Monthly Archives: April 2007


Crete part 4: phyllo finale

The Crete trip was drawing to a close. We moved along to Rethymnon on Saturday, via the National Agricultural Research Foundation in Messara, where we had a talk from another gracious speaker, Dr Manolis Kambourakiswho talked about some of the … Continue reading


Crete part 3: shepherds, cheese and village feast

One morning we ascended a steep, gravel road and shortly found ourselves a lot of the way up a mountain, at an open-air milking parlour.The goats were corralled and driven at intervals by a pair of well trained dogs towards … Continue reading


Crete part 2: Amari Valley; wild greens, pastry and sing for your supper

It may have felt on the wintry side at times, but we were in Crete at a perfect time to catch the full glory of wildflowers. Our Thursday morning was spent gathering wild greens from the hillside, and preparing them … Continue reading

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Crete part 1: snail tales from central Crete

We’ve just returned from a fantastic week on Crete, which I’ll attempt to document by day, with a very selective sampling from the 700+ photos I returned with; best I can do since I can’t share the feeling of being … Continue reading


Bologna, Mantova, Parma

A few more pictures from Bologna, where the walls have faces… Bologna birthplace of murdered poet and film-maker Pier Paolo Pasolini. On Thursday I thought I should make a little extra effort to get to Mantova/Mantua, which I’d wanted to … Continue reading

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