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In 1897, a family named Otto lived in a nearby house in Key West, Florida. They owned a plantation and had a lot of servants working for them who they treated very badly. One servant girl gave their son, Gene, a present of a doll. What the Ottos didn’t realise... Continue »
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For a large baking tin (approx. 35X40 cm) you will need: Ingredients For the filling: 1.5 kg meat (beef or pork) 1 large onion finely chopped 1 head of garlic finely chopped parsley finely chopped marjoram 1 tbsp tomato paste dikuted with a little water 2 cups water 1 cup... Continue »
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DAY 2 - FRIDAY JULY 11th After a great night's sleep, we woke to the unique beauty of the Ionian as seen from our suite. We had an invigorating early morning swim in the pool and then headed for breakfast. It was really hard to resist the hot pancakes and... Continue »
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The mirror in the photo above was given to me by my mother. Its frame is made of walnut tree wood and had decorated her house for years. A carpenter in the old city of Nicosia had made it for her in 1957. Now, it decorates my flat. To me,... Continue »
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Day 4 - Tuesday August 8th 2006 After our memorable trip to Symi, we got some rest and then got ready for the Black and White gala dinner at Varkarolla Restaurant. The night theme was Black & White.... I decided to dress in total black - I hardly ever do... Continue »
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Located on the southern slopes of Troodos Mountains at 1200 metres above sea level and at about 40 km from Lemesos - the second largest city of the island, the picturesque village of Platres is the jewel of mountainous Cyprus. With the highest temperatures ranging between 1C (38F) in the... Continue »
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Maybe you skipped the sunscreen because you didn’t think you’d be outside for very long, or perhaps you forgot to reapply after a dip in the pool. Whatever the reason, your skin is red-hot to the touch and seriously painful. Now what? You can pop an aspirin and apply a... Continue »
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The Römerberg Our stroll through the medieval city centre of Frankfurt started right here, on the Römerberg . The oldest historic traces of settlement in Frankfurt are to be found near here, on the hill where the cathedral stands, safely above flood level on the banks of the Main. The... Continue »
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Marmari-Kos For the last 10 years or so, Alkis and I have been spending our summer holidays in Greece, mostly on the Greek Isles.. Having already visited most of the Ionian Islands (Eptanisa), we felt like exploring the Aegean Islands renowned for their unique natural beauties. But then again, is... Continue »
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Blue Caves - Zakynthos 2002 Since my childhood, I've been fascinated by the unique beauty of the Greek islands and seduced by their magic charm which I can't really define. Is it the immense blue of the Aegean, the amazing archaeological sites, the secluded sandy bays you can only reach... Continue »
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My mother and I don't always get along very well. More often than not, it seems that one of us is saying the wrong thing, presses the wrong buttons and, as a result, our conversations tend to be quite explosive! Yet, in our heart of hearts, we know that we... Continue »
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When I started out on TypePad almost seven years ago, I wasn't sure what a blog was. I had previously read an article on blogging in a British magazine at my hairdresser's and thought I'd give it a try. I googled "blogging platforms" and eventually chose TypePad as it seemed... Continue »
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Getting away for the weekend is definitely an invigorating experience and a chance to relax and enjoy the outdoors - especially in spring. Alkis and I had been toying with the idea of spending a weekend at Aphrodite's Hills since early March, but the whims of the weather made us... Continue »
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I can't stand rudeness in any shape or form as this is a sign of disrespect for other people. Having finished work today at 9:00 pm, I went to the parking place where I had parked my car only to see that a very rude person had double parked, thus... Continue »
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Right after work yesterday afternoon, I felt like taking a short nap. After a hectic week at work, I guess I was fit to drop. My "short nap" turned out to be a deep, three-hour sleep. So, it was 7:00 pm when I got up and, having skipped lunch, I... Continue »
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Photo Credit On the stroke of January 6th, the "twelve days of Christmas" officially come to an end. This day takes on a special meaning in Greece and Cyprus. All over the world, the Greek orthodox observe the baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist, in the river Jordan.... Continue »
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Saint Stephen's Cathedral If you asked me to describe Vienna in one single word, I'd hesitate a lot. It's hard to find one word to describe the city where Europe's heart beats fast. Vienna is definitely a multi-faceted city: romantic, cultural, modern, musical, magical, surprising, light-hearted, tranquil, safe, peaceful, sophisticated,... Continue »