Many aspects of Western culture came into being in Greece - drama, art, philosophy and science. It's a wonderful feeling to walk on stones that may have been trod by Plato, Homer or Agamemnon. But at many places in Greece, where ancient ruins are surrounded by the noise and smells of traffic, or where pristine island beaches are packed by topless sunbathers, it's apparent the influence works the other way as well: Greece, it sometimes seems, has been overtaken by the modern world it spawned. Travelers in Greece should find the golden mean - in this case, the balance between environment and history, between crowds and quiet, between ancient and modern. Beautiful settings soothe the soul, while centuries of art and history invigorate your mind. Visitors will be as charmed by the Greek people as they are by the landscape. It seems the Greek's wonderous shortcut to communication is dancing.