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A Rambling Writer Rerun: Greek Island Easter

Join me for memories of Easter celebration on a Greek island. NOTE: I’m revisiting memories of my first backpacking trip around Greece in 1981, including an Easter week stay at a remote village on the south coast of Crete. I have only a few photos remaining from that trip, so some here are from later trips

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The Peace of Amiens, or All Major Credit Cards Accepted

It’s 1802. Great Britain and France have been at war since 1793, when the brand new French republic went on the warpath as surrounding European kingdoms, hoping to nip this republic idea in the bud, sent troops to help restore the Bourbon monarchy. They failed despite various alliances and coalitions and, to everyone’s surprise, France

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A Rambling Writer Rerun: Crete, part 21: Sacred Symbols and Shrines

A last tour of the Iraklion Museum of Archaeology, with an eye on the artifacts of sacred symbols and shrines. NOTE: Of course, Thor and I had to make another trip to Greece, as he’s fallen as much in love with the islands as I am. This time, in addition to other island-hopping, I wanted

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A Rambling Writer Rerun: Crete, part 20: The Minoan Earth Goddess

Treasures in the Iraklion Museum of Archaeology illustrate the story of the ancient goddess of nature and fertility. NOTE: Of course, Thor and I had to make another trip to Greece, as he’s fallen as much in love with the islands as I am. This time, in addition to other island-hopping, I wanted to return

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A Rambling Writer Rerun: Crete, part 19: Minoan Burial Practices

Join Thor and me as we visit a Minoan cemetery and admire the painted larnakes — earthenware caskets — and grave offerings in museums on Crete. NOTE: Of course, Thor and I had to make another trip to Greece, as he’s fallen as much in love with the islands as I am. This time, in

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The Rambling Writer: Thor’s Minoan Fresco Reproductions

After our latest trip to Crete and other Greek islands, where Thor and I admired the restorations of beautiful Minoan frescoes, Thor decided to paint reproductions of some of our favorites. While I’ve been on a different kind of journey over the past six months, undergoing chemotherapy and radiation for a recurrence of my never-smoker

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