Mamma Mia and the Greek Mediterranean
The weekend had me in eager anticipation to go to the movies. The object of my theatrical affection was Mamma Mia! the movie. What’s not to love? Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth are two of my favorite leading men and the movie takes place on Skopelos, a Greek Island. It’s a perfect time to share when I lived on the island of Crete for a year. Mamma Mia and the Greek Mediterranean.
Our Home on Crete
My family and I lived on the island of Crete (Κρήτη), the largest of the Aegean islands, in 1998~1999. It was an amazing experience to be a totally spoiled American and discover there was no Wal Mart, McDonalds or Target. What???
We would often go up on the roof in the evenings. There was a beautiful view of Stavros beach and Zorba’s mountain which was featured in the film “Zorba the Greek”.
This was the view of our backyard in the spring. Wild poppies grew everywhere.
Our Pet Goat
At the right of the house were an old barn and an olive tree which our goat “Goatie Goat” was often tied to. I still miss seeing our sweet Nanny’s face.
The Palace of Knossos
Living Like Locals
We lived in the small village of Horafakia. The closest town was Chania (Χανιά). It had a lovely harbor. A Greek friend of mine that I took cooking lessons from let me borrow her family’s traditional clothing.
It was commonplace to see people traveling on donkeys.
I rode a donkey once to get from the port of Santorini up to our hotel. This was a shot taken while I was looking back.
Santorini was an absolutely beautiful island. We loved wandering all of the side streets.
The town of Ia is famous for its traditional windmills and beautiful sunsets.