Tostados Santos, Mexico

Dec 31, 2014 by

Hotel California at Tostados Santos                   The mission …           and the landscape        ...

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Cabo San Lucas a Hot Getaway!

Dec 31, 2014 by

Want a hot getaway from the cold? Cabo San Lucas is the place to go for constant sunshine, hot temperatures and dazzling seas. Fiesta Americana Grand resort is a gorgeous place to stay.                 Take a glass bottomed boat ride to the famous arch where the Sea of Cortes and the Pacific ocean combine.   See some local wildlife:                               Eat some fabulous food! See some great scenery!                  ...

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Crete to London: The Long Trip Home...

Jun 17, 2008 by

Getting from my hotel in Iraklion (Heraklion in English) to the airport was reasonably easy. The Inrini Hotel was only about six blocks away from the bus stop, so I could easily trundle my luggage along. (I do think I have to fix it though, or perhaps retire my little suitcase, as it’s looking a little dilapidated.) From there it was across a busy street and a parking lot into one of the worst airports I’ve ever been in. Signage was the pits and no one to really help much. I was there in good time, so I ended in a line-up for forty-five minutes before we could get our boarding passes. This accomplished, we had to haul our luggage over to an x-ray machine and then go through the regular rigors of security,...

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Coming Home from Crete – the real reason...

Jun 17, 2008 by

I have several reasons for coming home, some of which are to see my son, see family and friends again, and the travelling is getting expensive (the Euro exchange rate is high), and so is the temperature….It’s hovering around 38 degrees Celsius this afternoon and the sweat is dripping off everyone…. My real ultimate reason for coming home though is that I want to write. I have become so inspired by the writing workshop I took in Loutro that I don’t want to waste another moment flitting about. I need to be stationary for a while and get the two books finished that I’m working on right now. It was like a miracle happened during the workshop and I feel that I’ve made a major breakthrough….so Regina, here I come….though I may search out a...

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Knossos Palace

Jun 17, 2008 by

Knossos was undeniably the capital of Minoan Crete. It is grander, more complex, and more flamboyant than any of the other palaces known to us, and it is located about twenty minutes south of the modern port town of Iraklio. Knossos was inhabited for several thousand years, beginning with a Neolithic settlement sometime in the seventh millennium BC, and was abandoned after its destruction in 1375 BC which marked the end of Minoan civilization. The first palace on the low hill beside the Krairatos River was built around 1900 BC on the ruins of previous settlements. It was destroyed for the first time, along with the other Protopalatial palaces, around Crete at 1700 BC, probably by a large earthquake or foreign invaders. It was immediately rebuilt to an even more elaborate complex and, until...

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Heading to Iraklion – Land of the Minoan Culture...

Jun 17, 2008 by

These are shots taken as I headed to Iraklion/Heraklion and then while I wandered about through the city. I also have shown my hotel room and the view from the balcony….they’re the ones that look like heaps of junk as I overlook a noisy construction site. (See way below at the bottom) I decided to take a change from Greek food and stopped in an exquisite Chinese restaurant called Chopsticks. (See photos and description partway down.) The decor of this restaurant was light and airy and delicate…very comfortable and the food some of the best I’ve ever had.  The dishes were Chinese and Asian, but with a contemporary flair. I had the most delicious wonton soup to start and then a wonderful salad called “Thousand Islands,” made from finely cut lengths of cabbage, shredded...

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Bits & Pieces of Loutro

Jun 16, 2008 by

Moods of the water at Loutro……and….. blossoms around the village….. One day one of the ferry’s lost the hydraulics or something so that the big rear ramp crashed down into the sea. The ferry had to back the rest of the way to Loutro and then be hauled into dock. They had a heck of a time, getting it up again and then spent most of one night fixing it. The other ferry couldn’t get in to load up people, so a couple of trips were cancelled. It must be nice to just hose off all of your tables, floors, etc and start fresh and clean for the day. You can water your flowers at the same time,   which leaves you more time to relax, and play backgammon…....

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Food at Loutro

Jun 16, 2008 by

The food served in Loutro is mostly all prepared ahead of time. You choose what you want from a glass encased display and then they heat it up for you. The only thing that is freshly made is the fish and some seafood dishes. Eating is done totally outside on the terraces. They serve many vegetable dishes, but also use a great deal of olive oil. Someone there told me it was good for one to eat, but I’m not sure the amount they use is wise…nevertheless, there wasn’t much choice, although they did serve a very good Greek...

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My Room in Loutro – Inside and Out...

Jun 16, 2008 by

I stayed at the Scirocco Hotel on the third floor on the eastern end of Loutro. Behind the hotel was the mountains....

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Sunrise at Loutro

Jun 16, 2008 by

Photos taken just after 5:30 am, Thursday, June 12, 2008 Had I not been awakened by the pigeons, I would have missed the sunrise: a pastel pink muted on the soft blue sky, the water still as glass, the pale mountains sitting on the almost obscured gentle horizon, and a peaceful quiet disturbed only by the flute calls of the pigeons, the odd bleat of a lamb, the quiet clatter of goat feet mounting their rocky paths, the bell of the leader tinkling. Somewhere in the distance a rooster crowed in celebration of the god of the...

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Fort & Church

Jun 16, 2008 by

I walked up the mountain towards the ruins of an old fort, which eventually led me to a newer church and the remains of the old village from centuries earlier. Along the way, I studied rocks, trees and other vegetation as well as the wildlife – goats. The landscape is hardly suitable for much else. I also viewed the scenes across the Mediterranean Sea …       The little white church is said to be on a special meridian line of spiritual power. Wild Thyme (above) can be found all over the...

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The Writing Companions and Activities...

Jun 16, 2008 by

One co-ordinator, two instructors, three writers and nine poets, spent a week together learning our respective crafts. Dave Swann led our fiction writing group. An author from England, he is well acquainted with both writing and teaching. Besides myself from Canada, there was also Rose (originally from Australia, having just moved to England a week previous to the course in pursuit of a career in the opera), and Dawn, a multi-grandmother and great-grandmother from New Zealand. Several times during the week of writing workshops, we gathered together for a meal, a few laughs and some lively conversation. Everyone had wonderful stories to tell and interesting backgrounds. One person that I felt had a particularly intriguing background was Rachel, who is living in Kabul, Afghanistan. I hope to visit her one day. The poets were...

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