Monthly Archives: April 2014

Symi: walking through Spring colour

I have done a whole series of walks since I arrived on Symi more than two weeks ago.  Some have been just a couple of hours and 3 or 4 miles, others longer.  Most of them are through areas I … Continue reading

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Symi: funeral bells and the smell of death

In Greece Easter is a far more important celebration than Christmas.  Theologically that is as it should be, the birth of Christ was only the necessary first step, the reason for His coming was His death and resurrection.  Without Easter … Continue reading

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Symi: a walk on the colourful side

The first time we came to Symi it was August,  a full-on Greek summer.  Stepping out of the door of the chilled cabin of the plane was like walking into an oven with the fan on.  I now always look … Continue reading

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Symi: to the other side of the island

It isn’t often that I contradict myself so quickly.  Not that I’ve changed my mind, just that I’m putting a different slant on things.  In the last blog I disparaged the old Taoist saying that “the journey is the reward”, … Continue reading

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Symi: en route and arriving

“It is better to travel hopefully than to arrive” is  an axiom, often repeated but first penned by Robert Louis Stevenson, which has become a cliché.  The thought echoes and old Taoist saying that “the journey is the reward”.  I … Continue reading

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Escape to the sun

Apart from putting forward the ridiculous hypothesis that Jesus once visited Britain, William Blake’s poetic reference to “England’s green and pleasant land”, with specific reference to “mountains green” and “pleasant pastures” , ignores the fact that it is only so … Continue reading

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