Basil in the Greek Culture

Basil, or “vasilikos” in Greek, is an herb found all over Greece. When you think of basil, you might think of food, but basil had a prominent role in the Greek culture long before it became a part of meals. In fact, there are many in Greece who still don’t use it a lot in cooking despite how well it grows in Greece. Here’s more information:

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Top Beaches to Visit While in Greece

Greek beaches are considered the most beautiful in the world. You really can’t go wrong with any of them! However, some beaches are worth making a special effort to visit. There’s something about the sand, water, and scenery at these that make the trip worth it. Here are 10 of the best beaches in Greece.

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Zeus – King of the Gods

In ancient Greek religion, Zeus is the king of the sky and thunder as well as the King of the Gods. The name Zeus is thought to have come from the ancient Greek word for “bright.” Here’s what you should know about Zeus, King of Olympus. Here’s more information about Zeus:

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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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