(Greek: ξενία, xenía trans. “guest-friendship”) is the ancient Greek concept of hospitality, the generosity and courtesy shown to those who are far from home and/or associates of the person bestowing guest-friendship. The rituals of hospitality created and expressed a reciprocal relationship between guest and host expressed in both material benefits (such as the giving of gifts to each party) as well as non-material ones (such as protection, shelter, favors, or certain normative rights). – Wikipedia
We had a wonderful time in Greece and enjoyed much of this famous hospitality, some in those lovely Tavernas, as pictured above.
The famous Plaka District in Athens was right next to our hotel. It offers a multitude of restaurants and shops:
Speaking of restaurants, the cuisine was good everywhere! There’s something for every taste, whether you prefer meat or fish.
Of course, the food was just the proverbial “icing on the cake”. We took a lovely day cruise of the Saronic Gulf and the on-board entertainment included a demonstration of traditional Greek dance. OPA!
The instrument heard most often in Greek music is called a Bouzouki:
Most hospitable of all, were the tour guides who showed us all the ancient splendours and regaled us with historical facts and mythological tales. Unforgettable!
Did you enjoy this taste of Greece?
Looking forward to your comments!
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