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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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!)
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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 (...
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. ...
You do not say it in your question, do you have a car?
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 ...
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.
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: ...
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:
Hope that helps. Enjoy your holidays!
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
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
If your baby is a Belgian citizen with a Belgian ID card, then he can travel to Greece using it.
Otherwise, he officially needs a passport and residence permit, but unless flying on a budget carrier, you probably won't be asked for ID at all unless you check in luggage.
It is not a matter of being allowed to enter. The airline will not allow you to board the flight in the first place, not even your US-TR flight. You must reschedule or cancel your trip.
Airline personnel do rudimentary document checks before you board, using a database called Timatic, which states directly
Passengers are not allowed to enter.
except EU ...
Wikipedia has a page on the Greek Alphabet, showing the conversion between its letters and the ones used in the Latin alphabet. This will help you decipher the text, but not the meaning. Below is a screenshot of the conversion table which can be found on the linked page:
Last time I went on a road trip in Greece (2008) I don't remember reading that many ...
As a general rule, it takes 15 days for the response to an application (see this link); and as you need to provide your travel details the consulate is aware of your deadlines - this however does not trump their internal process.
You don't get the visa after the interview, the date when you can collect the visa is given to you by the consulate or VFS.
The national mapping agency of Greece is part of the military, Hellenic Military Geographical Service or in Greek, Γεωγραφική Υπηρεσία Στρατού.
According to a few sources like Mark Dubin's The Dodecanese and the East Aegean Islands, large scale topographic maps are not available.
Note: Based upon working in the GIS (geographic information system) industry, ...
500 Euro are legal in Greece and can be used without a problem when they are in a good condition and close to the amount that you wish to pay.
For example assume that you want to pay for your stay around 550 euros.
It is fine if you give a 500 Euro bill and a 50 Euro bill.
It is also fine if you want to pay for instance 470 and expect only 30 Euro change.