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Finding Inspiration...In Greece!

Posted on 02 August 2011

 

What goes on four legs in the morning, on two legs at noon and on three legs in the evening?

  The answer is: MAN (from the riddle of the Sphinx in Greek mythology) *In this riddle, morning, noon and night are metaphors for the phases in a man’s life. A man crawls on all fours as a baby, walks on two legs as an adult, and walks with a cane in old age. I’ve been away for almost three weeks experiencing all the wonders of Greece. Contrary to popular belief and what you’ve heard lately on the news, Greeks are more than protesters, dancers and great cooks! This blog is dedicated to all of you (my family, friends, clients, and blog followers) who I would like to share my amazing experience with.  

Knowing your roots always keeps you grounded.

[caption id="attachment_670" align="aligncenter" width="532" caption="Aetos, Florina, the village where I was born. Population 1,200."][/caption]  

 

No matter what...always travel in style!

[caption id="attachment_657" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Even the donkeys are bejeweled as they take us on our bumpy trip along the rocky and scenic mountainscape in Santorini"][/caption]
  

Sometimes there are no words...

Meteora, Central Greece. The geological formations are spectacular, but when you add in the beauty of the monasteries and power of faith, it makes this one of the most amazing places on earth. This was featured at the end of the James Bond movies, “For Your Eyes Only.”  

Life is full of choices...pick wisely or you'll have to live with the consequences

 
[caption id="attachment_652" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Van, my husband, selecting the “fresh catch of the day” for our family dinner in Thessaloniki. "][/caption]

 

Sometimes you don't need to say anything at all...

[caption id="attachment_659" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="A sunset in paradise: Mykonos Island. Photo courtesy of my sister, Sylvia Rombis"][/caption]
 

 

Old world charm that takes plastic

[caption id="attachment_654" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Our families' shopping excursion on the stone paved streets of Mykonos where we found jewelry, art, clothes, and many unique and beautiful things."][/caption]
 

The beginning of it all...just ask the Greeks, I'm sure they invented it!

 

[caption id="attachment_660" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Standing the test of time, The Parthenon in Athens."][/caption]
 

 

Even a small fishing village has unique architecture

[caption id="attachment_658" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="An artful, spiral staircase at the Nafsika Palace Hotel in Itea, Greece. Photo courtesy of my sister, Sylvia."][/caption]
 

 

The "belly button" of the world

 

[caption id="attachment_676" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="My children, Sophia, Angel, and Hanna along with their cousins Alexis and Eric…cute belly buttons, right?"][/caption]
Apollo sent two birds in opposite directions and where they met was considered to be the center of the world. This is where they built the Temple of Apollo in Delphi. The ancient Greeks believed that touching this relic gave them power.    

Everybody Eats... "Jungle Jim's" Greek Style

 

Olives, peppers, and exotic foods, there was something for everyone. My sister, Sylvia and I experienced the sight, sound and smell of the farmers market in Amyndeon (near our village).

 

A three hour tour...

[caption id="attachment_677" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="A view from our boat of the magical volcanic cliffs and beautiful red, white, and black beaches of Santorini. "][/caption] [caption id="attachment_678" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="White washed, domed building nestled among the mountains’ side in Santorini. Just stunning!"][/caption]   I hope you have enjoyed being part our incredible trip! I’ll leave you with two inspirational quotes that wer carved into the side of the Temple of Apollo: “Know theyself first” “Everything in moderation”    

A special thank you goes out to…

…my dear husband, Van, who contributed his creative writing skills to this blog and to my gorgeous daughters, Sophia, Angel and Hanna. To my sister, Sylvia, her husband, Tom and their children, Alexis and Eric who were excellent traveling companions. Lastly, to our loving parents, Petros and Sophia who gave us the inspiration and extra “push” to go on this journey with them.

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Meet Litsa

Litsa Spanos – loving wife and mother of three – is an established art consultant, award-winning gallery owner, custom framer and educator. In this blog, Litsa shares with you her love for beautiful things. She will give you an exclusive look into the world of fine art and the artists who create it. She will also let you in on inspirational design ideas that are sure to give your home or office energy, warmth and reflect your own personal style.

 

 

 

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