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Try visiting Greece when it's freezing

By Bettany Hughes   January 2013

The Peloponnese is worth exploring during the winter months, before it fills up with tourists (photo: Superstock)

Summer is not eternal. I am irrationally irritated by those who cast the Mediterranean in a balmy, Augustan perma-glow. Think instead of Socrates standing with his bare feet, dreaming up solutions to the human problem while ice creeps along the shoreline; or Plutarch’s reference to a distant land where the cold is so intense words freeze as they are spoken, and thaw in the spring. Just as Virgil prays for sunny winters in…

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