Archive for ‘Greek Culture’ Category

Captain Corelli revisited

“The real star of the film of course was Cephalonia itself,” said Susie Pugh Tasios, the producer of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin which I watched again last night. Susie died last year of cancer, and is dreadfully missed by her friends and family. I remember the gusto with which she spilled the beans about the crises … Read More

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Martha Graham Dance Company comes to Ithaca

Five Star Greece was proud to join the sponsors who brought Martha Graham to Ithaca, as part of the Return to Ithaca open air festival. After a party the night before hosted at the grandest villa in Ithaca,  the great day dawned wild and stormy. By nine o’clock in the evening, massive thunderhead clouds were … Read More

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The Cyclades, then and now…

” The mainland of Greece has been overrun by barbarian tribes; the Ionian Islands have been thoroughly Italianised; Greeks in Asia Minor and the islands adjacent to the coast have been swamped by Islamism; yet the Cyclades have remained ore or less as they were, thanks to their  insignificance.” Thus J. Theodore Bent, Philhellene and … Read More

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Der Besuch der alten Dame – or Mrs Merkel’s visit…

I am in Athens at the moment, great, good-humoured uproar as Central Athens was closed off and cleared, Beijing style, for Angela Merkels’s visit – funny news coverage too – flag-waving lefty ranting hysterically  “Suppose I say today I feel like a nice walk through Plaka  with my friends to see the Acropolis,  which is … Read More

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Maria the taxi driver and Other Musings.

Dante, in his “Inferno”,  wrote that there is no greater pain than remembering times of joy in times of sorrow – the opposite is also true, there is no greater joy than thinking of Northern Europe’s autumn gales and dead leaves  while strolling through the leafy streets of Kolonaki in Athens, in a balmy 30 … Read More

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The Aristotelian Theory of Greek villas, or why we have such boring names for our villas.

I am glad I studied Philosophy – it has so many practical applications. For example, I am frequently asked by clients who have booked a villa what the address of their villa is, as they do not believe/like/trust our rather boring villa names  – “Spetses1E” for example. “But what is the villa really called” they … Read More

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The Essence of Greece

I was asked today by the highly intellectual and charming Serge Dive who runs the Pure Life Travel fair what tour or package or part of our activity was the one that offered our clients the  purest essence of Greece. I thought for a minute and then said “We don’t offer any at all. Greece can’t  … Read More

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What to do on Santorini and why three days is not long enough.

I asked our sweet, clever and beautiful owner of fabulous Villa Santorini 1V for a list of her personal favorite things to do that she could suggest to guests staying at her house, and this is what she sent: Dear Ileana, there are so many things to do on Santorini and some of them (our … Read More

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A Cretan said all Cretans are Lyres…

You may know the ancient logic puzzle – A Cretan said “All Cretans are liars”, so as a Cretan he was lying, so all Cretans AREN’T liars, so then he was telling the truth, so all Cretans ARE liars, so therefore he was lying, so all Cretans AREN’T liars and so on till you get tired of … Read More

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The traveller’s guide to riots, protests and public holidays..

I came across this and thought it might be a welcome perspective for visitors to Greece worried about civil unrest! Excerpt from Paul Theroux’s  Ghost Train to the Eastern Star, Chapter 2. The author  was  passing through Paris during the Black Tuesday riots of March 2006 “A national crisis is an opportunity, a gift to … Read More

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Global Black Book – honest travel journalism

Kudos to Hollywood’s best travel insider, Gordon MacGeachy for getting an excellent article about us for his website Global Black Book, out of a bollocking I gave him for illicit use of photographs! Masterclass in honest journalism, which is what one would expect from a class act like Gordon. “Think you know Greece…? No you … Read More

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