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  Day by day, we gain a couple of treasured minutes of daylight. It is enough to open a crack in winter greyness and take courage to jump over the time-gap that leads to spring. It’s still very cold, very rainy and very dark, but we start paying attention to the afternoon chirping of the […]

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We are waiting once more in the Blue Star Boat garage, frowning, trying to avoid the earsplitting safety noise that makes the last minutes of our journey seem endless. Then, the door opens and we rush out into the windy port. That’s when the island’s smell surprises me. After a while I get used to […]

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It’s been almost a week now, that sky here at the islands started taking its seasonal dramatic colours: one continuous alternation of shades, in dialogue with the sea, that starts mid September and really takes off in October and November. During this period, the sky looks so impressive that almost beats the classic Autumn images […]

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Despite of the strong south wind, the moon emerging from the mountains of Naxos makes the evening walkers at Pisso Livadi stop at the drafty yard of Saint Nicholas church to stare at it; they stand still like animals in headlights, pleasantly surprised by the aromas of the old salted cedar trees and the freshness […]

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  I am beginning to write from a cool Athenian yard. One of those hidden suburban yards that is very old Athens –it has lemon trees, a big jasmine plant, iron benches, sleepy cats and way too many clay pots. But the most beautiful thing about this yard isn’t actually in it: it is the […]

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