Travelling to Greece this Summer

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Travelling to Greece

I think I have mentioned I am Greek. I am married to an American and we have The Cute, our little daughter that is a half-blood (<-Harry Potter reference). If all goes well, I will take The Cute to Greece this summer. I can’t tell you how excited – and worried at the same time – I am about that. For one, The Cute turns two on June 5th. I will be travelling overseas alone, with a two years old toddler. I expect many hours of wailing and angry stares from the other passengers.

I was thinking of what kinds of posts I could write while away. Everybody knows about Parthenon and ancient Greece and our deep blue sea. But, have you ever wondered how houses really are in other countries? I am not talking about tv specials, I am talking about real life, average homes.

I know I want to show you our marble sink and countertops (and backsplash). It will actually be a useful post (I think) because a lot of people wonder about the durability and effort to maintain marble. Well, our kitchen is almost half a century old and you will get to see what happens to marble that old. I will include the nicks where I-sharpened-knives-on-marble because I thought that “hey, if we sharpen knives with a stone, marble is a stone, therefore marble is good to sharpen knives with”. Genius, I know…I was young!

Oh, I will still show you some sea and sun and even some ancient Greece. Though, these are things one has to experience for themselves: You need to feel the sun on your skin, lay back taking a deep breath, welcoming the cool sea breeze. You need to let your own eyes sink deep in the crystal blue of the sea.

Or hike the forests, swim under cataracts, raft and climb. But we won’t do any of those as The Cute is too young for them.

We will not hike through enchanting canyons like this:

Canyon in GreeceImage via Zorbasisland

We will not visit Meteora with its medieval monasteries built on top of steep rocky formations:

Meteora formations in GreeceImage via Wikipedia

And we will not climb where Gods reside:

Mount Olympus in Greece
Mount Olympus in Greece

If we get lucky, we will visit this scenic town with springs and a stream (with stone bridges and cataracts) running through the town. It is located near the ancient oracle of Delphi and if you are a meat lover, this is a ‘must-visit’ place for its traditional delicatessen meat creations (and souvlaki). Serious meat feasting (and perhaps some also serious cholesterol) happens here:

Watermill in Livadia GreeceImage via Trekearth

But at the very least, I know we will definitely do some of this:

Who am I kidding? We will do a LOT of this!

Navagio (Shipwreck) beach waters in GreeceImage via Wikipedia

I hope your summer have as enchanting and happy prospects
and wish me luck travelling with The Cute – I’ll need it.
So will the other plane passengers. 😀

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  • June 6, 2015 at 3:46 pm
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    Beautiful!! I always wanted to go there. One of my all time favorite movies is My Big Fat Greek Wedding, because it reminds me of my family…though Im not Greek. It’ll be great for Cute to experience your heritage. 🙂 Safe travels
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    • June 7, 2015 at 4:14 pm
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      I agree about the experience; it will also help with language.
      And even though she is too young, we will take a lot of videos and photos so, the experience stays with her even when she grows. 🙂

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  • June 4, 2015 at 1:47 am
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    Oh, goodie! This sounds like so much for for you and Cute! I would love to see a home tour, a day in the life, your childhood school, and culture post! 😀

    Have a wonderful time! I am so excited for you! 🙂

    I am curious, how did you and your husband meet?

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    • June 4, 2015 at 1:15 pm
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      How I met my husband is a little peculiar. Quite a post of its own.
      We are both gamers. We met online, through a game. A space war game. We were in the same alliance, me being the – very – aggressive war minister and he was a natural born diplomat.
      The game required some mathematical calculations and he blew my mind with his accurate results. I was super impressed by his genius and calmness.
      He didn’t stand a chance. =]

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    • June 4, 2015 at 1:02 pm
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      I-pad…Check! And I will fill it with games.
      I also have a cell phone (just the device) for her. Easier to carry and I don’t mind if she drops it. 🙂

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    • June 3, 2015 at 12:51 am
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      I’ll do my best to document some cooking and maybe even learn to make some gyros (will be easier to send you some from here). 😀

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  • June 2, 2015 at 10:33 am
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    I have never been to Greece, but would love to go. Those waters!!! I am curious about the architecture of the homes in other countries, especially the interiors. A home tour would be neat! A “typical day in the life” post would also be interesting. Have a safe journey and wonderful vacation!
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  • June 1, 2015 at 11:16 pm
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    How wonderful that you all will be going to Greece! I did not know you were Greek! I can’t wait for these posts as I will be able to live vicariously through your travels! And your little one will make it just fine…it’s all worth it! Happy travels to you and your family! Nicole xo
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    • June 2, 2015 at 11:13 am
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      Thank you Nicole. 🙂
      We plan on doing a lot of splashing if all goes well. (And some museums).

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  • June 1, 2015 at 2:53 am
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    This is so exciting! I’m so happy for you! I’m guessing you are from Athens but if you plan a visit to Volos I would be happy to meet you! Our Greece is beautiful but has a lot of wounds at the moment…I hope you have a nice trip travelling with the cute!
    Με το καλό και καλό ταξίδι να έχεις!
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    • June 2, 2015 at 11:03 am
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      I am from Athens (how did you know!). Ntina, I don’t think we’ll travel to middle and northern Greece. But if we do, I will comment and e-mail you and make sure we meet. 😀

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  • May 31, 2015 at 3:09 pm
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    Oh my gosh!! That is super exciting!

    Honestly, I don’t know much about Greece at all. We went to a Greek festival once and used to go to this Greek restaurant that had all these huge, stunning pictures, but really, I don’t know much about Greece (assuming a lot of My Big Fat Greek Wedding is inauthentic).

    I would LOVE to see the construction of houses, the sizes of rooms, the materials. I’d love to see some “day in the life” kind of stuff too. My mother in law is from Italy and she would always tell us how everyone has tile throughout their homes and they walk to the market everyday and buy whatever is fresh and cook it right away. In a world of carpeted suburbia and supermarkets, I can’t imagine it so well.

    As for The Cute, two things I learned traveling with my youngest a lot when she was a toddler: 1) Bring her own special bag full of new, quiet toys she hasn’t seen and snacks. We actually bought an iPod touch when mine was 3 and loaded it full of easy games and videos to occupy her in airports and on flights much shorter than yours. But it worked. 2) You’re never going to see the people on the flight again, but you’ll answer to The Cute forever. Forget about the strangers. If you feel really bad, buy them a drink on the plane. Otherwise, forget about them 😉

    Have a great trip! I can’t wait to see the updates!!
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    • June 1, 2015 at 12:40 am
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      Christine, you gave me brilliant ideas, both for posts and for travelling. Thank you!

      That movie is actually pretty accurate for Greek-Americans and a lot of things mentioned in the movie do happen in Greece too or are inspired by the movie. My brother tried to pull the cuss word trick with my husband, the very first time he saw him, hahah. 😀

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