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Santorini, Greece

Pooling it in Santorini

Pooling it in Santorini

Flying our kite in Santorini

Flying our kite in Santorini

Kite tricks

Kite tricks

Olive lovers unite ... The oldest olive tree in the world.  Photo taken in Montenegro...Stars Maslina

Olive lovers unite ... The oldest olive tree in the world. Photo taken in Montenegro...Stars Maslina

The flying five has made it to Greece!

We are staying at a lovely guest house by the ocean with pool! It is a bit of the beaten track but our hosts have graciously offered to drive us to get groceries, etc. Jane and Megan, friends from Whitehorse arrive today! They are on a year long journey as well so it is going to be great to catch up with them!

There is nothing too wild and crazy to report other than we are really enjoying the tranquility of our latest residence.
Our trip ti Tirana was spectacular and at times we rgreted our decision for not going further south. We felt, though, that we can visit Albania another day. With the kids, it s much better to bite off smaller chunks. They are so happy to be settled here in Santorini and are absolutely thrilled with the pool.

A highlight for me on our way to Tirana was visiting, what is claimed to be, the oldest olive tree in the world in Montenegro. For me, that was a religious experience. I was in awe and could not take my eyes off of the rugged, gnarly tree that has been here for over 2 thousand years! It was one of those serendipitous events that we had the good fortune to experience.

As I type the kids are making videos with Manas' camera under the water. I think we will just stay here all day... I will have to entire into town to visit my favourite bakery in Santorini! It is an authentic Cretan bakery and sells all sorts of goodies including Spanikopia to die for!!! Mom you would LOVE this bakery! The bread is perfect!

We are sending lots of love to you all, thanks for reading our entries. It is so nice to feel all of your love, support and goodness.
Peace,
Meera

Posted by The Flying Five 23:12 Archived in Greece Comments (0)

Enlightenment in Kotor, Montenegro

A room with a view

A room with a view

Clean, crisp water

Clean, crisp water

No motorized vehicles within the walls.

No motorized vehicles within the walls.

Reflections

Reflections

Kids on tour

Kids on tour

We have all thoroughly enjoyed our stay within the walled city of Kotor. We have had a lovely time exploring the fortress strategically overlooking the town below. The kids found many different secret entrances and pathways. They discovered ruins of a palace, a Christian church and many other buildings. A flag of Montenegro flys proudly at the peak. The hike up to the top was challenging with the heat but the climb down was very rewarding. We were all happy to discover a public fountain in the square below the fortress.

One of our unexpected highlights has definitely been our location. We have had the good fortune of staying directly across a music school. We have heard such heavenly sounds at all times of the day. Such a wonderful backdrop to this modern medieval town. We inquired about music lessons and Solstice has been lucky enough to have two lessons with a Master teacher. Solstice had two delightful lessons with an enigmatic and accomplished teacher. This morning I walked Solstice to her lesson and then took myself to the market. When I returned I heard the familiar sounds of a Vivaldi piece being played by Solstice and her teacher. The sweet melody filled the streets and hearts of all who were around.

I have also mentioned the market ... There is an incredibly interesting and dynamic market just outside of the main gate. It is such a wonderful pleasure to shop there! The market is alive with sights, smells and action! You can all imagine how much we are enjoying picking out our fruits, vegetables, nuts, bread, olives and cheese daily.

Living within the walls has been very relaxing and wonderful. The boys have a favorite game where they both run to a point, try and get themselves lost, and then try and be the first to reach another point. This other point usually involves Mike, myself and Solstice waiting in a plaza or terrace.

Mike and I were also very lucky to have celebrated our wedding anniversary here. We were able to attend a live classical guitar concert in a plaza. It was a very special and memorable celebration. The musicians were superb. After the concert, it was lovely to stroll around t his place under a full moon and a sky full of stars.

The time has come for us to move on. Tomorrow we will take a taxi to Tirana, Albania and then a flight to Santorini, Greece. We have truly enjoyed an enlightened experience in Kotor!

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Kotor, Montenegro

Hot hot heat.

It was 30 degrees in the Dubrovnik bus station and it was ten a.m. We had already been waiting half an hour and had just discovered the bus was going to be at least another thirty minutes late. When the bus to Kotor pulled in Meera and the kids found seats while I got the bags into the bus' luggage compartment. Even with the air conditioner going wide open the air on the bus was sticky and thick for the three hour trip. We stepped into the staggering heat of Montenegro bags in hand to meet another Mira at the main gate to the old city of Kotor with whom we had made arrangements to rent an apartment. Each step took us deeper into the inferno and sweat poured. The apartment was lively and in the very centre of the old town. We hid from the afternoon heat and had supper at six. I had the grilled calamare and it was succulent and dressed with a strong garlic and olive oil dressing. After dinner we began our assault on the fortress sitting high above the town. Rough and steep stone steps meant only the bravest and stoutest of souls would make it to the top. Although we needed to rest at the church half way up we were not to be denied. Ah the glory upon standing upon the fort's look out platform, master of all one could see. The only better feeling was drinking from the public fountain having made our way down from the citadel. I have been to the mountain.
Peace,
Mike
El crepusculo

El crepusculo

An imposing medieval fortress in Kotor

An imposing medieval fortress in Kotor

Fantastic view of Kotor below the fortress

Fantastic view of Kotor below the fortress

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Captivated by Dubrovnik

Finding shade in Dubrovnik.

Finding shade in Dubrovnik.

Walking around the old town of Dubrovnik today, it is not hard to imagine yourself back when this place was in its' prime of days gone by. Merchants were shouting, the cafes were bustling and the streets were crowded. It is easy to conjure up images of village folk gathering around the many ornate, carved fountains. I could easily see why, for so long, Dubrovnik was a place where the Arts, Sciences and Literature flourished. it is really no surprise that Dubrovnik is second only to Venice for European splendour. I so much enjoyed meandering down the marble streets. Around every corner there was a magnificent example of Renaissance architecture or simply a baroque style home with colorful shutters. Laundry was hanging from balconies, blowing in the wind. From a distance you could even hear the faint sound of music. The fortress offered superb views to the sea or town.
I could have walked for hours and hours but as you can imagine, Manas and Aleix reached their threshold. I could no longer keep them interested in renaissance pillars or magical streets. The boys from the yukon were beaten down by thebintense heat. We couldn't even find cool shade within the walled fortress. We will return to the old town, I am told that Dubrovnik by night is even more spectacular, and cooler. We'll let you know!
Hope you are enjoying the photos!

Posted by The Flying Five 23:49 Comments (1)

The magic of sarajevo

Hello all,
Just to let you know that we have been thinking of you all! We have been having a thoroughly fantastic time in the city of Sarajevo. If you have not visited this city, please put it at the top of your list. This city has so much to offer ... It has been an incredibly fulfilling visit. Everywhere I go in this city my skin tingles with warmth and compassion ... And joy. This city was held under siege for four long years. 4 years in which movement was heavily restricted, lives forever altered. The people of Sarajevo lived in fear and now they are determined to live fullfilling lives in their city. I am so glad that we brought the children to Sarajevo so that they can see for themselves some of the pain, the misery, the magic, the joy and some of the many layers of this fascinating city. You see reminders of the war everywhere; in the buildings, on the streets, on the faces, everywhere.
We went on an extensive tour of the city yesterday. We visited the tunnel which was built during the siege. It took 4 months to complete. From 1992-1995 the city was completely surrounded by Serbian forces. The only way to get supplies to the people was through this 800 metre tunnel that extended under the airport to another Bosnian held territory. This was their life line for 4 long years. The kids were fascinated. They have been asking non-stop questions ...

We visited a Jewish cemetery that was also occupied by Serbian forces during the siege. The Serbian forces placed snipers throughout the cemetery as it had a good vantage point. They shot to kill anyone. They have even named a notorious vantage point sniper alley in order to remember. There are great efforts going on to restore this historically significant cemetery.

One site that has hit me particularily hard is the memorial dedicated to all of the children of Sarajevo who lost their lives during the siege. It is a stark reminder of monstrosities committed during times of war. A 4 year siege led to over 11 000 deaths in Sarajevo, many children. Our kids were particularily touched at this site, as I am sure you would all be to.

Even though there are so many reminders of the war in this city, it is a city dedicated to peace and tolerance for all people. Much of the city has been rebuilt and the people of this great city are unified and dignified. I love walking in this city, I feel that it is the Moment that truly matters.
Love you all,
Peace,
Meera

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