Igoumenitsa is the saddest provincial capital in Greece.Approaching the city by boat, it emerges, white and gleaming, like a mythical lost city in some Mesoamerican jungle. You can see the faces of the unsuspecting ferry passengers, enthusiastic and wide eyed, snapping photos.
The forgotten philhellene: How an eccentric British aristocrat founded the first university in modern Greece
Lord Guilford established the first university in modern Greece and devoted his entire life - and fortune - to his adopted home country. So why is he so forgotten today?
The great lost buildings of Athens
By the time of Greek Independence in 1832, Athens was a shabby and fairly unimportant market town. Although the ancient monuments reminded visitors of glories past, much of the architecture was Ottoman in character, with winding lanes and top-heavy houses built around central courtyards.
Udine: an Italy beyond the popular imagination
“Friulani are the worst people in the world,” says my friend Francesco, a Friulano. “They are so cold and mean. They always think you want something from them.”We are at Osteria Alla Ghiacciaia, an Udine institution. It’s a stifling hot August night. Even the canal seems to be sweating. Earlier we had driven to the small town of Campoformido, twenty minutes south-west of Udine.