Welcome to Autumn! My favorite season officially arrived on September 22 and I have been anxious about it. Why? Because I wouldn’t want to miss the beautiful colors it will bring! Who else out there is  an Autumn fan? 😀 {All photos were taken by me using Olympus VR -340 and edited in Pixlr}

“In the autumn it is said that the reason why leaves fall down from the branch is to make way for new leaves to grow. No matter how sad the fallen leaves look, there will always be new sprouts in the spring. Perhaps, emptiness in the heart is something similar to that.” – Boys Be Anime Quotes

One of the many things I love about Autumn – wild Cyclamens growing in a Greek forest. For the past 4 years I have enjoyed taking their photos. This year, we moved to city center, so it will be difficult to visit the forest regularly. This photo was taken @Autumn 2012, Filyro.

I would love to share a poem from {Source of Inspiration} blog:
“Sometimes we cope with
unpleasantness by simply
walking away. This leaves
the situation unresolved but
there are times when no acceptable
compromise seems available.
It is a wise man who knows
when to do battle and when
to retreat. One must be careful,
however, not to make retreat
a way of hurting another.
Title: Bad News




Alphabet Photo Challenge: “L” is for Lake Kerkini

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{All photos were taken on November 25, 2012}


My Lake Kerkini Postcard. I tried to create an Autumn mood here, if you think this is good, let me know. If not, help me criticize by commenting below. Thank you!

Last Winter, I went on trip with one of the Filipino organizations in Northern Greece. One of our destinations was Lake Kerkini. It is located in the prefecture of Serres, Macedonia region.  From the town of Serres, it is  35-40 km away; 100 km from Thessaloniki city, and 50 km from the border of Bulgaria. It is surrounded by the mountains of Belles & Mavrovouni. The river where the lake is situated, is called “Strymonas / Struma River.” The lake has a pear-shape and is one of the most important wetlands in Europe. As the season changes every year, the migrating birds come and go, too. There are 300 species of birds found on the lake. More info here.

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A Word a Week Challenge: Square

[Photos below are all from 2011]

March. Texture on a Tree.

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Alphabet Photo Challenge: “I” is for ISLA!

It’s a new week and I am joining again Frizztext’s challenge! It’s the letter “I” this time. Because it is summer, let me introduce a summer place in Northern Greece. It is called, “ISLA.” It is the name of a beach bar in 2nd leg, Sithonia, of Halkidiki. Located in the shore or coast of Kalogria, “Isla” is one of the newly discovered places we found this year in Halkidiki.  It is next to Makednos Hotel beach bar.

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Beach Day: Kalogria in Sithonia

My 5th summer in Northern Greece is once again being spent in Halkidiki (also known as Chalkidiki.) Halkidiki is a peninsula in Northern Greece, northeastern Aegean Sea. It is made up of 3 peninsulas that are called in different ways: “Trident”, “Three Fingers”, or “Three Legs”. The most commonly used in Greece are “three fingers” and “three legs”. The 1st finger is called, “Kassandra”, where I was spending my 4 years of summer. The 3rd finger is an autonomous region because it is considered a sacred place, “Mt. Athos or Agion Oros”. This post  will talk a little bit about the 2nd leg.

Our daily excursion was changed this year. Mr. Hubby and I, together with our super gas-saving own car (yes we finally got one this year!), have been travelling to 2nd leg often. Geographically known as Sithonia, the 2nd finger of Halkidiki is a beautiful peninsula, where pine trees meet the shorelines. The nature scenery here is thick lush green, a different island look from other islands in Greece. Though, in some places, it reminded me of Skopelos island – where we had our island get-away last year. This experience will be saved for another entry. 🙂

As you enter the peninsula, meet a scenery of olive groves that are as wide as far as your eyes can see. Compare to the 1st leg, Kassandra, which has a mix scenery of olive groves, vineyards (Macedonian Wine Road is located here), sunflowers, and vegetable field – the 2nd leg will turn your eyes to the olive farm scenery. The famous “Sithonia Honeys” are also made here. The day we came for a swim, we were back to Kalogria – a town in Sithonia where we used to hang out with Mr. Hubby’s bestfriend. Its coast is part of Akti Koviou (Koviou Coast.) This year we came back to revive the good times we had with his bestfriend, who is now living in Sweden. Basically, this post is actually dedicated to her! 😀

Beach Day at Makednos Hotel beach bar, Kalogria
{All photos were taken in June 20, 2013}

A view of Makednos Hotel swimming pool. 

We got here by accident. We were trying to find the road going to “Mango Bar”,but we ended up entering a different one where we found 2 beach bars (Isla & Makednos hotel.) We chose the road going downhill (to Makednos hotel.) We stayed on its beach bar and had a great time swimming, relaxing, and walking of our yet “another typical summer life!” 😀 Continue reading