Difference between revisions of "Talk:Greece"
Revision as of 15:56, 25 January 2009
Add a couple health tips.
I've reworded the Talk section to state earlier and more explicitly that English speakers won't encounter language problems in Greece, since I've talked to some people who've expressed this concern.
I've removed the link to http://www.popscar.gr/ for several reasons. This link, with a front-text saying it was "an up to date page on car rental in Crete," originally pointed to http://www.carhireincrete.com/. So it shouldn't have been on the Greece page in the first place. Then today, an anonymous URL from Greece substituted the URL of a nation-wide Greek car rental agency, http://www.popscar.gr/, without changing the front text. There are two things wrong with this: first, although a link to this agency, which is a national one, is now appropriate for the Greece page, the front text, which says it is a Cretan agency, is inaccurate (it has offices in Crete but also elsewhere in Greece.) Second, the original URL, pointing to a Cretan car rental agency, is still valid, so it shouldn't have simply been overlaid by someone else. If these URLs are being added to Wikitravel by someone on the staff of these agencies, those people should read the page Wikitravel:Welcome, business owners, where they will find guidelines explaining among other things that business owners who add links to their businesses should add them only to the appropriate page, and should never delete or overlay competitor's links. Sailsetter 19:03, 17 March 2008 (EDT)
I've changed the description on the link to the Porto Club travel agency to reflect the fact that it's an agency offering vegetarian-oriented tours; the previous text implied it was a cookery page. Sailsetter 12:13, 14 March 2008 (EDT)
I've deleted the link in this section to http://www.hotels-in-greece.com/ because 1) it's clearly not in compliance with the Wikitravel policy against including external links to "Hotel or travel booking services / aggregators", and 2) the page it links to is in German, making it an inappropriate link to include in the English language Wikitravel.
I've made two changes to the information on currency exchange. I've substituted "most banks" for "National Bank of Greece," since almost all Greek banks will change money: I've never walked into one that wouldn't. Also I've deleted the statement that Alpha Bank and others will only change money for account holders: I don't have a Greek bank account and I've changed money in Greece for many years, including last summer, at Alpha Bank and others without ever being asked if I were an account holder.
I added a comment to the Stay Safe section about laws regarding the export of antiquities, but I left it vague because I'm not sure what the current laws are. Some older books say simply that an antiquity is anything made before 1830, but I suspect current laws are more complicated than that. Can anyone give a reference to a clear, concise, layperson's-language statement of what a traveler should know about these laws? Sailsetter 12:23, 9 March 2008 (EDT)
That was me, doing some edits on the "Drink" section, before I decided to start an account. Unfortunately, it appears there is no way to sign this post automatically -- somebody should fix that. --Jpbrenna 14:06, 14 May 2005 (EDT)
The list of regions needs to be split up. I don't know enough about the country to attempt this. Can someone who does undertake to do this? WindHorse 14 Feb 06
The country's historical and cultural regions are Thrace, Macedonia, Epirus, Thessaly, Central Greece aka Rumely, Peloponnese, Crete, Ionian Islands, and Aegean Islands. These are the country's historical regions and are more relevant to a tourist from a historical and cultural perspective, than the administrative regions or "departments." The histotical/cultural regions do not necessarily correspond with administrative departments, such as West Greece which was recently carved out of Rumely and the Peloponnese region for adminstrative purposes (also, the Mecadonia region can be broken down into smaller adminstrative departments). I will be modifying the region section to clarify between these two types of regions. And I will also change "Western Thrace" to Thrace. Yes, Greece's Thrace region is part of a larger region of the same name (shared by Greece, Bulgaria, and Turkey.) However, I'm afraid this might cause confusion as no one in Greece refers to the Greek region as "Western Thrace." It's simply "Thrace." The word Thrace links to the separate article for Western Thrace. skyduster 21:34, 26 December 2006 (EST)
I've reverted the edit by CTPGreece adding a West Macedonia region. I also think the linked region page should be deleted. The recent revision and simplification of the Greece regions was done after a lengthy discussion period in which everyone who commented agreed with it. Changing these regions now not only ignores this consensus but has all kinds of messy implications for the existing region structure, which is all linked together. This doesn't mean of course that the region structure can't be changed, but I think it does mean that the Greece (or any other) regions shouldn't be tampered with without further discussion of the implications, so that a new consensus can be reached. If anyone wants to revise a region structure, I think it's especially important to discuss it on the relevant talk page first (as I did in this case.) Sailsetter 10:34, 9 September 2008 (EDT)
Turkish Stamps from Cyprus
The following is not true and can get people in trouble:
I will be deleting it soon unless someone disagrees.Centarch
It's still there. I'll try to confirm what's really going on right now, and revise it accordingly. skyduster 21:14, 25 August 2006 (EDT)
I deleted it. If anyone confirms it to be true, re-post it. skyduster 01:01, 26 December 2006 (EST)
what about drug policy in Greece?
I've found this article severely lacking in many areas. I have edited and/or made additions to:
skyduster 20:45, 25 August 2006 (EDT)
Regions and Holidays/Festivals
I am currently expanding the "Destinations" section.
I created subcategories according to each of Greece's REGIONS, and I will list destinations under each of these subcategories. When that's done, I will delete the original 2 paragraphs that were under "Destinations" (For the time being, I kept the original text under "Destinations" pushing it above the unfinished regions subcategories.)
I've also added the "Holidays and Festivals." So far, I've discussed the major national public holidays. I plan on adding text about various regional holidays and festivals around the country.
skyduster 20:45, 25 August 2006 (EDT)
Yeah, it would be cool to be a docent for Greece. I will also take a look at other country pages, and see how they're structured.
For Greek Macedonia, I always prefer to use the Greek term for the region, which is Makedonía, in order to differentiate it from the Republic of Macedonia. I'm sure we'll come up with a way to differentiate the two articles. Maybe include a footnote in each to clarifiy what the article is about, and provide a link to the other, in case readers are looking for the other one.
Individual articles for each periphery/region sounds good. But I would like to have at least a bulleted list of major destinations (with brief descriptions) under their respective regions in the main Greece article, because -through my experience of giving travel advice on Greece- very very many people are not knowledgeable enough on Greece to seek out an article on, say, "Corfu" or "Meteora." I want to mention places people would not otherwise look up. Athens and possibly Mykonos are the only Greek place-names most non-Europeans can name. Most poeple will just go directly to the main Greece article to see what the country has to offer. I prefer to list several destinations on the main Greece page, with brief descriptions for each of these places and links to their individual articles. And of course, we can have articles on the regions as well.
Likewise, I'd like to mention various local festivals in the main Greece article under the "Holidays and Festivals" section to bring up some cool festivals in towns/regions/islands that people might not otherwise look up.
I want to make the main Greece page into something that would teach potential visitors more about the country, and allow them to discover new destinations and options they would enjoy, but didnt know existed; rather than just a reference page. A LOT of people want to visit Greece, but know nothing about it, and dont know where to start.
What do you guys think? :-)
skyduster 20:45, 25 August 2006 (EDT)
Article Needs Pictures
I will try to look for some digital pictures of my own, but if anyone has any to contribute, please feel free to upload them. What I am looking for are pictures that illustrate the country's beauty (remember, this is a travel giude), as well as the diversity of the country's architecture, terrain, and historical monuments. Let's refrain from posting too many pictures that have become cliché...everyone knows the Parthenon is in Greece, and it already is the first picture that readers will see on the Athens article. However, a gorgeous night scene of some sort of event at Herod Atticus theater with the floodlit Parthenon in the background, that would be awesome. Pictures of towering mountains, olive orchards, vineyards, beaches, and/or festivals (Easter, Carnival, wine harvest festivals, etc) are a huge plus. For historical sights, let's try to balance out ancient sights with medieval sights. But, of course, as it says in Image policy let's not be redundant. Let's add some pics and see how it goes. :-) skyduster 20:45, 25 August 2006 (EDT)
Skiathos, and the Sporades... needs info! Flotilla cruises.
Accommodation in Greece
I wonder why this section is there at all? It doesn't seem to comform with External Links Policy, as far as I understand it. Opinions? --DenisYurkin 04:16, 12 November 2006 (EST)
It appears that they do follow policy, since they are links to websites that list places of accomodation, and are not competing travel guides. skyduster 22:18, 17 November 2006 (EST)
"Beer is not a tremendously popular drink in Greece, and is hence often overpriced, with prices in bars, cafes and clubs in the more well-to-do parts of Athens and trendy island resorts often running to nearly 10 euros for a half litre bottle."
I'll have to alter this statement. Beer is actually widely popular in Greece. The reason it's expensive is because of a combination of several things:
skyduster 22:16, 17 November 2006 (EST)
ferry schedule and routes
Is there any recommended site providing schedule, prices and routes for ferries connecting Greek islands? Googling gives only tons of agencies and hundreds of replicas of partial schedules--and nothing what would seem a reliable online service--at least for information if not for booking. --DenisYurkin 18:27, 23 November 2006 (EST)
> Reverted edits by 18.104.22.168; changed back to last version by 22.214.171.124 
Evan, the link that was submitted by 126.96.36.199 is possibly not the best source, but it's far better than nothing. Do we have a better, possibly non-affiliated official one-stop link to ferries schedules and routes? If not, let's have gtp.gr before we find something better. What do you think? --DenisYurkin 11:10, 8 December 2006 (EST)
I think this whole issue needs to be revisited, since one of the most serious concerns of travelers to Greece is finding out ferry schedules. It's also one of the most confusing issues in planning Greek travel. The above discussion didn't seem to reach any conclusion, so I'd suggest further discussion here. Meanwhile, I propose to add a section to the Greece page giving links to individual Greek ferry companies providing international and domestic service (the latter if for more than one region.) I may also put ferry company links on other pages if a company basically serves just that region. The links I'm talking about are links to the official pages of the individual shipping companies, not links to travel agent or aggregator booking agency sites. (On some of these shipping agency sites you can see schedules and buy tickets, on some only see schedules, and on some do neither but just get a general description of the service.) I assume this will be within policy, since it's comparable to putting links to an airline's official web site, which is common practice. As for a Greece-wide ferry schedule site, for the present I won't tamper with the gtp links referred to above, but there may be a better solution. Comment is welcome. Sailsetter 15:46, 13 April 2008 (EDT)
To revisit this much vexed issue: I've added some ferry company sites to the Greece section, and will add more if I find them. The question of what other sites to link to is a difficult one. Travelers to Greece are often eager to find comprehensive ferry schedule sites, and it can be hard to find a good one. I know of at least six Greek comprehensive ferry schedule sites, some of which, confusingly, use multiple URLs. The problem is that these are all either aggregator or travel agent sites, and thus ruled out by Wikitravel policy. Many of them are nevertheless currently listed on various Greek pages, but I haven't deleted them pending resolution of this issue. The two best such sites in my experience are the aggregator site www.openseas.gr and the travel agent site www.danae.gr. Personally I think an argument can be made that given the importance of the issue, an exception should be made to include one or both of those sites on the Greece page. But previous discussion indicates that there's probably not a consensus to do that. So, I propose to do the following:
I don't think this is a particularly good plan, but it's the best one I can think of under the circumstances. Discussion will be welcome. Sailsetter 11:06, 2 September 2008 (EDT)
I would like to participate in this conversation and add the following: The Greek Travel Pages (www.gtp.gr) is a site open and available to all users with no restrictions. All domestic and international Greek ferry schedules are published online since the end of 1998. GTP is an information provider and does not sell ferry tickets online. It is the only information provider providing data for all Greek ferry schedules and not only the ones which are found within the central reservation systems (CRS’s). For example you will find information for small local routes which are not sold online. The big majority of travel professionals in Greece as well as the National Tourism Organization (GNTO) consider GTP as their main source of information, including ferry schedules. The website www.danae.gr is run by the travel agency Danae Travel based in Athens Greece. It uses the GTP ferry database but is also connected to the Central Reservation System’s database. This way it is possible to inform travelers but also sell ferry tickets online for most shipping companies. Danae.gr is the only online travel agent giving the possibility of a shopping basket in which one can drop ferry tickets for different routes with different shipping companies and pay once. I believe that the GTP site should be listed within these pages as well as links to all shipping companies. I can understand why danae.gr maybe should not. Travelers should have the possibility to find and combine routes and schedules from one source and not have to visit 10 different sites to find information. Also within the gtp site one can find fully detailed information concerning all shipping companies. Another site, which must be listed here is www.marinetraffic.com which gives live data about ship position and its route. It is a project run by the Greek Aegean university.
The OpenSeas site only has information about the ferry schedules of the shipping companies which are part of the central reservation system (CRS). The GTP site has information about all ferry routes and all shipping companies. Here are a few examples of popular routes that are not part of the CRS’s and that can only be found within the GTP site:
1. Paros (Pounta Port) to Antiparos 2. Zakynthos (Agios Nikolaos) to Kefallonia (Pessada) 3. Lefkada – Ithaki – Nydri 4. Lefkada – Kefallonia (Fiskardo) – Nydri
I agree that the GTP interface is not that user friendly, but one should take in account the amount of useful information attached to each detail of the ferry schedule result page (effective dates, proximity search, map, vessel type, vessel photos, shipping company page and a lot more).
I wrote the first three paragraphs under the Eat section as an introduction to the country's cuisine and restaurant scene. Details about specific dishes should not be included in the intro. They should be included further down along the Eat section. As you see below, someone inserted details about gyros in the 2nd introductory paragraph (in bold):
I am removing the portions in bold. Feel free to add this further down in the Eat section where we can go further into detail about various dishes. But these details do not belong in the Eat section's intro.
skyduster 22:50, 25 December 2006 (EST)
Once again, I am removing the following excerpt in bold:
Again, details about certain dishes do not belong in the opening portion of the Eat section. skyduster 22:29, 9 February 2007 (EST)
Names of Holidays
Under the Holidays and Festivals section, let's please keep the names of holidays under their English names. This is the English-language edition of Wikitravel; readers should not be expected to understand Greek, and should therefore not be expected to understand what "Pascha" and "Theotokos" mean. I am changing "Pascha" back to "Easter," "Theophany" back to "Epiphany," and so on. This article is intended for an English-speaking audience. skyduster 00:24, 2 March 2007 (EST)
The hierarchy for Greece seems to be in a bit of a mess. I am going to attempt to document it here as it currently stands so we can have a look at improving it. --NJR_ZA 14:12, 25 September 2007 (EDT)
There was some discussion above reflecting a feeling that the Greek regions should be fewer and more traveler oriented, but apparently none of the suggestions was implemented: there are still 15 regions, some of which are going to make most people say, "huh?" I propose to cut them down to the following: 1) Athens and Attica, 2) the Aegean Islands, 3) the Peloponnese, 4) Crete, 5) Central Greece (including Delphi and the Ionian Islands,) 6) Northwestern Greece (Epiros, Zagoria, Corfu,) 7) Northern Greece (everything else.) These divisions are open to criticism on geographical, historical, and administrative grounds, and are in ways artificial, but I feel they really do reflect the way most travelers to Greece, especially first time ones, think about their options, so I believe they would make a good put-the-traveler-first overview. Sailsetter 15:57, 13 April 2008 (EDT)
I've taken the plunge and reduced the regions as described above. Now pages for them will need to be written or revised. I've also removed the regional map with reluctance, since it was a nice map and a map would be useful here, but the labels on it no longer reflect the new regions. If anyone can find a map which at least more or less corresponds with the regions, or even better, which can be labeled to correspond with them, please put it in. Sailsetter 19:17, 9 July 2008 (EDT)
I've changed "Other destinations" to a list of links to what most people would agree are the most popular destinations in Greece, which I think would be more useful. Sailsetter 19:33, 9 July 2008 (EDT)
An anonymous user on July 23 removed without discussion or comment the considerable information on the "friendly stranger" bar scam found in some tourist areas of Athens. I've put it back in. This information seems to me clearly relevant, appropriate, and valuable; similar information is found in many standard travel guides to Greece as well as on wikitravel pages for other countries than Greece. If this person thinks this information is inappropriate, please give your reasons here before again making such a major and unexplained change. Sailsetter 16:08, 4 August 2008 (EDT)
I reverted the edit adding comments to the drugs section because it seemed unclear what was being said and to the extent that it was clear it seemed irrelevant to travelers. Sailsetter 15:11, 7 August 2008 (EDT)
Some recent alarming reports in the media have prompted me to add some remarks on sexually transmitted diseases to the Greek Stay Healthy section. I believe this is appropriate and necessary information, and that it's within Wikitravel policy, since the activity it's concerned with -- hooking up with other travelers, especially among younger people -- isn't sex tourism as defined by the Wikitravel sex tourism policy. If anyone wants to change it, please discuss here first. Thanks, Sailsetter 13:03, 31 August 2008 (EDT)
The European hierarchy was changed to include Greece as a "Balkan" country rather than a Mediterranean one. This was apparently done after discussion, yes, but discussion not here but on the Talk Europe page  which I, like I suspect many contributors who work on the Greece page, never knew about. I've commented there as follows: I wasn't aware of this discussion until just now after I saw the Balkan breadcrumb on the Greece page. I think there should have been pointers to it on the relevant country talk pages. I don't think it was at all reasonable to expect contributors like me, who like most contributors work with a small subset of countries, to have known about this discussion which affects the countries I'm interested in but is on a page that I never have any particular reason to check. Having seen the hierarchy change, I want to register my strong objection to including Greece in a Balkan hierarchy. The inclusion of Greece under the Mediterranean Europe area on this site is of long standing; the vast majority of travelers think of Greece as a Mediterranean country; and indeed in the minds of people in most English speaking countries Greece and Italy are the two Mediterranean countries par excellence -- "Greece and Italy" are practically synonymous with "Mediterranean." It should also be noted that changing the Greece page breadcrumb to Balkans means that the breadcrumbs on all Greece pages will lead back to Balkans -- for instance, Crete, Mykonos, and Rhodes would all have breadcrumbs leading back to Balkans, which is clearly misleading and inappropriate, (it's not particularly bad for parts of Northern Greece like Thessaly or Epiros to be "Mediterranean" since most of them have a Mediterranean coast and the few regions of Northern Greece that can really be considered inland are still close to the Mediterranean.) Listing Greece as a Balkan region also obscures the fact that the Greece has, especially from the viewpoint of travelers, much more in common with Spain and Italy than it does with Serbia or Bulgaria or Montenegro. I changed the Greece breadcrumb back to Mediterranean Europe before I came across this discussion page; for the present I'll leave it that way pending discussion, and I'll put a pointer from the Greece talk page to here. I invite other interested parties to comment there also. (I changed the breadcrumb back to Mediterranean before I knew about the hierarchy change, which I wouldn't have done unilaterally if I'd known about the discussion, but I'll leave that change for now.) Sailsetter 18:43, 14 November 2008 (EST)
Riots in Greece
According to this news article, Greece has been engulfed in rioting by angry students. Perhaps a warning should be posted.
188.8.131.52 15:18, 8 December 2008 (EST)
Article status: Guide
I suggest that this article meets the criteria for Guide Status. I propose to change the status after allowing for discussion. If anyone disagrees, please describe what specific further revisions you think would be needed to qualify for that status. Thank you. Sailsetter 10:52, 25 January 2009 (EST)