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August 26, 2012



                    (PART 4: Places we visited)

An oak tree with a story. Legend has it that when this tree dries up the village will disappear (meaning it will be completely deserted and become a ghost town).

       Okay, Part 4 and last! I know it almost became a TV series but I took soooo many photos and I wanted to share them with you. I really hope you enjoyed them and I didn't tire you!
       Well, here I have some photos from my mom's hometown. My mom spent her childhood on the high and rugged Pinthos mountains of Ipiros, in a village of the Souli area, called Agia Kiriaki. Back then, it was a very large and thriving village but as people started migrating to flat lands of lower altitude the village gradually became decayed and abandoned. Today, very few people (mostly of old age) remain in the village. 
Ruins of what once used to be a house

The well at my mom's old (and ruined) house still stands and actually still has water in it.

The steps were leading to the 1st floor

 What a view they had!

The greenery has affectionately tried to cover the houses' ugly nakedness


Graphic narrow pathways lead locals to their land and to neighbors.

More scenic (and peaceful) routes!

A little bridge over a small river that overflows in winter!

The square outside the church is the venue of many feasts (mostly of religious holidays)
The church of Agia Kiriaki village which is more than 100 years old.

       On our trip back home to Athens we drove through many beautiful little towns and saw some amazing things. One place we visited was the archaeological site of Delphi which will be a future post I'm sure you'd like to read.

I can't decide if this little outdoor coffee shop in Mazarakia village is cute or tacky. What do you think?
It sure is original!

This really is a funny picture. In the city of Igoumenitsa we saw this little fresh fish store. Did you notice the cats? One is inside right next to the man! Fishes and cats!!! LOL!

In the city of Vonitsa we came across this little church 'smack' right in the middle of the street!!! No one would dare knock down a church when they were building the road so they made a 'detour' around it and to make sure drivers pay attention they even installed traffic lights!!!
(above:front                     below:back)

The following are photos from beautiful Arachova, a very popular winter resort. Everybody who is somebody comes here to ski in the winter. At that time the place is absolutely packed!

Well, I hope you really liked my pictures and got some insight of how the Greek countryside looks like (at least some part of it). If you haven't already seen our other photos/adventures from our vacation then click here (Part 1), here (Part 2) and here (Part 3).
Don't forget to leave a comment! I love hearing from you!

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  1. WoW! Greece looks beautiful but remote in some of your photos. Sorry about the message the other night I wasn't thinking that you live in Greece and the time zone is far different then the U.S.

    Its a good thing I couldn't call ya. You would have rang my neck. Ha Ha

  2. Thanks for your comment and for joining! Yes, it looks remote because I was taking photos of remote areas. Check my other photos of Greece and the page 'Welcome to Greece' and you'll see it's nothing like that.

    P.S. FYI Greece is 7 hours ahead from Michigan time, and 8 from Oclahoma! That night was a "Sleepless in Athens" night!

  3. congratulations! I've nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award. Check out my blog to see how to accept:
    Karen @ BakingInATornado

    1. OMG! Thank you! I'm shocked (in a pleasant way) I'm speechless right now. Thank you!!!!!!!

  4. Wow, how beautiful!
    Visit anytime!
    {All follows are followed back}

    1. Thanks! and also thanks for following!!!

  5. Your pictures are breathtaking!!
    I'm so glad you stopped by my blog, followed and commented so I could do the same:) Great to meet you!

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  7. Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful pictures!

    1. You're very welcome and I'm glad you like them. Thank you for following!!!

  8. Yes--I see where the comment was accidentally deleted. I will try again--what I believe I said was how much I like the pictures of the ruins, but also how sad they made me because I was thinking that at one time there was once a happy family living there and now almost all trace of their past is gone. I also love the pictures of the cafe--very cozy looking. I would definitely sit down to a drink there! Great pictures!

  9. Thanks for going into all this trouble and commenting again and so promptly! WOW! You're right about the photos of the ruins causing some sadness as they stand there as dead remnants of a used to be life. But 'C'est la vie"! The cute coffee shop had a great frappuccino and at night time it had live music and drinks!

  10. Vicki, I can't get over how beautiful your pictures are. Such gorgeous land and colors! I am also coming over to give you an award. You are stacking them up! Ha! Pop on over when you get the chance. It's called the Versatile award and it is all yours when you're ready for it. They can get to be a bit of work to accept :) Keep blogging and showing us more of your adventures!

    1. Thank you for your nice words and THANK YOU for the award!OMG! I can't believe it, second one this week? I am so surprised! And grateful! And ecstatically happy!!!

  11. first time I saw your blog. It looks so interesting. Now I am reading every thing in reverse gear. First your journey description 4, then 3, 2, 1....