Greece is located in Southern Europe and shares borders with Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Turkey as well as the Aegean, Mediterranean, and Ionion Seas. Much of the topography is mountainous with ranges that extend into the seas as peninsulas or chains of islands (Ministry of Tourism)
Summer months in Greece are very hot and winters are relatively mild, with colder temperatures in the northern and mountainous parts of the country. The rainy season occurs between the months of November and March (Marcopoulis). Photo Source: John Parthenakis
In this view of the capital city, the Acropolis, also called the Sacred Rock, links the ancient civilization with the modern city that lies around it. The monuments that are found on the Acropolis, such as the Parthenon, date back to ancient times (Ministry of Tourism). Photo Source: Penny Anderson
According to a 2009 estimate, the population of Greece is 10,737,428. Of this number, 19.2% of the population is 65 years and older while 14.3% of the population is under 15years of age (“Greece”) Photo Source: John Parthenakis
As of 2009, there were approximately 81 airports in Greece. 67 have paved runways. (“Greece”).
Greece also has a government operated railroad system, the Hellenic State Railways.
In Athens, there are buses, trolleys, and taxis as well as an underground rail system with three major lines (“Travel to Greece”).
In addition to the formal infrastructure of the transportation system, personal transportation modes such as motorcycles and other vehicles are used, particularly on the islands. Photo Source: Penny Anderson
Hadrian’s Arch with a view of the variety of transportation modes in Greece
This arch is the symbolic gate for the city of Athens. Two inscriptions adorn the arch. The first faces west and says “This is Athens, the city of Theseus.” The second faces east and says “This is the city of Hadrian, not Theseus” (Ministry of Tourism). Photo Source: John Parthenakis
This church was built in the 13 th century and now sits in a busy shopping district in Athens. Rather than destroying it when the road was built, it was incorporated into the build-up of the area. Notice the Nike swoosh over the store to the left of the picture. Greece often combines the old and the new in a unique style. Photo Source: Penny Anderson
This is another example of preserving an existing structure and remodeling for a new purpose. These stores appear to be in old munitions bunkers. Photo Source: Penny Anderson
The Eastern Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church separated in 1054 and each branch excommunicated each other. In 1965, the two churches agreed to relinquish the excommunication and commit to improved relations. This picture shows an example of the Greek Orthodoxy that abounds in Greece. Photo Source: Penny Anderson
The flag of Greece has nine equal horizontal stripes of blue alternating with white. A blue square with a white cross appears in the upper left corner which symbolizes Greek Orthodoxy. Photo Source: Penny Anderson
Members of the Presidential Guard, called Evzones, wear a customary uniform while guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Athens. Photo Source: Penny Anderson
Evzone Guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Presidential Palace
Typical dress in Greece is casual and traditional Greek costumes are generally worn for festivals and parades. This uniform of the Evzones was customary for Greek men more than 100 years ago (Ministry of Tourism)
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