|About the Book|
No one can remain indifferent to the word Mediterranean. For some people it evokes the warm southern sun and the persistent blue skies that illuminate arid countrysides. For others it suggests the vestiges of illustrious ancient and medievalMoreNo one can remain indifferent to the word Mediterranean. For some people it evokes the warm southern sun and the persistent blue skies that illuminate arid countrysides. For others it suggests the vestiges of illustrious ancient and medieval civilizations. For still others it brings forth images of holidays on white sandy beaches lapped by azure water. It is not surprising that each year 110 million visitors (one-third of the worlds tourist trade) Surely there is something magical about the Mediterranean and the lands surrounding it. This mysterious charm is reflected in the Mediterranean peoplessingular way of life. They are exuberant, yet secretive, braggarts, yet honest. Their veracity expresses itself in the architecture of their homes and the colors they use to decorate them, in their food, in the penetrating look of the women, the lilting inflection of the childrens voices and the respectable wrinkles of the elderly. This mysterious charm is most tangible when one is alone or in a small group, in close contact with the rough, wild natural elements that the scents of thyme or rosemary, the strident song of the cicada and the heady vibrations of hot air render thoroughly bewitching. This book presents the lessons of life in the Mediterranean area, the sumptuousness of its luminous landscapes, the majesty of its ancient sites and the finesse of daily life, all under the protective shade of century-old olive trees.