All posts tagged: Peloponnese

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!” …

blue skies and black olives

  IN BLUE Skies and Black Olives: A Survivor’s Tale of Housebuilding and Peacock Chasing in Greece (2009), Britain’s legendary BBC journalist / “national treasure” John Humphrys writes a  first person account along with his son Christopher about his frightful, and often hysterically funny adventure of setting up a holiday home in Greece. The father-son team write in turn, each giving the story their own individual colour and texture with their very different voices. As the true story evolves, the reader gains an insight into their individual characters and lives, the sometimes complex meanderings of their father-son rapport, as well as a fly on the wall perspective of their exciting but often intensely daunting task of getting John Humphry’s Greek home away from home standing upright. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Christopher since the ’90s and have admired his talent as an acclaimed cellist with the Athens Camerata (Friends of Music Orchestra), the Athens Concert Hall’s multi-award winning ensemble of talented musicians. He is witty, down to earth, and often far too modest about his many …