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

As Melanie drove her red Audi A5 Coupe into the gravel car park, her empty grey eyes scanned the hotel’s gothic façade. Copper coloured ivy covered its walls. Oversized table lamps emitted a warm, welcoming glow from richly draped windows as dusk began to settle on the autumnal countryside. The hotel seemed the perfect, Read More

Once upon a time in a land far far away there was a little village called Tihany, nestled on a hilltop high above the shores of Lake Balaton in Hungary, and in that village there lived a beautiful Princess. Many young suitors would come from far and wide to ask for her hand in marriage, only to be turned, Read More