New York.- By Vicki James Yiannias
Generally, it has been cold and rainy in New York leading up to and after Pascha “If it’s gloomy, like today and I want to boost my mood, I take a deep breath and imagine I’ve been beamed up and dropped on a Greek island. Any island,” a friend said yesterday, “Invisible waters that register as great swatches of see-through colors, like turquoise, lift my spirits sky-high, fragrant aromas from beachside tavernas of Greek cuisine using Greece’s fine products. The feeling that you’re getting something done even though you’re not doing anything. Paradise!”
Good timing. The 9th year of the GreekNewsLet’s Go to Greece this Summer and 365 Days a Year! campaign is just beginning.
Time to plan trips to Greece and Cyprus this summer, if you haven’t begun already. Your journey to Greece and Cyprus, whether long or short, is more important than it has ever been. Tourism is a critical sector of both of those economies, the productive sector on which the Greek government can rightly hinge many of its hopes for improving the economy by creating jobs and increasing the flow of foreign currency into the country. Greece’s Ministry of Tourism has worked diligently to increase tourist traffic. Minister of Tourism Elena Kountoura has said that tourism unites people and nations, and “can be a bridge for cooperation, economic growth, peace and prosperity.” A journey to Greece and Cyprus is more important than it has ever been.
Our Let’s Go to Greece campaign speaks to Greece’s great universal importance; the country’s cultural past and exciting contemporary developments, and physical beauty. Having survived for so long, the wonders of Greece grow more valuable each day. We at the GreekNews urge you to seize that day; enjoy Greece to the fullest. By doing so, help the ancestral country where Western civilization began (and where, a new theory contends, humanity first evolved 7.2 million years ago).
The Greeks continue to be inordinately courageous and independent during this period of economic and social crisis, nonetheless, buffeted about by circumstances beyond their control, they need economic sustenance and moral support. Your trip to this year-round destination, this summer—and for 365 days a year—is a win-win situation for Greece and for you.
Many readers of the GreekNews know where they want to go in Greece and Cyprus; villages, towns and cities of origin, visits to relatives and friends, favorite entertainment spots for dining, music, and all else, but there are always new places to discover and never forget in all regions of Greece and the islands and Cyprus Greece is a vacation destination for everyone, with cultural sights, museums, theatre, religious destinations, gourmet and wine tasting, sun and beaches, mountain climbing, trail trekking, water sports, relaxation or partying.
Newcomers to Greece can tour the mainland, visit the islands, or ideally, do both. Greece’s unforgettable land and seascapes and important archaeological sites, religious sites, access to vibrant traditional culture, intense social life, important cultural events, and all kinds of sports activities are just some of Greece’s attractions.
Travel within Greece is relaxed, safe and reasonably priced. The road network to many different corners of the country is extensive allowing adventurous road trips. Bus and train travel are particularly affordable, and flights both on the mainland and to the islands are frequent. Ferries, the trademark of Greek summer, make very frequent regular trips; even the smallest Greek island can be reached by ship, and there is also a regular service between the islands, making for exciting island-hopping. You can have a complete trip by combining various means of transport, and if you prefer organized travel, the Greeks are experts at day and weekend excursions. It is certain that whichever way you choose to see Greece and Cyprus, their physical beauty and transcendent spirit will inspire and overwhelm you with passion for nature and life.
Greece invites you to indulge however you choose to see yourself; your trip can be glamorous or freewheeling. You can, as an old Greek song says, “let your hair be blown by the wind.” Greece, it has been said, “ignites something in all of us, inspires a kind of awakening.” There is a force that connects you to the past while making the present more immediate, magnified in detail, and perhaps more meaningful than before.