Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Naxos, Delos, Mykonos and Syros

Our boat journey continued, arriving each day at a new island.
We hiked on Naxos,

finding hidden gems of marble,

and superb views with blue sea and sky in Mykonos.

We explored ancient sites on Delos

and breathtaking churches in Syros.


The beauty of the Greek islands is something that
should be experienced and savored.

The only regret is not being able to have spent even more time on each island.
It is said that all good things must come to an end and our boat journey ends in Athens,
where our land adventure awaits!
Until next time~


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Patmos - Amorgos - Santorini

Our journey continued through the islands of Greece.
The first stop was Patmos.

I fell in love with Patmos.
Since cruise ships do not stop here the island has
managed to keep its charm and not be too tourist inspired.

Spectacular views!

Biblically, Patmos is the island where John was exiled.
We visited the cave where he received the Revelation.
This is a Holy place and photos were not permitted, but
the view prior to entering the cave gives a sense of the area.

Blue seas and sky, unspoiled beauty everywhere. 
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The island of Amorgos was our next visit.
The highlight of this small island was a visit to a monastery
built on the side of a mountain.

Three hundred steps to reach the white-washed structure,
still inhabited by priests.

The clouds rolled in beneath us while we met the priest
which limited our view and photos, but not the sense of
peace and beauty that was experienced.

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Who has not heard of the bells of Santorini?
This picture perfect island is everything you'd imagine it to be.
White-washed buildings against a blue sky and sea, just too marvelous to comprehend.
(I think my selfies are getting better :-)

And yes, I did ride the donkey to the top!

 Next stops...the islands of Naxos, Delos, Mykonos and Syros.  Hope you'll join me!
Until next time~

Monday, September 21, 2015

Travels in Greece

Oh my friends, I am thrilled to share our most recent adventure with you!
We recently returned from a wonderful journey to
Turkey and Greece!
We explored many religious and historical sights
and experienced the food, culture and tradition of this marvelous area.
On this 15 day trip I managed to take over 1000 photos!  I am sharing only
a few highlights here with you and hope you will enjoy these excerpts over the next few days/weeks!
Our journey began in Istanbul.
Bright blue skies and hot weather greeted us as we visited
the Blue Mosque, the Haige Sophia and the Topkopi Museum.

Istanbul is one of the most populated cities in the world.
Over 15 million people reside here.  Houses reach out as far as the eye can see.

But calm and quiet can still be found along the shore.

Food is always an important part of experiencing the culture of a region.
Locmajun (Turkish pizza) and stuffed grape leaves!  Yum!!

One of my favorite things about the Mediterranean region is that everyone sits outside to eat!
No worries, no rushing...just enjoy the food and the company.
We did! 

 Our cousins joined us on this discovery. 
We enjoyed sharing this trip with fellow sojourners.

After only two days in Istanbul we flew to Ephesus, one of the highlights of the trip.
We walked in the footsteps of Paul.

It was amazing and almost incomprehensible to be here, among the ruins of
Biblical history.

An experience of a lifetime...

We visited the tomb of John.

Our hearts were lifted and our faith confirmed.
The journey continues.....
Until Next Time ~