Athens Insider Summer 2022

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Greek Gastronomy Globetrotters

To be an Ambassador for Greek food abroad, it’s essential to do it right.  The most successful overseas Greek culinary ventures have one thing in common: they’ve all managed to import the most defining elements of Greek Gastronomy. Authenticity. Hospitality. And a relaxed “live-to-eat-not-eat-to-live” ethos. Amanda Dardanis goes beyond th...

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Greece: All it can Be!

Greece, apparently, has it all. It now also has a clear vision and consistent strategy to maximise Greece’s tourism potential. A group of eminent Athenians get together over dinner at the elegant Tudor Hall restaurant to discuss a collective, sustainable vision for Greek tourism. In Numbers 28 million Number of tourists in ...

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Best Pools in Athens

As much as we all love hitting the beach, when there’s five months of “summer” to get through (cue the violin!) – sometimes, you’re just more in the mood for a pool. Take the plunge at one of the city’s wonderful summer leisure complexes, or make use of the open-door policy at many leading hotels, which means you can enjoy their swimming ...

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Glam it up in Glyfada’s Kiprou Street

Southsider Amanda Dardanis heads down Kiprou Street in Glyfada – and finds a jazzy “feel good” precinct that’s a little bit SoHo  … a little bit L.A. Luxe! If there’s one thing you can count on about Glyfada – that shiny happy hub of the Athenian Riviera – it’s that nothing ever stands still for long. New favourites emerge....

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Bathing Belle

Art and function are co-conspirators in the stunning creations of Sophie Deloudi. One of Greece’s leading swimwear designers, with a strong international presence, Sophie’s collections are the result of an exceptionally elegant but also easy-to-wear design concept, discovers Insider’s fashion editor Michail-Alexander Passos. Wha...

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Paros Moments

Part-time Parian Peter Poulos to open his Paros address book to help you get the best out of this cosmopolitan and culinary cycladic gem. My love affair with the island of Paros began when? in 1984 How many times have you been back since? Every summer since and for the last few years too many times to count. Ha...

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Miriam Frank: Impressions of Greece

Born during the Spanish Civil War, author Miriam Frank was five years old when she boarded the famous Serpia Pinto in 1941, unaware that she and her mother Kate were escaping the round-ups, separations and extermination camps of Nazi Germany. By the age of 12, Miriam had fled two wars and lived in three continents and now divides her time...

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In a Glass of its Own

Greece is one of the world’s hottest emerging wine regions right now. Sofia Perpera, of New Wines of Greece, provides a masterclass in the Hellenic wine stars of tomorrow (and also recommends her best dinner party wine picks). When did your love affair with the grape begin? I have always loved wine. It was a part of our family ...

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Halandri: The “Green Gazi”

Halandri local Fokia Kitsou opens her address book to Insider readers and reveals a vibrant suburban oasis in the grip of exciting transformation. Back in the 1970s, the historic suburb of Halandri was little more than a modest village, best-known for its fulsome laiki and a calm demeanor. Now, this North-Eastern hub, home ...

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The Invisible Guardians: Thales Greece

Greece Gets a Piece of the Sky Speaking to Mr. Cyrille Dupont, CEO of Thales Greece, proves revelatory.  On the face of it, few have heard of Thales and even fewer know what a company like Thales does. When in fact, it is an invisible (and essential) presence in most aspects of our daily routines: Thales provides the signaling and train supervisio...

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Less Is More at Athens Was

With brunch offerings popping up all over the city, we’ve all become that much harder to impress these days. AthensWas delivers the extra ingredients to win Amanda Dardanis over. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of breakfast buffets. Give me a well thought-out and well-executed à la carte menu any day (although my kids would abs...

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