Santorini

Santorini

Where to start on the beautiful island of Santorini? I know it’s a tourist cliché, but it lived up to its hype. Luckily, Edie had been there before and knew to skip the town of Thira (Fira) and go straight to Oia. We took a water taxi around the end of the island and saw Oia in all its glory.

This is the town that sold a million travel posters!

We walked and walked, enjoying this paradise.

   

We ate lunch at Taberna Santorini-Mou. Edie fell in love with this restaurant on her previous trip. Although there is less partying at lunchtime, the food was fabulous.

It was so difficult to drag ourselves away from Oia that we stopped  for gelato to sustain us for the journey!

I want to go back NOW! I want to see the sunrise and sunset. I want to see the lights at night. I want to wander every alley.

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Corinth

Corinth

Corinth lies an hour west of Athens. Because an earthquake destroyed Corinth in 1858, the new city was built a couple of miles away on the coast. This means that archaeologists have been able to extensively excavate the old city. And what an amazing city it was!

The centerpiece is the Temple to Apollo from the late seventh century BC. Unlike many columns in Greece, these were each made of a single block of stone…probably the only reason they survived the Romans’ destruction of the city in 146 BC.

We saw the bema where St. Paul was tried and acquitted. It is a raised, marble-clad stage in the middle of the ancient marketplace.

The Archaeology Museum is full of treasures unearthed in the area.

One room was full of casts of body parts that had been healed thanks to offerings to the gods. ALL body parts were represented!

Outside the city lies a canal that links the Ionian and Aegean Seas.

We ate at a restaurant on the canal next to a submersible bridge; instead of a drawbridge that lifts up, the bridge sinks down below the water, and then is raised after the boat passes.

Corinth was definitely worth a day trip from Athens!

 

 

Athens

Athens

Athens is amazing! This city of over 3 million inhabitants is densely populated, with ancient ruins everywhere.


Even the Acropolis Museum is built atop an ancient city.
      

The Acropolis

Although it was crowded, the Acropolis is worth it. The mount has several amazing temples.
The Parthenon is nearing the end of a 40-year restoration. I was impressed with the puzzle that archaeologists are reconstructing.

I loved the Porch of the Caryatids on the Erechtheion.


And the Temple to Athena Nike is beautiful.

Can’t wait to return!

Things to see on a return visit:
• National Archaeological Museum
• Acropolis Museum collection
• Ancient Agora
• National Garden w/ Hadrian’s Arch
• Take the funicular up Mt. Lycabettus to St. George’s Chapel (below)


It should be easy to get around; the Metro is clean and efficient.

Oregon Landscapes

We drove back to Portland via the Santiam Pass. It was yet another beautiful day and we loved the views.

We got a good look at Mt. Washington:

Next, we walked along Detroit Dam to enjoy the lake.

Can’t wait for the next adventure with Melissa! Thank you to Sami and Sue for being the perfect hosts.

Quilts Under the Trees

On Sunday, we attended an annual event: a lecture by a “quilt/fabric celebrity” then a tour of their works hung in a beautiful area beneath tall trees. This year, Rob Appell entertained us with his stories. He says he gets his energy from his mom and I’d like to meet her! It was a beautiful day and cool in the shade, thank goodness!

Appell has created patterns that highlight endangered species to raise funds. Our friend, Sue, has completed the tiger wallhanging! It is striking.

That afternoon, we went to the Old Mill area to see quilts hanging in the shops and restaurants. There was a concert going on in the amphitheater and I got a big kick out of the geese hanging out with the paddlers and floaters while the snow-capped peaks looked on.

What a fun Sunday in Central Oregon!

Sisters Quilt Show 2017

After a lovely visit in Portland with a dear friend, we headed to Central Oregon. Mt. Hood was showing off for us.

We were so excited to see our “quilty” friends and catch up! We spent a fun day crafting outdoors…

…then on Saturday, we hit the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. Although it was a blistering hot day, the crowds were there to enjoy the quilts hanging all over the “Wild West” downtown.

I am partial to embellishments and embroidery and had plenty of examples to inspire me.

           

The showstopper exhibit was a collection of wall hangings inspired by the Lion King. This is a traveling exhibition and we were so excited to see it. These works of art are amazing!

Thank you, Sisters, Oregon, and all the volunteers who make this event happen!

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Park

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Park

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Park, our newest national park, has three distinct areas in its 1.7 million acres: the Grand Staircase, the Kaiparowits Plateau, and the Canyons of the Escalante.

The Grand Staircase is a series of massive geological steps that descend toward the Grand Canyon. The five different cliff formations (pink, gray, white, vermillion, and chocolate) are different chapters of geologic history, descending from 11,000 to 4000 feet. This is the main area we explored.

First up was Kodachrome Basin, a state park that sits in the Grand Staircase, not far from Bryce Canyon. It features colorful cliffs and “sand pipes”– sedimentary towers in the canyon.

We hiked the Panorama Trail. We really enjoyed the views and getting up close to the sedimentary spires. The wind helped cool us down, but then the red dirt really started blowing.

Next we hiked the Angel Parade Trail, a narrow trail with loose gravel and no rails, so we had to be careful. We loved the expansive views.

We also visited the Petrified Forest State Park. This little-known park has some fantastic specimens of petrified wood in situ. The hike up to the rim, down into the canyon, and back up is rigorous, but not long, and takes you close to many fabulous specimens.

      

We drove the Hell’s Backbone Road to see more views of the area. The lanes are very narrow, not much more than one lane, with numerous switchbacks and no rails. We were relieved that we passed only one other car the whole time.

The birches were starting to leaf out and looked magnificent against the bright blue sky.

As we descended, the town of Boulder was spread beautifully before us.

We stayed at the lovely Slot Canyons Inn outside the town of Escalante. It is perched over a working ranch and backs up to cliffs that are beautiful at sunset. It was heavenly.