RKS 2023 Wine: Elvis Presley and a Certain Chilean Carménère : Kidia 2018 Reserve Carménère

From the Maule Valley this D.O. Valle Pencahue Carménère is new to the Liquor Control Board of Ontario. Follow the lead of Elvis and return to sender! Aromatics: Strawberry, stewed rhubarb, blackberry, charcoal and some raspberry jam. Palate: Moderate tannins initially but augment quickly into a firm grip. Bereft of any real fruit. Almost astringent.Continue reading “RKS 2023 Wine: Elvis Presley and a Certain Chilean Carménère : Kidia 2018 Reserve Carménère”

“Travels to a Different Time” : 14 & 15 September 2022 Athens: Hanging on

We must move from Inn Athens to Home Sweet Home Athens as the room was only available for two nights. The ankle is now a shiny red and gleaming and yes more pain. It is very frustrating and tiring. Spent the day in bed reading. The hotel room is very 1970’s except the bathroom hasContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : 14 & 15 September 2022 Athens: Hanging on”

“Travels to a Different Time” : 13September2022: Mr. Handicapped in Nightmare Alley: Thessaloniki and Athens, Greece

The ankle has worsened. Fotini went down for breakfast. I have not eaten in two days. Packed up and limped to the waiting car to Thessaloniki Airport. Again on the wheelchair all the way into the plane. Me and a 90-year-old grandmother hoisted on the plane. Very dispiriting. A smooth 45-minute flight to Athens onContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : 13September2022: Mr. Handicapped in Nightmare Alley: Thessaloniki and Athens, Greece”

“Travels to a Different Time” : 12September2022: Knee Fine but Ankle No! 9,000 German Deaths: Thessaloniki Greece

The pain in the knee has disappeared but overnight a pain in the ankle. What a pain in the ass! I am a Hop Along Cassidy and in excruciating pain. Nothing works not even the Dicoflex cream from the compounding pharmacy which I had to cease taking due to an adverse reaction being a rashContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : 12September2022: Knee Fine but Ankle No! 9,000 German Deaths: Thessaloniki Greece”

“The Penniless Pensioner; Misaligned, Maligned but Marvellous” : Chapter 16 Eastern European Espionage

My work for the Central Intelligence Agency caused me no moral dilemma. My assignment was simply to be somewhat of an academic traveller. I was a student of Eastern European politics so I had every reason to be visiting Eastern Europe. I was to hang out in various universities in Eastern Europe and gauge theContinue reading ““The Penniless Pensioner; Misaligned, Maligned but Marvellous” : Chapter 16 Eastern European Espionage”

“Travels to a Different Time” : 11September2022: Thessaloniki Greece: Party Time at VIP Club!

After a hearty breakfast at our hotel in Thessaloniki Daios Luxury Living we were picked up by Fotini’s niece for a day at Chaladiki a series of beaches of renown about an hour from the city. We avoided the main highway for a faster and scenic route through rolling countryside mostly farms but with severalContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : 11September2022: Thessaloniki Greece: Party Time at VIP Club!”

“Travels to a Different Time” : 10September2022: Thessaloniki Greece: Arthritis Attack

For whatever reason one knee started flaring up in the middle of the night with intense pain and throbbing. I applied some anti-inflammatory cream I had prescribed at a special compounding pharmacy in Toronto. It supposedly takes two days to kick in. Had a delicious breakfast of smoked salmon, watermelon, fresh country bead, poached eggsContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : 10September2022: Thessaloniki Greece: Arthritis Attack”

“Travels to a Different Time”: 8September2022: Thessaloniki Greece: Where Have the Tattoos Gone?

Finally after 5 Greek sleeps I think I am adjusted to the time zone. Down for another buffet breakfast in a small restaurant feeding some 30 people instead of the hundreds at Doryssa Bay. Although I must say despite the number of items being much smaller here at Daios Luxury Living the breakfast food isContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time”: 8September2022: Thessaloniki Greece: Where Have the Tattoos Gone?”

“Travels to a Different Time ” : 7September2022: Samos the Last Day: Time to Kill

This is the last day in Samos. Another blue-sky day but on the balcony in our room overlooking the ocean the breeze was on the cool side and you certainly notice it on the beach. The top rated Doryssa breakfast at a table overlooking the ocean might constitute the gastronomic moment of the day. IContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time ” : 7September2022: Samos the Last Day: Time to Kill”

“Travels to a Different Time” : 6September2022: Samos, Mytilini, Greece: Small Mountain Town off the Grid: Surveying Earthquake Damage

The sleeps are improving. Three days in Greece and finally feeling human. That 8-hour time difference from Toronto takes its toll plus the two flights. Off to the Doryssa breakfast at 09:00. Sweet watermelon, grapefruit slices, Greek yogurt and honey, a slice of yogurt cake and two cups of green tea. Not having tattoos, IContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : 6September2022: Samos, Mytilini, Greece: Small Mountain Town off the Grid: Surveying Earthquake Damage”