Greek-style Beans with Tomato Sauce, Greens & Yiannis’s Herbs

This one is for Di, who very kindly brought me back some of Yiannis’s herbs from Kardamyli where she was holidaying recently. What a treat! And so very nice of her to think of┬áme. Writing about Yiannis’s wonderful herbs and Kardamyli was one of the very first posts on the blog, just over four years […]

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Memories of Istron: A Greek Supper

Travel and food are two words that go together for me. Whenever I’m on holiday, enjoying the food of another place is a major part of my enjoyment, and finding out as much as I can about local cuisine. I loved the food I had while staying in Crete a week ago: it was very […]

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Crete: The Last Evening

Late afternoon I took a walk along the coast road, eastwards out of town. Apart from the wonderful views, it’s quite a steep uphill road on the way out so feels like good exercise too! As I’ve said before, the path for walkers is excellent and there are often good stone benches to stop at […]

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Crete: Last Day

The weather was a little better when I woke this morning – but only relatively. The wind was still strong; the possibility of more rain threatened. I tried a new bar in the village for coffee and pondered what to do. My initial idea was just to take things slowly and quietly, thinking of the […]

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Crete: Panorama Taverna & George

This is for my lovely friend Jane – possibly the blog’s biggest fan: If you’ve read my previous post, you’ll know that I agreed with George, owner of Panorama Taverna in Istron, to go back for dinner at 8.00. In the end, with darkness falling around 7.00, the wind still whipping up strongly, and perhaps […]

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Crete: Going with the Flow

I’ve long been drawn to the principles of Taoism. Not in any major religious sense but because life experience has taught me that going with the flow, letting things take their natural course, often leads one along the best paths in life, even though it’s often only observed in small ways. Taoism doesn’t promote ‘giving […]

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Crete: Thunderstorms & Meze at Meraki Taverna

The rain and dark clouds that came as I had lunch on the beach today, and led to a storm of almost tropical proportions, gave way later in the afternoon to a short burst of sun and a part clearing of the sky. I left the apartment – a small umbrella In hand (oh yes, […]

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Crete: And Then The Rain Came …

Well, it had been promised. But it was a particularly dark and forbidding morning I woke to. Over breakfast, I decided the best thing to do was head back into the town of Agios Nikilaos; at least in a town there are cafes, shops and museums to shelter in. Then the rain fell, the wind […]

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Crete: A Quiet Day in Istron

After a magnificent start with the weather here, a forecast of heavy rain for the next three days inevitably affects my decision about what to do. Yesterday I wanted to visit the places that are clearly better enjoyed in sunny weather. Although rain was at first forecast for today – Friday – I woke to […]

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Crete: Minoan Ruins & Lunch in Mohlos

Alex at Liquid Gold Cave in Richmond (who comes from Crete) kindly sent me an email full of suggestions for what I might do here. Her description of the nearby fishing village of Mohlos with its excellent waterfront taverna, Ta Kochylia, made this outing a must. With the weather set to change towards the end […]

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