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…

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…

Danger! – Beware of Goats in the Road

When traveling through the countryside of Peloponnese, Greece, be prepared to stop for herds of goats crossing the road. We’ve encountered goats near a toll booth on the National Road, on remote mountain roads, in narrow (really narrow) roads of villages, and country roads by the sea. We can’t seem to escape goat encounters when driving in Peloponnese. Though…

Simple Doors to Unique Churches in Greece

When visiting Greece, one can’t help notice the plethora of Greek Orthodox churches. You will find churches in every neighborhood, village, and even in isolated areas in the countryside. From grand Byzantine architecture with ornate doors to simple stone and white-washed buildings with simple doors, the wide variety of unique churches exemplifies the importance of the Orthodox…

The Byzantino Boutique Hotel in Monemvasia, Greece

A number of years ago my husband and I spent a night at the Byzantino Boutique Hotel in the fortress of Monemvasia, Greece. Instead of the usual day trip to Monemvasia, we wanted to experience the romantic medieval ambience of the Byzantino Boutique Hotel and the magic of Monemvasia after dark. We felt transported back in time amidst the charm of…

Anticipation: Fresh Catch of the Day from the Aegean Sea

Nothing tastes better than a grilled fish dinner made from freshly caught fish from the Aegean Sea. When visiting friends and family in Greece our most important discussions center around where to eat, which fish to eat, and when we are going to eat. The anticipation of the late night meal is often as delicious…

Wordless Wednesday

A unique warning sign in Neapolis, Peloponnese. Update (5/3/2017): Danger! This warning sign is no joke for folks in a wheelchair. It may not look like it in the photo, but there’s enough of a slope to land someone sitting in a wheelchair in the sea. For the sign to be posted, I’m guessing that…

The Vibrant Colors of Nafplio, Greece

In September, we visited the seaport town of old Nafplio in northeastern Peloponnese two hours south of Athens. Upon entering Nafplio, we noticed the town resembled the modern neighborhoods of Athens. Having seen photos of colorful, historic Nafplio, we wondered if we were in the right place. Determined to find the beautiful town our friends and family raved about, we kept driving…

Creative Shop & Eatery Signs in Greece

When we least expect it, beauty can be found in the most ordinary and unlikely places. While traveling in Greece this past September, I unwittingly found myself photographing uniquely creative shop and eatery signs. Not typical travel photos – I’m adding these beauties to my Cee’s Odd Ball Photo collection as a way to share…

The Cats of Greece

These lucky cats call Greece home. The cats look relaxed, clean, and to appearances, well-fed. Cats living the good life under the Grecian sun. A variety of animal welfare societies in Greece have a trap, neuter, and return (TNR) program, recognized to be a humane method of decreasing the stray cat population. I’ve noticed the…

The Doors of Monemvasia in Peloponnese, Greece

On our recent trip to Peloponnese, we planned to visit the medieval village of Monemvasia. Not only do we love this fortress with its old stone buildings and maze of cobblestone walkways, but we looked forward to seeing a family friend, an artist who owns a shop in the village. Unfortunately, our busy program and…

The Doors of Nafplio, Greece

Nafplio, the first capital of Greece after Independence (between 1823 and 1834), occupies a prime location in Peloponnese on a small port beneath the fortress of Palamidi. This hillside town has terraced streets and connecting steep, stone staircases leading to Venetian houses and neoclassical mansions, cafes, tavernas, boutiques, and hotels and guest houses. A seaside…