Cruising on the Ocean Majesty

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Summary of the book Cruising on the Ocean Majesty

"On board, wrapped in a delicious atmosphere"

A cruise on the Aegean and Adriatic seas with the jewel cruise ship OCEAN MAJESTY, and the passion of a traveller looking beneath the surface of what most people see.

An attractive atmosphere and a wonderful hospitality meet the magic of Southern Europe’s natural beauty, sealed with the splendour of its civilizations.

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Barbara Athanassiadis is the author of nine novels, including her travel narratives A Year in Tuscany (2007), Feeling Rome (2009), My Venice (2014), India and my Persian garden (2016) and Cruising on the Ocean Majesty (2016) which are published in English, Italian, Greek, German and French. She divides her time between Rome and Athens.

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Jan 24, 2016
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Travel / Europe / Greece
Travel / Europe / Italy
Travel / Food, Lodging & Transportation / Cruises
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About the book INDIA and my Persian garden 

A must have book for any true traveller 

“…I was walking in a labyrinth of extreme beauty:  serene interior gardens; shady, covered verandahs; cool, marble loggias.  I’d climb up small towers and descend into yet another garden, where I ended up swinging on a sofa.  On either side were a pair of marble urns with rose petals floating prettily in the water…”  

 “…At other times we would be walking in the bazaars, going up a slight hill to the palace of the local maharajah, careful not to step on the baskets full of fruit, vegetables and spices being sold by women vendors, sitting cross-legged on the ground.  The vibrant colours of the saris of the shoppers surrounding them would form a flower garden that lay on the street…”  

“…There was no moon that night.  Instead, thousands of stars could be seen dazzling the night sky like so many diamonds while, on the opposite bank and beautifully lit up, was the City Palace, with all its domes, closed terraces and ledges with ornate windows.  As I gazed at it, I saw colours swirling in the water:  green; red; yellow...”  

“…I felt I was breathing an India of another time… an entire symphony of luminous diamonds, sapphires of the deepest blue, rubies the colour of pigeon’s blood, pink pearls and sea-green emeralds, most of which were set in gold… like in the tales of  A Thousand and One Nights…” 

The Jewel in the Crown of England in the 19th century, today India spreads its shine on the Globe. A feast of colours, landscapes and works of Art; a mosaic of ideas and people that bear the stamp of its ageless wisdom. Everything in superlatives in the Indian world, seen through the alteration of contrasts:  another order, both subversive and charming to the gaze of the traveller. 

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About the book Feeling ROME 

"An intimate portrait of the Eternal City" 

Visiting a city and then describing it in a guide book is very different than living it, breathing in the atmosphere, enjoying its surprises, discovering its details and recounting its hidden personality in an engaging and passionate way. 

In “Feeling Rome” Barbara Athanassiadis does just that: she introduces us to Rome, the Eternal City, albeit contemplating it from a different perspective, one that is more humane but also more penetrating, revealing the secrets of the particular way of life of the Romans, masterfully balanced between their glorious past and a bright and promising present. 

At the same time, she delicately touches upon the monuments, palaces, fountains, piazzas and shops of this fascinating city, breathing in the ineffable aura of the "dolce vita" of fashion and art. 

The author takes readers by the hand on a revealing walk, inviting even the most fanatical admirers of this city to fall in love again, as if it was the first time! «... As I walked through the gate of the Piazza del Popolo, in front of me I saw the square, dominated by the twin churches and the high obelisk, marking the top of the three streets opening like a fan ahead, leading to as many squares with stairs in marble and baroque palaces. Two hundred years before, that same imposing gate had been crossed by Goethe, who, finding himself in the presence of such a spectacle, a prelude to the wonders of the Eternal City, opened his arms and said, 'Now I begin to live!'»

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"Ever the charmer when she hits the paper, Barbara Athanassiadis takes us along on a stroll through Rome, her dwelling city of adoption. As a matter of fact, this journey is bound to take us far beyond the walls of this city and on to a trip to the Holy Land, where the journey turns into a soul-searching experience, as the author endeavors to connect her establishment in Rome to her remote origins.

Thus, as light as a feather, from palazzos to verandas, and from piazzas to movies of the ‘60s, Barbara flutters along, shedding what she feels is superfluous, along the way. Sometimes entire blocks are obliterated, churches seem to vanish into thin air and even historic accuracy seems as some point, to lose importance…. An experienced traveler, fully conversant with the art of getting rid of unnecessary burdens in her own, so very special, unmistakably feminine and romantic way, something like picking up the most beautiful Mediterranean flowers, before putting them in a vase to share the composition with roses and… artichokes alike!"
Maria Ioannides, Review in Vakchikon Magazine

"In her new travel book, Barbara Athanassiadis lives, breathes, takes delight in, discovers and guides us with a personal and insightful look of Rome, the Eternal City. She deciphers the unique lifestyle of the Romans, easily juggling between their glorious past and their bright present. She takes her readers on transcendent strolls, revealing precious and little-known secrets and inspiring all, even the most unrepentant lovers of Rome, to rediscover it once more." 

Theodore Gregoriadis, Review in Passport Magazine

From the Mediterranean to the Alps, from fine art to fine pasta: with Rick Steves on your side, Italy can be yours!

Inside Rick Steves Italy 2018 you'll find:

Comprehensive coverage for planning a multi-week trip to Italy
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Top sights and hidden gems, from the Colosseum and Michelangelo's David to corner trattorias and that perfect scoop of gelato
How to connect with local culture: Savor a delicious plate of cacio e pepe, discover the relaxed rhythms of sunny Cinque Terre, or chat with fans about the latest soccer match (calico, to locals)
Beat the crowds, skip the lines, and avoid tourist traps with Rick's candid, humorous insight
The best places to eat, sleep, and experience la dolce far niente
Self-guided walking tours of lively neighborhoods and museums
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Useful resources including a packing list, Italian phrasebook, a historical overview, and recommended reading
Over 1,000 bible-thin pages include everything worth seeing without weighing you down
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About the book A YEAR IN TUSCANY

"A tale of reality, history, landscape and art."

History, art, gastronomy, monuments, images: these are the elements that dominate the impressions of Barbara Athanassiadis in Tuscany, where she spends the four seasons of the year painting watercolours and discovering the hidden treasures of one of the most beautiful places in the world.

The excursions through the vineyards in autumn give her the opportunity to let her imagination roam free and to transport us to the unique landscapes that surround her.

The winter walks through Florence and Siena are an extraordinary exhibition dedicated to the world of Art.

The spring excursions in her Beetle to the medieval towns open her eyes, and ours, to the traditions of the place, which she critiques with her own Mediterranean influences as to how Tuscany was viewed by the English during the Grand Tour.

In the summer, she leaves for Maremma, virgin land within Tuscany, where she lives through the stories and legends of its people while at the same time taking a step back to look at the Etruscans.  She makes quick stops to local restaurants to taste the delicious, traditional cuisine allowing us to share in her meal of sliced bread seasoned with olive oil, ravioli al pecorino, and pappardelle in rabbit stew, all flavored with herbs and cheese and washed down with a glass of the famous Vin Santo.

Her travel story, written from the heart, clearly shows that she is charmed not only by the peculiarities and traditions of the region, but also the hidden details of everyday life.  It is these little details, an unknown aspect in the daily life of Tuscans, which surprise her and never fail to charm.

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"Through the images, Barbara Athanassiadis writes a lyrical text, in which Tuscany, the noblest of the Italian lands, is celebrated in all its splendor. Centuries of human effort have changed the original natural fabric creating a landscape on a human scale that has no equal. I should add that I would like to read the text in its original language but it was not possible, since I do not know it. However, the translation, beautiful, with a fluid language, charming and persuasive, allows  me to assume that the original  text is of equal beauty: the cases in which the translations have been able to overcome the originals can be counted on the fingers of one hand, in more than three millennia of the civilization of writing."

Professor Fabrizio Lemme, Academy of San Luca - Rome

"The pages of your books are like paintings that a painter paints in real time, while living, capturing the moments - not just spatially but also through the sensory nuances that give color to life. The choice of Tuscany, over other colourful Italian regions, only reinforces the passion and the materiality of the feelings generating chapters, paragraphs, lines, words ... "

Roberto Castellucci, Painter

"With time and disposition as her allies and, above all, her thorough knowledge of Italian  Renaissance Art, Barbara Athanassiadis offers a journey along which I came to learn exactly what to look at, not just to feel what she herself may have achieved, but mostly to attain a conciliation with style and culture, the two natural companions of any wanderer. The painter that she is allowed for certain strokes of her brushes to go astray, much to the benefit of the rest of us!  Secret nuances and mixtures of colors so vivid that they transpire, despite everything, in the watercolors striving to surge from the pages of her book. The numerous references to Art and the reports of talks she had with several people she has met throughout her life, not just dwelling in Tuscany, have admittedly made me richer and definitely strengthened my resolve to revisit the region harboring the sources of elixir. For this is what Tuscany is all about."

Yiannis Spaveras, Greek Writer

Για το βιβλίο Η ΒΕΝΕΤΙΑ ΜΟΥ

«Μια προσωπική ματιά στο Μύθο, στην Ιστορία, και στη μαγεία των Τεχνών της»

 «...Μου άρεσε ο τρόπος με τον οποίο η πόλη τράβηξε την προσοχή μου. Για να την ανακαλύψω όμως, της ζήτησα να μην κρύβεται πίσω από τις μάσκες της.

Την ήθελα αληθινή. Να με άφηνε να μπω στα μυστικά της, να κατανοήσω τις δυσκολίες της, να έχω έναν ευθύ διάλογο μαζί της. Μου το υποσχέθηκε και πέταξε από πάνω της τις τουριστικές αμφιέσεις της.»

Περιήγηση στον χρόνο, τον μύθο, την Ιστορία, τη μαγεία της Τέχνης και της ζωής επιχειρεί η Βαρβάρα-Ρίτα Αθανασιάδου μέσα από τη διεισδυτική ματιά της έμπειρης ταξιδιώτισσας. Είναι η ίδια ματιά που αποτυπώθηκε και στις παλαιότερες ‘Ιταλικές’ αφηγήσεις της, στα βιβλία της  Ένας Χρόνος στην Τοσκάνη και  Περίπατοι στη Ρώμη.

Η Βενετία Μου έρχεται να συμπληρώσει μιαν ιδιότυπη τριλογία λογοτεχνικής προσέγγισης του τόπου και των ανθρώπων του, του παρελθόντος και του παρόντος τους.

Δίχως να κατευθύνει τα βήματά μας, η συγγραφέας μάς παρασύρει στους δικούς της στεριανούς και υδάτινους Βενετσιάνικους δρόμους και εστιάζει την προσοχή μας σε έργα της Φύσης και της Τέχνης, ανασκαλεύοντας θρύλους και ιστορικά παραλειπόμενα.

Το «Φτερωτό Λιοντάρι» απλώνεται νωχελικό στους ώμους της ρομαντικής ηρωίδας, το «Πέταγμα του Γλάρου» φτάνει ώς τη Σίσσυ της Αυστρίας, οι «Μικρές Σφαίρες του Μουράνο» κυλούν και βρίσκουν το  «Πιρούνι της Βυζαντινής Πριγκίπισσας», το «Τορτσέλλο» φλερτάρει με τις  «Βενετσιάνες στο Χαρέμι»…
Δείτε τα βίντεο από το YouTube του βιβλίου H ΒΕΝΕΤΙΑ ΜΟΥ: 

Σχόλια του Βιβλίου Η ΒΕΝΕΤΙΑ ΜΟΥ

 «Μου αρέσει ιδιαίτερα που το βιβλίο της Ρίτας Αθανασιάδου έχει και μία ανθρώπινη διάσταση αφού περιγράφει φιλίες, συναισθήματα, προσωπικές απόψεις και αυτό είναι που μας κάνει όχι μόνο να διαβάσουμε το βιβλίο απνευστί θα έλεγα, αλλά μας βάζει και μας τους αναγνώστες μέσα στον φωβ καμβά της και κατά κάποιο τρόπο, με τις δικές μας σκέψεις γινόμαστε συνταξιδιώτες του βιβλίου της, σαν να είμαστε και μείς εκεί, αφού σε κάθε σελίδα συμμετέχουμε έντονα σε ότι διαδραματίζεται.

Η Ρίτα θα πρέπει να την ερωτεύτηκε παράφορα την Βενετία της γιατί ξέρω ότι εδώ και χρόνια την απασχολούσε η γραφή του βιβλίου αυτού. Έκανε πολλά φθινοπωρινά ταξίδια στην πόλη και έμεινε για μεγάλα διαστήματα εκεί προκειμένου να νοιώσει όλα αυτά που περιγράφει, και κατάφερε να τα δέσει με μεγάλη μαεστρία προσφέροντας στον αναγνώστη όχι μόνο ενδιαφέρουσες και κυρίως ποικίλες ταξιδιωτικές πληροφορίες για τις πλατείες, τα ατέλειωτα γεφύρια και τις αναρίθμητες εκκλησίες της, αλλά και ένα υπέροχο μάθημα για την Ιστορία της περιόδου που έλαμψε παγκοσμίως η Γαληνοτάτη όπως επίσης και μια σαγηνευτική ματιά στην θεϊκή τέχνη που ήκμασε την εποχή εκείνη με τους Canaletto, Bellini, Tiziano,  Veronese και τόσους άλλους ζωγράφους.

Χαίρομαι που οι θησαυροί της Βενετίας της αποκαλύφθηκαν όπως ακριβώς το επιθυμούσε, και θέλω να της ευχηθώ σύντομα να μας χαρίσει άλλο ένα βιβλίο που θα μας ταξιδέψει στην ιστορία!»

Λυδία Μαστρονικολή, Πρόεδρος του Συλλόγου Φίλων του Ιδρύματος Μείζονος Ελληνισμού

«Παρατηρώντας τις βενετσιάνικες ματιές του βιβλίου της Barbara Athanassiadis, συνειδητοποίησα και τη συναισθηματική κλιμάκωση, καθώς η συγγραφέας κυριολεκτεί απολύτως: La mia Venezia. Πρόκειται πράγματι για τη δική της Βενετία, με την έννοια όχι τόσο της υποκειμενικής ματιάς ή της κατ’ επιλογήν εστίασης σε ό,τι γοητεύει την ίδια, όσο του δικού της ιδιαίτερου τρόπου να κοιτά προς την κατεύθυνση της θέας των πολλών και να μην βλέπει τα ίδια αξιοθέατα.

Γιατί η ίδια περιδιαβαίνει τα αγαπημένα της μέρη και παρέσυρε το δικό μου βλέμμα σε όψεις, χρώματα και αισθήσεις δίχως να το καθοδηγεί. Όπως χαριτωμένα προσεγγίζει τις όψεις της καθημερινότητάς της στην εξω-λογοτεχνική ζωή της, ήρεμα, νωχελικά, με χαμόγελο πάντα, εξίσου αυθόρμητα, φυσικά, ξεδιπλώνει και τον μύθο με τον οποίο ντύνει την περιήγησή της. Κίνητρα, σκέψεις, αναζητήσεις, αντιδράσεις των ηρώων της προκύπτουν σχεδόν ως αυτονόητα… Έτσι, που να νομίζει κανείς, διαβάζοντας το βιβλίο της, πως παρακολουθεί την εξομολογητική αφήγηση μιας φίλης, που η οικειότητα της φωνής της εμπιστεύεται στ’ αυτιά μας δικές της στιγμές.»

Ελένη Κρητικά, Κριτικός βιβλίου


«Ανακάλυψα μέσα από την αφήγηση της Ρίτας Αθανασιάδου ότι όντως η Βενετία είναι μέσα της, εξού και ο τίτλος: Η Βενετία μου. Παρότι μας δένει μια χρόνια φιλία, η αφήγηση της με άγγιξε πολύ. Είναι σα να με πήρε από το χέρι και μαζί κάναμε μια περιήγηση στην Παραμυθένια Πόλη, που πότε την τυλίγει η ομίχλη, πότε την αγκαλιάζει το ρόδινο χρώμα του ηλιοβασιλέματος. Η αυθόρμητη και συνάμα ώριμη περιγραφή της, έχει κεντρίσει τόσο την περιέργεια μου, που μου έρχεται έντονη η επιθυμία να πάω όντως στη Βενετία να γνωρίσω τα μέρη που τόσο την ενέπνευσαν. Θεωρώ τον εαυτό μου τυχερό όταν πέφτω σε ένα τέτοιο βιβλίο, που η αφήγηση του με κάνει να ταξιδεύω και να βλέπω με ένα φρέσκο βλέμμα, τόπους χιλιοειπωμένους, ενώ κάθομαι αναπαυτικά στην πολυθρόνα του σπιτιού μου.»

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