The lion of the meringue 🇫🇷

Where: St. Tropez, France 🇫🇷 It was the baking shelf replete with meringue resting by a wide open door—the sun shining in—that caught my attention. I walked into the confiserie & pattiserie. I was in St. Tropez, France, for a

Retired naval sailor in Crete 🇬🇷

Where: Heraklion, Crete, Greece 🇬🇷 I was lost on my way to visit a manufacturer of Greek coffee (Kafes / Καφές) in the City of Heraklion on the island of Crete when I saw an elderly man sitting on his porch alone. I parked my car,

Making holy art in Crete 🇬🇷

Where: Rethymno, Crete, Greece 🇬🇷 There was a cross that was to go to a monastery in northern Crete, a restoration of a significant Renaissance Orthodox painting under production, and colourful stones being laid into a mosaic that would

Making Ouzo on the Island of Lesbos

Where: Mitylene, Lesbos, Greece 🇬🇷 Before making my first trip to Greece nine years ago I remember an old Canadian friend writing to me by email something along the lines of, "Have an Ouzo for me." I arrived on the Island of Lesbos

The freshest fish in Chios

Where: Chios, Greece 🇬🇷 “This is the freshest fish on the island,” Klaidi Carja, a server at Ihtheoskala Fresh local fish tavern said to me as I was getting ready to settle my early afternoon bill: a Greek salad and a Greek beer. I

A little gem in Alaçatı

Where: Alaçatı, Türkiye 🇹🇷 “A little gem,” I thought to myself as I left the residence I had just started renting in Alaçatı, Türkiye. Alaçatı, along with its neighbouring community to the west, Çeşme, are resort towns on the