Monday, July 28, 2014

Like Odysseus, I'm Returning to Ithaka


I am heading to Greece to attend a writers' retreat on my beloved island of Ithaka, and to do research for an exciting new project, a book entitled 100 Places in Greece Every Woman Should Go, to be published by Travelers' Tales in 2015.

This won't be your average guidebook to Greece - more like having a best friend along on the journey who will steer you towards a personally curated collection of cool, sometimes unusual and always exciting places you shouldn't miss when traveling in this ancient land - all from a women's perspective, wish a healthy dash of enlightening archaeological facts in the mix. And since I'm all about archetypes and the divine feminine, count on many of the 100 places to be oozing with tales of heroines, saints and goddesses of mythology and the cinema.

I'll be returning to do research in the fall and again in the spring to track down new places and in some cases revisit old ones. As an archaeologist who has lived and worked in Greece for many years, I've had a chance to travel widely in the country. I'll offer up unusual and sometimes mysterious destinations  - a mountain village on the island of Kefalonia where snakes and the Virgin Mary are thought to cure both mental and physical illnesses, a kayak trip down the real River Styx - as well as offer a fresh take on the standards, including the ancient architectural jewels of Athens and the inside scoop on that building with the women holding up the weight of the world!
Photo by Matthew Muth

It won't be easy to narrow down the selection to 100 places - I've already got 251 on my bucket list! So, like Artemis, the Goddess of the Hunt, I set out on my quest...

11 comments:

  1. It all sounds wonderful. Kayak on the River Styx? Incredible and I can't wait to read all about it.

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  2. Good luck. This project sounds so exciting. I can't wait to read about some of the places you will discover.

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  3. I cannot even begin to express the extent of my excitement for you, Sis. Sitting here shaking my head in a sort of awe over all of it!

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  4. oh am SO envious and excited for you! what an amazing project. you'll be a whizz at it all. lovely to read you again. x janelle

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  5. I can't wait to read the guidebook!

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  6. Wow, I think I might enjoy traveling with you for a month or three.

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  7. Ah, Ithaka! The beautiful island so full of ancient history and mythology. And, of course, archaeology. I'd love to travel with you on your "research" trips.

    The whole book concept sounds intriguing. It'll be published as long as ya styx with it.

    Blessings and Bear hugs, but, sadly, not from Ithaka!

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  8. Can I say congratulations?!!! This must be the most modest announcement of a book deal. A girlfriend goddess guidebook to Greece (check out the alliteration) sounds like the perfect project for you. Happy Hunting! One day I dream of taking your guidebook to Greece. I've never been.

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  9. So excited for you! Have an awesome trip :-)

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  10. THIS IS SO EXCITING! could there be a more perfect project for you anywhere else on the planet?!

    i am so happy for you, amanda. it will be great and your heart will sing.

    love
    kj

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