Visiting the Greek Islands? Depending on which set of maps and guides you're using to plan your trip, you'd be forgiven for thinking bless the Greeks for inventing democracy and trigonometry, but how come they're so bad at coming up with place names? Why is everything named 'Chora'!?! Chora is the Greek word for town. This concept might encompass the most populated areas of an island. That can mean the area around Little Venice in Mykonos or the port areas of Naxos, but it can also just be a tiny village if that village is the biggest tiny village on the island.
Historically the Day of the Dead was celebrated early in the summer months, but as with many cultural celebrations, the border get a bit fuzzy with the passage of time and the influence of outsiders. Today, Dia de Muertos falls in the... fall, more closely aligned with All Saints Day, although it would be easy to see the appeal of pairing the celebration with Halloween as it typically comes to pass during the same weekend. If you're like me and you just plain love James Bond film franchise, you'd be further interested to note that the spectacular cinematography capturing Mexico City's Zocalo (Plaza del Zócalo) left a huge impression on the region. Apparently there was no parade prior to the success of Spectre, but the huge crowd of real extras in painstakingly detailed costume and make-up inspired local people to gather and hold a real parade each year since the 2015 shoot!
Disney's been working to build a safe means of enjoying their Orlando parks this summer. Set to reopen this weekend, starting with Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom on Saturday and (July 11) and EPCOT and Hollywood Studios from Wednesday next week (July 15). Guests can expect some increased opportunities to wash or at least sanitize their hands, alongside caps on admission figures and other social distancing measures. What that also meant until today was the restriction of new ticket purchases for the remainder of the 2020 season. Disney took the time to allow annual pass holders and guests of Disney resorts the time to declare their intended dates of visit before reviewing the new schedule of allotted dates and capacity. From later today (July 9) guests will be able to purchase new tickets for a visit during the 2020 season and then register their intended dates of arrival at a wholly new website set up for that very purpose: www.StartYourDisneyExperience.com Note that single day tickets don't appear to be available at this time and that you should check that your dates are available before purchase of a new ticket - then visit the above website for linking your reservation to the scheduled dates. Certain experiences have changed as a result of social distancing and hygiene measures during the 2020 season, you should ask questions about the most relevant experiences you'd like to enjoy during your upcoming visit to make sure you get the most from your trip!