Why Greece, Italy and Israel?

Why Greece?

Loutraki waterfront

I walked along the waterfront of the resort town of Loutraki in the Peloponnese in Greece one evening as the sun set over the undulating hills. A sliver of a moon rose slowly above the  setting sun in the cloudless sky. A lone fisherman stood on the edge of the boardwalk maneuvering a fishing pole with a line which descended into the clear, icy waters of the Mediterranean Sea.  A light breeze ushered in an evening chill.  As I rounded a bend and looked back, the picturesque town of Loutraki sparkled in the twilight above expansive palm trees. Behind me on the hillside among some bushes, a melodic male voice was singing in Greek in harmony with a guitar. It was magic.

Loutraki (“small bath”) was the draw that got me to Greece this winter. It all started many years ago with some friends I met while I lived in Greece. They now live in England and own a condo in Loutraki which they visit periodically during the summertime. They offered it to me as a winter get-away this year. I jumped at the opportunity to reconnect with my past. So here I am in Loutraki using this lovely place as a jumping off point to explore Athens and Greece’s fascinating Peloponnese, where history and Greek mythology are inextricably intertwined.

Why Italy?

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Roman ruins in the heart of Centro Storico, Rome

I decided to take advantage of my proximity to Italy this winter by visiting Rome and southern Italy, places I missed in my previous European travels.

Why Israel?

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View from where I walked on Old Jerusalem’s wall

I have visited Israel as a tourist several times. I always look for an opportunity to return to this fascinating country. I have the opportunity on this trip to spend a couple of weeks there, so I decided to seize the opportunity and visit Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and part of the West Bank.


4 thoughts on “Why Greece, Italy and Israel?

  1. Christa

    Hi Merilee,
    thanks for sending the link.
    How lucky you are to be in Greece now and to have a get-away.
    I look forward to your next posts.
    Greetings from Paris, Christa

    • Hi Christa,
      Nice to hear from you. Yes, I feel fortunate to be here in Greece right now…especially considering the wicked winter New England is having right now (where I live). But lucky you living in Paris!!!

  2. Mike Streeter

    Hi Merrilee
    I very much appreciated the photos and descriptions of an evening in Loutraki. Your enjoyment of travel is something I also appreciate and expect that you spread as much sunshine as you experience in those warm Mediterranean climes.
    Until you return wish you clear sailing!
    Michael Streeter

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