Greece

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What comes to mind when I dream of Greece…..Beauty….Romance…..and of course, FOOD! When you combine all three it results in the perfect, idyllic vacation. One in which you would never want to leave. One in which you say to yourself every day, ‘I could live here!

No matter how many pictures I see of the sparkling, azure seas and the brilliant white buildings, I never tire of imagining a journey to Greece to explore it’s history, to meet the people and to soak it all in with my loved one. I want to lose myself in the luxury of a expensive villa, explore the busy markets and dance the night away on the beach eating fresh seafood and drinking ouzo with my new found Greek friends. Seeing as a friend of mine recommended I checked out a site like e-mietwagenkreta.de, I think I will be able to explore Greece as much as I want when I decide to come back. Being in the city this time would be what I want to be a part of. But this time, I want to try and live a luxury lifestyle.

To quote the beautiful Anita, “PLEASE LISTEN TO THE MUSIC – IT GOES WITH THE STORY”

It all begins with the choicest of villas with breathtaking views….

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and a bed that you can sink into for the sweetest of dreams….

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Before heading off to a day of strolling the beaches and discovering hidden treasures…..

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Exploring the marvelous markets…..

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Making new friends……

and finding the perfect snacks for our mid-afternoon rendezvous on the terrace.

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Where shall we go for dinner? So many choices – so many fresh, wonderful foods to choose from. Greece is famous for their culinary creations and best among them is their olive oil and beautiful breads.

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Seafood is my passion so the choice is easy the first night….

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And the second night…. and probably the third! We must have octopus because it’s one of their most famous dishes.

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This land is magical with it’s brilliant colours, the people and their food and music and hospitality – so much to explore and so much to absorb….

And after we have attended the festivals…..

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Seen the magnificent ancient ruins….

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Caught ourselves some fresh fish….

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Maybe it is time to just stay in and enjoy the company and the view.

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Thank you, Anita, for the opportunity to share my fantasy vacation. I do hope to make it a reality in the not too distant future and this has given me that extra push to make it happen!

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Please click on the picture above to visit all the blogging adventures in Europe this week. They will take you on a trip of a lifetime.

I won’t be drinking ouzo and dancing on the beach tonight but I did make Greek lamb at home for this occasion so I hope this will be a fun dish for those of you wanting to experience a little bit of Greece in your kitchen.

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Marinated Greek Lamb Chops with Lemon Yogurt Sauce

(recipe to follow next week)

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54 Comments

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    Anita Rivera
    July 18, 2014 at 5:14 am

    Oh Robyn….the music (doesn’t music add an extra POW to the post?)

    You have taken me away to a place that since childhood, I’ve dreamed of. I used to wish that I’d go there on my honeymoon….and this music is lulling me into your perfectly selected photos. The seafood, the thought of the crisp sea air and the people..we can live in a peaceful and lovely world if people could just celebrate more than making negative situations…this is a most GORGEOUS post, and I appreciate your participation in such a colorful and loving way.

    Oh the fun this is…I intend on visiting all morning long. Big hugs and may your dream come true. BISOUS, Anita

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      Robyn
      July 21, 2014 at 2:23 pm

      The music makes me want to dance, Anita, lol.
      I’m so glad you enjoyed this! It’s really been fun to put together and I’m so enjoying visiting all of the other bloggers. Thanks so much for such a creative journey, my friend. oxox
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    Bam's Kitchen
    July 18, 2014 at 5:57 am

    Robyn,

    Thank you for the mini vacation and loved listening to this music for the full 58 minutes. I did not want to turn it off as it really brings this Greek fantasy visit to life. I can’t wait to get the recipe for your marinated Greek lamb chops as they look fantastic. Did you cook them on the grill? I guess I will have to wait til next week to find out. Have a wonderful weekend! Take Care, BAM
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    Kim
    July 18, 2014 at 7:50 am

    I have never been to Greece, but a friend is there now and between her Facebook pictures and your pretty post, I cannot get that beautiful blue water out of my head! That white bedroom is pretty fabulous, too!
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    Mary
    July 18, 2014 at 8:36 am

    First of all..Yummm. The lamb looks delicious.. And yes, Greece would be a wonderful place to visit. The colors there seem so amazing.
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    nélinha
    July 18, 2014 at 8:43 am

    La Grèce fait partie de mes destinations, n’y suis jamais allée, It remains a dream…Very beautiful post
    I invite you if you want to visit my destination too..
    Bisous de la France Nélinha

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    Linda
    July 18, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Dear Robyn, such a beautiful destination. I could dream of visiting there one day too. There are so many beautiful countries to see and explore. Love the music and you have completely captured the essence of Greece. So much fun reading this post. Enjoy the week-end, my sweet friend. Lots of love from WW.
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    Stephanie
    July 18, 2014 at 10:20 am

    I am ready to pack my bags and board an airplane right now 🙂 Oh Robyn, this was heavenly and the music was the perfect accompaniment!

    I have the desire to visit Ireland and Italy and now I truly desire to visit Greece thanks to you! I hope you are able to take your dream vacation soon, my friend. Happy weekend! Big hugs to you!
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      Robyn
      July 21, 2014 at 2:21 pm

      I’m so glad you liked it, Stephanie! Doesn’t the beauty of the place seem almost surreal? Italy is a favourite of mine as well and my ancestry is Irish so somehow I have to find my way over there as well.
      Thanks for visiting, sweet friend. oxox
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    La Contessa
    July 18, 2014 at 10:23 am

    GREECE is on my BUCKET LIST!I got tangled up with ITALY………….as I married one but I too will make the jump one day I HOPE!Bathing suit days are gone but I can still eat and STARE at the BEAUTY!Thank YOU for sharing……….do pop over to me and stroll through FIRENZE!I think I’m number 26 on ANITA”S LIST!

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    Karena
    July 18, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Dear Robyn,
    You have taken me back to one of my favorite places on Earth, so I must return again!
    This past month I visited Southern California and spent time with my friend mary Pappas at The Athens market Taverna, her restaurant in downtown San Diego!

    xoxo
    Karena
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    Violet @ Create Beauty
    July 18, 2014 at 11:15 am

    How gorgeous and Yummy!!!!!
    I am so hungry now.

    thank you for the lovely inspirations!
    ~ Violet

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    cheri
    July 18, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Hi Robyn, this is my dream vacation, Greece and Spain, oh how I must make this a reality. What a fun post and group you have joined! Happy Fridays!
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      Robyn
      July 21, 2014 at 2:22 pm

      Thanks so much, Cheri! I think we need to find a bloggers conference over there, lol.
      LOVE your salad!
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    Anita Rivera
    July 18, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Beautiful Robyn, how LOVELY to read your comment on my post and to learn that you’ve been to MY DREAM DESTINATION: The Netherlands, and that you saw them really wearing wooden shoes! A Dutch colleague of my husband’s at the university had a pair. He let me put them on one night during a dinner party and what did I do? hahahahha…..I tried to dance in them and DOWN DID I GO…I teetered over – TIMBER! teeeeheee….he laughed so hard and ever since then when we’d see each other, that conservative professor just bust out laughing….

    Oh my friend, I think I need to make a Greek dinner now, thanks to your genius! HUGS! Anita

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      Robyn
      July 21, 2014 at 3:42 pm

      They are SO uncomfortable, Anita! lol. I brought a pair home and I can barely walk in them so I have no idea how you could dance! haha – you are so funny!
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    speedyrabbit
    July 18, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    That is on my list of places to visit too,xx Speedy and Rachel
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    Nancy
    July 18, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    We are soul sisters! Yes, yes, Greece all the way. Now I’m hungry and your last dish looks scrumptious. I look forward to your recipe.

    ; )

    Nancy

    P.S.
    Your blog header took my breath away. I love the simplicity.

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    Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods
    July 18, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Beautiful photos and I love the music 😀 ! I’d love to visit Greece one day!
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    Sandra at Thistle Cove Farm
    July 18, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Med food…none better! Your photos are fabulous but I really shouldn’t have read this post while hungry.
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    Denise of Coffeeberry Cottage
    July 18, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    Oh yes I want to go too.Your pics. are truly enchanting to Me.GORGEOUS!
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    Emily
    July 18, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    You posted my fantasy vacation! What a dream vacation this would be., I hope someday to do just this. Thank you for sharing all the beauty of Greece. I love this music, think I will linger and visit just a bit longer to enjoy with the scenery. I will come back to tour your blog, your food looks amazing.
    Visiting you from Anita’s linky party……………

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    GiGi Eats Celebrities
    July 18, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    I am crying for a European vacation!! CRYING!! These photos only made me bawl more! LOL!
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      Robyn
      July 20, 2014 at 7:49 am

      I laughed out loud at the irony of your comment, GiGi. It says you’re cool as a cucumber but you tell me you are bawling, lol. We’ll take you with us to Greece!
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    Mary Jo
    July 18, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    Hi Robyn, your post brought a smile to my face…love this Greek music! I can’t believe I still haven’t been, although I have had offers, and now I wish I had gone long ago. But thank you for this lovely visit to remind me that I still need to see it in person. And your fabulous Greek lamb looks amazing! I’m also part of Anita’s party, hope you will stop by!

    xo Mary Jo

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    Botanic Bleu
    July 19, 2014 at 12:02 am

    Robyn,
    Stunning photography for a grand tour of Greece. When I was young and newly-wed, I lived on Cyprus with my Navy husband. Oh, the memories are so cherished of a care-free time filled with young love and unscheduled trips to the coast for snorkeling and kayaking, followed by fresh delicious meals in the open air. We were fortunate to travel a little and to get to see a sound and light show of the Parthenon.

    Thank you for your visit, and for leaving such a nice comment.

    Judith

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    Toves Sammensurium
    July 19, 2014 at 2:49 am

    Loove your post about Greece,makes me way to go – and hungry ;)))
    Never been there,although it´s a quite common place for Norwegians to go.I´ll have to try it for sure once :)))
    Your pictures makes anyone want to go there!!
    TOve 🙂

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    Lynne
    July 19, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Robyn, Your images of Greece are breathtaking!
    The color! The white against the blue sea…GORGEOUS!
    I am cannot believe that I have not stumbled on your beautiful blog before today!
    I am adding you to my side bar so I won’t loose you!
    withLove!

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    Bill @thewoksoflife
    July 19, 2014 at 11:16 am

    OMG, this has to be our next vacation! Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures Robin!
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    Nina
    July 19, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Ok, dear Robyn, Greece is great, but you should, you must, you have to come to Portugal, to taste our amazing, unique food and enjoy our sun, our beaches our sea! Please come! You’ll not regret!
    Have a wonderful weekend, my dear friend.
    Beijinhos
    Nina
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    Constance
    July 19, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Your Greece photos are so gorgeous, inviting and magical that I long to visit there!
    Anita’s party has such great guests!!!
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    Sandy @ You May Be Wandering
    July 19, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Greece is truly heaven on Earth…thank you for sharing your beautiful photos and taking me back to one of my all time favorite places! xoxo

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    Rhonda
    July 19, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Incredible and vibrant GREECE. I agree – I dream of visiting the Greek Isles and eating as much food as I can. Love the food!! Found you via Anita’s party!

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    Carolyn
    July 19, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    Hi Robyn,

    Lovely to discover your blog and see your wonderful post and photographs of Greece.
    Looks like an amazing place to visit and one day hope to visit there.
    Thanks for sharing
    happy Sunday
    Carolyn

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    irma
    July 20, 2014 at 1:38 am

    Thank you to share with us your dream with these fantastic photos.

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    Lynzie Coller
    July 20, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Thank you so much! The beautiful Greek villas and runes are amazing! I love Greece as much as you do.
    Thank you!

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    Irina
    July 20, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    May that dream come true for you! Thank you for a gorgeous journey to Greece…OPA! 🙂
    I am always craving Greek food…
    xoxo,
    – Irina

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    Maria @ The Good Life
    July 20, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Oh Greece! One day I will visit and take my mom along because I truly believe in another life she was Greek! 🙂 And yes, you must try the octopus it is delicious!
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    It's Me
    July 20, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Lovely post welcome on Anita’s party !!!……nice to met you….love Ria…x !

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    Mary
    July 21, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Oh my goodness, what beautiful photography! My favorite is the terrace with the small swimming pools over looking the sea! And that bedroom, woow! I’ve always been drawn to Greece every time I see pictures of it, the ocean is so blue and the food looks out of this world.
    Your lamb chops look delish and I’m looking forward to the recipe. I cook lamb sometimes and always wish I had a better recipe for it. Have a blessed week!
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    Anita Rivera
    July 21, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Sweet Robyn! I had to come by again for another bite of lamb! Right now, the lovely waters of the Greek beaches would be welcomed by this water lover…it is hot today and perfect aqua pools are just what I need! I am so happy you posted on Greece my friend! BISOUS Anita

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    Martina
    July 21, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Dear Robyn, wow, this looks amazing! I’ve never been to Greece and your post makes me want to go there NOW! Thanks for your lovely visit on my blog – have a super start to your week!

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    peggy braswell
    July 21, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Hi Robyn had to pop over to see Greece + loved your recipe for lamb + what a great start to the week + thank you for coming to my blog. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

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    Sarah Coller
    July 21, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    What a beautiful adventure it would be to visit Greece! All that wonderful fresh produce makes me hungry! Thanks for sharing your dream vacation with us. I hope you’ll stop by my England post, if you haven’t already.

    Blessings,
    Sarah
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    Marijke
    July 22, 2014 at 12:33 am

    Beautiful pictures of Greece!
    groetjes van Marijke

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    Linnie
    July 22, 2014 at 7:20 am

    Hello Robyn,
    This was such enjoyable posting!! I had an aunt who was from Greece and she was a Joy, and a wonderful cook! My brother and his late wife got to spend 2 weeks there (with Aunt) and it was a highlight of Sister-n-law’s life! The music brings me to these memories 🙂
    Thank you for a wonderful tour with the most delightful and brightly colorful images!!!
    Many Blessings, Linnie
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    Violetta Cordes
    July 22, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Hello,dear Robyn!

    Greece….Such magnificent and beautiful dream images!
    We has a wonderful time in Greece tree years ago!:)*

    Dreamy gorgeous trip together with you,thankyou!

    Hugs from Holland,
    V.
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    sonja
    July 22, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    I am sitting here humming right along with this beautiful music as I view your wonderful pictures. I know I would love Greece, I have always loved the food that has come from that region, and the people are so warm and lovely. Not to mention the ruins and the gorgeous water and scenery. Yep… this must be added to my own list!! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

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    Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking
    July 22, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Oh what a wonderful trip this would be!!

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    Dawn
    July 23, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    Robyn, what breathtaking images! Greece is also one of my dream destinations! It’s simply irresistible…
    ♡Dawn
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    Greek Lamb Chops with Lemon Yogurt Sauce - simply fresh dinners
    July 24, 2014 at 10:53 am

    […] blog.  I pretty much gave it up except for use in the occasional stew but when I wrote a piece on Greece for Anita’s fabulous link party, it seemed that lamb would be the perfect fit.  Even then, […]

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    Suz
    August 3, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Your beautiful photos have made Greece a number one top choice for travel and your greek lamb with yogurt sauce a desired dish to make. Thanks. One of my favorite posts.

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    Irene Stefanis
    February 4, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    This music is so beautiful! I was wondering if you could let me know the name of the artist and cd name. Both my parents were from Greece and i’ve been there a few times myself. I loved your picture of the Parthenon. Thanks.

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      Robyn
      February 4, 2015 at 7:02 pm

      Hi Irene,
      I don’t have the name of the artist. On the youtube video it just says ‘bouzouki instrumental’. Perhaps you can google it and find more from there.
      So glad to hear you enjoyed your visit here. Lucky you and all your trips to Greece!
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