Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Promoting Beautiful Greece: #WorldTourismDay 2017 #GreekPhotoCompetition #WTD2017🇬🇷💙 🇬🇷

September 27 is known as World Tourism Day
and as always is a great opportunity 
to promote our beautiful Greece -   
THE Tourist Destination -
The ULTIMATE Tourist Destination!

Here at Global Greek World it is the day we launch our Greek Photo Competition every year on our Global Greek World Facebook Page to showcase this magnificent country of ours.

So here goes for our 6th Annual Greek Photo Competition! 

We've set up the album for 2017, which BTW was a record year for Greece's tourist arrivals, now it is over to YOU!

Check it out here

The rules are simple:

Everyone can enter! 

All it takes is a photo that you have taken yourself, anytime, anywhere in Greece that we can add to the album so that people can vote. 

Maximum number of entries per person is 3. 

Send us the photo(s)you would like to enter in the competition either by emailing us directly or by clicking on our Facebook Page, liking it and sending your photo(s) to us via our Facebook Message facility. 

You can send in your favourite photos of Greece until the closing date for entries - Oxi Day, Saturday 28 October 2017. After that voting begins in earnest!

You can vote for all the picture(s) you like...with a 'like'. 

The picture with the greatest number of 'Likes' when the competition closes (sometime in November) wins.... 

A weekend for two at Alfa Beach Hotel, Kolymbia, Rhodes sponsored once again by the amazing Angelakos family! 
 there are prizes for the next two winners too...
An autographed copy of awarded travel writer Rebecca A Hall's  fantastic Girl Gone Greek novel 
One of the gorgeous TShirts from Matt Barrett's wonderful #GreeceTShirtCollection

 A big thank you to all! 
And of course, to last year's sponsors

Sue, The Angelakos Family and Alfa Beach Hotel
Matt Barrett Econopouly at GreeceTravel

for their generosity in donating the great prizes for the  winners of the 5th Annual competition, #WTD2016.

Stay tuned, we would love to be able to give away more great prizes to the winners again this year but we must rely on sponsors as we don't have the necessary financial resources to do this ourselves. 


if you would like to sponsor a prize please contact us.

If you are a hotel, resort or part of the hospitality industry in Greece we would particularly love to hear from you! 
What you can offer the winner(s): 

A weekend for two at your establishment, 

A dinner for two at your restaurant, 
an air-ticket to an island, 
boat tickets eg a one day 3 island cruise 
even free entry to one of our wonderful museums,  
a beach towel or a beach accessory 
a Greek-related book, 
a bottle of Greek wine
these are all great prizes!

YOU are the ones we are trying to support!

In the meantime, check out your albums, 
digital or otherwise,
Start choosing your best pictures.... 

We are waiting! 

Good luck!

Καλή Επιτυχία!

PS Check out the #WTD2015 competition entries in the video compilation in the top of the sidebar. That year's competition was dedicated to Melina Mercouri and her quest for the Repatriation of the Parthenon Sculptures

At Global Greek World, We ♥ Greece...and it shows! 
© GlobalGreekWorld 2009-2017 All Rights Reserved

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Keep Calm, This Year it's Easter for Everyone on the Same Day!

Keep Calm, This Year, it's Easter for ALL! 

It doesn't happen that often but this year 
Easter Sunday falls on Sunday 16 April, for all friends celebrating!

 Oh and don't forget
no cheap Chocolate Easter Eggs or bunnies this year!

Happy Easter, 
Καλή Ανάσταση!
At Global Greek World, We ♥ Greece...and it shows! 
 © GlobalGreekWorld 2009-2017 All Rights Reserved

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Google Honours #GreekIndependenceDay! 🇬🇷 Ζήτω η Ελλάς!

Google honours Greece's National Day
Celebrating the day the struggle for Greek Independence from Ottoman rule began
25th March 1821

Ζήτω η Ελλάδα
Ζήτω το Εθνος
Ζήτω ο Ελληνισμός!

🇬🇷 💙 🇬🇷

At Global Greek World, We ♥ Greece...and it shows! 
© GlobalGreekWorld 2009-2017 All Rights Reserved

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Life is Short...Drink the Ouzo


Life is short... 

Drink the Ouzo, 

Buy the Ticket, 

Come to Greece

🇬🇷 💙 🇬🇷





At Global Greek World, We ♥ Greece...and it shows! 
© GlobalGreekWorld 2009-2017 All Rights Reserved

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

#WorldTourismDay2016 #GreekPhotoCompetition: And the Winners are...

1st prize 
Andy Collins (UK)
Sunset on Skiathos,  Greece

2nd prize
Hilona Dellamore (France)
Santorini, Greece

Congratulations to our 2017 prizewinners Andy and Hilona!

The Prizes, The Donors...

1st Prize
Andy wins a wins a two night stay for two at the stylish four star Alfa Beach Hotel in Kolymbia Rhodes, on an All Inclusive basis. Kolymbia is conveniently situated between the magnificent medieval city of Rhodes and beautiful, historic and picturesque Lindos. 

This prize was donated by the Alfa Beach team who are looking forward to welcoming Andy and partner sometime in 2017! We're sure they'll love every minute! 

Alpha Beach Hotel, Kolymbia Rhodes
Andy just ask Hilona, this year's second prize winner! Hilona actually won this trip in last year's competition and thoroughly loved it! 
She wrote about it on her Hilios blog here 
and shared many photos of Rhodes with us. 
No doubt she will be entering some in the 2017 competition!

2nd Prize 
Hilona wins a gorgeous Tshirt from Matt Barrett's wonderful Greece TShirt Collection.  
Hilona  gets to choose her favourite and wear it with pride!

All Matt's TShirts are available for sale, just go to his TShirt page on his Greece Travel website and see what you like. All profits from the sales of Matt's Tshirts go to Greek Charities, so you will be doing a good deed for Greece at the same time.

to our wonderful donors  
Sue, The Angelakos Family and Alpha Beach, 
Matt Barrett Econopouly at GreeceTravel
for their generosity in donating these great prizes for our winners 

 a very big 
to all of our friends who entered their photos 
and made this competition come alive with...Greece 
and their love for Greece! 
 You helped make this one of the most successful ever, 
stunning photos of stunning Greece!
Looking forward to next year!

In the meantime, if you want to check out the entire album on our Facebook page, please click here
Greece is Greece's No 1 product.
It deserves to take its rightful place in the world...
right at the top!

Share the hashtags, share the love! 
 Let's make 2017 a record year for Greek Tourism! 

At Global Greek World, We ♥ Greece...and it shows! 
© GlobalGreekWorld 2009-2017 All Rights Reserved 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Obama, Trump and Papandreou... Greeks Invented Crowd Size Disputes Too!

Obama, Trump and Papandreou, Andreas Papandreou 
 Greeks Invented Crowd Size Disputes too - they started fighting about them in the 80's!

Watching the crowd-size dispute in the USA between the Obama inauguration 
and the one of Donald Trump, just couldn't resist! 

In Greece we don't 'do' Inaugurations but we have had very heated debates into the crowd sizes in pre-election gatherings, especially in the 1980's, when our two political dinosaurs Andreas Papandreou and Konstantinos Mitsotakis were involved! 

It was all a question of camera angles and ERT's Tasos Birsim was an acknowledged whizz!
PASOK and Nea Dimokratia would fight over who could draw the biggest crowds to Syntagma, along the Thessaloniki foreshore and anywhere else where people could gather...
At Global Greek World, We ♥ Greece...and it shows! 
© GlobalGreekWorld 2009-2017 All Rights Reserved 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

'Speak F**** English, this is America' : Is THIS the America we want to be Great Again?

 'Speak F*@king English, this is America'
but is THIS the America we want to be Great again? 

Global Greek Thanasi Papoulias and his wife Sophia Antonopoulos-Papoulias were doing what most of us who have grown up abroad done very often,  speak Greek amongst ourselves in many countries of the world!

  Greek Americans who have grown up in a country that prides itself for its values of freedom of speech, democracy, for being the melting-pot of cultural and ethnic diversity, the home of multi-culturalism,  Thanasi and Sophia didn't expect the tirade they got from another customer in the LA store, as he explains in his post on his facebook page:

So this just happened...
Sophia and I were in line at the market, and naturally, speaking Greek. Out of nowhere this lady behind us decides to give us a modern history lesson and tells us, "Speak F*@king English, this is America." Furthermore, she demonstrated her well-versed use of the English language by using every swear word to describe us and how we don't belong here. Imagine if we were with our kids.
Huge props to the manager for kicking her xenophobic, racist ass out. I only caught the tail-end on video, but you'll get the point.
Seriously. This. Just. Happened. It's 2017. #SMH

Seeing this video reminded me of the darker years of Greek immigration, years we thought were well behind us, when being a 'bloody foreigner' was akin to being a criminal and For Rent advertisements in countries like Australia for example, contained phrases like 'No Italians or Greeks' were considered quite 'acceptable' for a country that held its own Aborigines in reservation-like compounds.

I even remember something very similar happening to us growing up on the other side of the world.  

Our mum who was a stay-at-home mother and never had an outside job, made sure that we spoke Greek at home so that we didn't lose the ability to speak our birth language. The upside was that we became fully bilingual and the downside was that her English was not the Queen's!

Anyway, on that day, as was usual, our Mum was speaking to us in Greek as we walked along a main shopping street and some drunk ignoramus decided that he would attack her verbally with a barely intelligible but loud 'speak bloody English'. 

My response to the bullying  'you're just jealous you don't speak another language'. 

Not bad for an 8 year old I think, but a response that firmly and quietly put the man in his place. It was just one of many such encounters which eventually ceased to happen as people started to travel extensively and experience other cultures and countries,  as 'multi-culturalism' became the word and we were invited to share our culture, food and traditions with the rest of the world. In short it became glam to be Greek and other immigrant nationalities bore the brunt of the latent racism that exists in some people's mindset .

Incidentally while her lack of fluency in English may have resulted in funny telephone conversations with my English-speaking friends, it didn't seem to hamper her when it came to bargaining, and she earned my everlasting respect when she managed to bid successfully at the fruit and vegetable auctions along with the Chinese Market gardeners! Go Mama! 

We hope that the the soon to be POTUS Donald Trump hasn't opened up Pandora's Box with his stance on immigrants, after all he himself comes of immigrant stock as do all his wives!

Racism has no place at all anywhere but in a country like the USA where immigrants formed the backbone of the nation, literally building it to the power that it is today and the white man has all but extinguished the only people who are the true Americans - the native  Indians - it is totally unacceptable and we were glad to read that the store manager asked this obnoxious woman to leave. 

Now Thanasi and Sophia want to reward this courageous lady for her supportive stance and send her to visit Greece so they have set up a Go Fund Me account to help get her there! 

Read more about it on Thanasi and Sophia's site Excuse Me, Are You Greek?
Donate if you can.

Let's show the lady the beauty of our people and our homeland!
At Global Greek World, We ♥ Greece...and it shows! 
© GlobalGreekWorld 2009-2017 All Rights Reserved


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