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Churros for breakfast

We have churros for breakfast. The sugar goddess would not approve.

Ithomi restaurant

We visited Ithomi last year, and this year the menu was almost exactly the same, although sadly the Briam al forno was off. I had pork baked in the oven, as I did a year earlier. Unusually, Jenny...

Monastery at Xomatero

When we had parked the car, on a steep slope on the hill overlooking the monastery, I put 5 euros in my pocket just in case they expected a donation. In fact the monastery was completely deserted....

Ag And

We abbreviated the name of the beach at Agios Andreas to Ag And because saying it in full took too much energy. Agios Andreas is a small beachside town at the bottom of the hill from Logga. It has a...

Holiday reading

My book of the holiday was Modern Greek Writing, edited by David Ricks. I've always thought of Greek poetry in terms of C.P. Cavafy and George Sefiris, neither of whom particularly grabbed me when I...

Hot Springs

This page gathers posts about Hot Springs from my travels in Asia, Europe and North America. I have been passionate about visiting hot springs since my early days in Japan, when they were a treasured relief from the crowded streets of urban Tokyo. Since then I have tried the hot springs in most countries I’ve visited, from Iceland to Turkey. I’ve even visited hot springs in the Middle East, a region not usually associated with thermal pleasures.

Ithomi restaurant

We visited Ithomi last year, and this year the menu was almost exactly the same, although sadly the Briam al forno was off. I had pork baked in the oven, as I did a year earlier. Unusually, Jenny did not order a Greek salad, but went for a salad made of tomatoes,...

Monastery at Xomatero

When we had parked the car, on a steep slope on the hill overlooking the monastery, I put 5 euros in my pocket just in case they expected a donation. In fact the monastery was completely deserted. We were visiting in the late afternoon, and I had expected that the...

Ag And

We abbreviated the name of the beach at Agios Andreas to Ag And because saying it in full took too much energy. Agios Andreas is a small beachside town at the bottom of the hill from Logga. It has a tiny fishing harbour, with brightly coloured boats and the occasional...

Holiday reading

My book of the holiday was Modern Greek Writing, edited by David Ricks. I've always thought of Greek poetry in terms of C.P. Cavafy and George Sefiris, neither of whom particularly grabbed me when I read them in translation. This anthology has a mixture of prose,...

Tsapi beach

I always imagine the drive down to Tsapi beach to be shorter than it actually is. Although the beach and taverna are among the most delightful, and the views of the sea and hills on the way down are postcard lovely, I cannot take them in because the road has more...

Ancient Messene

We had decided on a short visit due to the heat, but we ended up taking our time, sitting on the ancient stones in the shade of the olive trees, and catching the breeze wherever we could find it. I was in a particularly good mood because at the gate they had accepted...

Solstice

We woke up early on the 21st to see the sun come up for the solstice. I got up around 5.30 am as the horizon was already turning interesting shades of orange, pink and purple. Sunrise was due to be at 6.13 am but because of the hills of the Mani, it took another 15...

Agia Triada

We took the long way down. Somehow we had remembered that the turnoff for the beach at Agia Triada was opposite the Shell petrol station. In fact, it is the left turn after the filling station. After about a quarter of an hour of ever smaller tracks, we ended up...

Red Mullet at The Rock

We had red mullet at Vraxos, a small beachside taverna at Kalamaki. The owner told us proudly that the fish had been freshly caught in the nearby sea, and we negotiated a price for the fish of €25 for the two of us. We ate it at sunset, looking over the languid sea at...

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