By the Sea

Nothing lifts my spirits more than a lazy afternoon on a beach chair watching the sun’s reflection on a calm blue sea. If I could live anywhere, there is no other place I’d rather be than by the sea. To quote Jacques Yves Cousteau, “The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its…

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Street Details: Los Gatos

Today, a selection of street details that caught my eye in Los Gatos, California. I was particularly drawn to the patina of aged wood and painted corrugated metal siding on the backside of a shop called Natural Creations. Plants growing on the inside of the building peeked through cracks in the structure. A toy dog was…

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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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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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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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A Little Red Wheelbarrow in Nafplio

A fun aspect of travel for me is to discover subtle, often missed details that contribute to the unique character of a city or a landscape scene. With a camera in hand, I’m more aware of my surroundings and actively look for ways to capture ordinary scenes in a different way from the usual tourist’s…

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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…

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Small Plane, Rain, and Dense Gray Clouds Make for Bumpy Travel

I’ve been itching to post photos of a flight from Bradley Airport to Newark Airport on our way back home to San Francisco during the Thanksgiving Holiday. Not the best weather for air travel but certainly not the worst. I wasn’t looking forward to the bumpy ride in the small commuter jet. Despite the gloom, the…

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Wish our dog fit under an airplane seat

What’s up with the rule that only dogs that fit under an airplane seat can travel in coach with their human parents? While our sweet dog, Buddy, meets the weight criterion for most airlines, we learned he’s a little too tall to comfortably fit in a regulation size pet carrier. I sure wish he fit under…

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Chronia Polla! Celebrating the Greek Orthodox Name Day for Agios Ioannis

Today, January 7th is dedicated to Agios Ioannis (Saint John the Baptist) and is the Name Day for Greek males named Ioannis. The name Ioannis is commonly shortened to Yannis and translates to John. It’s a big Greek Orthodox tradition to celebrate the Name Day of the saint that bears your name. This day usually…

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ευχαριστώ and Other Helpful Greek Words

The most important expression a traveler can learn before visiting a foreign country is “Thank You.” The Greek word for thank you is ευχαριστώ (ef-hairy-stow). If you learn only one Greek word, learn how to say ‘ef-hairy-stow.’ Your thoughtfulness will be greatly appreciated.

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