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7 of the Most Astounding Restaurant Choices for Visitors to Athens

One of the most popular reasons to explore Greece is getting a taste of traditional Greek cooking. The country’s capital, Athens, is home to a number of excellent restaurants that use locally sourced food, including seafood that comes fresh from the Aegean Sea.

Athens often gets overshadowed by Paris and Rome as a major culinary destination. However, the city has a number of incredible restaurants that have earned praise from the world’s most discerning food critics, and there are numerous restaurants with more than one Michelin star. Some of the city’s best restaurants include:

  1. Funky Gourmet

Known as one of the best options for adventurous eaters, Funky Gourmet plays with the traditional flavors of Greek cuisine while adding some modern flair to its dishes. The food here can best be described as molecular gastronomy, a new phenomenon in cuisine that combines chemistry with cooking that relies on unique flavors and textures to trigger various emotions and memories. Currently, Funky Gourmet holds two Michelin stars in recognition of its distinctive style. Even the physical space is beautiful with charming works of art, gorgeous furniture, and dark wood tones.

  1. Matsuhisa

Located right on the Aegean Sea, Matsuhisa is set within the Astir Palace Resort. Once people have taken in the sweeping views of the water, they can appreciate the minimalist design of the interior space, which was created to blend organically with the environment around it. Many people choose to sit at the martini bar and enjoy the view. This also gives them the chance to try a cocktail envisioned by Dale De Groff, who made the first Cosmopolitan. The restaurant takes its name from its chef, Nobu Matsuhisa, who uses Greek ingredients on his Japanese-inspired menu featuring dishes like salmon with ponzu sauce and inaniwa pasta with lobster.

  1. Strofi

Having welcomed guests for more than seven decades, Strofi is located adjacent to the rock of the Acropolis. The restaurant itself claims to be one of the most historic in Athens, and its menu reflects this. Diners will find a range of traditional Greek dishes prepared with care. Some of the menu highlights include pork filets stuffed with gruyere and sun-dried tomato, and lamb wrapped in vine leaves and stuffed with feta. Strofi also offers an outdoor seating area with a retractable roof so that diners can enjoy the sun.

  1. Spondi

Another Athens restaurant with two Michelin stars, Spondi has emerged as one of the most popular eateries for both locals and tourists. The restaurant is near the Panathinaiko Stadium, which hosted the first modern Olympic Games. At Spondi, individuals will find a seasonal menu that changes regularly and reflects the imagination of the head chef. One of the main draws of the restaurant is incredible presentation that makes it almost as exciting to see the food as to eat it. Much of the menu has a hint of exoticism that keeps each meal interesting.

  1. Aleria

Located in a neoclassical structure, Aleria provides diners with a romantic courtyard lined with greenery and a charming original tile floor. The restaurant is located in Metaxourgio, one of the trendiest neighborhoods in Athens. One of the menu’s highlights is the crayfish with pink grapefruit and sorrel, but diners may want to try one of two different tasting courses to get a full feel of the restaurant’s flavors. Aleria is a must-visit for fans of wine, as the restaurant has one of the city’s best lists. Guests are also welcome to bring their own wine choices provided that they pay a small corking fee.

  1. Doris

For visitors, Doris may seem a little overwhelming—the menu is written in Greek on chalkboards—but most dishes are displayed in large pans and it is fine to point. The café serves many of the classics, including sagonaki, stuffed tomatoes, and moussaka. Guests can sit in the large dining room or enjoy dining alfresco in a garden along the side of the building. People may notice a long line at Doris, particularly in the early morning hours. The restaurant is known for having some of the best loukoumades in town. These donuts are incredibly light and crisp, making them an essential end to any meal or a reason to come to Doris in the first place.

  1. Orizontes

Boasting one of the best views of any restaurant in Europe, Orizontes sits on top of Lycabettus, the highest peak in Athens. In addition to the panoramas of the city, guests will find a simple, yet elegant restaurant with a menu of traditional Greek and Mediterranean food. Orizontes maintains a strong dedication to finding the freshest ingredients for its chefs. Many of the recipes have been slightly elevated from tradition, such as the slow-cooked lamb with thyme, honey, and beer accompanied by vegetable pearls. Another solid choice is the grouper, which comes fresh from the sea, with caper, lemongrass, and sweet peppers.

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4 of the Best Islands to Explore in Greece

Over the last five years, the country of Greece has seen a steady increase in the number of international tourists who visit each year, a trend that industry experts believe will continue in 2018. This is due in part to the Greek National Tourism Organization’s development strategy to bring in new visitors. However, tourists choose Greece as their preferred vacation destination for all that it has to offer: ancient history, rich culture, beautiful, varied landscapes.

While many visitors are drawn to the historical allure of renowned mainland cities like Athens, one of the most enticing options for people who wish to plan a vacation in Greece is the prospect of visiting one of the 6,000 islands located across the Ionian and Aegean Seas. With only 227 of these 6,000 are inhabited, below are eight of the most popular islands for visitors from around the world.

 

  1. Santorini

Also known as Thira, Santorini has a rich background, both historically and according to Greek myth. Archaeological evidence suggests that a civilization existed on the island as far back as 3600 B.C., and that a Minoan colony once settled on its shores. According to Greek mythology, Santorini was a miracle island created when a man named Euphemus threw a clod of earth taken from the island of Anaphe into the sea. Santorini is built on a caldera that resulted from a massive volcanic explosion in 1600 B.C., but today it exists as the third most popular tourist destination in the country.

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The tourist season runs between April and November every year. Visitors enjoy exploring its black sand beaches, exploring its clifftop towns and villages, and taking in views of romantic sunsets over the Aegean Sea from anywhere on the island. Oia, a village located on the island’s northern tip, is known specifically for its views of the sunset, and is an excellent place to get away if couples are looking for a romantic vacation spot.

 

  1. Naxos

Less popular among tourists than its neighbor Santorini (but no less beautiful) is the island of Naxos, also located in the group of islands known as the Cyclades. Greek myths state that Naxos was the location of the nuptials of the Greek god of wine, Dionysus, and accordingly, the island is home to a sanctuary honoring the god.

Naxos

Naxos appeals to tourists who wish to get some distance from the ultra-modern, nightlife-heavy scene prevalent on some of the more popular islands, and who are instead interested in experiencing some of the more traditional elements of Greek culture. In addition to the beautiful, less crowded beaches located on the island’s west coast, Naxos also boasts ancient ruins, an ancient Venetian castle that hosts orchestral concerts, and horseback riding expeditions that lead visitors through local farmlands as well as beaches that run alongside seaside cliffs.

One of the best aspects of Naxos for the visitor looking to see a more authentic side of Greek life is the ability to visit any of the island’s 46 traditional villages, where locals sit together drinking coffee outside of cafes and fresh baklava is sold fresh from the bakery.

 

  1. Hydra

Located in the Saronic Gulf, Hydra is closer to Athens than almost any other island. As a result, it is a popular destination for locals looking to get out of Greece’s capital city for a weekend. It is known for its bohemian, artistic culture and has been visited by many celebrities in the 20th century, including writer Henry Miller, musician Leonard Cohen, and movie star Sofia Loren.

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One thing that sets Hydra apart is the fact that the use of cars or any other motorized vehicle is banned on the island. Locals and visitors alike travel only by boat, by foot, or by donkey. Tourists on Hydra enjoy taking donkey tours to admire the monasteries, stone mansions and cobblestone streets of the island’s main town. They can also visit one of the island’s many impressive art and history museums. Hydra is also a popular place for yachting, and many tourists enjoy lunching as they watch boats come and go inside the harbor.

 

  1. Corfu

Corfu is a part of the Ionian Islands, and it is known as the “Grand Lady” of this Greek Island Group. Located farther west than most islands, Corfu historically has had a strong connection to Europe. This helped it become one of the first Greek islands to open itself up to tourism. European influence mingles with Greek tradition in Corfu’s cosmopolitan culture. Additionally, the lush nature of the foliage there means that the beaches are among the most beautiful of all the Greek islands.

Corfu

One of the best places for tourists to visit on Corfu is Old Town, which is home to two Venetian fortresses. Visitors can tour monasteries and medieval castles or visit Achillion Palace, which was constructed by the Empress Elizabeth of Austria in the late 19th century as a summer vacation home.

Another popular activity on Corfu is diving, and tourists have the opportunity to take classes, guided tours, or rent equipment to dive solo. Many locations along Corfu’s coasts give visitors the opportunity to explore coral reefs, including the Kassiopi, Pipitos, and Kalami Reefs.

5 Amazing Cities and Towns to Visit on the Greek Mainland

When travelers plan a visit to Greece, many of them are drawn to the southern half of the country, interested in navigating its chain of islands via ferry. The natural and architectural beauty that characterizes islands like Santorini, Mykonos, and Corfu are undeniably can’t-miss sights. However, visitors may also want to consider what some of Greece’s most distinct and important mainland locations have to offer. Listed below are five mainland cities and towns that tourists should plan to visit during a trip to Greece.

 

  1. Thessaloniki

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Located on the coast of the Aegean Sea in Macedonia, this city is the second largest in the entire country, with a bustling commercial district and a nightlife scene to match. It is one of the most modern cities in Greece, and it is also considered to be a hub for artistic talent, drawing in poets, musicians, philosophers, and visual artists from around the country.

In spite of the cosmopolitan nature of Thessaloniki’s culture, the city is old. It was founded in 316 B.C., and the ruins of ancient Greek, Byzantine, Ottoman, Roman, Balkan, and European architecture blend into the cityscape alongside modern buildings that stand as testament to its rich and varied history,

 

  1. Patras

To the southwest of Thessaloniki lies the city of Patras, a port town that serves as a hub for travelers who wish to ferry to the Ionian Islands and parts of Italy. Like Thessaloniki, Patras boasts a vibrant nightlife and is one of Greece’s premier cities of commerce, with many shopping districts and markets sure to thrill visitors.

Patra is also famous for being one of the best places in Greece to experience Carnival, the period preceding the observation of Lent each year. The Patras Carnival celebrations are the largest in the country, and they include art exhibitions, street performances, treasure hunts, music, costumes, and parades full of colorful, artistic floats.

 

  1. Pelion

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Pelion is proof that travelers do not need to island-hop in order to see the most beautiful seascapes in Greece. “Pelion” actually refers to a lush, forested mountain region located on the country’s eastern peninsula, home to 20 picturesque villages. These include beach towns like Mylopotamos, Fakistra, and Agios Ioannis on the eastern side of the mountain facing the Aegean Sea, as well as more traditional mountain cities like Portaria, Makrinitsa, and Vizitsa, which boast stone-roofed buildings and other elegant architectural features.

In the summer, visitors can enjoy exotic sandy beaches and Greece’s famed crystal-blue water. Many towns in Pelion have opportunities for fishing and boating as well. In the winter, travelers may be drawn to the villages in Pelion located at higher elevations, where hiking trails and opportunities to connect with nature abound. The area also maintains several villages with ski resorts for athletic tourists who enjoy the snow.

 

 

  1. Nafplio

Located only two hours from the capital city of Athens, Nafplio is a waterfront town distinguished by the influence of the Venetian architectural movement on its buildings. As such, it is arguably one of the most romantic cities in Greece, with the older portions of the city featuring sunny cobblestone squares, streets mostly free of automobiles, quaint cafes, and authentic local shops and museums.

One of the most popular activities for couples who visit the city is taking a walk along the one-kilometer path known as the Arvanitia Promenade. It begins at the end of the shores of Nafplio, guides travelers around the high rock walls of the oldest portion of the city by the sea, and ends at the popular Arvanitia Square. In addition, Nafplio is home to some incredible medieval structures, including Palamidi Castle, the fortress known as Bourtzi, and Akronafplia fortress – the oldest castle in the city.

 

  1. Athens

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No list of Greek mainland destinations is complete without mentioning the cultural giant that is its capital city of Athens. Athens is an ancient city considered to be the cradle of Western civilization. Today, it functions as a busy, modern metropolis that is also home to some of the most famous historical sites in the world.

Here, travelers can marvel at the ancient buildings located within the Athenian Acropolis, including the Parthenon, the Temple of Athena Nike, and the Erechtheion. To further explore ancient culture, visitors also may take in many of Athens’ renowned museums, including the National Archaeological Museum, the Acropolis Museum, and the Benaki Museum.

While a visit to the ancient ruins in Athens are a must-have experience for tourists, Athens also has many modern amenities and experiences to offer its visitors. The district of Monastiraki is an increasingly popular area of the city for tourists to purchase souvenirs. The area has a distinctly bohemian feel, and many hand-crafted local crafts, clothing, and antiques can be found there.

Athens is also an excellent place to experience Greek nightlife, with many popular bars in different settings and price ranges located throughout the city. Finally, though not typically known for its beaches, the Athens Riviera located in the southern suburbs offers visitors a great place to lounge on the beach, swim in the ocean, and sail to nearby islands.

Management of Infections

The entire field of dentistry initially started out with treatment of infections. We weren’t placing beautiful veneers, straightening teeth or restoring teeth with implants, but simply helping people get through pain and suffering. That is no less important today, with alarming rates of diabetes and immunocompromised patients being vulnerable to dental disease, and with full access to care still being a difficult thing to achieve. So hopefully this lecture, attached, can help dentists and physicians as a refresher on how to treat infections.

 

Management of Oral and Maxillofacial Infections