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Tsarouhia: Getting under the sole of…

Tsarouhia are part of the national costume and can be traced back to the time when Greece was under Turkish rule. The tsarouhi, a shoe made of pigskin, was be particularly resistant and suit the dusty and rocky dirt roads of the time. In 1821, Greek warriors went to battle against the Ottoman Turks wearing them. Today, Evzones, the Presid...

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Evzones: Behind the seams

With their famous pompoms and synchronised stoicism, the elite soldiers of the Presidential Guard are just as much a symbol of Athens as the Acropolis (and every bit as Instagrammed!). We take a peek underneath those 400-pleat fustanellas to hail the unsung heroes behind these proud national emblems. Often the most-photograp...

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The Goulandris Museum of Modern Art celebrates its first birthday with free entry to the Museum!

It was on October 4 last year that a bunch of enthusiastic school children from the local Pangrati primary school inaugurated Athens’ new museum housing Modern Art Masters from Basil and Elise Goulandris' private collection. The Museum celebrates its first anniversary by welcoming visitors with free admission via online pre-registration a...

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Hydra and Brice Marden’s Abstract Art star at Gagosian’s new Athens premises

Art critic Peter Schjeldahl of The New Yorker, described  the acclaimed 81-year old artist Brice Marden  as "the most profound abstract painter of the past four decades." And for good reason. Some of his paintings have been sold for more than 10 million dollars. He is also a hotelier, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, ...

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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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