The Acropolis of Athens contains the remains of several ancient buildings with the Parthenon the most well-known.  The word ‘acropolis” means (my own free translation) “edge or extremity of the city”.   There are many other acropoleis in Greece, but the one in Athens is the most well-known and in general is juts referred to as “The Acropolis”.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Express Yourself

One of my hobbies is paper crafts, or to be more specific, card making.

The custom of sending a greeting card can be traced back to the Chinese.  They exchanged messages during the Chinese New Year, and to the Egyptians who used papyrus for their greetings.  Handmade paper cards started to develop in the 15th century in Europe.  The Germans most probably were the first group to use woodcuts to exchange greetings.  Handmade paper Valentines date back to the mid-15th century.  By the mid 1800’s the exclusively handmade paper card was replaced by more printed cards.  The first Christmas greeting card can be traced back to as 1843 when Sir Henry Cole asked an artist to design a holiday greeting card to friends and acquaintances.  And from here, it has grown into a huge industry today, with a card for every occasion!

I started making cards a few years; it is such a fun hobby!  And one that you can see your handy work quite quickly!  And a quirky way in which to express oneself!

Vegetarian chili

We found this recipe on the BBC Food site.  It is delicious and worth a try.  I changed the recipe a little and cooked it at a more gentle heat!  Ideal for the cold weather that we have at the moment!


175 green lentils (I replaced this with a tin of brown lentils)

30 ml olive oil

1 large onion, chopped finely

2 garlic cloves, crushed

5 ml chili powder (the recipe indicated 10 ml, but I was scared that his would be too spicy; 5 ml added a nice bite)

5 ml ground cumin

5 ml paprika powder

(Optional: 10 ml Wild Garlic mix – available from Oil & Vinegar; this is delicious and I used it quite often in cooking)

1 red and 1 green pepper, seeded and chopped

2 carrots, peeled and chopped

1 tin (400 gm) of chopped tomatoes (the recipe indicated 2, but I found that one was enough)

15 ml tomato puree

300 ml vegetable stock

100 gm frozen peas

175 gm mushrooms, quartered

Salt and pepper to taste

1 tin kidney beans

  • You can use dried lentils and beans which require soaking and a little longer cooking time. I found the tinned products worked very well.


  1. Fry the onion and garlic in the oil until soft. Add the cumin and chili powder.
  2. Add the peppers and carrots; cook for 10 min over medium heat.
  3. Add the mushrooms. Cook until soft.  Take care not to cook it too long and for the mushrooms to disintegrate.
  4. Add the tomatoes, puree, stock and peas. Cook for 15 min over a medium heat.
  5. Add the tinned lentils and beans. Mix gently and cook for 10 min.
  6. Serve with rice!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Serenity

I have the privilege to travel far and wide and it sometimes can be a struggle to find a place where one can be quiet and reflect!

Mont Saint-Michel, the island in Normandy, located approximately one km from the mainland was such a place.  Although, I must hasten to add, not during the day!  The island has a permanent population of 44 at the moment, but with about 50 shops catering for the 3 million tourists that visit the island on a yearly basis, it is incredibly busy during the day!

But with the departure of the last tourists back to their buses, resulting in a fairly small number remaining overnight on the island, a state of serenity comes over the island!  And nowhere is this more tangible than to watch the sunset from the beach!