CNN has prepared an arbitrary list of nine best Greek Islands to visit. They never explain why CNN stopped at nine and did not go for a tenth one but the article reveals alcohol may had been the reason. It is not as if Greece had run out of islands.
The list fails to mention a single Ionian Island. Don't say that to Hollywood. These islands include Corfu, where 007's "For Your Eyes Only" was filmed and Cephalonia, the Island of "Captain Corelli's Mandolin."
It is as if these historic and major tourist destinations never joined Greece according to CNN. They did in 1862, when England transferred them peacefully to the newly established country that had yet to become one with many Greek Aegean islands. The historic reasoning for U.K.'s move was simple: since the time of the Odyssey and its legendary island of Ithaca, the "Heptanesa" or the "Seven Islands" as they are called, have always been Greek. Before the 1821 independence struggle, they served as safe harbor and training grounds for the fighters of the revolution, including "Mr. OK," the Greek army general Theodoros Kolokotrones. Besides the ones mentioned already, the islands include Paxos, Lefkada (Santa Maura), Zante, Cythera and a few less known ones.
Furthermore, CNN's list missed the cosmopolitan Aegean island of Rhodes known since the time of The Colossus, one of the Seven Wonders of the World and a archetype for the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor.
Finally, at number nine, CNN included Crete, an island known for its pre-Hellenic civilization where the great King Minos ruled thousands of years ago. CNN mentions Crete solely because of the taste of its exotic food that included "tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants, strawberries, watermelon" and of course, "raki," the traditional Cretan alcoholic drink. Apparently, once its author tasted Cretan raki, he got stuck there like Odysseus's shipmates eating the fruits of the lotus tree. He could not go any further.
The list almost libels Greek tourism by naming high prices that hotel rooms cost. The unrealistic quotes CNN provides are the exception, not the rule of what hotels charge.
Not a good job CNN. Next time, have your writer visit more islands and stay away from Greek spirits.