25 Mar Greek Independence Day
Excerpt from my book GREEKSCAPES Illustrated Journeys with an Artist:
“On March 25th I joined the celebration at the harbor for the Greek Independence day parade. The Navy band marching, the priest, Mayor and other island dignitaries speaking, parents and grandparents proudly lining up with their cameras on both sides of the main square as the youngest children reciting poems in their adorable voices before they march in the parade. It’s one of only two non-religious festivals in Greece, and I was happy to be able to make a small watercolor inspired by a little girl and boy holding hands and small Greek flags as they passed me. Maria recognized them in the painting as one of the taverna owner’s children.
I’m painting most every day on Poros and I also take the ferry to nearby Hydra, where I ignore the yachts. It’s still not the island for me, and yet it does have its own charm and definitely beautiful mansions with stunning gardens. Evidently the first day I was there, the Fates were at work to send me back to Poros. Since then I’ve only met fine people on Hydra, and I haven’t seen any more accidents with the working donkeys. Island life agrees with me, and I’m not sure if it’s because I’m single, or if this culture simply suits me. I think it may be both.”