Into the Unknown – Greek Island Living

(*The following is a teaser excerpt from my book Uniquely Crete:  Life Redefined on a Greek Island to be released April 30 - available for preorder now on Amazon) I have a love affair with maps: Old out-of-date ones or slick, still-crispy new ones. It doesn’t matter what condition they’re in.   As long as there’s a longitude …

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Slow Cookery, Deliberate Dining

(Revised post from July 2, 2015) The Greeks have mastered the art of SLOW.  You see it everywhere.  No one seems to be in a rush --- well, except when they speak or drive.  But seriously, a typical meal can last up to three or four hours, Greek Orthodox church starts early in the morning …

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HYGGE YOURSELF

Imagine yourself taking a much-needed break away from the busyness and stress that everyday life dishes out. Not a break in the sense of a destination or vacation. Just a few moments or hours where you can relish in the moment of well-being and calmness. It doesn’t have to be at an expensive spa or …

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Critters of Crete

One of my favorite rainy/snowy day activities is perusing through my thousands of photos and organizing them into little folders (A touch of OCD, I know, but well worth the journey.)  Some of the pictures I took of the critters on Crete made me smile, cry and laugh out loud.  The island is home to …

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The “Perfect” Christmas

As the New Year knocks at the door of this world, I'm contemplating about the past holiday season.  Unless you've been living in a Norman Rockwell painting, there is no “perfect Christmas.” Most of us have holiday stories from the hilarious to the harrowing, and every year, more than often, the expectations we have for …

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Amsterdam’s Street Scene

As winter settles in here in the Colorado Rockies, I'm perusing through my photos and writings of travels past.  I've been rewarded with great memories and surprising moments that I'd nearly forgotten - most recently about Amsterdam.  Walk with me... Yes, Amsterdam has a lively party scene.  Coming across a photo op like this is …

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October-REST and Farm Fresh

I love road trips. Almost all of our traveling these days starts with an airplane ride and all the preliminary hassle and hustle that goes along with it. But road trips are a peek back into the past for me. Family vacations always started in the car. Airplane travel was for the wealthy. But we …

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Uniquely Crete

The rock, the hard place and all the beauty in between…   When her husband Richard was offered a job overseas, Melanie moved far away from her small mountain community in Colorado to the remote Greek island of Crete. She looked forward to an idyllic life in the Mediterranean, but she didn’t anticipate how the experience …

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Surprising Hamburg

Spending time in Europe as a tourist is not cheap. When we lived in Crete, we took advantage of our location to travel all over Europe, and between budget airlines like Ryan Air and Airbnb in small towns we were able to keep expenses low. But today, even with the great airfare we scored from …

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Bellying up in Brussels

Booking a vacation across the Pond is a sure incentive to get your money’s worth out of a trip. When we first decided to travel to Europe in August the intention was to only go to the Netherlands for a bike/boat tour with friends. But when we studied the map of the Netherlands, we saw …

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