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Visit Greece with Jane and At the Greek Boss’s Bidding

Also set in Greece,
The Greek's Royal Mistress


Christos's Promise, rereleased in the collection:
A Marriage on Paper


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Lasting images of Greece

Rocky cliffs, white-washed buildings, endless gold-white sunlight. But of the three, the sunlight is most memorable. You can't visit Greece without feeling the abundance of light, and the pure glaze of sun is everywhere--on the land, the crumbling Pantheon, the dark green of the olive groves, the water itself. It's said that nowhere the light is purer, brighter, more distinct than the light of Greece.

Revisit Greece again and the sense of light and white gives way to shades of blue and green. The Greek landscape is easily divided into three elements--water, land and sky.

Just like the pure light, the water is everywhere, gleaming, reflecting, connecting island to island and man to sea. But it's not just the proliferation of water that sets Greece apart. Even the tap water here tastes different--fresher, cleaner, untouched by life.

Perhaps it's this startling purity that gives Greek relationships such passion and intensity. Even today Greek families are exceedingly close. Fathers remain patriarchal, many women put marriage before work, and daughters are raised to coddle their men.


Travelers with Disabilities

Greece is not going to be easy for travelers with disabilities, particularly for those who travel with wheelchairs. Many of the islands are small, hilly, and accessible only by boat. Streets can be cobbled or rutted. Houses and shops set apart by steep steps--sometimes by the hundred! However, with that said, Greece is definitely worth potential discomfort.

While travel may be difficult, Greece delights the senses. Few places are as warm and fragrant as Greece. Arrive in Simi and you'll smell the sun kissed herbs wafting from the rolling hills--hints of sage, wild thyme, and oregano. There is always music somewhere--tunes from a café, a lone man playing a guitar, the lap of sea and creaking of boats. Swimming is a particular pleasure in Greece. The Aegean sea isn't just warm, but very salty, making the disabled swimmer feel unusually buoyant.

Best of all, Greeks are practical and thoughtful, and particularly sensitive to those with special needs. Most Greek people will respect a disabled traveler's independence while remaining ready and willing to assist when needed.

A side note--while Greece may not be very accessible today, with the Olympics being hosted in Greece in 2004 many improvements are currently being made to allow the disabled traveler better access everywhere.


Great Books on Greece

Hellas, A Portrait of Greece by Nicholas Gage
Frommer's Greece
Insight Guide: Greece
Insight Guide: Greek Islands
Able to Travel: True Stories by and for People with disabilities


Visit Greece with Jane and
The Greek's Royal Mistress
, and Christos's Promise, newly rereleased in the collection: A Marriage on Paper


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