Saturday, November 19, 2016

100 Places in Greece Every Woman Should Go NPR podcast interview


Last week I was interviewed by Tom Wilmer at KCBX on his NPR podcast to discuss my new book, 100 Places in Greece Every Woman Should Go - click here to listen!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Postcards from the Underworld: My Favorite Beach on Ithaki


Sun, sea, solace - what more do you want from a secluded Greek beach? 

Along the winding road that connects the north with the south of the Greek island of Ithaki are three tiny coves with beaches tucked beneath the cliffs. Of the three, my favorite is called Kravoulia #2 --- but its unremarkable name belies the magnificence that awaits you when you climb down the narrow staircase to the pebbled beach. Walking across the smooth stones is like a form of foot massage, and a swim in the brisk ultramarine water wakes up all the senses. Every so often a yacht will glide past the headlands and take a turn around the cove, but many times I've had this slice of paradise all to myself. I sit here for hours, staring at the clouds dancing between the headlands, letting the sun dry the salt on my skin...and even when I take in a favorite book, The Magus, by John Fowles, 

I keep one eye on the glittering sea beyond...

Monday, September 26, 2016

I've been away...


Spending time away from blogging...been doing a lot of reading and starting to work again on a new writing project. Sometimes we need time away from social media to reset our thoughts and priorities in life. 

Just curious...has anyone else taken a blog break or time away from social media? How did it feel? Was it relaxing, or did you feel anxious to be unplugged?

Monday, August 8, 2016

Postcards from the Underworld: Meditations on a Roman Amphitheater


Dreaming of what the ancients must have witnessed from this vantage point...

Roman Amphitheater
Pula, Istria
Croatia 

Monday, August 1, 2016

100 Places in Greece Every Woman Should Go: Fish Pedicure


Chapter 69: Places to Get Pampered in Athens

The first time I walked by this place, I was surprised to see women lined up against the walls, traditional beauty shop style, but there were no hairdryers over their heads... instead, their feet were plunged into what looked like fish aquariums! Welcome to Doctor Fish, located in the Plaka district of Athens, where a breed of tiny carp nibbles away at patron's toes, giving them an unusual fish pedicure. Just the tiniest bit gross? Maybe. But if you've got tired feet after spent an entire day wandering around this ancient city, and you're the kind who wants to knock another to-do item off your bucket list, an Athenian fish pedicure might just be the thing for you!