Athens insider 137 / February 2018

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5 Gripping Thrillers set in Greece

Greece has been a powerful muse for countless foreign scribes throughout the ages. Insider’s Leo Nuovo rounds up 5 must-read gripping thrillers set in Greece to add to your reading list. The Destroyers – Christopher Bollen A suspenseful psychological thriller, with the feel of a modern-day The Talented Mr. Ripley, The Destroyer...

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5 Great Contemporary Reads set in Greece

Greece has been a powerful muse for countless foreign scribes throughout the ages. Insider’s Leo Nuovo rounds up 5 must-read contemporary tales that will help you get under Greece’s skin. Dinner with Persephone  - Patricia Storace Dinner with Persephone is the product of Patricia Storace’s year spent living in Greece and provid...

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5 Great Classic Novels set in Greece

Greece has been a powerful muse for countless foreign scribes throughout the ages. Insider’s Leo Nuovo rounds up 5 must-read literary classics set in Greece to add to your reading list. The Colossus of Maroussi - Henry Miller The esteemed writer Henry Miller explores human nature and Greece at the same time in The Colossus of M...

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When Walter met Zorba

Following the recent death of the celebrated cinematographer Walter Lassally, who won an Academy Award in 1964 for “Zorba the Greek”, Sherri Moshman Paganos revisits both the iconic location of the film’s famous ending - Stavros beach in Crete - and her memorable encounter with Lassally, the man who made Zorba’s dance immortal, and who wo...

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7 Super Food Festivals for Fall

Greeks will find just about any excuse to throw a party.  Especially in the fertile harvest months of Autumn when Nature’s bounty overflows and – life-affirming celebrations abound to honour the traditional delicacies that have shaped the local character and flavours of villages, towns and islands all over Greece. Experience the wonderful...

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Michael Landy: The Mirror Man

Michael Landy was one of the Young British Artists who transformed the international art scene of the 1990s. Now, he has installed himself in Athens to hold up a mirror to the people of Greece. Amanda Dardanis meets the artist most famous for once destroying everything he owned to talk about his creative legacy and why Athens now has the ...

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Why do Greeks eat salted cod on Independence Day?

If you’re new to Greece you might be confused by the sight of locals everywhere tucking into plates of “bakaliaros skordalia” – fried salty cod with garlic sauce made of potato and olive oil – on Greek Independence Day, March 25. Aren’t they supposed to be smack in the middle of the Greek Orthodox Lenten period where eating any kind of sea creat...

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The Tradition of “Tsiknopempti”

Greeks do not need much encouragement to eat meat. And neither do we (apologies to all our vegetarian friends!). The tradition of “tsiknopempti” – literally Thursday Grill – is very much alive in Greece in 2018. Here’s what you need to know about this special day. When does it take place? On the Thursday of the second week of C...

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“Hydra gave Cohen the life he craved…”

Hydra also gave Leonard Cohen the love of his life, Marianne Ihlen, a Norwegian beauty who inspired two of his famous songs, “Bird on the Wire” and “So long, Marianne”. This beautiful extract from an article written by David Remnick in the New Yorker – one of the last substantial profiles published before his death last week aged 82 – tal...

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