Things to Do in Thessaloniki

When visiting Thessaloniki, the second largest town in Greece, there are plenty of sites to see and activities to try. This historic town dates back to 315 BC, so the history is rich and fascinating. Thessaloniki is named after the wife of Cassander and half-sister of Alexander the Great. Here’s what you can do while in this historical city:

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Importance of Oregano in Greek Cuisine

Most traditional Greek cooks will tell you that the herb they use the most in their dishes is oregano, called “rigani” in the Greek language. Greek cooking would not be the same if it weren’t for the unique, slightly pungent aroma of oregano.

In fact, although many herbs and spices make their way into the food of Greece, oregano is by far the most popular. It is used either dried or fresh, and it is pretty common for Greeks to grow their own oregano at home. Here’s more information about it:

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History of Rebetiko Music

Rebetiko is a form of urban Greek music which came about in the late 19th century, originating largely from coastal cities. It isn’t necessarily considered to be a uniform gender, but rather a label that describes a variety of urban Greek styles that originated around 1900 and continued through World War II and beyond. Also referred to as the “Greek blues,” this was a form of music that early on was associated with the lower classes, only to gain more broad popularity later on. Here’s more information:

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Where to Shop on Mykonos Island

Located in the middle of the Aegean Sea, the Greek island Mykonos welcomes plenty of tourists from around the world each year! While hitting the beaches is Mykonos’ major draw, this island is an ideal spot for those who love to shop while on vacation.

Whether you’re looking for a priceless work of art, a new wardrobe, or an artisan-crafted souvenir, you should have no issue finding what you’re looking for on this popular island. Below, we’ll let you in on five of the best places to go sopping while on Mykonos.

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History of Oxi Day

On October 28 of each year citizens of Greece and Cyprus, as well as Greek communities throughout the nations, take time to observe Oxi Day (also known as Oxi Day). ‘Oxi’ is the Greek word for ‘no’. The date commemorates the history-making stance taken in 1940 by Prime Minister Ioannis Metaxas against the oppressive pressure exhibited by Benito Mussolini, the dictator of Italy which was part of the Axis during WW II.

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Overview of Ancient Greek Art

One of the things the Ancient Greeks are known for is the art that the culture produced, mainly because we can view examples of it today. The art took a leap forward during the 5th Century BC when General Pericles of Athens decided to use public funds to support local artists and artisans. With this money, they created impressive architecture and set in motion the Classical period of Greek art, which spread to other forms of art, such as sculpture and pottery. Here’s more information:

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What is Feta Cheese?

Although Greek cuisine utilizes many different kinds of cheeses, feta is by far the most popular. Thoughversions of it are made in other countries, the real feta cheese is only made in Greece. It is used in savory dishes, eaten by itself, and even used in some desserts. It’s truly a special cheese, but what is it really? Here’s more information about it:

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All About the Minoan Civilization

The Minoan Civilization was an Aegean Bronze Age civilization on the island of Crete and other Aegean islands. It flourished from around 2600 to 1600 BC and ended around 1100 BC. There’s even evidence of the civilization’s existencestill standing today, especially on the island of Crete. For instance, the Knossos Palace is a classic example of Minoan architecture and you can visit it during your time in Greece!

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Guide to Oia in Santorini

Santorini is one of those Greek islands that people flock to each year. This island has a unique geography and when paired with the gorgeous scenery and amazing culture creates a winning combination. Santorini certainly occupies a special place in the heart of many visitors. This majestic island rises many feet above the sea and has lots of towns just ripe for discovery by those in search of a true adventure.

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