Wandering 50 National Parks: A grieving mother’s journey

The National Park system in America is known around the world for its stunning beauty and diverse landscapes.  In fact, the granddaddy of the National Parks, the Grand Canyon celebrates its 100 year birthday this year.  But go into any National Park and you will find a reason to wander and linger and savor every …

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That’s a lotta feta

How NOT to shop at a Cretan farmers' market Our latest travel to Crete for my book tour in the spring was hands down the best trip we've had there since moving back to the States.  I like to describe it as being the perfect mix of work and play, old friends and new, adventure …

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My Big Fat Greek Book Tour

My book, Uniquely Crete, has arrived on the island with us in its wake.  We literally hit the ground running beginning my book tour in jolly ol' England (more on that later), and finishing off in Crete.  Each day has been filled with the joys and trials so typical of this Greek island.  All in …

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Why is summer so captivating on Crete?

  I can't tell you how excited I am to start my book tour next week.  I wish I could say it is all about getting exposure for my book baby that was "born" on April 30th (official book release date), and certainly that's part of it.  We will start with a stop in Norwich, …

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Lots of Cats, but no Easter Bunny on Crete

As we wrap up our Easter celebrations here in the States, Greeks all over the world are in the thick of Holy Week that climaxes on April 28 - Orthodox Easter simply known as Pascha (Passover) - the most sacred event for all of Greece.  The typical Greek Orthodox family holds tradition very closely, and Holy Week …

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Must-see south coast destination on Crete

Crete is a captivating and sometimes chaotic Greek island full of wackiness and wonder.  A part of Greece, yet apart from Greece.   Knit together by family, food and faith, this Mediterranean island stands on its own with its feet firmly planted in a culture that has evolved over 5000 years. In the five years of …

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A peek inside a Cretan sanctuary

(The following is an excerpt from my book, Uniquely Crete:  Life Redefined on a Greek Island.  Available now for preorder now on Amazon) I’m sitting in a shady spot on a stone wall in the Agia Triada monastery courtyard on a divine spring morning. After the short easy 15 minute bike ride to this peaceful …

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Living in the eye of the storm

From what I hear (and see in photos) of winter in Crete this year, I'm happy to be in snowy Colorado rather than in the Mediterranean.  Violent storms have ripped through  Crete and left devastation in various ways across the island.  When we lived on Crete, I remember the wild winter weather complete with sideways …

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Remedy for a Bad Day (or How to turn it around)

No HYGGE?  Just say, "PYT!" Last month I wrote a blogpost about the Danish concept of "Hygge" and how its blood pressure reducing effects can be achieved anywhere.  (HYGGE YOURSELF - January 29)  Basically, we need to learn what it means to seriously "chill."   But sometimes our best laid plans to hygge just don't pan …

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THE BEST (no kidding) Chicken Soup – Greek style

We woke up this morning to -5 degrees F and 7" of snow on the ground.  Lovely.  No really, beautiful ...but COLD!  I had high hopes of breaking out the skiis but opted instead to stay inside and make chicken soup.  Tomorrow will be a ski day. When we lived in Crete, a Greek neighbor …

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