Christmas in Colorado and Kali Hronia in Crete!


One way to recycle old skis!

MERRY CHRISTMAS from the Cranes!

20" of snow doesn't slow them down much

There’s no place like home for the holidays – especially when it’s in a beautiful winter wonderland like Evergreen, Colorado.  Christmas 2011 found us back in the States in the warm company of family and friends amidst the snow and cold.  And although Richard and I were on separate continents for the actual Christmas day, we joined in celebrating the birth of Jesus with many significant people in our lives.

Family festivities

“KALI HRONIA” is the standard greeting for “Happy New Year” in Greek.  We celebrated the birth of 2012 with lots of merry making with friends here on Crete.  After a delicious feast hosted by Marina and family, we stood out on their balcony four floors above the city of Hania and watched the array of fireworks erupt throughout the city.  (P.S.  This goes on all night…and morning)

New Years Eve with friends in Hania

Rather than hurry home, we stayed at a wonderful hotel that was restored from an 1800’s Venetian mansion tucked back into the small alleys of old Hania.

Courtyard of Casa Delfino - Hania

We finished off the weekend with the much anticipated excursion to pick the first oranges of the season.  No lack of vitamin C in this household.  The little mandarin oranges are as sweet as candy and twice as addicting!

Fancy footwear for orange picking

Now we settle in for a long, rainy winter.  Perfect for catching up on correspondence, reading, studying and blogging!  Happy New Year!

Afternoon rain over Hania port

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About Melanie A Crane

Quote: "The best journeys ask questions that in the beginning you never thought to ask." (Anon) Here's my journey: Enjoying my short life on this earth one moment at a time by being intentional with God, family, traveling, cooking, gardening, Colorado living and all the perks that come with it, playing guitar, listening more and talking less. I've discovered that both cooking and travel can be messy at times but the risks can have some amazing results. The same goes for life lived with passion.
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One Response to Christmas in Colorado and Kali Hronia in Crete!

  1. Matt says:

    Man, I could really use a couple big bags of those delicious oranges right about now. Such fond memories! Miss you guys!

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