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The Lost Tourist

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  Waking up to our last day, of a two week holiday on the sunny island of Crete and perturbingly the idea of going home actually appeals—shock horror!—never thought I’d hear myself say that. I’ve eaten in every restaurant I wanted to re-visit and drunk every drink that appealed, accompanied by the odd early morning, […]

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Cretan Magic

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  Sitting in a lovely little restaurant, in the old town of Rethymnon with my son, Sam, under the hanging strands of flowering bougainvillea, its blooms in variegated and hot pinks. Our waiter arrives and with our meal I order a glass of white wine—the local krasí—the waiter bobs a pony-tailed head and disappears into […]

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Stone Fortune

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  The wind set in around the island of Crete—whipping white foam edges on the crests of waves, pulling strands of hair from hairbands and blowing serviettes and paper notes into the air. As I spear olives from a Greek salad, I amuse myself with an old childhood rhyme—a seemingly female orientated superstition, as a […]

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Beautiful

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    Early morning breakfast in the hotel. . .   ‘How are you today?’ she asks.   ‘Ok—half asleep,’ I answer, gulping down my tea in order to reply.   ‘You should say—I am beautiful—then you will feel good too.   ‘Ok,’ I mumble. Then deciding to return the sentiment, I ask: ‘So . […]

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Rusty Inside

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  Today, a light lunch at the restaurant across the road from the hotel of Mezzes: calamari, Greek salad and taramasalata accompanied by crusty bread in a wicker basket. Fanta, a glass of the local Cressi and ice cold, bottled water. Our waiter—dark haired, silvering at the edges, deposits the bottled water with a glass […]

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What’s Hot, What’s Not – Airborne Folly

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  Have you noticed the increasingly peculiar baggage policies of airlines?   It first really came to my attention last Summer, when my brother and his family flew over for a visit from England to the Netherlands. On the flight out, at the airport, they were annoyingly told they had to pay for their baggage […]