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Seeking Secret of Life on a Greek Island

Destination: Hydra, Greece

Book: Travels With Epicurus: A Journey to a Greek Island in Search of a Fulfilled Life By Dan Klein

More about philosophy than about travel, the little book Travels with Epicurus, grabbed my attention for a couple of reasons.  First, the author is 73 and thinking of how to be old. Second, he travels to a Greek Island to do his thinking. Continue reading Seeking Secret of Life on a Greek Island

Travel Photos: 7 Greek Islands

As you set out for Ithaka
hope the voyage is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.

From Ithaka by C.P. Cavafy (See the entire poem here)

I can’t help myself–I return to Greece again and again.  We thoroughly explored the Peloponnese and much of the mainland before we took to the sea.  Finally, we assembled six friends, rented a boat through a guy I had met on line and in person in Washington D.C.  (we met on a Prodigy travel board, to show you how long I’ve known the guy. Ever hear of Prodigy?). We headed for the Greek Islands.

We plotted  a cruise through several Cycladic islands (the circle of islands in the center of the Greek Mediterranean.)

A note to those who might want to follow in our wake–my friend Robert no longer owns this boat. And although there are other sailboats available in the Greek islands, sailing does not suit everyone. You might find Mediterranean cruises more to your liking with less spartan quarters and more help from crew.

Our boat, Annamaria “Our” boat, Annamaria in the Athens marina. Continue reading Travel Photos: 7 Greek Islands

Around and About

I love to watch James Cagney and it was a pleasure to research his films (translation–sit on the couch and watch old movies).  Jane Boursaw added some really great movie clips to my post about Cagney films at Reel Life With Jane in my monthly Classic Connoisseur’s Guide to the Best Films and Stars. Hope you’ll take a look and let me know if you agree with my assessment of Jean Harlow in The Public Enemy.

Long ago I decided that the real money in travel writing probably goes to those who write books about How to Be a Travel Writer.  However, one book stands out as a helpful guide to people who seriously want to become travel writers. I read it when I started out, and it is still  around–now in its  7th edition.  I review the classic The Travel Writer’s Handbook: How to Write – and Sell – Your Own Travel Experiences at Absurd Reviews.

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After last weeks extravaganza of e-books (Did you check out the possibilities of Housesitting, or plan a trip to Cape Cod?) we’ll be back to print–going to Italy, China and France. And you won’t want to miss Travel Photo Thursday, when I share pictures of nine Greek Islands I visited on a sailing trip around the Cyclades.

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