We’re going to have fun in 2021, and high up on the list is Greece’s bicentenary..
And a good day to talk about it though, in truth, every day is a good one to wax lyrical about Hellas.
As the Greeks today set up their committee for the year which marks 200 years since the end of the Greek War of Independence which saw the rebirth of the nation.
It turns out that I’m a Philhellene, which is a lover of Greece.
Which all of us know from our schooldays comes from the Greek word philos meaning love.
I love Corfu obviously as the island where I honeymooned and made Herself the Happiest Woman Alive.
And bagging an Attica island of my own in Kythera.
The good news is that there are plenty to go around, 6,000 (count them!)
Greece has been held up this year as an example to the rest of us about how to deal with Covid and hence were kept off the UK exempt list.
While other countries fell like dominoes.
And so many tourists discovered the joys of Greece for the first time after switching holidays at the last minute.
As a son of a second city myself, Glasgow, I know why citizens of Second Cities work harder and live harder.
And Thessaloniki is known for its friendliness, music festival scene and as the culinary capital of Greece.
Greek cities and prefectures all will celebrate the Bicentenary next year though some like Thessaloniki arrived late to the party.
In their case 1912 as the Ottomans held onto them longer and that’s a recommendation in itself.
And the world will be there to celebrate with them.
Though maybe at a more social distance than when an international group of us got stuck in an Athens restaurant lift for half an hour.
The philos was all around us.