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Greece in pictures + Crete
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FCO travel update: Despite the recent protests and unrest in Greece, the FCO places no restrictions on travelling there. It advises simply to expect regular strikes and therefore disruptions to public transport. There are regular protests in and around Syntagma Square in Athens and travellers should avoid the Square at times of scheduled protests. However, the country remains a relatively safe place to travel and tourists are advised simply to maintain the same level of personal security as they would in the UK.
When one speaks of Greece, one first recalls its mythical sights such as Mount Olympia or the Acropolis. With an epic past difficult to ignore, a past which contributed to our present civilisation so significantly, a past which goes right back to the Palaeolithic era, Greece begs a trip or two. Its Mediterranean climate makes Greece pleasant to travel to all year round. Hot in the summer, its temperatures are slightly cooled by the Meltemi, the seasonal winds. The Greek Islands are also a sure bet with their established reputation as some of the world's top holiday destinations. Although the islands are numerous, it is easy to tell them apart as each has its own distinct identity. Last, but by no means least, Greek cuisine is one of the phenomena which contribute to the country's charms. Taramasalata, tsastiki, humous, stuffed vine leaves and moussaka are some of the specialities visitors flock to Greece to taste.
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