Amid a bustling city, one neighborhood stands out for its art and artisans

ATHENS, Greece – The capital is full of neighborhoods, mostly organized around its churches. But there is another defining factor in this city of ruins and gods: its artists. Tucked around side streets and down cobbled roads, neighborhoods full of artisans dot the sprawling city in every direction. One, Psirri, has an especially vibrant story to tell.…

Craftsman’s passion and skill create world-class guitars

Story by Cody Mello-Klein Video by Gwendolyn Schanker · KATO SCHOLARI, Greece – Tucked away in the hills and valleys of Kato Scholari, a village south of Thessaloniki, is a small house where color and sound collide. Walk inside, through the narrow, bookshelf-lined hallways and hear the warm, deep tones of an acoustic guitar plucking out “Thallasaki,”…

Passion for Written Word Persists as Publishing Industry Suffers

Story by Gwendolyn Schanker · THESSALONIKI, Greece – Aristotle once wrote that the aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. In Greece, words speak volumes, and books and literary culture have a legacy that goes back centuries. However, even the culture that spawned Homer’s “Odyssey” isn’t immune to…