By Cathy Maiorano
Greece – both ancient and new. Acres and acres of grapevines. As the saying goes, “En Oeno Althea” which means “In wine there is truth.” Since ancient times Greek wine consumption has led to the revelation of secret verities (truths) locked mysteriously inside one’s self.
The ancient twisted and gnarly olive trees and plentiful fig trees are found in almost everyone’s garden as well as a plethora of roses and flowers making the small towns into gardens of Eden. Combined with the azure Aegean sea, visible in many places traveled, the beauty of the country is quite heady and overwhelming.
At lunch and dinner I forgot my American lifestyle and slipped into the traditional Greek communal feast. Chatting with friends while sipping something exotic and feasting on Greek salad with huge chunks of feta, olives, tomatoes, and cucumber. Dipping crusty artisanal bread into sauces on plates of chicken, pork, and beef or drunken stew. Afterward, we walked lazily through streets filled with locals selling their wares in small shops that looked like they were painted by an old master. Is there a reason we can’t live like this all the time? I think this might just be heaven on earth. If you’ve never been inspired like this, plan to join the Greek Art Tour in 2016. You’ll find your secret truth too.