Category Archives: Nature

Greece:  Symi spring

Having made the most of the snow in the unusually prolonged winter (the last blog post) my intended trip to Greece and Spring was brought forward by a few weeks. The sudden and unexpected death of a very good friend … Continue reading

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Banff, Canada:  walking on water

I’m back home now but still reminiscing about the trip to Banff.  It was comparatively mild compared to previous winters when we have been there, afternoon temperatures getting up to a toasty -50C though much colder overnight and most days … Continue reading

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Banff, Canada:  The Hoodoos Trail

Though skiing has been the main focus of my visits to the Canadian Rockies since I first came for Christmas 2010 they have always been about more than that.  Especially so since I invested in a pair of ice cleats … Continue reading

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Happy New Year

2017 was not  as eventful for me as 2016, my Annus Horribilis, which included a dislocated shoulder, diagnosis of a heart condition, Easter in a Greek hospital, skin cancer …..  and culminated in an 02.30 evacuation from a hotel fire … Continue reading

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Nisyros: scratching the surface

Sandwiched between spending time on Symi I hopped a little further north in the Dodecanese to spend a couple of weeks on Nisyros.  Google it and you will see lots of photos of ‘The Volcano’ and the Paleocastro, both very … Continue reading

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Symi: Spring and early Summer landscapes

I think that is the longest gap between blog posts on Barry’s Ramblings.  Force of a range of circumstances.  I had to return home to sort out some of the issues still unresolved when I flew back to Symi in … Continue reading

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Symi:  A bit of colour

One of the effects of climate change which, despite what some may say, scientific evidence shows overwhelmingly is not a myth, is increased unpredictability in the weather.  Even on the Greek islands you can’t assume that usual climate patterns will … Continue reading

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