Posts Tagged ‘Orthodox Church’

National Holidays: Experiential Travel at Its Best

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 4 July 2012

The (northern hemisphere) summer holiday season is now well and truly upon us, complete with major celebrations. Independent travellers with a particular penchant for direct, deep and engaging discovery – something sometimes called experiential travel – of new lands and cultures often wrap their travel plans around these happenings. Here are some of our favourites.


Corfu Music: Philharmonics in the Streets of Greece

  • Eva Makris
  • 4 July 2011

With influences from Italy, France, Great Britain and mainland Greece, Corfu music is full of surprises. Walking through the narrow alleys – the ‘candounia’ – of Corfu Town, you may suddenly stumble across a spontaneous string quartet playing local traditional songs.


Celebrating Christmas in Athens, Greece

  • Charles Berthault
  • 8 December 2010

With Easter as the most festive holiday on the Orthodox Church’s calendar, Christmas is not as widely celebrated in Greece as in the rest of the Christian world. The people of Athens, however, do take pride in some of the celebratory trappings, including their Christmas tree in Syntagma Square, some colourful local traditions, a rich table full of great sweet treats and attention given to Saint Nicolas (patron saint of sailors) and Saint Basil, also known as Santa Klaus.

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