Greece is a beautiful, historic country that many people fall in love with when they visit. From the capital city of Athens to the rolling hills of small villages throughout the countryside, Greece offers diverse geography, plenty of culture, and a history that dates back to ancient times. It has a population of nearly 11 million people, and the dominant language is Greek. Many of the latest generations of Greek people also speak English since it is taught in most schools as a second language. There are three different dialects within the Greek language, including Northern, Southern, and Propontis, although ancient Greek had several dialects. Overall, Greek cuisine can be associated with the popular Mediterranean diet along with some of the main characteristics of European and Middle Eastern cuisines. Greek cuisine is not only delicious but very healthy as well. It is based on the same types of food that the ancient Greeks consumed, including honey, olives and olive oil, feta cheese, Greek yogurt, legumes, wine, and barley bread. From ancient times until today, bread has been served with every meal. There are five main regions of Greece. Although the cuisine is similar throughout the country, there are differences.  Attica Region: This region includes Athens, the capital of Greece and the largest city in the country, along with islands such as Kythira and Angistri. It has Greece’s most diverse mixture of traditional dishes and street foods.  The Peloponnese: The Peloponnese region is located in the southern part of Greece and has beautiful mountain ranges. There are plenty of flatlands that are very fertile and make an excellent environment for growing produce and olives.  Northern Greece: If you like some heat when you eat, this is the region to be in. The North includes Macedonia, Epirus, INTRODUCTION



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