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Storm clouds darken skies above the Parthenon temple atop the Acropolis hill in Athens. (Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters)
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The view from a cave at a beach festival in Matala, Crete’s seaside village made famous during the hippie era. (AFP/via Getty Images)
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Participants of the Matala Beach Festival dance in the village of Matala, south of Heraklion. (AFP/via Getty Images)
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