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In many parts of Europe it is considered rude for a restaurant to bring you your bill without being asked. Meals are expected to be relaxed, unhurried affairs, and for a restaurant to bring the bill, or ask for payment, without being asked is seen as them trying to hurry you out. As such it is absolutely expected that you ask for the bill, or if you already ...


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At least here in Germany such additional rails are used in sensitive areas, like stations, bridges etc., to prevent extensive damage in case of a derailment. If a car were to derail away from the platform (in your case), the third rail would still hold the car and would prevent it from drifting too far apart (and probably overturning etc.). Here is such an ...


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Millions of people per year visit Greece, and I'm willing to bet that a large portion of them do not speak any Greek. It's a very popular holiday destination for English speaking people. I can't imagine you would have much trouble at all1. Immigration and customs should be no problem. Have the name of your hotel written down in the unlikely event you get a ...


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This is called a Guard rail. These are placed in areas with restricted clearance to prevent excessive damage in case of derailment. In this case, it prevents a derailed train from hitting the platform where passengers are standing and/or other passenger trains.


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In Greece you should just signal to the waiter. Either raise your hand or do what DJClayworth said. It is not uncommon for people to ask for extra plates (fries, tzatziki, feta etc.), so they will wait for you to tell them when you are ready to pay the bill. (Also in many restaurants when you signal for the bill they bring a dessert too!)


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You'll manage. I speak from recent experience: I completed last year's Athens Classic Marathon (which incidentally led to this question, but I digress). Unlike you I didn't book via a travel provider but arranged everything myself; I've visited a couple of restaurants outside the city center and all waiters spoke decent English. I haven't spoken more than a ...


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am concerned about getting through customs and getting to and from the airport to the hotel. Will i have issues in customs, or are there english speaking staff available? Living in Greece all my life I can assure you that, nope, you won't. As a famous tourist destination almost all tourist related jobs here require some sort of proficiency in speaking ...


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The correct address is the one in Patra. The other one in Athens is most probably a mistake on Google Maps. Here is my reasoning: The address is basically the same - EO stands for Ethniki Odos, and the road from Patra to Korinthos is the same as the one from Athens to Korinthos Palea Ethniki Odos means Old National Road 26500 is the postcode of Rio Rio is a ...


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Although it's true that there are copious amounts of anti-German rhetoric in local media, it's mostly targeted towards German politics and politicians, not Germany in general or its people. Ewald Lienen, a German football coach who has been working in Greece for a few years, was recently asked more or less the same question by the Bild and his reply was: ...


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You should not have problems. My recent experience in Greece (mainly in Crete, off-season): Athens airport: no problem, English is understood, signs are also in English, personnel speak English. There is no problem in customs (like most countries: it is not necessary to know local language). Car rental: no problem: you will have documents in English, and ...


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Permits are given for non-orthodox and orthodox men. 10 non-orthodox and 100 for Greek and orthodox visitors per day and are valid for a 4 day visit. The permit is called a "Diamonitirion" and you need to make reservations well in advance (upto 6 months is suggested). You can call this number +302310252578 for more information. You can also find post and ...


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The go-to resource for ferries is ferrylines.com. When I search for ferries from Italy to Greece, it lists 26 results: We can readily see some of them are departing from the north. Specifically, there are six lines from Venezia to Greece: You can use their search engine for yourself to look for further alternatives and information. If you feel ...


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During the Soviet period, some scientific research center was established in this building (don't remember the profile of them, any more). In the late 1990s the building was granted by Georgia to the Greek state as a residence for the Greek ambassador in Tbilisi. The building still is uninhabited and looks "as is" now.


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According to Google Image, it should be Santorini.


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Yes, there is an official transliteration scheme from the Greek alphabet to Roman. The Greek Government uses the Hellenic Organization for Standardization (ELOT) standard 743. Wikipedia has the full table: I'll not reproduce it here, since Stack Exchange doesn't support tables and the Wikipedia table also includes other transliteration schemes. Note that, ...


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Yes, it is normal, not only in Greek Islands but also in Greek cities, especially in high-end places. Unfortunately, the whole point is usually to not appear to officially work for the bar. Is the valet properly insured and officially employed? Does the establishment hold a valid license for the parking space? If there is a fee for parking there (...


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A phrasebook will certainly help. So will "nee", "oki", "yassas", "efharisto" and "parakello" ("yes", "no", "hallo", "thank you", and either "please" or "you're welcome"). Whilst you can certainly expect most Greeks to speak English to a greater or lesser extent, it is profoundly rude to rock up in someone else's country without knowing even those basics. ...


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Apparently OASTH has added a direct line from Macedonia Airport to the Chalkidiki KTEL. The line's number is 79A, and it's non stop. I'm not sure if the line is only for the summer, it might make sense to send OASTH an email and verify the line will be in service when you plan to arrive in Thessaloniki. Getting from Thessaloniki to Vourvourou with public ...


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This might not be the answer you expect but Interrail passes offer some discounts on some domestic ferry lines. The offer is you get 30% off on domestic ferry tickets if you reserved a ferry ticket between Greece and Italy (which is included with the Global Interrail Pass or you have 30% off on it with the Greece Plus Interrail Pass). It is valid on the ...


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Heraklion's airport is very easy on finding a taxi, even at later times than 11pm. Especially, during the summer period, but also during winter as long as there are flights landing. There is no need to book in advance, since there is a queue of taxis waiting just outside arrivals 24/7. If you still prefer to book a taxi, a reputable company that I know of is ...


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You do not say it in your question, do you have a car? Experience First, for the close experience, I went during August to Greece and did not book ahead (we were pedestrians). On a very large car ferry between Athens and some islands, booking the day before let us without reserved seats, but cabins with beds were still available. We went for non-reserved ...


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It's a statue of General Yannis Makriyannis. The location is on the intersection of Dionysiou Areopagitou and Vyronos Streets. The inscription on the base of the statue mentions the General's name and years of life, sprayed over by some vandals. Source: Waymarking.com


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There are six companies producing and distributing cigarettes in Greece. Karelia Tobacco and SEKAP are domestic manufacturers and the rest are subsidiaries of multinationals. The vendors want you to buy Marlboro because they are expensive. Like when you go into a bar and ask for "a beer" they will sell a tourist the most expensive one. Traditional brands: ...


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This page is helpful. Tourists may drive in the US for up to a year with a foreign driving licence, provided the issuing country is party to the 1949 Geneva Convention on Road Traffic (see art. 1 and art. 25 para. 1) or to the Convention on the Regulation of Inter-American Automotive Traffic (Washington, 1943); most countries are contracting parties. ...


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The magic words for looking up bus timetables in Greece are ΚΤΕΛ or KTEL. This is what they are called. So you can just Google the word KTEL plus the place one wants to go, et voila: www.ktel-zakynthos.gr/schedules/local-routes Hope that helps. Enjoy your holidays!


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Official hours are available from the Ministry of Culture website, and all the locations I checked meshed with hours posted on independent websites. The major monuments, museums, and archeological sites in Athens are open on Sundays, even in winter, for example Acropolis and Acropolis Museum Ancient Agora and Ancient Agora Museum Kerameikos National ...


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I think it is fairly certain that no such ferries exist. (Confirmed at turkeytravelplanner.com.) Until just recently (10-15 year?) there were no interaction at all between Greece and Turkey. What you can do is to get a ferry from Çeşme (just outside of Izmir) to Chios and from there get on a night ferry to Athens or Thessaloniki. I also found a schematic ...


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Article 21 of the Schengen Borders Code specifies that The abolition of border control at internal borders shall not affect [...] (b) the possibility for a Member State to provide by law for an obligation to hold or carry papers and documents [...] So, strictly speaking, you ought to check with Italy and Greece to see whether they require someone who is ...


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Greece has to apply EU rules in this matter. This means that if the total value of the goods you are importing is under €430 and you import them for personal use or as a gift, you don't have to pay any customs duties or VAT, as long as you are bringing them with you by air (rules for entry by road, e.g. from Turkey, or for things you order by post are ...


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