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Enticing video urges travellers to keep dreaming about going to Greece after the Covid-19 crisis

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Until the time is right, dream away! features 2 minutes of alluring natural scenery, monuments, and top tourist destinations in Greece

 

Dream on: Greece tourism officials have produced an inspiring video of sights, scenery and outdoor activities to encourage travellers to keep dreaming about taking a trip to Greece once the Covid-19 pandemic is over.

The 2-minute film,  Until the time is right, dream away!,  includes stunning aerial, ground-level and even underwater views of some of the country’s outstanding scenery, including mountains, rivers, valleys, beaches, coastlines, vineyards, monuments, historic sites, villages, cities and islands.

We recognized nearly two dozen places shown in the video — Chania, Loutro and Preveli on Crete, Corfu, Zakynthos, Mykonos, Paros, Santorini, Delos, Milos, Thassos, Skyros, Sounion, Athens and Thessaloniki — but couldn’t put place names to many more scenes that looked familiar.

The film may make you feel wistful, especially if the pandemic forced you to cancel plans to visit Greece this spring, as was the case with us. At the same time, however, it’s an inspiring reminder of all the amazing sights and places that will still be there, waiting to enthrall, excite and entertain us, once we can again travel to Greece.

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Island and mainland marvels: Video views of 38 spellbinding sights and places in Greece

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In Greece Places, filmmaker Pawel Worsztynowicz captures splendid sights and scenery from 38 marvellous spots around the country 

 

Stunning sequel: He’s done it again! Last year, filmmaker Pawel Worsztynowicz created an impressive video showing more than two dozen amazing places in Greece he had visited during nearly a year of travels throughout the country.

We included that film — Greece story — The best places in Greece? — in a blog post spotlighting our favourite videos of Greece from 2019. Running just over 2 minutes, Greece Story wowed us with spectacular views of some glorious Greek sights and scenes we recognized from our own travels, along with other beautiful places we haven’t yet had the chance to see for ourselves.

Pawel told us he had shot more video and thousands of photos during his time in Greece, so we kept hoping he would produce another short film sometime soon. We didn’t have to wait long — he let us know in mid-April that he had just published a new video called Greece Places, which we were thrilled to watch  and share here.

Locations shown in the film include:

♦ the Parthenon and the Old Temple of Athens in Athens;

♦ sites in Attica region, the Peloponnese and Halidiki;

♦ Evia island;

♦ Crete;

♦ Skiathos and Skopelos in the Sporades chain of islands;

♦ Corfu and Zakynthos in the Ionian islands;

♦ Ios, Santorini and Thirasia in the Cyclades; and

♦ Kos, Rhodes and Symi in the Dodecanese islands

You can see more of Pawel’s wonderful photography on his social media pages — @behind_the_seas on Instagram, and Behind the Seas on Facebook.

 

Video spotlights spectacular Greece sights and scenery to send inspiring message: ‘Dreams can’t be quarantined’

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Filmmaker Aris Katsigiannis collected compelling images of Greek people, some of Greece’s most famous sights and attractions, and views of the country’s spectacular natural landscapes, to create this exhilarating video

 

Don’t stop believing: If you’re suffering a severe case of self-isolation blues because your upcoming trip to Greece has been cancelled or indefinitely delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic,  Aris Katsigiannis’s inspiring video Dreams can’t be quarantined should give your spirits a big boost. The 4-and-a-half-minute film presents a dazzling panoply of sights and scenery from all over Greece as it conveys an uplifting message to people around the world: Don’t let these dark days stop you from dreaming.

If it’s dreams of going to Greece that you’ve been forced to put on hold, we strongly suspect the film’s visual delights and inspirational message will give you some joy and remind you that Greece is well worth waiting for, whenever you can finally get there. And we’re all hoping that will be sooner than later.

In notes accompanying the video’s release on YouTube, Katsigiannis says he started work on the project after the Greek government imposed a nationwide lockdown in late March in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus. He wanted to create a film that “could share a positive message worldwide, and motivate people globally during these difficult times.”

To send a message of hope in bleak, dark times, Katsigiannis couldn’t have picked a better subject for his film — after all, Greece has long been called “the land of light.” 

Copywriter and narrator Joanna Trafalis acknowledges this in the video’s introductory voiceover, noting “We have learned to see the light in the darkness. We have learned to never stop dreaming. The rough times will pass, so don’t forget your dreams.”

And as Katsigiannis adds in his descriptive notes, “Please remember this: We are all afraid, confused and we are all dealing with this crisis in our own way. But there is one thing that is for sure. Our dreams cannot be quarantined. We are all in this together. Stay positive, united, safe and better days will return.”

How to visit Greece during your Covid-19 home quarantine

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If you’re stuck at home in Covid-19 quarantine, you can visit and explore Greece through inspirational videos, dreamy photos and informative destination profiles on the new #greecefromhome website

 

Just because you can’t physically travel to Greece right now doesn’t mean you can’t pay it a visit and enjoy a Greek holiday experience in mind and spirit.

Like billions of other people around the world, you probably can’t go far from home — if you’re even able to leave it at all — because of Covid-19 quarantines, lockdowns and self-isolation measures. You definitely can’t go to Greece, because it’s totally off-limits to travellers for the time being. And while it’s far too soon to tell when countries will re-open their borders to visitors, you can still explore and experience Greece — and get ideas and inspiration for a future holiday there — by clicking over to #greecefromhome.

Launched at the beginning of March 2020, #greecefromhome is a multifaceted campaign that aims “to offer people from all over the world meaningful content from Greece during the Covid-19 crisis.” It’s a special initiative developed by the Greek government, its national tourism organisation, and a private sector tourism group that promotes Greece as a travel destination.

“[t]his is where we share our love for Greece – connecting you with Greeks doing amazing things on our YouTube channel and letting you experience the best of Greece right now, on Discovergreece.com. And if you work in tourism or any other sector, as an individual or business, you can learn new digital skills through a series of free courses in partnership with Google,” the #greecefromhome website explains.

To that end, the #greecefromhome web portal provides quick and easy access to a wealth of photos, videos and information about Greek culture, destinations and travel experiences. It includes:

♦ the Visit Greece channel on YouTube, which features videos spotlighting “Greek personalities and creators from around the world,” as well as “Greek-inspired music, mythology, cuisine, arts, crafts, fashion, sport and style” — and, of course, travel destinations and holiday activities and experiences;  

Greecefromhome website link to the Visit Greece YouTube Channel

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Screenshot of two videos from the Greecefromhome website

Above: screenshots of the #greecefromhome website links to some of the hundreds of videos available for free viewing on the Visit Greece YouTube channel

 

♦ the Discover Greece tourism website, which is packed with inspiring images and information about “archaeological sites and museums, the glorious sea, the mountains and lakes, the villages and traditions, even gastro and walking tours – exploring, sailing, hiking, rafting, tasting, discovering” and other activities to keep you merrily dreaming about — and perhaps even planning — a future holiday in Greece.

 

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Above: Screenshots showing some of the travel experience profiles available through links on  the #greecefromhome site

 

online training courses, developed by Grow with Google, that will help participants “learn about creating a digital marketing plan, using social media effectively, the art of storytelling,” and more. 

Screenshot of the Greecefromhome website digital skills learning channel

Screenshot of online digital training courses available through the greecefromhome website

Above: Screenshots showing some of the digital training courses available through #greecefromhome

 

While the goal of #greecefromhome is to keep Greece as a top of mind destination for whenever international travel resumes, it offers a great opportunity in the meantime for people to give their minds a break from the pervasive doom and gloom of the coronavirus crisis, and dream about going to one of the most beautiful places in the world. Hopefully, that will soon be possible once again.

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