Saturday, 18 October 2014


More than an island, Crete invites you to walk from its high snow-covered White mountains to the edge of the sunny and blue Libyan sea. Creta has everything: Tranquil blue sea, mysterious caves and traces of the past, including those of the Minoan civilization, stately Roman remains and frescoed Byzantine churches, spectacular orchids, aromatic plants, extended olive groves, and places like the Lasithi Plateau and the majestic Samaria Gorge National Park with the unique and amazing geology, picturesque villages, historic cities, architectural monuments since Venetian and Turkish conquerors, fabulous local gastronomy …Crete has it all. 


Urginea maritima

Origanum Onites - Origanum Sauvages (Wild)

Psarantonis - Lyre player

Thymus Capitatus - Wild Thyme

Ant carrying dried marjoram flower

Bulb of Urginea Maritima

Origanum Microphyllum

Wild Thyme  - now safe and sound in my kitchen in Riyadh and still releasing its fragrance when I open my stroller.

One ledge too narrow

Tsikoudia  (Raki)

Raki in the battle against wrinkles! 

It can become the basis of a mask, especially beneficial for the skin

Raki, the famous Cretan drink, accompanying appetizers and good company, seems to beneficially affect and a cure against wrinkles. Mixed with myrtle flowers, experts say, it can create a mask that combats the signs of aging and leaves the skin smooth and clean.

What you'll need:
-2 handfuls of myrtle
-A clay jug with raki

How to:
-Ground the flowers of myrtle in a mortar
-Put inside the jug with raki
-Leave the mixture for 7-8 days until it becomes a concentrated juice and put it in a clean container
-This oily juice creates the perfect solution to get rid of wrinkles in a natural way and get a smooth and glowing skin
-At least once a day apply it with a little cotton ball slightly all over your face. Then wash and you are ready!

Friday, 17 October 2014

GREECE - 3rd time lucky

Third time Athens

Diodos. Fried Courgettes. Retsina.


nothing has changed

Syntagma Square. Galatopita. Coffee.


Still good as ever

First time Crete...

give me a moment, please.

The best meal I've had in years.

The location of this restaurant is our little secret.    It is tucked away in the city of Chania, behind the Venetian Port.    You want to know where it is?   Buy me a house in Crete.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Home, coming or going?

Living spread-eagled across two continents has its 




all wrapped up in one.

But where is home?  Where there's water?

or where there's a homefire burning with friends and family?

or where the mountains are?

or in the desert?

or where you work?

or where the house of your dreams is?

I think,
home is where the heart is, filled with gratitude, for
 this moment.

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