Mantamados: Lesbos, Greece

This morning, we are going to another small village in Lesbos, called Matamados. It too, has a story to tell. The Church of the Taxiarchis (Archangel Michael) is here and Archangel Michael is the protector of the island. The story goes like this: In the 10th century, Saracen pirates raided and plundered the monastery and…

Thursday Doors: Lesbos, Greece

Take a look at some of the doors we discovered while we visited Agiasos (population 2,500) a small village in Lesbos, Greece…………….Just out strollin.” Then we met the guard dog………..in the garden……… My favorite house was the “corner house.” I would have loved to have seen the inside of it! The vines just made it…

Mytilini, and More: On the Greek Island of Lesbos

This morning, we arrived in Mytilini, Greece on the island of Lesbo. In the 11th century BC, it was an ancient city, confined to a smaller island, lying on the east coast of the bigger island. During Roman times, white stone bridges linked the two islands. In today’s commercial Mytilini, we find many new crafts…

Next, Off to Greece

From Turkey, then to Greece! What will we find here? I’m sending you pre-postcards of some of our stops in Greece and what we will hopefully see! I’ll be taking two cooking classes in Greece! One, is on wines and food pairing! The other is a Food and Wine Trail Adventure in Santorini, Greece! 9…

The Old Historic Quarter, Corfu, Greece

Another day in beautiful Corfu! This morning we are going to the Old Historic Quarter to do some shopping! Won’t you join me? Here’s the map, so let’s go. Between Old Town Corfu and the Unesco World Heritage Site, the Venetian-era Old Fortress, we find the old cricket grounds of the Royal Palace of St…

Inside the Achilleion Palace, Corfu, Greece

As promised, we are touring the inside of the Achilleion Palace today, located in  Gastouri, on the island of Corfu, Greece. This palace was built for the Empress of Austria, Elisabeth of Bavaria, known as Sisi. If you would like to follow along with the background of Sisi’s life, start HERE. It makes for a…

Thursday Doors: Corfu, Greece

It’s 7am. It’s hot. We’re on a bus. In Corfu, Greece. The new day of adventure has started. Where are we going first?  The bus driver is making an impromptu stop. One of our fellow riders has made a suggestion for a stop, before we move on to the scheduled highlights. Hmmmm………..anyone up for a…

The Gods and Goddesses at the Achilleion Palace, Corfu, Greece

Day is breaking in Corfu, Greece! It’s going to be another hot day, so let’s get going! People are already on the ferries! We’re on the bus to our first destination, the Achilleion Palace. The drive is very nice! Up, up and around we go on very narrow roads………..looking at all the lush scenery! The…