Greece holiday planner 2011

From the Acropolis (with its new museum) to Delphi, Olympus and Knossos, the
ruins of Greek antiquity are second to none. Specialist historical and
archaeological tours led by experts are the best way to enjoy them. This
year, to commemorate the 2,500th anniversary of the Persian invasion, The
Traveller (020 7269 2770; www.the-traveller.co.uk)
has a new tour tracing the invaders’ route from Delphi to Marathon, in
August. It’s just one example of many.

2 More luxury hotels

Although Greece has been slow to raise its standards at the top end of the
market, the choice of luxury hotels is improving. Olympic Holidays has
introduced two new five-star hotels in Rhodes for this year, and the luxury
operators have plenty more offerings on other islands, in particular
Mykonos, Santorini and Crete.

3 Fine wine

Greek winemaking has been hiding its light under a bushel for many years, but
its reputation is starting to grow. Leading specialist Arblaster
Clarke Wine Tours (01730 263111; www.winetours.co.uk)
has launched a new tour of leading estates near Athens and the Peloponnese
to help you get a taste for it.

4 Fine walking

The footpaths aren’t as well marked as in, say, France, or even Italy, but the
scenery can be stunning and there is usually a delicious sea breeze to keep
you cool. At least a dozen operators now offer escorted or independent
itineraries. Head for islands such as Crete, the Cyclades and the Dodecanese
for idyllic inn-to-inn or single-base walking holidays.

5 Cheaper touring

Last year the typical price for a week’s rental of a two-door car with
air-conditioning was more than £250. This year, prices are down by a fifth
to under £200.

6 Bargain islands

While some islands look expensive compared with, say, Turkish resorts, there
are plenty of good value ones if you know where to look. For a beach holiday
pick Naxos rather than Mykonos, or choose less-developed Alonissos rather
than pricey Skopelos for good restaurants and picturesque waterfronts at
lower prices.

7 Cheap flights

Low cost airlines easyJet (www.easyjet.com)
and Jet2.com (www.jet2.com)
now have a wide range of scheduled services to Athens and the major islands
from London and Manchester (and a handful of regional airports). Book early
for return flights as low as £70.

8 Superb sailing

A long-standing favourite with sailors, the Greek cruising grounds –
especially around the Ionian, Saronic and Dodecanese islands – are among the
best in the world. Explore by flotilla, skippered yachts, or for experienced
sailors, bareboat-charters. New this year, specialist Sailing Holidays is
exploring the Gulf of Amvrakia – the only company offering sailing in this
quiet, unspoilt area.

9 And beach clubs

If your prefer to sleep on dry land, Greece has some excellent beach clubs
offering a broad range of watersports. Neilson Holidays (0845 070 3460; www.neilson.co.uk)
offers the biggest selection with a choice of six – new equipment makes a
big difference; its Lemnos centre will be newly refurbished for summer 2011.
Sheltered water and steady winds at Vassiliki Bay on Lefkas is the best pick
for family windsurfing and learn-to-sail holidays.

10 Spectacular birdwatching

In spring and autumn migrating birds including hoopoes, wagtails and
bee-eaters can best be seen on Lesbos. Several operators are now offering
ornithological holidays here.

More information

Greek National Tourism Organisation (020 7495 9300, www.visitgreece.gr).

One-bedroom self-catering apartment: £580 (per person, with
flights car hire).

Price panel

Four-star hotel, half board: £2,015 (family of four, sharing
room).

Three-bedroom villa with private pool: £1,995 (total price, rental
only).

Escorted coach tour: £675 (mid-range hotels, half board).

Club holiday, Sunsail: £1,499 (per person, half board).

Self-guided walking holiday: £1,288 (flights, hotels, half board).

Car hire (two-door, air con): £184

Note: Prices are for peak season.


Pedestrian struck in Greece

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Greece Police this morning are investigating a two-car crash involving a pedestrian near Maiden Lane and Mt. Read Boulevard.

Emergency responders were called to the intersection about 10:25 a.m. Motorists are able to travel through the intersection, though it was momentarily blocked.

Further details were not immediately available. Check back for updates.


Blue Devil football is out to, ‘Find a Way’

The Victor Blue Devil football team is replacing their head coach this year and while most would think that a change like that would set a football program back a couple of notches, that should not be the case with the Blue and Gold football program this season.

This last off-season VCS hired long-time assistant coach Geoff Mandile to replace what was a football coaching legend at Victor in Jim Haugh. Two years ago Haugh thought so much of his assistant that he bestowed the title ‘Assistant Head-Coach’ on Mandile, almost as if he knew what the future held.

“Replacing Jim Haugh is going to be huge,” admitted Mandile in a recent interview. “Huge shoes to fill. But he has been more than generous with his time as far as helping me out. He has left this program in such good shape. I think it’s one of the premier programs in Section 5 and I’d like to keep it that way.”

He’d also like to take the Blue Devils one step further than Haugh had managed in his last few years. While the Blue Devils have been at the top of the Monroe County Division III ladder the last few years, they have not been able to get past Aquinas in the Sectional Class A finals, losing 10-7 in a sectional final heartbreaker last year after going 9-0 on the season leading up to that game.

“I think our main theme for this season is, ‘Find a Way,’ pointed out Mandile. “We have gotten to that sectional final a few times over the years, now we have to find a way to not only get back there, but to find a win. It’s one hurdle we have to get over.”

So with that in mind, the team is ready and raring to go into the pre-season.

“We are very excited to get going,” Mandile continued. “We had a great turnout in the weight room and a great effort at camp with 44 kids making it to Alfred. So I think we are going to hit the ground running. I’m really excited to get to work with these guys.”

When asked how anxious he thinks his team is to get going Mandile responded; “I think they are anxious to see how the new head coach is going to do,” he laughed. “And it’s the same with me. There is going to be some changes. But for the most part I have a lot of respect for what Jim and his father (x-VCS varsity football coach Jim Haugh and his dad Mike Haugh) have done here and we are going to keep that same philosophy. In fact there are no changes in the varsity staff except me.”

So how will the pre-season play out for the Blue Devils?

“We will be running two-a-day practices until next Wednesday and then a long practice Thursday as the seniors have ‘Senior Connection Day.’ Then a walk through Friday and a scrimmage that Saturday with Le Roy, Franklin and Livonia here.”

For the first year in quite some time the Blue Devils had a larger than normal turnover of players from last years 9-1 MC D-III championship team.

“The team has lost 92 percent of it’s players off of last year’s roster,” Mandile pointed out. “One of those positions we need to replace is at quarterback. Pat Metzger was with us last year but has a lack of experience at quarterback. Dale Mattice and Tommy Wagner are a couple of other key players that will be back too. The biggest thing with losing that many players is not that we have the players to fill those positions but that the lack of experience that comes from all of those players leaving will be a big factor.”

“Like I told the kids earlier this morning, our focus is on week one, Greece Olympia. In the sectionals we managed to play one good half against them and then our JV team last year beat them by just one score. Olympia is going to be good. So really, our focus is on those guys right now.”

“But I think we can be pretty good too. Obviously we are going to build around our defense which has been pretty good the last couple of years.”

So right now it’s time for the Blue and Gold to get down to business. Behind newold coach Geoff Mandile and his staff, rest assured, the team will be ready come September 3rd when they travel to Olympia for a 2:00 season-opening game.

Stay tuned…


Europe’s Debt Crisis – How to Fix the Economy

Europe’s Debt Crisis – How to Fix the Economy

Monday, August 15, 2011

SUSIE GHARIB: Tomorrow, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French
President Nicolas Sarkozy hold an emergency meeting on Europe’s deepening
debt crisis. One topic unlikely to be on the agenda is the creation of so-
called “euro-bonds.” Even though some experts believe they could be a
solution to Europe’s troubles, Germany is against the bonds as a solution.

Tonight, Suzanne Pratt kicks off our special series “How to Fix the
Economy” with a look at Europe’s debt crisis.

SUZANNE PRATT, NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT CORRESPONDENT: For some
Americans, a tour of the United Nations in New York City might be the only
European exposure they’ll ever get. But just because many U.S. citizens
don’t travel abroad doesn’t mean they shouldn’t care about our neighbors
across the pond, particularly their economy. After all, Europe is
America’s fourth-largest trading partner.

Economist Bob Brusca says if Europe tips into recession because of its
debt crisis, the fragile American economy could be next.

ROBERT BRUSCA, CHIEF ECONOMIST, FACT OPINION ECONOMICS: We really
don’t have a lot of cylinders this economy is firing on, and if we were to
lose exports in a big way to some kind of a European recession and its
knock-on effects, that could be very serious for the U.S. economy.

PRATT: So, beyond paying close attention to European headlines, what
can be done to help mitigate Europe’s troubles? Economist Constance Hunter
says she would start by dumping Greece from the Eurozone.

HUNTER: They have to let Greece go. They have to let it leave the
euro. They have to let it restructure, which is basically a nice way of
saying default.

PRATT: Hunter explains that, ideologically, Greece is not on the same
page as the rest of Europe, especially core countries like France and
Germany.

HUNTER: The center of Europe has a perception of what it means to be
European. And that has fiscal policy implications, it has monetary policy
implications, and it has working age and retirement implications, none of
which Greece really fits.

PRATT: Other experts have been calling for the issuance of joint
Eurozone bonds. While some view the common bonds as just another Band-Aid,
others say it could solve the crisis by allowing all member states to
borrow at more affordable rates.

And such a move could provide a blueprint for European government
consolidation.

BRUSCA: They think they can raise money this way, and in some way
unify the fiscal situation, because a lot of people think, looking at them,
look, you can’t just have a monetary union without a fiscal union. We can
see the big hole this is. You’re going to have to fix this up.

PRATT: Don’t expect that fix to come tomorrow when France’s Sarkozy
and Germany’s Merkel are scheduled to meet. Experts say, just as it took
time to create the European mess, it will take time to repair it.

Suzanne Pratt, NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT, New York.

GHARIB: Tomorrow, as we continue our series “How to Fix the Economy,”
we turn our focus to the housing market and the frustrations of trying to
sell when there’s a glut of foreclosures on the market.

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Seeing the world

Above: Megan Bruce (left) and Regan Ashford of Angelo State University's study abroad program visit Plaza de Santa Teresa in Avila, Spain.

Above: Megan Bruce (left) and Regan Ashford of Angelo State University’s study abroad program visit Plaza de Santa Teresa in Avila, Spain.


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COURTESY PHOTOTop: ASU student Gabriel Cedillo visits Stonehenge in England as part of his summer study abroad program.

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Summer I

Great Cities of Europe

About 30 students will travel to the great cities of Europe (Rome, Verona, Paris and London) May 29-June 29 to study the evolution of international business from early trade routes in China, Italy, France and Great Britain. Additionally, the program will explore the history of freedom and the Roman and Greek influence on the development of our constitution.

Africa

About 10 students will visit South Africa, Kenya and Uganda to study community, health care, agricultural, and educational development in an international setting. The 2012 program will be conducted during the first summer session, June 1-July 1.

China

About 25 students will travel to the Peoples Republic of China May 16-June 14 to study the visual art and culture of one of the world’s oldest, enduring, and rapidly developing modern day civilizations.

Costa Rica and Panama

About 20 students will visit Costa Rica and Panama June 4-July 5 to study tropical biology and biodiversity of one of the best available examples of tropical forest in Central America.

Fiji and New Zealand

Eight students will travel to Fiji and New Zealand June 7-June 30 to study the education system in a Third World country and a developed country.

France, Germany Belgium

Live for two weeks at the Château de Pourtalès in Strasbourg, France. Experience Europe through this visit to the Alsace region in France; Frankfurt, Paris, Trier and Antwerp.

Bulgaria, Greece Italy

About 30 students will visit Athens and Thessaloniki in Greece and Sofia in Bulgaria May 13-June 6 to study international management and logistics issues.

Scotland Turkey

Eighteen students will visit Scotland and Turkey May 15-June 13 to study global economic issues with particular emphasis on emerging economies.

Spain

About 20 students will visit Avila, Spain, June 4-July 5, 2012 to develop their proficiency in Spanish, to acquire and develop academic writing, reading, speaking and listening skills, and to develop cultural interaction skills with Spanish native speakers. In addition to studying the Spanish language, lessons will include the study of the culture and society of Spain, with specific focus on Castilla, its social and political system, and its history.

Summer II

South Korea

Twenty students will visit South Korea in a student exchange program July 6-Aug. 6 with Dongguk University in Seoul and Gyeongju, Korea. The program will provide a concise but intensive cultural immersion experience with a comprehensive, hands-on, insider’s view of the major components of the criminal justice system in Korea.

January Insession

Caribbean

About 30 students will travel to the Caribbean islands of the British Virgin Islands, Barbados, St. Kitts, Dominican Republic, St. Maarten, Antigua and, Dominica Jan. 3-15 to study international and entertainment management issues, focusing on relevant ways of doing business in today’s multicultural world.



At least 130 Angelo State University students participated in this past summer’s study abroad program, earning course credit while widening their horizons.

ASU students get a boost toward this opportunity, thanks to the university’s International Scholarship program. Introduced in 2008, it awards a scholarship covering 50 percent to 70 percent of the total cost to every student taking a study abroad trip, making the opportunity one many more students can experience. Study abroad courses can improve foreign language skills and cultural understanding.

To qualify for study abroad, students must have a 2.75 overall grade point average, have completed at least two full semesters of coursework at ASU and have accumulated at least 30 credit hours by the fall semester before their proposed summer trip.

Applications become available online in September and the deadline for applying for summer 2012 will be in October.

For more information, contact the Center for International Studies at 325-942-2083 or go online to angelo.edu/dept/cis/.

Here, three students, Regan Ashford, Gabriel Cedillo and Hector Romo, share their study abroad experiences from Summer 2011.

Time in Spain

By Regan Ashford

Before my arrival in Spain, I had several concerns about studying abroad.

I worried about how much it would cost, how difficult it would be learning Spanish in just one month, what living with a host family would be like, whether I would get along with the other students on the trip, how difficult dealing with airports and their security measures would be, safety outside of the United States, and as a nontraditional student, I worried about leaving my husband and two young daughters at home for so long.

But all of my fears were put to rest after only a short time in Spain.

My study abroad experience was incredible. I went from knowing very little Spanish to holding simple conversations with strangers, comprehending classes taught entirely in Spanish and reading exhibit information in some of the many remarkable museums and palaces we visited. I tried new foods (some delicious, some not as much), and I learned a great deal about the history and culture of an empire that has been in existence for thousands of years. I gained confidence in areas I did not expect, such as navigating Madrid’s transportation system, solving problems in a foreign language that I had only been studying a few months, and discovering new passions, such as the art of Diego Velasquez and the architecture of Toledo.

My fellow students and I worked hard in Spain, spending an average of five hours a day in classes. But we had plenty of time for fun. We spent afternoons playing “futbol” with new Spanish friends, exploring the city and its astonishing 11th century wall, talking to our families back home, window shopping, and tasting every flavor of ice cream at our favorite “heladería.”

Would I participate in another study abroad program at ASU? Absolutely; and I enthusiastically recommend the Spain program to anyone needing Spanish credit and looking for one of the best months of their life. Yes, my bank account is a bit emptier, but my life is forever changed and enriched because of my month in Spain. I not only gained knowledge of the Spanish language and culture, but I gained wonderful new friends from all over the world and a new perspective that has made me a more well-rounded person.

Taste of Europe

By Gabriel Cedillo

My study abroad experience was not only educational academically, but also culturally. The opportunity to interact with people with different perspectives, ideologies, and languages allowed for a better understanding of their culture. It is pretty amazing to have hourlong conversations with people while not being able to speak each other’s language. The opportunity to see the art and architecture that I had previously only seen in books also was pretty amazing.

I met quite a few Europeans traveling; almost all could speak a few different languages. I envy them and realized that I would like to learn another language in addition to English and Spanish. In this increasingly globalized world, many economic, political and cultural interactions span across geographic lines. It is important to develop a degree of cultural competence and awareness. This program definitely allowed me to explore ideas and perspectives that I had previously been ignorant of. It also allowed for a comparison and reflection on how we live our lives in the U.S.

We had the opportunity to travel independently, and I was fortunate to visit Stonehenge, Versailles and the St. Andrews Golf Course. One of my favorite memories was watching a lunar eclipse on the beach in Cannes. I realized that we were pretty fortunate to be able to travel and experience such things. The palace and gardens of Versailles were incredibly opulent and one of the most amazing sights. London and Paris were both great cites to explore and the public transportation system is really efficient and affordable.

I particularly enjoyed the food and beverages of Europe. Being out in West Texas makes it often difficult to experience the different flavors of Europe. I took full advantage of the opportunity to try the local cuisine and beverages. I had my fill of fish and chips, crepes, scotch, falafels and cask ales.

The opportunity to study abroad taught me quite a bit. We often have blinders on and do not consider our actions or implication on a global scale. It has become increasingly important to understand other cultures and one’s own from an outside perspective. Studying abroad provided me not only greater cultural competence, but also a greater desire and curiosity in embracing challenges and understanding new perspectives. This study abroad trip, most importantly, has increased my desire to travel and to continue exploring new cultures and ideas.

Life changing

By Hector Romo

Being a first-generation student and coming from a family of low income, I never even imagined that it would be possible for me to go anywhere outside the United States — at least not without a real job. While in college, I heard stories from several students who had gone on study abroad trips and how relatively inexpensive it was, in addition to how much of a life-changing experience they had gone through. I always smiled when I heard them, but never really thought it would be for me. Plus most of the trips were about history or business, and I none of these applied to my major.

When I heard about the biology program in the United Kingdom, France and Germany, it immediately grabbed my attention. One of the classes would count toward my major, so the first requirement was met. But funding was still an issue. As interested as I was, I started to dig deeper and find out more about the program. Voilà! Students could apply for an International Studies scholarship that would cover some of the expenses.

July rolled around, we boarded the plane in Mathis Field, and I just couldn’t believe it: We were bound for Europe. Our first stop was the capital of the United Kingdom where I had the chance to visit Charles Darwin’s house, his dorm room in Cambridge, and his tomb (and Isaac Newton’s) in Westminster Abbey. After three days of being in London, it hadn’t really “kicked in,” the fact that I was there, until I heard the chimes of Big Ben. I also had the exceptional chance to see the end of the Harry Potter saga while I was there.

The adventure in London ended, just to let a new one begin. There was so much to do in Paris, and so little time to do it. I went to the top of the Eiffel Tower, had Mass in Notre Dame Cathedral, took a boat tour on the Seine River, and saw the Arch of Triumph. The French Odyssey ended and the German commenced in the small town of Eichstätt — it was a nice break from the big cities. Some of the world’s best preserved fossils have emerged here, so we went on a fossil-hunting trip. This made us all appreciate the hard work done by the paleontologists.

We concluded our European quest in Berlin, which contrasted with the other two big cities in the sense that this was much more modern. Here, I learned that I knew more German than I thought. Sometimes I found myself asking for my meals fully in German.

In France is where I learned the most important lesson. My parents don’t speak English and live here. I didn’t speak French and was there. I felt impotent when I was deprived of doing something because I didn’t speak the language.

As a final point, I visited several historically and scientifically important museums during our trip, such as the British Museum of Natural History and Kew Gardens in London; the Grand Gallery of Evolution and Louvre Museum in Paris; and Naturkunde and Jura Museums in Germany, just to name a few.

Truly, the opportunity given to us to personally see these specimens and experience the conditions in which great scientific discoveries have been made was remarkable. These study abroad programs are life-changing experiences that I recommend without reservations to any student at Angelo State, or any other college. Go for it. It’s worth it!


Discovering The Delights Of Drama

As if the Bulgarian landscape and diverse cultural activities were not enough, there is a wealth of interesting and contrasting cultures just a short drive over the border. If

history of a classical nature combined with some of the world’s most dramatic architecture, historical myths and legends and of course, interesting cuisine is to your taste, then Greece will not disappoint. This most ancient of countries is less then 200km from Bulgaria’s capital city Sofia. Drama is located in the northeastern part of Greece, and the municipality has a population of approximately 55,632. Drama – the capital of this municipality – has the majority share of the population, approximately 42,501 inhabitants. Being the 12th largest municipality in the whole of Greece, this substantial town has plenty to offer today’s inquisitive tourist.

Industrial Heritage

Drama is the backbone of the municipality’s economic and industrial output, these include paper and textile industries. Sadly these industries are not as prevalent as they once were, as they have lost out to neighbouring Bulgaria. The loss of these once strong industries has had a substantial effect on Drama’s economy, although more traditional methods of industry like farming, tobacco plantations and the mining of marble still prevail. It is these smaller scale industries that take advantage of the lands natural resources, which are attracting yet another economic asset, tourism. More importantly, the emerging eco tourism market is making a greater impact upon this fascinating area of Greece.

Getting There

Drama is best visited by bus as the bus terminal is situated only three minutes out of the centre, near Plateia Elefterias, which translates as Freedom Square. Coach travel is certainly the most cost-efficient way to cross the border, as it starts at about 18 Euros for a single ticket. Drama’s railway station is only a 10-minute walk from the town centre. Kavala airport also has regular flights and a bus service into Drama. Another reasonably priced way to reach Drama is by car via the Egnatia freeway; however, if travelling by car, it is important to bear in mind additional car parking costs as well as parking availability.

Culture

Like many other European countries – including Bulgaria – Drama is keen to promote year-round tourism by exploiting its natural geographical assets. Despite a warm summer climate, Drama does have a cold winter, which facilitates great skiing and this has resulted in a fast developing modern ski resort on the nearby Mount Falakro. For those who prefer less physically challenging pursuits, Drama hosts its own annual short film festival. It is not just the centre of Drama, which will captivate curious tourists. One of the best things about the municipality is the outstanding natural beauty of its environs. Whilst these parts are harder to reach, as most transport will take visitors to the city centre, these areas will prove most rewarding. Just one visit to Drama will confirm that this fascinating and undiscovered part of Greece does not get the recognition it so richly deserves, and visiting by car will give you the flexibility to discover the inherent jewels of this region for yourself.

Café Society

Drama is well known for its nightlife, which attracts many people from the surrounding villages and cities. If you are thinking of seeing a part of Greece that has not been over-developed through tourism, then this area is perfect. In the city there are intimate tavernas and Ouzo palaces as well as lively nightclubs and exclusive cafe-bars. Given the size of the city, there is plenty of night entertainment to suit all tastes. Drama has many grand and luxurious coffee houses, and a coffee and light lunch is an absolute must. Do eat at a local taverna, which serves up locally produced food. Drama’s yet-to-be-discovered reputation means that refreshments are noticeably cheaper than other typically tourist focussed cites, and quality and service remains high.

Must-see Places of Interest

No matter how long you choose to stay, there are some places, which certainly warrant a visit. Agia Varvara Park, which is located on the north west of Freedom Square, is well worth a visit. For those of you who will enter the city via train, a walk around the area of the railway station will reveal some of the oldest architecture in the city. The Kapnomagaza (tobacco warehouses), which lie to the east of the Agia Varvara Park, successfully manage to combine industrial heritage with cutting-edge culture.

Some of these industrial relics are now given a new lease of life as galleries hosting various art exhibitions and some fascinating museum displays, which give insight into this region’s colourful past. North of the main square about 30 minutes walk away there is a small hill with fabulous views over the city. At the top, visitors will find a quaint coffee shop to reward their efforts. To the east of the city there are number of old churches, with original decoration and awe-inspiring, original Byzantine paintings, which survive in remarkable condition. For those who wish to delve deeper into Drama’s past, there is an impressive Archaeological Museum as well as a museum, which features the religious history of the region. Surrounding the city there are a number of archaeological sites, including the Philipoi ancient theatre. Although, far from a relic of the past, there is also a working theatre that shows re-enactments of ancient Greek plays.

Drama is a relatively compact city with all the usual amenities you have come to expect from developed European tourist hot spots. In all, Drama’s biggest asset is its relative exclusivity. Unlike many other Greek cities, Drama has not succumbed to the tourist trade and there is still a real sense of discovery for those who make the effort to make their way here. This, combined with the abundance of cultural and geographical attractions, will make visitors want to return again and again and again. Whether you want to tell you friends, or keep the discovery of this city your own little secret will be up to you. One thing is for certain one visit is never enough!

Pictures courtesy of Kostas Tsembelis and Spiros Kombogiannis


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August 15th is one of the holiest days in Greece for those of the Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic faiths, commemorating the ascent into heaven of the Virgin Mary after her death. Also known as the Feast of the Dormition, it is a very busy family holiday, with literally millions of Greeks heading home to islands and villages. Travel during this period can be crowded, so prepare to be patient.

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EU Says Greece Will Not Face Financing Gap In Sept – Report

ATHENS (Dow Jones)–Greece will receive the next tranche of international aid in September as scheduled, even if European parliaments delay approving new powers for the continent’s temporary bailout fund, a European Commission official told a Greek newspaper Tuesday.

According to the Ta Nea newspaper, the Commission has drawn …