The euro zone is playing a dangerous game with Greece. Officials are treating the Greek crisis of payments as a liquidity problem. And that's true as far as it goes. But Milton's famous line from Paradise Lost in the title of this post may still be true for the European Union.
Megisti Lavra perches majestically atop a cliff 520 feet above the crashing foam and rocks, more like a small walled town. On the outside, you have the regulation square tower and the jutting painted wooden balconies. Within, there are a whole series of buildings.
Overwhelmed by the savagely wild beauty of its forested mountains, precipitously rugged cliffs and plunging emerald valleys, she asked her son, who just happened to be God, to make it her garden which, true to filial piety, he did.
I had heard many negatives about wind turbines. Chief among them, the notion that they generate horrific noise levels when they operate, so much so th...
When banks are in distress, it is important to assess how easily the bank's capital cushion can absorb potential losses from troubled assets. To do this, I performed an analysis using Texas Ratios for Greece's four largest banks.
As much as I love guidebooks, a museum or sight is much easier to enjoy when you can listen while gazing at what you came to see, instead of looking down and reading from a book. Here's a two-minute sample (recorded on my iPhone) starring Aphrodite, Pan and Eros.
Of course, Greece has its economic crisis. But that doesn't mean the 10 million people who live there aren't living life with creativity and gusto.
In the city of Athens, even with its booming tourist trade, must-see sights, and cruise-ship crowds, there is only one sight where lines are a concern -- and that's the Acropolis.
Stepping out of my hotel during my first hour in Athens, I stumbled onto a great restaurant. This video clip illustrates perfectly how Athens is reg...
Monemvasia is a Gibraltar-sized rock on the Peloponnesian coast of Greece. It's connected to the mainland by a narrow causeway, has a town at its base, and the scant remains of a town and mighty fortress across the summit
When in Greece, hospitality comes with ouzo. And when in remote corners and hardscrabble villages (like here on the Mani Peninsula), where historically hospitality is a matter of life and death, the welcome drink is tsipouro.
One of my fondest memories of traveling in Greece as a student back in the 1970s was gliding by boat through the Pyrgos Dirou Caves. Now, a generation later, I've returned, and the experience was the same.
Driving around this land so steeped in conflict and bloody vendettas, it occurred to me that there are a lot of towers on the Mani Peninsula. While everyone gets excited about the towers of San Gimignano because they are so unique, here on the Mani, towns with such skylines are common.
The situation in Greece, mere weeks after the country's recent national elections, is anything but settled. The country's future remains mired in uncertainty due to the maneuvers of the victorious but inexperienced, leftist "Syriza" party with respect to its dealings with its European partners.
When exploring the south coast of Greece's Peloponnese, I make Kardamyli my home base. And, while its coast is remote, the interior is even more so.
In Greek "ne" means "yes." You'd think it would mean "no" because it sounds so close to the English word. But "no" in Greece is "ochi." Which, considering it's pronounced like a guttural "okay," you'd think would mean "yes."