Greece Travel
Amorgos Chora, a Cycladic island's "capital village"

Amorgos Chora, a Cycladic island’s “capital village”

A few weeks ago, I showed my guests on “Cruising to the Cyclades” around Amorgos Chora, one of the most beautiful traditional settlements in the Cyclades. I do so every year, but our visit was especially memorable because it was the first time we had the opportunity to show a group around in September. Our...
Another bite: stifado - Greek stew of beef, onions and spices

Another bite: stifado – Greek stew of beef, onions and spices

It’s been a while since we’ve given you a recipe. To make up for it, here’s a classic version of stifado, one of the most emblematic dishes in all of Greek cuisine – and one that is now rarely found well-made, although it is really not difficult. Stifado is a succulent slow-cooked stew of meat...
Another thing: a game of glass and iron - the Derveni Game Board in Thessaloniki

Another thing: a game of glass and iron – the Derveni Game Board in Thessaloniki

“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. What are we showing you this time? Can you guess what this is? At face value, it is just a collection of rather unprepossessing items: four...
On the Beauty of Cruising by Gulet

On the Beauty of Cruising by Gulet

Tis time to sail – the swallow’s note is heard, Who chattering down the soft west wind is come, The fields are all aflower, the waves are dumb Which erst the winnowing blast of winter stirred. Maybe it’s a little too early in the year for this sentiment? The poem is by a fairly obscure...
Another thing: a lot of things - Minoan pots from Phaistos

Another thing: a lot of things – Minoan pots from Phaistos

“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 lot of pots! Surely, you may think, this post is not going to describe all of them? Too much pottery! Not to worry, I am...
Some Early Christian and Byzantine Nativities

Some Early Christian and Byzantine Nativities

Another year has nearly run its course and once again the winter celebrations of various denominations and articulations have begun (or summer ones, for those of you in the Southern Hemisphere). Like every year, I am stealing a little time on (or near) Christmas Day to reflect on some aspect of that context and perhaps...
The Perils of Online Reviews of Archaeological Sites and Museums, Part 2: more peril

The Perils of Online Reviews of Archaeological Sites and Museums, Part 2: more peril

Last year, I posted on the Perils of Online Site Reviews for the first time. The post was triggered by my then-recent discovery that the website used globally by more or less all of us to assess hotels and restaurants at the places we travel to also covers “attractions”. My – admittedly somewhat morbid –...
Travel Brochure 2016

Travel Brochure 2016

Is it already November? It is indeed – at Peter Sommer Travels, we are looking back upon a very busy 2015 season, and forward to what 2016 will bring to us. The brochure for next year has left the printers two weeks ago already (earlier than ever) and is now in the process of reaching...
Another thing: losing my religion - a cross from the Parthenon

Another thing: losing my religion – a cross from the Parthenon

“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. Today’s thing is a very straightforward one at first sight. A marble slab, over a metre (or about 4ft) in height, carved to show a simple...
How we gain from ancient loss - 7 examples from our tours

How we gain from ancient loss – 7 examples from our tours

On our tours and cruises in Turkey, Greece and Italy, we tell you many stories about the past. Based on rocks and walls and artefacts, these stories are nevertheless always about people. That’s the essence of archaeology: it is the study of past societies and people on the basis of their physical remains, namely the...
Flora: a gallery of trees and flowers

Flora: a gallery of trees and flowers

It’s time for a gallery of beautiful and relaxing images – of trees and flowers. With the 2015 travel season just over and the new brochure for 2016 just having gone to be printed and posted (this will be the subject of another post), I’ve been sorting through photographs from this year’s trips. Of course,...
Another thing: Nymphs vs Litter Laws - inscription from Kos

Another thing: Nymphs vs Litter Laws – inscription from Kos

“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 stone slab with some funny letters on it. Typical archaeological museum stuff, presumably what they use to fill space when they have nothing more interesting...