Athens insider 138 / May 2018

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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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Alain Lefevre: Here, I see Paradise…

World-famous concert pianist Alain Lefèvre invites Insider’s Amanda Dardanis into his new Athenian home to discuss his latest Philhellenic album; why he moved to Greece - and a few of his pet hates. As muses go, the epic Athens Riviera panorama which greets you the moment you enter Alain Lefèvre’s coolly-elegant penthouse in V...

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10 Must Have Greek Experiences

And no, we’re not talking about visiting the Acropolis (that’s a given). We’re talking about those priceless, socio-cultural moments that define what being Greek is really all about. The Long Sunday Lunch When Greeks go out to lunch en-famille or with parea, it’s the very opposite of a rushed affair. Anything under 4 hours is j...

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Socrates: The Right Man for Our Age?

The global one-man phenomenon Socrates Now returns to Athens shortly. Amanda Dardanis meets its Emmy Award-winning star, Yannis Simonides, and talks Justice, Donald Trump - and what it means to be “Hopelessly Greek”. What is Socrates now? Take a seat in the court of ancient Athens as Socrates goes on trial for his life in histo...

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