Tag: Prince Michael of Greece

Morocco

Morocco, the country of my youth. I lived there with my maternal family during World War II. I returned frequently over the years until the death of my much beloved grandmother, who lived in the small city of Larache, in the north of the country. A few years ago, I traveled to the south of Morocco,…

Southern Turkey, 2014

The south of Turkey is a vast region, infrequently visited and little known, teeming with monuments that carry the mark of a rather unique synthesis. The typically Oriental styles mix with a strong Greco-Roman influence, along with the many strange local traditions, all of which, yields a profound originality to the cultural testaments of this region. I am…


Diary Entry : Niki de Saint Phalle

I began keeping a journal when I was 17, since then it has become a companion of sorts. Risking that no one will find it interesting, I venture to publish a few excerpts. People and places, events and situations, all of which have their place. Niki de Saint Phalle and Jean Tinguely were a legendary…

Aghia Fonissa

The island of Cythera: I discovered this magical place thanks to one of its great admirers, my friend Fivos. He showed me her treasures, both known and unknown, and in particular, the splendid and terrifying ruins of Palaiochora. – – – – Fivos had a surprise for me. A peak upon which stands a medieval…

Family Portrait, IV

Philippe, the Duke d’Orléans, and King Alphonse XIII of Spain at Wood Norton, England. The Duke d’Orléans, son of the exiled Count of Paris, like many of the House of France, had chosen England as his place of exile. He owned the sumptuous property of Wood Norton, the future site of the marriage between his…

The Masked Lady

Introduction: My grandfather, King George I of Greece, was partial to his sister Alexandra. She had married the Prince of Galles, the future King Edward VII of England: the origin of the close ties between the royal families of Greece and England.   In 1910, George I attended the funeral of King Edward VII in London,…

Family Portrait, III

My mother Françoise with Amédée of Savoie, the Duke d’Aoste, her first cousin and brother-in-law. Everyone loved Amédée d’Aoste. He was tall, handsome, without airs and graces, and always of a warm manner. He was also a war hero. His mother, Helen of France was the sister of my grandmother Isabelle and, what’s more, he…

Tomb

The location of Alexander the Great’s remains continues to be one of the great mysteries of history. One that has passionately occupied the minds of generations of experts. According to some, Alexander was ultimately buried in Siwa. I couldn’t miss seeing this site, my hero’s resting place. Since visiting, my opinion had crystallized. – – – –…

Family Portrait, II

Me and my tank, military parade of the Greek National Festival, 25 March, 1962. Shortly after finishing my studies at the University of Political Sciences in Paris, I moved to Greece; I quickly enlisted in order to complete my military service. I was in the calvary, which is to say the modern day tank regiment….


Green Greece, 2014

An overwhelming majority of people, when thinking of Greece, conjure images of the sea and its rocky shores, of windy days beneath the intense sun.  Myself, I have known it this way, owing to my travels between the islands and my trips along the eastern and western coasts. I was largely unaware of the fact…