Pookie and Jean at Igoumenitsa, Greece

You meet a lot of people when you go travelling. Some of them, you forget as soon as you get home, and then others stick in your memory for a lifetime. Or at least for 27 years and counting.Two such people were the couple in the centre of this photo - Pookie and Jean. Pookie had a real name, which … [Read more...]

Greek treasures, including smuggled seaweed

It all started with that drawing of Hong Kong, and now I'm mildly obsessed with my shelf full of old travel diaries. This won't be the last post you'll see about some of the treasures and diary entries I made during my campervan trip around Europe as a nine-year-old, I promise you. Today, it's … [Read more...]

25 years ago in Europe: Greece, and my first experience with snow

A lot of my readers probably don't remember the first time they saw snow. For most Europeans or North Americans, snow is just something you grow up with, the way Australians grow up with the beach. But down here in the south-west corner of Australia, it doesn't snow. Well, maybe once a decade or so … [Read more...]

25 years ago in Europe: Olympic fever in Greece

I've always loved watching the Olympics Games so it was no wonder that I loved visiting the ancient home of the ganes, Olympia in Greece. Here you can see my mother, sister and I lined up to start a race at Olympia - I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have won that one! And below, my sister and I waiting to … [Read more...]

25 years ago in Europe: Introduction to Greece at Igoumenitsa

Even when I was just a kid, it was the out-of-the-way, non-touristy places that impressed me the most on my travels. I'm pretty sure that if you'd asked me twenty-five years ago where my favourite place in the world was, I would have said it was Igoumenitsa in north-western Greece.Back then, it was … [Read more...]