Sunday, October 08, 2006

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I collect postcards. I started long time ago when people used to send postcards from vacation! They are seldom now but the in-laws are the ones who never forget to send one when they are on the road. They were in Greece recently and they sent this postcard from a visit to the monasteries situated in the area of the holy Mt. Athos (2,030m), which includes 20 monasteries, 12 cloisters, and countless cells, cottages and hermitages. I found the following information on this page:
The Monastery of Xenofon: said to have been built in the 11 th century, is located on the western coast of Mt. Athos and is famous for its wooden screens and the mosaic icons of Agios Georgios and Agios Dimitrios.
The Monastery of Agios Panteleimon (Russian): founded in the 11 th century, destroyed in the 13 th and reconstructed in the late 18 th . It has a unique architectural style and includes excellent Russian Orthodox art. More info here.




Which brings back memories from Greece (I know, I was going to limit this post to the postcard, but never expect much coherence on this blog!). I have only been there once and the short visit was limited to Athens. What I remember the most is the day we visited the Parthenon - what a breathtaking view of the city! and an impressive moment to stand before such a monumental construction , it was like standing before History, if you know what I mean. It was a cold, rainy and windy sunday, all at once! in jan 2005.

Don't I look scary (like Snape, lol) on the left picture? mainly because I was wearing black , it was my black phase. Believe me, I am a friendly person and I look that way but I was freezing standing there waiting for Mr Mar to finally take the pic and the strong wind wasn't any help to make me look my best!



18 comments:

  1. I love postcards! Too bad people don't still send them...well like they used to anyway.

    I love those photos! Sorry I haven't been around...I've been swamped! I see an end in sight though. :)

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  2. Oh my gosh! I want to go to Greece SO bad! This is all my family hears about when it comes to talking vacations! Why is it that I am NOT satisfied to visit different STATES? I WANT to visit different COUNTRIES! If I lived in Europe, going from Denmark to Germany is like going from Maryland to West Virgina! But I'm not HAPPY with that! I want to GO to Denmark! I WANT TO GO TO GREECE! LOL!

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  3. Beautiful. My mom went to Greece several years ago and the pictures were so beautiful. It was amazing because I know that pictures never do anything justice.

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  4. I love receiving postcards too. They're wonderful especially when you can't travel. I joined the postcard exchange and I got lots of them for a while but all of a sudden it just stop.

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  5. I love postcards. Some friends of ours just went to Alaska and sent our daughter a postcard. She is only three, but already very excited about them. We will have to save it in her "special stuff box" and start off her collection early!

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  6. Greece sounds like a wonderful place! I believe I will have to go there one day! :)

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  7. That had to be an incredible experience Mar..to stand before such ANCIENT History...WOW!

    I will have to get a special Post Card and send it to you! After I find one that I think might be a lovely addition to your collection, I will email you...Meanwhile, I hope you will show us more of your postcard collection sometime...

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  8. Postcards are so much fun. I have a collection too! This one from Greece is beautiful.

    Take care,
    Connie

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  9. yay, we get a picture of you. :) Snape or the Matrix? LOL. Looking cool.
    Love postcards too. Got one through the mail box from Seattle, just this morning. Am glad some people still do it. Only been to Greece once for a week, it was fascinating. The people, the FOOD, the views.
    Any pictures from your B-day party to share with us? ;)

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  10. Oh I love this! I used to collect post cards!

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  11. i never get postcards ;) I'm the one sending them!

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  12. Just wnated to pop by and say thanks for leaving a message. It is very much appreciated. Also Happy Belated Birthday. i hope it was a good one!

    Athens is definitely on my list of palces to viit. I can just imagine the feeling of history when you were there having your picture taken despite the weather!

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  13. Oh, that post card makes me want to remember that area. I love old churches and monestaries. Tucking that away f.f.r. :)

    I too am friendly... and I do love wearing black. Something very soothing about black. :)

    ~S

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  14. Wow, I love your adventures. Cool postcards too. You absolutely totally do not look like Snape ( a Goth Girl perphaps but not Snape! Ha!)

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  15. Hi Mar,
    How cool you say Colón's statue! Fanks for comin to visit. And you don't have to say "fanks". We read human pretty good. hehehe
    Take care!
    Pepi

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  16. How wonderful that you got to see such a wonderful place! I love visiting your blog, it's armchair traveling for me.

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  17. That's awesome! Greece would be a very beautiful and interesting place to go to. I would love to see all the ancient ruins. Thank you for sharing! And thanks for stopping by.

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  18. love the pics. I would love to go to greece one day with my wife - it is on our list of many places we would like to visit. happy WW!

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