Athens Insider Summer 2020

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“The epidemic allows no choice”

It was Blaise Pascal who said that all the troubles of humanity came about because of the difficulty men had in simply being happy to sit alone in their rooms. In the first of our Insider stories series on reflections of being confined, Haris Vlavianos, poet, translator, literary critic and Professor of History and Politics at the America...

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An exclusive interview with Angela Gerekou: Heralding a new era in Greek tourism

As tourism marketing moves from glossy picture-perfect advertising to cater to an eco-conscious, inquisitive and technologically-advanced traveller, Sudha Nair-Iliades speaks to Angela Gerekou, President of the Greek National Tourism Organization on the radical changes in global tourism and Greece’s response to unlocking its tourism poten...

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‘A Thousand Ships’ by Natalie Haynes

Cyprus’ ‘Project Season Women’ will be presenting a staged reading of Natalie Haynes’ novel ‘A Thousand Ships’, directed by Magdalena Zira and Athina Kasiou, on February 22nd 2020, at the British Museum in London. By Elena Panayides The best-selling novel retells the Troy myth, that has huge cultural significance for Western c...

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Acclaimed author Alex Michaelides shares his imaginary and real world with an Athenian audience

Globally celebrated and critically acclaimed British Cypriot author Alex Michaelides visited Greece this week promoting his record-breaking debut novel, The Silent Patient, available in Greek from Dioptra Publishing. The instant number one ‘New York Times’ bestseller, was also the #2 most sold fiction book on ‘Amazon’ in 2019 whilst also ...

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A Marathon of Baby Steps

In her 11th floor office of the Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation in Pangrati, Fleurette Karadontis, shares the ‘marathon of baby steps’ that have brought her and her colleagues to the realisation of a 25-year vision, the opening of the Foundation’s Museum for Contemporary and Modern Art in Athens. On her bookshelves, leather-bound to...

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Anna Wintour: All bow to the Queen of Fashion

With her chunky neck pieces, trademark pageboy bob haircut, dark sunglasses covering much of her face and a reputation that precedes any face-to-face encounter, Dame Anna Wintour, DBE,  editor-in-chief of Vogue since 1988 and artistic director for Condé Nast, is arguably the most visible and vocal personality in the fashion world, widely praised fo...

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A destiny tied to the sea and the senses

Acknowledged as the face of contemporary seafood cuisine in Greece, Lefteris Lazarou’s open-minded and informal approach to fine dining has made Varoulko a place of gastronomic pilgrimage. “Food, should viscerally, instinctively, spiritually, transform you. It should, and has the power to inspire, astonish, shock, excite, deli...

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When truth is far stranger than fiction

A grisly crime, a woman held hostage in her own mind, and a therapist determined to unravel her secrets - Alex Michaelides’ The Silent Patient is a riveting exploration of the maze-like psyches of the woman convicted of murdering her husband and the therapist determined to treat her. Michaelides peels the workings of a criminal mind layer...

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New luxury for a new era

Few hotels can claim to be destinations in their own right. Fewer still are so iconic as to have become bywords for luxury and hospitality. But by exuberantly layering old and new, international and local – and imbuing it with as much character and craftsmanship as the sprawling 30-acre complex can possibly hold – Four Seasons Astir Palac...

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Thinking Aloud with Pascal Bruckner

In his open-collared crumpled white shirt and linen vest, Pascal Bruckner is the model of a modern French intellectual whose Gallic appeal (still at work at 70) and eloquent opinions have provoked controversy and endless debates on identity, guilt, democracy and the elusive Western quest for happiness. A few of his views culled from his c...

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