Posts include information about Ermioni, Ermionida and the Argolida region

Fall of Constantinople

The Fall of Constantinople occured on Tuesday 29th May 1453, after a 53 day seige which began on 6th April by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II.  Constantinople was representing the failing Byzantine Em

Mask Wearing Relaxed

On Wednesday 18th May 2022 the Greek Health Minister announced that obligatory mask wearing in most areas will be suspended from Wednesday 1st June until Thursday 15th September 2022.  Masks will no longer be odligatory in all transport with numbered seats on airplanes, trains, KTEL Inter-City buses and all retail stores, including supermarkets.  Masks will continue to be obligatory in all healthcare faci

Greek Superstitions

On Friday 13th May 2022, let us remind ourselves how superstitious many Greeks still are.  Traditionally, Greek people already feared 'Tuesday the 13th' as a day of vast misfortune, however, Western culture has heavily influenced the country with movies, TV and the internet which has brought 'Friday the 13th' to the forefront as well.  Not forgeting that 'Black Friday' has now become a fixture in the G

Greek Name Days

Celebrating Greek Name Days is a Christian Orthodox tradition observed throughout Greece, Cyprus and many Eastern European countries.  Every year, Greeks celebrate the feast day of the Christian saint, holy person or martyr after which they are named.  Greek Name Day celebrations are much more elaborate than the Catholic Saints Days, and historically took the place of celebrating one's birthday.  Acc

Sailing Prices Rise Again

Ferry tickets are set to rise an extra 7% for services setting sail from Piraeus and an extra 12% for those departing from Rafina, due to the major increase in the cost of maritime fuel.  The increased prices for sailings from Piraeus will come on top of the previous increase of 10% earlier this year, when Hellenic Seaways increased the ticket price of the Piraeus to Ermioni service from 34.00 euros to 37.50

Ukraine's Greek Names

Following the horrific Russian invasion of Ukraine on Thursday 24th February 2022, most of the world has looked on in disbelief at the images being shown of the war in the independent media.  Many Greeks reading the names of towns and cities in Ukraine in the news probably wonder why places like Mariupol, Melitopol, Simferopol and Sevastopol sound so familiar.  As many places in Greece, all of these Ukrainia

European Restrictions Lifted

Tourism and health ministries announced that travellers entering Greece with a European vaccination certificate will no longer be required to show a negative test for Covid-19 from Monday 7th February 2022.  Greece, a country heavily reliant on tourism, has been gradually easing the travel restrictions that were originally put in place in order to combat the spread of the coronavirus.  Under past rest

Snow Storm 'Elpis'

About 4,600 motorists spent hours trapped in their cars in freezing temperatures on the Greek capital's Attiki Odos motorway on Monday 24th January 2022 and dozens were still trapped on Tuesday morning (some motorists reported being trapped in their cars for more than 20 hours) with the army, police, fire and ambulance services delivering water, blankets, snacks and other relief in efforts to help them get home safely

Omicron Measures

The Greek Government announced today new measures ahead of Christmas and New Year's celebrations to prevent Covid-19 infections and indicated that more restrictions are being prepared in the new year when the new Omicron variant is expected to start spreading more widely.  As of Friday 24th December 2021, masks will be obligatory in both indoor and outdoor areas, including churches, while a do

Vacc's for Over-60's

Greek officials have announced plans to make Covid-19 vaccinations mandatory for anyone aged 60 and over now living in Greece.  Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis told a cabinet meeting that the new rule will come into effect from Sunday 16th January next year.  He added that authorities will impose a €100 fine every month on every person who fails t