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The Fall is Upon Us

With tourist season behind us, a restless populus is understandably anxious to resume its old ways, writes the American mystery writer and long-time Greek resident Jeff Siger in his sixth Corona Chronicle. But for those who question the wisdom of the latest measures here in Greece, one need only look to Trump’s America for a cautionary ta...

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To think that Pink is my Least Favourite Colour!

“You look at a shop window and for the first time in a long time, you want to buy a pair of shoes. Your food has some flavour. You make plans for the weekend. You consciously taste every moment but you feel alienated from the world around you.”  Travel broadcaster and journalist Maya Tsoclis – and now breast cancer ambassador – shares her...

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Actress Daphne Alexander on glass slippers, glass ceilings and glossy dreams!

The talented and charming London-based Greek actress Daphne Alexander, whose gripping film 'Siege on Liperti Street' is expected to bag a few awards at the The LA Greek Film Festival speaks to Athens Insider on the eve of the festival's launch. In this exclusive interview, following her latest film’s multiple wins at last year’s Thessalon...

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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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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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Athens gets a new temple of design

If Piraeus was a blur of a stopover on your way to the islands, it now promises to be the hottest new design destination for the art-lusty. Carwan Gallery, a leading international contemporary design gallery, with a focus on promoting and producing cutting-edge collectible design, launches in Piraeus in September 2020. With Carwan, Nicola...

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Michelin-Star Chef Luca Piscazzi brings his award-winning cuisine at Four Seasons Athens

Chef Luca Piscazzi brings his impressive talent and appetite for experimentation to Four Seasons Athens this summer. Piscazzi’s presence in the hotel is set to not only raise the culinary bar in Four Seasons Athens; but it will undoubtedly make the gastronomic landscape in Greece a lot more exciting. Four Seasons pulls off a c...

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A Pandemic of Populism

In his third corona series, Jeff Siger ponders on populist choices and consequences when politics trumps science. One of the lessons in June has been how the power of one event can have an impact on global businesses and popular culture. "When faced with a pandemic disease of the human body or of the body politic, it is only the elected a...

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A Magical Tour of Greece. Part 3: Mountains

In the third and final leg of his Magical Tour, John Kittmer takes us atop mountains he has yet to conquer, across inhospitable cliffs that plunge into turbid, inky waters. In my gloomier and lonelier moments in the ambassador’s office in the ugly concrete block of the Athens Embassy, I would part the bomb curtains at the wind...

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