Athens insider 138 / May 2018

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Sketches of the Mind

John Zervos, a lifelong Hydra-phile, recalls an extraordinary place that has played muse to everyone from Bridget Bardot to Presidential hopefuls. As a living archivist, he explains why there’ll never be another island like it. The island of Hydra in the Saronic gulf is unique in its architecture, significant in its role in mo...

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6 Super Family Day Trips

For many families living in Athens, half-term school holidays are just around the corner. Make use of Autumn’s awesome climate to sample our pick of fun family adventures that they’ll be only too happy to ditch the ipad for – all in the Great Attica Outdoors. Meet the Magic Horses of Rafina There are many delights on offer at t...

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Spotlight on Spetses

Swedish entrepreneur and photographer Lisa Furuland Kotsianis shares her favourite summer snapshots of elegant Spetses, the Argo-Saronic treasure that’s often called  “The Monaco of Greece”. When did your romance with the island of Spetses begin? We met a mere five years ago. But it was love at first sight. [caption id="atta...

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What I Learned From Doing The Spetses Swim

The Road to Self-Improvement is Paved with Good Excuses! This was just one of the many Life Lessons Insider’s Amanda Dardanis learned during last weekend's 3km Spetses Swim event at the Spetses mini Marathon. That wise old soul Eleanor Roosevelt famously preached about the psychological benefits of doing one thing each day tha...

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Top Things to do in Samos

A stunning and self-sufficient island with its own steady year-round pulse, Samos is one of the best-value-for-quality Greek destinations around. Once a holiday haunt of Antony and Cleopatra, Pythagoras’ birthplace also has a riveting history, reports Amanda Dardanis. For a fairly small island just 43km across, the Isle of Sam...

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Athens Hotels: The Big Boom

Nothing says “green shoot” quite so convincingly as the wave of foreign investment currently changing the face of Athens’ luxury hotel landscape. With visitor numbers to the capital continuing to confound all crisis-logic, the appetite for quality inner-city accommodation has soared.Some of the world’s biggest hoteliers have answered the ...

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