Wednesday, May 7, 2014

A Few More Reasons, “Why We Love Greece”

I posted a series of photos titled, “Why We Love Greece” on Facebook during our trip.  They were short little snippets of life in Greece and not the things you necessarily see in tourist brochures.

Because not all of you are on Facebook I thought I would periodically post similar photos here just to give you a sample of what makes Greece so special to us. These are the things we think of when asked, “But, what is there to see?”

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It was Easter Sunday in Loutro, Crete. We were at one of the village’s sidewalk cafes having a glass of wine before moving on to the nearby caf√© for dinner when we noticed one of the small boats putting around the harbor. 

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Were we seeing things?

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Not at all! I zoomed in on this little Captain and he was taking his job as seriously as any adult.  However, he did start crying when his dad took over as they headed back to tie up at the dock. . .that is until dad put him to work learning how to hand off the rope.

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Another ‘reason why’ occurred that same evening. We’d just moved to the nearby cafe and as we were ordering dinner the electricity went off. Not just at the restaurant but throughout the village. 

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The place went completely dark. . .two restaurants had small backup generators which provided about as much light as powerful flashlights. 

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That’s when the ferry, Daskalogiannis, that you also see in the background behind the little Captain in the photo above came to the rescue. The ferry runs between four small towns on the southern coast of Crete and at night –sometimes, this time of year – stays in Loutro. It cranked up the lights and lit up the harbor.

That’s it for this week’s Travel Photo Thursday. I’ll have more tales and tips coming from the trip, but we just last night arrived back in the Pacific Northwest and if you’ve ever had jet-lag, you know our brains are just a bit jumbled.  More soon. Happy travels to you. Stop by Nancie’s Budget Travelers Sandbox for more armchair travel today!

18 comments:

  1. Hi Jackie,

    The little captain is TOO cute! I'm sure he'll be navigating again very soon. Such lovely pics, as usual!

    Happy Thursday!

    Poppy

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    1. Good morning Poppy! I have to tell you that writing posts about Crete is making me 'homesick' and ready to return. . .electricity or not! Happy weekend ahead. xo Jackie

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  2. Hello Jackie and Joel,

    We love your snippets of Greece since they give a real flavour of what life is like rather than a glossy touristy image. We have not visited Greece but should dearly love to do so.

    The idea of father passing down to small son all the tricks of the fishing trade is so wonderful. Without doubt little captain already has his sea legs and will soon be holding his own along with the best of the fishermen. You have captured this delightfully!

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    1. Glad you enjoy the snippets. . .often times we do find that it is these captured 'moments' that remind us just how wonderful travel is and what unexpected treasures you can happen upon . . .thanks, as always, for your kind words!

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  3. Hello Jackie and Joel,

    We love your snippets of Greece since they give a real flavour of what life is like rather than a glossy touristy image. We have not visited Greece but should dearly love to do so.

    The idea of father passing down to small son all the tricks of the fishing trade is so wonderful. Without doubt little captain already has his sea legs and will soon be holding his own along with the best of the fishermen. You have captured this delightfully!

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  4. It's a beautiful place indeed...

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  5. Gorgeous, I would love to visit even without the lights, I can't wait to see Greece again in October!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by today, Noel. Greece is gorgeous in the fall - I will look forward to seeing your photos!

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  6. Beautiful photos of Greece! I've never been, and now I'm thinking I should....:)

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    1. Oh Molly, Greece should be on your bucket list but make sure you go further than the normal tourist 'haunts' of Athens, Mykonos and Santorini - there is so much more to see than those usual stops! Thanks much for your visit and comment!

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  7. What great stories. My daughter who was much older- maybe 10 - than the little guy in your photos, managed to sink a boat she was steering with an outdoor motor. It's a story that's part of the family lore now.

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  8. Now that might be a fun tale for you to write about one day, Leigh! (Although I suspect your daughter would rather put that one behind her for good!)

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  9. Google said it encountered an error and my comment disappeared! Anyway, here's what I said, tho maybe not word for word.
    People ask the weirdest questions. What's there *not* to see? Especially in Greece! Sometimes, it the tiniest things, like the Little Captain here, that make the most lasting memories. Even the blackout adds texture and context. Thanks for sharing your 'Whys' with us, Jackie!

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  10. Here it is, Marcia so guess it didn't disappear! And I agree with the 'what is there to see?' question being such a silly inquiry -- in my mind everything is there to see! Thanks for your visit and your patience with Google!

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  11. Oh Jackie, your little captain made my day! So adorable. And that big captain in the big boat is so generous and considerate to lend the light of his boat. Thanks for sharing this endearing scene and event; they truly make the fondest travel memories.

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  12. Another personal glimpse of Greece from you here, Jackie. I've really been enjoying these posts.

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  13. I like your personal glimpses of Greece. What a generous ferry captain to light up the harbour for everyone. My boys would love to captain their own boat. The little guy you show is so lucky. Greece came in 2nd place to Italy for our summer trip destination, but you are making me put it high on the list for a future trip.

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  14. Love these "little" stories, Jackie. Hard to believe your time in Greece has come to an end. Have you started it planning the next Greek adventure?

    Thanks for linking up to Travel Photo Thursday :)

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