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My Baby in Greece

My Baby in Greece

"Travel light and rent baby equipment for your holidays in Greece".  That's the tag line for a new service that offers parents the opportunity to travel on holiday without the burden of packing their baby strollers, carseats and various other baby wares.  
 
The service offers delivery and pick up service to any hotel in Athens, the Athens airport, Thessaloniki and various areas in Crete.   

DF: The service sounds like a lifesaver now that airlines charge more and more for added travel bags.  If anyone has used the service, drop us a line and let us know how it was!

mybabyingreece.com

23-07-2014 | Posted by Kosta

Taxi! Smartphones taking over with Taxib…

Taxi! Smartphones taking over with Taxibeat

There is a minor, some would call major revolution going on in the taxi business these days.  Smartphones are taking over and greek entrepreneurs called this one years ago.   Taxibeat started by Nikos Drandakis is the yelp of the taxi business with the rider seeing a ratings history of the driver before he smartphone flags him down.  They currently operate in Greece, France, Brazil and Mexico. 
 
 
DF: With tourists being ever so fearful of being swindled by taxi drivers, companies like this are putting trust front and center again for the consumer. Bravo!

17-07-2014 | Posted by Kosta

Greek beers on top!

Greek beers on top!

Popular in Greece and getting more and more popular in the international market, Greek breweries are hitting their stride this summer.  From the 2 gold stars that Fix Dark garnered to the 2013 product innovation award given to Santorini's Volkan, Greece is enticing many a traveler to enjoy local beers on hot summer days!  
 
 
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Santorini's Volkan beer takes top spot in 2013  imerisia (greek)
 
 
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Fix, the historic beer introduced in Greece in 1864 has won countless awards, the most recent being 2 gold stars for their Fix Dark.   
 
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And definitly try the Ionian Coffee Porter by Corfu Beer Company from the island of Corfu.   It has to be one of best beers we've ever tried.  It got top marks and was hailed as one of the three best beers in the world during the International Ale Festival in the UK.

Check out more greek beers and greek breweries after the jump:
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10-07-2014 | Posted by Kosta

Midnight moment in Times Square

Midnight moment in Times Square

If you haven't visited Times Square as the clock strikes 12 this June, today is your last chance to see Yorgo Alexopoulos Transits.  For the June Midnight Moment, Yorgo transforms the many billboards in Times Square into a digital canvas of synchronized abstract celestial shapes.  

The experience lasts just 3 minutes starting at 11:57pm and gives the feeling of depth and movement while exploring human perception. 
 

Other works by Yoryo:
 
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Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas
 
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IBM Building, Chicago

30-06-2014 | Posted by Kosta

Mikel beating Starbucks in the coffee bu…

Mikel beating Starbucks in the coffee business

6 years ago, an entrepeneur named Sakis Dionisopoulos combined low property values, a non-stop discounting strategy and what Greeks love the most, to be fashionable and in.  And he called it Mikel Coffee Company.

And right now they are putting Starbucks on their heels.  Sometimes opening up right next to the coffee giant and snatching their customers right out from  under them.  
 
Read the inside scoop after the jump as starbucks begins lowering it's prices to compete.
 

26-06-2014 | Posted by Kosta

Athens airport awarded best in Europe 20…

Athens airport awarded best in Europe 2014

Athens International airport (Eleftherios Venizelos) has been awarded the best airport in Europe 2014 by the Airports Council International - Europe.   Athens secured this award due to its high economic performance in a very challenging context, its excellent work in redeveloping its traffic base while keeping a strong focus on the quality of service.   
 
Athens grabbed the spot in the 10-25 million passenger category.  Other winners included Stuttgard at 5-10 million passengers and Barcelona for 25 million and over.
 

19-06-2014 | Posted by Kosta

Japan awards Greek olive oil

Japan awards Greek olive oil

Last month, Olive Japan 2014 awarded Greek olive oils with 14 medals in various categories. That's a far cry from the 100+ that Spain and Italy garnered but in just a few short years, Greek olive oils have risen significantly and are poised to grab a corner of this growing Japanese market.
 
Greece also took part in panel discussions with olive oil expert Rhea Spyridou discussing traceability systems. Greece's growing cooperation with Italy and the EU concerning traceability was showcased during the expo and is a hallmark to Greece's growing influence in the cultivation of olive oils.
 

17-06-2014 | Posted by Kosta

World cup and soccer in Chicago

World cup and soccer in Chicago

World cup fever hits Chicago. Open up the RedEye daily and catch John Kosmas of Olympiakos Soccer Club Chicago talk about how we celebrate Greece and the world cup in the windy city.  
 
John runs the soccer club which is one of many in the world that gives young children the opportunity to get a proper sports and social education in line with the values of Olympiakos FC.
 
Read more after the jump: Olympiakos Soccer Club of Chicago

12-06-2014 | Posted by Kosta

Greece Rated #1 in Europe 2014

Greece Rated #1 in Europe 2014

Pack your bags and head to Greece.  Lonely Planet agrees, Greece wins hands down for it's amazing islands and incredibly rich culture.  
 
Check out the other European winners after the jump
 

11-06-2014 | Posted by Kosta

Google street view in Greece

Google street view in Greece

With the number of tourists visiting this summer, we're happy this finally got the thumbs up.  After years of negotiations with the country's data authorities, google street view cars are finally on the streets of Greece.
 
Google applied back in 2009 but Greece held off until blurring technology was demonstrated to the authorities satisfaction. 

Read more after the jump. wthr.com
 
Click here for our original story 5 years ago 
 

10-06-2014 | Posted by Kosta

Never before seen pool on Tinos goes vir…

Never before seen pool on Tinos goes viral

How about a rooftop infinity pool built on top of a house that has an outdoor living room.   Did we mention an unrivaled view of the Aegean? 
 
The design by Kois Associated Architects on the island of Tinos has gone viral and we'll think you'll agree it's quite a sight.  
 
Take a look after the jump. dezeen.com
 

06-06-2014 | Posted by Kosta

Greece leads on World Environment Day

Greece leads on World Environment Day

Today June 5th is World Environment Day.  Greece is sounding a wake up call to the world with the efforts of Agni Arvanitis and the efforts of the Biopolitics International Organization.  
 
Nominated for a Nobel Prize in 2014 , Agni's new book Green Salary "aims to inform people everywhere of the endless possibilities for employment and job creation that environmental efforts have in store".   

05-06-2014 | Posted by Kosta

Welcome summer with Anassa teas

Welcome summer with Anassa teas

Greece is head over heals with ice teas latey.  Anassa organics, winner of the HEA (Hellenic Entrep. Award)  provides teas with herbs that have proved their value over time; Greek, organic, healthy, pleasant and rejuvenating.  
 
Catch the video below and make your own ice tea greek style!
 

03-06-2014 | Posted by Kosta

Cine Manto and Mykonos

Cine Manto and Mykonos

Happy Monday everyone, check out Cine Manto Mykonos.  A fresh look at cinema on one of the world's most beautiful islands.  Who througout the summer plays excellent and thought provoking film and documetaries.   Many on the program guide this week will even showcase original works shot and produced on the island itself.  

Here is a little vid from the cine manto guys on 150 years of The Donkey and Mykonos.  A nice departure while you're waking up today!
 

02-06-2014 | Posted by Kosta

Greek beaches earn top honors

Greek beaches earn top honors

 A total of 408 award-winning coasts for our country.

With 408 “Blue Flag” beaches, Greece has once more achieved 2nd place worldwide, among 51 countries. This was stated in an announcement today by the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature (HSPN), our country’s National Operator of the International “Blue Flags” Program.

First place was taken by Spain with 571 Blue Flag beaches, and third place was taken by Turkey with 387 beaches. France was fourth with 379 and Portugal was fifth with 298.

http://www.breakingtravelnews.com/news/article/greek-beaches-recognised-with-new-blue-flags/

http://www.eepf.gr/content/galazies-simaies-deltio-typoy-2014

26-05-2014 | Posted by Kosta

Shock value

Shock value

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Ad campaign: French retailer, Kookai

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Fokas stores at Ermou street, Athens. (Photo credit: AP)
 

12-12-2012 | Posted by Spiro

Best bookshops in the world

Best bookshops in the world

Swiss publisher Braun recently released a coffee table book that looks at the most beautiful and interesting book shops in the world...and guess what? Greece has one of them! The famed Papasotiriou shop located in central Athens made the list. Papasotiriou is the largest book store chain in Greece and if you've never been to their flagship store on Panepistimiou, you're in for a treat.
 
Papasotiriou is in good company. Check out this stunning bookstore for kids in China and a few more unbelievably beautiful ones listed here and here!

20-11-2012 | Posted by Spiro

Yogurt wars

Yogurt wars

It appears Fage and US-based Chobani Inc are going to be spending some quality time in British courts. Fage is seeking to block Chobani from using the term "Greek yogurt" on its pakaging. In a nod to Europe's strict "country of origin" regulations on home grown products, Chobani has already agreed to change the packaging to "Greek strained yogurt."
 
Lets hope Fage can figure out how to fend off Chobani on its home turf.
 
Read more over at ekathimerini.

08-11-2012 | Posted by Spiro

What's in a name?

What's in a name?

Greek wines have always been hampered by their monikers. Try telling your non-Greek friends about Xinomavro, Agiorgitiko or Moschofilero and you'll likely get blank stares and mangled pronunciations. The French are to be commended in this regard. Merlot, Champagne and Cabernet. Rolls right off the tongue and you feel like you're speaking like a native.
 
Well, Boutari is doing its best to fight the good fight for grape name mind-share.. They've produced a series of Youtube videos to get people talking about Greek wines.

Enjoy.
 
 
 
 

05-11-2012 | Posted by Spiro

Perception and reality...

Perception and reality...

Did you know Greece leads the world in percentage of olive oil output that is extra virgin(EEVO)? We do! Approximately 80% of the olive oil produced in Greece is extra virgin, compared with approximately 50% of Italian and Spanish oils. When it comes to total olive oil production, Greece is no slouch—being third behind Italy and Spain. So how many Greek EEVO products are in the top 10 selling EEVO's in the United States? Zero. Ouch. Markeing good quality olive oil to Americans is no easy feat—thank the Italians for that.
 
Perhaps this new brand can help.
 
Miterra:
"Miterra is a company that constantly searches every corner of Greece in order to locate the best products this land has to offer. Miterra’s mission is to bring to its customers the quality of goods that local producers reserve for their own family table and the company’s pledge to her customers is that only the very best are good enough to carry the Miterra brand."
 
Just lovely. Congrats to Sophia Georgopoulou on her design work.

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More pics over at thedieline.

Interesting stat— On an individual basis, Greeks consume more than 26 times more olive oil than Americans.

29-10-2012 | Posted by Spiro

Throwing Greece under the bus

Throwing Greece under the bus

Enough with the derogatory comments already (Repubs and Dems alike)!
 
 
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23-10-2012 | Posted by Spiro