Greece as an antidote, Lina Giannarou | Kathimerini


‘The Journey to Greece’ is the fourth and last installment of the Journey collection that includes British comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as fictionalised variations of themselves and directed by filmmaker Michael Winterbottom.

In “The Journey to Greece,” the fourth and last chapter in Michael Winterbottom’s psycho-gastronomic-travel collection (displaying in theaters now), Rob Brydon tells Steve Coogan that he didn’t understand that Greece was so large. Brydon was simply bored with transferring round a lot, however we – sitting at a secure distance from the opposite teams on the open-air cinema in Ambelokipi on one in every of our first and nonetheless hesitant outings throughout this “good however harmful” summer time – took it as a praise. OK, possibly “large” isn’t the phrase, however it’s actually true to say that few international locations on this planet can boast so many alternative landscapes inside an space of (simply) 131,957 sq. kilometers, and a lot magic, no matter the truth that as a way to get to your vacation spot you may need to endure some ugliness and maybe a couple of ordeals. At one level within the movie, the 2 British comedians driving someplace inland go an overflowing garbage bin, with luggage of trash protecting half the street. “Have mercy, Greece, you might have 2,500 years of historical past,” was their tongue-in-cheek remark as they continued on their odyssey.

Certainly, the pair are following within the footsteps of Odysseus – on behalf of the British Observer. Is it potential to suit an epic journey into six days? Extra unimaginable issues have occurred. So, ranging from the Turkish coast, Canakkale and historical Troy, they cross to Lesvos, then proceed to Halkidiki, Delphi, Athens, Hydra, Epidaurus, Mani and Pylos, earlier than lastly reaching Ithaca, having eaten effectively on the best way however sore, in a special, esoteric finale, which additionally matched the movie’s timing. Just like the movie’s protagonists, in the previous couple of months we have now all turn into conscious of what’s essential and what’s not, the moments we have to admire throughout the journey of life.

On a extra humble be aware, the movie advertises Greece and its summer time in probably the most important interval for tourism within the nation. In accordance with information introduced by Kathimerini on Sunday, though a big share of overseas guests (63.9%) think about {that a} journey to Greece is as we speak the identical or extra enticing in comparison with the pre-Covid-19 period, the above has but to translate into bookings. It’s nearly as if Winterbottom is telling his compatriots, “There isn’t any vaccine for the coronavirus, however there may be an antidote to the stress: a visit to Greece.”

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