.
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Examples of the Best of Greece:
Within half an hour from the centre of Athens, I can be at a beach or natural lake.
Athens has many things to do – see my Fun Things to do in Athens guide.
And yet one of the things I love about Greece and the Greeks is that only 30-45 minutes away, there are marvels such as Vouliagmeni Lake along what is known as the Athens Riviera – a coastal suburb of Athens that stretches down from the Port of Piraeus about 70km/43 miles all the way to Cape Sounio and the Temple of Poseidon.
As you can see below, Lake Vouliagmeni is wonderful. It’s a naturally formed fresh and seawater lake with garra rufa fish that nibble at your skin if you stay still for long enough!
Sounds disgusting, but it’s actually very refreshing, and the water temperature remains warm (approx. 25C/77F) all year, making year round swimming a possibility.
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Another thing to love about Greece and the Greeks:
The Best of Greece: Within an hour, I can be on a Greek island
The Saronic Islands include:
To read more about these islands, read my article for Travel Awaits as it gives more info:
7 Best Day Trips from Athens, Greece.
Suffice to say they are beautiful and it proves you don’t need to travel far to appreciate and enjoy a Greek island.
Beautiful Agistri island below:
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The Best of Greece: The Greeks are friendly
I live in a city: Athens. And yet people greet each other and say some lovely Greek phrases such as Koukla Mou (‘my doll’) which is not derogatory, it’s a way of being complimentary.
People speak to each other and become involved, in a non-intrusive way.
My neighbour, for example, when I first moved to my apartment, cooked me a welcome meal.
Bet you wouldn’t get that in many other capital cities.
Greeks have lovely sayings
On the subject of ‘Koukla Mou’, my other favourite sayings is “A dog licks its balls because it can” (yes, very random), to “Agappy mou!” (meaning “My love!” but it must be said in a high pitched voice and accompanied by lots of air kissing, even if you’re male. It sounds lovely, particularly when said to a young child or pet. Go on, try it).
The Best of Greece: Because mostly, a Greek is honest with you
This can range from:
“There’s cappuccino froth on your nose”
“How the hell did you get that job, you incompetent asshole. My grandmother could do a better job, and she’s dead.”
They are at least STRAIGHT with you.
The Best of Greece: Greeks know how to drink alcohol in a civilised fashion
No, you will NOT see your ‘average’ teen or person in their 20’s rolling around drunk in the street, spoiling for a fight and thinking it’s hilariously funny.
The number of times I’ve been asked by Greek friends “Why do British people, or Northern Europeans need alcohol like this in order to have a good time? Life is for LIVING! Why do they spoil it?!
British vs Greek culture goes into more interesting detail.
The Best of Greece: Greek food
I had never really eaten until I came to Greece. Well, clearly I had otherwise I’d be dead, but I mean EATEN. And I eat LOADS and the weight seems to come off me – go figure. It’s because the quality is so good. My favourite: Spinach salad with pomegranite seeds, chicken masticato (a chicken dish made with a thick, creamy mastic sauce on a nest of stringy pastry) and of course, gyros.
What’s your favourite country because of the aesthetic beauty and culture of its people? Share in the comments.
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