Month: April 2018

The Day of St. George, Asi-Gonia

We heard about this quirky festival during a BBQ with our very hospitable neighbours/Airbnb hosts, Katerina and Miltos, the previous Saturday night and decided it was something worth checking out. Asi-Gonia is a small mountain village about an hour (and a beautiful drive it is – the vegetation changes and it becomes more lush) from …

Cretan house hunting

We arrived on Crete about ten days ago and since then we’ve been in and out of short term lets and if I’m honest, that sort of living can get a bit tiring. Even though we are in ‘holiday’ mode at the moment, it’s difficult to put it out of your head that you’re going …

Delphi

I’ve just started to read Lawrence Durrell’s The Greek Islands and it is very apt because he starts the first chapter by describing the traveller ‘slipping southward along the heel of Italy, as if down a Christmas stocking full of small treasure-towns’.  Durrell suggests getting the ferry from Brindisi, which is near the bottom of …

Ancona

Our ferry was due to depart at 17:30 from the port of Ancona. I woke up pretty refreshed given the size of the bed we had slept in. Strangely, I decided to take advantage of the general sense of optimism about the place by going for an early morning run. It was Easter Monday and …

Ravenna

I was last in Ravenna about a decade ago during a year long stay in Bologna as an Erasmus student. Ravenna is sort of a funny destination for the traveller. It’s relatively small and not many would rate it alongside cities like Rome or Paris in terms of things to see and do, and yet Ravenna …

Verona

I was sorry to leave Padua as I loved it immediately upon entering the old town. It has a lovely feel to it. It’s a city you could imagine living in for a year or two because it feels ‘real’. Full of gorgeous piazzas and in typical Italian fashion, the locals seem to be all …