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Nisyros: waiting for it to blow

It is more accurate to describe Nisyros as a volcano than as ‘volcanic’. Lots of bits of countries are ‘volcanic in that they are have areas of either lava (cooled magma) or igneous rock (rock modified by super-heating) … like … Continue reading

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Nisyros: giving in to addiction

Some places are addictive.  Nisyros is one of them. My wife and I visited the island first on a day trip by high speed cat from nearby Tilos in 2001.  Along with the herd we took the bus to The … Continue reading

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Symi: high points

Having been identified as the Third Man and knowing he was pursued by Joseph Cotton, Orson Wells took to the labyrinthine sewers with a multiplicity of escape options and made the most memorable Sewer Speech ever.  Unfortunately most Hollywood villains … Continue reading

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Symi: The Day I Shrank, and other adventures

One: The Shadow Sunday 21 June, the summer solstice, time to climb Oros Vigla, highest mountain on Symi.  The summit is barely a mile from the house as the crow flies but I’m not a crow so the 500 metres … Continue reading

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Symi: into a hidden valley, the past and beyond

I am increasingly fascinated by not just going ‘off piste’ on the Greek islands, but trying to understand the faint signs of the rich cultural past, trying to tread softly and see the wildlife and the plant life.  There is … Continue reading

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Symi: a trek beyond the economic fringe

The deserted village of Gria set in limestone crags high above Pedi Bay has fascinated me ever since first ‘discovering’ it 15 years ago.  The fact that it has a permanent pond, seemingly lost not only to sight but to … Continue reading

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Greece: Kos I was there.

The plane landed at Kos airport just after 06.00.   Rapidly through baggage reclaim and out into the fresh morning air after having been cooped up in airports and planes since 19.30 the previous evening.  I declined to wait an hour … Continue reading

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Canadian Rockies: Snowshoes and maple taffy

I have always loved walking in the snow despite having to put up with what I now know is Reynaud’s Phenomenon, painfully cold hands with ‘White Finger’ even in summer.  I used to go walking in the Derbyshire Peak District … Continue reading

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Symi: imagining the past

As I recounted in the blog, in July I trekked via many distractions to the ridge-top Lappatoniou Castle  on the western-most peninsula on Symi.  Then in early in October I went back with friends who, after trial and error and … Continue reading

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Symi: to the past and on the edge

I’m back home now, trying to stop the cold seeping into my bones and prevent the grey seeping into my brain.  But there are many bright, warm memories of Symi to look back on, more Symi-based blogs to post. One … Continue reading

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