• Pedestrian Streets & City Sidewalks

    August 12, 2011, Washington, D.C.: Several interesting tidbits in D.C. news this week examined issues related to our city streets and sidewalks. Each discussion brings to mind memories of my recent trip to Greece, where I was reacquainted with the benefits of Europe’s sidewalk culture and pedestrian streets. With this week’s 50th anniversary of D.C.’s first

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  • Athens is Alive

    June 29, 2011, Athens, Greece: The Greek Parliament has just voted to pass a measure that would call for deep cuts in spending in order to rein in the Greek debt crisis. Many people who live here aren’t happy about that. From my hotel balcony in Athens, about 15 blocks from Parliament and Constitution Square, I

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  • Santorini’s Main Event

    June 27, 2011, Thira, Santorini, Greece: Reason No. 1 I could imagine living on this little Greek Island: I could really get behind a place where gathering to watch the sunset is the main event. Day in and day out, crowds assemble to watch the show. And without fail, we all clap in wild applause

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  • The Lost City of Atlantis

    June 23, 2011, Santorini, Greece: Once upon a time, according to Plato, thrived the city of Atlantis. It was a true powerhouse of a civilization, prosperous and advanced, a legend in its time and ours. Legend also has it that the island sank suddenly and tragically into the sea. Today many believe Santorini is the

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  • Every Great Town Needs One

    June 22, 2011, Oia, Santorini, Greece: I knew I’d find Justine there. From the moment I entered that little bookshop in Ia, I knew I’d find books in the style of my well-read brother. Still, Atlantis Bookshop itself was something I didn’t expect to stumble upon in a tourist haven on a Greek Island. Inside,

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  • Inspiration Oia

    June 21, 2011, Oia, Santorini, Greece: In the home of my dreams are paint colors from the town of Ia, Santorini. That bright, deep Mediterranean blue. That ever so slight shade of gray, dashed with a hint of purple stirred into the palette. Those neutrals of the stones wedged between walls of whitewashed concrete, lining

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