A LONE RED APPLE
By AURELIA, Illustrated by Bill Papas
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This novel represents a new genre. Set in modern times in the timeless land of the gods, A Lone Red Apple combines excellent, useful travel information on Greece, Mykonos, Delos, and Greenwich, England, with a captivating love story of a man and a woman from different cultures.
"Aurelia has captured the magic of both ancient Greece and modern Mykonos in this delightful first novel"
The main plot of A Lone Red Apple focuses on the lovers, Matthew and Elena, but subplots feature the threat of commercialization on the quaint island of Mykonos
Their tale unravels on windmill-sprinkled Mykonos, where the variety of Greek culture, including the distinctive family structure, food, poetry, dances, religious rituals, and battle between environmental concerns and the economic boom of tourism are amply portrayed.
The first inhabitants on the island of Delos date back to the 3rd millenium B.C. Because of its strategic position, Delos was coveted as a control point for the Agean.
The Athenians gained control from the Persians in the 5th century B.C. and kept their treasury on the island of Delos. They decreed that no one could be born or die on the island, effectively ridding the island of its local population!
Because of its legendary roots as the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis, Delos became one of the most important religious centers in Greece during the Hellenistic period and one of the most thriving centers for commerce.
DISCOVER IN GREECE:
- Why seasoned travelers to the islands prefer to leave from the port of Rafina rather than Piraeus.
- Where to find last minute travel bargains from London to Greece.
- "Big Delos," a deserted island where you can swim nude, toast your body on a sandy beach, and be totally alone if you plan it right.
- Alefkandra, the "Little Venice" of Greece.
- The sacred island of Delos where, by law, no one is allowed to be born or to die.
- How to island hop.
- How to find the geographical center of the Cyclades.
- Where the "New Agers" say the cradle of civilization is located.
- Does the Spinx belong to Egypt?
- The very spot where Apollo was born under a palm tree.
- Why shepherds from Mykonos take their sheep and goats to sea to graze.
- Where you can have the best "spaghetti and lobster" in the Cyclades.
- Ios, every college students' choice for the undisputed "party island of Greece."
- The lost continent of Atlantis.
- Stone paths that will lead you to the top of the Sacred Mountain.
- Isis Temple, atop the Sacred Mountain, for the best views of the Cyclades.
- The entrance to the ancient cave of Hercules.
- The bar in "Little Venice" where the Zeibekiko is performed
Aurelia said in a phone interview that she set the British parts of her novel in Greenwich, England, in part because she and her husband John live there during the summer months.
The Plume of Feathers pub, which figures in a scene in the book, is a real life watering hole the couple enjoys because of its friendly staff and vivacious owner, Susan Rose.
Nestling alongside Greenwich's historic Royal Park and under the eye of the Royal Observatory, The Plume of Feathers pub lies 0.0000001 degrees (50 feet) east of the prime meridian.
DISCOVER IN GREENWICH, ENGLAND:
- Where east and west meet at the center of the universe.
- The line where you can straddle both hemispheres, with one foot in the east and the other in the west.
- The annual flower show where you are sure to see the Queen Mother.
- London's oldest royal park where Wat Tyler led the Peasant's Revolt in 1381.
- The site of an alleged, ancient burial ground during the Black Deaths.
- Why England has thousands of acres of land where no one is permitted to build.
- George, the dog who never holds a grudge.
- Argos, the dog who rightfully has a grudge against his master.
- Greenwich's best pub.
- How you can travel underwater to get to Paris.
- How Londoners get cheap beer.
- The most popular type of entertainment in English pubs.
- A pub that has been in Greenwich since 1695.
- The Isle of Dogs.
- The Cutty Sark and the ghosts of sailors past.
"This is a delightful novel that takes the reader on an enchanting, magical journey to the white islands of the Cyclades. Told in a whimsical way, it is one of the most refreshing, original love stories ever about Greece and its immortal gods and goddesses."
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The author is Aurelia, features writer for various magazines including "Greece in Print", and this is her debut novel, written in her distinctive and playful tongue-in-cheek style. Readers will hope that this is just one of many stories Aurelia plans to tell us about Greece, because it is a pure delight.
It is beautifully illustrated by world-renowned artist Bill Papas, a former cartoonist with "The London Times," who illustrated books for C.S. Lewis and Pope John Paul." - GREEK AMERICA MAGAZINE
A Lone Red Apple reads as a fun and accessible history and travel guide. It is a practical guide to Greece in the guise of a romantic novel. I was spell-bound... - THE ATHENS NEWS.....Click here for reviews
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