List of my pages
in my Greece series.
Greece, officially the Hellenic Republic (Greek: Ellinikí Dimokratía; is a country in southern Europe on the tip of the Balkan peninsula.
It has land boundaries with Bulgaria, the F.Y. Republic of Macedonia, and Albania to the north; and with Turkey to the east.
The waters of the Aegean Sea border Greece to the east, and those of the Ionian and Mediterranean Sea to the west and south.
Regarded by many as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy, Greece has a long and rich history during which its culture has proven especially influential in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East.
Official language: Greek
Capital & largest city: Athens
Area: 310,000 km² Of which 136,000 km² form the mainland and islands and 174,000 km² of Aegean basin and islets
Population: 11,018,000 (2004)
Currency: Euro (€)1 (Prior to 2001: Greek Drachma.)
Time zone: EEST (UTC+3)
- in summer EET (UTC+2)
Internet TLD: .gr
Calling Code: +30
For a more information about Athens see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This page was retrieved and condensed from (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athens) December 2005
All text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License (see Copyrights for details).
This information was correct in December 2005. E. & O.E.
My daughter, Sarolta and I visited Greece during our 1978 trip around Europe.
We had a three months Eurail Pass, plus a Britrail Pass and we also spent some time in Hungary and Romania, countries that were not part of the Eurail system at that time.
We took a ferry (The ferry trip was part of the Eurail Pass, as was many other ferries etc) from Brindisi in Italy to Patra in Greece.
After exploring Patra, we travelled by train right across Greece to to Istanbul in Turkey and checking out some of the places on our way, like Athens and others.
In 2005 Hui Chin and I spent a few weeks to thoroughly examine Greece, some of the Greek islands and Cyprus.
I am happy to report that everything checked out to our satisfaction.
The craddle of our civilisation, etc, etc.
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