Now that the weather has started to improve, I'm taking more walks along the sea. For as long as I've been here I still can't get enough of the sunsets that we have in Greece. Now, my children are in love with sunsets too. If I'm busy and there's a gorgeous sunset, Izabella will make me stop what I'm doing and join her on the balcony to stand together in silence as we take photos and witness the magical colors as they disappear beyond Mt. Olympus.
Our neighbor's cat recently had kittens and as you might imagine, the kids love to spend time with them. Here are a few cute shots of an evening with the kittens as they begin explore the world around them.
The winds have changed and the temperature is bearable which means that summer is coming to a close. Although, I refuse to admit that it's almost over because I don't think I've had enough. It's never enough. I hear friends and neighbors wishing one another "Καλό φθινόπωρο" (Good Autumn) and I refuse to accept that another beautiful summer is near its end. I took this photo just a little over one week ago and it was comfortable to be sitting on the beach after the sun had set. As much as I love autumn, I'm hoping for another short heat wave.
This summer has been so beautiful and memorable. Having a friend visit from home has given me the chance to share what I love most about living in Greece and also, the chance to explore places I've never been to. One of those places I'd never been to before this summer is Pella. This is a photo that I took as the sun was setting beyond Pella. There's a little lens flare here, but this is one of my favorite photos from our evening at Pella... it reminds me of how magical the site is.
Just a quick hello from the dog days of summer. It's been hot, but yet so lovely. The sea is beautiful and it hasn't rained in weeks. Had some friends from the U.S. stay with us for one month, we traveled, ate and laughed over drinks. Wishing that all of you enjoy the rest of summer!
Easter is almost here and we've been very busy enjoying spring and preparing for the holiday.I'm posting a few photos to share some of what we've been doing with all of you.
Alexandra picked wild flowers when we visited the archaeological site, Dion.
You can see her "Martis" bracelet. The bracelet is made of red and white thread symbolizing a white complexion with rosy cheeks. The superstition is that children wear these bracelets so that the sun of early spring doesn't burn their cheeks.
Alexandra's wild flowers.
Some Easter Candles(Lambathes) on display.
One of my oldest and dearest friends, Brian, came to visit and was impressed by all of the lamb he saw in the Kapani Market downtown.
Alexandra enjoys a koulouri while shopping.
We always get koulouri when we go downtown.
A little Easter shopping downtown.
Yia Yia visited and made stefania(wreaths) out of spring wild flowers for the kids. It's traditional to hang them on the front door of your home. We have one on all three doors of our right now- one for each child.
Foti coloring Easter eggs.
My lilacs are ready to blossom.
The white lilacs seem to be a little bit ahead of the purple ones.
The kithonia(quince) blossoms are just about ready to open. This is one of my favorite blossoms.
My friend Connie made tsoureki and gave some to us. Very delicious!
This is the ultimate tsoureki made by Thia Nitsa. We look forward to this every year.
We'll be hosting dinner at our house this year, I have a little more shopping to do and a lot of cooking ahead.
I'd like to wish everyone celebrating this weekend a very Happy Easter !
I've been married to my Greek husband for 22 years and we have 3 children ages 9 & under. Four years ago, we moved to Greece and I started this blog so that my family & friends at home could keep up with what we're doing. Remarkably, this blog has taken a life of its own and I've come to know some pretty amazing people so it's more than just a blog about my family, it's about sharing my experience with anyone that's interested in my frequent musings & photographs. Enjoy! :)