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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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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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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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Into the hills

The Brompton and I caught the bus as high as it goes and then continued under our own steam. After the last few days of showers, crocuses as well as cyclamen decorate the roadsides. I took the road to the … Continue reading

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Back at base camp

My little jaunt to Mystras and Sparta is over and I am once again in the lap of sybaritic luxury at base camp. Despite the long coach journeys, lengthy waits in cafés for connections, cramped hotel rooms (although at one … Continue reading

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