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Monday, January 31, 2005

Subject: Re: Do you know any lovely little hotels or guesthouses in Greece?

Skiathos September 2004 Posted by Hello

I received an email from Mike, I have hiked with him here in Greece.

The reason I'm writing is that I'm compiling a guidebook to 'Special Places to Stay' in Greece and I wondered if you had any suggestions. They must be small hotels, guesthouses or villas (<30 rooms), owner-run (i.e. not part of a chain), friendly, and very special in terms of decor and/or location I've scoured lots of guidebooks and websites, but still short on places in the Dodecanese islands, Samos, Mytilene, Lefkada and northern mainland. But suggestions anywhere are welcome.

Reply to Mike
Have you seen that book GREAT SMALL HOTELS IN GREECE
I found a great place in Skiathos run by a German couple, its not near the sea but heavenly peaceful place.
And they have an organic garden too where u can ask for the freshiest tomato
I will get back to you.,
PS am moving to ...... (the country we are moving to)

Thanks S....., I have seen that book, which is excellent
I would be grateful for the name of the Skiathos place.
Why N.........??
Best wishes,

Sunday, January 30, 2005

"A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness."Elsa Schiaparelli (1890-1973) Shocking Life

I must have married a sorcerer!

If a good cook is a like a sorceress then I must have been married to one or we happen to bewitch each other with our experimentations....My agapi is cruising between St Maarten & St Barts (Anguilla & St Barthelemy) & whipping the finest cuisine aboard M/Y One More Toy. I am eagerly waiting for his promised email with the menu details and if he had time hopefully some photos.

Saturday, January 29, 2005

the prickly sea urchin- archinoos sept 2004 skiathos

I never had sea urchin in my life, whenever I am in South of France, I just look at it with sheer curiosity.The thought d oursin, the prickly sea urchin just doesnt entice me to try it.
But one day as we were snorkelling in one of the most beautiful cove we discovered in Skiathos, a greek couple joined us.
They were obviously not there to sunbathe or to idle their time. I took my fins and snorkel, wondering what they were up too... it didnt take long that I realized they were "harvesting" sea urchins that have settled well on the rocky cove.

We saw them devouring each urchin and how carefully they cut it into half. After a while I passed them when I went to snorkel once again, but as soon I came out they invited us to share their bounty.We scooped orange roe with our fingers. It was fishy sweet taste...I think its a matter of getting used to the taste!