As many of you probably know, Greece holds a special place in the
hearts of TEAMfabulous. It's an ethnic bond that has tied me to this
TEAM for life. Sharing the same cultural background with other women
bring you together in a way that only family could. I may be biased,
but I strongly suggest you check out all that it has to offer!
I recently visited Aegina, one of my favorite islands in all of
Greece. I've spent many summers on the island, but no time is more
beautiful than the weeks leading up to Orthodox Easter. Eastern
Orthodox Christian countries follow the Julian calendar while the rest
of Christianity utilizes the Gregorian calendar. Orthodox Easter also
adheres to the tradition set forth by the First Ecumenical Council of
325 AD, that Easter must fall after the Jewish holiday of Passover.
This placed Easter in early May this year. The Christian traditions in
Greece are old, making it one of the most spiritually rich places to
be during this holiday.
This year I got to share the beauty of the country and the holiday
with my husband. We were able to visit monasteries with traceable
foundations to the 8 and 9th century AD. Of course, when visiting
Athens and many of the other cities in Greece, it's hard to
conceptualize that these lands were inhabited somewhere between the
11th and 7th millennia BC. You can't visit Greece without
understanding the sacred relationship between the people and the land.
Aegina is only 30 minutes from the capital city of Athens by ferry.
This makes the island the perfect getaway for tourists and locals
alike. Many Athenians keep homes on the island and work remotely
during the heat. Just as we all head home for the holidays, you'll
find the island busiest during this time of year. It's a place where
you'll find yachts from all over Europe docked right next to the
smallest of fishing boats. It offers beautiful white sand and rocky
beaches, museums, shopping, and views of old-world village living.
This year we decided to hike the ruins of Paliachora (meaning Old
Town), a 9th century village hidden in the hills of the island. There
are 70 confirmed churches in the settlement, but it is rumored that
there was once 365. With an estimated 800 inhabitants, it was
destroyed by waves of pirates and finally sacked by the Ottoman Turks.
Despite the destruction, what remains is a true marvel and days could
be spent exploring the tiny churches and scenic views.
Aegina also has great nightlife that is most visible in it's thriving
port. Greeks know how to enjoy life, and people of all ages can be
seen dining and drinking into the early hours of the morning. Aegina
showcases both the most extravagant lifestyles and the simplest ones.
The narrow streets are lined with cafes, shops, and tavernas. Greeks
make some of the best sweets and the most rewarding thing after an all
night church service (or a night spent at the club), is a fresh
chocolate croissant straight out of one of the bakeries. No matter how
you get around the island, bicycle, car, or motorbike- parking is no
problem as you can just make room for yourself on the sidewalk or in
the middle of the road. With few rules but to eat and eat again,
Greece will make everyone feel at home.
Favorite dining spots: Aeginitissa, Saronis, and Remvi Beach Bar.
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