I will continue to add daily Greek facts and archive them on this post.
The average temperature for Athens in May is 74 degrees.
On Psiri Street in Athens, every house in this once-dilapidated neighborhood has become a restaurant or a bar, and many have live music.
The ancient marketplace of Athens, the Agora, has a musuem where you can find ancient cooking and serving utensils, now Athinas Street is where the modern agora is located.
Lunch, eaten around 2 p.m., and dinner, eaten after 8.30 p.m. and often at 10 p.m. or even later, are the two principal meals of the day. Breakfast is usually just a cup of coffee, occasionally accompanied by a cookie or biscuit.
With its many islands, Greece has probably more boats per capita than cars.
Greece is referred to as an ‘open air museum,’ with about 300 museums and almost as many archaeological and religious sites the choices are endless.
Horiatiki, the traditional Greek salad, consists of tomato and cucumber slices, olives, and feta cheese dressed with oil and vinegar.
Greece is highlighted with a grand selection of hors d’oeuvres, mezedes.
Greece has more than 50 local wineries producing all types of red and white wine, with the “restina” being the exclusive wine variation of Greece.
In addition to sea caves and excellent beaches the island of Milos has famous catacombs, an underground cemetery consisting of tunnels and rooms with recesses dug out for coffins and tombs.
Milos became famous in the civilized world thanks to a materpiece of the Venus de Milo, a statue found buried on the island in the 19th century that is now in the Louvre Museum in Paris.
Milos is a southern island of Greece, known for it’s rich volcanic soil and rich minerals. It’s horsehoe shape contains many monuments including sea caves and catacombs.
Greece is occupied by more than 300 rocky masses varying in elevation. The Pindus Mountains are the principal mountain range and form the backbone of mainland Greece. Mt Olympus (Macedonia), known from Greek mythology as the abode of the gods, is the highest mountain in the country, rising at 2,917 m (Μytikas peak).
Athens was the birth place of western civilazation and a host of Greek words and ideas such as democracy, harmony, music, architecture, logic, and euphoria.
The Ancient Agora was an important commercial political, cultural, and religious center and it’s monuments were built in various historical periods: from the classical age to the 11th century A.D.
Vanillia is a Greek traditional dessert made of sugar, corn, syrup. On hot summer days, a glass of ice-cold water with a spoonful of creamy sweet vanillia is a very special treate – a real taste of childhood for the Greeks.
Greek coffee is a variation of a Mediterranean coffee and can be ordered “pikro” (bitter, no sugar), “metrio” (semi-seet), or “gliko” (sweet).
Greece is 131,957 sq. km., slightly smaller than the state of Alabama.
Much of Greece is rocky and mountainous so sheep and goats have always thrived better than other animals and are featured heavily in Greek foods.
The climate is ideal for growing olives and Greece is the World’s top exporter of olives.
There are Muslims, Roman Catholics and Jews in Greece, but about 95% of the people are Greek Orthodox. The Greek Orthodox Church is part of the confedreacy of The Eastern Orthodox Church which is the second largest Christian communion in the world (after the Catholic Church).
There are about 2,000 major islands within the Greek nation. Mainland Greece also has land borders wtih Albania, Bulgaria, Turkey and the former yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
In Greece Psarotavernas are fish restaurants, usually found by the seaside, where the fish is the owner’s morning catch.
Many Greeks eat at Tavernas– an offshoot of the traditional countryside eating place, usually run by a family. 62 days left until Greece!