Cooking with Class in Santorini: Discovering the Greek Island’s Unique Gastronomy

As we bid farewell to our charismatic Greek cooking class Sous-Chef, Daniel, he shared parting culinary wisdom with a twinkle in his eye: “Use your imagination and everything is possible. And remember – you needn’t measure – you must feel the taste.” We’d come to the elegant, highly-acclaimed Selene restaurant on sun-drenched Santorini, Greece. We wouldContinue reading “Cooking with Class in Santorini: Discovering the Greek Island’s Unique Gastronomy”

Savoring the Sunset at Greece’s Meteora Monasteries

“When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.” Mahatma Gandhi As we looked into the sea of dramatic rock formations being illuminated by the lemon chiffon-colored setting sun, our Greek host George asked the five of us to observe twoContinue reading “Savoring the Sunset at Greece’s Meteora Monasteries”

Hiking to Greece’s Majestic Meteora Monasteries

Meteora showcases the perfect marriage of natural and man-made beauty. Crowning the tops of otherworldly rock formations are Eastern Orthodox monasteries — some constructed more than 700 years ago. Monks trying to escape persecution originally built 24 monasteries here. Over the centuries, weather and neglect took their toll on the structures, leaving today’s six activeContinue reading “Hiking to Greece’s Majestic Meteora Monasteries”

Photo du Jour: A Rock Climber Conquers Adrachti, in Meteora, Greece

“It’s not just a question of conquering a summit previously unknown, but of tracing, step by step, a new pathway to it.”  Gustav Mahler Look carefully at the top of this dramatic, finger-like rock formation, and you’ll see a tiny human silhouette.

Santorini in Black & White

A mere mention of the name Santorini conjures images of turquoise domes, crisply-painted white walls, and a sparkling azure sea. Perhaps it is a sin to present this Greek gem in black and white, yet I appreciate how it opens the eyes to lines and textures often overlooked when the island is otherwise presented inContinue reading “Santorini in Black & White”

Exploring the Mysticism of Greece’s Byzantine Icons: Profiling Iconographer Dimitrios Moulas

In a two-room workshop that is dwarfed by the massive Meteora rock formations that surround it, 38 year-old Greek iconographer Dimitrios Moulas demonstrates admirable focus towards his subject — an icon that will soon represent Jesus Christ. With a delicate paintbrush in hand, he carefully draws fine facial hairs. After a few moments have passed,Continue reading “Exploring the Mysticism of Greece’s Byzantine Icons: Profiling Iconographer Dimitrios Moulas”

Culinary Diplomacy Through Spanakopita in Meteora, Greece

For the past five nights, we’ve been staying at a quaint guesthouse overlooking the mystical Meteora rock formations in northern Greece. Six mighty monasteries sit atop the unusual rocks. Some of the structures date back to the 14th century. As if things couldn’t get any better, our hostess and Greek mother for the week has been surprisingContinue reading “Culinary Diplomacy Through Spanakopita in Meteora, Greece”

Photo du Jour: A Greek Orthodox Icon – Kastraki, Greece

A Greek Orthodox icon is drenched in sunlight in the Greek village of Kastraki, not far from the famous Meteora monasteries. Spring is in full swing in this beautiful part of southeastern Europe, with a bounty of roses, mint, mulberries, and (almost-ripe) cherries awaiting a picker. In the image, you’ll also notice the flags of Greece, asContinue reading “Photo du Jour: A Greek Orthodox Icon – Kastraki, Greece”