Friday, September 2, 2016

This is the first visit from Greece? Really?

I guess so. Monaco, Kosovo, Montenegro, San Marino, Vatican City, Lichtenstein -- they all refuse to come by. Greece? In the house! So what do we know about Greece? This:
officially the Hellenic Republic also known since ancient times as Hellas is a country located in southeastern Europe. According to the 2015 census, Greece's population is approximately 10.9 million. Athens is the nation's capital and largest city, followed by Thessaloniki.
Greece is strategically located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa. Situated on the southern tip of the Balkan peninsula, it shares land borders with Albania to the northwest, the Republic of Macedonia and Bulgaria to the north and Turkey to the northeast. Greece consists of nine geographic regions: Macedonia, Central Greece, the Peloponnese, Thessaly, Epirus, the Aegean Islands (including the Dodecanese and Cyclades), Thrace, Crete, and the Ionian Islands. The Aegean Sea lies to the east of the mainland, the Ionian Sea to the west, and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. Greece has the longest coastline on the Mediterranean Basin and the 11th longest coastline in the world at 13,676 km (8,498 mi) in length, featuring a vast number of islands, of which 227 are inhabited. Eighty percent of Greece is mountainous, with Mount Olympus being the highest peak at 2,918 metres (9,573 ft).
When I was a lad, we learned a lot about Greece as the cradle of Western civilization. I think that school of thought is out of favor these days. Fuck that. Greece has a lot of islands that are really nice, I hear. They also are a constant threat to bring about the collapse of the European Union, which I view as a good thing. Tax evasion is the national pastime, followed closely, apparently, by not paying vendors who sell Greek businesses the goods that those businesses sell. I'm sure it's all hype.

Except for the islands thing. Such as this:

And this:

And this:

Come on. What's not to love? We also owe Greece -- or at least Sparta -- for giving us the battle of Thermopylae,  which gave us "300:"

So there you have it. Cradle of Western civilization, great beaches, hot chicks, fabulous war movies. Welcome to Eff You, Greece. Come again soon, and bring your friends.

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