The Rambling Writer Returns to Crete, part 11: Knossos and Archaeological Treasures

Join Thor and me for an introduction to the reconstructed Minoan site of Knossos, with some peeks at related treasures in the Iraklion Museum of Archaeology. NOTE: Of course, Thor and I had to make another trip to Greece, as … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer Returns to Crete, part 10: The Road to Irakleio

Join Thor and me as a few kilometers of roads (with slight detours) takes us from ancient Minoan Phaestos to Roman Gortys to modern Irakleio. And images of my writing muse Ariadne, old and new. NOTE: Of course, Thor and I … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer Returns to Crete, Part 1: Rethymno

After 37 years, I return to this singular Greek island — virtually a country to itself in size and culture — and bring Thor along to meet “glorious Kriti.” I was a hippie backpacker in my twenties when I first … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer Explores More Greek Islands, Part 36: Touring Delos Residences

Join Thor and me as we start our tour of ancient Delos with the mazelike residential and theater quarter. NOTE: Since our recent trip to Greece to research more settings for my novel-in-progress, THE ARIADNE DISCONNECT, Thor and I knew … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer Explores More Greek Islands, Part 30: Naxos Museum, continued

After a break to explore the north end of the island, Thor and I return to finish our tour of the ancient riches in Naxos Town’s archaeological museum. NOTE: Since our recent trip to Greece to research more settings for … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer Explores More Greek Islands, Part 25: Naxos and the Ancient Portara

Join Thor and me as we arrive by ferry on Naxos, home of the god Dionysos and his mortal bride Ariadne. NOTE: Since our recent trip to Greece to research more settings for my novel-in-progress, THE ARIADNE DISCONNECT, Thor and … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer’s Reflections on Greece: Monsters and Mythical Creatures

The ancient Greeks populated their myths and tales with fantastical creatures. Join me for a sampling of images and monster stories from my recent visit in Greece.  The relief carving above, with a centaur and dragon/serpent involved in a battle, … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer’s Reflections on Greece: Inspiration for THE ARIADNE CONNECTION

A return visit to thoughts about my novelist research and inspiration in Greece. NOTE: My apologies, but due to a pulled muscle in my back (a bit too enthusiastic with gardening lately??), I must postpone the promised post of reflections … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer Returns to Greece, Part 29: Farewell to Greece– For Now

  Thor and I have enjoyed sharing our journey through the incredible landscapes, history, and mythology of Greece. To wrap up this blog series, here are some highlights in photos. NOTE: Since my 4-month backpacking trip around Greece too many … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer Returns to Greece, Part 25: The Two Faces of Dionysos

My fascination with the Greek god of ecstatic revelry, Dionysos, has only grown as I research and write more about my near-future healer Ariadne and her connection to ancient powers. After I visited the Korykeion Cave near Delphi, where the … Continue reading

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