"If home is where the heart is..." Greece by etfromnc
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Whether you’re there to poke around ancient ruins, soak in the sun on idyllic beaches, or party till you drop, Greece will leave you clamouring for more. It’s a slice of history served alongside a (sometimes un)healthy slice of hedonism, and everyone seems happy. You get to marvel at the dazzling light and the sparkling waters, the floral aromas that waft on every breeze and there is almost always one of those. The pervading sense of spirit is upbeat, active, hospitable. Travel about with a typical tourist's frenzy or, as is more typical of the Greeks, sit down to contemplate it all while consuming that great Greek combination of ouzo and souvlaki. (And don't be surprised if souvlaki turns out wonderfully different each time you order it.)
I lived on the island of Crete in the 1970s but did not get back until just after the 2004 Olympics and again for an even shorter trip the following summer. I still love Greece and the Greek people but the country has undergone amazing political and sociological changes since I lived there. There are fewer happy people and you do not have to visit to see the depths of the economic struggle which they have been fighting for at least ten years, and I would estimate that it has been even longer.
As I said above, I still love her and her people and am trying to negotiate another long stay. Any suggestions would be eagerly received and deeply appreciated.
If you only eat one meal while in Greece it should be yiros or suvlaki, and preferably not in a sit-down restaurant. Greece’s original fast food can be found at any of the nation’s suvlatzidhiko. These are easily spotted by the joint of meat being grilled on a spit at the front of the shop. Yiros (carved spit-roast meat served in pita with salad and tzadziki sauce) is traditionally eaten standing, or walking, or at any rate outdoors, but because tourists are so taken with yiros, many restaurants carry it on their menu. Be careful when ordering yiros or suvlaki (skewered and chargrilled cubes of meat) in a proper sit-down restaurant. If you want that tasty bread and meat bundle, be sure to ask for ''may pita" (with bread). Restaurants can’t charge you much for this humble fare. In order to jack up the price many establishments will assume that you desire a full-plate meal. Not only will you get a stiff bill, but you may be wasting a lot of food and money.
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