A Year In TUSCANY

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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.

The eBook is illustrated with colourful photos.

Watch You Tube book trailer videos of A Year In TUSCANY
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrbC-aJ-0WKut5nkv_JgpMuMgAy3tV63

BOOK REVIEWS

"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

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About the author


Barbara Athanassiadis is the author of seven novels, including three travel narratives on Italy: "A Year in Tuscany" (2007), "Feeling Rome" (2009) and "My Venice" (2014), which make up a trilogy on three major Italian cities of Art. Her latest other books are: “India and my Persian garden” (2016), “Cruising on the Ocean Majesty” (2016) and “Greece, The Dance of the Seas” (2018), which have been published in English, Italian, Greek, German and French. She divides her time between Rome and Athens. 

Author's website:  http://www.barbaraathanassiadis.it/

Author's YouTube video Playlists:  
https://www.youtube.com/user/barbaraathanassiadis/playlists
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AA Publishing
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Sep 17, 2014
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Pages
172
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9780992117412
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English
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Art / European
Travel / Essays & Travelogues
Travel / Europe / General
Travel / Europe / Italy
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Travel / Museums, Tours, Points of Interest
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GREECE, The Dance of the Seas

"An intimate look at the Myth, History and the magic of the Greek Islands"

The travel writer transports us from the most western island of Greece, Corfu, to the most eastern island, Kastellorizo.  A trip through space, time, myth and History. The magic of the Greek seas and the picturesque Greek islands as seen through the discerning eye of an experienced traveller.

Watch the YouTube book trailer videos of GREECE, The Dance of the Seas:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrbC-aJ-0WKvzgQlqVS0d20aPpUZd2pxA


BOOK PASSAGES

“The Aegean. I wondered how the islanders of the ancient world had seen it.  A sea both vast and familiar. The entire planet spread out before them. In our times, distances mean nothing. We fly from Athens to Rhodes or Crete in less than forty-five minutes. The same is true of the Cyclades. We reach a certain height and, five minutes later, it’s time to descend. But in ancient times?”

 “As we left Tinos behind us, I saw the sun, an intense, flaming ball, rise over the sea, and a molten ray of sunlight coming in our direction, as if to push us in the direction of Delos. The hull of the sailboat broke effortlessly through the dancing waves and I felt the energy of the ancient gods invisibly pass through me, pleasurably removing me from my physical body and turning me into a seagull: sea, air, time stood still and ...”

“I am a traveller, not a poet, but if I am able to transport you to poetry, to melody and to the balanced movement of the body, it is because of the great joy that I feel when I swim in the waters of Corfu. It is something that comes spontaneously and fills the heart to bursting here, swimming in the little coves with the emerald waters resulting from the reflection of the cypresses as they climb up the white rocks. The sea that surrounds these rocks is an intense shade of turquoise, and its surface is as smooth as silk…”

GREECE, The Dance of the Seas – a must-read book for every true traveller


BOOK REVIEWS


The intriguing look we capture in Barbara's other travel books is clearly seen in the pages of her new book, GREECE The Dance of the Seas. It is a pleasant and easy-to-read journey, I would say a diachronic literary cruise in our seas, from Corfu, the lush island with the grand old estates in the Ionian Sea, to the tiny island-jewel of Kastellorizo, just two miles off the coast of Asia Minor.

The book is enriched with historical elements while the descriptions are written with a characteristic romantic mood, brilliance, humour, and a lot of love for the place that gave birth to the author. By reading her book, you also feel that you are travelling with Barbara in the blue waters of the Ionian and the Aegean. Close your eyes, indulge in the game of fantasy and enjoy your journey seduced by the magic of the Greek seas.

A must-have travel book for any true lover of the islands of Greece


Eugene Pierris, Author



Barbara has her own particular style of writing, but also her historical narrative is well-researched and documented. She travels through the centuries, while in her wanderings and explorations she includes us, her friends, as companions and co-players. In her book she dances, not only in reality, enchanted by the magic of our seas - hence the title GREECE, The Dance of the Seas, but she dances mentally as well, conceiving a slightly fictional tale with a poetic mood and theatricality.


In this choreography of the islands, spread over the Ionian and Aegean Seas, Barbara lures us, the readers, to travel and dance deep in space and time following the rhythms of her pen as she makes her own experiences become ours. I could say that the adventure of her sea-journey reaches the limits of self-awareness. An inward journey that she is challenging us to make because her writing gives its own lighting to the places she visits, or better, she gives her own literary lens to the particular aspects of the islands she explores, while she lets us do our own reading and gain our own personal experience.


A book that any foreign visitor to the Greek islands must read.


Evita Baltas, Poet



Barbara!!  How nice that we travelled together from Corfu, which I visited in 1965 on a school excursion and and have since been to many times as I love it, to the unknown to me Kastelorizo on the easternmost part of the Aegean Sea of which our good friend Constantina and her father years ago talked abundantly and were calling me to visit. Kastelorizo is also associated with the unrealised desire of my friend Gianni Versace to acquire a house on the island... As you see, your book has brought memories well-kept in my soul.


What a talent to convey such pictures, feelings, colours and perfumes!  Each time, your readers are waiting to travel with you, to be charmed by your stories, to reveal to them hidden events of History!


When is your next book out? 


Dimitris Tsitouras, Art Collector


At its most expansive, the Roman Empire stretched from the British Isles to Egypt; Rome was the ancient world's greatest superpower. Roman Architecture: A Visual Guide is an illustrated introduction to the great buildings and engineering marvels of Rome and its empire. Published as a companion volume to Diana E. E. Kleiner's course on Roman Architecture given through Coursera (first offered in January 2014 but based on a class she has long taught at Yale), this enhanced e-book explores not only Rome but also buildings preserved at Pompeii, Herculaneum, Ostia, Tivoli, North Italy, Sicily, France, Spain, Germany, Greece, Turkey, Croatia, Jordan, Lebanon, and North Africa. Beginning with the birth of Rome as an Iron Age village, Roman Architecture traces the growth and expansion of the Roman Empire through its cities, which featured civic, religious, commercial, entertainment, and residential districts in the urban setting. A valuable resource for both the student and the traveler, Roman Architecture features over 250 photographs and site plans of the most intriguing and consequential buildings in the Roman Empire. These are presented from the fresh perspective of an author who has journeyed to nearly all of the sites, revealing most of them through her own digital images. In addition, this interactive e-book makes learning about these monuments easier than ever, with handy maps and geolocation links that show you just where the monuments are and, if you're traveling, how to get there. Suitable for the classroom and as a guidebook, Roman Architecture is a fascinating introduction to some of history's most compelling and influential architecture.

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
Rick's strategic advice on how to get the most out of your time and money, with rankings of his must-see favorites
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
Vital trip-planning tools, like how to link destinations, build your itinerary, and get from place to place
Detailed maps, including a fold-out map for exploring on the go
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
Annually updated information on Venice, Padua, The Dolomites, Lake Country, Milan, Italian Riviera, Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Hill Towns of Central Italy, Siena, Tuscany, Rome, Naples, Pompeii, Capri, the Amalfi Coast, and much more

Make the most of every day and every dollar with Rick Steves Italy 2018.

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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. 

The book is illustrated with colorful pictures. 

Watch the YouTube book trailer videos of INDIA and my Persian garden: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrbC-aJ-0WKvgI0SRse-Ysx2PSDjd9L7u 
Για το βιβλίο  ΕΛΛΑΔΑ, Ο Χορός των Θαλασσών
  
«Αιγαίο πέλαγος. Αναρωτιόμουν πώς το έβλεπαν οι νησιώτες του αρχαίου κόσμου. Μια θάλασσα γνώριμη μα απέραντη. Όλος ο πλανήτης στα μάτια τους. Στην εποχή μας οι αποστάσεις έχουν εκμηδενιστεί. Σήμερα πετάμε απ’ την Αθήνα για τη Ρόδο ή την Κρήτη και σε τρία τέταρτα έχουμε φτάσει. Το ίδιο για τις Κυκλάδες. Μόλις πάρουμε ύψος, πέντε λεπτά μετά, το χάνουμε. Αλλά τότε;…»  
  
 «Καθώς αφήναμε πίσω μας την Τήνο, έβλεπα τον ήλιο, μια έντονη φλογερή σφαίρα, ν’ ανεβαίνει από τη θάλασσα και μια πύρινη λωρίδα να έρχεται προς εμάς σαν να μας έσπρωχνε προς τη Δήλο, που ο ήλιος δεν την είχε φωτίσει ακόμη. Η θάλασσα κυμάτιζε ελαφρά, και κοιτάζοντας την πλώρη να την διασχίζει με την ώθηση που έδιναν τα ιστία, ένοιωθα την ενέργεια των θεών αόρατη,  απολαυστική να σβήνει το περίγραμμα μου, γινόμουν γλάρος, θάλασσα, αέρας, ο χρόνος έσβηνε...»
 
«Δεν είμαι ποιήτρια αλλά ταξιδιώτισσα, κι αν σας μεταφέρω στην ποίηση, στις μελωδίες και στις παλμικές κινήσεις, είναι για τη μεγάλη ευτυχία που νιώθω όταν κολυμπώ στις θάλασσες της Κέρκυρας. Έρχεται αυθόρμητα και πλημμυρίζει την καρδιά εδώ, στους κολπίσκους με τα σμαραγδένια χρώματα που δημιουργούνται από τα κυπαρίσσια καθώς κατηφορίζουν ώς τους άσπρους βράχους. Η θάλασσα που τoυς περιβρέχει αλλάζει σ’ ένα χρώμα έντονου τουρκουάζ, με τη λεία επιφάνειά της να μοιάζει μετάξι,…»
  
Η συγγραφέας μας μεταφέρει από την Κέρκυρα - το δυτικότερο - μέχρι το Καστελλόριζο - το ανατολικότερο νησί της Ελλάδος. Περιήγηση στον τόπο, τον χρόνο, τον μύθο, την ιστορία, την μαγεία των πελάγων και τη γραφικότητα των Ελληνικών νησιών μέσα από την  διεισδυτική ματιά μιας έμπειρης ταξιδιώτισσας.
  
Δείτε στο YouTube  τα βίντεο του βιβλίου ΕΛΛΑΔΑ, Ο Χορός των Θαλασσών:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrbC-aJ-0WKvzgQlqVS0d20aPpUZd2pxA
  
Το ηλεκτρονικό βιβλίο είναι εικονογραφημένο με έγχρωμες  φωτογραφίες .



Για το βιβλίο ΙΝΔΙΑ και ο περσικός μου κήπος

«…Ανέπνευσα την Ινδία μιας άλλης εποχής… μια συμφωνία από γαλάζια διαμάντια, βαθύχρωμα ζαφείρια και ρουμπίνια στο χρώμα του αίματος του περιστεριού, ροζ μαργαριτάρια και βαθυπράσινα σμαράγδια, τα περισσότερα δεμένα με χρυσό… σαν τα παραμύθια με τις Χίλιες και μία Νύχτες...»


Πετράδι στο Στέμμα της Αγγλίας τον 19ο αιώνα, σήμερα η Ινδία απλώνει την λάμψη της πετράδι στην Υδρόγειο:  με πανδαισία τοπίων, χρωμάτων και έργων Τέχνης, ψηφιδωτό ιδεών και προσώπων που φέρουν τη σφραγίδα προαιώνιας σοφίας. Τα πάντα σε υπερθετικό βαθμό στον ινδικό κόσμο – ορίζουν απ΄την εναλλαγή των αντιθέσεών τους - μιαν άλλη τάξη πραγμάτων, ανατρεπτική και γοητευτική στη ματιά του ταξιδιώτη.

Το βιβλιο είναι εικονογραφημένο με πολύχρωμες φωτογραφίες.​

Δείτε το YouTube βίντεο του βιβλίου ΙΝΔΙΑ και ο περσικός μου κήπος: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrbC-aJ-0WKvgI0SRse-Ysx2PSDjd9L7u


GREECE, The Dance of the Seas

"An intimate look at the Myth, History and the magic of the Greek Islands"

The travel writer transports us from the most western island of Greece, Corfu, to the most eastern island, Kastellorizo.  A trip through space, time, myth and History. The magic of the Greek seas and the picturesque Greek islands as seen through the discerning eye of an experienced traveller.

Watch the YouTube book trailer videos of GREECE, The Dance of the Seas:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrbC-aJ-0WKvzgQlqVS0d20aPpUZd2pxA


BOOK PASSAGES

“The Aegean. I wondered how the islanders of the ancient world had seen it.  A sea both vast and familiar. The entire planet spread out before them. In our times, distances mean nothing. We fly from Athens to Rhodes or Crete in less than forty-five minutes. The same is true of the Cyclades. We reach a certain height and, five minutes later, it’s time to descend. But in ancient times?”

 “As we left Tinos behind us, I saw the sun, an intense, flaming ball, rise over the sea, and a molten ray of sunlight coming in our direction, as if to push us in the direction of Delos. The hull of the sailboat broke effortlessly through the dancing waves and I felt the energy of the ancient gods invisibly pass through me, pleasurably removing me from my physical body and turning me into a seagull: sea, air, time stood still and ...”

“I am a traveller, not a poet, but if I am able to transport you to poetry, to melody and to the balanced movement of the body, it is because of the great joy that I feel when I swim in the waters of Corfu. It is something that comes spontaneously and fills the heart to bursting here, swimming in the little coves with the emerald waters resulting from the reflection of the cypresses as they climb up the white rocks. The sea that surrounds these rocks is an intense shade of turquoise, and its surface is as smooth as silk…”

GREECE, The Dance of the Seas – a must-read book for every true traveller


BOOK REVIEWS


The intriguing look we capture in Barbara's other travel books is clearly seen in the pages of her new book, GREECE The Dance of the Seas. It is a pleasant and easy-to-read journey, I would say a diachronic literary cruise in our seas, from Corfu, the lush island with the grand old estates in the Ionian Sea, to the tiny island-jewel of Kastellorizo, just two miles off the coast of Asia Minor.

The book is enriched with historical elements while the descriptions are written with a characteristic romantic mood, brilliance, humour, and a lot of love for the place that gave birth to the author. By reading her book, you also feel that you are travelling with Barbara in the blue waters of the Ionian and the Aegean. Close your eyes, indulge in the game of fantasy and enjoy your journey seduced by the magic of the Greek seas.

A must-have travel book for any true lover of the islands of Greece


Eugene Pierris, Author



Barbara has her own particular style of writing, but also her historical narrative is well-researched and documented. She travels through the centuries, while in her wanderings and explorations she includes us, her friends, as companions and co-players. In her book she dances, not only in reality, enchanted by the magic of our seas - hence the title GREECE, The Dance of the Seas, but she dances mentally as well, conceiving a slightly fictional tale with a poetic mood and theatricality.


In this choreography of the islands, spread over the Ionian and Aegean Seas, Barbara lures us, the readers, to travel and dance deep in space and time following the rhythms of her pen as she makes her own experiences become ours. I could say that the adventure of her sea-journey reaches the limits of self-awareness. An inward journey that she is challenging us to make because her writing gives its own lighting to the places she visits, or better, she gives her own literary lens to the particular aspects of the islands she explores, while she lets us do our own reading and gain our own personal experience.


A book that any foreign visitor to the Greek islands must read.


Evita Baltas, Poet



Barbara!!  How nice that we travelled together from Corfu, which I visited in 1965 on a school excursion and and have since been to many times as I love it, to the unknown to me Kastelorizo on the easternmost part of the Aegean Sea of which our good friend Constantina and her father years ago talked abundantly and were calling me to visit. Kastelorizo is also associated with the unrealised desire of my friend Gianni Versace to acquire a house on the island... As you see, your book has brought memories well-kept in my soul.


What a talent to convey such pictures, feelings, colours and perfumes!  Each time, your readers are waiting to travel with you, to be charmed by your stories, to reveal to them hidden events of History!


When is your next book out? 


Dimitris Tsitouras, Art Collector


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. 

The book is illustrated with colorful pictures. 

Watch the YouTube book trailer videos of INDIA and my Persian garden: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrbC-aJ-0WKvgI0SRse-Ysx2PSDjd9L7u 
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