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Holiday shopping hours in Greece

Athens Christmas tree in Syntagma 2008. — EPA

Special shopping hours in Greece for Christmas 2014 and New Year’s 2015 will start on December 12 in Athens, Piraeus and the Aegean islands; December 16 in Crete, and December 18 in Thessaloniki with shops open on Sunday, December 14.

Winter sales officially start mid-January 2015, but many retailers offer significant discounts of up to 60 percent on electronics, clothes and gift items in hopes of improving their bottom line before the end of the year.

*Article last updated December 30, 2014.

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Google pays homage to Greece with logo

Image capture from to Google, Inc.

Everyone is getting on the ancient bandwagon to commemorate today’s Battle of Marathon anniversary and the Athens Classic marathon. Even Google has gone gaga for events in Greece with a special logo. I dig it!

Though I was able to see it and a bit of history in Greek by clicking on the logo at in English, reader ‘Dimatosj‘ told me that it can only be viewed on* He’s right, as readers in other countries confirm.

*Note: The logo can no longer be viewed live, as it was only available October 31, 2010 from 00:00-23:59 local Greek time.

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Commemorative euro coins with a special Greek connection
National anthem of Greece/O Εθνικός Υμνος

*Readers: Thank you, I’m aware of the copycat issue. Just ignore them.

Commemorative euro coins of Greece

A two-euro coin commemorating the 2011 Special Olympics World Games in Athens joins three previous coins with a Greek connection, one each marking the 2,500th anniversary of the Battle of Marathon, 10th anniversary of the euro and 2004 Olympic homecoming.

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*Article last updated November 24, 2011

2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games

One million commemorative euro coins were minted to celebrate the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, during which 185 nations gathered to compete from June 25-July 4, 2011.

On the coin is the logo. “A radiant sun,” the source of life; an olive branch depicting excellence; and a spiral representing the center of the sun and its power — all elements that describe athletes taking part in the Games.


“Colors reflect the Greek landscape and project emotions like passion for life in the warm red, optimism in the orange, determination in the blue, freedom in the light blue and hope in the green.” — Organizing Committee for the Special Olympics

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