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Sky in Athens Turns Red

Sky in Athens Turns Red

“It’s one of the most serious episodes of dust and sand concentrations from the Sahara…” Dust Till Dawn Yesterday, residents in Athens, Greece were greeted with a surreal sight: the city’s blue skies and famous landmarks like the Acropolis were bathed in an ominous glow of red, yellow and orange, The Guardian reports — all due to an epic dust storm from the Sahara Desert. Strong winds blew fine sand from the arid region to the Mediterranean area and choked up not just the skies over Athens but also other areas in Greece, according to the newspaper, prompting local officials to call this episode one of the worst dust storms since 2018. Dramatic scenes played out that were more reminiscent of the “Dune” franchise, as people took to social media to document the orange and red skies blanketing the historic city.   Weather Patterns The dust appears to have cleared off by Wednesday, according to weather reports and at least one eyewitness report posted to the social media platform X-formerly-Twitter. “It’s one of the most …

Athens ‘swallowed’ by dust cloud as incredible pictures show city turn orange | World | News

Athens ‘swallowed’ by dust cloud as incredible pictures show city turn orange | World | News

Incredible pictures show the skies over Athens turned orange as dust clouds blew across the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa, engulfing the Acropolis. Strong southerly winds carried the dust from the Sahara Desert across southern Greece and made the Greek capital look like Mars in the final hours of daylight on Tuesday (April 23). Kostas Lagouvardos, weather research director at the Athens Observatory, told the Guardian it is one of the most serious episodes of dust and sand concentrations from the Sahara since March 21-22, 2018, when the clouds “invaded” the island of Crete in particular. Officials issued warnings about the risks the dust poses to health, including concentrating fine pollution. The Sahara Desert releases up to 200 million tonnes of dust per year, with the largest particles falling back to earth. However, finer particles can be blown thousands of miles. Greece’s skies are predicted to clear on Wednesday (April 24) as winds shift and move the dust, with temperatures dipping. On Tuesday, the daily high in parts of the southern island of Crete topped …

Athens swallowed up by orange haze from Sahara dust storm | Greece

Athens swallowed up by orange haze from Sahara dust storm | Greece

Clouds of dust blown in from the Sahara covered Athens and other Greek cities on Tuesday, one of the worst such episodes to hit the country since 2018, officials said. A yellow-orange haze smothered several regions after days of strong winds from the south, limiting visibility and prompting warnings from the authorities of breathing risks. “It’s one of the most serious episodes of dust and sand concentrations from the Sahara since March 21-22, 2018, when the clouds invaded the island of Crete in particular,” said Kostas Lagouvardos, weather research director at the Athens Observatory. A wave of Sahara dust covers the Greek capital, Athens, Greece. Photograph: Dimitris Aspiotis/REX/Shutterstock People stroll around the Acropolis area while an orange haze covers the sky. Photograph: George Vitsaras/EPA Greece had already been struck by Sahara dust clouds in late March and early April which also smothered parts of Switzerland and southern France. Authorities warned that the dust concentrations can reduce sunlight and visibility while increasing concentrations of fine pollution particles, posing risks for people with underlying health problems. People …

Greek, Turkish officials meet in Athens as part of efforts to improve often strained ties

Greek, Turkish officials meet in Athens as part of efforts to improve often strained ties

Athens —  Delegations from Greece and Turkey were meeting in Athens on Monday as part of long-standing efforts to improve often tense relations between the two neighbors, days after Turkey voiced objections over Greece’s plans to create marine nature reserves in the Ionian and Aegean seas. The two regional rivals are NATO allies but have been at odds for decades over a series of issues, including territorial claims in the Aegean and drilling rights in the Mediterranean, and have come to the brink of war three times in the last 50 years. A dispute over energy exploration rights in 2020 led to the two countries’ warships facing off in the Mediterranean. Monday’s meeting in the Defense Ministry in Athens was to discuss confidence-building measures, following a similar meeting in Ankara last November. The two countries have engaged in the confidence-building process on and off for years, trying to seek common ground on a series of lower-key issues as a means of improving ties. The meeting comes ahead of planned talks in Ankara on May 13 …

Greece ‘tourist trap warning’ issued to all UK holidaymakers

Greece ‘tourist trap warning’ issued to all UK holidaymakers

UK tourists heading to restaurants in Greece have been warned to stay vigilant amid a tourist trap in Athens -Credit:Milos Bicanski/Getty Images) UK holidaymakers venturing to Greek eateries have been cautioned to stay sharp, to avoid being swindled. A British traveller has shared a costly lesson after falling prey to a tourist trap in Athens, which could ensnare unwary visitors. Travel correspondent Esther Marshall recounted her experience: “I was caught out by a tourist trap in Athens and ended up paying a whopping fee for some terrible food in a restaurant. Although we ordered a Greek feta cheese and tomato sandwich, we were charged for a platter and the food was terrible.” Esther attributed the blunder to poor choice of location, adding: “We’d just arrived in Athens and we wandered into the city’s most touristy neighbourhood, Plaka. As we were tired and hungry after the journey, we chose to eat at one of the first places we saw which was a mistake. READ MORE: Residents campaign against raising sea wall at flood hit North Wales …

An expert guide to a weekend in Athens

An expert guide to a weekend in Athens

Anafiotika, a Cycladic village clinging to the northern slopes of the Acropolis, is a lovely place for an aimless wander. Cats snooze among the potted geraniums lined up outside crooked whitewashed cottages. These humble, but hugely desirable, dwellings were originally built by stonemasons from the island of Anafi, shipped to Athens by King Otto to knock up his palace (now the Parliament building) in the mid-19th century.  The Anafiotes also built the fancier mansions that line Plaka, the self-consciously quaint old town of Athens, where Lord Byron once penned odes to underage maids. Beyond the identikit souvenir shops, you’ll stumble upon Byzantine chapels (usually open, so you can light a candle and admire the fading frescoes); quirky museums dedicated to everything from folk music to modern Greek art; and the intriguing Benizelos Mansion, a rare example of Ottoman architecture.  Dig deep and you’ll even find treasure among the tourist tat: antique textiles and ceramics at Amorgos; marble busts, ceramics and covetable curiosities at Eclectica and Soul & Matter, timeless and effortless clothing, hats, and jewellery by an …

Huge 5.7-magnitude earthquake rocks holiday hotspots Athens and Crete | World | News

Huge 5.7-magnitude earthquake rocks holiday hotspots Athens and Crete | World | News

A huge 5.7 earthquake has hit parts of southern Greece where many UK visitors enjoy their holidays in the spring sunshine. The earthquake shook buildings this morning (March 29) with tremors being felt for miles. Athens and Crete are among the two regions where it was felt, with Crete being about 214 miles from where the earthquake started.It began in the sea close to Strofades island, which is 75 miles from Patras, says the Athens Geodynamic Institute. Fears of repercussions, including a potential tsunami are being investigated by officials, reports the Mirror. Efthymios Lekkas, who is in charge of planning for earthquakes told Greek press: “The earthquake should be of great concern because it has been recorded in a marine area with a large focal depth.” Greece is susceptible to earthquakes because of its location – but usually any that are triggered are small and rarely felt.  Source link

Top 10 Places to Visit in Athens, Greece

Top 10 Places to Visit in Athens, Greece

  There is a rumor circulating around flight crews that the most beautiful city from above is no other than Athens. Its hilly landscape features vast olive groves, palm tree-lined coastal avenues, and urban neighborhoods sprawling across the Attican peninsula. The sight is breathtaking. Upon landing, however, visitors are met with a surprising realization: this European capital is profoundly different from the slow-paced, traditional Greek countryside.   There are so many things to see and countless more events to attend. The quirky architecture and urban planning, the growing population that exceeds three million people, and the wide list of “must-sees” can be overwhelming. To save you some time, here is a curated list of the top ten places to visit in Athens (also read this article for our list of Athens’ must-visit museums).   1. The Acropolis Hill Monastiraki square and the Acropolis Hill, Athens, Jimmy Teoh, Source: Pexels   Although Athens has at least seven hills of historical significance, the most prominent is the Acropolis — the acro (high) of the polis (city). The …

In rights landmark, Greek novelist and lawyer are the first same-sex couple wed at Athens city hall

In rights landmark, Greek novelist and lawyer are the first same-sex couple wed at Athens city hall

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A Greek novelist and his partner on Thursday became the first same-sex couple to be married in Athens’ city hall, three weeks after the legalization of same-sex marriage in Orthodox Christian Greece. The Greek capital’s mayor officiated at the civil wedding of Petros Hadjopoulos, who writes under the pen name Auguste Corteau, and lawyer Anastasios Samouilidis. Hadjopoulos said the event was “a dream that we didn’t dare entertain when we were in our teens.” “There is a symbolism to this,” he told The Associated Press. “I understand that (marriage) doesn’t work for everyone, but for people who grew up in Greece in the 1980s and 90s, when guys like us lived a very lonely existence, even symbols have a great value.” The couple arrived with their dog, to the applause of more than two dozen guests. A cross-party majority of Greek lawmakers approved same-sex marriage in a vote on Feb. 15, despite strong opposition from the socially conservative Orthodox Church. While polls show that a slender majority of Greek public opinion …