What about Greece?

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This blog is about Athens and its Travel Angels.

According to the quote ‘every crisis bears an opportunity’ I thought I might take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about this place.

Yes, there are economical difficulties, yes there might be some riots from time to time, but all in all it is a magical place with beauty all around.

Be it the vegetation, with the orange and lemon trees blossoming in spring and filling the air with a beautiful scent, colorful oleander and impressive palm trees.

Then there are the ancient sights dating back more than 2000 (two thousand!) years, impressive and strong as ever the Acropolis. But ruins are even to be found in the metro station, in underground park houses and in the middle of squares. Excavated and well preserved they remind you of a time when democracy was born, when comedies and tragedies were written, where  history and mythology were created, where maths and medicine were taught.

But it is also a modern city at the far east end of Europe. With vast highways, big stadiums, shopping malls and recreation centers it can compare to any western European metropolis. Fancy restaurants as well as small tavernas, big hotel chains as well as small pensions, international fashion brands as well as local art can be found all under the blue Attica sky. The city’s beaches and marinas make you forget that you are in a town of 5 million inhabitants and the nightlife is one of a kind.

Locals are still enjoying a glass of wine, nice music and the full moon as they always did. With everyone of them hiding a philosopher in their souls, they don’t give up, on the contrary: like Alexis Zorbas they feel that now is the time to sing and dance!
If you feel like being part of this never ending hunger for life and freedom visit Athens and ask us to show you around.

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Next Exit: Greece!

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After all those difficult weeks, it is time now to get back to normal, plan a vacation, go to the beach, enjoy a fascinating sunset..in Greece!!

Friends and family ask me: what can we do to help Greece? 

For me the best solution is spending your holiday here!! It helps the local economy, it gives you an unforgettable vacation and creates a win win situation for everyone.

Tourism is the biggest part of Greek economy so now that prices are low, the beautiful weather is guaranteed and the landscape is as magical as ever, don’t hesitate, come and live your myth in Greece!!

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Indian Inspiration

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Photo credit Tiberio Frascari, CC BY-SA 2.0

As we are all waiting for what will happen with Greece??, I am honored to post another article by Rohit Agarwal:

Rohit has an intense passion to travel and is captivated with the beauty of his country. He not only loves to explore different destinations, but also loves to transmit his passion through his writings.

Top 5 Travel Destinations in North India

Travelling is not just a journey! It is a quest that takes an individual through a passage to reach a destination that lets your soul meet the soul of nature. It is a feeling of salvage that connects every traveller to his destination. Travelling in India is in itself a divine feeling and to add to the divinity, your encounter with North Indian region adds to the charm of your travel. There are many places to draw the sight of a visitor in North India, but let us take you through a “Track” – which will invoke the traveller within you

Taj Mahal – The “T” in the Track

One amongst the Seven Wonders of the World – The Taj Mahal finds its place in the heart of every lover. This sculpture of human creativity poses itself in the city of Agra in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Irrespective of the hustle bustle of the city and the crowded surroundings with thousands of visitors each day, this monument bestows the silence of a sage in the minds of every visitant. It surprises every eye with its architecture and the beauty of the tomb leaves you mesmerized. Known as the symbol of love, the Taj Mahal has propagated its glory even through the Indian film Industry. The Taj Mahal does not only resemble the immense love and passion amongst lovers but also depicts the strong bond between human and art.

Rishikesh – The “R” in the track

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Photo credit Aleksandr Zykov, CC BY-SA 2.0

A compounding city – Rishikesh, not only provides access to the Himalayas but also to the spiritual Char Dham of the North. Rishikesh is a hill town stilled in the state of Uttarakhand. The town is a host to a blend of travellers looking for adventure as well as spiritualism. While being a gateway to the Char DhamYatra, Rishikesh assures to instigate the adventurous side of its traveller through the water sports that grab your attention while jaunting within the town. The bridges traversing the river Ganga, popularly known as the LaxmanJhula and Ram Jhula are a must visit during your tour to Rishikesh

Amritsar – The “A” in the track

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Photo credit Shashwat Nagpal, CC BY 2.0

This holy city of the Sikhs does not only attract your tending for The Golden Temple, but is also a witness to the massacre of 1919. The Jallianwala Bagh tells you the tale of this cruelty and stands as an evidence of Indian history. The awestruck view of the Golden Temple that embraces people of all religions and cultures is a lifetime experience. The food (Langar) hall in the Golden Temple provides meals to everyone; irrespective of caste, status, creed or sex throughout the day and night (nonstop) and serves almost 75000 devotees per day. This divine experience in Amritsar enriches your soul

Chandigarh – The “C” in the track

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Photo credit Ian Brown, CC BY 2.0

Chandigarh – the city that is a capital simultaneously to two states:  Haryana and Punjab is a Union Territory. It is realized as the first planned city of India. The city attracts attention of every visitor, national or international towards its intellectual architecture. The replica of modern India, the city of Chandigarh is famous for the Rock Garden, which is a sculptured garden spread over a 40 acres of land. It is the most beautiful depiction of ‘Best out of Waste’ as it comprises of man-made versions of water fall, sculptures and decorative, built out of home and industrial waste. Designed by a government official named Nek Chand, the rock garden is an entire cosmos of creativity.

Kashmir – The “K” at the end of the trackrohit5

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Also called the Paradise on Earth, Kashmir is jewelled between the Great Himalayan Range and the Pir Panjal range of the Himalayas. The unmeasured beauty of the landscapes and heavenly view of the rivers and valleys covered with orchards, imbibes a feeling of attainment to desires of every traveller. The stay in the houseboats of the Dal Lake in Kashmir is in itself a fulfilling experience. The aroma and essence of the spicy Kashmiri food also adds to the romance that this city carries in its air. Kashmir is a traveller’s delight and a stay at this nature’s paradise adds a feather in the travellers cap.

It is said that Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, but a trip to North India proves that beauty lies around everywhere, you eye for it or you don’t; but it will not allow you solace in this Promised Land.

What About Greece??

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I was out of Greece for most of this month, and wherever I went, there was only one question: ” Well, what about Greece??”

I don’t know what will happen, but one thing that makes me very sad, is the fact that whatever the outcome, the poor and middle class will have to pay for it, both metaphorically and literally, not the rich or super rich!

But don’t we all know from history what happens to a society that is ruled by a few who have all the money and the power?

Plutocracy (from Greek πλοῦτος, ploutos, meaning “wealth”, and κράτος, kratos, meaning “power, dominion, rule”) or plutarchy, is a form of oligarchy and defines a society or a system ruled and dominated by the small minority of the wealthiest citizens. The first known use of the term was in 1652.[1] Unlike systems such as democracy, capitalism, socialism or anarchism, plutocracy is not rooted in an established political philosophy. The concept of plutocracy may be advocated by the wealthy classes of a society in an indirect or surreptitious fashion, though the term itself is almost always used in a pejorative sense.[2]

Oligarchy (from Greek ὀλιγαρχία (oligarkhía); from ὀλίγος (olígos), meaning “few”, and ἄρχω (arkho), meaning “to rule or to command”)[1][2][3] is a form of power structure in which power effectively rests with a small number of people. These people could be distinguished by royalty, wealth, family ties, education, corporate, religious or military control. Such states are often controlled by a few prominent families who typically pass their influence from one generation to the next, but inheritance is not a necessary conditionfor the application of this term.

Throughout history, oligarchies have often been tyrannical (relying on public obedience and/or oppression to exist). Aristotlepioneered the use of the term as a synonym for rule by the rich,[4] for which another term commonly used today is plutocracy.

Peaceful Peloponnese

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Whenever I am on the Peloponnese, I am amazed by its beauty and versatility. Every part of it is different but beautiful.

It is definately worth exploring it:

Capturing Coastlines

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Tripinview.com

I just came across a completely new and innovative site, introducing the COMPLETE Greek coastline of more than 16.000 kilometers on over 200.000 pictures and hundreds of hours of helicopter videos. Choose any spot of the Greek Coastline and be there right now, have a closer look and book your next vacation:

http://www.tripinview.com

Europe this Year!

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It’s now cheaper to travel to Europe than it has been in years

Europe is known as one of the most expensive places to travel, but a strong dollar and weaker euro mean that international travelers can find some great deals on travel to the continent this summer.

TripAdvisor just released its TripIndex Europe report, which analyzes hotel prices and airfare to several European cities. The report found that the cost of a one-week summer trip to Europe has declined by an average of 11%.

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So for example the hotel price in Athens is 84,87 Dollars per night, compared to 99,51 last year. Overall travelling to Athens is 15% cheaper this year! Here is the full report:
http://www.businessinsider.com/cheapest-time-to-travel-to-europe-2015-4?utm_content=buffer0212a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Greece, to wonder and to wander

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As Easter vacation is getting closer, being the Catholic one or the Orthodox celebration, Greece is a destination that offers the best of everything.

Have a look at the award winning new video by the Greek Tourism Organisation and book your flights:

Spring in Santorini

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Santorini (Photo Copyright by Andreas Peters)

There is no better place to start the new season than this magnificent island with its fascinating architecture, breathtaking landscapes and unique beaches.

Have a look at the virtual tour and see for yourself why Santorini is worth a visit:

http://www.greecevirtual.gr/en/cyclades/santorini#/ia_1/

Monasteries and Miracles

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After visiting Athens it is a great opportunity to drive up north, to Meteora, a fascinating and mystical place where nature and man have created a unique sight, full of beauty, grace and tranquillity.

Have a look at the video and see for yourself:

Seas and Sails

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Once you have seen the highlights of Athens, diving into the famous Greek sea is all you need.

A trip on a chartered sailing boat, catamaran or motor yacht is an unforgettable, yet affordable experience,

Check out the website of Multihull Yachting and you will find exactly what you are looking for:

http://multihull-yachting.com/company-profile