Arts Abroad Banner

We soon became The Athenians

We all met in the grand lobby of the venerable and chic Hotel Grande Bretagne, next to the Greek Parliament building, built as the Royal Palace in 1830s.

History both ancient and modern understandably formed a large part of the four day tour in and around Athens organised by Julia Boadle from Arts Abroad, an experienced hand at guiding groups around resonant foreign locations and providing suitably stimulating entertainment and insight.

Julia had also taken us to many of the main museums and galleries, including two attempts to scale the Acropolis, the first thwarted by an electronic outage; resourceful as ever, plan B was quickly enacted, and the tour’s heartbeat scarcely skipped. A visit to the Acropolis and the Parthenon these days must be accompanied at any time by tens of thousands of others. But when the full majesty of the temples is seen close-to, annoying chatter and touristic proximity are instantly forgotten. Quite magical. We all became instant devotees of Athene.

We numbered nearly 40 in total. Our time over four days and nights was full to bursting with cultural and historical stimulus. Athens showed herself at her best. Almost everything worked. Our senses were bombarded. We ate and drank without restraint. Friendships were both confirmed and made. A success, we all agreed.

This was the third Grange Festival tour. More to come.

Related Articles

French Salon Excerpt

The Making Of 'A French Salon' ~ With Piers Playfair

Wolfgang Tribute

Tributes to Wolfgang Göbbel

Tributes |

Tyler Stoop Excerpt

Please welcome our new CEO

Announcements |

We are delighted to announce that Tyler Stoops has been appointed as our new CEO. He will be joining us on 3 June in time for the 2024 Festival.

Grange Site Header

Stay connected

Join the Grange Festival community and stay connected to a world of enchanting performances and exclusive events.