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Posts Tagged ‘Athens’

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.

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Global Responsible Transport Service, Green Path Transfers, Rolls Across Europe

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 27 April 2012

Given the size and scope of Europe, visitors often only see what’s presented on packaged travel itineraries. They never experience the plenty that awaits independent travellers who choose to explore the continent at their own pace. For the earth-conscious, Green Path Transfers now offers secure, reliable and competitively priced 100-percent carbon-offset transport in key destinations in Europe and well beyond.

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Seven UNESCO World Heritage All-Stars and Alternatives

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 12 December 2011

UNESCO recognition through its World Heritage List and time in the subsequent travel spotlight can be a mixed blessing. On the one hand, a new site gets a big status boost and some protection. On the other hand, an influx of tourists adds pressures and more need for protection. One way to curb this effect is for travellers to visit alternative heritage destinations where high tourism congestion isn’t causing problems.

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Where the Grass Is Always Greener: Green Path Transfers

  • Yolanda Clatworthy
  • 14 October 2011

My recent Ultimate Triptrotting Adventures featured a lot of hopping from city to city, which meant a lot of time spent on planes and in airports. Luckily for me, I got to use an innovative service known as Green Path Transfers, a global network of local eco-friendly airport transfer partners and ground transportation operators that transformed airport-city travel into something I anticipated rather than dreaded.

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Photo of the Week: Sunshine in Monastiraki Square, Athens, Greece

  • Charles Berthault (Photo and Text)
  • 13 February 2011

I can’t tell you if I was especially motivated to take pictures on the day I took this shot of Monastiraki Square in Athens, but it is one of my favourite photographs. It seems as if there is no difference between the vast history represented by the Acropolis wall, the Adrian library and the old mosque and the present day. People continue to walk through the square, just as they have done for generations, bringing movement and life to those historical edifices.

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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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Local Food: A Culinary World Tour

  • WHL Group
  • 18 October 2010

When it comes to life’s simple pleasures, food definitely ranks near (if not at) the top of the list for most people. It’s probably fair to say that the way to a whole nation’s heart is through its stomach, so finding out what makes a country tick is often as simple as checking out what dishes regularly make it onto the dinner table. Thanks to the efforts of our local partners around the globe, we’ve assembled an extensive selection of typical local appetisers, soups and stews, main dishes, vegetarian dishes, desserts, drinks and snacks and street foods.

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Opening the Book on Literary Locales

  • Natasha Robinson
  • 16 July 2010

Mention literary destinations and many people immediately conjure up images of 19th-century Britain – dingy Dickensian London and the rolling hills of Wordsworth’s beloved Lake District – or the United States, with its Beat poets in New York and San Francisco, and Mark Twain’s tales of life on the Mississippi. Of course, literature has left its imprint far and wide across the globe. Here is just a smattering of other novel (excuse the pun) locations.

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Urban Adventures Open a Whole New World

  • WHL Group
  • 1 October 2009

On 1 October 2009, Urban Adventures opened a whole new world to travellers yearning to unlock the secrets of some of their favourite urban centres. A global range of city-based tours, Urban Adventures is a franchise-based network of local tour operators specialising in high-quality experiential tour and activity services.

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