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Check validity of your car insurance: The Hellenic Information Centre has launched a website through which everyone can check in real time if their insurance plan is valid.The process is very simple, just follow the guide and check your vehicle’s cover! INSURANCE COVER (Dec 2016)
Traditional Greek Greetings For Every Occasion : XpatAthens has published a 'survival guide' of greetings to enable foreigners to greet Greek people appropriately. While “Χρόνια πολλά!” [chronia polla] “Many years!” is the most common wish that fits almost all joyful events, there are many other special wishes, for different occasions that you can use. xpatathens (Dec 2015)
Free movies on line : The Free Movies collection is divided into the following categories: Comedy & Drama; Film Noir, Horror & Hitchcock; Westerns (many with John Wayne); Silent Films; Documentaries, and Animation. They also have special collections of Oscar Winning Movies and Films by Andrei Tarkovsky and Charlie Chaplin. openculture (August 2014)
The Greek Ombudsman : If you are having problems with public services, and many other aspects of Greek life, the Greek Ombudsman may be able to help. There is a website in English, which has details of the agencies that fall 'within the competence' of the Ombudsman, and how to make a complaint .
You can contact the Greek Ombudsman in the following ways :-
213 1306 600 ( Monday to Friday, 8.30 a.m. to 2 p.m ., Wednesdays till 4:30 p.m .)
By fax: 210 729 21 29
Online complaint http://www.synigoros.gr/?i=submission-system.en
By post: 5 Hadjiyanni Mexi St 115 28 Athens ( Complaint form PDF )
By e-mail: (January 2014)
Refuge from domestic violence : The new Women's counselling centre aims to provide women and their children, psychosocial support and counselling, but also to help raise awareness, mobilize and inform the local community with the aim of preventing and treating all forms of violence within the family. Phone 27213 60776, 27213 60897, 27213 60898, fax 27213 60797 and e-mail: (22-8-13) EMERGENCY help line 15900 IS AVAILABLE 24/7 in Greek and English - for more information EIGE
"Buyer beware!" :The KE.P.KA. - Consumer Protection Centre receives daily, complaints-consumer complaints about the quality of tourism services provided to consumers during the holidays.They advise the public that the best protection is to be vigilant. Check accommodation and restaurant prices and don't be afraid to challenge things that do not seem right. Also return goods that do not do what they claim. By challenging poor quality you will be helping the professionals who are giving a good service! Report any circumvention of our rights to KE.P.KA. - Consumer Protection Centre, Vas 32, 54624, tel: 23102 33333 , hours 9:00 to 14:30 KALAMATA24 (16-8-13)
News of Greek Goverment decisions: The Ministry of Administrative Reform and e-Governance now publishes all laws and decisions issued by Government bodies, on one website http://diavgeia.gov.gr/ (20-6-13)
SCALE YOUR IMAGES : Even cheap modern cameras produce enormous images by default. These can be handled by program's such as Photoshop, but if you just want to email a few pictures, this program will reduce them for easier transmission. SCALE
Picasa is a program from Google that not only allows you to organise your photographs but also scale them when you want to email. It has many other features that make it the easiest way to manage photographs with just one program.
GREEK YELLOW PAGES - Full search facility is available in English . Just click on www.xo.gr for the Greek site and select 'English' ( top right )
EXPLANATION OF YOUR ELECTRICITY BILL : The ΔEH website has a detailed explanation of your electricity bill in English. See https://www.dei.gr/ecHome.aspx?lang=2 - click link top right for English. The site also has general information and news about new charges.( 31-12-10 )
Painting and Restoration advice : Angelo, who has a painting and maintenance office in Stoupa, has started a blog with many useful tips, and advice about interior design and decoration - see StoupasPainting . The blog also includes a lot of information about the Mani, his home area.
Long-term car park at Kalamata airport: Information from Stephan Bartholomä (Zorbas Travel) It is a fenced area right beside the airport monitored 24h per day. Cost for one month is €40. The owner offers even to bring people and luggage by car to the airport. AUTO ΗΛΙΟΠΟΥΛΟΣ 698 7080426, 6979 608398 Details (4-3-17)
Athens Airport to/from Kalamata by TAXI : A taxi-share service is offered by Stavros Tsatoumas 69361 01702. Cost 60 euros/head ( September 2012 )
IKTEO (In England MOT ) : The nearest centre for MOT is just past IDEA on the road from Kalamata to the airport. They are open Mon - Fri 8.00 - 16.30 and Sat 8.00 - 1.30. You can book an appointment tel 27210 99699 (Testing is required for Greek registered vehicles every 2 years)
BUS TICKETS TO ATHENS can now be booked on-line through the KTEΛ site in English. If the text comes up in Greek, right click and select 'translate page' If you want just EXPRESS buses, select EXPRESS ATHENS as your destination.