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In Messinia, the southwestern part of the Peloponnese, I found the spirit of Tuscany in Greece. Specifically at Costa Navarino. It’s not just the curvaceous rolling hills or cypress trees lining the roads. Nor is it only the vineyards that cover patches of green land with olive groves that seemed to fill the rest. It was also […]

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On the 65th day of August we sat in a candlelit cellar that served as a winery cave 400 years earlier and tasted a flight of wines from grapes cultivated out of volcanic soil. Any calendar might have indicated it was early October but on that arid Greek island the summer heat lingered far longer. […]

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It was 5:45AM when the doorbell buzzed. Breakfast arrived in the predawn darkness along with the soft clanging of plates under silver domes. The strapatsada, Greek scrambled eggs with tomatoes and feta, still warm and bougatsa pies flaky. Alison and I both reached for coffee first and after taking a few photos settled in our front row seats for a quiet […]

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  • Beautiful writing and photography.ReplyCancel

  • Love this post Jo, and I agree I’m fascinated by the background to the food too.ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      It was such a special experience seeing how the food is made and what it means to them 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Oh my days, that Octopus! In fact it’s all bloody stunning 🙂ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      That octopus was so spot on, I’m tempted to ask for the recipe! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • I stumbled over this post and I’m so pleased. Kritsa is home to me for several months per year and I know Elounda and Plaka well.

    I’ve not seen inside the Blue Palace, a world away from my back street, village house in Kritsa, so it was good to see it through your eyes.

    If you ever return, and would like to see more of the area, I’d be pleased to show you around. Of course, I’d tell you the true story of Kritsotopoula, Girl of Kritsa, the female who fought ruling Turks disguised as a young man. XReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      So glad you like the piece Yvonne and thank you for the offer! I do hope I’ll have the opportunity to visit Kritsa again.ReplyCancel

  • Really enjoyed reading this Jo and wonderful pics. Do please ask for that octopus recipe! With my local fish box scheme Faircatch, I am on a mission to get my neighbourhood in SW London eating a more sustainable variety of species landed from our own in-shore waters, so would love to feature that recipe in my newsletter 🙂ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Thanks Guy! I will keep you posted on how I fare 🙂ReplyCancel

There I was standing on the ancient grounds of the Acropolis, a mortal mingling in the land of gods. It was October and I was in Greece on assignment with The Luxury Collection to photograph their hotels’ culinary offerings, and in part to experience the country’s cuisine and cooking traditions. Twelve days. Five destinations. Seven […]

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There is one week out of the year that I love the most. It’s usually August, I’m likely barefoot and most certainly my family and I are at a lake house in Maine. The grill worked overtime cooking up marinated steak tips, pork chops and chicken wings while one of us hightailed it over to a lobster shack […]

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  • What a gorgeous, gorgeous film, Jo! I don’t even know much about photography so the idea of video scares me. But I may check out the course you mentioned. Was the video on your phone or with a DSLR or other?ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Thanks Kellie! I shot it mostly with my dSLR but included a few clips from phone as well. ReplyCancel

  • I love the video!! You did such a great job. Next step: vlogging 😉ReplyCancel

  • Barefoot holidays are the best – I spend two weeks at Christmas in NZ only putting on shoes for shopping trips longer than an hour. True story.
    I loved thus vlog, it shared the mood beautifully!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      They are! I feel like barefoot automatically means relaxed 🙂ReplyCancel

Whenever I round the corner from my flat and look up an inevitable happy sigh escapes me. There, looming tall and sandwiched between King’s Cross Station and the British Library, is the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in the midst of red double deckers and black cabs pacing past. It’s the first building in London that has ever […]

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  • Gorgeous shots Jo – and thank you for the lovely history lesson 🙂 The Gilbert Scott is the perfect place to go for a drink after a civil wedding at the city hall across the street (which happens to be where Sting was married…) xxReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      It IS the perfect place for a drink, I can’t believe it took me so long to go in! ReplyCancel

  • This is shot beautifully Jo! I love the history behind the hotel but my favourite fact is that the Spice Girl uses the stairs in the Wannabe video 😉ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Thanks Angie, I love that we share the same appreciation for hotels 🙂ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Truly! Imagine living there …ReplyCancel

The promise of flamingos and oysters enticed me to visit Oualidia, a coastal village in Morocco that is as laid back as Marrakech souks are bustling with wares. I was in the midst of a longstanding seafood phase when the invitation came in to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of La Sultana, a 12 room luxury boutique hotel, […]

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  • It looks incredible and I love that fact that the hotel is so small and intimateReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      The serene lagoon setting and beautiful hotel made it the perfect 3 day getaway! ReplyCancel

  • Best post title ever and love your photos, as always.ReplyCancel

  • Forget about flamingos, I would visit just for the tree suite, hammam and infinity pool!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      There is definitely no losing at La Sultana 😉ReplyCancel

  • Wow, it looks like such an amazing place to visit! What a peaceful setting.ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      It makes for the perfect getaway, particularly for seafood lovers 🙂ReplyCancel

  • […] a few silver linings. It has been quite a year of culinary travels: Macedonia, Venice, New Zealand, Morocco and Greece to name a few. I’ve learned to not fear making films and now actually enjoy it. […]ReplyCancel

  • […] of monkey with a rainbow coloured bottom and nose.  I was fascinated to no end. And after my failed flamingo sighting in Morocco I took solace in seeing the different shades of pink birds in […]ReplyCancel