buzzfeed.com 1. Greeks take their time. Flickr: yannisag 2. They let beautiful moments linger. Flickr: linmtheu 3. They are passionate. Flickr: nickchino A man plays the traditional bouzouki. 4. Like their ancestors, Greeks are still thinkers (and often big talkers). Flickr: vanou 5. They live closer to nature than we do. Flickr: 63391301@N00 / Via Leezard A man tenderizes a freshly caught octopus on a rock. 6. For Greeks, time with family and friends always comes first. Flickr: papazimouris 7. ... and they party like it's their last day on Earth. Flickr: linmtheu 8. The Romans really loved it here. Flickr: 27382580@N02 / Via Mateus Pabst Hadrian's Arch built for the Roman Emperor in Athens in 131 A.D. 9. As did the crusaders. Flickr: jlascar / Via Jorge Lascar Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes built around 1309. 10. So did the Venetians. Flickr: dubefranz Methoni Castle in the western Peloponnese region. And the Turks... well, let's just say they overstayed their welcome. Via Flickr: jdawson554 The 18th-century mosque of Gazi Hassan Pasha on the island of Kos. 11. Eighty percent of the country is picturesque mountains... Flickr: pappousaki The White Mountains on the island of Crete. 12. ...but the beaches are absolutely... Flickr: imagea / Via imagea.org Porto Katsiki beach on the island of Lefkada. ...crazily... Flickr: esther- Lindos beach on the island of Rhodes. ...ridiculously... Flickr: visitgreecegr Voidokilia beach in the Messenia region of western Greece. ...ludicrously... Flickr: visitgreecegr The western coast of Greece's Peloponnese region. ...breathtaking. Flickr: tr8la / Via l.conti Navagio beach on the island of Zakynthos. 13. The towns look like this... Flickr: darkb4dawn Astypalea. and like this... buzzfeed.com Corfu (Kerkyra). and sometimes like this... Flickr: cmgramse Skiathos. but also like that. Flickr: alexcoitus Ermoupolis on the island of Syros. 14. The Mediterranean diet is from here. Flickr: a-culinary-photo-journal Horiatiki (village) salad with tomatoes, feta, Kalamata olives, peppers, oregano, and olive oil — never lettuce. EVER. ...where it is best enjoyed next to the Mediterranean. Flickr: polselli Mykonos. 15. Greek food is so much more than souvlaki and gyros. Flickr: pazavi / Via Flickr: avlxyz Clockwise: Grilled sausage and meats on the spit; fresh grilled sardines; Greek meatballs in tomato sauce with yogurt; loukoumades (honey doughnuts); portokalopita (orange pie); horta (boiled greens with lemon); and grilled squid with olive oil. 16. Feta. The real, salty, creamy, crumbly stuff. Flickr: santos 17. Freshest. Seafood. Ever. buzzfeed.com Fresh sea urchin roe on the island of Amorgos. 18. Figs grow wild. Lots of them. Everywhere. Nathan / Via Flickr: nobo 19. Breakfast in Greece is something special. Flickr: gorgeoux Greek yogurt with pine honey and toasted nuts. 20. Coffee breaks are serious affairs. Flickr: p-andr 21. They make mighty fine beer. Flickr: matt_gibson Alfa being the best. 22. Athens is one of the most underrated cities in the world. Flickr: identity-chris-is A dog looks out over Athens to Lykavittos Hill. 23. Athens' nightlife goes on till the wee hours every day of the week. Metamatic:taf art space and bar. 24. Athens' central market is a wonderland of delicious food. buzzfeed.com 25. The Exarchia neighborhood in Athens will never gentrify and never surrender. Flickr: 76721782@N04 / Via Insocialableblog Athens street protests 2011 spilling out from the leftist Exarchia neighborhood. 26. Greeks leave paradise intact, unlike their Mediterranean neighbors. Flickr: southbayer / Via Alexander Besant 27. Over 1,200 stunning islands to choose from. Flickr: amira_a 28. Most of Greece is hard to reach and that's a very good thing. Flickr: adamwitwer Catch a ferry to Greece's far-flung islands but don't expect to be able to book online. 29. From May to September you'll almost never see a cloud. Flickr: papazimouris The island of Sifnos. 30. Mykonos is summer's biggest beach party. Flickr: rwp-roger 31. This unsuspecting island village is home to an even more debauched party scene than Mykonos. Any guesses? Via janwillemsen This village parties like it's 1999 (every night). Photo circa 1975 but not much has changed. 32. Folegandros is one of the most enchanting places on Earth. Flickr: eliasfilis The main village on the island of Folegandros built along a cliff to stave off pirates. 33. Lesbos is a real spot and it's beautiful. Flickr: mavroudis And yes, the word comes from there. 34. Crete has more history and landscapes on one island than some large countries have. Flickr: theo_reth / Via Theophilos Rethymnon, Crete. 35. Mount Athos is still mysterious nearly 1,000 years later. Flickr: cod_gabriel The nearly two dozen monasteries dating back to the Middle Ages hang precipitously from the peninsula's cliffs. Sadly, women are not allowed in the area. 36. The acoustics at Epidavros will blow your mind. Flickr: rosino Built in the 4th-century B.C., the theater seats 15,000 people. 37. Rock climbing on the island of Kalymnos is some of the best there is. 38. Yes, yes, that famous sunset from the village Oia on the island of Santorini (Thira) is OK too. Flickr: byrdiegyrl Good luck finding a free place to stand or sit. 39. The mind-boggling monasteries at Meteora. Flickr: jaimeperez Meteora's Byzantine monasteries date back to the Middle Ages. 40. The Greeks saved Western civilization right here. Flickr: dandiffendale The burial mound of the 192 Athenians killed during the Battle of Marathon against the invading Persian army in 490 B.C. 41. This WAS Sparta. Flickr: d1v1d The ruins of ancient Sparta with modern Sparta in the background. 42. Alexander the Great was from here. Via Flickr: carolemage Pella, Greece. 43. Zeus once ruled the world from up there. Flickr: 33284937@N04 / Via Nikos Koutoulas Mount Olympus in Greece's Macedonia region. 44. The oracle worked its magic up here on Mount Parnassus in Delphi. Flickr: ejs76 / Via Emilio J Santacoloma The oracle at Delphi. 45. ...and Poseidon from down there. Flickr: papazimouris Temple of Poseidon in Sounio, just south of Athens. 46. Icarus would have seen this beautiful place just before he crash-landed. Flickr: 86813892@N00 / Via Woody Wade The island of Ikaria, named after the mythical figure. 47. Theater was born here. Flickr: ejs76 Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens. 48. Philosophy too. Flickr: telemax A statue of Plato in Athens. 49. Democracy was conceived here on this rock. Flickr: arkntina The Pnyx, Athens. Greeks have been through a lot lately. Flickr: agelakis But the truth is while we worried about them, maybe they should have been worried about us instead. Via alexcoitus Out of a frosty winter, a warm Greek summer awaits.