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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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| Resort To Green | Let’s say you’re wandering the desert. Not just any desert. The particular desert that has been transformed by automated sprinkler systems and relentless developers into strip malls, chain restaurants, housing and hotels into today’s Coachella Valley near Palm Springs, Calif. Let’s say you now find yourself in the city of Indian […]

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In another sign green travel has gone mainstream, budget-priced Econo Lodge hotels are celebrating the first anniversary of their Room to be Green program.

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| Indulge In A Classic | Don’t you just love a true sense of place? Sure, a brand-new something can be exciting, but few ah-ha moments fire us up faster than knowing that, over the fullness of time, so much life has been lived and such fascinating history played out … on the very ground on which we […]

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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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| Over-Delivering By Design | We are pretty sure new magic is now in bloom on Upper Polk Street, on Russian Hill, the already vibrant San Francisco neighborhood. This magic is named Verbena, aptly so it seems, because the namesake flowering plant has been prized through the ages for its medicinal, even extraordinary powers—called tears […]

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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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| 5 Star Eco-Consciousness | While northern Goa’s post-hippie-yet-perfectly-hip beach communities (including Arambol, Vagator and Anjuna) have pretty much everything I’m looking for in tropical Indian vacation spots, the one less desirable quality is the increasing quantity of tourists. Fortunately, just a couple hours’ drive away in south Goa my friend and I find a shanti […]

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