Winter is Painfully Close

Yes. It is beautiful and I do get out in the snow with the big boy cameras BUT…that doesn’t mean I have to like it! Remember, I grew up in Kenya. Winter is not my favorite season. This is our first snowfall of 2018. I’ll grin (not likely) and bear it for the next several months.

My Final Fall 2018 Post...I Think.

The light under this spectacular tree was magical. The sun was behind the tree, filtering through its magnificent fall canopy. The light reaching the individual fallen leaves was sensational, dramatic and definitely picturesque. Enjoy. Winter is close with a whole different beauty AND FRIGIDNESS.

Spectacular Fall Colors

It’s been a spectacular fall. I’ve roamed around our town with the cameras. The colors will soon be gone. In case your location or the busyness of life has prevented you from enjoying the beauty of fall, stay tuned. There are more.

Happy Birthday to Me!

65 today. Lots of cards and well-wishers. Thanks to all who stopped by the house for a little celebration and some ice cream cake. Albert went all out with the balloons and decorating after I went to bed last night. Oh, my least favorite card? My shiny, new Medicare card.

Visions and Dreams.

Knowing the Biblical traditions associated with Patmos, this just jumped right out at me. 


That just SUCKS!

Well, that certainly does! Seriously, it does! And mountains of raisins, beautiful pomegranates and myriad other “goodies” at the central market in Athens.


Lucky, LUCKY Me!

Out of the billions of options on the planet from which to choose, this amazing person picked me to join him on his journey through life almost 21 years ago. Sometimes I still wonder why. It involves every aspect of the word “love.” That’s all I need to know. My friends can legitimately say that I married up! Not offended in the least. No question he’s enjoying our sail around the Aegean Sea. Many wonderful additions have been made to our museum of memories. 


Talk About Patience! Wow!

Near Kusadasi, Turkey and not far from Ephesus, we were treated to an amazing carpet making demonstration/experience. Each one handmade. The silkworms that feast only on mulberry trees are harvested and their silk made into stunning creations, some taking years. Scores of carpets were rolled out and we were “required” to remove our shoes and walk around, lay down, experience these beautiful creations up close and personal. Tempted, we escaped without making an investment.

Amazing Coffee Spots.

Hard to pick a favorite coffee spot in Greece but it would be nearly impossible to top this one! Bastione Malvazia Cafe is at the upper end of the “Main Street” in the beautiful town of Monemvasia on the east coast of the Peloponnese. And the coffee was also exceptional!


As my friends know, I really don’t like beer! When its tag line is “HIP HOPPY KICK ASS ALE” and it’s the pride of Santorini, one should at least give it a taste. I did. Almost finished the whole bottle. Sorry. Still not a fan.

Move it!

Move it bit.., I mean lady. We didn’t really come here to take pictures of you. Shocking, right? She just propped herself up and stayed there. Seriously? I gave up and came back later. It’s the beautiful little Church of Panagia Paraportiani in the town of Chora on Mykonos. Not a soul was there when I returned. Just a couple pigeons


Patmos, you created exceptional memories. A sensational sunrise as we docked. Spectacular views, stunning vistas, the delightful whitewashed buildings AND caramelized calamari. And now we’re sailing to Santorini.

Honesty...Best Policy?

I lived in China. These types of items in popular tourist spots are pretty common. I never saw them “advertised” like this in China. I found this above a shop in the tourist trap shops at the entrance to ancient Ephesus. Couldn’t resist.


This was in a shop in a back alley on Mykonos.


Ephesus, Turkey

We enjoyed aprivate dinner last evening in the courtyard in front of the Celsus Library among the spectacular ruins of ancient Ephesus, Turkey. I have no recollection of what was on the menu. My plate was clean so I assume it was delicious. Contemplating walking on the same marble and in the footsteps of so many “celebrity” ancients in such a place was seriously magical, unforgettable!


The iconic windmills of Mykonos. We got lost roaming the narrow streets and’s the thing to do in Mykonos and we nailed it.