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Final Greek Easter Insights

Rick Steves | Posted 06.21.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Our crew is heading home after two busy weeks of filming (first in Italy, then in Greece -- since Orthodox Easter was a week later than Western Christ...

Easter Finale: Duck!

Rick Steves | Posted 06.20.2015 | Religion
Rick Steves

Just before midnight on Easter Saturday, Nafplio's main square fills with people. The bishop gives a blessing and declares that Christ is risen. Then the candlelight (which came to Nafplio from Jerusalem via Athens, as it does each Easter) is brought out and sparks a sea of flickering flames, as it spreads from candle to candle.

Procession Through Nafplio

Rick Steves | Posted 06.17.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Celebrating Easter in Greece is an unforgettable experience. On Good Friday evening in Nafplio, it seems the entire town turns out for what is essenti...

Jesus' Funeral March

Rick Steves | Posted 06.16.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Here are a few more photos from my recent TV shoot in Greece -- one of several countries included in my upcoming Rick Steves' European Easter public t...

Participating in a Somber Greek Orthodox Good Friday

Rick Steves | Posted 06.15.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

In the Greek Orthodox tradition, the events of Good Friday begin late Thursday night, and proceed step by step with elaborate rituals and incense-fill...

Getting Friendly With Greek Orthodoxy

Rick Steves | Posted 06.14.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Our Easter special for public television is in the can. We finished shooting on Eastern Orthodox Easter -- which was this past Sunday -- in Nafplio, Greece. A fun part of my work is to give another culture meaning so it becomes less foreign to an American visitor.

A Scenic Breakfast in Nafplio, Greece

Rick Steves | Posted 06.13.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Because Eastern Orthodox Christians use a different calendar than western Christians, Orthodox Easter was a week later this year. While some countries do Christmas with more gusto, it's clear Greece (along with Spain) pulls out all the stops for Easter.