Greece

Is this Greece’s finest wine since Homer strummed his lyre?

9 October 2021 9:00 am

We were in deepest Dorset, l’Angleterre profonde. The weather was also typically English: inundations followed by counter-attacks from the Indian…

The real Greek: Lemonia reviewed

2 October 2021 9:00 am

Lemonia lives in the old Chalk Farm Tavern in Primrose Hill, which is better known as the set of Paddington.…

My roots burnt with Greece

14 August 2021 11:30 pm

On 11 March this year my father passed away from prostate cancer after several weeks in a hospital in central…

The Olympics have become a celebration of human frailty

14 August 2021 9:00 am

Coronis Embracing one’s vulnerability seems to have replaced the higher, faster, stronger ethos of the Olympics. The very frailty that…

The Greek wildfires and the failings of the state

11 August 2021 4:43 pm

The wildfires raging across Greece for what is by now more than a week, show no sign of abating. High…

An elegy on yachting

7 August 2021 9:00 am

Patmos A very long time ago I wrote in these here pages that spending a summer on the Riviera or…

The high and low life of John Craxton

8 May 2021 9:00 am

Charm is a weasel word; it can evoke the superficial and insincere, and engender suspicion and mistrust. But charm in…

What Europe can learn from Greece's alliance with Israel

26 April 2021 3:59 pm

In the 21st chapter of his magisterial 1948 history of the Second World War, Winston Churchill began with an arresting…

Greece and Britain’s long history of fighting autocracy

26 March 2021 3:28 am

As I write, it is mid-morning in Athens and fighter jets are roaring overhead. My windows rattle, the sky splinters,…

The myth of American freedom

6 February 2021 9:00 am

Gstaad Imagine a beautiful, sexy woman, an Ava Gardner or a Lily James, with a wart on the end of…

The fall of Golden Dawn

3 October 2020 9:00 am

The fall of Greece’s neo-Nazi party

Greece vs Turkey: tensions are rising in the Mediterranean

29 August 2020 9:00 am

Greece and Turkey are in a battle for hegemony

How busy have restaurants been this summer?

8 August 2020 9:00 am

The other Argos The Argos catalogue, known as the ‘Book of Dreams’, is no longer to appear in printed form.…

Lives of luxury for Sparta’s women

4 July 2020 9:00 am

History is full of ‘ifs’ and the Spartan story fuller than most. If the 300 had not made their famous…

The way Greece has conducted itself in this pandemic is an example to us all

11 April 2020 9:00 am

Aristophanes was a comic genius long before the Marx Brothers, but he also gave good advice to the Athenians: stop…

My bid to boost my carbon footprint

12 October 2019 9:00 am

Inspired by Harry and Meghan I decided to get on a plane. I hadn’t been anywhere for so long it…

How Athenians would have broken the Brexit deadlock

10 August 2019 9:00 am

It is said that our political system is ‘broken’ simply because the passions aroused by Brexit have effectively created a…

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Standing on the Acropolis brings out the Greek in me

10 August 2019 9:00 am

Athens I am struggling up the slippery marble steps of the Acropolis with the Geldofs and the Bismarcks. We gaze…

Lunch on Leonard Cohen Island: The Pirate Bar reviewed

10 August 2019 9:00 am

The Pirate Bar is an oddity, even for this column: a bar and restaurant themed in homage to a pirate,…

Let’s choose our politicians by random selection

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Athens Standing right below the Acropolis, where pure democracy began because public officials were elected by lot, I try to…

Tantrums and a top-notch tabbouleh: Ergon House in Athens reviewed

18 May 2019 9:00 am

Ergon House is an epicurean boutique hotel in downtown Athens. (I quote the blurb — I never write ‘boutique’ willingly.)…

A Greek tragedy: how the EU is destroying a country

6 October 2018 9:00 am

‘Now Greece can finally turn the page in a crisis that has lasted too long. The worst is over.’ With…

View of the Balos beach on the Gramvousa peninsula, northwestern Crete Island on July 15, 2010. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

The joy of a Greek summer

8 September 2018 9:00 am

Some jerk know-nothing writes in an unreadable American newspaper that Greece is back — Athens, actually. He would, he’s an…

Greece Notebook

28 October 2017 9:00 am

I have come to Greece in search of sanity over Brexit. Ostensibly it is a symposium to discuss relations between…

High life

5 August 2017 9:00 am

I’ve stayed far away from the new barbarians with their choppers, tank-like cars, home theatres on board, and fridge-shaped super…