“Greeks can return to the beaches,” Spiegel Online reported, noting that “with temperatures reaching 40 degrees Celsius, all organized beaches in Greece reopened over the weekend, with strict restrictions.” The German magazine notes that “according to the (Greek) media, the crowd was large. In some beaches, there were queues from the early morning hours. Due to the limited space, not everyone was able to find a place on the beach “.
In a response from Athens, the economic review Handelsblatt notes that “so far Greece has managed to deal with the coronavirus epidemic. There have been 14 reports of deaths per million people, while in Germany the number is six times higher. One more reason for Greece to be more careful when it comes to easing measures so that it does not jeopardize what it has achieved so far. ”
Dreamy Crete with dances and appetizers
While everyone is looking forward to the summer holidays, the author of the Sunday edition of the newspaper Die Welt misses the spring holidays near Rethymnon, turning to travel memories. “Dreaming of the next dance in Crete” is the title of the report, which begins with the remark that “for many, spring is the most beautiful time in Crete.” The tour begins in Kentrochori “just a hundred inhabitants, a church, some plane trees around the village square and a tavern named after its owner: Agamemnon. Until a few years ago, she was unknown, and her fame spread from word of mouth. Of course, Agamemnon, who has the same name as the mythical hero of the Trojan War, but also his wife Urania, are now the same mythical figures. At the reception, a raki, the traditional drink of the island, dispel the dust we collected on the road. Cheers. Urania shows us everything she has collected and pre-cooked in the kitchen. No one objects when Agamemnon refills the glasses. More and more dishes on the table are filled with village salad, fresh cucumber soup with yogurt, roasted aubergines, stuffed peppers, mizithra – a creamy white cheese – and the Dako, the Cretan version of Italian bruschetta, sprinkled with fresh.
“We can only dream of all this,” the author points out, to continue the imaginary tour: “The beauty of life in Crete (…) means, above all, enjoying the moment. Get up to dance or sing as soon as someone catches the lute, the bouzouki or the baglamadaki. Some songs, like the one about ‘Maria with the Yellows’, are happy. Others sound melancholy, the elderly accompanying them with their hoarse voices. ” In the last, useful part of the report comes the abrupt landing: “No one knows which airlines will start regular flights to Heraklion or Chania again,” the author notes.
The crucial date: June 14
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas kept his papers closed for the opening of the tourist season and did not appear to be changing tactics ahead of Monday’s teleconference with his counterparts from ten European countries – including Greece and Cyprus. On Sunday night, however, speaking on German television (ARD), Maas said for the first time: “By June 14, the travel directive will be revoked gradually,” the website tagesschau.de points out.
However, “nowhere is there anything we take for granted this summer,” said Maas, adding that “there can be no single easing of measures” because each country is at a different stage in the pandemic. The report notes that Spain, Italy, Austria, Greece, Croatia, Portugal, Malta, Slovenia, Cyprus and Bulgaria have been invited to Monday’s teleconference. The purpose of the meeting is to coordinate the opening of borders for tourism. Consultations with representatives of countries bordering Germany will follow on Wednesday.