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Come with me on a magical journey through Greece and the Greek Islands as we explore Crete, sail through paradise, travel through the maze of Mykonos, and enjoy a unique travel holiday in Greece ...


SFAKIA: WHERE WHITE MOUNTAINS MEET THE BLUE, LIBYAN SEA SFAKIA: Where White Mountains meet the Libyan Sea
Come, take my hand. Let us go to another world, where time passes slowly and is marked by the arrivals and departures of majestic ferry boats. Let us go on an adventure to another world that is rugged and wild and seems to be frozen in time. Sfakia, located South of Chania, is a mountainous area famous for the Lefka Ori or "white mountains," so named for the white limestone peaks that shine in the summer and are covered with snow in the winter ... read more

AURELIA'S GUIDE TO THE CYCLADIC SISTERS: MYKONOS, DELOS, AND RHINIA AURELIA'S GUIDE TO THE CYCLADIC SISTERS: Mykonos, Delos & Rhinia
The magic of Greece is in its very ambiguity, in the tensions that pull it from one wonderful, delicious extreme to the other. The senses are pleased and pampered by the serene beauty of Greece found in the depth of its vistas, the spectacular sunrises and sunsets, and the radiance of the light that even the poets cannot adequately describe. The senses are titillated and tempted, also, by Greece's extremes, found in the food and drink, flesh, nightlife, music, and the burning sun ... read more

SAILING THROUGH PARADISE: A MAGICAL ODYSSEY SAILING THROUGH PARADISE: A Magical Odyssey
Sing, Oh Muse, of the winds that carry the ships Uranus and Spider to sun-drenched islands in the Cyclades. Tell of the Aegean adventure, the delectable epicurean dinners, the fine wines, the mystic toe-ring, the young lovers, the eye of the sea, the wise captain, the gazelle, and the journey on a sea of silver ribbons. Sing of the enchanted night when the orange sun and white moon shared the sky as the stars ... read more

SAMOS, THE AEGEAN ISLAND FAVORED BY THE MUSES SAMOS: The Aegean Island Favored by the Muses
It is said that when the Muses need inspiration, they go to the Island of Samos, known since antiquity as The Island of the Blest. Assembling first at Delphi, the Nine Sisters engage the Charioteer to escort them to this enchanted island, preferring to arrive in the dark black of night, guided by a single bright light on the mountaintop. The light is said to represent the spirit of Pythagoras, philosopher and mathematician, and other creative ancients born on this unique, Aegean Island ... read more

THE ROMANCE OF THE VINE: REINVENTING WINE MAKING IN CRETE THE ROMANCE OF THE VINE: Reinventing Wine Making in Crete
All the best that represents Crete and the Cretan people comes together at a crossroads of sorts in Chania where certain mortals have fallen under a seductive spell because they share common passions. They love the ancient land - a landscape of rugged, rocky, defiant hills. They love the new vineyards they helped create - ten acres of vines planted against all odds on arid, unforgiving soil. They love challenges - this one is to produce the best wine ever made in Chania ... read more

THE PELOPONNESE: DISCOVERING MAGIC IN THE HEART OF GREECE THE PELOPONNESE: Discovering Magic in the Heart of Greece
During the last five summers, I stayed on more than a dozen Greek islands, including Crete, Corfu, Mykonos, and Santorini. This year I was on the islands again, but I wanted to experience Greece in a totally new way during the last four days of my holiday. Friends of mine who were born in the Peloponessos urged me to visit their villages. I did. Four days were not enough and I am going back ... read more

A GHOSTLY APPARITION IN MYSTICAL CRETE A GHOSTLY APPARITION IN MYSTICAL CRETE
Most visitors to Crete come to see the splendid Palace of Knossos and the golden artifacts of the Minoan age; others make pilgrimages to the gravesite of Nikos Kazantzakis in Iraklion, or to his the birthplace in Varvari; and still others come to go trekking in the awesome Samaria Gorge in Chania. And then there are those who come to see the famous ghosts. The phenomenon of the ghosts is said to occur at the Venetian Castle of Frangokastello, slouched on the wine-black Libyan Sea ... read more

GEORGE HORTON: A Man of Letters and his Mystical Bond with Smyrna GEORGE HORTON: A Man of Letters and his Mystical Bond with Smyrna
What is the special spell that Greece casts during times of war that instills passions in men of letters and draws them to her, as the moth is drawn to the candle's hypnotic flame? Lord Byron (1788-1824) is, of course, the most well-known English Romantic poet and Philhellene who fought and died for Greece. He is beloved by the country he adopted, and as evidence of this, Byron's heart is said to be buried in Mesolongi, Greece, where he died ... read more

BLOODLINES:  SMYRNA, 1922 A POWERFUL INSTALLATION BLOODLINES SMYRNA 1922: A Powerful Installation
When Marjorie Housepian Dobkin's grandparents were forced to flee Smyrna in 1922, they escaped with scant possessions, one of which was a newly acquired tin cup. As Anna and Krikor Ashjian walked up a ramp to one of the few ships taking refugees, they were in a crowd of frantic people prodded along by Turkish guards. Mr. Ashjian did not move fast enough for one guard, so he hit him on the back of his head with a rifle butt. It was a fatal blow, administered just twenty feet from the gangplank ... read more

KIMON FRIAR LECTURE SERIES CELEBRATES FIFTH ANNIVERSARY KIMON FRIAR Lecture Series Celebrates Fifth Anniversary
Last November marked the fifth anniversary of an outstanding literary event, the Kimon Friar Lectures in Modern Greek Art and Letters sponsored by the American College of Greece in Athens. Kimon Friar, translator of Kazantzakis' epic poem, The Odyssey, taught and encouraged many translators and modern poets and writers in Greek and English. The lecture series was established in 1994, one year after his death to honor his memory and his outstanding accomplishments ... read more

MIHALIS: THE KEEPER OF THE LOOM MIHALIS: The Keeper of the Loom
In Chania, Crete, directly behind the city's magnificent and usually serene harbor, there is an Aladdin's cave that tantalizes the senses and soothes the soul. The respectful visitor enters quietly and gingerly, as over the threshold of a church, inhaling the perfumes of frankincense and myrrh. His eyes are treated to an explosion of vibrant colors dominated by red, and his hands gently stroke fabrics ... read more

ILIAN LALOUNIS JEWELRY MUSEUM HAS OUTSTANDING COLLECTIONS ILIAN LALOUNIS JEWELRY MUSEUM Has Outstanding Collections
A select group of visitors to Athens can now view the Temple of Parthenon while dining by candlelight on the lovely roof terrace atop the splendid and relatively new Ilias Lalounis Jewelry Museum. The museum, which contains an outstanding collection of some of the finest jewelry in the world, is situated at the foot of the Acropolis on its south side, under the Theatre of Dionysos ... read more

THE BLESSING OF THE SHEEP THE BLESSING OF THE SHEEP
In the orthodox religion, every profession has a saint and shepherding is no exception. Saint George is the patron saint of shepherds and every year on his day, April 23, there is a spectacular ceremony in the Cretan mountain village of Asi Gonia during which St. George is remembered, the shepherd is honored, and his sheep are blessed ... read more

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF LORD BYRON IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF LORD BYRON
In central Greece, Messolonghi rests sleepily in the arms of the rivers Acheloos and Evinos at the northern end of the entrance to the Gulf of Patras, much as it did in ancient times. When the town stirs, the shallow waters languishing by its alluvial islets flow gently against the shore. The islets form lagoons circled by lush growth and crowned by flocks of exotic seabirds. In the waters below, species of perhaps some of the best fish in the world share an aquatic sanctuary ... read more

ON LORD BYRON ON LORD BYRON
It seems to be the destiny of many poets to die young and unfortunately this was Lord Byron's fate. He died in 1824 at age 36 in Messolonghi, Greece, where he came to fight in the Greek War of Independence. Unlike other poets and mere mortals, however, Lord Byron achieved immortality because of his poetry, his life as a hero, and his relentless quest for liberty and freedom... read more

ICARIANS:  THE JOY OF GIVING BACK ICARIANS: The Joy of Giving Back
While Icarians identify with Icarus' sense of liberty, freedom, and exuberance, they know better than to fly too close to the sun and are cautious and careful planners. It is because of these traits that they quickly realized the need to form a mutual aid society in their new homeland. The purpose of this society was to help their own. They helped other Icarians find jobs, pay hospital bills, save for funeral expenses, and acquire social standing ... read more

HELLENIC BOOKSERVICE AND THE SPIRIT OF PLACE HELLENIC BOOKSERVICE AND THE 'SPIRIT OF PLACE'
The Hellenic Bookservice is rather small in comparison to behemoth bookstores such as Waterstones and Dillon's in the U.K. and Barnes and Noble and Borders in the United States, but this specialty store in London has something that can be found no where else and can be offered by no other bookseller. It has an elusive quality, a mysterious singularity, and nourishing attributes. Taken together, these qualities make it quite special, indeed. These qualities create what is called 'A Spirit of Place' ... read more

FROM A PASTORAL UTOPIA TO AMERICA: THE TSINTZINIANS AND THEIR REMARKABLE JOURNEY FROM A PASTORAL UTOPIA TO AMERICA: THE TSINTZINIANS
It is fitting that Christos Tsakonas, the man credited with encouraging the first Greek immigration to the United States, was born in a hut in the Peloponnese—a land first immortalized in the third century as "idyllic" in the genre of poetry known as pastoral. The two most famous ancient pastoral poets, Theocritus and Vergil, celebrated shepherds and herdsmen as free men who lived in harmony with nature far from the corruption of the city ... read more

A Lone Red Apple
Aurelia is the author of A Lone Red Apple, a love story set on the Greek island of Mykonos.


A Lone Red Apple


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