Empty Doorways of Greece

If you follow my blog, you have realized by now that I love to photograph doors and participate with other like-minded door lovers in a weekly feature called Thursday Doors. Well, this week I’m having a little fun sharing photos of doorways without doors which is not an uncommon sight in the countryside and old…

The Byzantine Church of Agios Athanasios

High on a hill overlooking the Aegean Sea sits the Byzantine Church of Agios Athanasios. Located a few kilometers outside the village of Pantanassa in Laconia, Greece, the church is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, Saint Athanasios, and Saint Spiridon. This five-domed, 12th-century church holds a special place in our hearts. The 40-day memorial service…

The Shops of Plaka

Each time we visit Athens, we head to Plaka on our last day in the city to stroll the hilly, narrow streets under the Acropolis, and poke around in the souvenir shops. You will find an abundance of trinkets, jewelry, leather goods, clothing, and many kinds of unique treasures on display in a meticulously organized…

Santa Cruz Mountain Wineries: Cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyard

On a Sunday morning in late April, we dropped our dog, Buddy off for a much-needed grooming appointment. Instead of heading back home, we decided to revisit a few of our favorite Santa Cruz Mountain Wineries for a doorscursion. On this visit, it was too early in the day for us to indulge in wine tasting. Instead,…

Café Culture in Greece

The traditional Café in Greece known as a Kafenion began as a place where men-only spent leisure time with friends drinking coffee or a glass of ouzo or raki depending on the time of day.  In Greece today, while you will still find local men spending time in old-style Kafenia,  you will also find an abundance of…

Doors of Mission Carmel

Last week I headed back to Carmel-by-the-Sea to visit the Basilica of Mission San Carlos Borromeo del río Carmelo commonly known as Carmel Mission or Mission Carmel. The mission, originally established at the presidio in Monterey was relocated in 1771 to the Carmel Valley. The stone church and mission residences were built around a large inner courtyard and stands…

Doors of Carmel-by-the-Sea

Carmel-by-the-Sea: What’s not to love? This idyllic, European-style village is a place I could call home. I can picture myself living in a cozy cottage in the heart of the town, taking strolls down Ocean Avenue where the shopkeepers know my name, and heading to the white-sand beach at the end of the avenue to watch…