S: Greece 2009
BC: Octopi by Russell Gilbert Adventure is worthwhile. - Amelia Earhart Without this adventure, I would not have heard Kevin telling me that he was having a great time. Without this adventure, I would have missed out on Kyria Niki's stories about Yiayia Victoria. Without this adventure, we would have missed making friends with Bev and Russell and all the other people/events in between.....Yes Amelia, adventure is worthwhile.
FC: Greece 2009
1: Here is to the spirit of adventure!
2: Soaring through the clouds, Kevin & I keep moving forward...
3: ....and there she is.... | Greece!
4: The goal is to reach the Acropolis. We had a 3 hour layover in Athens & I wanted my photos of Kevin & Penny at the Parthenon. | Through planes, trains, buses and walking up the steep hill.... we made it!
6: Truly GRAND
7: Even with slipping on the rocks - Kevin made it!
8: Just look at the detail.
9: Surrounding views
11: Front and back views from the apartment at Kallonis Bay. The mountains are in the front and the bay is in the back by the pool.
12: The Monastery of Limonos The main church was established in 1526.
13: St. Ignatios was the founder of the monastery.. | A fountain of Holy Water
14: Icons date back to the 16th and 17th centuries.
15: Kevin just loved the resident peacock.
16: Little chapels line the periphery of the monastery.
17: Views on the road to Mithimna.
18: "I'm tired from walking." Well Kevin, there is an alternative......
19: The Byzantine-Genoese castle in Mithimna (Molivos)
20: The guys reach the inside of the castle..
21: If you wanted to shoot an arrow, you did it through these holes.
22: Views from the castle.
24: Down in Mithimna
25: Viewing the sunset in Petra
27: The neighborhood kittens and Kevin's favorite dog, Chadiaris.
28: This Church was dedicated to the Archangels Michael and Gabriel. | Ag. Taxiarchis Monastery in Mantamados
29: This Icon was made by the only monk that survived the Turkish slaughter. He used mud and the blood of the fallen monks to make this icon. People pilgrimage here to ask for healings.
31: The inside of the church was so ornate and beautiful. The painted columns made me wonder what the Parthenon would have looked like painted.
32: We took a donkey trek to the beach in Eftalou. This is our donkey, Olga and she LOVED the white, wild flowers. She would race ahead of the pack to snack, get to the end of the group and then race ahead to eat more flowers.
33: The group of donkeys that took our group to the beach.
34: After riding the donkeys to the beach in Eftalou, we enjoyed watching the sunset over wine & barbecue. Everyone in the group was friendly and I enjoyed meeting the folks from Britain and Russell & Bev from Holland.
36: Sunset in Eftalou
37: Russell's picture of Kevin at the beach in Eftalou. Kevin thought the stone mass looked like Abraham Lincoln. Kevin also found "ancient" pottery on the beach (along with a few rocks).
39: The petrified forest. You walk the mountainside to view the petrified trees. The variety of red and green colors veined in the petrified trees was most impressive. Never was able to learn whether the color indicated the type of tree, or whether it resulted from the lava and ash.
41: more trees
42: The above rock is actually a piece of tree from Antarctica. This proves that there was life there millions of years ago. It wasn't always covered in ice. The side picture is a fossilized fern. | ROCKS
43: The petrified forest museum is in Sigri where we were lucky enough to partake in a tour from the director. This is Sigri's harbor..
44: The village of Eressos. This is where our father's side of the family is from.
45: The preschoolers painted this wall.. | Views from Eressos | Views of Eressos
46: This was Yiayia Victoria's house in Eressos. The house is behind a bakery in the village. Kevin is holding her picture where she is holding my baby picture (the picture on the next page)
48: The turtle ponds in Skala Eressos
49: Skala Eressos
50: Statues of Sappho
51: Kevin found another friend on the beach. | These statues were part of the beach in Skala Eressos
52: I have been accused of being prejudice but Skala Eressos is the prettiest beach on the island.
56: The Village of Apothika
57: On the walk to the castle in Mytilini,
58: The castle was rebuilt during the 14th century by Francesco Gattelusi.
59: Inside the catacombs. | Some of the older construction dates from the 6th century,
60: The Medrese (a Muslim seminary)
61: The Church of St John the Baptist - Kule Camii
63: Kevin with Spyros' parents.
64: Kyria Niki and Kyrios Kostas
65: What a great family!