Greece - much more than Sirtaki, Moussaka and Ouzo

griechenland delphiGreece, since 1981, is member of the European Union and, together with 18 other EU member states a monetary union, the euro zone. It is a member of the United Nations, the OECD, NATO, the OSCE and the Council of Europe. The Human Development Index ranks Greece among the highly developed countries.

The Greeks of modern times call themselves Hellenes, but they had many different names throughout history. However, Homer (8th century BC) did not use the term "Hellene" in his epics. In classical antiquity, the Greeks hardly lay a point to present ithemselfves as a unified nation. The own home instead, be it a polis or a kingdom, was up to a few exceptions far more important. The participants in the Olympic Games were summarized as Hellenes. Perhaps it was this name later, in the first centuries of Christianity, being used as synonymous with paganism. From late antiquity until the end of the Middle Ages (1453), the Greeks even called themselves Rhomaioi (ancient Greek for, Romans').

Viticulture in ancient Greece – our experience

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Viticulture in ancient Greece – our experience

From archaeological findings of grape seeds in Dikili Tash, a tell near Philippi in the Drama regional district, researchers discovered that grapes were processed from wild grapevines in Greece as early as the late Neolithic period.

The imposing "Rotunda" of Thessalonica

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The imposing

One of the surviving buildings of Roman times in the ancient part of Thessalonica is the Rotunda of Galerius, which is probably the most impressive building in the town. The massive domed Roman brick art, which was established in connection with the Galerius triumphal arch located in the North of modern Egnatia road that leads through the center of the city.

Thessaloniki - Metropolis - Modernity and History

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Thessaloniki - Metropolis - Modernity and History

After our first explorations in Thessaloniki, which gave us some unexpected aha experiences, it is time to take stock of our visit to Thessaloniki. We came across the cycle path network in an insightful and unexpected way, to name just one example.

The Ottoman Bedesten of Thessalonica

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The Ottoman Bedesten of Thessalonica

Once more we had set out on a tour of Thessalonica, had chosen the way along the city wall up to the fortress gates with acquaintances, had gone en route into a small cafe offering fresh, home-baked cakes and were then, after the passage of the Agora and the source sanctuary, walking along Via Egnatia into the city center.

Thessalonica at the time of the Byzantines

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Thessalonica at the time of the Byzantines

Our tours in Thessalonica had not only brought us into contact with the Roman cultural heritage, because the Byzantine era has left many traces too, as we will show in the following article and the attached picture gallery.

Andrea & John from Brazil - Water from Mount Olympus

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Andrea & John from Brazil - Water from Mount Olympus

Bom dia! - Thus, the first contact with Andrea & John started, who were directly parking their camper next to us as guests on the pitch of Zampetas Camper Accessories in Thessaloniki / Perea.

FCB Camp: development in technology and team spirit

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FCB Camp: development in technology and team spirit

Of course we wanted to participate in the development of the various age groups during the FC Barcelona Escola Soccer Camp in Thessalonica and so we joined into the training for a second afternoon for photographing and watching.

Street restaurants and bars in the Ladadika district

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Street restaurants and bars in the Ladadika district

We learned Julia and Davide, a couple from Germany with some family relations to Italy and Spain which wanted to learn same spots in Thessalonica for shopping as well as for sight seeing.

On the way to New Zealand - America later on?!

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On the way to New Zealand - America later on?!

Again there was an interesting meeting, this time with Suse and Axel from Munich and their motor home Frieda expanded on the basis of a VW T3 - and this once again showed that the camper stop Zampetas has developed to a real cornerstone for travelers on the Balkans.

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