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  • Cleopatra: The Charming Macedonian Greek Ruler of Egypt

    There has been controversy lately regarding the ethnic origins of Cleopatra. Since the Superwoman actress Gal Gadot announced she will play Cleopatra in an upcoming Hollywood movie many Egyptians and Arabs have been bashing her on social media. Fans of Gal Gadot have defended the Israeli actress on social media saying “Cleopatra was not black or Arab, she was Greek!” “To be true to the facts, Cleopatra was Macedonian (Greek). We were looking for a Macedonian (Greek) actress that could fit Cleopatra. She wasn’t there, and I was very passionate about Cleopatra.”- Israeli actress Gal Gadot in an interview with BBC. History tells us that Cleopatra was not Egyptian as…

  • NBA Legend Magic Johnson Vacations on Corfu island in Greece

    The magical hot summer of Greece is here! So is Magic Johnson! The legendary NBA basketball player has escaped to Corfu island. Greece has reopened to tourists and desperately needs and relies on the tourism for 20% GDP. With 31% of the Greek population currently fully vaccinated (as of June 25, 2021), it warms our hearts to see tourists escaping to the motherland and more celebrities arriving in Greece. See everything you need to know about travelling to Greece this summer. Daniel Craig, Kate Hudson, and Edward Norton are in Greece and will begin filming “Knives Out 2” in July. Antonio Banderas will also be filming a movie in Thessaloniki.…

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    Greece: Everything You Need to Know When Travelling in 2021

    The beautiful gem of the Mediterranean: Greece, has opened her borders to tourists during the 2021 summer season in a desperate attempt to save the country’s travel and tourism sector recover from the loss suffered due to the pandemic. Greece had a record year with 33 million visitors in 2019, and dropped to just 7 million when Coronavirus shut down the world in 2020. Sector officials say Greece plans to restore 50 per cent of the travel activity recorded in 2019, and hopes to host about 15 million tourists. However, according to Konstantina Svinou, president of the Research Institute for Tourism, bookings across the country (in mid June) were equal to…

  • Greek Pilot Wife Killer Could Face Life in Prison

    The Greek helicopter pilot killer was charged with premeditated murder in the death of his 20 year old wife Caroline Crouch, as investigators said he admitted to killing her after claiming (for over a month) that she died during a vicious home robbery, that we now know was all staged by him. Babis Anagnostopoulos, 33, appeared in court in Athens on Tuesday, surrounded by cops and wearing a bulletproof vest. According to the charges, Caroline Crouch, 20, died by being suffocated in her sleep with a pillow on May 11 at their home on the outskirts of Athens at around 4am in the morning. 5 days after his confession the…

  • 14 Greek Wedding Rituals and Traditions You Should Know

    You know what to expect at a Greek wedding if you grew up in a Greek community or the Greek Orthodox Church. If you’re going to a Greek wedding for the first time, there are some things you should know about the symbolism in an Orthodox ceremony, as well as the customs and traditions that make a Greek wedding so special. “Vows are not exchanged in the Orthodox Church since the couple’s pledge to God is to care for one another,” Father Papadopolous explains. “They swear to God that they will adore him without conditions. This is why the couple does not face one other, but rather faces ahead to…

  • Antonio Banderas Will Film “Barracuda” Gangster Movie in Greece

    Hollywood star, Antonio Banderas, will shoot his next film, “Barracuda” in Thessaloniki, a gangster film for which the beauotful Thessaloniki city in northern Greece will be transformed into Miami, Florida. Robert Van Norden, the film’s producer,  is currently in the romantic city of Thessaloniki to choose filming locations, which reportedly cost 20 million euros (about 24 million dollars). The producer, Van Norden, explained to local media that filming will begin in 2 weeks and the film crews will be in Thessaloniki for five weeks, as 30 days of filming are scheduled. Van Norden announced that the plot is about a former criminal (Banderas) who has to deal with his old…

  • 10 Hollywood Celebrities With Greek Roots

    We all know that Hollywood has many stars, and some have origin from Greece! Like most of us know the beautiful Greek American Melina Kanakaredes of ‘CSI New York’ that has also starred in movies with Robert Deniro. Moreover, we know the hilarious Hangover star, Zack Galifianakis, who is half Greek, from his dad’s Cretan side. As if the long last name didn’t give it away! We all know John Stamos as a Greek God or Uncle Jesse! He’s half Greek and his late dad, Bill Stamos, was from the mountainous village of Kakouri, in the Southern Peloponesse in Arcadia, Greece. See more on John Stamos There are many Greek…

  • 99 Greek Brands Awarded at 2021 NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition

    At this year’s 2021 NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition, Greek producers and exporters raised the bar once again, this time winning an unprecedented 99 Awards in the competition’s 9th edition, an all-time record high for Greece. With a total of 45 Gold and 54 Silver Awards beating the previous record of 70 awards in 2020. This was the second year in a row where the evaluation of samples was done remotely with the results announced online due to pandemic restrictions. While the volume of olive oil produced in Greece this season nearly matched the 275,000 tons produced in the previous crop year, according to data released by the European Commission, the…

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