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photos from my trip to Crete



Hi everyone! I feel energized, I am looking forward to painting again. We visited beautiful Crete on vacation. I took many photos, there is inspiration lurking in every corner! I did a lot of snorkeling, swimming and soaking up the sun. I ate a lot of yogurt and feta cheese (gained some weight ... oh, well) ! We visited the Palace of Minos at Knossos. We had a wonderful guide (the lady holding the yellow umbrella in my collage) who gave us a fascinating tour of the site. We also visited Chryssi Island on the Libyan Sea, a protected uninhabited island.I have never seen such incredible blues and turquoise. I thought it funny that amidst all of this ancient rich history there is even a Starbucks!

My husband and I have been doing some maintenance work around the house this past week. We repainted the kitchen and some of the living room. With weather in the 100's we feel slow. I am hopeful to at least have prepared some paper and bought extra gator board panels to be able to work on various watercolors at once. Well that's the idea, at least.
 
I hope everyone is well and enjoying a nice summer!

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  1. Oh wow! Those photos are incredible, I'm so jealous that you vacationed in Crete! It must have been like a dream to be someplace like that. That is funny that you would see a Starbucks in such a setting. But a nice treat to find one! Painting the walls... I need to do that too. One of these days. I hope to see some watercolor soon, I can tell you're eager to start something new!

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    1. I am very eager and hope to have something to show soon!I always dreamed of visiting Greece and it was everything I imagined it to be. Thanks for stopping by Katherine!

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  2. Celia - how beautiful...imagine finding a Starbucks as well. That water in one of your pictures is so gorgeous. Sounds like you have some painting plans - let me know if you like gator board - I have always stretched on some thin boards treated with gesso, etc. Was thinking of purchasing some of these. Glad to have you back...missed you. Take care friend.

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    1. I'll surely let you know about the gator board.I used it a long time ago as a drawing board and could not find it here. I came across it by chance the other day and can't wait to try it. Thanks for visiting Debbie!!

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  3. It sounds like a wonderful holiday Celia! Enjoy your summer.

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  4. Sounds like a fabulous holiday, love the pots in your photos, happy painting when you get going

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  5. Welcome back Celia!
    Glad you had a great holiday!
    Now bring on some more wonderful art!
    Michael

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    1. Thank you Michael! And thanks for the encouragement!!

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  6. Welcome Home, Celia!!! I am SO envious!!! It sounds like you had such a wonderful vacation..
    I can only imagine all of those beautiful photos you took!! thank you for sharing some with us...AND a Starbuck's!!! Life is good!!!!

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  7. Hi Celia,
    Your photos are beautiful!! What a lovely holiday destination. I spent a couple of days on Crete over 20 years ago and loved it. The Greek yoghurt was to die for!!
    I look forward to seeing all your Crete inspired paintings!

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  8. I'm happy for you Celia. I think you brought back a full dose of sun and energy in your luggage. Your nice pictures give me new ideas of trips to come. I'm having a great summer so far, take care.

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  9. Thank you Helen, Wendy and Hilda!!

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  10. Ciao Celia, grazie mille per il gentile commento che mi hai lasciato. Sono sicuro che le tue meravigliose vacanze saranno un'ottima fonte di ispirazione per i tuoi prossimi acquerelli. A presto.

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    1. Figurati Tito e me lo auguro! Grazie per la visita!

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