6 Tips for visiting Athens

Visit in September when the temperature is beginning to drop. Explore early morning or evening when it is cooler and less people about. Visit the Acropolis early evening as it is cooler and makes it easier to climb, wear sensible walking footwear and enjoy the incredible views as the sun drops. The light is amazing. […]

Paralia Sergoylas, Greece – a photoblog

At last I had found one of those iconic white stone Greek churches set amongst olive trees and a bright cobalt sky as a backdrop. Staying near Skaloma on the Gulf of Corinth I was gradually exploring the nearby fishing villages and  Paralia Sergoylas was one of my favourites …… well it had to be after finding that church! […]

The Acropolis Museum

‘Can’t believe it’s only ten euros’ said the American behind me in the short queue and yes at just ten euros good value for money for entrance into the Acropolis Museum and an air-conditioned break from the 32C Athen’s heat. Not to be confused with the entrance to climb the fairly steep rock to reach […]

Skaloma, Greece – a photoblog

A strip of large grey pebbles separates the clear blue and turquoise sea from a neat crazy paved pathway along this pretty village. With water as clear as gin it invites swimmers to cool down from the hot Greek September sun. Quiet in September Skaloma is populated by mainly middle aged couples and retirees. The […]

The day I bought a cucumber peeler in Shenyang

I bought a couple of unusual products whilst in Shenyang one of them being a cucumber peeler which looked very much like a giant pencil sharpener. This produces delicate slivers of cucumber which you can then put on your face for an instant refreshing facial mask………..I bought this from a street seller close to Marshal Zlang’s Mansion. The […]

Eight Things to do in Shenyang

Liaoning Palaeontology Museum in the grounds of Shenyang Normal University, close to a shopping centre and the metro yellow line. Allow an hour unless this is a particular interest. Love the shape of this ultra modern building. Science and Technology museum in the Hunnan district of the city. Something for everyone, a modern hands on […]