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Olympic Flame Lighting Ceremony Held in Ancient Olympia

March 12, 2020
Olympic Flame Lighting Ceremony Held in Ancient Olympia

The Olympic Flame lighting ceremony was held Thursday in Olympia, Greece, without spectators due to coronavirus concerns.

The flame lighting ceremony, always held in the ancient Olympic site of Olympia, was attended by 100 accredited guests from the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee.

At the ancient Temple of Hera, up to 30 priestesses or ‘Caryatids Kores’ performed a series of rituals, calling on the sun god Apollo to ignite the Olympic flame using the rays of the sun and a parabolic mirror. The fire, which stays lit for the entirety of the Olympic Games period, symbolizes purity and represents the values of the Olympics between nations.


Olympic Flame Lighting Ceremony Held in Ancient Olympia

Olympic Flame Lighting Ceremony Held in Ancient Olympia

For the first time, a woman was the first Olympic torch relay torchbearer — Rio shooting gold medalist Anna Korakaki.

The Olympic Flame will spend eight days in Greece and will pass through more than 30 towns and cities around the country before descending onto Athens.

There it will be handed over to host city Tokyo, in a ceremony at the Panathenaic Stadium, home of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896.

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Archaeologists Discover Ancient Curse Tablets in Athens Well

February 18, 2020
Archaeologists Discover Ancient Curse Tablets in Athens Well

A major, and a bit spine-tingling, archaeological discovery was made recently in Athens‘ downtown neighborhood of Kerameikos (Ceramicus) by archaeologists from the German Archaeological Institute of Athens.


A total of thirty well-preserved curse tablets dating back to the Classical period (2,500 years ago) were found in an ancient well which was originally discovered back in 2016, when other everyday objects — but not the tablets — were found.

The ancient tablets have curses engraved on them which Athenian citizens would pay to have made against other people, a practice which was relatively common in ancient Greece.



The German Archaeological Institute, which has been conducting continuous research in the broader Kerameikos area since the early 1900s, has discovered more than 6,500 burial sites there, making Kerameikos indisputably the main burial site of ancient Athens.



Athens named Europe’s second ‘Best Destination for 2020’



The curse tablets were found accidentally in 2020, while archaeologists were investigating the supply of water to a 1st century BC bathhouse which was close to the well.

Ancient Greeks were known to use the method of engraving curse tablets and attaching them to wells or tombs in order to curse someone with whom they had serious differences.

They would place the tablets near tombs because they believed that the souls of the dead would carry these curses to the gods of the underworld.

Sorcery was not an accepted practice in Athens, so this was seen as an alternative for all those who believed in the power of evil, in which they would invoke the gods of the underworld who, in their turn, would make the curse a reality.

Normally, people would curse someone they hated for personal reasons, or perhaps someone who they were fighting in court.

Athletes also tended to engage in this unique practice, apparently in an attempt to bring bad luck upon their opponents.

Even ordinary merchants were known to curse the owners of rival businesses, in an effort to bring good luck to their stores and bad luck to those of the others.

According to archaeologists, Ancient Greek curse tablets never mentioned the name of the one who was placing the curse, but only the name of the man or the woman to whom the curse was directed.


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Athens named Europe’s second ‘Best Destination for 2020’

February 10, 2020
European Best Destinations

Athens has been voted the number two European destination for 2020 from 20 “must-see locations” that made the finalists’ list of contenders for the prestigious title organised by European Best Destinations



More than 600,000 people voted for their favourite European destination with Colmar in France taking the number one spot, Tbilisi in Georgia coming in third, Vienna in Austria fourth and Cascais in Portugal named fifth best.

The competition was held for the 11th consecutive year by the Brussels-based organisation European Best Destinations (EBD), in collaboration with Europe’s leading tourist agencies.

The Greek capital competed with 19 popular European cities: Menorca, Spain; Bydgoszcz, Poland; Sibiu, Romania; Vienna Austria; Prague, Czech Republic; Cascais, Portugal; Namur, Belgium; Reykjavic, Iceland; Rochefort Ocean, France; Cork, Ireland; Heviz, Hungary; Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Berlin, Germany; Tbilisi, Georgia; Rijeka, Croatia; Madrid, Spain; Paris, France; Rome, Italy; and Colmar, France.






EBD announced that Athens is:

“trendier than ever and is a city in constant evolution. Tradition meets modernity in museums and shops, restaurants and bars in Athens. Along with Rome, Athens is the cradle of our civilizations; it is an incredibly dynamic, lively, sparkling open-air museum. With equal measures of grunge and grace, Athens merges the past with the present effortlessly. A city of paradoxes and great contrasts, in the country that first invented the courtesy and generosity towards people who are far from their home, hospitality (xenia).”


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Why freelancers are choosing co‑working spaces

July 26, 2018
Why freelancers are choosing co‑working spaces

Why freelancers are choosing co‑working spaces


Co-working spaces, where remote workers and companies band together to share an office space, are becoming increasingly popular.

Entrepreneurs and freelancers may seem like lone wolves, but recent trends are proving otherwise.

Co-working spaces, where remote workers and companies band together to share an office space, are becoming increasingly popular.

In fact, from recent surveys found that 66% of respondents expect to see an increase in the demand for business lounges, co-working spaces, short-term offices or drop-in centers. And it seems like these lone-wolf freelancers are at the forefront of this co-working revolution. Here’s why.

Stability. Affording a whole office space isn’t always easy for freelancers and small businesses, which is where co-working arrangements come into play.  Around 74% of our respondents also say that working in a dedicated office space in a central location ensures your company is visible to clients, which is important if you’re competing against large rivals.


Mobility. Co-working is a global trend. 81% of business people in India and 60% in Japan expect demand to grow in the coming year. That’s great news for freelancers, as they’re already working flexibly in an increasingly flexible world.

Opportunities. Sharing office spaces is more than just a money-saving or a social set-up. Wherever they are, co-working offices bring with them networks of exciting and varied professionals who can become a resource in themselves.


Balance. Being an independent worker can be a challenge personally as well as professionally. Isolation can be an issue for freelancers, particularly for those who work from home.

Being in an office environment with a kitchen space, where everyone can chat over tea and coffee, can make a surprisingly big difference.

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Athens 2018: World Book Capital

June 13, 2018
Athens 2018 - World Book Capital

The city of Athens was entitled by UNESCO as the World Book Capital for 2018.

This celebration of books, culture and creativity will begin on the 23rd of April 2018 and last for a whole year. Athens 2018 World Book Capital aims to offer to the citizens and visitors a unique cultural experience.

A selectively curated program dedicated to the world of books combined with arts, will celebrate evolution, forward thinking and creativity for a whole year. Over 250 events including inspirational hubs in the form of round tables, open discussions and creative dialogues and with the presence of distinguished writers throughout the year will be a major part of the program.

Under the motto “Athens 2018 – Books everywhere” a vivid patchwork of events, artworks, projections, walking trails, bottom-up initiatives and workshops, aspires to become the absolute literary ground of open dialogue – not only for the creators, stakeholders and intellectual elites but, most importantly, for all its citizens, as well as visitors.

Distinguished foreign writers, such as Ian McEwan, George Saunders, Claudio Magris or John Conolly will be present in the first months of this annual celebration – from April to July.



Speech events will broaden public’s horizons, for example round tables between Greeks and different generations of Israeli writers, such as A.B. Yehoshua and Eshkol Nevo, or events with invited writers from Canada and Brazil.

A mobile library is travelling through the neighborhoods of Athens. The city is rediscovered through literary walks. A city picnic ‘book edition’ is taking place at Kotzia square (5/5/2018). The little bookstores are celebrating all over Greece as part of the ‘Little Bookstores Day’ (28/4/2018).



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Artistic events such as theater, dancing, cinema, art or video art are inspired by the world of books and are spotted in different parts of the city.

The exhibition Alexis Akrithakis Tales is taking place from March to June 2018, while Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghikas’ Paintings for books are exhibited from April to July 2018.

The newcoming Offside festival combining football, sports and books is taking place late June.

The city’s most significant festivals, such as Jazz Festival, Athens Open air film Festival, Athens Science Festival, Refugee food festival will have a special twist of book during this year. The Athens Festival is participating with ‘Opening to the city’ events throughout June.


Athens 2018: World Book Capital

The exhibition “Beyond Kavafis written words” is taking place in Gennadius Library from March to May 2018, while the “Islamic Calligraphy-the art of writing” runs from April to June at the Benaki Museum.

Public readings in unexpected spots of daily life offer a pleasant creative break, while the city will be filled with creative and substantial programs that will make Athens an inspiring place to live, work and discover.

Find out more on the Athens 2018: World Book Capital official site | Facebook | Instagram

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Athens & Epidaurus Festival 2018

May 10, 2018

Athens & Epidaurus Festival 2018


The Greek calendar is full of cultural festivals and events, especially during the summer months.

One of the most prestigious Greek festivals – that has been running for more than 60 years attracting large audiences from Greece and around the world – is the Athens and Epidaurus Festival.

Taking place annually between June and August, the Athens and Epidaurus Festival features a top line-up of Greek and international theatre, drama, opera, music and dance performances held at various historic and modern venues across Athens as well as at Epidaurus in the Peloponnese.



The festival is best-known for its ancient venues, namely the amphitheatre of Epidaurus and Athens’ 2nd century BC Odeon of Herodes Atticus; both open-air.

The Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus is located within the archaeological site of the Sanctuary of Asklepios in the Peloponnese, which is only a 30m drive from picturesque Nafplio and a 2h drive from Athens, whereas the Odeon of Herodes Atticus lies beneath the Acropolis Hill dominating the western end of its southern slope.

Since its inception in 1955, the Athens and Epidaurus Festival has staged world class performances by internationally acclaimed artists spanning across all fields of performing arts; among them some of the biggest names in music, theatre and dance, including – to name but a few – Frank Sinatra, Maria Callas, Luciano Pavarotti, Martha Graham and Rudolf Nureyev.

So, it comes as no surprise that this year’s Athens and Epidaurus Festival also boasts an impressive lineup! The festival’s 2018 edition includes world-famous Greek singer Nana Mouskouri, Italian orchestra Il Pomo d’ Oro, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, British violinist Nigel Kennedy, American actor Bill Murray, rock musician Sting and many more.

The Athens leg of the festival opens at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus with Verdi’s “Nabucco” on June 1st and closes with Bizet’s “Carmen” on July 31st, whereas the Epidaurus leg of the festival kicks off on June 29th with Aristophanes’ “The Acharnians” and closes on August 18th with Sophocles’ “Oedipus at Colonus”.

In between and for over a month several classic works by Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes will be presented every Friday and Saturday at the Epidaurus amphitheatre.

All performances have English subtitles unless otherwise stated. Lastly, Athens’s Pireos 260 venue – another iconic venue of the festival – will be hosting contemporary Greek and international plays. Its inaugural performance is “The Pursuit of Happiness” by the US-based Nature Theatre of Oklahoma on June 1st.

For more information please visit the official site of Athens & Epidaurus Festival or their Facebook page.

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Aegean Airlines voted best regional company in Europe in 2018 TripAdvisor awards

April 11, 2018

Aegean Airlines voted best regional company in Europe in 2018 TripAdvisor awards


Singapore Airlines was the best airline in the world for 2018

Aegean Airlines has won the distinction of the best regional airline company in Europe for 2018, according to the Travellers’ Choice Awards of the largest travel platform in the world, TripAdvisor.

Award winners are chosen by the millions of online users of Tripadvisor from around the world and distinctions are awarded on the basis of an algorithm that takes into account the quantity and quality of these reviews over a 12-month period on TripAdvisor Flights.

Awards were also handed out on the basis of the level of airline services. Aegean was among the top in Europe in the Economy Class category, with being the best airline. The winner of the First Class Europe prize was Lufthansa, Aeroflot won Business Class Europe and Virgin Atlantic Premium Economy Europe.

This is the second time TripAdvisor announced awards in the category of the best airlines, with the this year’s awards including distinctions to 69 airline companies from around the globe for the excellent service and value they offer to travellers.

The best airlines in Europe are:

Large airlines

Virgin Atlantic Airways – Best Big Air Carrier
Austrian Airlines
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
S7 airlines
Swiss International Air Lines
Turkish Airlines

Regional Airline companies

Aegean Airlines – Best Regional Airline company
Air Malta
Edelweiss Air
Germany Airlines

Low-Cost Airlines – Best Low-Cost Carrier
Blue Air
Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia

Singapore Airlines was the best airline in the world for 2018, followed by Air New Zealand, Emirates, Japan Airlines (JAL), EVA Air, Southwest Airlines,, Qatar Airways, Azul and Korean Air.

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4 σύγχρονα αρχιτεκτονικά αριστουργήματα στην Αθήνα

March 14, 2018

4 σύγχρονα αρχιτεκτονικά αριστουργήματα στην Αθήνα


H συμβολή της Αρχαίας Ελλάδας στην τέχνη της αρχιτεκτονικής είναι διεθνώς αναγνωρισμένη Μνημεία όπως ο Παρθενώνας, η Ακαδημία των Αθηνών, και πολλά ακόμα είναι παγκοσμίως γνωστά για την αρχιτεκτονική τους αξία και την υψηλή αισθητική τους.

Παρόλα αυτά, δεν είναι λίγα τα αρχιτεκτονικά μνημεία του 21ου αιώνα τα οποία, αν και όχι τόσο δημοφιλή στην οικουμένη όσο οι προκάτοχοί τους, δίνουν άλλη πνοή στην Αθήνα και αποδεικνύουν πως υπάρχουν πρωτοβουλίες στην Ελλάδα στις μέρες μας που εκτιμούν την καλή αρχιτεκτονική Δείτε ορισμένα από αυτά παρακάτω:

1)   Νέο Μουσείο Ακρόπολης

Επιβλητικό στο εξωτερικό του και ηλιόλουστο και φιλόξενο στο εσωτερικό του, το νέο μουσείο έχει καταφέρει να κερδίσει τις εντυπώσεις παγκοσμίως με την αρχιτεκτονική και το περιεχόμενό του από την στιγμή που εγκαινιάστηκε το 2009.


Η αρχιτεκτονική ομάδα που ήταν υπεύθυνη για το μαγευτικό αποτέλεσμα αποτελείτο από τους ειδικούς Bernard Tschumi και Μιχαήλ Φωτιάδη. Το κτίριο έχει αποσπάσει τιμητικές διακρίσεις σε Ευρώπη και Αμερική και συγκαταλέγεται στα κορυφαία μουσεία του κόσμου.

2)   Στέγη Γραμμάτων και Τεχνών του Ιδρύματος Ωνάση

Από το 2004 που θεμελιώθηκε, η Στέγη Γραμμάτων και Τεχνών του Ιδρύματος Ωνάση συμβάλλει στην ανάδειξη του σύγχρονου πολιτισμού, την ενίσχυση Ελλήνων καλλιτεχνών, την καλλιέργεια διεθνών συνεργασιών, την εκπαίδευση και δια βίου μόρφωση. Αποτελεί έναν σύγχρονο χώρο υψηλής αισθητικής αξίας όπου το θέατρο, ο χορός, η μουσική, τα εικαστικά και τα γράμματα συναντώνται.

Στέγη Γραμμάτων και Τεχνών του Ιδρύματος Ωνάση

Περιλαμβάνει δύο βασικές αίθουσες, έναν εκθεσιακό χώρο και ένα εστιατόριο ενώ αυτό που ξεχωρίζει είναι η ιδιαίτερή του πρόσοψη η οποία μοιάζει με κέλυφος.

3)   ΟΑΚΑ



Το OAKA χτίστηκε το 1982 και, με αφορμή τους Ολυμπιακούς Αγώνες του 2004, ανανέωσε την εμφάνισή του.  Έπειτα από προσθήκες του Santiago Calatrava με κυρίαρχο στοιχείο την λευκή τοξωτή στέγη, το αθλητικό συγκρότημα κατάφερε να ξεχωρίσει παγκοσμίως και να ενταχθεί στην αφρόκρεμα των σύγχρονων αρχιτεκτονικών συμβόλων της Αθήνας.

4)   Κέντρο Πολιτισμού Ίδρυμα Σταύρος Νιάρχος

Πρόκειται για πρόσφατη «άφιξη» στο αστικό τοπίο της πόλης.

Αποτελεί έναν πολυλειτουργικό χώρο παιδείας, πολιτισμού και διασκέδασης συνολικής έκτασης 210.000 μ².

Περιλαμβάνει τις κτιριακές εγκαταστάσεις της Εθνικής Βιβλιοθήκης της Ελλάδος και της Εθνικής Λυρικής Σκηνής, καθώς και πάρκο αστικού τύπου και άλλες μικρότερες εγκαταστάσεις

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Kathara Deftera – Clean Monday In Greece

February 19, 2018
clean monday

Kathara Deftera – Clean Monday In Greece

Clean Monday (or in Greek Kathara Deftera) is the first day of Great Lent in the Eastern Orthodox Christian Church. It is a feast that occurs at the beginning of the 7th week before Orthodox Easter Sunday.

Clean Monday also brings preceding Carnival celebrations to an end, inviting everyone to leave behind the ‘sinful’ attitudes associated with Carnival festivities and non-fasting foods, which were largely consumed during the three weeks of the Carnival.
Clean Monday Traditions Around Greece
The feast day of Clean Monday is a public holiday in Greece, and is celebrated with outdoor excursions, delicious fasting foods, as well as the widespread custom of flying kites.
The second most common tradition that takes place on Clean Monday in Greece is kite flying!

Although nobody is quite sure where the kite-flying tradition came from – some say that the ancient Greek mathematician Archytas of Tarentum designed and flew the first kite to test aerodynamics, while others believe it started when people would write wishes on the kites and fly them as high as possible for the gods to answer – it is now such a firmly established tradition around Greece that the weather forecast for Clean Monday is closely followed in the preceding days.

The first and most common tradition of Clean Monday in Greece of course involves food!

Although what is served on Clean Monday does depend on a family’s or individual’s favourites, below are some of the most popular traditional delights included at a Greek table on Clean Monday:

Lagana – a lightly unleavened flatbread made especially for and eaten only on Clean Monday.

 – Tarama (cod or carp roe), sometimes called ‘the common man’s caviar’, is one of the tastiest and most famous of all Greek dips.

Octopus, Shrimp, Kalamari
 – seafood is a signature dish on Clean Monday!

 – eaten as a dessert, there are various methods of making halva, arguably the most common is made with tahini, a sesame paste, and sugar, often combined with nuts or chocolate and baked in a square.

Wine or Tsipouro
 – because a traditional Greek meal is not complete without a glass of delicious wine or traditional tsipouro.
Sources: Wikipedia


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To KUBIC  ATHENS HOTEL  βραβεύτηκε ως το «Smart  Hotel of the Year»

February 13, 2018

Αθήνα  13 /02 /2018



Κατά την διάρκεια του 2ου Συνεδρίου Hotel Tech και στα πλαίσια του θεσμού των  Hotel  Tech  Awards  2018, το ξενοδοχείο KUBIC  ATHENS HOTEL  βραβεύτηκε ως το «Smart  Hotel of the Year».

Η βράβευση αυτή αποτελεί μια εξαιρετικά τιμητική διάκριση και παράλληλα μια αναγνώριση της προσπάθειας για την δημιουργία και στην Ελλάδα μιας κατηγορίας προηγμένων τεχνολογικά ξενοδοχείων. Τα smart hotels αποτελούν την «νέα είσοδο» στον τομέα της φιλοξενίας και παράλληλα το μοντέλο λειτουργίας   που τα επόμενο χρόνια θα χαρακτηρίζει τον τρόπο παροχής των υπηρεσιών  και την θεαματικότητα των ξενοδοχείων παγκοσμίως.


Στα πλαίσια αυτής της νέας αγοράς, το KUBIC ATHENS HOTEL αποτελεί  την πρώτη ολοκληρωμένη προσπάθεια  στην  χώρας μας,  στον τομέα  των smart hotels.

Το τεχνολογικό υπόβαθρο του KUBIC ATHENS HOTEL περιλαμβάνει  ΚΝΧ τεχνολογία για όλες τις λειτουργίες του. Μέσω του ΚΝΧ  και ενός  tablet ( Samsung)   συντονίζονται από τον πελάτη,   ο κλιματισμός κάθε δωματίου  ( VRV Samsung), o φωτισμός των δωματίων και τα σενάρια φωτισμού, τα στόρια, η τηλεόραση     ( LG 43” 4K ) που συγχρόνως εκτός από την λειτουργία της ως δέκτη τηλεόρασης,  λειτουργεί και ως πομπός  wifi  και  εσωτερικού καναλιού   μετάδοσης  πληροφόρησης και μηνυμάτων, του ξενοδοχείου προς τους πελάτες  του, σε πραγματικό χρόνο.

Όλες οι ξενοδοχειακές διαδικασίες μπορούν να υλοποιηθούν ηλεκτρονικά μέσω διαδικτύου, ακόμη και πριν την άφιξη του πελάτη, εφόσον ο πελάτης κατεβάσει στο κινητό την εφαρμογή ( mobile app) μπορεί να κάνει check in στο δωμάτιο του από το κινητό, στο οποίο στη συνέχεια θα παραλάβει το ηλεκτρονικό-Bluetooth- κλειδί για να μπει στο δωμάτιο του.

To ξενοδοχείο διαθέτει snack bar που λειτουργεί 24/7,  γυμναστήριο και roof garden . Το διαθέσιμο wifi στους πελάτες φθάνει σε ταχύτητες 100 mbps.

Το βραβείο για λογαριασμό του KUBIC ATHENS HOTEL παρέλαβε από τον Γενικό γραμματέα τουριστικής προβολής του Υπουργείου τουρισμού κύριο Γιώργο Τζιάλλα,   ο πρόεδρος της εταιρείας κ Γιώργος Τσακίρης, ο οποίος αφού  ευχαρίστησε την οργανωτική επιτροπή για αυτή την βράβευση τόνισε την ανάγκη υιοθέτησης, έστω και σταδιακά,  της τεχνολογίας από όλους τους ξενοδόχους η οποία σε συνδυασμό με την ποιότητα των υπηρεσιών θα αποτελέσουν την γραμμή άμυνας των Ελληνικών  ξενοδοχείων  σε ένα διεθνές , διαρκώς εντεινόμενο,  ανταγωνιστικό περιβάλλον .


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