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Costs cut on flights to Greek islands May 6, 2007

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Air fare prices to five Greek island destinations coud drop in the off season as the Greek government has decided to slash take off and parking fees for airlines in half.

Flights landing and taking off at Chania, Heraklion, Rhodes, Corfu, and Kos will all have their costs cut from October 1st to March 31st every year and the cost could be passed on to air travellers. The Greek islands, already well served by regular flights from the UK will become even more accessible for holiday makers looking for all sorts of holidays.

Each of the islands sits serenely on pure blue seas and is bathed in year round sun. Holidaymakers of all varieties will find the fun they favour. Package holiday resorts of sun seekers and beach activities are available for travellers who just want to sit back and have everything done for them.

Adventurers will find plenty to explore, as the islands have lengthy histories in the area that has housed some of the world’s largest civilisations. Renting a car will give independent travellers the liberty to discover the picturesque villages, hidden coves and tranquil views they seek.

Direct summer flights to Greek islands May 6, 2007

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GB Airways is increasing the amount of flights to Greek Islands, no doubt increasing demand for overseas property.

More flights to Mykonos, Corfu and Rhodes are expected to attract a new wave of interest and have a direct influence on the rental prices for Greek property. As accessibility improves, owners of rental holiday homes in the area should experience increased demand.

A spokesperson from GB Airways, a subsidiary of British Airways, has promised that by the summertime they will not only provide 20 flights a week to these islands but for a longer season than previously.

All three destinations offer something different for all ages and types of short break holiday makers, including second home investors. The increased air traffic will open these destinations as weekend break destinations, reduce travel time considerably compared to the time consuming ferries whist also addressing the demand for a more luxury Greek holiday that has previously not been catered for by existing charter companies.

One of the knock-on effects of more tourists visiting certain locations, is a higher standard of quality accomodation and as a result potential for investment looks extremely encouraging.

For more information on flight availability visit www.gbairways.com

Paramas’ 33rd annual Greek Festival May 6, 2007

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St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church, 51 Paramus Road, Paramas

Spring has arrived and the Greek Orthodox Community of St. Athanasios in Paramus, New Jersey is actively preparing for their 33rd Annual Greek Festival, which will be held May 17-20th, 2007 at their Community Center at 51 Paramus Road, Paramus, New Jersey.

What a better way to spend your weekend! We invite you to stop by and enjoy the pleasures of our delicious home-made cuisine, our culture, music and hospitality.

Hours of Operation:
Thursday, May 17 11:00 am to 9:00pm
Friday, May 18 11:00 am to 12:00 midnight
Saturday, May 19 11:00 am to 12:00 midnight
Sunday, May 20 12:00 noon to 9:00 pm

Our Festival features fun for the entire family: Indoor and Outdoor dining, Gyro, Souvlaki, Baklava, Games, Loukoumades, Grilled Octopus, Ouzo, Super 50/50 Raffle, Car raffle, Greek Music & Video Sales, Live Greek Music and Dancing in the aisles.

For more information call the Church office at 201-368-8881

Brunswick’s Greek Festival May 6, 2007

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The 15th Annual Greek Festival will be held May 18-20 at 608 S. College Road, across from UNCW. Times: noon-11 p.m. May 18-19 and noon-8 p.m. May 20.

There will be food, pastries, music and dancing. There will be a full menu of various Greek dishes such as gyros, pastitsio and mousaka, Greek style shish kabob, lemon chicken, souvlaki, Greek-seasoned calamari, red snapper (Friday only) and Greek-style lamb shanks. Also Greek wines and beer and an array of gift shops and church tours.

Free parking will be available at the K-Mart parking lot as well as shuttle service to and from the festival. Details: 392-4444.

MOTÖRHEAD live in Greece May 6, 2007

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According to www.metalzone.gr, MOTÖRHEAD has added two Greek dates to its European summer tour.

The world’s loudest rock band will appear in Thessaloniki on June 12 at the Principal Club and in Athens on June 13 at the Fencing Olympic Complex. Pre-sale for both shows starts on May 8.

MOTÖRHEAD’s latest album, “Kiss of Death”, entered the national album charts in the following countries: Germany: #4, Norway: #9, Sweden: #13, Austria: #20, Switzerland: #26, U.K.: #45, Denmark: #53. The CD was recorded at the Paramount studios in Los Angeles with Cameron Webb, who also worked with the group on 2004’s “Inferno”. The album includes guest appearances by Poison guitarist C.C. Deville and Alice In Chains bassist Mike Inez. 

Tiesto’s spectaculars at Wonder sites May 6, 2007

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Dance music superstar dj Tiesto is keen to create the magic of his hero Jean Michel Jarre at Wembley Stadium when the famous London venue re-opens later this year.

And the show could be the first of a string of Jarre-like spectaculars the Dutch hitmaker will perform at the world’s most amazing sites and arenas, to promote his new album Elements of Life. Tiesto, real name Tijs Verwest, is even considering using some of the modern Wonders of The World as the backdrops to concerts.

The Traffic DJ, who stunned the world with his performance at the Parade of Athletes ceremony which opened the Athens Olympics in Greece in 2004, says:

“That’s a very good idea. I’d certainly consider playing at the Pyramids, Egypt, where Jean Michel Jarre performed on New Year’s Eve in 1999. I’m often compared to him and I’m always flattered. But that’s not my immediate dream. After performing at EuroDisney, which I’ve now done, it would be really good to play at Wembley Stadium.”

Galis honored in pre-game ceremony May 6, 2007

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One of the greatest legends in modern Greek sports, Nikos Galis, was honored by the City of Athens in a pre-game ceremony before the Euroleague Basketball title game between Panathinaikos and CSKA Moscow at OAKA arena in Athens on Sunday night.

One of the greatest scorer’s in European basketball history, the 50-year-old Galis is considered one of the icons who helped popularize basketball in Greece in the 1980s. Although born and raised in the United States, Galis returned to his family’s homeland for a career that was crowned by his performance as top scorer at the 1987 European Championship, leading the Greek national team to its first-ever gold medal. After the ceremony, Galis had these comments:

“I hope we all see an exciting Final, and may the best team win, although we Greeks all would love Panathinaikos to lift the trophy. The Greens have a team that combines quality and experience, while their fans are expected to give them a big boost. Both [Papaloukas and Diamantidis] are magnificent players, and real gems for Greek basketball. They have almost the same style of play, they play for the team, and the duel between them is eagerly awaited.”

“I was moved by the Mayor’s initiative, and after such a welcome and an ovation, I feel really blessed that I took up sports. It is hard for me to express my feelings after such a great honor. Thanks to the City of Athens for the privilege and to the fans for their applause. It is difficult for us athletes to realize that it has been such a long time since we retired. It has been 13 years, and I feel as if it was yesterday. I felt like putting on my gear and getting on the floor to play!” 

Source > http://www.euroleague.net/final-four/i/12324/1003/item