Month: June 2015

coming home

BY GUEST WRITER Eileen Botsford There comes a time in life when we realise how lucky we are and feel the need to give back, to give to those who are in more need than us. Thankfully I have met that point in my life a few times. I have now however, come to realising these actions through means that I find most beneficial both for the recipient and myself. The process entails helping people through being creative, and hopefully by doing that, they are given a small push to start moving toward positive directions in their lives. At the end of 2014 I was privileged to be approached by the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (EMST) to collaborate with them in their Educational Program, ‘EMST Without Borders’. This was a real honour for me, as I had been following the wonderful and inspirational work that ‘EMST Without Borders’ had been doing for a while. It was at about the same time that I was building a workshop template that I call ‘Project Home’, a template applicable to a variety …

enchantment and a glass of wine

BY NICO MANESSIS In another life, one of my features was a profile of Santorini’s unique vineyard in The Greek Wine Guide, 1996 Edition. This jewel of an island vineyard was then promising, yet unknown to foreign markets. It was obvious that these penetrating, before chilling chambers, angular, bone-dry wines would create a cult following, spearheading modern Greek wine out of relative anonymity. Such an improbable, windswept vineyard was too much of a good story not to become a darling by switched-on merchants and sommeliers looking for something different. It seems like yesterday (summer 1995) that the late George Venetsanos took me to his Venetsanos winery, perched on the caldera’s rim, to discuss details of how master builder Tzorzis Saliveros and he set out in 1947, and completed in 1949, this one-of-a-kind gravity-fed winery. One still marvels at the inclined floor so water would self-drain. At the Venetian-era know-how steps where transported goods, solid or liquid, would remain shoulder horizontal. In the winery’s belly, the two giant pear-shaped water cisterns are awe-inspiring to look down into …

lush living in the peloponnese

WITHIN just over two hours drive from Athens, we zip past the seaside town of Akrata and start ascending the curvy mountain roads, past villages that it takes just minutes to drive in and out of. The landscape is breathtaking, with a massive, imposing mountain wall on one side, cobalt blue sea on another, and lush vegetation growing all around. With our windows rolled down on this gloriously warm, early May day, the sweet smells of grass and leaves wet by flowing spring water, bright aromatic flowers and pungent herbs, pour through our windows in an intoxicating wave. As we reach the 3000 year-old village of Seliana, we follow detailed directions until we come to a picturesque old church with a large plain tree and swings next to it, then spotting Re-Green’s unassuming entrance – a stone-built, square Mycenaean-style archway (a reference to the finds excavated on the land there). As we park we are greeted by Flery Fotiadou, who runs the place with her partner Christos Alexiou, and who waves us in with a dazzling smile. “Are you hungry?” she calls out, “we’ve just started lunch!” …