Armchair Traveler ~ Greece

Greece is the home of the gods; they may have died but their presence still makes itself felt. The gods were of human proportion; they were created out of the human spirit. ~ Henry Miller

We are all Greeks. Our laws, our literature, out religion, our arts, have their roots in Greece. ~ Percy Bysshe Shelley

Enthusiasm is a wonderful thing. In South Africa, they throw flowers at you. In Greece, Greeks throw themselves. ~ Melina Mercouri

Recently, on a rainy day, I came upon some old postcards. Several were of Greece, primarily Athens and they brought back some terrific memories.

A friend and I went to Greece (Athens plus a 3 day tour to Corinth and Delphi) and Rome on our first trip to Europe. Athens has so many memorable sights, including the Acropolis (link below) and a short distance away from the city is the beautiful scenic Temple of Poseidon. Temple of Poseidon at Sounion | The Official Athens Guide (thisisathens.org)

I still recall a fabulous restaurant dinner at Dionysius restaurant which had the most incredible view of the Acropolis. I googled the restaurant and yes, it is still there … with it’s fantastic view and menu. Home | Dionysos Zonar’s (dionysoszonars.gr).

Here is a link about Delphi, one of the most beautiful serene places I have visited. It is a place where you can feel the presence of the Gods.

Delphi Greece – Complete Travel Guide | Discover Greece

The great fun of Armchair Travel is you can go where you want, check out museums, monuments, parks, restaurants, book shops, day tours, etc. And imagine yourself there … enjoying stuffed vine leaves, Moussaka and a beautiful glass of Greek wine. If you are lucky to live near a good Green restaurant, indulge!

Perhaps play some Greek music, watch a movie set in Greece, check out “Aerial Greece” by the Smithsonian Channel  (marvelous 4 part show covering mainland Greece and the islands)  or hunt about for books set in Greece. If you enjoy mysteries, check out the Chief Andreas Kaldis series by Jeffrey Siger. Most of the books also feature the Greek isles … which is definitely another Armchair Travel journey.

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. ~  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Savor your journeys… real, imagined or virtual, near or far

Home | Acropolis Museum | Official website (theacropolismuseum.gr)

Athens (visitgreece.gr)

Favorite Cat Photos ~ Quotes ~ March 2022

The innocent look on their face is enough to take up most of the room in your heart ~ Mark Twain

Cats and music are the two ways of refuge from the miseries of life ~ Albert Schweitzer

A part of your soul remains asleep,if you have not loved an animal ~ Anatole France

The vibrations you recieve when the cat purrs on your lap are of contentment and pure love ~ St. Francis of Assisi

Cats own numerous charms which will make you forget all your worries ~ Saki

If you think that its only a cat then obviously you have never loved a cat ~ T.S.Eliot

First Signs of Spring ~ Photos ~ Quotes ~ March 2022

The spring wakes us, nurtures us and revitalizes us. How often does your spring come? If you are a prisoner of the calendar, it comes once a year. If you are creating authentic power, it comes frequently, or very frequently ~ Gary Zukav

Spring: a lovely reminder of how beautiful change can truly be ~ Anonymous

Every spring is the only spring, a perpetual astonishment ~ Ellis Peters

No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow ~ English Proverb

Spring is painted in daffodil yellows, robin egg blues, new grass green and the brightness of hope for a better life ~ Toni Sorenson

Walk About a Pond ~ Photos ~ Quotes ~ Gig Harbor, WA ~ March 2022

In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful ~ Alice Walker

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair ~ Khalil Gibran

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better ~ Albert Einstein

Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads ~ Henry David Thoreau

To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug ~ Helen Keller

Point Defiance Park, Tacoma, WA ~ Feb 2022 ~ Photos ~ Quotes

Don’t think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It’s quiet, but the roots are down there riotous ~ Rumi

All that is gold does not glitter. Not all those who wander are lost: the old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost ~  J.R.R Tolkien

The color of springtime is in the flowers, the color of winter is in the imagination ~ Terri Guillemets

In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back ~ Albert Camus

We cannot stop the winter or the summer from coming. We cannot stop the spring or the fall or make them other than they are. They are gifts from the universe that we cannot refuse. But we can choose what we will contribute to life when each arrives ~ Gary Zukav

Happy New Year ~ Quotes ~ Favorite Photos

Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous New Year by believing. Believe in yourself. And believe that there is a loving Source ~ a Sower of Dreams ~ just waiting to be asked to help you make your dreams come true ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach

Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties ~  Helen Keller

And now we welcome the New Year. Full of things that have never been ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Favorite Christmas Quotes ~ December 2021

Wishing you and your family and friends a beautiful, joyous Christmas

What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. Agnes M. Pahro

Christmas is the day that holds all time together.  Alexander Smith

One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas Day. Don’t clean it up too quickly. Andy Rooney

The smells of Christmas are the smells of childhood. Richard Paul Evans

May you never be too grown up to search the skies on Christmas Eve. Unknown

We are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmastime. Laura Ingalls Wilder

It’s Christmas Eve. It’s the one night of the year when we all act a little nicer, we smile a little easier, we cheer a little more. For a couple of hours out of the whole year, we are the people that we always hoped we would be. Frank Cross, “Scrooged”

Christmas waves a magic wand over the world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. Norman Vincent Peale

Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection. Winston Churchill

There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor. Charles Dickens

Late Fall Meandering ~ Cushman Trail ~ Gig Harbor, WA ~December 2021

Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go ~ Unknown

Notice that autumn is more the season of the soul than of nature ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Anyone who thinks fallen leaves are dead has never watched them dancing on a windy day ~ Shira Tamir

Nothing is more fleeting than external form, which withers and alters like the flowers of the field at the appearance of autumn ~ Umberto Eco

Point Defiance Park, Tacoma, WA ~ Early Nov, 2021 ~ Quotes ~ Photos

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower ~ Albert Camus

If a year was tucked inside of a clock, then autumn would be the magic hour ~ Victoria Erickson

Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree ~ Emily Brontë

Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons ~ Jim Bishop

Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald