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All I want for Christmas… Dimitra Kolotoura of Zeus and Dione shares her wishlist!

In need of fail-safe festive gift ideas? Seek inspiration from the wishlists of one of the fashion industry's insiders. Dimitra Kolotoura, one of the founders of fashion-forward Greek label, Zeus + Δione shares her wishlist from vintage jugs to woven leather baskets, hand-painted ceramic plates, fine jewellery and can't -do-without fashion ...

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Lockdown in Greece extended to January 7

The second lockdown in Greece was initially meant to last until November 30. An extension upto December 7 followed. The Greek Government has now taken the decision to extend lockdown measures until (and including) January 7.  The cases in Greece have been galloping since late October, necessitating these stringent measures. In practical terms it...

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Welcome to Cassandra Times

We don’t want to hear it or be reminded it. The Voice of Reason. In the seventh of his monthly chronicles on living through pandemic times, as told from the perspective of an American mystery writer who has called Greece home for 35 years, Jeff Siger insists on why we cannot wear our noise-cancelling ear plugs just yet.  Do not ignore the Ca...

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Hydra: 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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Hydra and Brice Marden’s Abstract Art star at Gagosian’s new Athens premises

Art critic Peter Schjeldahl of The New Yorker, described  the acclaimed 81-year old artist Brice Marden  as "the most profound abstract painter of the past four decades." And for good reason. Some of his paintings have been sold for more than 10 million dollars. He is also a hotelier, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, ...

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Hydra, a muse for wordsmiths

A fertile setting for writers in need of inspiration, Hydra's bohemian artistic community in the '60s provided fodder for the literary wizards who'd adopted the island as their muse.  From George Johnston's barely-disguised biographies to Henry Miller's transcendental ramblings, Daniel Klein's epicurean musings and Charmian Clift's poetic...

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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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