“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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Joining the dark side

Motoring Con Brio

That’s right, we speak of the Face Book, which we generally can’t stand, yet have nevertheless now joined. After establishing presences on both Flickr groups and Google groups, it seemed silly to continue holding the biggest online evil juggernaut this side of Google at arm’s length solely on account of our personal revulsion. So we have succumbed. Above all else, it is for you, dear reader, as you all are on it, and this seemed like the easiest way to share cool stuff outside of this website. After all, Motoring Con Brio – which we’ve always treated more as a collective than as a personal blog – couldn’t exist without its numerous contributors, and what better way to encourage such contributions than through the single platform that just about every man, woman, and child (besides us, apparently) uses?

Motoringconbrio.com will continue to serve as the centerpiece of the…

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