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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 31 August 2019
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 31 AUGUST 2019 17 TRAVEL Greek Australians saturate Greece once again this summer! They visit their homeland on a regular basis and are unanimous in their viewpoint: there is no place like Greece THEODORA MAIOS Intercolonial Tyres: Marrickville has a vast industrial area with a diverse range of industries. Arthur Kitinas and Jim Papanagiotou are one of the last retread tyre facilities ( as well as dealing with new tyres). adoration for Greece than visiting their homeland once again this summer and enjoying the holiday of a lifetime? Athens, Rhodes, Crete, W Danas Deli Café: The Danas family have been running this Deli since 1962, which makes this shop the longest running Greek shop in Marrickville. They have experienced and witnessed all the great changes in the area over the 57 years. And the family continue displaying the Greek and Australian flags. Corinthian Rotisserie: The ‘Psistaria’ has been operating since the 1960sFoti and Maria Giannakelos and their sons, Giorgo and Chris, have been running it since 1980. The Corinthian epitomises how the Greek cuisine has successfully entered and became accepted by mainstream Australia. In the photo, they are with historian, Vasilis Vasilas. Kafeneio: Andonios Kritikakis still runs one of the last kafeneia in Marrickville, and Sydney. He jokes that the average age of his patrons is seventy five years old and although he is tired, they implore him to keep it open as a social meeting point. Kythira, Paros, Ikaria, Lefkada and the Peloponnese were crowned winners by Greek Australian travellers that once again chose the country of their ancestors to relax and unwind. "We had the most wonderful time visiting new islands and experiencing unique places we have never been before. For us, being able to escape and spend quality time with loved ones were moments we will cherish forever," Kerry Diamond says. Along with husband Arthur and their three daughters, she visited Greece this year for the sixth time. Despite the financial crisis that has been tormenting the country for over a decade, as well as the impact of the refugee crisis that saw tens of thousands of migrants stranded in Greece (adding to the one million that have passed through its borders), tourists, particularly Greek Australians, have not been deterred from visiting Greece, showing a clear preference for the capital city, Athens, the mythical world heritage sites, the ancient ruins, as well as the enchanting Greek islands with their breathtaking beaches, excellent food and first class hospitality. "For everyone else, it's just a place to go on holidays and explore the beauty of the country, but for us, Greece is everything, and going there translates to spending time with family, experiencing the culture, learning the history of our ancestors and introducing our children to the Greek way of living so that they can also realise what it really means to be Greek," Con and Kathy Tellis say. They are parents of two young boys and have visited Greece numerous times, and they once again made their way to Evia, Leros, Lesvos, Kalamata and Athens this year. "We try to come every couple of years now that the boys are older and mature enough to understand and appreciate their homeland better. Plus, we just love it," Ms Tellis says. hat better way for Greek Australians to display their With Athens and a number of the islands having been voted the best in the world on numerous occasions, it comes as no surprise that for many, a visit to Greece is the dream holiday of a lifetime. When thinking of holidays, people visualise the long crystal Greek beaches, the endless coastlines, walking in the sunshine, the high level of hospitality, and the relaxing beach tavernas with the freshest organic produce. No wonder Greece is addictive to most. After all, for those who have experienced summer holidays in Greece once, no other place on earth would suffice. "We come back to Kalymnos every opportunity we can," says Stephanie Porcelli who introduced Greece to her Italian Australian husband four years ago. "Joe's love affair with Greece started not long ago. We have so far visited Greece four times as a couple. My family is originally from Kalymnos so for me each time I step foot on the island I get a sense of belonging that I don't get anywhere else. Nothing beats Greece," she says. Tourism continues to be at an all-time high this year in Greece with the number of arrivals reaching record levels at both the country's major airports and ports, however, for the Tolis family the holiday doesn't start until the family of six snaps their traditional photo in front of the Acropolis. "The first time my husband and I visited the Acropolis was in 2002 when I was pregnant with my second child Katie and our little girl Panayiota was 15 months old. Since then, every time we visit Greece, we make sure we go to the same spot – 'our rock' as we like to call it – and take our family photo," says Dimitra Tolis, who has already visited Greece 13 times with her family. Aside from the capital, this year she also visited Nafplio, Kilini, Ioannina, Parga and the islands of Lemnos and Lefkada. "This year was as wonderfully restful and rejuvenating as ever. We call our trips a battery recharge. We love the beaches and spending time with our family and friends the most and we make sure we explore a different island destination each year with other Greek Australian friends." Olivia and Anna Diamond enjoying their Greek holidays in Astypalaia. It wasn’t hard for Stephanie to convince her husband Joe to come to Greece. Now he can’t get enough of it. A group photo in front of the Acropolis has become a family tradition for Aris and Dimi Tolis pictured here with their four children. The Tolis family this year. PHOTOS: SUPPLIED Con and Kathy Tellis enjoying the breath-taking view with their two sons Yianni and Aris.
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