Letters Page | January/February 2013

Mediterranean Madness

I just finished reading the latest October issue and had to tell you how much I loved it. It kept giving more and more every time I thought it was going to be over—I’ve never seen so much great (and useful!) information in one place. I haven’t enjoyed a magazine so much in a long time. Thank you!

New York, NY

Nothing is perfect, but this issue comes pretty close. Keep up the great work!

New York, NY

Healing Waters

While perusing the October issue and absorbing the Mediterranean through its pages, I was reminded of my most memorable and meaningful vacation. A few years ago, I was hit by a car while running and suffered extensive injuries. Right after the accident, I remember saying out loud, “This is it. This is all I get. But I haven’t been to the Greek isles.”

During my two-year recovery, thoughts of the Mediterranean and the Greek islands kept me motivated, and when I was able to, I went on my dream trip. It was even better than what I had imagined and hoped for. As a runner, visiting the modern and ancient Olympic stadiums gave me chills, and I fell in love with the unparalleled beauty of Santorini and Mykonos. We all know how precious, fleeting and lovely life is. Thank you for stoking the memories of my unforgettable journey.

Long Branch, NJ

Greece Revisited

Upon receiving the issue titled “The Magic of the Mediterranean” a few months ago, I was immediately excited to dissect it page by page and read about the splendor of my birthplace and favorite region—from the French Riviera and Corsica to the Spanish islands to Israel and Lebanon.

As a Greek, however, I was discouraged by the emphasis on the financial problems that plague the nation. The country’s culture is certainly one of the richest in the Mediterranean. Each of the islands—Skorpios (the Onassises’ private island), Delos, Crete, Rhodes, Lesvos, Ikaria, Corfu, Spetses, Hydra, Naxos—has its own topography, mythology and significance in the development of the region’s culture and history. And on the mainland, there is Monemvasia, the “Gibraltar of the East” and one of Europe’s last Byzantine fortresses, as well as places like Metéora, the castle-like monastery suspended in the sky. Agion Oros is a mysterious, self-governed mountain where there are more than 100 Christian monasteries. Over in Olympia, you can see the ancient site of the games on the beautiful Peloponnesian coast. Pella, in Macedonia, is the birthplace of Alexander the Great, and finally, the beautiful Prespa Lakes in the north offer blissful solitude.

There is so much more to Greece than just economics!

Washington, D.C.

Editor’s Note

In our story “Exploring the Balearic Islands” (October 2012), the avarca sandal pictured on page 156 can be found at avarcasusa.com.