Minoan Dreams

Knossos, Crete. September 7, 2014. Extinct bulls, naked youth, mythological beasts . . . the stuff of Minoan dreams. Extinct bulls, naked youth, and mythological beasts are the shadowy figures in the Minoan dreams of reconstructed Knossos, here in Crete, where the Aegean ends and the Mediterranean begins. For all the power of its story at the genesis of Minoan dreams, the archeological site of Knossos is modest in so many ways. It’s approached via a simple municipal bus from the Cretan port town of Heraklion, a short…

Travel Coincidences

Coincidences tumble one after another in Guanajuato and beyond.   It was no coincidence that my wife Chris and I were on the bus, grinding up the mountains and across the broad, 6000 foot high plateau from Mexico City, bound for Guanajuato, the place of silver and mummies and disappearing roads. We were happy to be going back, but we were going for just one reason which started years before.   It started as my business was finishing up a long season of tough jobs; I would be…

cheese and sausage ooo la la

Wheels of Cheese and Sausages on the Street Annecy’s market is a reminder of the humble beginnings of great food.   I sometimes hear people speak in an authoritive tone on how rich, refined or even overwrought French cooking is. Of course, it isn’t. Any market spread out along the cobblestoned street is a reminder of the humble beginnings of great food, and Annecy, France, serves up a fine one.