Saturday, August 27, 2011

The Greek Island of Serifos

Hi my friend :)) hope you are having a fun summer!  Mine has been really great so far. I just got back from Serifos and I have to tell you I've fallen in love with this beautiful and most authentic Greek island!! Get you coffees ready and enjoy. I want to share these pics with you and hope I won't bore you, but I was thinking of you when I was taking them :)  It will take me several posts to show you Serifos, which is also rich in mythology. It is said according to Greek mythology that Medusa's head is buried here, under a 12th century church, up at the fort, in Hora. That's where I stayed.

Hora is built all the way on top of a rock! some of the houses are built on the side of the cliff. very scary and dramatic, but they are "solid as a rock"! The walls of these stone houses are 70 cm thick. They are cool in the summer and warm in the winter. They are like snow white houses! tiny and the bathrooms are outside! not very convenient when you have to "go" in the middle of the night and its freezing out there!! which I had to experience one
Most of the roofs on these houses are someone else's veranda! at the house I stayed, in order to fix the screen window, I had to walk several streets over to find the window. kinda like a The narrow streets are like that too. windy and at first I would get lost and find myself in a newly discovered street!

This is the way to the house.

The view from the house was i n c r e d i b l e !!  I would sit out on the veranda for hours and just day dream.. I was lucky to be there at full moon which was sooo beautiful reflecting on the sea at night!  I also found this radio station that played beautiful music and would listen to that the whole time I was there.
Do you see those white stairs, on the right? they lead up to the fort and the old church, where Medusa's head is said to be buried. I fell in love with those stairs! they look like they are an extension of the rock. just genius!  This will be included in my next painting :))

These were some of my neighbors..
No cars allowed in this is how they removed the trash. Isn't he adorable?!
I will continue on my next much to share!


  1. Thanks for sharing the wonderful pictures! Glad you had such a good time. Valerie

  2. So interesting. Love seeing the photos. The strange thing is, I was thinking about you just a few minutes ago-thinking I haven't seen a post by Joanna lately....and then there you were!!

  3. Welcome back Joanna!

    I am enraptured - what beauty you have captured in your photos, along with the wonderful narrative they have set me right today as I take breaks between my Sunday domestic duties and dream of moonlit nights in Greece.

    I look forward to more posts and more tales of your time in Serifos.


  4. Great pictures! Thank you so much for sharing them. I just love all the white and blue...and those stairs...swoon! :)


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