I am taking a break from the simple, frugal life of my Rhodes Island mountain village, to sail the Aegean Sea around the Cyclades Islands, in a catamaran, with Yacht Getaways. Suzie found the company on the internet. She has come over from Australia and has been travelling around the UK with her husband., Read More

I have a dream, a fantasy To help me through reality And my destination makes it worth the while Pushing through the darkness still another mile I Have A Dream (Abba) Dear Diary, Who Would Have Thought… I am writing this post while I relax on a daybed on my first-floor bedroom balcony. The, Read More

Wendy is visiting! I am incredibly excited! My dream of living on a Greek Island always included visitors arriving at the airport and now it is coming true! She is due to arrive in the evening, and I spend the day in preparation, assisted by my Greek-Australian friend, Johnny.   Johnny is an agile, Read More

The days pass by in simple serenity. Village life is unhurried and is almost, but not quite predictable. One morning I awake early and decide to go exploring while it is still cool. It is only 6.30am but already the village is coming to life. A few old men are having coffee at Toula’s, Read More

It is Saturday afternoon in the village square. I am having a frappe at Toula’s restaurant while I do a little work on my laptop. Toula and her family sit at another table, chatting. The old men are at Stellos and Melania’s restaurant playing backgammon and drinking Greek coffee. Magdelena and hairdresser Toula have, Read More

‘Eat! Eat! Come on Anna!’ Magdalena insists waving her hand at the various platters of deliciously tempting food on the table. ‘But I’ve already eaten.’ I protest ‘It doesn’t matter! Here, take some more potato’, she says, thrusting the platter of crisply fried potato slices at me. ‘You know you like them!’ It’s true. I, Read More