As we tip our hats to the great blue Aegean and embark on our journey back home, we are richer with memories and lighter on the wallets(very light:). When we go to a new place, our mind absorbs like a whirlwind and , while we soak in the information at that moment, we always feel that we will think about them later. Some musings from our Grecian trip…
Being from another ancient civilization, my fascination with Gods and Godesses goes back to my childhood. Zeus,Venus, Athena were household names and their myths were legendary. Unlike in India,where Hinduism is still actively practiced, the original Greek religion ( Hellenism) is not mainstream. In the current day , most of the country follows the Greek Orthodox Church.
In Santorini, I noticed that there were these circular shrubs all over the volcanic land. Some were planted in an organized fashion while some were planted in front of a house in a garden. When I asked our tour guide, she mentioned that these are the famous Santorini grapes that are used for making wine. The ‘shrubs’ are grape vines organized in a circular fashion at the ground level for 2 reasons- 1. To protect the vines against the harsh winds 2. To lock in the moisture on the volcanic soil. Almost all vineyards grow vines in this traditional way, with the exception of one or two that use the modern overhead irrigation systems.
The moment that sums it all….
This is our ‘Kodak’ moment as we bid adieu to the Great blue Aegean…. Till we meet again!
Chumki …… thoroughly enjoying your travel blog….. starting with Greece was a fabulous idea! I am always a fan of your writings ( you amazed me with your beautiful pictures as well!) and I must say you have a nice sense of humor. Keep writing and next time plan for traveling together! I will be your designated photographer 😃. Best wishes for your newly-launched travel blog 🌷
Chumki enjoyed reading your travel musings… took me back to our family trip to Santorini years ago. Loved your observation to details and your artistic vision captured by your absolutely beautiful pics.
Keep traveling and keep writing💕
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