“The Penniless Pensioner: Misaligned, Maligned But Marvellous”: Chapter 44: Cooling My Heels in the Eastern Aegean

I spent three days in Vravrona, which was close to the Athens airport, enjoying the ocean and eating plenty of grilled octopus and Greek Salads. In the evening I researched my island destination of Samos. It was a relatively small island in the Eastern Aegean at points as close as six kilometres from the TurkishContinue reading ““The Penniless Pensioner: Misaligned, Maligned But Marvellous”: Chapter 44: Cooling My Heels in the Eastern Aegean”

RKS Literature: Passage of the Day: A Reluctant Cretan Bride to Be! (Nikos Kazantzakis)

“A piece of bread-damn it, that seems to you a trifle, does it, my princess? Very clever it sounds! And what, by God, should a bridegroom find to desire in you? Youth? Beauty? Riches? You’re thirty-five, and shrunk to a dried currant, to an old maid with a moustache! And that greyhound brother of yoursContinue reading “RKS Literature: Passage of the Day: A Reluctant Cretan Bride to Be! (Nikos Kazantzakis)”

“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”

“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”

“Travels to a Different Time” : 3September2022: Vravrona, Greece

After 10 awful hours on an Air Canada flying basement Athens was a chance to break out of our little prison but seems COVID has played around with Greece as there were no gates available so stuck on the airplane for 30 minutes. Ordinarily we would have made a connecting flight to Samos but withContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : 3September2022: Vravrona, Greece”

“Travels to a Different Time” :21-28 July 2007: Thessaloniki Greece

The flight from Munich to Thessaloniki was just over two hours in length on Air Berlin. Non descript ham and cheese sandwich on Wonderbread. After so much great Bavarian meats and cheeses who would have thought the Germans could have sunk so low. Arrived in Thessaloniki in 45-degree heat. Although the Porto Palace Hotel isContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” :21-28 July 2007: Thessaloniki Greece”