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Maria Paravantes
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Maria Paravantes is a professional journalist, translator, media consultant and blogger. She has worked as international media advisor to the Greek minister of foreign affairs and the mayor of Athens, developing, coordinating and implementing far-reaching communications strategies.

She is currently a content writer at the Greek Travel Pages ( Her work, covering a wide variety of social, political, cultural and travel issues, has been published in Greek and international media. She was the Greece correspondent for Billboard magazine, has worked at Thomson Reuters and has experience as a foreign language educator for over two decades.

Maria is a social-anthropologist by study, a writer by profession and music-loving foodie at heart. She studied and worked in the Windy City before moving to Greece, where she travelled till she dropped in her lifelong effort to recapture the nostalgia of her childhood trips to the Motherland. In these two decades, she has experienced social change first hand and is dedicated to presenting the objective side of the story called “Greece."

Her latest pet project -- The Greek Vibe ( -- is a blog dedicated to bringing Greece closer to the world.

Entries by Maria Paravantes

Can a Singer Do Greek Politics Better?

(0) Comments | Posted August 31, 2015 | 12:04 PM

It was a full moon night, with a light breeze to ward off the August heat at a stadium in the seaside town of Marathon, Greece, where in ancient times the soldier Pheidippides set off to Athens to deliver news of a military victory against the Persians.

Today this...

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Five Reasons Greek Tourism is Still at the Top of its Game

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 1:48 PM

It's true, in this 21st-century European-inspired "David and Goliath" story, David has won the fight: the Greeks said "no" in Sunday's referendum, calling on their government and its lenders to become innovative and find viable solutions to its debt. And yet the battle ahead for Greece is only beginning against...

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The Meek vs The Massive: A Tale of Greek Tourism

(1) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 5:06 PM

Hours after the Greek leftist party Syriza came to power on Jan. 25, U.K. and U.S. press began to wonder whether travelers should think twice before packing their bags and setting off for the striking shores of Greece.


Analysis after analysis, the media,...

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Naysayers Aside, Greece Has Nothing to Lose but Its Chains

(6) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 12:15 PM

The international media's favorite soap opera is back... this time, with even more suspense and scandal, triumph and tragedy. The Greek elections, true to the Greek psyche, are full of pathos.

Leading stars? The three main parties -- the ruling (and conservative) New Democracy, the socialist Pasok and the leftist...

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A Greek Christmas Carol

(1) Comments | Posted December 25, 2013 | 8:28 AM

It is true that in all cultures and societies the war between good and evil is at the core of life. A battle that for many of us also takes place within, making life a much more testing road to travel. Come Christmas, the battle of good vs. evil comes...

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In Greece, It's Still Don't Ask, Don't Tell

(2) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 3:13 PM

In a Mediterranean country that enjoys over 360 days of crystal clear skies and ebullient sun each year, it's really hard to hide, especially when playing hide and seek, the fun game we used to play with our parents, older siblings and friends, who really knew our cover but pretended...

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Greece: Absolutely Absent... and Then Wondering Why

(16) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 12:54 PM

FYROM a.k.a. Macedonia, coffee a.k.a. Turkish coffee, halva a.k.a. Turkish halva, olive oil a.k.a. Italian extra virgin olive oil, the Mediterranean Diet, now involving countries such as Lebanon, Spain and Italy, the Thessaloniki "koulouri" a.k.a. Turkish bagel, feta cheese a.k.a. white cheese and strained yogurt... only some of the political...

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The Fascism of Ignorance... One More Greek Story

(1) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 9:24 AM

In my country, everyone squeals and whines about politics and how this or that party is exploiting the people, pocketing their money or never respecting their rights. In my country, a young man was killed in the middle of the street in broad daylight with the police and bystanders looking...

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Greece: A Teenage Nation

(16) Comments | Posted May 2, 2012 | 12:00 PM

Greeks are like teenagers. They live with their parents until they get married. And even then their parents live really close by, like up or down stairs from them always having a key to the house "just in case." As teenagers who refuse to grow up, they marry on a...

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A Tax for Your Thoughts...

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2012 | 2:09 PM

At first it was just a word: trouble. Financial trouble. Troubled nation. Troublesome situation. Troublemaking Greeks. And then it grew and grew, and grew... obsessively taking over my every day thoughts and ultimately my life. New parasitic words with unidentified meanings flocked into my brain and made their heavy nest...

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