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Enjoy Greece…

In August of 2009 I traveled to Greece, visiting the islands of Crete and Santorini, as well as spending a few days in Athens. My wife is Greek-American and much of her family lives in Crete. Through our years together I’d heard countless stories about everything from the smell of bread baking in the early morning to the blue sea just steps from her Yiayia’s home.

Town square, Kalyves, Crete

The village was a new experience for me. Visually it was both everything I imagined and things I had not considered. The streets and buildings felt like they grew there and had always been, but the modern world and the demands of tourism in the 21st century had definitely begun to impose themselves on even this smallest of communities. Turn your head one way and see the most beautiful flora and deep blue sea and turn back around for a small internet café and car rental parking lot.

A main village road. Cafés, bakeries, etc.
Bouzouki player at summer festival
Boats sit in the small River Xydas, Kalyves, Crete
Olive grove Kalyves, Crete

From there it was on to the magical island of Santorini. An island, more specifically a caldera, or volcanic crater! Aside from the cliffs dotted with white washed homes that look like candy, I remember so clearly the sound…or lack of it. At the top of the caldera where most of the dwellings are, you are basically up in the sky. A vast, silent sky.

Drawing of Oia, Santorini
One of the many blue domed Orthodox churches famous on the island

We did make it down to sea level to visit the Bay of Amoudi. A small bay below Oia full of restaurants, fishermen, and a few windmills too.

Bay of Amoudi, Santorini

Returning to Crete before departing out of Athens we spent a long day in the capital city of Chania. Throughout its history the city has been occupied by the Venetians, Ottomans and Greeks. The architecture reflects this in the most beautiful way. You can just draw buildings all day! Again, the balance of old and new exists here as well. There are many beautiful restaurants and bars lining the waterfront.

Streets of Chania
Streets of Chania

On our way home we stopped to see the many sites in Athens. Among them, of course, the Acropolis and Parthenon. I’ll leave you with this last drawing made before my trek to the top.

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Comments (4)

  1. Maureen

    This is such a great idea. Loved it.

  2. Greg

    Thank you so much!

  3. JLarios

    Wonderful sketches – hope you will post more in the Armchair Travels series.

  4. Greg

    Thank you for the kind words and for visiting my site. You can keep up with the Armchair Travels series on our website

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