We all know about Jason and the Argonauts – a group of buffed up men who went on an epic voyage in 1200 BC. The Argonauts racked up more frequent flier miles than today’s corporate executives. They visited magical and mystical places across the ancient world, including the Black Sea kingdom of Colchis in search…
HO HO HO HO HO. Sounds like something you would hear in a Snoop Dogg song. Actually this is the calling card of that rather paunch grey haired guy who magically appears every Christmas. I’m of course referring to Santa Claus, one of the great cultural icons of modern times.
From the outset, I would like to ask you, the reader, for your opinion. Can you tell me what the most significant cities of all time are? Can you tell me what would be the greatest city of Greek civilization?
Growing up, I have always had the ultimate conversation starter, “I am Lesbian trapped inside this body.” Mind you, not everyone thought it was funny, but what else could I say about Lesbos. I never really appreciated the charm of my island until I was forced to spend a few weeks there in 1999.
“Why would anyone want to go to Albania, don’t people usually escape from there?” That was the typical response from friends when I told them that I would be visiting Albania.
What was it that made me go to Asia Minor-Micra Asia and more importantly, what did I expect to achieve? For the benefit of all concerned, Asia Minor is an area once inhabited by Greeks from classical times all the way through to modern times.
Imagine a place where time stands still. Then think about an eyrie feeling, a sensation. Stop and admire the tranquillity, listen to the peace. Think about a true living connection with an ancient and Byzantine past.
The Greeks of Ukraine “Ola kala — kai panta kala”. And with the clink of our glasses and the downing of another vodka drink I started to feel very much at home here in the Ukraine. On a bright Sunday afternoon, I had found myself in a small town, Sartana; and by chance my guide…