In the Golden Age
For example... there are thirteen regions of Greece, each with a capital city. Dodecanese is the most southeastern region, consisting of several large islands, including the island of Karpathos. The capital on Karpathos is also called Karpathos, or sometimes Pigadea. It is known for unique houses of carved stone, and a harbor as beautiful as any on earth. The friendly townspeople dress in traditional clothing daily, not just for their grand weddings and feasts, which are famous thoughout Greece. At restaurants they serve traditional local dishes including memoula, hummus (chickpeas), pilau rice, and baklava (honey and nut pastries).
On the northern end of the island is the mountainous community of Olimpos, also called Olympus. This is a mistake, because it confuses me and a whole lot of other people. You see, there is Mt. Olympus in Central Greece, and Olympia in the Peloponnese region. Going to one when intending to go to the other is a major, common tourist error, but one you will now be saved from making.
Olimpos is quite an intersting place, mountainous and rugged in opposition to the magnificent beaches of the coast. Take a look at the photos above, and do notice the windmills of the middle right picture.
The Pirgo Ruins. In the Peloponnese, near Olympia (the one that is the home of the original Olympic games) is an archelogical site called Prigo. It is a portrait of ancient grandeur, transformed to modern art on the grass, framed by the lovely flowering trees of the region. One of countless reminants of the Classical world that still whispers of its existance throughout modern Greece. The Archeological Museum at Olympia is one of the most interesting in the country, especially for sports fans who like to follow the Olympics of this age.
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By the way, I have a friend in Greece who is a bright and gregarious Greek-American who has lived and traveled in Greece for over 15 years. He also lived in the USA for over 30 years, so he understands what Americans need and want to see in Greece. Harry... that's his name... has developed some deep relationships within the Greek travel industry, so he can get you quite a deal on both luxury and economy Greece travel. You can visit Harry's Award-winning Greece Travel Guide on the net and find out what this witty raconteur has to say about Greek food, wine, language, travel tips and tools, hotels, restaurants, shopping, getting around Greece, lodging and more.
Now let's go on to the Island of Hydra, featured in the James Bond adventure....
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