Greece: Blue sky, blue sea

Greece: Blue sky, blue sea

GREECE - From a family-style retreat to a posh hotel-casino complex, Greece's seaside beckons tourists looking for a bargain with quality and locals who still know how to have a good time, Mike Peters discovers.

Recent TV reports about Greece, with its financial crisis and street protests over the country's austerity measures, don't make it look like party central. But drop into the country for a few days of relaxation, and it's suddenly clear why Greece has long been the word for an idyllic holiday.

I'm hanging out on a beach that could be on a postcard or in a Disney film.

The sea gleams before us in jewel tones: first a bright band of turquoise, then an expanse of cobalt blue as far as the eye can see.

About a dozen Chinese entrepreneurs in the food-and-beverage business are in my tour group, stretched out on the Peloponnese shore with me. A cellphone rings near us, and I jump up for a little pantomime - grabbing my own phone, scowling at it like a cartoon pirate, and winding my arm back as if I'm about to hurl the offending little gizmo into the sea.

Barks of laughter erupt around me. I speak neither Chinese nor Greek, but I'm talkin' their language.

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