Posts include information about Ermioni and the Argolida region.

Prince Philip 1921 - 2021

Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II's husband, died this morning aged 99.  A statement issued by Buckingham Palace just after midday spoke of the Queen's 'deep sorrow' following his death at Windsor Castle.  The Duke of Edinburgh, the longest-serving royal consort in British history, was at the Queen's side for more than her six decades of her reign.  Prince Philip of Greece was born on 10th June 1921 on the isla

First Olympiad Anniversary

Today is the 125th Anniversary of the 'Games of the I Olympiad' held in Athens in 1896.  Organised by the International Olympic Committee, IOC, which had been created by the French aristocrat Pierre de Coubertin, the inaugural Olympic Games were held in Athens from 6th to 15th April 1896.  Officially known as the 'Games of the I Olympiad', they were the first International Olympic

Retail shops to reopen

After months of nationwide lockdown, smaller retail shops will reopen on Monday 5th April.  Deputy Minister for Civil Proptection Nikos Chardalias announced that customers, with appointments, will be permited to do their shopping under strict anti-virus measures.  However, large super-stores and malls will not reopen.  People will have to send a message to the new SMS text number 13032 t

Independence Day 2021

25th March 2021 marks the 200th anniversary of Greek Independence Day.  Each year on 25th March, Greeks and Philhellenes all over the world celebrate Greek Independence Day, a national holiday in Greece.  The day, in fact, marks the official beginning of the Greek War of Independence, not the end.  This is when Greeks remember their long and bitter struggle

25th March 1821 - 2021

Greece will celebrate the 200-year anniversary of the start of the War of Independence on 25th March 2021.  Although this is the ceremonial date of the Greek rebellion against the Ottoman Empire, the uprising did not start in Kalavrita on 25th March as is often believed.  Although that date was later designated as the beginning of the War of Independence, revolutionary acts had taken place in are

Some Restrictions Eased

Some nationwide Covid-19 restrictions will be eased from Saturday 20th March 2021.  The Greek Minister for Civil Protection announced a series of alterations to the existing Covid measures on Friday.  The existing weekend curfew will now be from 9:00pm until 5:00am.

'Clean Monday'

Clean Monday'Kathera Deftera', is an annual public holiday in Greece and Cyprus, which celebrates the first day of the 40-day period of the Great Lent, or 'Sarakosti', before the Greek Orthodox Easter Sunday.  Following the festive Carnival season of feasting, Clean Monday is celebrated with outdoor family excursions and the consumption of fasting foods.  The eating of meat,

The Parthenon Marbles

On Friday 12th March, the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson dismissed Greece's call for the return of the Parthenon Marbles to the country, arguing that the 2,500-year-old cultural treasures are legally owned by the British Museum's Trustees.  In his first public comments on the issue since becoming the UK Prime Minister, Mr Johnson said in an interview with the Greek daily newspaper Ta Nea, "I understand the st

International Women's Day

8th March is 'International Women's Day' and we should celebrate the 'Wonder Women' of the World.  Greece has some of the most famous women of all time.  Although most ancient Greek women had few rights, were unable to vote, own land or inherit, a womans place was in the home and her purpose in life was for bearing and rearing children.  Yet despite their social isolation, Ancient Greece revered

New 'Dark-Red' Restrictions

There will now be a 'Dark-Red' zone added to the original Red and Yellow zones introduced in Greece on 30th January.  Joining Attica in the new 'Dark-Red' zone will be Thessaloniki, Achaea, Arcadia, Korinthia, Argolida*, Larisa, Lefkada, Fthiotida, Thesprotia, Arta, Samos, Boeotia, Chios, Evia, Rhodes and Heraklion.  Due to the progression of the Covid-1