St Nicolas Church of Piraeus

The lovely St Nicolas Church of Piraeus was finished around 1900.  It stands near the main harbor in Piraeus, the port city next to Athens from which many ferries depart for the multitude of Greek islands.   Of the Greek Orthodox churches we have seen, it comes closest to the magnificent Orthodox churches we saw in … Read moreSt Nicolas Church of Piraeus

On Greek cuisine

  I am impressed with what’s on offer in Greece, both the raw ingredients and prepared foods either in restaurants or in the grocery stores.   Commonly used spices  include allspice, cardamon, cloves, coriander, mahlab, mastic (also an after dinner drink), nutmeg, saffron, and sumac.  I suggest you forget about ordering moussaka and pastitsio while here … Read moreOn Greek cuisine

A bit of the history of the Acropolis

  The Acropolis overlooks Athens on a limestone outcropping providing great views of the city and  inspiring views of the temples from below, the Parthenon being the most prominent.   Its defensive properties no doubt appealed to early inhabitants.  Evidence of their interest dates to the 4th millennium BCE.  The Mycenaean Megaron palace was probably built here … Read moreA bit of the history of the Acropolis

Photos from the National Archaeological Museum in Athens

The National Archaeological Museum in Athens is one of the world’s finest of its type and competes with the best of any type.  The collection is stupendous and the display and organization are top notch.  Here are some of the photos we took during our visit.     [envira-gallery id=”9528″]

Churches of Thessaloniki: Panagia Archiropiitos

September 2019 Panagia (Mary) Archiropiitos might be named after a icon of Panagia Hodegetria said to have miraculously appeared.  Archiropiitos means ‘not made by hands.’   The church dates from the 5th century.   It is a basilica, meaning it has a center aisle flanked by a side aisle on each side (some basilicas have two side … Read moreChurches of Thessaloniki: Panagia Archiropiitos

Churches of Thessaloniki: Agia Sofia

  The Agia Sophia dates from the 8th century and is modeled after the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople (4th century), also still standing. Photos by Peg.            The Ascension is shown in the dome.   The church was converted into a mosque after the city’s absorption into the Ottoman Empire in … Read moreChurches of Thessaloniki: Agia Sofia

Thessaloniki, co-capitol of Greece, 315 BCE

October 2, 2019   Thessaloniki is the capitol of the Macedonian region of Greece (not the country called North Macedonia),  the second-largest city in Greece.  In Greek it is referred to as the co-capitol of the country, a position it also occupied in the Byzantine Empire alongside Constantinople.   Founded in 315 BCE, it was named … Read moreThessaloniki, co-capitol of Greece, 315 BCE

Latest news from our time in the Peace Corps

September, 2019   We were in Peace Corps Panama 2009-10.  We worked with coffee producers.  Some were using organic methods, switching after deeming chemicals too toxic for workers and the environment.  One, Lito Lezcano, developed organic products to fertilize and fumigate the plants, which were shade grown under platanos and other trees.  One of the … Read moreLatest news from our time in the Peace Corps