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BORNE ON THE MELTEMI WINDS
A hive of activity at the foot of the Acropolis, Athens is captivating beyond expectations. The aweinspiring ruins of the ancient city’s spiritual center inevitably draw the eye, but the modern-day capital, composite and cosmopolitan, is the best place to experience the atmosphere of the real Greece. Sipping a cup of strong, sweet coffee at a sidewalk café in the chic Kolonaki district, savoring a dish of octopus washed down with ice-cold ouzo at an informal eatery on the port of Piraeus…
In the summer, the islands offer the promise of cooling breezes, a welcome respite from the sweltering Athenian heat. Sweeping across the Aegean Sea from the north, the Meltemi winds have filled the sails of this seafaring people for millennia. Sometimes reaching gale force, they bend the ancient olive trees and turn the blades of the windmills that mark the coast of Mykonos, the most popular destination in the Cyclades. Around the port of this “Little Venice,” the houses extend their balconies out over the turquoise sea and narrow streets. Once known as an island of sea captains and ship owners, Mykonos has become a magnet for fun-loving tourists, who flock to its trendy cafés and fine sand beaches.