Tag Archives: Greek Islands

Symi: virtually

Symi in April is very different from the island which most people see in the heat of Summer.  Sadly, thanks to Covid-19 there is no possibility of going there this month, or next, or for the foreseeable. Not only are … Continue reading

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Canadian Rockies: Christmas on the piste

I’ve been in the Canadian Rockies now for a week, skiing and doing the odd bit of walking.  There couldn’t be a much greater contrast with summer in the Greek islands.  But, after heavy overnight snowfall on the mountain, early … Continue reading

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Symi: a jaunt down a mini-gorge

The pattern of my days on Symi is different to previous years.  I spend the morning doing chores around the house and writing.  By midday I have had enough of both and need to get out into the mountains and/or … Continue reading

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Tilos: the kamikaze trail

Hopping between Greek islands has become more difficult over recent years as older, less efficient boats were deemed financially unviable or failed to meet rising safety standards and have gone out of service.  Operating companies are fewer in number and … Continue reading

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Symi: the island experience

I sometimes wonder whether islands which are connected to the ‘mainland’ are truly still islands.  It’s complicated.  When we went to the Isle of Skye BTB (Before The Bridge) it had an intrinsic separateness even though there was only a … Continue reading

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Greece: more high speed island hopping

Now that inter-island travel is both more rapid and more reliable it’s a viable option to  hop from island to island for brief visits and sometimes when moving on it’s possible to make connexions without an overnight stay where there … Continue reading

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Greece: Rhodes, Tilos, Nisyros, high speed island hopping

Wednesday morning and my daughter delivered me to Manchester Airport at 06.15 en route to an hour’s skiing in  the Chill Factory.  How bizarre a beginning to a day is that!!! Given that she was going to minus 2 degrees … Continue reading

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Tilos: sea to sky and back again (3)

Gherondas, the third of the small peaks backing Livadia Bay which I set out to find a way to the top of, proved to be as interesting and distinctive as the other two, Thymadheri and Vounos Again  the initial approach … Continue reading

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Tilos: what is getting the goat of the island’s landscape?

My attention was suddenly diverted from picking my way through the excessively prickly vegetation on a narrow mountain-side agricultural terrace to get into position for a photo of yet another abandoned olive press. A noise like a turkey having its … Continue reading

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Tilos: traumatic changes and empty shells

If you get bored with the words and just want to look at the pictures, scroll down and click on the ones you want to see larger.  But there are a few more words at the end. Norman Tebbit, one of the … Continue reading

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