All posts tagged: Greece

Stunning Andros Island

We have been in Greece for over two weeks now and have done some serious travelling so far. We are based in Perea, near Thessaloniki, where we rent a small apartment all year round. I am planning on writing a blog post on how this is possible, to have a holiday home in a warm, Mediterranean climate, without necessarily paying top pound for your holidays. But today, I will introduce you to the island of Andros, one of the beautiful Cycladic islands but less known than Mykonos, the over-touristy and loud one! Andros, with a rich history and known in the olden days as Micra Anglia(Little England), due to its cosmopolitan and cultured atmosphere, can easily be reached by ferry boat from the port of Rafina, in Athens. We had a pleasant, less than two hours ride and arrived here mid-morning. We had rented a car in Athens as we wanted to have flexibility of transportation in the capital so our ferry boat journey in, with the car and three passengers, was 82 euro. The …

Magic Moments: Our Halloween break in Greece

We were away for our Halloween break to Greece. Emma’s birthday is on the 6th of November and her grandparents and auntie were desperate to see her, especially since last summer they didn’t get the chance, and make memories with her. The trip was dedicated to Emma. I knew that it would be very taxing on me, emotionally and physically. As a bereaved parent, and so early on in the grieving process, I knew I would not enjoy much as the pain does follow, wherever we are. But I needed Emma to know she is loved and her life is celebrated and brings us joy, even more so after the loss of our precious baby boy. The relatives went to great lengths to make the trip magical for Emma. Especially her auntie, who lives on a small pension and has known grief as a child herself, having lost her father at a very young age. So Emma got to: – meet princess Maria and spend an hour of laughter and fun and magic tricks in …

Rejuvenation, reconnection and reflection time

There are three reasons I always look forward to our “time away” as a couple. The first is rejuvenation. We get time to sleep and awake according to our natural body clocks, time to enjoy a few meals uninterrupted and time to sunbathe without worrying about armbands, sunscreen and routines. We also get to reconnect with each other. We don’t get a lot of quality couple time at home because there is always work, computers and tantrums to get in the way. I especially treasure drives as a couple as I can speak to Alex about things that have been on my mind, about books I’ve read and we get the time to plan the future, short and long term… As an introvert I especially appreciate my reflection time during our breaks. This is for me precious time when I allow myself to switch off completely from worries,cares and miscellaneous. This is the time God uses to speak to me about the future, giving comfort, guidance and encouragement. During our last couple retreat my blog …

Sunshine, sunshine baby…

Okay, back home for a little while. We enjoyed our time away, seeing family we haven’t seen in absolute ages(meeting hubby’s second cousin’s new additions), eating fresh food, going out to the most exquisite restaurants in Thessaloniki(the best place to eat in Greece!) , choosing a house to live for the next year, reconnecting with dear friends I haven’t seen in five years or so…I am taking part in the Gallery this week and the theme is, so appropriately, sunshine. Here is a photo of a wee gem of a place, a small village called Galaxidi, not far from Patra. We had lunch and ice cream there on our way to Thessaloniki. Have a lovely weekend and bank holiday, enjoy the sunshine and the celebrations!

Posting from abroad

Okay, we did it again! Got on a plane with minimal fuss(and preparation) and went to see Papou and Giagia in Greece. There are adjacent reasons to the visit but I’ll share when there will be something to share. For now, we are here, doing paperwork by day and passionately debating(as concerns hubby)/begrudgingly avoiding(as concerns me) politics at night. And eating LOADS in between. Everything that’s fresh, everything that’s tasty, everything that’s smelling nice finds its way into our mouths.Both hubby and I were raised in warm countries where the fruit and veggies you eat come no further than 20 kilometers away and are always ripe and juicy and ready to be eaten. We have missed that more than we want to admit even to ourselves and we are making up for it now and teaching our daughter to do the same. Anyway, I wanted to do another thing in my post today. I have been nominated for the  ‘Versatile Blogger Award’ (http://versatilebloggeraward.wordpress.com/) and I would like to return the favour, thanks Iva and nominate …