The Island Where People Forget to Die

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    Oct 24, 2012 6:10 PM GMT

    Ikaria, an island of 99 square miles and home to almost 10,000 Greek nationals, lies about 30 miles off the western coast of Turkey. Its jagged ridge of scrub-covered mountains rises steeply out of the Aegean Sea. Before the Christian era, the island was home to thick oak forests and productive vineyards. Its reputation as a health destination dates back 25 centuries, when Greeks traveled to the island to soak in the hot springs near Therma. In the 17th century, Joseph Georgirenes, the bishop of Ikaria, described its residents as proud people who slept on the ground. “The most commendable thing on this island,” he wrote, “is their air and water, both so healthful that people are very long-lived, it being an ordinary thing to see persons in it of 100 years of age.”
  • LJay

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    Oct 26, 2012 12:31 AM GMT
    Good air, good water, and a spring that flows with natural Ouzo at the base of the hill. It's the dancing it causes that keeps 'em all alive.