Athens Insider Summer 2022

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Our Tragedy. How could this happen?

There is one question more than any other swirling around in our minds as we contemplate the devastation of last week’s train crash, which killed 57 people, mostly young Greeks: How could this happen? Macropolis’ Nick Malkoutzis analyses the collective failure of successive Greek governments. How could this happen? It’s what m...

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Exposing the Body Beautiful

In a society that celebrates beauty and perfection, Athens Insider recommends one of the books long-listed for the Runciman 2023 prize - Exposed by Caroline Vout. With chapters enticingly titled Bodybuilding and Sex and Society, classicist Caroline Vout topples our lofty notions of timeless beauty. She reaches beyond chiselled models of m...

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5 Great Things to Do in Poetic Preveza

Don’t just rush off to the islands. From gripping ancient ruins and splendid beaches to arty cafes and Venetian wiles, you’ll find plenty worth sticking around for in the gracious port town of Preveza, writes Amanda Dardanis. I have a theory about Greek towns where the locals get around on bicycles. It’s not very Greek, you se...

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A Greek Thanksgiving with Moussaka

Celebrity chef Diane Kochilas, whose TV show My Greek Table, airs on American TV screens again, adapts the most recognizable Greek dish for Thanksgiving – and we’re grateful that she’s been generous to share it with us! Greeks are obsessed with moussaka. It’s their culinary flag, a patriotic symbol of all that is Greek. This o...

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Elefsina 2023: The most important cultural pilgrimage site in Europe reclaims its place in history

Start planning for Elefsina. With its empty factories and oil refineries, a line of tankers pointing the way around Salamina, its easy to forget that this seaside city was the most hallowed site of Ancient Athens. The city that represents nothing less than the eternal cycle of life and death is now the European Capital of Culture 2023. If...

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