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Fragments of Perfect Anarchy: the story of an 18th century Hydra home cum music studio

In the sixties Hydra became an artists’ colony, even Leonard Cohen couldn’t resist and bought a house there. It has changed quite a bit since then and the simple lifestyle of those days changed into a more luxurious one. One local has been through it all – Stephan Colloredo-Mansfeld, who made his fortune being one of the first rare-record...

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When Walter Met Zorba

Sherri Moshman Paganos revisits both the iconic film location of Zorba the Greek - Stavros beach in Crete - and her memorable encounter with Oscar-winning cinematographer Walter Lassally, the man who made Zorba’s dance immortal, and who would himself spend his final decades living on “Zorba’s Beach”. As evening draws near on S...

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Island hopping for epicurean delights

Beyond its cobblestoned alleyways and dovecotes, Greek islands are fast acquiring a reputation as gourmet destinations. Talented Athenian chefs have set up culinary ventures from fashionable Tinos to hippie Koufonissia – proof that innovative locavore cuisine is thriving. A review of five new island restaurants that promise meals to remem...

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Sun, Sea, Soil: How the elements conspire to make Santorini a moving feast for the senses

Come for its beauty, stay to savour its wines and fine produce. Its blue-domed churches and picture-perfect architecture feature in every holidayer’s idea of an escape. But what makes Santorini even more appealing is the sheer richness and diversity of its produce. Drenched by dazzling light in the day, caressed by the Aegean ...

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Chris Akordalitis: Between Worlds

WHAT: Chris Akordalitis's first solo show in Greece, titled 'Between Worlds.' Akordalitis presents a group of paintings full of humor, hope and humanity that depict ordinary pleasures experienced before and while being in the middle of a global coronovarius pandemic. WHEN: Until August 7 WHERE: Panahra Sq, Chora, Mykonos. Tel: +30.694.600.881...

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Santorini: For a touch of history this summer

Santorini, the poster child for Greek tourism with its domed churches and sugar-cube architecture, has been such a victim of its own success, that the joys of vacationing here were the privilege of everyone else, except those living in Greece. This summer offers a singular opportunity to holiday on an island that has captured the collecti...

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Robert McCabe – Katerina Lymperopoulou: ‘’The Last Monk of Strofades’’

WHAT: The exhibition brings alive the history of a monastic complex (a fortified monastery) that is of unique historical, architectural and cultural significance, dating back to the 13th century. The complex dominates a secluded corner of the Ionian Sea, a small island, just one-third the length of a typical airport runway, called Stamfani, part of...

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Art around the Islands

Sometimes, a unique cultural experience, even an artistic one – can make your summer hols just that little bit more sublime. In fact, combining a dip into azure Greek waters with a dive into art, seems to be a growing trend on the islands. Athens Insider presents the top arty choices you may consider this summer. Prayer [captio...

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