Wednesday, 20 June 2012


I was talking to mum over Skype the other day and she told me my grandma is going on holiday abroad again, this time to Rhodes, Greece. That brought back memories as grandma once took me to Rhodes when I was about seven years old. It could be nice to visit again and see if it's anything like I remember the place to be. Probably not... :P I wouldn't mind visiting somewhere else in Greece, either, although perhaps not Athens or other bigger cities/towns as I would be a bit nervous of possible unrest and demonstrations.

Anyway. This lovely map is one of my first official Postcrossing postcards from Greece so it's kinda special to me. ...and I sort of like multiviews when there are THIS many pictures, and they seem to fit together quite well as there's so much blue.

Greece, officially the Hellenic Republic, is a country in Southern Europe, politically considered part of Western Europe. Athens is the capital and the largest city in the country (its urban area also including Piraeus). The population of the country is about 11 million.

Greece has land borders with Albania, the Republic of Macedonia and Bulgaria to the north, and Turkey to the east. The Aegean Sea lies to the east of mainland Greece, the Ionian Sea to the west, and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. Greece has the 11th longest coastline in the world at 13,676 km in length, featuring a vast number of islands (approximately 1,400, of which 227 are inhabited), including Crete, the Dodecanese, the Cyclades, and the Ionian Islands among others. Eighty percent of Greece consists of mountains, of which Mount Olympus is the highest at 2,917 m.

Modern Greece traces its roots to the civilization of ancient Greece, generally considered the cradle of Western civilization. As such it is the birthplace of democracy, Western philosophy, the Olympic Games, Western literature and historiography, political science, major scientific and mathematical principles, and Western drama, including both tragedy and comedy. This legacy is partly reflected in the seventeen UNESCO World Heritage Sites located in Greece, ranking Greece 7th in Europe and 13th in the world. The modern Greek state was established in 1830, following the Greek War of Independence.

I totally adore these stamps, particularly the one on the right. Fresh tomatoes and feta, mmmmmm!!!

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