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Marvelous Greece


 I see trees of green........ red roses too
I see em bloom..... for me and for you
And I think to myself.... what a wonderful world.



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An old stone wall almost buried under a carpet of oak leaves. Zagorochoria region; Greece



Flowers are the music of the ground From earth's lips spoken without sound- Edwin Curran
Flower quotes

Plastira Lake of Meteora - Thessaly, Greece
View from the castle of Monolithos, Rhodes
Rhododendron -Rhodos Island
Colorful Stairs in Rhodes Island
Bogbean- Menyanthes trifoliata L
 Purple hibiscus -Athens
North of Greece -Arachova. Foxglove-Digitalis purpurea -Welsh - Ffion or Maneg Ellyllyn-The Good People’s Glove


The Legend tells Origin of the name
There have been many suggestions for the derivation of the name “foxglove”. It is an ancient name and exists in a list of plants as old as the time of Edward III (King of England from 1327-1377). The prefix ‘fox’ has most likely been commuted over time from “folks”, who to our fourteenth century ancestors were the fairies, but so called as to speak of them explicitly was believed to get their attention & cause them to do mischief. It seems very likely that the pretty coloured bells of the plant would be designated “folksgloves,” then afterwards, “foxglove.”
There appear to be two Welsh names for the Foxglove, one is Ffion, from which the popular Welsh female name is taken and the other Maneg Ellyllyn which translate as  “The Good People’s Glove.”
In Gaelic they were Lus Mor, the Great Herb, for being the most magical of all herbs.

beach at midnight-Greece
The old Port of Nafpaktos. The small, picturesque port has the shape of a horseshoe with an opening of 35 meters. Left and right to the entrance are two towers. After the city’s liberation in 1829 the port still remained an important transportation and commercial centre that gave live to the city. Transportation to the shore of Achaia, Psathopyrgos and Patras were made by small boat. Also for many years the transportation with the prefecture capital Mesologgi, was made with small boats from Nafpaktos to Patra and from there to Kryoneri – Galata and then through local roads one could reach Mesologgi.
The exotic Balos lagoon in Gramvousa Cape near Kissamos, Chania, Crete
beautiful blue flowers

                                                       Greek traditional vegetarian dolmas
                                                                part of  Atens life
The entrance of the National Library of Greece
Kalamas River -North Greece
Yellow Ibiscus-  Santorini
Geranium - Phaeum Samabor
Giola - natural sea lagoon carved in rocks, popular in Thassos Island, East Macedonia and Thrace, Greece
Cristal clear Aegean Sea water
Wild beach
A Sunrise on the Aegean sea
Red Hibiscus - Athens
 Full moon over the temple of Poseidon. Sounio- Attica


It belongs to the Saxifrage family, and is considered threatened. It is named after Parnassus, which is a Greek Mountain
The Walls of Thessaloniki.
The Walls of Thessaloniki are the city walls surrounding the city of Thessaloniki during the Middle Ages and until the late 19th century, when large parts of the walls, including the entire seaward section, were demolished as part of the Ottoman authorities' restructuring of Thessaloniki's urban fabric. The city was fortified from its establishment in the late 4th century BC, but the present walls date from the early Byzantine period, ca. 390, and incorporate parts of an earlier, late 3rd-century wall.
Part of the inner defence walls in the Castle of Ioannina  
   In the 18th century Epirus was affected by unrest due to the conflict between the Albanian beys, but the appointment of Ali Pasha as local governor consolidated the security and peace of the region. During his administration, Ioannina and Epirus, in general, experienced a great economic and cultural development. Ali Pasha – with a view to breaking away from the Sublime Port - fortified anew the castle of Ioannina, which took its current form. Aside from this, he also built the Pende Pigadia and Eleftherohorio castles on the roads leading to Preveza and Thesprotia  
so blue and crystal clear ..mediterranean sea water
The Streets in Paros. Greece-greek island
Lefkada-white sandy beach-greek island-Greece
Lefkada is well-known for its impressive coastline with the white sand beaches and the turquoise waters, resembling the tropical paradise of the Caribbean

Lesvos-greek island -Greece
The village of Mesta is the most distant of the medieval villages but it is also the most well-preserved. the form and architecture here is totally unique. The houses are build side-by-side to each-other, so tightly that there are only two entrances to the village. The streets are very narrow, and most of them are covered with arches and vaults. The whole village has been intendently planned and built as a maze, in order to prevent the pirate raiding parties from reaching easily the most important buildings located in the center of the village.

Somewhere in Mykonos
The Summer & honey & bee
Soooo tasty!!!, grilled octopus with lemon and olive oil
Monemvasia
Cycladic architecture is famous for its uniqueness and charm
Monemvasia-The town and fortress were founded in 583 by people seeking refuge from the Slavic and the Avaric invasion of Greece.
The peninsula is linked to the mainland by a short causeway 200m in length. Its area consists mostly of a large plateau some 100 metres above sea level, up to 300 m wide and 1 km long, the site of a powerful medieval fortress. The town walls and many Byzantine churches remain from the mediaeval period

greek pistachio

 Bridge of Plaka.Tzoumerka. It is the biggest one-stringer bridge of the Balkans.The height of its main arch (since it also has twofalse arches) is 20 meters, its length is 40 metersand its width in the highest point of its arc reaches 3.20 meters. It is found on the way after Kalentziand it was built in 1866 by Kostas Bekas
Tzoumerka is probably the less known and widespread area of Epirus withoutthat meaning that it falls short in anything than the rest of them. It is anearthly paradise that combines everything and offers unique experience inall visitors no matter what they are asking for.
Meteora is an area in Thessaly (Central Greece) and Kalampaka is the city under the rock towers of Meteora. The thing that makes Meteora so special is the monasteries on the top of the rock towers. The monasteries, the amound of peaks to climb and the paths for hiking brings in Meteora  the whole year many tourists. Today, the tradition of Orthodoxy is continued uninterrupted for over 600 years by the Holy Monastery of the Great Meteoro or (the Transfiguration of Jesust), the Varlaam Monastery, the Saint Stephen Monastery, the Holy Trinity Monastery, the Saint Nicolas Anapafsas Monastery and the Roussano Monastery. All these monasteries are on the top of Meteora rocks.
Greek prawns, saganaki and home made bread ..
 A boat. Paros. Greece- Greek island
 hmmm.. I don't know, but looks good. Green red-rock plant close -up.
 Green red-rock plant. Late afternoon beach. Athens  
From the some place. Red berry bush. late afternoon beach. Athens
 1.Old part of Crete-Greece-Greek island
2. A face. The Rocks on the beach. the beach late afternoon. Athens
3.Awesome colorful sea stones. Athens
4.Forest at Aetolia-Acarnania - Region in Mainland Greece
5. Ophrys grammica -wild orchid-North Greece
6. Nafplion in Peloponnese
7. Rodhos afternoon coffee
8. One of the spectacular places around the World Fragma's waterfall-Kalama-Epirus-North Greece

8.Parga Castle Ali Pasha -The castle of Parga (Venetian Castle) - Parga Castle was initially built in the 11th century by the residents of Parga to protect their town from the pirates and Turks but it was partly destroyed by such invasions. In the 13th century, the Venetians rebuilt Parga Castle to fortify the area. In 1452, Parga was occupied by Turks and destroyed part of the Castle of Parga.
9. Lasithi-Crete 
10. beautiful purple lavander
11. Amorgos streets
                                          Royal Poinciana - in Cyprus
 Nice stone church has been built which is partly carved into the rocks. Kotsifou Canyon is a gorge in southern Crete
 wild cala lillies
Arachova valley
Sunny house in Plaka - Athens  
Walking down the street. Plaka. Athens
Greek islands- blue doors and geranium

The Byzantine city of Mystras, a stunning ruin with huge historical importance. Because of its strategic location, the hill of Mystras was once a great natural fortress and in 1249 an imposing castle, built after the conquest by the Franks. The city grew throughout the 13th and 14th century as it gained more power and was home to several religious communities and churches. It has a long history and great emperors such as Constantine Palaeologus have visited. This wonderful monument is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must visit, so that’s settled then! Apparently walking through the ruined streets and largely intact religious buildings will put me right back in 1350 AD.

Tzoumerka bridge - Gefyri Plakas. With two arcs in its both sides the bridge is known not only for its beauty, but for its admirable architecture as well. Many bridges of region fell with the passage of time and possible river
A waterfall, prefecture of Ioannina, Epirus


Interesting fact is - Byzantine monastery of Tharri or Thari lost in a wild valley near the village of Laerma, dates from the ninth century. The domed church, dedicated to St. Michael the  Archangel, is very interesting with its medieval frescoes in the nave, apse and cupola, painted between the twelfth century and the fourteenth century. The present monastery was built on the site of a temple of Apollo, on the ruins of which the first church was built in the fifth century 

the olive tree on the rock
 Traditional narrow streets of the island Skopelos
Remember a spring :) the orange blossoms from a garden

Agioi apostoloi church 
This bell tower stands on a hill at the edge of the town near a very old looking church with strong Byzantine influence in its architecture. Name of the church is Agii Apostoli an it is as old as XIII century
Beautiful morning sunrise over Attica

Balos Beach lies on the northwest corner of the Greek island of Crete . It is a lagoon, which recalls similar lagoons in the Caribbean. Balos Beach offers a stunning view of the crystal-clear, azure-colored sea level in combination with white sand. 
Wind millhouse in Andros-Greek island
Milos Island - Greece
Patmos Hora-greek island 
Windmills Overlooking Hora Leros island -Greece

Ormos bay Andros
Chapel of Panagia - Andros- Greece
Pithara waterfall Andros island- Greece
The Tower of Agios Petros was built during the Hellenistic period and it is the best preserved ancient monument of Andros island. It took its name from the village of Agios Petros. The reason that this tower was built is still unknown, but it is assumed to have been an observatory, overlooking the sea as far as the islands of Kea, Siros and Kithnos. Another theory says that it has been the basis of an army.
The Corinth Canal is a canal that connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea.The canal was mooted in classical times and an abortive effort was made to build it in the 1st century AD
The wild flowers on a coast of Meganissi - Greece
Venetian fort on Andros- Greece
great summer feeling
field with corn flowers

very old olive tree

Olives and Olive Trees  next to the hotel Lesante- Zakynthos-Zante- Greece

 Vouliagmeni lake-Athens-Greece

The Lighthouse. Aegina Island- Greece


 Rio–Antirrio bridge . . It crosses the Gulf of Corinth near Patras, linking the town of Rio on the Peloponnese to Antirrio on mainland Greece by road

A old church- Kastraki- Meteora