On the other hand the Russians are making their presence felt in an entirely different way.
On our way back from medical appointments in big city Nafplio last week we stopped to light a candle at newly consecrated church of Agios Loukas.
Agios Loukas - known as St Luke the Surgeon or St Luke of Crimea where he served as Archbishop
A modern day saint, born in Russia as Valentin Felixovich Voino-Yasenetsky. Died 1967. Exiled, imprisoned, tortured, humiliated, as was the custom then, he continued curing patients and practising his religion (Russian Orthodox).
Fiesta 11 June
We had heard a lot about this church so we thought we'd go and see what all the fuss was about. The church has only been used for services for the last five months. The inside pillars are covered in paintings of Russian and Greek saints.
Money for the building of the church was donated by Greeks living in Russia. A team of Russian artists did much of the painting and wood sculpture.
Thousand years of Russians on Mt Athos (Greece's Holy Mountain, men only)
The Kremlin's wine is made on the Holy mountain in Greece.