It had the reputation of being an arteriosclerotic, obsolete, and rigid foundation. The Athens Academy turned 75 years old in 2001 and, it seems, is getting better by the day; it is opening itself to the fascination of renewal, even to the charm of risk. The Academy’s awards for 2001 revealed a fresh, enriched and modernized face. In previous times, classifying Manolis Anagnostakis, a leftist poet, or Zisimos Loretzatos, a lonely thinker and essayist, among the ranks of the «immortals» would have been exorcised as a heretic idea, almost a blasphemous one. This is even more true in the case of the distinctions of Ioanna Karystianni and Giorgos Rorris, two established but exceptionally modern-minded figures in modern Greek art. Also, Xenia Kalogeropoulou and Spyros Evangelatos, who were distinguished for their consistent and persistent work in theater, could have hardly won a distinction in previous decades. The 2001 Academy awards were thus a pleasant surprise. They renewed interest in an institution which had seemed to succumb – with very few exceptions – to the logic of the seniority list… But not all of Greece was able to begin getting acquainted with the euro. Gale-force winds blowing in the Aegean prevented ships from sailing to remote islands, including the southernmost tip of Europe, the islet of Gavdos off the southwestern coast of Crete.