Greece

| 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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| Green On A Dry Island | Mykonos. Celebrated island resort of the Cyclades in the Aegean Sea. Famous for its beaches, clear turquoise water, raucous night life, and picture perfect, white-washed buildings with colorful doors—blue, red, green, occasionally yellow. Mykonos is sometimes called the Venice of Greece (because of its rows of fishing houses, […]

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| An Introduction | I meet Aphrodite on the west side of Mt.Olympus. She comes to greet me when I arrive at her family’s hotel. She is as beautiful as her name implies—dark eyes, graceful body, long black hair, pale skin—and she is very smart. It is she who helps me understand the realities of […]

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| Eco-Friendly Greece | The Peloponnese, a region of southern mainland Greece, offers a wonderful variety of experiences and adventures for visitors. There are historical towns like Mycenae and Epidavros, for instance. And only a few hundred yards off the Peloponnese coast, Poros was the home of Poseidon and remains of the Temple of Poseidon can still be […]

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| Ancient Natural Delights | When it comes to finding a summer getaway amid the myriad of islands scattered across the Aegean and Ionian Seas that offer the magical mix of sun, sea, sand and superb scenery, Rhodes stands out. In the eastern Aegean, its the largest of the Dodecanese group of islands. Perhaps its […]

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At the only international hotel event to focus entirely on hotel design, a family-owned eco-hotel in central Milan took this year’s “Sustainable Design” award. Starhotels E.c.ho Milano, a 143-room hotel that was completely renovated in 2011

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