Six word Saturday


What do you do for fun?

My idea of fun is creating interesting travel-related blog posts. (well, trying to!)  It’s bordering on the obsessive some days but it’s all that’s kept me sane while I’ve waited (and waited) for warmer days to arrive.  Some of you may know that I’ve been taking a trip back in time and reliving the past in “A tale or two : my Greek Odyssey”.

In those days I used to keep a diary on the back of my postcard collection.  It served two purposes : preserving the memories, and providing a few reliable photos in case the holiday snaps weren’t up to much.  While I’ve been writing this series I’ve had to dig out the postcards to check a few facts. (the holidays were 20+ years ago)  I thought that this Saturday I might share a few with you.

The island of Zakynthos (Zante)

The island of Zakynthos (Zante)

Neos Marmaras in Halkidiki

Neos Marmaras in Halkidiki

Time for an ouzo- speaks for itself really

Time for an ouzo- speaks for itself really

Mandraki harbour on Rhodes

Mandraki harbour on Rhodes

The beautiful island of Symi, near Rhodes

The beautiful island of Symi, near Rhodes

A slightly too rosey Rhodes Town, but I like it

A slightly too rosey Rhodes Town, but I like it!

I love maps too! Bizarre for someone who excels in getting lost

I love maps!  Bizarre for someone who excels in getting lost

The Melissani Lake on Kephalonia

Last but not least, Melissani Lake on Kephalonia

The last postcard is the only one I’ve shared already.  Mostly our photographs were good enough, but on the lake we were too busy just looking, in awe.  Hope you enjoyed these.  Trigger any memories?

If you’re interested in the series at all, click on the Categories box in my sidebar and you will get a dropdown menu. Select “A tale or two : my Greek Odyssey” and it’ll take you there.  Wordpress is clever sometimes, isn’t it?  Meantime, let’s go and see Cate at Show My Face and see how she’s feeling this week.



  1. i used to collect postcards but Im not sure they have survived!Such a good idea to keep memories that way and I do so love to collect memories!Oh and round here the weather has taken a turn for the worse!Where is that warm spell we were promised!

  2. I’ve only been to Greece once when I was 17. I would really love to go again.
    Your postcards are so lovely I’m sure if I showed them to Mr F he’d also want to plan a trip…

  3. What a fabulous idea to write a diary on the back of your postcards, now if only I’d thought of that in the days when I collected postcards 🙄

      1. I must have a real personality attraction to water. Maybe I have a lot in common with that small boy!
        I travelled along the southern coast of Turkey and we sailed out amongst the islands where the water was a lovely colour too. I would like to write a post about it, but my photos are dismal. I did not get any postcards either. Perhaps I should just post with the photos I have.

  4. I love all these old postcards Jo! I still have my 30 travel journals I wrote from age 20-32. Sometimes I go back and read them for fun and it takes me right back in time. Memories are so powerful!

      1. I was lucky that my parents loved to travel so we would hit the road often in our station wagon and drove all across the country. I actually didn’t start my diaries until university and a lot was about life and figuring everything out. THen once I studied abroad, I wrote mostly about traveling. I stopped writing after the birth of my second child as I felt there wasn’t much more to write about except changing diapers and lack of sleep! Now I’ve got my blog! 🙂

  5. Jo, I love the postcards! We are obviously like-minded because I’ve kept a collection too. And we recently discovered all the postcards we sent James’ mother for a bazillion years. Talk about a great walk down memory lane. Thanks for my first smile of the day. ~Terri

    1. Happy you enjoyed them! I used to keep those that were sent to me as well, but I jettisoned most. Not the same if they’re not your own memories. I don’t receive many these days.

  6. Good post. It seems we think alike. I used to buy postcards in case the photos were disappointing and I still do it even though these days I can instantly check the digital image.

  7. My collection of Greek postcards and my diary from those days have disappeared in one of our many moves, so I thank you for giving me these splendid reminders.

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