Athens Insider Summer 2022

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Ruth Padel: Poet of the Labyrinth

A poet, writer, conservationist, musician, archaeologist and Hellenophile, Ruth Padel is someone with the willingness to engage with the big issues, both personal and political.  The vast range of her imagination, intellect and emotional sympathies embrace the worlds within this world and the need for connectivity between them: the bonds ...

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5 islands in less than 3 hours from Athens

As a general rule, many Athenians prefer to holiday on Greek islands that are convenient to get to – but far away from “the masses”. Amanda Dardanis lists her favourite Athenian Boltholes – all within 3 hours of the capital. (Just don’t tell too many others!) Serifos There’s been a quiet buzz building about the island of Serifo...

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A peek into Greece through travel books

Escape into books that give flight to your imaginations, and the miles they inspire you to hike, drive and fly. Here is our compilation of a few classics and a few contemporary reads on Greece that are as transformative as the journey itself. The Colossus of Maroussi - Henry Miller The esteemed writer Henry Miller explores human na...

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Get Captured by the Castle in Methoni

The more things change, the more we cherish those that stand still. Sherri Moshman Paganos visits Methoni again after 20 years and finds an unpretentious and lovely castle town by the sea that has resisted the tides of change. Methoni wears her beauty simply, effortlessly.  A long sandy beach, shade from the tamarisk trees...

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Greek spring and flower-carpeted hillsides

One of the upsides of being in lockdown is that it compels you to appreciate nature in all its glory in the brief window allotted for daily constitutionals. Nike Morgan is happiest when walking on the hillsides, photographing the wild flowers of Greece. Here, she charts some of her most colourful discoveries – such as the fatal pink colch...

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