Last year I had the pleasure of meeting fellow blogger Özlem, her parents and her two children. We had bonded over the Internet on all matters culinary and it was great to find that we had lots in common when archaeology, classics and a dog were added to the mix. We were both pushed for time so we didn't get to chat for long but a wish for 2016 is a chance to meet up again to show her family some of the more obscure ancient sites around Bodrum and sit down over a plateful of meze.
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A plastic bag, camera and sun cream, there's a notebook in there too somewhere. My souvenir of a June day on a Greek beach - I say a day, but it was for just 4 hours that I took a break from my catering commitments and jumped on a day-boat and lazed on a beach. Hopefully 2016 will be a year of taking more breaks when working and seeing more of Greece.
And the BIG one. A terrace full of good friends, some of whom have been partying under these trees for 25 years. This Autumn photo records us all celebrating my daughter's engagement. Next October we'll be hiring tables, filling bags with petal confetti, donning glad rags and watching the young couple exchange vows. We aim to make it a party to remember.