Blog posts tagged with 'greece'

The Greeks
GRE619A well-illustrated tribute to the foundations of Western civilization, The Greeks, An Illustrated History, published by National Geographic as a companion to the PBS series The Greeks, is the perfect introduction for travelers to Greece and its fabled isles. The photographic history pays special attention to ancient innovations: great literature and architecture, war tactics, democracy, the philosophy of Socrates and more. Historian Diane Harris Cline laces the gripping story of the Greek Empire with discoveries like the Uluburun shipwreck, the earliest writing found in Europe and buried palaces.
The Durrells of Corfu
GRE35For those of you watching season one of The Durrells in Corfu, which airs this month on PBS Masterpiece, we’re featuring the wonderful books by Gerald Durrell that the series is based on. In a six-part adaptation of the playful memoirs (great for family read-alouds), Keeley Hawes (Upstairs Downstairs) stars as a widow who relocates to the island of Corfu with her four children, including eleven-year-old Gerry (played by Milo Parks), whose explorations on the island as a child inspired him to become a naturalist. My Family and Other Animals.
Greek Mythology: A Traveler's Guide
author photoGreek myths are more than just important stories; the epic tales are rooted in the Mediterranean itself. That's the philosophy of author David Stuttard whose new book Greek Mythology: A Traveler's Guide from Mount Olympus to Troy explores Greece through myth. From 'must see' cities like Athens and Ephesus to less-explored places like Ithaca, Argos and Mount Pelion, he encourages readers to bring the Greek landscape to life through story. Myths were common currency in the ancient Greek empire, Stuttard explains. They pervaded nearly all aspects of everyday life.
Words of Mercury
Kindly contributed by Darrel Schoeling, Longitude Books co-founder and Patrick Leigh Fermor aficionado.
Patrick Leigh Fermor’s biographer and friend Artemis Cooper pulled together this inspired sampler of  excerpts, letters, potted portraits of friends and other uncategorizable miscellany, including the great man’s own account of the abduction of General Kreipe, German commander of the Nazi occupation forces in Crete. First published in 2003, this wondrous anthology, Words of Mercury, is a terrific introduction to not just Paddy’s inimitable prose of but also his passions (Greece, books, walking, serendipity).
North Mani Region, Southern Peloponnese
Kindly contributed by Marjory McGinn, author of Things Can Only Get Feta, an insightful journey through one of the last unspoiled regions of southern Greece, where two journalists and their dog lived in a hillside village as Greece slid into economic crisis.
Lispi & Marathi Islands, Dodecanese
Kindly contributed by Harry Bucknell, author of In the Dolphin's Wake, Cocktails, Calamities and Caiques in the Greek Islands, an entertaining account of his 183-day journey across the Aegean from Venice to Istanbul, mostly by sea — taking in Corfu, Crete, the Dodecanese, Athens, Mount Athos and other places, both celebrated and out-of-the-way.
Kardamyli, Peloponnese
The great Anglo-Irish writer and bookish wanderer Patrick Leigh Fermor, who died on June 10 at age 96, fell in love with Kardamyli, happening upon the isolated village in a long-ago tramp across the mountains from medieval Mystra. Though today Kardamyli has a resort and weekend villas, the population is still only 400 and Patrick Leigh Fermor's former housekeeper Lela runs the Taverna. Here's Patrick Leigh Fermor, from his marvelous 1958 account Mani, Travels in the Southern Peloponnese.
The Way of Herodotus
A Penguin Classics edition of The Histories in hand, Justin Marozzi journeys from Herodotus' home town of Halicarnassus (now known as Bodrum), to Baghdad, Babylon, Egypt, Athens and the Peloponnese, weaving tales of his hero with erudite and entertaining modern travel. He even stops to have lunch (and a good deal of Retsina) with the British author Patrick Leigh Fermor ("one of the finest writers in the English language") at his home in Kardamyli.