Behind the Greek Flag

The national flag of Greece consists of a white cross on a blue background in the upper left corner, with nine equal horizontal stripes of blue alternating with white. The cross represents the Eastern Orthodox Christianity of the Greeks.

It is traditionally believed that the nine stripes represent the nine syllables of the phrase ‘Ελευθερία ή Θάνατος’ (‘Eleftheria I Thanatos’), meaning (Freedom or Death). But some believe that are meant to symbolise the nine letters of the Greek word ‘freedom’ (ελευθερία or eleftheria).

The colours White and Blue, symbolise the colours of the Greek sky and the sea.

The Greek flag dates back to 1822, just after Greece declared its independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1821.

Greek pies | Recipes | Bakeries in Athens

spanakopita traditional greek pie
Photo By David Rosengarden

There is an endless list of traditional Greek pies (πίτες). They are called “pites” in Greek but they are different to Arabic pita breads. Most of them are made of phyllo dough and a filling of basic, pure and fresh ingredients. They are also prepared in different shapes such as triangles, squares, rolls or sticks. Epirus‘ s (Northwestern part of Greece) are probably the most popular ones. But every region in Greece has a different traditional pie type to offer. In this post we are writing about the most popular ones, links with the recipes if you wish to make them at home and we suggest places where you can have the best ones of each in Athens.

Tiropita or Tyropita (Cheese Pie)

Tiropita (τυρόπιτα) is ideal for any time of the day, as a breakfast, snack or main dish. It is made with phyllo dough and a filling of feta cheese, olive oil, butter and eggs. 

 

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We tried the recipe at mygreekdish.com and we are sure you are going to enjoy preparing and eating this delicious tiropita.

Varsos bakery, in Kifissia, use pure ingredients and offer the traditional cheese pie that Epirus old women used to make to feed their families. If you are around this location do not miss their tiropita. Read more...

Best Restaurants in Athens

dinner in the sky athens

New restaurants and cafes pop out every day in Athens and it is hard to decide where to go. We decided to write this article to guide you through the unending choices. We found it really tough to narrow down our favourite best restaurants in Athens. The restaurants we chose for the purpose of this post, apart from their gourmet dishes offer an experience to remember that we believe a traveler deserves. Welcome to our 5 best restaurants in Athens.

1. Dinner in the Sky – Experience Restaurant in the Sky Read more...