Οι Financial Times γράφουν για τα Κύθηρα στις 25 Ιουλίου 2014. Ο αρθρογράφος Carl Wilkinson δημοσίευσε άρθρο που παρουσιάζει ευρωπαϊκά νησιά όπως η δραγονέρα της Ισπανίας, το Κορνάτι της Κροατίας, η Τένεδος(Bozcaada) της Τουρκίας και τα Κύθηρα της Ελλάδας.
Το άρθρο είναι βασισμένο στους συγγραφείς βιβλίων σχετικών με τα νησιά αυτά, όπως η Claire Lloyd. Η Claire Lloyd είναι συγγραφέας του βιβλίου "My Greek Island Home" και διατηρεί ένα ξενώνα στη Λέσβο (mygreekislandhomeguesthouse.com).
There can be few lovelier places for a holiday than a Greek island; the glitter of the sun on azure sea, the rustling silvery-green of olive groves, the scent of pine, the taverna on the beach, the buzz of cicadas on a warm evening. But have you ever wished you could dig a little deeper, get a bit closer to the life of the island people who treat you as their guests and glimpse what makes the island tick when the tourists aren’t looking?
In 2007 Australian author, photographer and designer Claire Lloyd and her British partner, artist Matthew Usmar Lauder, left behind the busy, glamorous London arts scene to explore a new, more simple way of life on the island of Lesbos. They bought a small house in a village far from the usual tourist haunts and then another house on the edge of the same village.
Here they have discovered the joys of a close community, the rhythms of the days, weeks and seasons bound up with the natural world around them. They have found and love the lesser known places and pleasures of this, the third largest of the Greek islands.
Famed for its history and the grandeur of its rugged landscape, which includes the lagoon where Aristotle founded the science of biology, Lesbos is also remarkably unspoilt.
People here enjoy a lifestyle that has progressed without losing its traditional heart. This way of life and the beauty of the island are the subjects of Claire’s book ‘My Greek Island Home’. Illustrated by Claire’s stunning photographs of faces and flowers, countryside and beaches, details and impressions, colour and light, it tells the story of how she and Matthew have settled here and found friendship and renewed creativity.
In the spirit of hospitality that is so much a part of the Greek island culture, Claire and Matthew offer holidays in the second of their village houses, Ken’s Spiti. A gorgeously simple retreat named after Claire’s father. With white walls, exposed beams, and a roof terrace looking out towards the Aegean sea and the incomparable Greek sunsets. Claire and Matthew are your hosts from the moment you arrive at the small airport of Mytilene, from where you will be chauffeured to their village and treated to a dinner of fresh, seasonal treats in their house, a short walk along narrow village streets from Ken’s Spiti. Here you will also meet some of the dogs, cats, kittens and puppies Claire and Matthew befriend and care for.
On this first evening of welcome, you can discuss with them some of the experiences that are on offer. These include a day with Matthew painting or drawing in favourite locations, a cookery class in a village kitchen, an evening of Greek music, visits to ancient monasteries and early churches, or a day trip to Turkey where you can browse the market and soak up the atmosphere. Depending on the season, you might also witness the spectacular Eastercelebrations, go for wildflower walks, forage for mushrooms, or take part in the olive harvest.
Some of these activities should be booked in advance, others can be spur of the moment. You may wish to do no more than tap into Claire and Matthew’s local knowledge, whether to find the quietest beaches or the best tavernas. Or you may wish to be guided and chauffeured by them every day. The choice is yours.
Included in the price is accommodation, transport to and from the airport, breakfast, dinner with Claire and Matthew on your first night, and dinner in a local taverna on your last evening. Your fridge and store cupboards will be stocked with a selection of local produce, wine, beer, and water. Claire and Matthew will be available to help, to inspire and to share with you what they love most about their Greek Island Home.