Tour the Minoan Palaces on Crete

The island of Crete seems like paradise on earth. The lush greenery and idyllic climate give Crete a tropical quality, while the multitude of gorgeous beaches satisfy both visitors and locals. The island has a rich history, and it is also the main site of one of the earliest civilizations in Greece – the Minoan civilization.

Known for their sophisticated, agriculturally based culture, the Minoans also built palaces that exist in ruins today for people to explore. Here’s a look at some of the palaces you should visit while on the island:

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Brief History of Greek Beer

When people consider drinking in Greece, they don’t usually think of beer. However, there is definitely a culture of drinking this beverage in Greece and there are also many breweries located throughout the country. Beer is a popular beverage choice for people in tavernas, restaurants, and bars.

However, it wasn’t always this way. Although there is evidence of beer being brewed in Ancient Greece, it wasn’t until modern Greece that it gained momentum. Here’s a look at the brief history of beer in the country:

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Get to Know the Greek Spoon Sweet Tradition

Traditions can often highlight elements of a culture that go overlooked. Greek spoon sweets are a perfect example of how a shared culture can still contain variety due to regional variations. Used as a way of greeting guests, these were served from a shared bowl to demonstrate the safety of the food and the hospitality of the host.

This helped them become a favorite of the Turkish Pashas while they occupied Greece and shows how it would have been useful in establishing political relationships in the Middle Ages. Here’s more information about it:

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Take a Ride on a Disney Cruise to Santorini, Greece

Disney has announced that they are now offering a cruise in Santorini, Greece! Now you will not only be able to enjoy the fun Disney Cruises has to offer, but you have an amazing destination to look forward to as well. Here’s what you need to know about Disney Cruises and one of its newest destinations:

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Top Beaches in Rhodes to Visit

Rhodes is the biggest of Greece’s Dodecanese islands, which means there is plenty to do here. In ancient times, it was home to the Colossus of Rhodes, which was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The island has a Mediterranean climate with hot summers; July and August are the hottest months with temperatures that can exceed 100° F.

One of the best things to do while here is visit some of the island’s beaches, but it can be hard to know where to spend your time since there are so many. Here’s a look at some of your options!

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Learn About the Greek Evil Eye (Mati)

The Greek evil eye, or mati, is a curse given by one person to another by way of a spiteful or bitter look. This usually happens when the person receiving it is unaware of what’s happening. It is a negative energy, such as jealousy, anger, or hostility that creates the evil eye. Here’s what you should know about the Greek evil eye.

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What to Do in Kefalonia

There is so much more to see in Greece than just the mainland, such as all the islands just waiting for you to explore. One of the most interesting of these islands is Kefalonia, which is located in the Ionian Sea and known for both its natural beauty and its ancient ruins. Here are some of the best things to do while you visit the island:

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Get to Know Common Greek Wedding Traditions

When it comes to planning a wedding, there can be a lot to think about. There are a number of Greek wedding traditions to consider adding to your big day. You may choose to have many of them or just one or two. Greek wedding traditions can range from specific dances and particular foods being served, to important religious customs. Here are a few Greek wedding traditions you can consider adding to your big day.

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Get to Know the Greek City-State

Many American cities in today’s age are appended with the word “polis”.  The literal translation of the word is “city”, so cities such as Minneapolis, Annapolis, and Indianapolis are exercising a tradition with origin in Ancient Greece by giving their city a name that includes “polis.”  The Polis, or City-State, was developed in the ancient world, and many places in Ancient Greece were structured this way. Here’s more information about how the polis developed in Ancient Greece:

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Learn Why Greeks Dye Eggs Red at Easter

Red Easter eggs are something you are likely to find on the table during Greek Orthodox Easter celebrations. They are as traditional as the lamb and delicious bread you’ll enjoy. But have you ever wondered why the eggs are dyed red? There is special meaning being these dyed eggs. Here’s what you need to know about this popular tradition.

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