Greece, An Endless Dream

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Greece was the cradle of civilization on this earth. This is the opinion of a European, so I learned in school over fifty years ago. The name Europe is derived from Greek mythology so at least for the inhabitants of the old continent, this cannot be denied. I apologize to those from other continents because I do not know their history which may be older and more important ... I, as a European, worship to Greece!


One fact is undeniable: democracy appeared in ancient Greece, more precisely in the city of Athens. Five thousand years ago, the equality of all citizens before the law was respected; freedom of speech; participation in government, right to vote. Incredible! Then it was lost for several thousand years until the modern times of mankind.

Winston Churchill has several quotes about democracy ...

Democracy is a very bad form of government ... but all the others are so much worse.

Democracy is an awful way to run a country, but it's the best system we have.

... some even contrary ...

If you want a good argument against democracy, spend five minutes with a voter.

I wanted to recall what a huge contribution the Greek Civilization had to the progress of humanity. However, it is not because of this that I'm obsessed with Greece. I'm obsessed with the beauty of the landscape and most of the inhabitants. Greek lifestyle that respects the small pleasures of life. A life as close to nature. And nature is wonderful in Greece, it is endowed with all forms of relief but I'm fascinated by the sea.

Islands and sea. I'm talking about islands because I know most of them are wonderful but to know and visited I only know about Thassos Island.



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Thassos Island

The northernmost island of Greece is in the Aegean Sea. For me this is a blessing because it is the closest to my city, Bucharest, which is in the south of Romania. Only 700 km away from Thassos. I cross Bulgaria from north to south and in about ten hours drive I reach Limenaria, the place where I like to stay when I arrive in Thassos.

The most important city near the island of Thassos is Kavala. So, those who want to visit the island and cannot come by car have to reach Kavala by plane or bus. From there, there are ferries (10 km) to Limenas, the capital of the island.
For those traveling by car, like me, the best place to cross is Keramoti, which is much closer to the island (4 km).



From Limenas you can reach the whole island either by bus, taxi or you can rent a car.

I arrived in Limenaria after about half an hour driving along a coastal road and passing through several picturesque villages and small resorts.


I arrived in Limenaria after about half an hour driving along a coastal road and passing through several picturesque villages and small resorts.

Limenaria is the second-largest city on the island, after Limenas, the capital. The name Limenaria is an adaptation of the name Limenas and means the smaller city.


Although the city is small, you can find everything you need and even more than that: restaurants, shops, supermarkets, taverns, bakeries, cafes and banks.



Now I have to say that I love this city because it has nothing out of modernity. I like old buildings, often scrapped. I like the atmosphere of the city, which seems to ignore the thousands of tourists who are everywhere. Apart from the promenade filled with shops and small restaurants, souvenir-filled stalls.



On the side streets people lead their normal existence. This existence, way of life I like very much. No matter how poor they are, they abide by their daily routine, work, food, and siesta. They like to gather at a table and tell a story, drink a coffee or a glass of ouzo. They never rush.



I like Limenaria because it is built on several levels, on a small hill and some streets are higher than others and are linked by stairs.



Small hotels are on all streets. Mixed with the houses of the locals. I think that's why you always feel at home here.



The inhabitants of the island are Greek, of course. They know how to be friendly and know best how to treat tourists as they are impressed by their hospitality. If you are a loyal customer, I am a loyal customer, every year I go to the same hotel, small family hotel. In this case, you will receive many signs of friendship and benefits. For this reason, you will definitely go to them for years to come. In my case, I will only go to the Karagiannis hotel because the owners, Alexandra and Dimitris, are wonderful people and they allow me to consider them my friends.





It is interesting that the city of Limenaria was built by the inhabitants of a mountain village, 30 km away. They did not live on the seashore to protect themselves from pirate attacks. After 1900 a mining operation was established and the inhabitants of the mountains were employed as miners. Thus they made more money and started to build houses near the mine and set up Limenaria. Gradually they started to leave the village from the mountains and it became almost deserted.

The village in the mountains is called Kastro

Because there a castle was built around the year 1400. It, meanwhile, was abandoned and the inhabitants of the village used the stones in the walls of the castle to build their houses. Now Kastro has become a place to visit. I was there too.

Kastro or Castle

In recent years the inhabitants of Kastro have begun to return to the village. They renovated the abandoned houses and turned them into holiday homes. The place is very beautiful, at the top of the mountain. The view is amazing!




The stone is everywhere, and in the walls of houses and in the ground beneath the feet. I wonder how this tree managed to infuse the roots so as to withstand the strong winds from here.


Even though the houses have been modernized and have new finishes, we have seen that the Greeks tend to add something traditional, as decoration. What can be more traditional in Greece than an amphora?



In the village there are not only houses. Tourists are attracted to old buildings, such as the village church, which unfortunately was closed when we arrived there, so we were content to look only at the outside.



Although the church was closed, in the yard I found a small souvenir shop and even a small bar where you could drink a juice or eat a traditional orange cake. After a long walk, little rest is welcome.


Tourists are everywhere on the narrow streets of the village. They prefer shade places because it is very hot under the open sun.


I saw a lot of goats, I think they are the most common animals in Greece. I wondered what they eat because the grass is not near the place. Then I saw that the goats are very happy to eat the small leaves from the bushes.


The main attraction of the village is The Church of St. Athanasios, built by the inhabitants of the village in 1804. They completed the church in forty days and used in its construction the stone of the old castle built in 1400 by the Genoese conquerors. Every 18 January the church celebrates the memory of St. Athanasius and then all the former inhabitants return to the village. It's a big holiday for them.


I was very pleased that I came to the sea and I was able to climb the mountain.

Finally, I have to give some credit to my wife who took this photo. After half a day spent in the fresh mountain air, a portion of good Greek food is all I wanted.


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Greece was the cradle of civilization on this earth.

As a Greek guy, I second this. Hope you had a great time here. Thasos is an amazing island

I feel great in Thassos, in northern Greece ... which is closest to Romania and so it is easier to reach. Thank you very much!

If I am remembering it correctly, there were four types of government (something like oligarchy, aristocracy, something-or-other-cracy, and democracy) and democracy was considered the lowest of them all.
I'm of Greek descent and have never been to Greece. Is that not ridiculous? But it could explain why I hate to rush.
I enjoyed reading this and looking at your photographs. It is indeed beautiful there.

Yes, you are right with the forms of government, you see that the oligarchy and democracy still survive, a sign that the Greeks have invented something sustainable!
I think there are millions of cases of people who failed to visit their places of origin ... it is important to feel that you have something there.
I like that you do not hurry, nor do I hurry ... although I have no ancestry in Greece, or who knows?

Maybe in a past life?
A lot of people do NOT like that I refuse to rush. I'll rush to get to a performance and that's about it. I am NOT, as folks tend to say about those of us who do not rush, always late. They are just jealous.

But why are people interested in your way of being? Why should they be jealous?

They would say they are angry, not jealous. Angry at me for occasionally being late. Some call me controlling for doing it. Is it me or them that is being controlling?

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I loved traveling through Greece and the island by way of your post. I would love to visit here someday!

Thanks! This is the purpose of writing such a blog, so we can see realities and places all over the world, as they were perceived by ordinary people like us.
I wish you could visit Greece at some point.

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Greece looks like a lovely place! Hopefully someday I might get to travel there.

Greece is definitely a place to visit and I hope you will find this out when you visit it.

I have not been to Greece since the 1980’s, but it stays with me. It truly captured my heart!

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What a beautiful post! I think Greece is one of the most beautiful places on earth, and I would really love visiting there some day. And I'd really like to enjoy some great Greek food in Greece as well, but for now I think I'll have lunch at my favorite Greek restaurant later today! Thanks for sharing!

I love how the city looks. So many interesting spots to explore. I am curious how the local tavern looks like.

The taverns are small and friendly. I prefer them instead of restaurants.
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Thanks for the tour, @bluemoon. You captured the beauty of the Island. I enjoyed seeing the stone buildings and stonework in your photos.

Thanks! I'm glad I got it. Some stones are even marble. The island is rich in marble.

So lovely! Thank you for taking me on a tour of Greece 😊😊 perhaps someday I'll get to travel there too 😉👍
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I wholeheartedly hope to visit a piece of Greece, whatever that may be.

What a beautiful island @bluemoon, blue skies and such old architecture. Love the way the island inhabitants re-used stone to build their walls and homes. So quaint, so much to see. I would love to visit Greece some day :)

Yes, of course, it would be wonderful to be able to visit Greece despite the very large distance that will separate you. For me it is this great advantage that is relatively close.

Beautiful and thought provoking post. I love most things about Greece. I was very saddened by Greece's financial crisis. It is amazing to see a former empire that has contributed so much to the western world be trapped in such predicament.

Yes, you are right ... and I think both parties are guilty of this situation. Let's hope the situation is repaired.

This place is beautiful.. Thanks for sharing with us..
I can add this to one of places to visit

It is definitely worth a visit. I am glad that I managed to arouse your curiosity for this place.

Some of my Greek friends over will say that you didn't say enough about how manly and good they are hahaha.
One thing about them is that they generally have a great sense of humor and that they love to tease Lol
I for one am very fond of the Greeks and their proud history.

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Thank you very much! Yes, there are some friendly and pleasant people who know how to live this life.
They are also very good traders and they are best suited to tourism.
It is worth all our consideration and admiration, for their fabulous history.

I for one like Romanian people my friend and they are indeed pleasant people. Bad histories make us like that.
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Thank you! I'm glad you think so.

Well, the Romanions that I know are all kind people!
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One day I would like to visit Greece @bluemoon 🤞

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Beautiful pictures of your travel.

Thank You! I was helped by the beauty of the places.

This is like an invitation to go and pack my suitcases and go celebrate Christmas in greece along with the goats 😉

This is good! But better in the summer vacation. Thanks!

Goats will eat anything! They are such an easy keep, so many people let them graze. Plus they are eaten by many.

Greece is such a beautiful country, isn't it? If I wasn't in love with it before, I would be now. I love the way the stairs wander their way to the top, the scenery, the water, the food.

There is no end to the amazing things that make Greece well loved yet, often underappreciated country.

Until you make a visit there. Then, you will never be the same. Great post, Dan~!! Much love in it!

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"Until you make a visit there. Then, you'll never be the same"
How well you know how to get to the essence. Wonderful.

I'm surprised you missed Greece when you lived in Europe, or didn't you miss it?

For me, as you well know, it's the superlative. I don't think I have time to change my mind.

I didn't miss it, but, I only visited whereas most places I lived for a few months, at least. What is not to love? I love Greece like I love the Amalfi Coast of Italy.

But, Greece is even more laid back.

I can see why you love it.

Amalfi Coast, another paradise on earth ... that's how I heard it. I am convinced that you have many wonderful memories!

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