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The Ornate Finesse of Dassios’ designs

Dimitris Dassios’ itinerant sartorial style brings alive the sensual vibrance of an Oriental souk with the meticulous tailoring of an Italian couture house. Swarovski crystals, semiprecious gems, Indian zari, cultivated pearls, intricate 19th century Turkish embroidery, mirrors and tassles – and over-sized flowers – find their way into hi...

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Impressions of Greece

Born during the Spanish Civil War, author Miriam Frank was five years old when she boarded the famous Serpia Pinto in 1941, unaware that she and her mother Kate were escaping the round-ups, separations and extermination camps of Nazi Germany. By the age of 12, Miriam had fled two wars and lived in three continents and now divides her time...

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Jeff Siger: Master of Mayhem

Crime novelist Jeff Siger – whose 'trouble in paradise' murder mysteries get under the seamy underbellies of whitewashed Greek isles, presents his 10th book in the Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis series, Island of Secrets, set in his beloved Mykonos. Congratulations! “The Mykonos Mob”—now available in paperback as “Island of Secr...

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Uncontaminated Greek spirit

You can take the girl out of Greece but not the feisty Greek spirit out of her! Greek dynamo Rita Wilson and honorary Greek Tom Hanks share their post-Corona solidarity through their charity MusicCares Covid-19 Relief Fund.  Our fave Hollywood couple have not only conquered the virus but our hearts too...   Rita Wilson appeared ...

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Why you should read Polly Samson’s book on Hydra, A Theatre for Dreamers

A brilliant read, full of humour and spontaneity, Polly Samson’s skilled writing offers a fascinating, often voyeuristic account of the sexual jealousy, alcoholism, and bohemian lifestyle that pervaded the creative set in 1960’s Hydra. Recounted through Erica, the daughter of Australia’s tragic literary couple, writers George Johnston and...

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Diplomacy in Confinement

Swedish Ambassador Charlotte Sammelin on working from home with 'King Gustaf’s portrait watching over her as she sneaks a cookie’ to ponderings on state surveillance and the fragile future of democracy. As I write about my confinement it is the Hellenic Republic’s national day. Instead of sitting here at the Swedish residence in...

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Stefanos Tsitsipas dares you to go shirtless

If Tsitsipas’ sculpted abs don’t make you feel like a lesser mortal already, he has now uploaded a Quarantine Workout video coaxing us into action. Time to let go off those WFH snacks and get your beach-unready body into shape. Stefanos Tsitsipas has done some incredibly crazy and… cool things – we’re not quite sure how to rat...

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Greece Healed Me

Philosopher, grecophile, born-again British pop star… Harry Lloyd – aka Waiting For Smith – is on track for the top. And he has Greece to thank for it, writes Amanda Dardanis. Five years ago, Harry Lloyd was working as a ski instructor in Courchevel when he hit a mogul and flipped during avalanche training.  In the fatef...

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