Category Archives: Cycling

White crocus

A repeat of last year’s ride, except that I also saw some exquisite white crocuses. Advertisements

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Viros Gorge

Eat your heart out, Caspar David Friedrich. I had never cycled the short stretch of dead-end road above Exohori . . . but what an end! The path continues further into the gorge, and it both beckoned and repelled me. … Continue reading

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Filiatra

I was unfair to Marathopolis yesterday. On my walk to buy some toothpaste this morning I discovered the older kernel of the village. (Given what an ideal position it is in, Marathopolis may indeed be a very old port.) It was … Continue reading

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Elsewhere in Greece

I sat out this afternoon’s dramatic thunderstorms in a café in Gargaliani (masculine plural, as I eventually recalled), spinning out my χωριάτικη σαλάτα. As the heavy rain turned briefly to hail, I heard behind me a cry that it would … Continue reading

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Ayia Sophia

The annual climb up to Ayia Sophia today. I’ll never re-experience the delight of discovering it for the first time and then, that evening, sitting on the balcony at sea level and looking up to it . . . but … Continue reading

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Travelling by train

I generally regard travelling by train across Europe as a pleasure, even when the journey is a long one. I acknowledge my good fortune: I travel in comfort; I stop overnight in nice hotels rather than extend a day’s travel … Continue reading

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Frankfurt today

Between changing trains, there was time to cycle along the river. Little as I care for glass and steel skyscrapers when I am in the midst of them, from a distance they certainly make an impressive skyline when they are … Continue reading

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