Travel broadens the mind and also gives you perspective on life. Stepping out of your life periodically helps you see the world through fresh eyes and is certainly good for the soul!
I am not a writer but I believe that everybody can write, especially if there is something you are passionate about. My 'writing' may not be particularly poetic but I enjoy the reflective process and I believe that any creative pursuit should be encouraged. My blogs are more like a photograph albums with words.
My most recent passion is Egypt. My husband Peter is Egyptian and I have been truly privileged to have seen Egypt in ways that most tourists may not get the opportunity to. I will never tire of visiting Egypt. Every trip reveals something new and amazing. The blog 1001 Nights has also been the catalyst for the book we are writing about the village of Garagos - the place where Peter's ancestors have lived for generations.
My first passion is for Greece. I have been visiting Greece and the Islands for over 20 years and never tire of discovering new places - sometimes revisiting the very special places. I've decided to try and document my trips to the Greek islands in the blog - a Greek Oddity. This is a mammoth task that will involve routing out hundreds if not thousands of photographs from the loft followed by sifting and scanning - oh to have had a digital camera then! I guess I've visited around 50 islands now and I'm really excited about revisiting them through the blog. I do this mainly for posterity and also hope that one day it may be of interest to my children and grandchildren.
We woke up early to finish packing. Pension Morfeus has been a fabulous place to stay both location wise, hospitality wise and definitely has the best ever bathroom for a pension. We give Pension Morfeus 5 Stars!
Maria comes to say goodbye to us and she gives us a gift. It is wrapped in tissue paper. When we open it later we discover a prettily decorated piece of Sifnian pottery - we are absolutely delighted with it and touched at the thought!
We have a bit of time before we need to go to the ferry so we do a bit of last minute shopping in the pottery shops and then go for breakfast on the beach.
It is time to go. Amongst the small group of travellers leaving Sifnos is the elderly Greek man who gives a friendly greeting. Through gesticulation and the odd word it transpires that he is from Athens and had been visiting the mining museum in Milos. This was my opportunity to say how wonderful Milos was further to our conversation the other day.
The sea is a bit rough but once we pass Serifos it calms down and we have a nice relaxing journey watching the views of passing islands from the deck of the ship.
It is easy to tell when we are approaching Athens - the densely populated towns and villages spew down towards the sea. Here we are at the port of Piraeus. It seems such a long time since we left from Lavrio.
Once we leave the port we walk to the metro station where we catch the metro to Monistiraki. All we know is that the Arion Hotel is behind the Attalos Hotel somewhere but we lose our way down the backstreets and it takes ages to find it. Eventually we arrive. We have just one night in Athens before catching our flight back home tomorrow.
We've missed the sunset but we have great views of the Acropolis from the roof terrace (an absolute must when in Athens!)
We head out into the warm evening to find somewhere nice to eat. So much choice but so little time.
We stumble across a place called Veranda on the edge of Monistiraki and Plaka, right below the Acropolis. It is quite late (especially out of season) and places are beginning to close so we decide to eat here. The food is great!