"Loulee" is what my parents often called me as a child. In Greek "louloothi" means flower, and as greeks perpetually make pet names, "Loulee" became mine.
A true Greco-American or "misi-misi" (half-n-half), I was born in Athens and made the move to America at the age of 6 with my parents. I am currently making a trip back to my homeland and here will attempt to describe it for you my friends at home (and anyoneelse who stumbles upon it). I make no promises of gracefulness.................
A note about my photos.... for those who know me and my aspirations in photography, you might find the majority of these photos to be not particularily interesting or artful.... they're not really meant to be.. these photos are for sharing, for showing where i am and what i've seen... any attempts at artmaking are private and, as is my way, contemplated for while. therefore, you will have to wait for the art, at this time, I'm just letting you take a peek out of my backpack.....
March 26th 2007
today i thought of so many clever ways to begin this entry as i walked around Methoni.... of course they all now evade me. i am sitting in a funny little loft of a cafe/bar in the corner at one of three computer terminals.... young kids smoke and joke and flirt on the other side..... i am going to try to simultaneously blog the present as well as my past 3 weeks in Greece. (different entries though, so i hope, you can make sense of it) Methoni is a smallish town on the westernmost peninsula of South Greece. Waking up this morning i first took a walk around to buy some groceries for breakfast. The Greeks dont really do breakfast and as i had slept in today, i knew this was my best bet. the ... read more
March 12th 2007
After a somewhat fitful sleep on the collapsable shipseats on the fery from Milos, i was happy when we docked at 9 in the morning in Crete. The sun shone and Agios Nicholaos spread out (and up!) before me. I walked around the harbour and over a small pedestrian bridge to where the town began. Without a definate schedule yet i thought i would just get a feel for Agios Nicholaos and decide if i wanted to stay or move on. As I stood on a corner looking around I overheard a woman giving directions very loudly. I looked across the street to see a young asian girl trying desperatly to repeat the directions and hand gestures that the woman was quickly giving her... (in greek). I walked across the street to help her out. ... read more
March 8th 2007
....Obsidian and tourism...except of course in March. I was probably one of 5 tourists on the island and 3 of them seemed to be doing some sort of filming, so maybe they werent tourists at all...... Once i figured out that the buses would get me nowhere, especially on the weekend when NO buses were running, i decided to rent a car and was very glad i did. (but dont tell my aunt she worried about the drivers on the islands)..... in truth there were hardly any cars on the roads and they were not reckless. the Greeks I have found to be good drivers actually, just really aggressive. and the bus drivers are amazing how they maneuver their huge buses through the tiny streets without gaining a scratch is a miracle.... anyway, i digress.... ... read more
March 5th 2007
Wild Asparagus and ruins on Evvia Europe » Greece » Attica By loulee March 5th 2007 Once again your technologically brilliant and ever-alert friend in Greece has made a dumb mistake and erased all that she had written. Granted it wasn't much, but rather than deja-vu type i think i will go shopping and prepare for tomorrow's 7:30am boat ride to the island of Sifnos instead .... Dont worry, it wasnt a particularily rivetting entry, though better written than some of my others as it was short. We were only on Evvia for a day... the important part was this Wild Asparagus tastes just like asparagus, but well, more wild. And that i saw a body of water that does something that ... read more
March 3rd 2007
The first trip we took once i was back on my feet was to Nafplio, a port town in the Peloponese about 2.5 hrs out of Athens. It was said to be charming and contain an important fortress. With lots of Venetian architecture, touristy shops, a great walkway by the water, and many places to eat, it was a good place to visit with my family. By myself i think i may have found it a bit too tailored and clean. But we did lot of walking, looking and family posing for pictures shots...... which i havent posted, i like my off the cuff silouette shot best........ The fortress was very cool and as it was the first i visited, i was very impressed (now, having seen several, they're all like "oh ok another fortress"). ... read more
March 2nd 2007
Well my first week in Athens was unfortunately very dissapointing. Not so much Athens' fault as the bacteria..... I had a cold. a pretty bad one at that. fever for a few days, coongestion, headaches, etc.... there wasn't much i could do but hang out in the house and sleep. bummer. Once i began to recover, we took some small little trips.... the first was to Lycavvitos, huge hill near the swankier, priceyer neighborhood of Kolonaki. As i was still foggy i didnt think to bring my camera. which i certainly regret. the day was perfect. the sunset was goregeous overlooking the Acropoplis and behind the church on the hill sat the moon perfectly full in the sky. we went into the church, lit some candles, crossed ourselves and kissed the icons.... (my germ concious ... read more
February 28th 2007
So this is the first entry of my travels.... back-dated tremendously.... LONDON! I arrived happily and grumpily jetlagged. i managed to sleep some on the plane until we hit some scary turbulence, the intercom shouting 'ladies and gentleman please fasten your safety belts!fasten your safety belts!fasten your safety belts!' while the flight attendants raced down the aisles clinging onto anything they could to stay upright. the tv said it was -68 deg. F and 100 miiiile / hour winds... as i started to feel sick, i readied that handy paper bag in the seatpocket in front of me bag just incase....... but soon enough everything died down including my stomach... Stepping out of the Tube station at Highstreet Kensington, i did actually stand agape for a bit. i didnt really expect it to look so ... read more