What is quiet? Is it the lack of sounds? Or, is it only the sounds that soothe? Dictionary.com includes the definitions: tranquil, to make tranquil, and tranquility--depending on whether you are using the adjective, verb, or noun. On my last afternoon on Skopelos, I avoided a long queue of sunbeds, and went for the quiet of a natural recliner on the slip of a beach on the right side of the port.
World Peace. My daughter created this map 17 years ago when she was in 6th grade. She was very proud of it, and I saved this prized possession, along with many of her test papers, reports, and medals. I presented the collection to her in a large plastic storage container when she moved to a different state 3 years ago. Fast forward to 9 months ago, when I was moving back to the US from the Netherlands and got a new job teaching Kindergarten. She still had the map, and asked if I'd like it for my classroom. "Positively," I responded, and hung it on a bulletin board along with the peace sign.
No, this isn't the view from my current room on Skopelos island in Greece, instead, this is the roar of the Atlantic Ocean from my balcony in Melbourne Beach in Florida last February. But, oh my, I felt like I was on the ocean, when I took the ferry from Skopelos to Skiathos island. Winds were so strong, they cancelled the smaller ferry later in the afternoon, so I had to scramble, pack and leave Skopelos five hours earlier than planned, hence the lateness of this week's Main Event Monday!
What's in a name? Many of the restaurants in Greece are named for their owners, including Mixalis'--I mentioned his cafe in my post yesterday, M is for Movie. Mixalis is Greek for Michael, and my mother's obstetrician insisted I was going to be a boy, so she had the name Michael all picked out for me. What a surprise when I nudged my way out. I was named Michele. I bet you can figure out my brother's name!
Yes, movie. A very popular movie was filmed on the same beach where I spent a magnificent morning today melting in the sun. The movie has four Ms in its title! Have you guessed yet?
For today's Throwback Thursday, I take you back to June 22, 2012. That's when I first met Neil on my kayaking Day Trip with Sea Kayaking Skopelos. You can read all about it in my Trip Advisor review: Absolutely Awesome! The photo above, however, is from my Sunset Trip yesterday, and though I've yet to write a new review, it will be another 5 star one!
3, 2, 1, jump! That's our friend Norm getting ready to jump off the rocky outcrop during our kayak tour in Milos, September 2015. When our guide demonstrated and then climbed back into his red kayak, only a handful of us shouted joyously, "Me," when he asked, "Who wants to try?" The girl crouching behind Norm got last minute jitters, and let Norm go first. She then jumped for joy a few minutes later!
Signs for ice cream are everywhere in Greece. Supermarkets, beach cafes like the one above, and peripteros, the little kiosks, which sell just about anything, that are scattered throughout the country. Brings back memories of the ice cream truck that used to come through our neighborhood in the US. I have my favorites, what about you?
Holiday on Skopelos island in Greece. American friends, holiday=vacation! I enjoy learning about different words for the same thing in different countries! Just 3 days ago, a fellow blogger, Shona, from Shona Easton Design Studio, commented on my E is for Eggplant post, that the white aubergines looked like eggs, and maybe that's why the Americans call them eggplants! Whether you visit for a holiday (vacation), or a holiday (religious or national), Skopelos is the ideal host!
Mrs. T.--lifelong learner, traveler, teacher, voracious reader, and food, wine and chocolate lover!