Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Greece

It's hard to believe that our summer trip to Greece already came and went. Nearly six weeks of sea, sand and sun has made it a little difficult to get back into the swing of everyday life. But I'm looking forward to cooking up a storm this fall and winter; ramping up this blog with some great recipes; updating the look and feel of Kali Orexi; and exploring some culinary hotspots close to home.

Yet, before I begin any of that I'd like to share some shots from our trip ... My plan this summer was to approach this year's vacation through the eyes of a foodie, to go beyond the "touristy" tavernas and explore what culinary treats Greece really has to offer. But with two little ones in tow, their needs take centerstage and hopes of great culinary finds promptly give way to the kids simply enjoying every day of our family vacation more than anyone else. Regardless, we had an amazing time and here are some shots I think capture the essence of our trip well:

The Bridge at Rio Antirrio ...


Fruit stand on the road towards Agrinio ...

Sunset from Kastraki, Agrinio ...

Sunset at Peroulades, Kerkyra ...

Traditional Corfiot architecture ...


The Museum of Asian Art in the Palace of Sts. Michael and George, Kerkyra ...








View of Faliraki, Kerkyra from the Palace grounds ...
Our favorite Olive Wood Workshop in Corfu's Old Town...

In the Monastery of Paleokastritsa, Kerkyra ...




And in the Monastery of Agia Paraskevi, Kynopiastes, Kerkyra ...



On Kerkyra's West Coast ...




Tradtional Corfiot dance group performing in Liston, Kerkyra ...

Delectable late night fare: Greek gyro, tzatziki, fresh-cut fries and souvlakia ...



The popular Liston, Kerkyra ...

Heroes of the Cyprian Battle Square, Kerkyra ...

Outside the church of St. Spyridon ...


The bell tower of St. Spyridon ...

Traditional Corfiot specialty shops ...





One more view of Liston ...

Sunset over Erikoussa (from Peroulades), Kerkyra ...

15 comments:

Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

You are so lucky...and I am soooo jealous. Looks like you had a magnificent time. I'm happy for you, but I'm glad you're back. :)

Peter G said...

Maria...all I can say is "absolutely beautiful"! You've really captured an essence of Greece here. Welcome back and look forward to your further updates.

Johanna said...

Welcome back. Corfu is such a beautiful island!

Joan Nova said...

Looks like a wonderful vacation. Welcome back.

5 Star Foodie said...

Sounds like you had a terrific vacation! Thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous pictures! Welcome back!

Palidor said...

What amazing pictures! It looks like you had a fabulous time.

ellysaysopa said...

Great pics, Maria! Looks like you had a fun (and slightly busy!) vacation.

Ivy said...

Welcome back Maria. Great pictures. Corfu is so beautiful. It's been ages since I last visited.

Mediterranean kiwi said...

i havent been to kerkyra yet, but my summer trip this year did also include the rio-antirio bridge!

Hopie said...

Wow what lovely photos! Thank you so much for sharing. I'd love to go to Greece one day, but for now, I'll take the virtual trip through your blog :-)

Shopaholic said...

Wow, a lovely vacation. Seems long but time flies. I have never been to Greece, hope one day soon. Thanks for sharing your lovely pics. Must have taken you a long time to upload!!!
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Peter M said...

Welcome back Maria! If the photos are any indication...you had a fabulous time. We'll compare notes soon!

cook said...

hello Maria!
great photos and such a yummy blog!
by the way,i'm living in one of the places you had been during your summer here,it's agrinio :)

Núria said...

Ai, Maria... sorry to be here so late... what a wonderful vacation you had :D. Your pictures made me travel to Greece for a while ;D. I wish I could visit it again in a near future. Thanks so much for the tour!

michelle | bleeding espresso said...

Such gorgeous photos! I really have to hop over to Greece one of these days :D

Btw will you be participating in the O Foods for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Contest again this year? You have until Sept 28th to come up with a fab O recipe...and there are prizes :D Feel free to spread the word as well!