Europe

| Concertos in Green | Superstar pianist Hélène Grimaud is a synesthete, a person who experiences sounds as colors—Bach in orange and red, Beethoven in bright yellow and green. But you need not have her extraordinary acuity to go green with classical music, especially in Europe during the summer. All the best artists and orchestras […]

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| Nature Beyond Golf | Portugal‘s Algarve coast, the country’s southernmost, is one of Europe’s most popular beach and golf destinations. But there’s so much more to be enjoyed in this sunny Mediterranean climate and a lot of it is eco-friendly—bird-watching, cycling and hiking, snorkeling and scuba diving, for starters. And with an abundance of low-cost Faro flights available […]

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| The Dutch Know How to Have Good Green Fun | Last year, the green news website Eco Watch named Amsterdam one of the top 10 most environmentally friendly cities in the world. According to author Anastasia Pantsios, the honor was earned in large part because of city’s well-thought-out system of getting around without an automobile … which all […]

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| Green Travel News | Each year, Ethical Traveler reviews the policies and practices of the world’s developing nations, then selects the ten that are doing the best job of preserving their environment, promoting human rights and creating a sustainable, community-based tourism industry. “Travel has become the world’s largest industry, exceeding a trillion-dollar annual footprint,” notes […]

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| How to Go Eco | Perhaps most famous as Western civilization’s birthplace of democracy, philosophy, literature and science, Greece is one of the world’s most historic and culturally rich countries. Today, though, most travelers come to its shores for more hedonistic reasons—to feast on fresh seafood, relax on an idyllic island, swim in the turquoise water or just […]

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| Green Travel News | Eight of ten U.S. travelers are interested in green travel, but only two out of those ten made deliberate eco-friendly travel choices in the past year. So what’s the hangup? Why didn’t the other “interested” travelers go green? “They just didn’t have the information to do it,” concluded Jenny Rushmore, […]

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| Green Certified in the Zagori | Pindus Mountains, northwest Greece. The village, Mikro Papigo, is one of 48 picturesque and ancient settlements arrayed like an amphitheater in the Zagori region. It’s dark when I arrive, past 9 p.m. I know the village is car free, by necessity. Its narrow, cobblestoned lanes were designed for donkey transport. […]

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| Macedonian Green Elegance | It’s in the shadow of Mount Olympus, home to the ancient Greek gods and highest mountain in Greece. Nearby is the traditional village of Agios Dimitrios, population maybe a thousand and surrounded by farm and forest. This is Macedonia, on the western Greek mainland. The hotel is called Ktima Bellou, which means “land of the Bellou family,” […]

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| Quiet, Beautiful, Green | The drive is gorgeous, and after a week on dry and treeless Greek islands, what a relief to see green forests and flowing water. My destination is the Eleonas Agrotouristic Hotel in the town of Rovies; it’s on the island of Evia (also known as Euboea), two and a half hours […]

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| Another Reason To Visit | Add this to your reasons for going to Santorini, one of the most spectacular island destinations in Greece: supporting local organic farming. Of course, like most tourists, I have come because this is also one of the most famous landscapes in the world. The island (known historically as Thera) is an […]

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