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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!


  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!

    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!

  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.

    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!!

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

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

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

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

  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!!!!

  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!

  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.

  9. Thank you Helen, Wendy and Hilda!!

  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.

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


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