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Greek Break

Like me before him, my grandson (who's been translating my comments into English for this here blog) is taking his spring break in the Greek Cyclades archipelago.

Wishing him well on his journey — who knows, he may also stumble upon a Crete-shape cloud?

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'The Greek'

This is the church where El Greco was baptized. The Spanish Renaissance painter, whose real name was Doménikos Theotokópoulos, was actually born in Crete — hence his nickname, "The Greek."

Welcome to Gavdos, The Island Of Immortals

In the late 1990s, a group of Russian physicists settled on the Greek island of Gavdos. With the idea that they can program themselves not to die, they believe themselves immortal.

GAVDOS — The island first appears as a dark line on the horizon, offshore land debris southeast from the coastal village of Paleochora. Once you utter the island's name, Gavdos, everyone around you starts to behave differently: the car-rental agent, the hotel clerk, the innkeeper who served you a dinner of barley crispbread and octopus tentacles. Their faces light up as soon as they hear you say you are actually heading towards this mole-shaped emerging island in the Libyan sea.

To Cretans, Gavdos is a true gem, a kind of treasure island that attracts philosophical tourists, people who love quiet locations, and hippies living in shabby wooden cabins. It is also the immortals' island.

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