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TOP HOTEL VIDEO TOUR: ‘DAIOS COVE RESORT & VILLAS’ IN CRETE, GREECE

Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas, Crete is a brand new luxury 5* resort, which opened in April 2010 and is nestled on a hillside overlooking the exclusive Daios Cove. Located right on the waterfront with a private sandy beach, masterfully blending the surrounding landscape together with a unique private bay and direct access to the crystalline waters, the Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas has become the unsurpassed destination. Designed by esteemed architecture firm 3SK Stylianidis, Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas evokes the intimate charm of the traditional villages found throughout the Greek isles, expressed in an elegant, contemporary aesthetic.

All 300 spacious rooms, suites and villas, most with private heatable pools range from 42m2 to 560m2 , boasting spectacular views of the Mediterranean. The unparalleled choice of accommodation that includes Deluxe Sea View Rooms, Deluxe Sea View Rooms with Individual Pool, Junior Suites with Private Pool, One Bedroom Suites, One- or Two-Bedroom Villas with Private Pool, Wellness Villas with Private Pool, and Two- or Three-Bedroom Family Villas are conceived to meet any expectation.

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Top Hotel Video Tour: ‘Abaton Island Resort & Spa’ In Crete, Greece (2020)

Bask in the chic surroundings of this Cycladic-style resort. Located on Crete’s northern coastline, Abaton offers elegant accommodation and panoramic sea views. Indulge mind, body and soul at the best Elemis spa together with a collection of restaurants offering Greek and international cuisine.

Crete, Greece’s largest island, is known for its varied terrain, which ranges from fine-sand beaches at Elafonisi to the White Mountains. Mt. Ida, the tallest of the range, is home to the Ideon Cave, which was the birthplace of Zeus, according to Greek mythology. The capital, Heraklion, is home to the renowned Heraklion Archaeological Museum, housing Minoan artifacts, and Knossos, a Bronze Age settlement.

New Photography Books: ‘Louis Vuitton Fashion Eye Greece’ – François Halard

Famed for his photographs of interiors, François Halard sees himself as a soul hunter, capturing places that are alive, infused with the spirits of their owners. Here, he presents his very personal vision of Greece, and in particular the island of Symi. Classical sculptures, mineral structures and landscapes rising up from the earth fill the pages, tinted in blue tones, as if under the watchful eye of Halard’s mentor, Cy Twombly. Born in Paris to parents who were interior designers, François Halard initially made his name in the world of fashion. Haute couture, ready-to-wear, still‑life vignettes, portraits — his photographs were featured in magazines like GQ, Vanity Fair and French Vogue. But with his travels taking him far and wide, and after many inspirational encounters with artists, he moved away from fashion to hunt down fascinating homes and the souls of their owners. It is said he has photographed more than 4,000 of them. Inspired by the House’s travel heritage, the Louis Vuitton Fashion Eye collection evokes cities, regions or countries through the eyes of fashion photographers, from emerging talents to industry legends. Each title in the series features an extensive selection of large-format photographs, together with biographical information and an interview with the photographer or a critical essay. After Louis Vuitton City Guides and Travel Books, this third collection presents travel photography with a fashion perspective, as the chosen photographers all infuse their images of great cities, faraway places or dream destinations with their unique vision.

Sunday Morning Podcast: News From Athens, Zurich, London, Tokyo (Monocle)

Monocle’s Emma Nelson speaks to Vincent McAviney and Rob Cox, plus we hear from The Saturday Paper’s Karen Middleton, and check in with Tokyo and Ljubljana.

Travel Videos: ‘Top Ten Places In The Balkans’

The Balkans are one of the Europe’s most beautiful and fascinating regions. From the Coast of Croatia, to the medieval bridges of Bosnia, the Balkans have so much to offer. I’ve traveled to the South Eastern Europe several times and I want to show you my favorite places!

Top Home Design Videos: ‘Tear Of God’ In Crete (WSJ)

For his home on Crete, Greece’s largest island, George Kalykakis wanted something unique. He got a sculptural structure, nicknamed the “Tear of God,” designed to keep the harsh sun in check through a series of cuts. Kalykakis gives us a tour.

New Aerial Travel Videos: “Sarakiniko Beach” On Milos Island, Greece

Sarakiniko is a beach on Milos Island, Greece, situated on the north shore of the island. Waves driven by north winds shape the greyish-white volcanic rock into amazing shapes, and the area is often compared to a moonscape. The local people often refer to the scenic landscape of Sarakiniko as Lunar. The bone-white beach derives its unusual characteristics from the erosion of the volcanic rock by wind and wave. Sarakiniko is one of the most photographed landscapes in the Aegean.

World News Podcast: Women Protest In Belarus, Western Wildfires, Lesbos

D/W News reports: Thousands of women protest in Belarus, wildfires in Western U.S., migrant tents in Greek Island Lesbos and other top news.

Top Architectural Design: “Hedonistic House” On Aegina Island, Greece

The holiday home located in the area of ​​Agioi Apostoloi in Aegina is organized around a central patio. The dialogue with the natural terrain of the plot as well as the unobstructed visual views of the land were elements crucial to the design.

​The visitor enters from the highest point of the patio from where the movements are distributed around the three living areas of the house – the master bedroom, the guest rooms and the lounge area – and the swimming pool. The morphology of the patio follows the outer sloping terrain and as it gradually descends through a path of terraces and outdoor seating areas leads the visitor to the view.

Its final level, in combination with the airy living room, constitutes an expanded covered balcony to the sea. Its transparent roof bears the pool-observatory. The patio functions as a vital living space of the residence and so does the rooftop swimming pool.

The bedrooms maintain their privacy while at the same time referring to the heart of the whole – the patio and the sea view. The section of the house levels creates an internal microcosm of spaces and movements, constituting a path that can bypass the enclosed spaces and end up outside the plot around the side of the daily activities volume.

The morphology of the complex expresses the function of each individual space housed under it while the selected rough materials set up a direct dialogue with the island’s topos. The individual volumes are embraced by a dynamic curved, unifying outer skin that holds the whole together and forms a characteristically acute, yet silent gesture of a human intervention on the natural landscape.  

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Travel & Culture: Greek Island Of Hydra In 1960’s – “A Theatre For Dreamers” By Novelist Polly Samson

From The Guardian (May 23, 2020):

A Theatre For Dreamers - Polly Samson - April 2020I first went to Hydra six years ago, when it was simply a beautiful Greek island and not a place I went to commune with its ghosts. I don’t think I was even aware that it was the island Leonard Cohen had lived on, and knew nothing of Charmian Clift, George Johnston and the bohemian community they fostered.

Bloomsbury Publishers: 1960. The world is dancing on the edge of revolution, and nowhere more so than on the Greek island of Hydra, where a circle of poets, painters and musicians live tangled lives, ruled by the writers Charmian Clift and George Johnston, troubled king and queen of bohemia. Forming within this circle is a triangle: its points the magnetic, destructive writer Axel Jensen, his dazzling wife Marianne Ihlen, and a young Canadian poet named Leonard Cohen.

Into their midst arrives teenage Erica, with little more than a bundle of blank notebooks and her grief for her mother. Settling on the periphery of this circle, she watches, entranced and disquieted, as a paradise unravels.

Burning with the heat and light of Greece, A Theatre for Dreamers is a spellbinding novel about utopian dreams and innocence lost – and the wars waged between men and women on the battlegrounds of genius.

Polly Samson is an English novelist, lyricist and journalist. She is married to musician David Gilmour, and has written the lyrics to many of Gilmour’s works, both as a solo artist and with the group Pink Floyd.