"I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God's unfailing love forever and ever." Psalm 52:8

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


After three months of searching, we finally moved into our new "digs" out in the country near a village called Horafakia. Perched on a rise above the countryside we get lots of sunshine, sea breezes and great views. But the best part is that it's only a five minute drive (or 10 minute bike ride) to the beach.
Come on in...

This is the living area with stairs up to the loft above. We enjoy our Saturday morning coffee up here while taking in the scenery.

View South
(Recent rainstorm down here meant snow on the Lefka Ori mountain range)
***Remember you can double click on any image to enlarge - highly recommended!

View east from the loft

View north to the sea

View west towards the Rodoupou peninsula (the sleeping dragon)

One of our neighbors

It always amazes us to see the contrast between the clear blue sea water and the high white mountains this time of year. Almost looks photo shopped even in real life!

About every other Saturday, we go to Hania to the local market (laiki) to stock up on fresh produce. The citrus this time of year is absolutely delicious. Richard loves the mandarin oranges.

The laiki is a good place for good conversation too. Here Mel passes the time with a local Greek gentleman who loved talking about weather and the mountains. In the background the table is set left to right with local red wine (brown wine that tastes like watered down sherry), raki (Cretan spirits that can taste like jet-fuel), and thyme honey (always tastes fantastic!)
And of course, a few green bottles of virgin olive oil are there, too.

Once in a while we get a beautiful beach day even in January!


  1. Incredible pictures...especially the snow back ground vista. Wildly beautiful.

    Of course...we all secretly hate you now. But, nice pic's anyway! :)

  2. I like how you all found a southwest style home in Greece. It looks like a cozy adobe abode with fantastic views. The countryside looks really beautiful even in the winter. Summer should be nicer yet. Can you ski in the mountians? Love you all.