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Another Bite: Xinomavro Wine and a Recipe from Northern Greece – Shaking up our palates

Another Bite: Xinomavro Wine and a Recipe from Northern Greece – Shaking up our palates

“Another bite” is a series of occasional posts about food, presenting the delicious local products, tasty dishes and other gastronomic delights we encounter on our tours and cruises. Half a year ago, I first wrote about Greek wines and the wine tasting experiences that complement many of our land tours and cruises. At that time...
Rumeli Hisar? Fortress at Istanbul – A Castle and a City Between Two Worlds

Rumeli Hisar? Fortress at Istanbul – A Castle and a City Between Two Worlds

The Fortress of Rumeli Hisarı, located on the European shore of the Bosphorus and in the northernmost district of Istanbul, is a striking monument. Every year, hundreds of thousands of visitors to this great city follow the long-established tradition of taking a Bosphorus cruise and see the impressive castle from afar. Few of them realise...
Another bite: Braised Pork with Leeks – a traditional Greek savoury dish

Another bite: Braised Pork with Leeks – a traditional Greek savoury dish

“Another bite” is a series of occasional posts about food, presenting the delicious local products, tasty dishes and other gastronomic delights we encounter on our tours and cruises. Milder and sweeter than onions, leeks are a member of the same allium family, but have their own distinct and elegant flavour, making them a perfect accompaniment...
Another thing: A Thessaloniki tomb fresco and Early Christian funeral rites

Another thing: A Thessaloniki tomb fresco and Early Christian funeral rites

“Another thing” is a series of occasional posts, each presenting a particularly interesting, beautiful or unusual object on display at one of the museums or sites on our tours. A small barrel-vaulted space, lavishly painted with scenes of plants, animals and humans: the interior of a vaulted tomb from the 4 th century AD. It...
Karanlik Kilise (the Dark Church) in Göreme Open Air Museum, Cappadocia

Karanlik Kilise (the Dark Church) in Göreme Open Air Museum, Cappadocia

This is the 100th post on the Peter Sommer Travels Blog. At this stage, a little over three years after launching the project, we feel that we have found a way to use the blog as a regular forum for information, insights, thoughts and images(!) relevant to the fascinating history and culture of the areas...
Another Bite: Aegean oven-roasted aubergines with tomato and halloumi

Another Bite: Aegean oven-roasted aubergines with tomato and halloumi

“Another bite” is a series of occasional posts about food, presenting the delicious local products, tasty dishes and other gastronomic delights we encounter on our tours and cruises. Aubergine, or eggplant in American and Australian English, but also Melanzane (Italian), Melitzana (Greek) or Patlıcan (Turkish), is one of the most widely used and tasty ingredients...
Sailing to Byzantium - Patronage and the Chora Monastery in Constantinople

Sailing to Byzantium – Patronage and the Chora Monastery in Constantinople

Sailing to Byzantium is a celebrated poem by William Butler Yeats, describing the spiritual, mystical and inner world and thoughts of the famous Irish poet in regard to the apocalyptic end of life and eternity. Written in 1926, it was published in 1928, late in his life. Here, I would like to especially thank Paul...
Another bite: Greek Halva, an East Mediterranean flavour

Another bite: Greek Halva, an East Mediterranean flavour

“Another bite” is a series of occasional posts about food, presenting the delicious local products, tasty dishes and other gastronomic delights we encounter on our tours and cruises. Along the shores of the Eastern Mediterranean, from northern Africa and the southern Balkans eastwards to Lebanon and Syria, the desserts of each country contain more or...
Another thing: A Hellenistic pebble mosaic in Rhodes

Another thing: A Hellenistic pebble mosaic in Rhodes

“Another thing” is a series of occasional posts, each presenting a particularly interesting, beautiful or unusual object on display at one of the museums or sites on our tours. Later this year, it will be my first time to participate in Peter Sommer Travels’ two-week Cruising the Dodecanese, which will take us from the island...
Another Bite: Santorini Fava (yellow split pea purée)

Another Bite: Santorini Fava (yellow split pea purée)

“Another bite” is a series of occasional posts about food, presenting the delicious local products, tasty dishes and other gastronomic delights we encounter on our tours and cruises. After our recent posts on Assyrtiko wine and on tomatinia (cherry tomatoes), here’s our third instalment on the specialities of Santorini – our guests on Cruising to...
Another Bite: The famous Santorini Tomato and a recipe

Another Bite: The famous Santorini Tomato and a recipe

Another bite” is a series of occasional posts about food, presenting the delicious local products, tasty dishes and other gastronomic delights we encounter on our tours and cruises. I am posting this article while travelling on our Cruising to the Cyclades, at anchor in Santorini, perhaps the most famous of the Cycladic islands in Greece....
Another thing: A woman’s dowry - embroidery from Ottoman Greece

Another thing: A woman’s dowry – embroidery from Ottoman Greece

“Another thing” is a series of occasional posts, each presenting a particularly interesting, beautiful or unusual object on display at one of the museums or sites on our tours. This fascinating and colorful embroidery, an excellent illustration of one of the most important traditional Greek handicrafts, is exhibited on the first floor of the Benaki...