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Europe & North Africa / Greece

Lucy Cleland, Editor in Chief of Country & Town House

"When you find yourself thinking that you’re possibly trespassing in the back garden of scholar and soldier Patrick Leigh Fermor’s Kardamyli house on the Mani Peninsula (he was still alive at the time), and the only escape is down a scraggy rockface to the sea, it’s a moment to take stock, plant your feet firmly on the ground and imbibe the beauty, exhilaration and terror that is besieging you at that moment. Greece is like that. It has a wildness and timelessness that gets under your skin. It has had its fair share of knocks recently but ignore the headlines and you find charm and generosity round every corner, and – what I love most – a complete lack of pretention. Greece doesn’t have to try too hard. Its magic is already so deeply embedded."