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Guide to Aegine, Greece

June 20, 2016

TEAMFabulous - Guide to Aegina, Greece

By Arielle Kellerman

 

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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