Category Archives: Crete

The carpenter, the cobbler and the Greek barista

As I look back on the five years we’ve lived here, I realize that this comfortable feeling I have is because I’m settled in here and have allowed this place to get under my skin.  This feels like a home … Continue reading

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Beyond the beach – Winter in Crete

A vacation on an island?  In the Mediterranean?  In the winter??  Yes, yes, and YES.  Although it’s probably not for you if you just want to lie on a hot beach or lounge by a swimming pool the whole time.  … Continue reading

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From Sea to Shining Sea – a road trip from north crete to the south coast

One of the best ways to really appreciate where you live is to play host to friends who come to visit your “neighborhood.”  Such was the case last October when our friends from Colorado made the long trek across “The … Continue reading

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Morning Glory

“Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere.” (Psalm 84:10 – NIV)  Another translation puts it like this:  “One day spent in your house, this beautiful place of worship, beats thousands spent on Greek island beaches.”  (The … Continue reading

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My Big Fat Greek Food Blog 2

I know this sounds crazy, but I love it when I find a snail in my bunch of spinach.  Then I know it’s organic and fresh.  When I bring home my load of vegies from the farmers market, sometimes I … Continue reading

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Orange you glad it’s winter?

Knock, knock…Here comes winter… There’s nothing but goodness about winter in Crete when the citris trees bear fruit, their branches heavy with juicy oranges, sweet mandarines and fragrant lemons.  An afternoon in the orchards is just another way to enjoy … Continue reading

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The Twelve Days of Crete-mas

We hosted a Christmas party at our home last week and enjoyed the company of many friends from different cultures.  I even got out my guitar later in the evening and we all joined in a carolling fest.  One thing … Continue reading

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Καλά Χριστούγεννα! (Merry Christmas) 2013

You’ve heard it said, “The older you get, the faster time flies.”  I’m here to tell you that it is a true statement!  Here we are in Crete for our 5th (yikes!) Christmas .  Where has the time gone?  Our … Continue reading

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Love in Loutro

The highlight of August in Crete was the wedding of our dear friends’ daughter in the idyllic setting of Loutro on the south coast.  Accessible only by foot or by sea, we opted for a water taxi rather than the … Continue reading

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Funny, fascinating, infuriating Crete

Greece is a dichotomy.  While the world watches a culture being pressed and distorted and potentially destroyed by the spiraling vortex of government corruption, the common people try to desperately hold on to the thing that gives them security – … Continue reading

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