Crusty Old Doors

No matter where you go in Greece, you will find some crusty old doors. It’s just how it is these days. The older generation has passed on, and the younger generation has moved away and doesn’t have the time or money to upkeep the old family home. These crusty old doors belong to buildings and…

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The Sweet Taste of Satisfaction

While I’m not Greek, I’m married to a Greek, and love all things Greek, especially Greek food. It’s an annual tradition for us to celebrate my birthday with a classic Greek meal of grilled lamb chops with baklava for dessert. Ah, the sweet taste of satisfaction when I bite into a juicy, medium-rare lamb chop…

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The Seaside Village of Plitra

The fishing port village of Plitra (or Plytra) sits on a protected bay in the Laconia region of Peloponnese, Greece. It’s known for the ancient, sunken town of Asopos, as well as, a pristine Blue Flag beach. Filled with beach goers during the summer, the population of Plitra dwindles to less than a hundred local…

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Bay Area Coastal Towns

Living in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, we have the pleasure of hosting many family and friends from across the states and overseas. Of course, San Francisco and Napa Valley always top the must-see list for first-time visitors. Never the less, we manage to lure our guests on a tour of our favorite…

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Bicycles & Doors

Stroll the narrow streets of Nafplio, Greece and you will find historic homes and museums coexisting with current day cafés, tavernas, gelaterias, and boutique shops. Besides walking, you can explore the seaside town by bicycle, a favorite means of transport for both locals and visitors. When last in Nafplio, this green bicycle parked next to…

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Variations on a Street Scene

The best times of day to take outdoor travel photos are during the “Golden Hours,” the hour after sunrise and the hour before sunset. I don’t know about you, but when I’m on vacation, I’m not up at the crack of dawn. While I do take photos at the end of the day, many of…

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Pretty in Pink

This pretty pink motorbike in Nafplio, Greece was an eye-catcher. I was struck by how its cotton candy color coordinated perfectly with the blush pink house and aqua blue doors. It got my attention. Before long, I found myself noticing and photographing motorbikes parked on the street next to, in many cases, interesting doors. I…

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The Sound of Silence

When last in Connecticut, I was on the hunt for an interesting place to take photos. My sister suggested I take a look at a small herd of long-haired cows at Sub Edge Farm in Farmington. Having never heard of long-haired cows, I was game. When we arrived at the pasture, my eyes widened when…

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Street Scenes: Historic Downtown Pleasanton

One of my go-to places to meet friends for lunch is downtown Pleasanton. It’s located about a half-hour north of San Jose when the highway isn’t clogged with work traffic. Main Street is lined with plenty of places to eat, cafés, and boutique shops. To walk down Main Street in Pleasanton is to take a walk…

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Bayside Canning Company Blues

There can be an uneasy beauty in scenes of decay and crumbling structures. Places once teaming with life now abandoned and weathered by decades of sun, wind, rain, and neglect. Places we often pass by and ignore as they’ve become a fixture along our route to somewhere else. For me, that place was the former…

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Wintertime at Sandy Wool Lake

Yesterday we took a much-needed walk in nature. Off we went to Sandy Wool Lake hidden in the foothills of the Diablo Range at Ed R. Levin County Park. Wintertime is the best time of year to visit the park when temperatures are cool, and the dry, golden brown grasses of summer turn green during…

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Local Color

Have you ever noticed the signature color(s) of your local area or other places you’ve seen around the world? For much of my life, I went about my daily routine rather blind to the colors and details of my surroundings. It only seemed when I traveled to someplace new that I noticed the vibrancy and…

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Life is Good by the Sea

As the year 2017 comes to an end and winter brings a chill to the air, looking back at my favorite photos of the sea off the coast of Peloponnese, Greece lifts my spirits. I’m a coastal gal who swam in the Atlantic Ocean growing up in Connecticut, now admires but doesn’t swim in the…

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The Pint-Sized Port of Gerakas

Many years ago after visiting Monemvasia, we headed north to explore the villages along the mountainous coastline of the Laconia region of Peloponnese with only a paper map in hand. A narrow, winding, country road eventually led us to the pint-sized Port of Gerakas. Aside from a slight delay waiting for a herd of goats…

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The Street Art Scene in Athens

The street art scene in Athens has mushroomed. Commercial buildings and homes have become visually cluttered with a blend of beautiful artistic murals, cheeky street art, and ugly graffiti. Imagine overly busy patterned wallpaper that makes you cringe and turn your head away. Don’t get me wrong, I love Athens, but enough is enough with the…

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