Wow, that proved difficult…

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Sunset in Alimos beach in Athens Greece, by TwoPlusCute

It’s been almost two months since I last posted and I missed this blog and the blogging world a lot! The initial plan (you know, the one that always go awry and we need plan B and C) was to keep posting from Greece. I do have a lot of spoilers to show you today (like the top photo of a sunset at the beach) and a small explanation on what kept me from blogging for that long.

I got sidetracked from posting (even deterred at the beginning) because of the news. How shocked I was, seeing and discussing the difficulties people experience on this side of the world. Not only the Greek people but the refugees as well.

Attic forest with aged pine trees, in the heart of Athens Greece, by TwoPlusCute
A small forest in the heart of Athens Greece

There I was, ready to blog about beautiful balconies and majestic seas, flea markets and ancient sites, having just beauty and smiles in my mind.

Prices at a farmer's market in Athens Greece, by TwoPlusCute
Prices at a farmer’s market in Athens Greece

One can’t help but being overwhelmed, by the sadness many locals expressed for their financial worries and by the sheer tragedy of war-fleeing refugees. It is crashing to hear on the news, every other day, that yet another child lost its life trying to reach a safer land. How could I write about beauty with all the ugly that I was seeing on the news? I simply felt embarrassed writing about decoration plans and beautiful sites.

Playground by the seaside in Nea Makri, Greece, by TwoPlusCute
Playground by the seaside in Nea Makri, Greece

And then,

I noticed how many people were forming informal small groups, organisations and teams in order to help other people.

And I started seeing beauty again.

There is the beauty of Greek families (hit by the ongoing crisis themselves) that steadily cook and take food to hungry refugees. There is beauty in the too-many-to-count volunteers that opened free clinics, free pharmacies and free kitchens.

Acropolis museum in Athens Greece, by TwoPlusCute
Exhibits at the Acropolis museum in Athens Greece

There is beauty in the migrated Greeks that send medical equipment to the free clinics and beauty in the tourists that come with luggage full of medicine to donate to the free pharmacies (for the record, most recently it was Germans).

Fountain in the National Garden in Athens, Greece, by TwoPlusCute
Fountain in the National Garden in Athens, Greece

All this effort, which mostly comes from private people, mainly assists the immigrants (whether refugees or illegal ones) and to a lesser degree, the ones from the local population that due to unemployment have lost their benefits. This is not a political thesis, it is how I have understood the situation. I might be naive or clueless but nevertheless, it makes me warm inside, to see private people (from several countries) trying so hard to help others. And I have this deep need to seek and focus on “the nice” in every situation and person.

Baby at Falconera, Hydra Greece, by TwoPlusCute
The Cute, enjoying the afternoon view at Hydra Greece

And so, I did my own little contribution, learned lessons from the generosity of other people and started noticing the beauty again. (I wonder how many times I used the word “beauty” in this post…).

All of the photographs in this post, have a story to tell and are spoilers of the posts that will follow.

Some of them are completely off season I guess, like the beaches and the fun we had there

but, I hope, you’ll still enjoy them!

 

 ps. Oh, we also did some cooking (in an old marble sink that I will show you how it holds after 50 years in another post):

Making mpiftekia, marble sink, Greece, by TwoPlusCute
Making “mpiftekia” (the Greek burgers)
Enjoy!

PS. The top photo is a spoiler for My happiest day as a mom!

The 3rd photo from top is from visiting a Greek farmer’s market.

 

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18 thoughts on “Wow, that proved difficult…

  • November 5, 2015 at 5:02 am
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    Wow! What a lovely and touching post! Your pictures are beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing what is going on in that part of the world. Glad to see you back. 🙂

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  • October 9, 2015 at 8:57 am
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    You have expressed very eloquently and exactly how I felt living in the magically beautiful country of my origin, on the island of Crete for more than 25 years, having recently relocated to the city of my birth, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, due to personal matters. Yes, it was indeed very difficult to post photos of gorgeous Greece when the country was invaded by such ugly, economic turmoil, (our own household severely suffered, just like thousands and thousands of others), in addition to other pressing political predicaments! But, as you say, the beauty blossomed in its people, and their generosity, (something we Greeks are famous for!), and this complemented the stunning landscape, so that the compassionate spirit of its people roamed across Greece’s pretty paradise!

    Poppy

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    • October 11, 2015 at 7:04 am
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      I am stunned by your ability to create such a beautiful and meaningful word choreography – especially in the limited space of a comment!

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    • October 11, 2015 at 6:54 am
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      If you do travel there, there is a stunning animal park I think you’ll like! I am glad you enjoyed the photos. 🙂

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  • October 4, 2015 at 8:37 pm
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    It sounds like beauty is an incredibly accurate word for what you experienced, both in the kindness and generosity of the culture and the surroundings (judging by your gorgeous photos!). I’m looking forward to reading more! 🙂

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    • October 5, 2015 at 9:08 am
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      I am so glad you liked it! 😀
      (And my trusty pocket camera says thanks too!)

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  • October 4, 2015 at 2:39 am
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    It’s so amazing when humans decide to help each other rather despite whatever the political, economic or other views on the situation are. What a beautiful story (there’s that word again but it truly is!) thank you for showing us that the world still has some humanity.

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    • October 4, 2015 at 6:25 am
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      Exactly, Stella Lee! That was the spirit that moved me, too: private people rising to the situation, despite their personal origin, situation/condition and views.
      I know it happens in a lot of countries – there are good people everywhere – and I wish the news spent a lot more time showcasing such initiatives.

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  • October 3, 2015 at 11:17 am
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    What a beautiful tribute to the humans that help those that are not able to right now. Miss your blogs…

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    • October 4, 2015 at 6:14 am
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      I took a lot of photos and I think you will enjoy a post I will make on The Cute’s first swim, a day that could easily be also described as “my best day as a mother”! 🙂

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  • October 2, 2015 at 8:53 pm
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    Beautiful pictures and a beautiful description of wonderful people helping others during a hard time. Thank God there is still such kindness in the world. Great blog!

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    • October 3, 2015 at 5:56 am
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      Thank you Cindy! 🙂
      It is beautiful indeed, seeing people caring so much.

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    • October 3, 2015 at 5:40 am
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      Stephanie, I am glad you enjoyed the post.
      It is so nice to talk with you again! 🙂

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