Athens insider 137 / February 2018

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Victoria Hislop’s Island Affair with Crete

From moonlight pilgrimages to sacred monasteries and London-worthy fish tavernas, best-selling author Victoria Hislop shares her best Insider secrets about Crete - the magnetic Greek island that has stolen her heart. How – and when - did your deep connection with the island of Crete begin? My first visit was in 1980.  I was tra...

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Michael Ondaatje: The Rebel Scribe

The award-winning author of “The English Patient”, Michael Ondaatje, talks to Amanda Dardanis about the influences which shaped his unconventional “Cubist” works, making a stand over Charlie Hebdo, and why he believes in breaking all the rules … “I tend not to believe that stuff,” Canada’s most celebrated male author Michael O...

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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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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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Costas Varotsos: “You Can’t Betray Art”

From rebel teen to globally-hailed artist, Stella Sevastopoulos catches up with the acclaimed sculptor Costas Varotsos, best known for his Athenian landmark ‘The Runner’, and encounters living proof that art conquers all. Costas Varotsos has proven that where there’s a will there’s a way. From expelled rebel teenager, to a suc...

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