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10 days in Turkey and Greece in Feburary?

So, we're able to get an AMAZING deal on Airfare to Istanbul in February 16th - 25th. Looking for tips and advice for our visit. [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Nov 6, 2013 - 10 answers

 

Shopping Detectives, find this boot or one similar? (Shipping problem)

So, I found a short boot I'd love to get, but nowhere that's stocking it will ship to Greece. Can you either find someplace that will (highly doubtful; I've searched a lot), or help me find one very, very, very similar? [more inside]
posted by taz on Oct 26, 2013 - 5 answers

Modern Greek or Roman fiction not centered on military or leaders?

Ancient Roman and Greek civilizations set my imagination ablaze, and while I've loved Homer's works right now I'm interested in works written in, say, the last century that take place in those times, or thereabouts. [more inside]
posted by gregoryg on Sep 24, 2013 - 25 answers

Can you read and translate the Greek (?) text on these caps?

What does the text say on these pink bottle caps (image 1, image 2)? As I'm told, these were sold as inexpensive caps at a brew-your-own beer supply store in Texas. I'm guessing the text is Greek, but I'm just guessing. Thanks!
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 30, 2013 - 9 answers

Greek island books.

Last year we accompanied our trip to Greece with some chosen volumes of contemporary Greek writing: Panos Karnezis' Little infamies, Vangelis Hatziyannidis' Four walls, Petros Márkaris' Expiring loans, Apostolos Doxiadis' Uncle Petros and Goldbach's conjecture, and, for our kids, Evghenios Trivizàs' The last black cat. What are some other great books either set in Greece or by Greek authors, for us to take this time?
posted by progosk on Aug 5, 2013 - 12 answers

What should I do in Greece that isn't a beach or a nightclub?

I'll be in Greece in September for work and it seems a shame not to take some vacation time while I'm there. Problem is most of the tourist guides seem to focus quite a bit on how great the various beaches are or how awesome the nightlife is, neither of which interest me when I'm traveling alone. Ruins and archaeology are good and I intend to include some of that but there must be some awesome things that I don't even know to look for. Some more specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by Skorgu on Jul 2, 2013 - 14 answers

The Innocents Abroad: Text Messaging+Parents Overseas=Disaster Incoming?

My elderly parents are currently traveling in Europe (Greece, specifically) accompanied by their first smartphones (which are on a T-Mobile family plan that I pay for). Before they left, I repeatedly emphasized that they needed to install new microsims from a Greek telecom before they'd be able to use voice, messaging and data in Greece. I did not go into the concept of international roaming (primarily because it's extremely expensive, they would find it confusing, and I don't want them to use it). They said they'd get new microsims when they arrived. However, my mother's text messages from Greece still look like they're being sent from her U.S. number. [more inside]
posted by longdaysjourney on Mar 25, 2013 - 14 answers

Greek Translation: "Solidarity with Greek Workers"

How would you write "Solidarity with Greek Workers" in modern idiomatic greek? For context: this is for a left-wing march banner.
posted by phrontist on Mar 13, 2013 - 3 answers

Books about travel, especially to Greece

As a gift for a friend, I'd like to find a book about Greece, but not a travel guide exactly. [more inside]
posted by little_dog_laughing on Mar 4, 2013 - 10 answers

Ancient greek origins of separation of powers?

Somewhere I read an interpretation of the development of democracy in Ancient Greece that went something like this: A king died and three princes struggled to seize power. No one prince was strong enough to defeat the others. They made a deal that one would be responsible for military matters, the second for administrative matters, and the third for religious. This system proved relatively effective and was continued, eventually on a non-hereditary basis, and is the original source for the separation of powers between different branches of government. [more inside]
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy on Feb 13, 2013 - 6 answers

Remember this book? It's about a girl who goes to Greece and something happens to her.

Identify-a-book-filter: I'm trying to remember a children's/young adult book that I likely read 15-20 years ago in Australia. It was about a ~13 year old girl who went to a Greek island with her archaelogist parents (for a year/the summer?) and something magicky happened. [more inside]
posted by jacalata on Jan 4, 2013 - 12 answers

Greek Mythology Reading Recommendations

Bookfilter: Suggestions on good books about Greek mythology. [more inside]
posted by Twain Device on Nov 28, 2012 - 14 answers

The Greek equivalent of a drink called a John Doe?

Is there any familial or other relationship between Ioannis Metaxas (the Greek dictator) and the maker of Metaxa, a Greek liquor used in sidecars? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Oct 15, 2012 - 1 answer

Help clue me in on the meaning/significance of this souvenir.

What is this Greek pendant? [more inside]
posted by letahl on Aug 27, 2012 - 9 answers

Looking for Classical Greece themed art

Help me look for Classical Greece themed art for Monty Python-esque animation backgrounds! [more inside]
posted by Tom-B on Aug 27, 2012 - 2 answers

Help us figure out where to celebrate NYE in Europe!

Where to travel for Xmas/New Year's in Europe? [more inside]
posted by picarosado on Aug 15, 2012 - 10 answers

Too much alone time!

I'm having some anxiety about traveling alone. Please hope/help me! [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0 on Jun 30, 2012 - 17 answers

Greek economic problems affect interest rates?

How will the Greek economic problems and related Euro currency issues affect interest rates and the property market in other continents, especially Australia?
posted by gttommy on Jun 2, 2012 - 2 answers

Best quiet islands to visit for Greek holiday?

Your recommendations for Greek islands to visit, please. [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on May 31, 2012 - 21 answers

Will there be a run on Greek banks and if so what would that mean?

How likely is a run on Greek banks? What would the short to medium term effect of a run be on Greek businesses? Would it effect different types of businesses differently?
posted by digitalprimate on May 16, 2012 - 8 answers

Who's running the show?

How does a parliamentary democracy function during the time between a government's dissolution and new elections? [more inside]
posted by helloimjohnnycash on May 16, 2012 - 9 answers

Trying to book Greek intra-island ferries - help!

How do I find trips from Santorini to Sifnos in May? [more inside]
posted by orangeseed on Mar 8, 2012 - 5 answers

Are there any good novels that use Greek trade in or around the 6th c. BC as a way of exploring ancient cultures?

Are there any good novels that use Greek trade in or around the 6th c. BC as a way of exploring ancient cultures? Also, how far did Greeks travel during that time? Did they make into India? To the British Isles?
posted by jwhite1979 on Feb 20, 2012 - 17 answers

On the road again ....

Help me plan my trip to Europe this summer! Helpful details abound within! [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0 on Feb 1, 2012 - 5 answers

Greek Bonds

Greek Bonds: 30.03.12 They have a nominal value of 1000 euros but trade at 39 euros? How does buying bonds work, and why cant I buy just one for 39 euros? [more inside]
posted by freddymetz on Jan 30, 2012 - 6 answers

Greek and Greek-related (even *super-vaguely* Greek-related&mdashlike songs from "Grease") music suggestions needed!

My friends have a themed New Year's Eve dinner party every year, and I'm in charge of putting together the background music mix. This year's theme is "Greece" (because, well, it might be the last year that Greece exists *g*), so I have to come up with about six hours of music from, about, or in any way related to Greece. I need suggestions from MeFites! [more inside]
posted by tzikeh on Nov 2, 2011 - 48 answers

Source this myth!

Classicists and folklore/mythology types: how can I go about finding the original source for this obscure Roman (or Greek?) myth? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Sep 21, 2011 - 12 answers

A 6.5 month preggo flying 18 hours to Turkey – yea/nay?

I love traveling, but is taking an overseas trip to Istanbul at 6.5 months pregnant ill-advised? [more inside]
posted by allisonrae on Jul 29, 2011 - 27 answers

Honeymoon Planning Help!

Santorini Honeymoon-Has anyone been to Santorini, Greece and could recommend a hotel that was romantic and beautiful but not outlandishly expensive- Let's say $200 per night or less, or a package deal. We are looking to go in September. Thanks so much for your help.
posted by Equiprimordial on Jul 17, 2011 - 4 answers

Details Greece's Debt

Where can I find a complete listing of debt issued by Greece, including term sheets?
posted by IndpMed on Jul 12, 2011 - 5 answers

Why is Greece's economy in such a bad state?

Why is Greece's economy in such a bad state? What could, or should, have been done to avoid this? How much is a specifically Greek issue compared to a European issue compared to a global issue?
posted by Hartster on Jun 15, 2011 - 11 answers

Great Greek music?

I'm looking for some good Greek music. (Please assume I know nothing.) Current pop or dance music, or anything fun, really. [more inside]
posted by Sissinghurst on Jun 11, 2011 - 9 answers

What two additional European cities should I visit while overseas in Thessaloniki, Greece?

What 2 major European cities - that are relatively close to Thessaloniki, Greece - should I visit for a week? [more inside]
posted by bengalsfan1 on May 21, 2011 - 4 answers

Safe travels in Athens (Greece)?

Mom is in Istanbul now, flying to Athens on Saturday for 5 days. She's heard about civil unrest/protests in Athens recently. The news reports I've found (which aren't many) describe a 24-hour general strike yesterday, with shutdown of public transportation, flights, and other services. She knows to steer clear of any protests, don't talk politics, etc, but what else should she know? [more inside]
posted by jshort on May 12, 2011 - 18 answers

uote about the evils of writing or technology

Looking for an ancient greek quote about the evils of writing or technology. [more inside]
posted by turtlefu on Apr 29, 2011 - 5 answers

Work in Patmos for a month?

Hi I'm considering remote working from Patmos or another Greek Island for a month or so either in spring or late summer. I hear from Negroponte's initiative the island has free wifi -- what's coverage like? Does anyone else know of a sweet spot of affordable + great internet connectivity in Greece? Free isn't necessary; reasonable is. If so, recommendations for sites offering short term apartment rentals in your recommended area would be most awesome! Let's say, 4-6 weeks.
posted by kiwi.es on Feb 7, 2011 - 2 answers

Where to find a photo of a bare white Mediterranean wall-- the kind one might see inside a house on the island of Hydra?

Where can I find a photo of a bare white Mediterranean wall-- the kind one might see inside a house on the island of Hydra? [more inside]
posted by cotesdurhone on Jan 2, 2011 - 5 answers

Best cruise out of Tel Aviv?

My wife-to-be and I want to take a week long cruise from Tel Aviv to Greece in May. Mano was recommended to us but none of their dates work with our schedule. [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog on Dec 20, 2010 - 1 answer

Where in the world is this?

Help me locate this statue... [more inside]
posted by dash_slot- on Nov 20, 2010 - 4 answers

Help me bill via PayPal, across continents?

Europeans using PayPal to bill customers in the U.S. or U.K., can you help me? I want to bill for services using PayPal, and then transfer the money to my Greek bank account. Greece uses the Euro. I'd like to bill in dollars for my U.S. clients, but I'm a PayPal newbie as far as receiving funds is concerned. Is there something that I should know about fees or ... um ... anything, really. I don't even know what I don't know! Any tips/advice will be helpful; don't assume it's too minor. :)
posted by taz on Aug 25, 2010 - 12 answers

Booking a ferry from Athens to Crete?

How should I book an overnight ferry from Athens to Crete via the Internet? [more inside]
posted by destrius on Aug 17, 2010 - 7 answers

The Chinese Herodotus?

Herodotus, Thucydides, Plutarch, Tacitus, and the rest of those familiar names are inextricably tied with the historical canon of classical "western" civilization. But who are the "eastern" equivalents? [more inside]
posted by SpringAquifer on Jun 24, 2010 - 22 answers

Need a magic carpet

Need advice for the quickest, cheapest route to go from the Greek isle of Milos to Istanbul. [more inside]
posted by spicynuts on Jun 8, 2010 - 2 answers

Egypt, Turkey, Greece itinerary help.

Egypt, Turkey, Greece itinerary help. I have seen the other related topics here but I'd like advice for a longer trip than has been mentioned before. [more inside]
posted by pbeans on Jun 1, 2010 - 2 answers

How To Help High School Students Have A Fun, Safe, and Educational Trip Abroad

I am chaperoning a high school trip to Europe this summer. What are your tips and suggestions to making this trip a great experience for everyone involved? [more inside]
posted by mmmbacon on May 8, 2010 - 20 answers

Traveling to Greece in September 2010?

Is it advisable to travel to Greece this September? [more inside]
posted by destrius on Apr 29, 2010 - 5 answers

Travel insurance for Greece?

I'm thinking about going on a Greek cruise and need advice about travel insurance, given the turmoil happening there now. [more inside]
posted by tomwheeler on Apr 9, 2010 - 1 answer

Under the Ligurian Sun or in the Wine Dark Sea

What books to read before trips to Italy (Cinque Terre) and Greek Isles? Seeking travel literature, history, fiction, poetry and food--not travel guides. [more inside]
posted by xaire on Mar 15, 2010 - 14 answers

What's going on with Greece capping the amount of cash one can spend?

From a Reuters newsreport about Greece's government response plan to their economic meltdown: "From 1. Jan. 2011, every transaction above 1,500 euros between natural persons and businesses, or between businesses, will not be considered legal if it is done in cash. Transactions will have to be done through debit or credit cards" Are they doing this for any other reason than making it easier to collect a sales tax? How can they enforce it? What will happen if someone pays for an item with over 1500 euros in cash, will someone repossess it? Have other countries done something like this?
posted by Kattullus on Feb 15, 2010 - 6 answers

Xmas in Athens - help me plan!

Spending Xmas alone in Athens: help me make the most of my impromptu holiday. Antiquities, contemporary art, laid back cafes, beautiful scenery, itinerary, etc. [more inside]
posted by Danah_78 on Dec 10, 2009 - 5 answers

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