Country Series – Greece

Country Series

Greece

This is the first publication in our country series. Our intention is to share with you in one page our relation with the pertinent country.

Our relationship with Greece

Our first introduction to Greece was in 1985 when we spent a holiday on Crete. We didn’t know at that time that years later we would live and work in Greece.

From 1993 to 1999 we lived in Kifissia a suburb of Athens and Adriaan worked in Piraeus. We spent all our holidays in Greece, and. also on weekends we made short trips. We fell in love with Athens. We often took the metro to the Plaka and from there strolled through the city or to Piraeus and walked along the seaside. During the six years that we lived in Greece we visited more than 20 islands, but also the Peloponnese and the mainland of Greece.

The years that we lived in Greece we started actively take care of some street dogs and cats. We adopted over the years 5 cats and 6 dogs, which we could offer a warm nest. We still have two adopted dogs from the island Corfu that we always take with us when touring with the van.

After 1999, of course, we continued to visit Greece.  Back to Athens. Yvonne went to Mytilini three times and I once to help a friend with the olive harvest, which was a special experience. In 2017 we made a big trip with our bus camper on the mainland of Greece. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, we had to postpone two times our planned camper trip with the Peloponnese as a destination. Hopefully three times is indeed ship’s justice and will we be touring the Peloponnese this autumn.

We did take a lot of analogue photos when we lived in Greece, but regretfully scanned only a limited number of photos.

Our photo galleries

Here below we have links to our Greek  photo galleries, that we have published on SmugMug. By clicking on the photos you will be directed to pertinent gallery on SmugMug. 

A short overview of the photo galleries, that we have published:

  • Greece – the mainland
  • Mytilini (Lesbos)
  • Athens revisited
  • First cemetery of Athens
  • Hydra
  • Vanishing Greece
  • Kandilakia

In our blog we have published a concise travelogue of our journey in 2017 on Greece’s mainland with our buscamper. Click here. We have also published a post related to the same trip about the land of the Souliots and the Dance of Zalongo. Click here. 

Greek music

Before 1993 we did not know anything about Greek music. We probably heard some popular music, but not the real Greek music from the best Greek composers and performed by the best Greek musicians. 

My colleagues in Greece introduced us to traditional and modern Greek music. They invited us for concerts in Athens, many times in the open air. We were addicted from the very beginning. The instruments, the lyrics, the atmosphere in concerts is so beautiful, it goes directly into your heart.

Over the years we have visited concerts of the best Greek performers, e.g. Maria Farantouri. Yorgos Dalaras, Haris Alexiou, Vasilis Skoulas, Panthelis Thalassinos, Melina Kana, Alkistis Protopsalti and many others. Regretfully we have not seen Theodorakis performing live. When you click here, you will be directed to photo’s that we made during a Greek concert in Brussels. 

What we believe makes Greek music so special and gives it that unique sound and color is the use of Greek musical instruments in their music. Examples are the lyra, the bouzouki, the lout. When in Athens, we recommend to visit the Museum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments. It displays 600 Greek musical instruments from the last 300 years. 

There is a broad variety of styles in Greek folk music. The islands and the main land all have their own sound.  And then there is Rebetiko.

Rebetiko is the Greek Blues. The music is closely intertwined with the history of Greece in the twentieth century. It is the Greek song of life that is about exile, wistful life, love and life and death. The Rebetiko was taken from Asia Minor, the current European part of Turkey, to Greece when Greeks had to flee from that area. From a melting pot of cultures, this beautiful music originated. 

In our Country series of Greece we could not avoid to make an attempt to make you enthusiastic about Greek music. It is an inseparable part of our love for Greece.