Daily life on a greek island through the eyes of a local-alien, still 'foreign' even after more than 40 years residence. This 'foreigner' is a local-KIWI-alien so there is a New Zealand flavour to my writing. Photo above is the tranquil view from Pukehina Beach, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.
A couch which floats and you don't have to blow it up. Two greeks designed these couches. From what their web site, Inomo, says they
are made out of fibreglass. They are 2 metres across, handmade and can be used on land or sea. Available in a variety of colours I'm sure they are very popular on the island of Myconos where the rich and famous lounge around on them as part of their 2,000 euro a night package deal.
For a Grecophile who has every kind of souvenir a tatty gift shop can stock, the Santorini board game
can immerse you in hours of Greek fun and games.
A real-estate board game set on the volcanic greek island of Santorini. The model Cycladic cavehouses and hotels used in the game are designed by a local artist. It sounds like monopoly with greek villages, cave houses and donkeys. And the cards give you information on each site so you can learn as you play.
Wine Ice Cream ..
Greek ice cream makers from Thessaloniki, the capital of Northern Greece, have cooked-up an icey dessert which will make both wine drinkers and ice cream lovers very happy.
They are not the first to have this idea but their ice cream is made using 6 greek grape varieties.
For some reason they have named it Ice cream Darling and most of it is being exported.
Some of the Flavours?
Asyrtiko (name of the grape ) and lemon
Xinomavro and vanilla cream
Moschofilero with fig
Malagouzia and peach
To make your own wine ice cream just Google. You'll find a pleasing recipe using sweet Italian red wine,
another for sangria sorbet, and a very simple recipe using only white wine, sugar and heavy cream.
Kali orexi. Bon appetit
Mamma Mia goes to Croatia
The sequel to the musical Mamma Mia is not going to be filmed in Greece. It will be filmed on the Croatian island of Vis this autumn.
The hit movie featuring the music of ABBA and starring Meryl Streep was filmed on the greek island of Skopelos. The sequel is titled Mamma Mia, Here we go Again.
Along with all the money the sequel would have brought into the country, we'll be losing the flood of tourists who came to see for themselves the picturesque greek island where the film was set.
Croatia is becoming popular with film producers. Game of Thrones, Star Wars and Robin Hood were all produced in Croatia.
I write. I create. I observe and record my life, after 40 years, in Greece. I love to create either with my handy craft, cooking or writing. Freeform always. Keep it simple, keep the interest, make it useful. I write about my garden sometimes, my grandchildren and the different culture and traditions. My New Zealand up bringing was so different from this way of life that I do truly feel like an alien at times. Greece is home but so is my kiwi 'homeland'. I am a citizen of both and an alien in both.