The eBook is illustrated with colourful photos.
Watch the YouTube book trailer video My VENICE:
"Barbara must have been very much in love with Venice, because I know that for many years she has desired to write this book. She visited the city many times in the fall and stayed for long periods in order to internalize all that she describes expertly afterwards, providing the reader with her interesting reflections on the streets, the innumerable bridges and the countless churches, but also a wonderful lesson in History and an eye-catching look at its mysterious and sensual Art. We all know what Venice is for “art lovers”. Reading her book, it is obvious that she had an exclusive dialogue with the Serenissima, in order for its magic to penetrate inside her and then to be able to narrate her intimate relationship within this dreamy city. I particularly liked the point when she asked Venice not to hide behind its masks, but to throw aside its touristic veils and be revealed to her without any secrets."
Lydia Mastronikolis, President of the Friends of the Cultural Association "Hellenic World"
"Attentive to the Venetian glances of Barbara Athanassiadis’ book, I realized an emotional escalation, as the author is quite literal with her title: MY VENICE. This is indeed her own Venice, with the meaning not so much of her subjective glance or the focus on what selectively charms her, but in the particular way she sees things, looking towards the view of many sights, and not really seeing them. She wanders amongst her favorite places and drags my gaze to colors and sensations without guiding it . Just as charmingly, she approximates aspects of everyday life in her extra-literary life, calmly, with a nonchalance and always with a smile. Just as spontaneously, and naturally, she unfolds the myth in which she dresses her wanderings. Motives, thoughts, quests, reactions of her heroes, occur nearly as obviously... By reading her book, we follow the confessional narration of a friend, where the intimacy of her voice is entrusted to our ears."
Helen Kritika , Book Critic
"Through the narration of Barbara Athanassiadis, I discovered in fact that Venice is inside her, hence the title: MY VENICE. While our friendship has bonded us for years, I was truly touched by her book. It's as if she has taken me by the hand and together we stroll this fairytale town; either when the fog envelops it , or when the pink color of its sunset embraces it. Barbara's spontaneous and mature descriptions have spurred my curiosity to such an extent that I feel a strong desire to actually go to Venice and see the places that have inspired her. I consider myself lucky when I fall upon such a book. The narrative makes me travel and look at places I have heard about countless times in a fresh and novel way ... all while I sit comfortably in my armchair."
Zoe Kyriakou, Radio Producer, “Easy 97,2”. Athens, Greece
Barbara Athanassiadis is the author of eleven novels, including three travel narratives on Italy: "A Year in Tuscany", "Feeling Rome" and "My Venice", which make up a trilogy on three major Italian cities of Art. Her latest other books are: “India and my Persian garden”, “Cruising on the Ocean Majesty” and “Greece, The Dance of the Seas”, which have been published in English, Italian and Greek. She divides her time between Rome and Athens.
Author's website: http://barbaraathanassiadis.com/
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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
The book is illustrated with colorful pictures.
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.