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52 eyelands

52 eyelands [Kindle Edition]

Gregory Papadoyiannis , Christina Markanastasakis , Danae Roussou , Georgia Alexiou
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A travel guide for the Greek islands

This is a “sentimental” guide for travellers, through 52 of the Greek islands. The term "sentimental guide" implies something more than a commonplace guide and I assure you that my book is not written in the style of a classic guidebook. There is already a plethora of classic guidebooks; the internet is rife with a lot of useful – yet even more useless – information. This book is about to how it feels like to actually “live the island” – even for a week – and to find out what it’s like, from how it looks to how it can be characterized in terms of its deeper essence. I liken this process to getting to know a friend, or perhaps even falling in love.

What you will find in the book
An introduction to the Greek landscape: Greece for beginners
(A day in Greece nowadays, A very brief history of modern Greece, Greece in the years of the crisis, basic trips for travel and tips for the first day in the island)
For every island, you will find information about its history and its connection with the other islands which belong to the same group.
You will also find basic information about how to get around and spots that I think you should not miss, in order to get a complete picture and enjoy your stay on the island. Keep in mind that this is a guide for travellers and not for ordinary tourists. As such, what I believe is most significant is to give you information based on my own experience, about the style, character, profile and personality of each island.
Along with the commentary on the islands, this book contains some basic yet essential tips for travellers to Greece – and particularly for those travelling to the islands.
Moreover, there is a small section with some tips – one might say an emotional survival guide – for all those who need to know what to do during their first day on an island.

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  • Print Length: 153 pages
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  • Language: English
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Gregory Papadoyiannis
He was born in 1961 at Chania (Crete, Greece)
He graduated Law and Journalism School, has studied cinema direction and worked at newspapers, magazines, radio and television, in the beginning as sports editor and later as columnist and text editor.
At the same time, he worked as translator of literature books collaborating with several publishing houses and translated in Greek books of William Faulkner, Francis Scott Fitzgerald, Jack London, Marc Twain etc.
In 1991, he was awarded for the first time with the national prize for young theatrical writers at the contest of the Ministry of Culture for the play "The situations". He has been awarded twice with the second prize at the same contest for play writers, in 1995 and 1999. He also translated theater plays from authors such as David Mamet and Tennessee Williams that have been played at the theaters of Athens. He has also worked as director assistant at the National Theater of Greece as well as the Theater of Thessaly.
Furthermore, he has been occupied with the cinema, has directed two short movies that have participated in Greek festivals while he has written scripts for long and short movies. He has worked as script-writer and director assistant in television series.
Books (published in Greece):
- At the Almighty, hereunto, comic album, 1988
- The situations, play, 1992
- Sniff, novel, second edition, 2008
- The city beyond the river, collection of short stories, 2011

Some of the stories of this collection translated and published in internet magazines and anthologies in England and U.S.A.
After having lived several years in Athens, he now lives in the island of Crete with his wife and daughter. He is the person in charge and also writes about book & cinema on the website
He is also the founder of the (only one, based in Greece) international short story contest, by
E-mail: &

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By Lane7
Format:Kindle Edition
I never take a guidebook on my travels. That way, I don't have to worry about the long list of things I need to `cover' (which, invariably, I will fail to do). But if I ever revisit the Greek Islands, I might just be packing my copy of Gregory Papadoyiannis's genre-busting guidebook 52 eyelands. Far from stressing you out with detailed lists, Papadoyiannis offers only the lightest touch of "must sees". In fact, among the book's top tips for travel is the refreshing advice to set aside all guidebooks or maps as soon as you can, and trust your instincts instead.

Papadoyiannis is a Greek author, a native of the island of Crete. Although he has been visiting the Greek islands each summer for decades, he is a slow traveller, and still has a couple of dozen islands left to see. Sustained throughout 52 eyelands is the voice of a travel companion who is always careful not to offer too much advice, always conscious that travel is about making choices and that since each traveller is different, each has discoveries of their own awaiting them on the islands he knows and loves so well.

The tone of the book is relaxed and accepting of the traveller's lot: things may go awry from time to time, but that is unavoidable. Sometimes the ferry is late and the bus driver who is paid to meet it gives up waiting and goes home to bed, and so the disembarking passengers must reach their destinations on foot. But Papadoyiannis makes light of such challenges. However bad the situation, he remains an optimist. What you must do, he seems to be saying, is keep going, and the next day you will chance upon the good stuff, as if by magic.

At last: a no-spoilers guidebook. This could be a thing.
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