Portugal · Travel

There are castles everywhere in Portugal

Two days after Christmas we flew to Lisbon. Not that we particularly needed a break or anything, having spent the previous weekend in Connemara, and the one before that in Brussels, it's just that Tina and I talked ourselves into it one evening watching TV, neither of us dared back down, and next thing I… Continue reading There are castles everywhere in Portugal

Belgium · Travel

A Christmas trip to Brussels, part deux

We went to Brussels for the weekend recently, but I only got as far as Saturday lunchtime in part 1. The Atomium was the main pavilion of the Brussels World Fair of 1958 up on the Heysel plateau, a space-age icon that outlasted everything else. I’d been to it before, on one or other of my… Continue reading A Christmas trip to Brussels, part deux

Belgium · Travel

In Brussels for the Christmas markets

Ruben was in a restaurant one night in October when he got a notification on his phone of a Couchsurfing request - two adults, two kids - for the beginning of December. “A family with two young boys: that could be really cool or it could be a real disaster”, he thought. “I'll take my… Continue reading In Brussels for the Christmas markets

The Writing Project · Travel

‘On a Greek Island’ is now available on Amazon.com

Finally, after four months on Zakynthos, and a month and a half off it, 'On a Greek Island: A Season in Zakynthos' is available as an ebook on Amazon.com. It's quite a thing to see it there after all these months. What started as an idea back in Brisbane about a year ago and got… Continue reading ‘On a Greek Island’ is now available on Amazon.com

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