Sunday, November 28, 2010

Kyrios Stamatis (Mr. Stamatis)

Veranda View
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Veranda View
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Veranda View
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Kyrios Stamatis is our koumbaro's family's neighbor in Kythira.

He lived in Kythira all his life. Rumor is he never really left the island ever.

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Agios Artemios, Kythira

Agios Artemios
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Agios Artemios
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Agios Artemios
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Agios Artemios is the church where our koumbari got married.

In Greek tradition, a "koumbaro" or "koumbara" ("koumbari" is plural) acts as the best man or the maid of honor. It can be said that the koumbaro has strong spiritual connection to the Bride and Groom and will be a part of their life forever.

Mario was the koumbaro for Eftichis and Aggeliki's wedding. I had the pleasure of meeting them and their beautiful kids for the first time last August. Spending time with them, I saw how close Mario is with their family and I understood how strong the bond is between them.

Being married to Mario, I am happy that I am their koumbara!

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Veranda View

Veranda View

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When not at the beach or checking out other towns, we spent most of our time in our koumbaro's family's veranda-- enjoying coffee, yummy greek desserts, the company of great friends and the beautiful view.

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Chora, Kythira

Beautiful Night at Kapsali

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This photo was taken at the church where our koumbari got married. In the distance one can see the town of Chora, the island's capital.

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Beautiful Night at Kapsali

Beautiful Night at Kapsali
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During our stay in Greece, Mario and I spent some time with his best friend's family in the island of Kythira.

It's a beautiful island. It's very raw and not very touristy yet. There are many traditional villages, old castles, canyons, beaches, forests to explore and see. The views are stunning and the water so inviting.

This photo was taken after dinner in the town of Kapsali.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wildfires In Kythira

Kythira Wildfire
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Kythira Wildfire
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During our stay in Greece, Mario and I spent some time with his best friend's family in the island of Kythira.

However, when we arrived in Kythira, there were wildfires going on and it went on for a few days.

It was really very sad to see the fires, and the blackened earth and vegetation that it left behind.

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

First Attempt at Macro Photography

First Attempt at Macro Photography -  Bee
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First Attempt at Macro Photography - Rose
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I've had a macro lens for a long time. But I have not really used it much except maybe the 1st week when I first got it. I had issues then with focusing the lens and I had no patience to figure it out....

Good thing I brought it to the Botanic Gardens! Pete showed me how to use it properly!

Now I love love love it!

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Couple at the Botanic Gardens



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Taken at the Chicago Botanic Gardens last October.

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Rachel


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