“Xenia” in a mountain village

Cretan Chronicles

“More, please…”  Something you’ll never hear around a  Greek table.  Before you can even think it, the food appears and keeps on appearing even after your stomach is pleading for mercy.  Our Greek “daughter” Katerina and her new husband Sifis (see “Katerina’s Wedding” blogpost July 2012) invited us to his family’s village of Vrisses where a group of us were served up a plentiful supply of Greek hospitality (Xenia) and delicious food.    Sifis’ family welcomed us into their charming traditional home that had all the warmth of a well lived in family house complete with their own Cretan history tastefully displayed from floor to ceiling.

The old structure, originally a storage room/stable dating back to the late 1800’s, was lovingly renovated and decorated by Sifis’ parents.  The attention to detail inside and out was evident everywhere you looked.   As Katerina says, “Given how important family is in Greece…

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