Athens Insider Summer 2020

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Hydra, a muse for wordsmiths

A fertile setting for writers in need of inspiration, Hydra's bohemian artistic community in the '60s provided fodder for the literary wizards who'd adopted the island as their muse.  From George Johnston's barely-disguised biographies to Henry Miller's transcendental ramblings, Daniel Klein's epicurean musings and Charmian Clift's poetic...

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Fragments of Perfect Anarchy: the story of an 18th century Hydra home cum music studio

In the sixties Hydra became an artists’ colony, even Leonard Cohen couldn’t resist and bought a house there. It has changed quite a bit since then and the simple lifestyle of those days changed into a more luxurious one. One local has been through it all – Stephan Colloredo-Mansfeld, who made his fortune being one of the first rare-record...

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When Walter Met Zorba

Sherri Moshman Paganos revisits both the iconic film location of Zorba the Greek - Stavros beach in Crete - and her memorable encounter with Oscar-winning cinematographer Walter Lassally, the man who made Zorba’s dance immortal, and who would himself spend his final decades living on “Zorba’s Beach”. As evening draws near on S...

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Brushes with colour

Tunisian Ambassador Lassaad M'hirsi explains why art offers an escape, even from the strict confines of protocol-driven diplomacy. Ambassador Lassaad M'hirsi discovered painting on the benches of the university, in 1985, while he took courses in Art History. It was then that his quest for art began through books, exhibitions a...

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Santorini: For a touch of history this summer

Santorini, the poster child for Greek tourism with its domed churches and sugar-cube architecture, has been such a victim of its own success, that the joys of vacationing here were the privilege of everyone else, except those living in Greece. This summer offers a singular opportunity to holiday on an island that has captured the collecti...

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Art around the Islands

Sometimes, a unique cultural experience, even an artistic one – can make your summer hols just that little bit more sublime. In fact, combining a dip into azure Greek waters with a dive into art, seems to be a growing trend on the islands. Athens Insider presents the top arty choices you may consider this summer. Prayer [captio...

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