Travel

The Peloponnese – Polilimnio and the Mani

In part one of our trip around the Peloponnese we went to Ancient Messene, Pylos and Methoni Castle. After two nights it was time to leave 'sandy Pylos', as it was called by Homer. We were going to head east across Messinia, go straight through Kalamata, and then drive south down the second finger, the… Continue reading The Peloponnese – Polilimnio and the Mani

Travel

The Peloponnese – Ancient Messene, Pylos and Methoni Castle

We've recently returned from a week's driving tour around the Peloponnese - a holiday within a holiday, if you will. We'd been in Zakynthos for two and a half months by mid-June, and once the boys finished school it seemed like a great time to head off for a bit of exploring. I'd previously been… Continue reading The Peloponnese – Ancient Messene, Pylos and Methoni Castle

Zakynthos

Making ladotiri – the local cheese of Zakynthos

Our good friend, Yorgo, is a self-sufficiency guru.  Not in the modern "let's escape consumerism and go back to our roots" kind of way but out of tradition, inclination, and to a large part, necessity.  A lot of the people around here have never escaped from their "roots" and take pride in growing a lot… Continue reading Making ladotiri – the local cheese of Zakynthos

Book Review

Paddy Leigh Fermor’s Trilogy

I must confess to a bit of an obsession with Paddy Leigh Fermor. You know that hypothetical game - "Which historical figure/famous person would you most like to meet?"  Well, my answer would be Paddy. Writer, adventurer, war hero, and traveller, he combined intelligence with charm and curiosity. I only really heard of him about… Continue reading Paddy Leigh Fermor’s Trilogy