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Sunday, 30 June 2013

The Cradle of Life and Art

Dear friends,

True words are these:

“Happy is the man, I thought, who, before dying, has the good fortune to sail the Aegean sea.”
Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek 

My first true trip outside the Romanian border was when I finished my 12th grade :) It was a present for myself, for doing very well at all the exams and getting into the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration. Of course, I am not counting the trips (when I was small) in Moldavia, as I do not recall most the experiences back then... nor do I count traveling in my mothers womb (in the last 3 months, I think! of her pregnancy) to Croatia and back. But sometimes I do believe that my mum's traveling with me while still inside her, helped me to be so eager to travel :)

Anyway! The first time I traveled was when I finished 12th grade and I went to Greece with my maths teacher (she was and still is a pretty fine and educated young woman, who helped me develop and open myself a lot!). We went to Paralia Katerini and we stayed there for almost 10 days - we went by bus when there were still borders and I had to have a passport and they would check each one of them :) I remember that when we came back to Romania we stayed almost 6 hours at the border... we were having a huge picnic while the policeman were checking the passports.

My first trip was magical... I went to Athens and I fell in love with the city. I loved the small streets but also the immense Acropolis. The immensity of it all was more overwhelming somehow than even the Empire State Building itself... but... I should not compare as they are so totally different and yet so beautiful!

Skiatos is one of the small islands that are a must in a trip to Greece! The sand is one of the finest you can find and the water is co crystal clear that you can stand it the water until it reaches your neck and you will still be able to see the bottom of it - you will see your legs on the gold sand and little fishes nibbling at your feet :) You will see the mountain falling directly in the sea and you will see on top of the mountain the hotels in which even Princess Diana stayed :)

Meteora is also one of a kind :) (even though, I must admit, later on I went to Barcelona and Montserrat is quite similar but yet different!) and it is incredible what the monks were able to achieve with so few tools but with (I am sure!) a lot of prayers :) I am happy I was able to see this place not once but even 3 times in my life :) and I am happy that, unlike Athos, girls/women are allowed here :)

Well... I have seen more places in Greece and I must say I am eternally in love with this country and that  I will always feel at home there :)

Below you can see a picture of one of my last trips there... Greece! I MISS YOU!!!

The picture was done in Paralia Katerini, near the pier, in one of the cold days of autumn end...

Yours truly,

The nostalgic LadyBug

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