Café Culture in Greece

The traditional Café in Greece known as a Kafenion began as a place where men-only spent leisure time with friends drinking coffee or a glass of ouzo or raki depending on the time of day.  In Greece today, while you will still find local men spending time in old-style Kafenia,  you will also find an abundance of…

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Chronia Polla! Celebrating the Greek Orthodox Name Day for Agios Ioannis

Today, January 7th is dedicated to Agios Ioannis (Saint John the Baptist) and is the Name Day for Greek males named Ioannis. The name Ioannis is commonly shortened to Yannis and translates to John. It’s a big Greek Orthodox tradition to celebrate the Name Day of the saint that bears your name. This day usually…

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ευχαριστώ and Other Helpful Greek Words

The most important expression a traveler can learn before visiting a foreign country is “Thank You.” The Greek word for thank you is ευχαριστώ (ef-hairy-stow). If you learn only one Greek word, learn how to say ‘ef-hairy-stow.’ Your thoughtfulness will be greatly appreciated.

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