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Ziros and Xerokampos (Eastern Crete)

Ziros and Xerokampos (Eastern Crete)

Posted by on Oct 3, 2019 in Greece Travel Diary, Learning to be Greek

PhotoMan and I continue to explore Crete our island (yes it’s ours!) and when we had a free weekend in August, we decided to visit the beaches at Xerokampos (or Xerokambos) which is in the south east corner of Crete. We stayed at a village called Ziros which is about half an hour’s drive from […]

My long journey to Ithaca

My long journey to Ithaca

Thanks to my husband, my mother-in-law and her long line of ancestors, I finally made it to Ithaca. The first time I traveled to Greece was in the summer of 1996. During the planning of our first trip to Europe, my travel companion asked me, amongst the Greek islands that were mentioned in her travel […]

Agios Pavlos and the Sandhill beaches (Crete)

Agios Pavlos and the Sandhill beaches (Crete)

Posted by on Aug 29, 2019 in Greece Travel Diary, Learning to be Greek

My friends and family who visited Crete all found the size of this island a bit overwhelming. I feel the same! The word ‘island’ describes Crete accurately but in truth, Crete is like a whole country. PhotoMan (my husband) and I are determined to explore our island as much as we can. It was our […]

Wedding Rings, Dress, Flowers and Foot

Wedding Rings, Dress, Flowers and Foot

Posted by on Oct 19, 2018 in Learning to be Greek, Random Thoughts

Recently my husband and I got married again. A lot of Greek people thought we weren’t really married until we were blessed by the church. They do respect other people’s custom but when it involves men with Greek blood, their own rules apply and it’s often easier to comply with their traditions. My Husband and […]

Apokries – the Fun Bits and the Why Not Bits

Apokries – the Fun Bits and the Why Not Bits

Posted by on Mar 19, 2018 in Greece Travel Diary, Learning to be Greek

I named one of my Facebook pages Learning to be Greek because a lot of Greek culture and traditions are still a mystery to me. A fine example is Apokries. The first time my husband told me about Apokries was when we came across people dressing up in costumes on the street, when we first […]

Meteora – Nice and Easy Perfect Journey

Meteora – Nice and Easy Perfect Journey

Posted by on Mar 10, 2018 in Greece Travel Diary, Learning to be Greek

(Please scroll down if you just want some information for your Meteora visit.) After Agent Q* booked her tickets to Greece, we had to decide where we would go for her three-week holidays. I was hoping to do the bare minimum in Athens and then keep her in Crete where I’m currently living so that […]

Perfect Attendance

Perfect Attendance

Posted by on Feb 27, 2018 in Learning to be Greek, Random Thoughts

Today I went to yoga class with a heavy heart. I’ve been going to the same yoga class every Tuesday and Friday morning and I love it. The teacher is nice and so are my classmates. It is more than an exercise class for me. It’s like a social gathering with people who share my […]

Santorini – What to Expect

Santorini – What to Expect

Why Santorini? So you’ve seen pictures of a little island with white houses on the cliff edge and a three blue domed church. You’ve read that this island is one of the best and most romantic places to watch the sunset. Santorini is mentioned in the media so often that without researching any of the […]

Sitia Σητεία (Eastern Crete) – Lukewarm Heaven!

Sitia Σητεία (Eastern Crete) – Lukewarm Heaven!

As the subtle charm of Sitia finally seeped through me, a line from a Talking Heads song came to mind – Heaven is a place where nothing ever happens. From Expectations to Confusions I arrived at Sitia with high expectations. The articles I read online all talked about Sitia people being the kindest and most […]

Φακές Σούπα– Greek and Strong Lentil Soup

Φακές Σούπα– Greek and Strong Lentil Soup

Posted by on Oct 24, 2017 in Learning to be Greek, Recipes

Φακές (FaKEs) means lentils and σούπα (SOUpah) means soup. Lentil soup is a very traditional dish and my husband thinks it makes him strong! My husband likes to refer to the soup by saying φακές but I’m not sure if it’s a Greek thing or just his thing. I love making lentil soup because it […]