Tuesday, January 8, 2013

A Snowy Town Square Up in the Air!


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This post was written last January, during the holidays,
while I was visiting my family in Toronto, Canada. 


 Hello Everyone,


Hard to believe, but there is actually more snow on this Mediterranean island presently, than here in Toronto! Above, is the village square in Anogeia, which can be found at an altitude of 700 metres in the mountains of central Crete. Its name literally means, 'high place' and it is known for its hospitality, as well as its historical relevance for resisting its Turkish and German conquerors. 









Today, it has been invaded by heavy, dense snow, something the Cretans are not accustomed to. Thus, they remain indoors, weary of treading through the thickly packed precipitation of cold, colliding crystals. Just the thought of it makes the locals freeze with fear! That's not to say that they don't marvel at the frosty mass. In fact, some actually brave the chilly temps and take to the hills for a day of skiing and snow angels!



When my daughter was a child, my husband, Cretan born and bred, would drive us through the narrowest of risky roads, clinging to cliffs that dropped hundreds of metres down to rocky ground. And all of this, in the hope of making contact with this precious powder! 




The promise of snowflakes from the heavens, floating onto expecting tongues, or entangling themselves into a fence of luscious little lashes, only to disappear within seconds of their otherwise, smooth landing, was certainly a sight to see!


But when left untouched, a wonderland of white puffy cakes, 'baked' on the premises, sit still on tiers of chilled iron, in this icy bistro, in a snowy square, high up, in the air. 


Thanks for visiting
and Happy New Year!

xo
Poppy

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26 comments:

  1. Wow Poppy! This is crazy! The tables look like mushrooms with all that snow. Here in Washington state, we will sometimes get this kind of storm. It really throws us for a loop. We aren't prepared so things shut down for a day or two until the roads are safe to drive again.

    Hope you are enjoying you stay in Canada!

    xxleslie

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    1. Hi Leslie,

      Mushrooms....hmmmm, yes, why not!

      xo

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  2. Just incredible and so beautiful!...Would love to visit but, just for an afternoon I think it would freeze! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I never picture snow in Greece but, of course, it would happen at higher altitudes. Postcard perfect pics!

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  4. Hello my sweet friend!
    Oh...Just look at those big white puffy marshmallows! I love the snow...and, making snow angels is one of my favorite things to do in the wintertime.
    You live in such a beautiful setting...year round!
    Thank you for your dear comments on my blog. I love it when you stop by!
    Warm wintery hugs,
    Carolynn xxx
    I'm in sunny San Diego, California awaiting the birth of my little grandbaby boy. He's taking his time...Mommy is ready to pop! I will post when he arrives.

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    1. Hi Carolynn,

      And we have....marshmellows! Yes, I definitely see those now!

      xo

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    2. Oh! And patience, plenty of patience...your sweet grandbaby is on his way. All the best!

      Poppy xxx

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  5. I have never seen so much snow and to be in Crete, I didn't know you got snow there I always imagined the weather to be a bit like ours we have to go a long way to find snow.
    Merle......

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  6. Unbelievable!
    The summer I was there ...
    I love this place, thanks for the photos!

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  7. Fluffy snow, how nice! Wish it happened here as well! :)
    Have a lovely day!

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  8. Yes, they do look like puffy cakes! Beautiful pictures!

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  9. Lovely pictures of untouched snow, Poppy! It looks like a winter wonderland!

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  10. Hi Poppy, My son and his family went to lake Placid, NY for Christmas and it was too cold to ski. Ice had formed on top of the snow. I can see why the Anogeia locals freeze with fear. Thanks for sharing this at the Open House party. xx, Sherry

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  11. Hi, Great post. I found you through the blog hop. Now following you.Please stop by and say hi when you get a chance.
    Be sure and check out my new Blog Hop that we just started, It's Weekly Goals Link Up. It's a great way to stay on track. Have a great day. :) Here's the link in case you want to check it out. Thanks again.http://lenettacarnes.blogspot.com/2013/01/weekly-goals-linkup-html

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  12. I live in Detroit, mi and this weekend our weather was in the 60's. Nice to wear a light spring jacket. Funny, I would never think you would have snow

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  13. Beautiful, snowy pictures! It does look funny to see all that snow where you live. I live in a suburb of Chicago, IL and so far all we've had is a light dusting of snow!

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  14. My SIL lives in Cyprus and she posted some pictures of her girls playing in the snowy mountains. Here on Long Island NY where I live it is green and brown. I just came to your blog from Hooked on Houses. Your kitchen is so pretty!
    Corinne

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  15. I never knew it snowed there! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  16. I never knew it snowed there either!
    Gorgeous photos Poppy!
    How's T.O.?
    XXX

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  17. What great photos of the mounds of snow (untouched) on the tables and chairs...love it! thanks for sharing those with us. I saw your post over at " A Stroll Thru Life" blog.

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  18. This is truly breathtaking, Poppy, and your words are in beautiful unison with scene. Hope you are having a wonderful start to the New Year!

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  19. Wow, must conjure up memories of your Canadian roots! That's a lot of snow. Show the Cretans "how it's done" :)
    Happy New Year Poppy!
    Marie@TheInteriorFrugalista

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  20. Oh my! I LOVE your photo and the post! I have been to the Troodos Mountains a few times (I hate the drive and the sheer drops .... I don't do heights!) It always amazed me when you drove from sunshine right up to snow and ice then back again ... I never imagined a Greece village like in your photos though! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Our Beautiful World!

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  21. it looks so pretty. We get plenty of snow were i am in New England. In fact, we just got a huge amount of snow in a blizzard.

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  22. Thats a LOT of know!! We dont get know here in the desert but its fun to look at the pics not so fun to live in. I love you pic is looks like all the tables are covered with puffy white cakes :)

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