Friday, August 21, 2009

Glad to be home again

hello blogging friends! I am happy to be back from my vacation in Greece. After the summer of constant rain, I really needed to see the sun for a few weeks.

Greece was beautiful as always. As soon as we arrived we headed to the village where some of my relatives live, and after getting our stuff put away in the little guest house we were staying in, headed to the beach. The beach is a 20 minute walk from the house, and on the Aegean Sea. You can see it in the picture below, which was taken from our house.

The first week was so busy, as we headed to Athens for 5 days. We visited the new National Museum, which was incredible! Shopped in Athens, enjoyed greek food, visited the market place of Monesteraki- where we purchased cute touristy gifts, traveled to the island of Syros for an overnight stay, and of course, enjoyed the night life.


The second week we headed back to the village we were staying in, and the remaining vacation was more relaxed. Beach twice a day, lots of food of course, and going to cafes in the evening. Great for the first few days, but I was getting a bit restless without any computer access.
I was hoping to lose some weight from all the exercise, but unfortunately, the bakery near our house was just too tempting. There is nothing as delicious as Greek bread, or pastries.
We were happy to find 3 stray cats where we were staying. There was a mother, and 2 kittens, afraid of humans. With a bit of work, we had them coming when we whistled, and we fed them the whole time we were there. They were filling in quite nicely, and it was sad to leave them to fend for themselves again. I know our relatives thought we were crazy.

Greece is beautiful, but the one thing I had a problem with is the treatment of animals. I can't bear to see stray dogs roaming the streets, dodging cars and uncaring people. Or so many thin, flea infested cats. I can only hope for a new generation of children that understands that we must love all things on this earth if we are to survive.

I took lots of photos, and will put some of them up on my Flickr page, so check back soon if you'd like to see.

As nice as my vacation was, I was so looking forward to coming back home. I love Canada, and wouldn't trade it for anything (well, maybe for California, lol!). I am glad to be home, and look forward to getting out the art supplies, and creating!

13 comments:

Linda said...

Welcome back. Sounds like you had a wonderful time. I'm sooo jealous. :) I so love Greek food and the beach and all the wonderful architecture.

sanda reynolds Mullingar,Ireland said...

Welcome back!!! :):)
I can't tell you how much I enjoyed reading your post and watching the beautiful pictures! It seems you had a great time there. Greece is indeed a splendid, amazing contry! Everything is fabulous, the landscape, the culture, architecture, the colours, not to mention the food!
Lots of love,
Sanda xx

Marlene said...

Glad you are back safe and sound. Greece looks so beautiful from your pictures, and the food looks amazing. Like you I would not be able to resist the breads and pastries.

Judy said...

I'd love to visit Greece. I hope you will post more pictures! Glad to hear you had a safe trip.

Michelle said...

Welcome home! Oh, that water is just so incredibly clear, just gorgeous. Those kitties are SO sweet! I'd be willing to trade California for Canada for a while!

Michelle ;)

Mandala Michelle said...

Your photos were beautiful. They are making me ache to go.

Poetic Artist said...

Glad your back..I have always wanted to go to Greece. I hope to one day. Makes me sad about the animals. The food looks wonderful.
Katelen

Pam said...

Betty,

Welcome Home!

Wow it sounds like you had an awesome vacation. What a wonderful place to visit. The water is just beautiful.

I know it must have been hard leaving the kitties.

~Pam

Renee said...

Well I for one am definitely glad you are home.

I love Canada too, it is always appreciated when I come home from any where.

Love Renee xoxo

readingsully2 said...

Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos. I am with you about the animals. Can you post more here too?

It is always nice to come home, I think.

Canada is a beautiful place...I traveled the Alcan Highway once....all the way!

Sue said...

So glad that you are back and thank you so much for sharing your pics and text about your trip. I would love to travel to Greece....everything looks so bright there, the sea, the sky, the buildings ..even the food!

I love Canada too and even though I would love to travel, I don't think there is any other place I would like to live.

Jolie Dennison said...

Welcome back! Greece is on my list of places to go too, especially since I live in a place that is dull and gray most of the time. Glad you had such a wonderful time.

Veronica said...

Oh I so love Canada and so wished I could live there. I was sad to hear that the animals are not taken care of there. That is horrible. I would be like you feeding those adorable cats.
Welcome back....