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Zürich this morning

A beautifully sunny morning for a little cycle ride along the Limmatquai. And a sparrow on the hotel balcony: Advertisements

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I needed to buy some food in Ancona so went into a healthy-looking fast food place. A dish of vegetables, some fruit . . . suitable nourishment for a fussy vegetarian. A small brown roll with an unknown filling caught … Continue reading

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Patras port

Usually my life does not brush up against the kind of things I read about in newspapers. Yesterday afternoon, however, I saw a group of about 8 people dressed in dark clothes like housebreakers run across the port area to … Continue reading

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The Brimstone Wedding by Barbara Vine (1995)

Ruth Rendell by another name. It was OK – it kept me turning the pages, and the quasi-parallel lives of two women in dull marriages and their lovers was cleverly done. A good sense of place: Norfolk/Suffolk borders this time. … Continue reading

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Traditional Greek costumes

This morning I visited the Karelias collection of Greek traditional costumes, which was brilliant. The beautiful costumes – some of them absolutely sumptuous – were very well displayed, with plenty of information about them. For women, a long chemise was the … Continue reading

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I wandered down to the sea after breakfast and noticed a pig grazing in a secluded corner of the hotel’s beautiful gardens. I mentioned it to the waiters (after taking a photo, of course) and they smiled and said «πάλι!» It’s … Continue reading

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Last night I listened to a pair of musicians playing traditional Greek songs – the usual sad tales of emigration, loss and homesickness. They are repetitive and predictable but undeniably powerful: Πήρες τον μεγάλο δρόμο για να πας στα ξένα … Continue reading

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