Top Facts about Greece
It pays to get the kids thinking about your upcoming trip! Kids are naturally curious creatures. Any parent can tell you this from experience with the barrage of questions like:
Why is the sky blue?
What do clouds feel like?
Where does the wind go?
When you teach the kids a little about your vacation destination like information on the history, or food, or traditions, you’ll get them thinking! Kids who think are smarter, more wonderful, and more successful all around!! Make YOUR vacation the trip of a lifetime and increase your child’s intelligence. Talk about a win/win!
Scholastic, a leading educational firm in the US has this to say about exploring together,
“Shared discovery gives the greatest pleasure. In the classroom, the curious child will want to share her discovery with you. The attention, smile and shared joy you show will provide a powerful reward to the child. This is an important part of the cycle of learning. You will encourage positive exploration with your attentiveness.”
“So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Top Facts about Greece – #1 Old Capital
Athens, Greece’s capital is one of the oldest cities in the whole world! The first Athenians lived here around 3000 BC.
Top Facts about Greece – #2 A rose by any other name…
Once upon a time, the King of Athens, Cecrops wanted a patron god for the city and both Athena, the goddess of wisdom and skill, and Poseidon, the god of the seas, were interested. So, King Cecrops decided that whoever gave the city the best gift would win the honor. Athena, who was wise after all, gave an olive tree. Poseidon, maybe not so wise? gave water. Water is important for a city, but not so much SALT water! So, Athena was the winner.
Poseidon was a sore loser! He cursed the city that Athens would never have enough water.
Top Facts about Greece – #3 Olive trees
Those olive trees from Athena are pretty awesome! Olive trees can live – and produce for literally thousands of years. Yes – thousands. Olives are an important part of the economy as Greece is the 3rd largest producer of olives in the world. Have fun tasting the many varieties.
Top Facts about Greece – #4 Largest Variety of Wildlife in Europe
How is it possible that Greece has the largest variety of wildlife in Europe? Well, Greece has a very diverse geography so lots of different types of animals can find a happy place to live. Mountain tops? Check. Coast line? Check. Islands? Check. Hills? Check. Whatever animals seem to need, Greece has to offer.
Top Facts about Greece – #5 Home of the Gods
The highest point in Greece is Mount Olympus, where, as every Percy Jackson lover knows, is the home of the Gods. If you feel the need to hike up to 9,750 feet and stand where the Gods stood you’ll want to visit the town of Litochoro (The City of the Gods). In Greece you can put your head in the clouds!
Top Facts about Greece – #6 Sunniest Country in Europe
Not only does Greece have oodles of gorgeous beaches but it has the weather to enjoy them! Greece has 250 days of sunshine a year which makes it the sunniest country in Europe.
Top Facts about Greece – #7 Oldest Written Language
The Greek alphabet is really different from ours, so much so that it inspired the saying, “It’s all Greek to me!” and it is the oldest written language still in existence. Yes, even older than Chinese.
Top Facts about Greece – #8 Santa Claus
The original Santa Claus was Greek! The historical version of Santa Claus is the story of a Greek bishop who lived in the 4th century. He would secretly leave coins in children’s shoes and because of this generosity became the foundation for the modern Santa Claus.
Top Facts about Greece – #9 Birthday? No big deal
The Greeks don’t celebrate birthdays that much. Instead, the BIG day of celebration for each person is their name day. Each Orthodox Christian saint has a day for celebration and if you are named after that saint, you celebrate that day, too! When is your name day? Those who are not named after a saint celebrate, en masse, on All Saint’s Day which is 8 weeks after Easter.
Top Facts about Greece – #10 Greeks set the bar for heroism
In WWII, the Greek army, though significantly outnumbered, succeeded in the first Allied victory against an Axis Power. In light of such a fierce battle the British prime minister, Winston Churchill, said,
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You CAN take the kids on your dream vacation and you should! Vacations benefit the whole family in so many ways – decrease stress, increase your child’s intelligence, and build family bonds that will last a lifetime! Get all the tips you need right here for a fantastic trip!
Opa! Happy Travels,
Natalie, The Educational Tourist