That’s Greek for “Welcome!” and its literal translation is almost exactly that: “Well (good) to come.” Our friends and relations have been greeting us that way since we arrived Friday, and last night the first full moon of our stay popped out from behind Mt. Gerania as if to add its own Καλώς ήρθατε! We didn’t get the lunar eclipse that you lucky folks in North America got to see but the moon here certainly had all the color of a blood moon, and we were thrilled — as always — to see it.
The moonrise capped a sunset walk on the beach, which is now fringed with the wildflowers we love:
Mt. Elikonas, the mountain we see from our balcony, capped with clouds and underlined by an Aleppo pine, whose horizontal growth is a testament to the strong west wind:
Mt. Parnassos, home of the nine muses. You can just see that it’s still snowy at the top. There’s a ski resort on the other (northern) side.
Mt. Gerania, from which the moon would soon emerge:
The Panagia, freshly painted over the winter, against a backdrop of Melissi village on the left, and our own lovely Sikia on the right:
Looking east along the beach at Sikia:
And the rest of the moon dance:
Being welcomed back each year is one of the things we love about Greece but another of Greece’s charms is its customary leaving-taking, “Sto kalo,” which means “Go to the good.” It’s a simple wish/command that operates on several levels and is emblematic of the love and respect that underlie this culture. Sto kalo.