There really is a 'Mediterranean Lifestyle' and it has taken me until now to realize that we really are living it!
|Sailing under the Mediterranean Sun|
Now, I am not sure I would have believed that lifestyles could be so different until we moved to Greece from our home in the U.S. Pacific Northwest, but I can assure you that our lifestyle here is a far different one than it was there.
|Hydra Island - a place to relax|
The Mediterranean lifestyle has been described as one in which we 'more consciously take our time' with all things; one in which we never complete all tasks at once. We find that being retired fits that same description and lends itself well to this new expat lifestyle in the Mediterranean region.
As many of you know from my earlier writings, the seeds of living a Mediterranean lifestyle were planted way back when I first saw the 1964 Walt Disney movie, 'The Moon-Spinners' which was set in Greece.
|Really? Do we need guidelines?|
|TML 7 principles of the Mediterranean Lifestyle|
1. Eat healthily
|Roadside fruit stand in early March|
|Fresh fruit and vegetables combine in this salad|
|Our friend, Captain Antonis and The Scout|
2. Spend time with family and friends
|The Scout with two of our four fur-kids|
|Friends gather for Easter dinner|
3. Find More Time to Relax
|Princess demonstrates relaxation techniques|
|Pausing to enjoy our surroundings|
4. Laugh often
|Selfies on a walk home from the village - instant laughter|
|Expat stories always good for laughter|
5. Enjoy Life and the Simple Things in Life
|These two are village harbor icons|
|Finding a small fresco tucked away in a church wall|
6. Be Productive
|Springtime trimming burn in the olive grove|
|American expats impromptu beach cleanup|
7. Stay physically active
|Olive harvest day - off to the press to become oil|
|Hikes on the kalderimi - great exercise!|