My first impression of Greece... #TheLongestTrip // 37 photos

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I said in a previous post that we arrived on the island Chios by ferry and after a walk in the park we stayed for a few hours to walk the eponymous city of Chios, which as far as I understand is the capital of this island.

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The first impression of Greece is the narrow winding streets, which are mostly ridden on motorcycles or cars like Suzuki Jimny, because big cars will not pass here. And my girls and I walked these narrow streets, looking at different houses that were like cartoons. Small, mostly two-story, they had small windows and multicolored window frames that made these houses so cheerful and cozy!

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We happily plunged into the labyrinths of these streets, protected by awnings from the heat, which were stretched everywhere over the streets from one house to another. We circled between these houses with colorful windows, and I stopped at each of them to take many photos from different angles. Each of them was like a work of art. For example: a blue arch above the door and around the windows with interesting, as if Turkish patterns. In restaurants, the menu along with Greek and English is a third language - Turkish. The histories of these two countries, Turkey and Greece, are very closely intertwined. From Cesme to Chios is only 15 km by sea. In one article I read that there is a visa-free regime between Chios and Turkey. Once upon a time, the people of Chios experienced a lot of harm from the Turks! But now the main flow of tourists from Turkey. Time erases pain and guilt ... And it's probably good. As now, there is good friendship and mutual support between Ukraine and Poland. I wonder how many years must pass and whether it will ever be possible for Ukrainians to forgive Russians ...

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Then I met an exotic metal door, bright turquoise. Such was the door on Halytska Street in my native Lviv, against the background of which we did a photo shoot for my daughter Victoria in 2018 ... It was in peaceful Ukraine, as if centuries had passed since then. Will I ever be able to walk the streets of my hometown again without being startled by the sound of a siren ... And for now I am wandering in the corners of my memory, as in those wonderful cozy streets of Chios.

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Clay pots with flowers, green windows framed in white, a blue wall ... I stopped in a small cozy square and walked, enjoying every element of this exotic little ancient area of ​​Chios. There was another house that caught my attention: with orange windows, which had a pharmacy. I guessed it, because reading in Greek is a bit like the Ukrainian language. And a few steps leading to the front door of the house - a characteristic element of Greek architecture.

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Next was the house, the second floor of which was painted blue and the windows were almost red. Very good combination. How beautiful this Greek woman with a small backpack looks! Houses and people are my inspiration for photography :)

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There were also houses made of exotic bricks for me, of different sizes and colors, not painted at all, with characteristic balconies, which hung like a separate annex on the second floor. And also the gates to the houses were made of brick ornaments in the form of an arch!

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So walking, we came to the chapel Saint Nicholas again. And I made a little video where you can take a walk with me to feel the spirit of this city in dynamics.

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A few more shots of my fascinating walk through the streets of Chios, which do not require much description. Just enjoy the amazing elements of architecture: doors, windows with colorful shutters, stairs in front of doors of different configurations and colors, which create a unique face of this ancient port city Chios.

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Walking on, I came across a very narrow street and again remembered my native Lviv. I often wrote articles using the words: narrow streets of Lviv :) But the street here was so narrow that I do not remember such narrow ones in Lviv!

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A woman with a child came in, and I followed them. You can see how narrow it is. Do you also like to walk through such mazes?

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There was a cafe in this lane and I went in to take a picture of the design! Again, brick arches and bright yellow walls :) I would sit here, but time was short, and money too little :)
Prices in Greece were at least twice as high as in Turkey. And my journey is unknown how long it will last!

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Next are some food still lifes. Dried fruits, a bag of walnuts (wow! I finally visited the homeland of my favorite nuts!) And remembered my Ukraine for the third time! I loved drinking coffee under a walnut tree in my parents' yard in my native village of Rokytne ... Especially in autumn, when the walnut shed its leaves and the coffee was with the aroma of walnut leaves! And my mother was there ... Now my village is alone and my parents are in a better world ...

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And at the end of our walk Greek coffee in a cozy cafe and acquaintance with the locals! Cute guys are here too, by the way :)

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Thank you to the organizers of this wonderful community @aplusd and @storiesoferne for the opportunity to share my architectural discoveries!

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Our #TheLongestTrip continues.
And in a few days I will write about an amazing discovery - an unforgettable part of the island of Chios, where I lived for a week as if on a desert island...

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Hi, Olga! What a beautiful trip!What a pretty little town, all narrow streets, and earthy architecture. I love the structures and how they blend well with the surroundings, the arches, and the bricking compliments the surroundings.

The girls look wonderful and I hope you are all doing well. How is your husband doing? My thought and prayers to him and your family. ❤️

Thank you dear @dswigle for your wonderful review. Our trip is very interesting, but I am sad in my soul because of the terrible events in Ukraine. My daughters want to stay abroad. And my husband is in Ukraine. It is nice that you are watching our journey!

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I like the colourful houses in Greek islands. They are almost the same in whole Greece, not more than two flats. To me, the best houses are in Symi island. I think there might also be houses covered with ceramics. Haven't you seen a lentisk yet?

There is no visa-free regime between Turkiye and any EU country. There was easy visa regime for Turks travelling to some close islands before the pandemic, which is called "visa at door". I am not sure whether it has been started to apply again. However, you had to pay 60 Euros anyway.

Thanks for the feedback friend. I love walking among ancient architecture. In Turkey and Greece, there is a cozy atmosphere among the two-story houses, painted so exotically. This is very different from the majestic monumental architecture of Hungary. It is very sad that the people of such closely located countries as Greece and Turkey cannot freely visit each other... There are always restrictions imposed on us.

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As a Turk, I love that you explained our country very well. Pictures are of very good quality. Congratulations 🙂

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Hello dear friend @olga.malevich good afternoon
I love this island that they have visited, seeing this place is like traveling back in time, I love the buildings of times and their colorful fronts, and the beautiful designs of their façade, each of them are true treasures of architecture
Its cobbled and narrow streets make the city very pleasant
Beautiful shots, I appreciate you making us known
Have a beautiful afternoon

Thank you my friend @jlufer :) I am glad that you are enjoying these architectural creations with me on my journey.

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It's a pleasure for us too, dear @olga.maslievich! 😃

I have always wanted to go to Greece. Hopefully j can visit them one day. It looks warm and cozy

Oh, Greece is very beautiful in some places.
Zakynthos, Corfu, Santorini...
However, it is too expensive for us Ukrainians, especially in the conditions of forced travel due to the war.

Oh, it's wonderful. All your photos.

I couldn't help thinking I want to plant trees for shade all over. Haha, I always do that in my mind :)

Oh so dear. Trees are very necessary in countries where it is very hot :)

I'm always looking for shady cool places :)

Beautiful this village, the little streets. Cute houses. I like the blue arches around the windows. Beautiful.
Thanks for sharing more of your trip 👋🏻😁
Looking forward to the discovery…
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Nice to have you watching my journey dear @littlebee4. You notice the beautiful elements of Greek architecture. Thank you for your visit :)

You are so welcome @olga.maslievich 😁
Haven’t been around the last 5 days though, as I was on holidays myself in Paris. But I will catch up again.
Have a wonderful midweek! 👋🏻☀️💃🏻

What a beautiful urban design, various architecture in each buildings are spectacular and even though it looks like all the buildings look very densely populated, but the layout and neat environment make the urban design and environment very beautiful 🤗

I stayed in Greece many years ago and I liked it a lot

I found so many places I would like to visit! But this time Greece is too expensive for me :)

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