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Enjoy the moon in Greece

08-16-2011 10:03 BJT

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Let's join the crowds in the Greek capital Athens for a full moon festival. The event is held every year in August, under the Acropolis, when the heavenly orb is said to be at its biggest and brightest. But unlike last year, the Greek Central Archeological Council decided to close the Parthenon to preserve the monument and also, to keep the visitors safe.

Estimating an increase in the number of visitors this year, the council decided to play it safe and limit the festival on the Acropolis around the long pedestrian street that leads to the monument.

This did not deter the thousands of Greeks and tourists who flocked to the area below where they could wander around the small Herodes Atticus Odeon, under the Parthenon, and the moon.

There was also a concert with Greek musicians and singers who serenaded about the moon. The Greeks in the audience were particularly wooed by internationally renowned composer and musician Mimis Plessas who played the piano.

The Acropolis museum opened its doors until one o'clock in the morning. It filled up quickly as visitors were allowed in for free.

Nadia Ghrab, French tourist, said, "What I find really interesting is it looks like a very popular festival. There are families, there are old people, there are children. Its a real party in all its splendor and I find that really nice."

Let's join the crowds in the Greek capital Athens for a full moon festival. The event is held every year in August, under the Acropolis, when the heavenly orb is said to be at its biggest and brightest.

Although the number of tourists visiting Greece has gone up this year the country is reeling from severe austerity cuts, which have led to several violent protests in front of the Parliament.

Tourists said they fully supported the Greek people during the recession.

Xenia Gorbacheva, Russian tourist, said, "The country has such a big and rich culture and it's a very beautiful culture, country, in general and I 'm sure that they will, that this crisis will pass with some time and these people are very optimistic and positive. I am sure this mood will help them to forget about this crisis."

Seventy-five archeological sites and monuments across the country were kept open on full moon night.

 

 

 

Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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