Thursday, May 28, 2015
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
The village of Avato, in the northeastern prefecture of Xanthi, is home to a unique community whose ancestors are believed to have come to Greece from Sudan during Ottoman rule
"What are you looking for, young woman? the village shepherd asks. He's got African looks but speaks in the local accent, a combination that would surprise anyone who accidentally wandered into Avato, a village 26km south of Xanthi, a city in northeastern Greece.
There, away from the eyes of the world, live the black Greeks of Thrace, whose ancestors came to the country during Ottoman rule as slaves of local beys (or governors).
Now Greek citizens, they are confused about their origins. Some believe that their ancestors came to the country as British mercenaries during the first world war. The roots of an entire village is a small detail in the sum of world history.
Posted by mygreekspirit at 1:07 AM
Monday, May 25, 2015
25 May 2015
While Greece is famous for its beaches and archaeological sites, there's another form of tourism that is booming: medical tourism.
Greece is becoming an internationally recognised hub for IVF treatments, and leading the charge is Greek Australian doctor Kostas Pantos.
Since opening his Athens Genesis clinic in 2004, Dr Pantos has helped thousands of couples conceive, and he says more than 2,000 of those babies have been born to Australian families.
His clinic has seen a huge jump in applications from Australia and around the world thanks to word of mouth and ideal conditions in Greece.
"At the moment Greece is a hot spot concerning in vitro fertilisation," Dr Pantos tells Neos Kosmos.
Posted by mygreekspirit at 9:29 PM