Workshops at Free and Real – Nutrition

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One of the things I was looking forward to most about coming to Free and Real were the regular workshops that they organise. It worked out perfectly because I would be able to attend three workshops during my six week stay in Evia: nutrition; mushrooms and funghi; and soap making. The first workshop was on […]

Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference 2013


Unlike 2011 and 2012, this year’s Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC) would be held outside of North America. The venue was Nairobi, Kenya – the country in which the concept of ecotourism was born over twenty years ago. I had never been to Africa before and was especially excited about discovering a totally new […]

Making bread

Walnut bread

We both love homemade jams and bread and have been experimenting with our own recently in Freiburg – check out our walnut and raisin loaf: Not bad, hey? There’s nothing better than a homemade breakfast – it all somehow tastes so much simpler and better.

A weekend in Whitstable


For this short post I decided to let the photos speak for themselves. Enjoy!

Mourning in the mountains

Moni Kleiston

Easter is by far the most important religious festival in the Greek Orthodox calender. Unlike western branches of Christianity, which follow the Gregorian calender, introduced by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582, the Greek Orthodox church follows the Julian calender, developed by Julius Caeser way back in 46 BC. Why am I telling you this? Well because it […]

Back in Greece

Sea Bream Lunch

After a few months away from the country, Vicky and I recently flew back to Greece, primarily to celebrate Easter, but also to investigate potential sites for our ecolodge, make new contacts and enjoy the fantastic weather (we left Frankfurt in the rain and arrived in Athens in glorious sunshine) and food. Now, if you […]

À la ferme

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Spending the weekend in the Wormsa valley was so cool – we were less than 80 km from home but it was so relaxed and remote and fascinating that it felt like a real holiday. Reading and napping in the sun on the grassy slope between our cabin and the river, hiking past waterfalls and […]

Leaving Las Vegas (Hoover Dam and Lake Mead!)


After a long sleepless night driving around sort of dazzled by the Vegas bling, we urgently needed some relatively healthy comfort food… but everything in the city seemed somehow very unappetizing, so we decided to do as our trusty lonely planet guide suggested and take a detour to try out a restaurant some 30 km out of […]

What happens in Vegas


After a day spent mostly on the beach (and also stocking up on camping supplies at REI – greatest outdoor shop ever, by the way), we left LA behind and headed inland – we wanted to drive all the way to the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley, but that is precisely 1000 km (well actually precisely […]