Alexander Billinis

Life

A chat with the Director of the Historical Archives of the Museum of Hydra

Hydra itself is a living museum. Few are the places where time seems to have stopped, and the visitor can walk the streets of a place – in this case, …

News

Hydra Mayor George Koukoudakis highlights Hydra’s role in 1821, ahead of the 2021 bicentenary of Greek Independence

Hydriots seldom lack in pride for their island. Hydra’s physical beauty is almost mythical, its light, sea, and atmosphere a constant inspiration for both the artistic and for those who …

Features

Hydra: “The Rock of Liberty” tells its story

No narrative of the Greek War of Independence is complete without a central place given to Hydra. This tiny island, basically a granite megalith rising sheerly out of the Saronic …

Features

Sublime Trieste, a mosaic of nationalities with haunting Greek remnants

There are few cities so sublime as Trieste. It is a work of art, architecture, geography topography and variety. Its people are a mosaic, at once Byzantine, Hapsburg, and Italian, …

Features

New Orleans: the First American Diaspora

New Orleans is unique, a delicious blend of the Old and New Worlds. Situated near the mouth of the Mississippi River, which drains a vast portion of the North American …

Life

The Greek Diaspora, before Greece

Happy New Year 2020. Let’s turn the clock back 200 years, to 1820, just before the Greek Revolution in 1821. In the century or so prior to the Greek Revolution, …

Dialogue

Who speaks for the diaspora Greeks?

Greeks are a very individualistic lot. We often quarrel, and tend not to like others speaking for us. Having said that, for centuries Greeks have had to create organisations to …

Life

Stamps of my past, brightly coloured images from Greece’s four millenia of history

Two years ago, we moved from Chicago to South Carolina. Moving is never easy. It is a loss of nerves, and in my case, pounds from work and stress, and …

News

Shipping, a growing industry linked to the Greek identity

When pondering why Greeks are so involved in shipping, the answer seems obvious. A country of peninsulas and an archipelago, it is hardly a surprise that men of the Aegean …

Features

The ‘blessed Liberty Ships’: The ‘yeast’ that caused the Greek fleet to rise

I grew up in a family of Greek merchant sailors. My father, from Hydra, served in the Greek Navy and then the merchant marines, as did his father, grandfather, brother, …