Often associated with summer sun and beaches, Greece is a country with a glorious past that is now the sick man of Europe thanks to the eurozone debt crisis. As usual, however, the rich elite actually responsible for Greece's financial downfall have escaped trouble free while the ordinary people have to bear the brunt of the drastic austerity measures being imposed on them.



Meteora is a region of huge rocks on top of which monasteries have been constructed with seemingly no easy access to them {because they were intended to be so}. These monasteries were built by monks looking for solitude, and building atop a rock that requires ropes, ladders, and a strong body to reach, certainly reduces the number of people who are going to come for a visit. Today only 6 monasteries survive that can be visited, although there some abandoned monasteries too.



A student town, Thessaloniki is full of Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman history. The city does not get as many tourists as the other parts of Greece.



Dating from 5th century BC, it was at the heart of Ancient Greece, a powerful civilization and empire. The main hallmark - the Acropolis - can still be seen to this day towering over, in addition to other Greek ruins sprinkled all around the city. Athens is a very lively city though there are very visible signs of the economic setback. Many buildings are antiquated, clinging to a long, proud history of time.


Olympos, Karpathos

Olympos is a village on the island of Karpathos. Olympos was built in the 7 century AD, when the inhabitants at the time were frequently attacked by pirates. They left their land and moved into the high mountains, far from the sea. The village was much safer from attacks, but closed off from the world. Throughout the centuries, the residents lived in a well protected place, hence preserving their traditions, customs, and dialect. Today the population of the village is about 400. Olympos seems to live in another era. Homes resemble mini-museums, women are dressed in cloth woven on the loom, actually the whole place is a living folklore museum with a very idyllic atmosphere.