A most un-orthodox Easter… part two

I’m really in need of a ‘Fix’ after making it back in one piece, after that awesome trek along the side of the mountain, and the terrace at Pauvlo’s Taverna is the perfect spot to have it ….. icey cold and goes down a treat….. not even touching the sides…… just as well that not […]

Read More

A most un-orthodox Easter… part one.

Ever heard of Loutro? no, I didn’t think so. It’s a very small, some would say tiny, laid back village on the south coast of Crete. The only way to get here is by boat, unless you are very adventurous….. or very stupid….when you will arrive here on foot…..by walking about 7 kilometres from the […]

Read More

AUSSIE BLOGGER ARRESTED IN CRETE

Breaking News. Aussie Blogger Arrested in Crete.   By Xania Xpress reporter, Vasilis Katsikisaki Well known and widely followed Australian Blogger, TomTwice, was arrested and detained two days ago whilst at Chania Airport in Crete and charged with one count of trying to enter the country illegally and four counts of smuggling prohibited articles.  According […]

Read More

If you Fail to Prepare….Prepare to Fail ! 

If you fail to prepare …. prepare to fail !!!   I’m told that it was the famous swimmer Mark Spitz who said that, but what would he really know about failure. It would be more believable if the saying was attributed to say, Ross Lyons, the coach of the Fremantle Dockers AFL team…… now theres a […]

Read More

To Hel and Back…

Καλός Ορίσετε στην Ελλάδα ……..or Welcome to Greece. It’s been just over a week now, since Yineka-mou and I arrived in Greece, and probably about time to start this years first blog update. Last year, when we flew to Athens, we used Etihad Airlines for the first time, and although cheaper than either Qatar or […]

Read More

Oh, The Grand Old Duke Of York….

Oh, the grand old Duke of York, He had ten thousand men, He marched them up to the top of the hill, And he marched them down again. And when they were up, they were up, And when they were down they were down, And when they were only half way up, They were neither […]

Read More

Would you like Raki with that? 

Well it’s now been over two weeks since Yineka-Mou and I arrived in Crete, and I haven’t written a word since…. just too busy! Doing what I hear you ask, and to tell you the truth I’m not really sure. A couple of days a week I go to language school, and YM has joined […]

Read More

TomTom Takes Off

Yes, it’s true, Tom Tom Takes Off ….. and apologies to those readers who may have misread it as TomTom takes it off…sorry! It’s that time of year again which I consider to be the ideal time to take off to Greece. If you are a regular reader of this blog, then you’ll remember that […]

Read More

Jakarta? No mate, I left her behind…

Actually, it’s not not Jakarta we are at, but Bali…. and technically not even Bali, but a small island 15 kms off Bali named Nusa Lembongan. Maybe it should be called Paradise! Eight of us, five Aussies and three Kanucks, caught the Garuda Airlines flight 727 from Perth, which took off at 8am,and after an […]

Read More

Mesón de la Guitarra

Originally posted on Tapas Talk:
Located in a sort of cave under the Plaza Mayor in Madrid, El Mesón de la Guitarra may just be the perfect little bar to have some sangria, some tapas and listen to some authentic live guitar playing that is not for show, or only for tourists but for ambience,…

Read More

Freedom or Death?

“Freedom or death” were the words uttered by the Bishop of Patras on March 25, 1821, as he raised the flag of revolution over the Monastery of Agia Lavra in the Peloponnese, and these words became the motto of the War of Greek Independance against the almost 400 year rule by the Ottoman Turks. Today […]

Read More

Rio? No, Rethymnon

In Greece it’s called ‘Apokries’ and it’s the 3 week period before Lent, with many different customary events taking place. It culminates in a carnival of street parades on the Sunday before ‘Clean Monday’, the start of Lent. We have heard that the best Carnival in Crete will be in the old Venetian port town […]

Read More

Market day on Minoos

Woken up this morning, after the first night at our Xania house, by the church bells ringing….. What the….! it’s only 7am and as dark as the inside of a black cow in our bedroom. I then realise that YM had closed all the shutters on the windows and doors the night before, and so […]

Read More

What’s in a Name?

Is it Chania, Hania or Xania? Lets start with the Italians, or to be more precise, the Venetians….but before they got here in 1252 , the place was ruled by the Minoans, (this was in 3000 BC!!!!) then much later by the Arabs, then the Byzantines…..then the Welsh …… Anyway, right up until 1645 or […]

Read More

The Athens Way? No, thank gawd!

I took a bit of of a punt on my choice of hotel to stay at during our two night stopover in Athens. I’d never stayed there before, nor even heard of it…… It’s location on the edge of edgy Exharcia could have been a problem, and it’s name ‘Athens Way’, well, I’d hope that […]

Read More

Eureka!

Eureka…. that’s a Greek word that you maybe didn’t know was Greek, made famous by Archimedes while in his girlfriends bath. But what’s that got to do with our arrival in Athens? Well for me, as our Qatar Airlines flight was coming in to land at Elefterios Venezelos International Airport, it was snowing like hell…( […]

Read More

We get the hump in Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer, West Rajasthan , October 24th 2014 We’ve gone from the sublime to the ridiculous….. At Jodphur we stayed in a quite expensive, (by any standard, let alone Jodphur’s) two-story ‘suite’ at the ultra-modern Raas Hotel….mini bar, sunken bath tub with views, butler service, pool, spa, gym, ( why would I need a gym!) gift-shop […]

Read More

Poppy day in Rajasthan

Jodphur, Thursday 23rd October. We arrived in Jodphur yesterday afternoon after a long drive from Udaiphur ( with a stopover for a quick look-see at a famous marble Jain Temple in Ranakpur…. Memsahib had a priest say a prayer for her there…. which she had to pay for….but I declined the offer…. ‘Bloody Athiest’ I […]

Read More

Red Dot Specials?

  Monday 20th October 2014 We have arrived in Udaipur at last, after our 'Spice-Jet' flight from Delhi was delayed by 5 hours ( delayed or cancelled, hard to know?). Lucky for us, I received a phone call from our Mr Ashish at 'Oriental Routes'. (there's a joke there somewhere…. ever had an ori… forget […]

Read More

Oh goodness gracious me….!

Just a very quick update before we depart in 15 minutes for Jaipur…….Memsahib and I are in a small desert town half-way between Jaiselmere and Jaipur…. it's called Naguar, and no, I'd never heard of it before either. We've been here for 2 nights, staying in the most fantastic place you could wish for…. The […]

Read More