When we think about the Month of December in Greece, we usually think of winter and celebrations.  Let’s learn more about a typical Greek December Month.


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What about going to a Hammam in Athens? You will combine elements from classical antiquity, the Ottoman past and a modern city. Since it was under Ottoman occupation between 1458 and 1833, it also had public baths called hammams. When you come to Athens today, you can visit the Bath of the Winds or experience spa services at one of the modern hammams of the city.

 

 

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When you visit Athens , not only you can explore the capital of Greece, but at the same time you can also make several one-day excursions to nearby coastal villages, beaches and archaeological sites within the prefecture of Attica. One of the trips we believe is really worth it to add to your “list”, is to visit the “temple of Poseidon” in Sounion, at about 60 km from centre Athens. You can combine it with a swim in the clear waters of the Aegean sea or a nice dinner/lunch in one of the fish taverns nearby.

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A visit to Athens is never complete without a visit to the Acropolis Museum, which first opened its doors in 2009. For all those years, it has been one of the major cultural sightseeing spots of the Greek capital.

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Maybe you recently ordered a FIX beer in Greece? There are plenty of beers to choose from on the Greek market (Mythos, Alfa, Yellow Donkey, Nissos, Vergina …), but let’s have a look at the Fix beer. A beer with an interesting history, as well as its own building in center Athens!

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We are all familiar with ancient Greek statues, but what about modern Greek art?  Greece has many known artists and sculptors, also internationally known.

Let’s discover more about the  installations and sculptures by artists Varotsos and Zongolopoulos in Athens, Thessaloniki and our favorite island, Syros!
(on the photo above you can see Omilo students during a quick stop to admire the installation while exploring the city of Hermoupolis, Syros)

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Watching films in Greek is a fun way to spend an evening at home and improve your Greek listening skills at the same time. The Greek movie “Worlds Apart” – Ένας Άλλος Κόσμος – is a movie we can recommend for sure.
At Omilo, we often organise film nights during the 1- and 2-week Greek language and culture courses – because learning does not have to stop in the classroom! Watching a movie under the stars, while sipping a glass of wine, definitely feels like holidaying in Greece!

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How Do Greeks Celebrate Easter? And what are the Greek Easter Traditions?
Greek Orthodox Easter is probably the biggest celebration of the year for most Greeks, with a lot of special traditions and family gatherings.

For 25 years in a row, the Omilo-team is celebrating Easter together with the students, except of the covid years  in 2020 and 2021.

If you can not be in Greece during Easter, but you are curious, then read below what Greek Easter is about, and watch some videos!

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When Greek cinema meets Greek literature the result is usually excellent. The movie ‘Little England’ , directed by Pantelis Voulgaris and based on the book by author Ioanna Karystiani, was released in December 2013.
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