It is always the same holiday

The desire for tanning, the exodus to the sea, the contempt of the elite for the beach peddlers, the escape in the pool of those who can not leave … Prerogatives of our times? Wrong: from ancient Greece to today, nothing (under the sun) has changed
What’s better than a nice holiday in Greece? The sea is clear, you eat fresh fish, you relax, despite the high season crowds. It was said, almost two thousand years ago, by the learned Plutarch, writer and priest in the temple of Delphi, telling the holidays of his contemporaries. In fact, in the convivial matters one can read about one of the minor plutarchche operetta about the spa town of Edipsos: «Edipsos, in Euboea, has become a very popular holiday resort for visitors from all over Greece, especially thanks to a place called Sorgenti Calde, which has many natural resources to spend leisure time with pleasure and is beautified by villas and elegant condominiums. There is plenty of game, both of birds and of land animals, and the sea is no less generous in supplying the market with excellent fish for the table, which are found in crystal clear waters near the shores. This holiday resort flourishes especially in the middle of spring, when it becomes very crowded: people gather there, forgetting all their worries, and spend time idling and dedicating themselves to long conversations ». It is a souvenir photo of the holidays of the ancients, a fragment of daily life that serves to remind us how Greeks and Romans did not spend their time always stiffened in monumental poses. And how they also loved to travel for pleasure and fun, not only for the love of knowledge, to discover distant lands and countries, as did the wise Solon and the historian Herodotus. Solone, in particular, according to Aristotle, visited Egypt for emporia and fororia, that is to trade and to see the beauties of the places. But maybe even he, between a visit to the temples of Memphis and a learned conversation with the Egyptian priests, will have stopped in some tavern along the banks of the Nile to get a glass of beer, the most popular drink in the kingdom of the Pharaohs.

Today we love to distinguish between the tourist and the traveler. We look at the first, the predestined victim of organized tours and holiday villages, one that only wants fun, does not leave the obligatory paths and in every place looks for his house, asking for pasta with tomato or coffee of the moka. While celebrating the latter, aware, attentive and respectful of local traditions. All of us, of course, have the ambition to be travelers rather than tourists. We prefer to identify with Bruce Chatwin rather than with Fantozzi. But do not think that certain dialectics are born only with the emergence of mass tourism. Even the rhetoric of escape from the city, the conquest of a horizon of pure air and a less frenetic pace of life, already belongs to the ancient world. Seneca, philosopher and preceptor of Emperor Nero, in his Letters to Lucilius, tells how, feeling a bit ‘of fever and the pulse beat altered, decided to leave for his villa di Nomento, fleeing the busy, noisy and unhealthy life of Rome: “As soon as I left behind the heavy air of the city and the smell of the steaming kitchens that spread all their pestiferous vapors, mixed with the dust of the streets, I immediately realized that my health had changed ». Of course, the rich have always been a holiday, not tourism. And not all Romans could afford the luxurious villas of the aristocracy. The common people were content to go to the spa, as today who does not have the money to afford the holiday is satisfied with the municipal pool. “Life at the spa was Roman beach life,” wrote historian Paul Veyne. There was no city worthy of the name that did not have its spas. And there were no spas that did not swarm with idlers, who spent their time playing ball or, perhaps, getting a tan. Always Seneca, in his treatise On the brevity of life, inserted in the long list of the people who waste their existence “doing nothing, but with great effort” also “those who spend their lives roasting in the sun”. The heliotherapy, moreover, is already traced back to Hippocrates. And, next to the sun as a cure, there were also treatments against the sun. According to Pliny the Elder, a writer named Salpe recommended for the burns the application of a mixture of urine and egg white. Perhaps he also used it, since, as his nephew Pliny the Younger tells us, he used to lie down in the sun, after lunch, in the garden of his villa. In the fourth century AD, Oribasius of Constantinople, the personal physician of Emperor Julian the Apostate, recommended psammotherapy, that is, sandblasting.

Mykonos: the less windy beaches of the island

For this summer 2018 you might think of going on vacation to Mykonos. It is a very touristic island of Greece, it is true, but objectively it is also very beautiful and fascinating even if its beaches are very windy. Among the most beloved islands of the Cyclades, Mykonos is famous for its beautiful beaches, whitewashed houses, bays lashed by wind and the characteristic mills that have now become almost a symbol of this island. In recent years, Mykonos has become an island dedicated to entertainment, nightlife and often besieged by young matured students who choose the beaches of Mykonos as a destination for their journey of Maturity. It matters little, whether you are a mature or a thirty-year-old on holiday, Mykonos, like all the islands of Greece, deserves to be discovered and appreciated, in all its beauty. Although, objectively, the island of Mykonos with its beautiful beaches, has become very touristy, preserves glimpses of rare natural and characteristic beauty. But there is a problem, as we said at the beginning.

Mykonos is also considered “Island of the Wind” and therefore almost all its beaches are very windy. So if you hate the wind or you get a headache and you just can not spend too much time on the beach with your hair braided like a storm, it is important to choose the less windy beaches of Mykonos. Here we are to suggest you three beaches with little wind in Mykonos.

Psarou: we are in the south-western part of Mykonos and this tiny paradise beach is perfect for those who do not like the wind. Among the less windy beaches of the Greek island, in fact, Pasarou is a wonderful corner, well equipped, full of services and, we reiterate, with little wind.
Platis Gialos: this beach of Mykonos is among the least windy of all. A paradise for families, with shallow beaches and protected by rocks and white houses. There are many bathing establishments perfect for all families, we are in the western part of Mykonos and, perhaps for its characteristics, this beach is very crowded.
Agios Ioannis: this beach is one of the most famous in Mykonos so be careful because you could find it full of tourists. This area is among the least windy in the whole island of Mykonos because it is protected by hills and the beach is divided into two parts by the rocks. Despite the great tour of tourists that populate Agios Ioannis is still characterized by tranquility with crystal clear waters that will make you believe you are in the Maldives.

The trendy beaches and clubs of Lindsay Lohan in Greece

Lindsay Lohan has decided to invest in some clubs in Greece and has opened three activities in Mykonos, Athens and Rhodes
For the uninitiated, the famous actress Lindsay Lohan has opened three nightclubs in Greece in Athens and in the islands of Rhodes and Mykonos.
The world is full of VIPs who decide to open businesses in countries other than theirs and Lindsay Lohan is no exception. The actress, famous for her starring role in Mean Girls and her not-so-clear past, has founded three nightclubs in Greece. The chosen places were the wild island of Mykonos, the magnificent Rhodes and Athens, the cradle of culture. Lindsay Lohan’s decision to invest in Greece had made much discussion at the time since the economic crisis certainly does not make it a place to party every night. In a statement released to the press last year, the star revealed that she wanted to succeed where others failed and wanted to celebrate the meeting between different cultures. Last year, when he opened the Athens nightclub, he revealed that part of the proceeds would be donated to the children’s associations of refugees from Syria.
The last club opened by Lindsay Lohan is the “LOHAN Beach House” of Mykonos that follows the one already existing on the island of Rhodes. The actress has chosen three of the most beautiful places to start her commercial activities and, even if the Athens nightclub could have a difficult life due to the economic crisis, the Beach House can go on thanks to the arrival of tourists in the summer season. If these clubs are lucky, only time will tell.
Greece is the country that most suffered the economic crisis of 2007. Many businesses have closed, restaurants are empty for most of the year, and young people try to go abroad to get some luck. Despite this, however, tourism has not diminished, indeed: continue to be millions of people who, every year, go to Greece to spend their summer vacation. Mykonos has always been the youth destination par excellence, with its nightclubs and clubs on the beach. Athens, full of history and culture, deserves to be visited and discovered in every small detail. And the magnificent Rhodes is not far behind.