Sunday, January 3, 2016

Sparkling moments

I hope you all had a great holiday season and you are 
facing the New Year with beautiful challenges ahead. 
We spent some blissful, sparkling moments with family 
and friends during the last holidays. 
With all those negative things that happen around us, 
I felt the need to savor deeply each moment, 
each second and really enjoy what we are blessed to have. 

We attended a superb ballet show in "Megaron " in Athens 
with leading soloists of the Bolshoi and what a treat 
that was! An extraordinary presentation of
“Don Quixote” choreographed by Alexander Gorski 
and music Ludwig Mink. 
It was another theatre performance “The wizard of Oz” 
in “the Hellenic Cosmos” a multifunctional area of the 
Foundation of Hellenic World where we laughed our heads 
off, very funny show, so we came away happy. We enjoyed an 
exciting three day stay in Arachova, a popular winter destination, 
festive luncheons, day trips in our beautiful region, back 
and forth between our two houses, ice skating rinks for 
the little lady, homely coziness, movie nights ,this is what 
we did on Christmas time. 
It was really fine and thanks God there are still some 
restful days ahead before getting through 
the winter school blues!

I have been blogging for three years and it is encouraging to see 
people from around the world sharing my articles and photos. 
I am extremely grateful to all of you. You are so dear to me and
 I do try to be a visible reader. It is certainly more appreciated! 
I would just like to express how much joy you have given me 
and wish for you joy and happiness in return.

 Last year was a bad one; may 2016 be a better one for all of us!

Happy New Year!


  1. Hello from austria
    I am also a fan of your blog and your photos!
    Hugs Kuni

  2. Εύχομαι ολόψυχα η καινούργια χρονιά να είναι γεμάτη με όμορφες στιγμές ,με μαγικές εικόνες ,πολλή -πολλή αγάπη και χαρά ! Χρόνια Πολλά !

  3. Olympia, your pictures always take me to another place. They are so sweet and filled with simplicity and beauty. I think my favorite was the tree with the red ornaments against the white snow, so beautiful. And these nature pictures had me smiling too, as I have really been longing to get back to nature. I love how you added a few sparkles and light to your pics this time. And I'm wishing you love and light in the new year.

    Happy New Year, my friend. I hope it's a good one for me and you. :)

    love, ~Sheri

  4. Seems as if you have had a great Christmas Season. I wish you a beautiful happy New Year and will join your blog also in the following months, looking forward to your photos.
    Big hug
    Donna G.

  5. Beautiful photos. It seems like you had a wonderful family time. Very best wishes for 2016.

  6. Beautiful photos. It seems like you had a wonderful family time. Very best wishes for 2016.

  7. Happy New Year!
    Beautiful and festive photos. Your holiday sounds wonderful.

  8. Fine, Olympia, you had such a beautiful Christmas holiday.
    There is indeed much misery in the world and in your country, so that I can imagine that you want to set as the gratitude for all that you do have to recharge their energy and to move on.
    That God will be with you in the new year, I wish you all very much!
    I always enjoy your wonderful photos and your stories with it.

    With love, Gerry

  9. Hello Olympia, This is a good time to let you know how much I enjoy your photographs. You have a fine eye for composition and color. May 2016 bring you and your family much happiness.

  10. Your photos are so inspirational Olympia. Thank you for sharing them with us.

    I hope you have a better 2016. It sounds like you are on the right track. Quality family time is always a good thing.


  11. For you and your family my best wishes for this year...I hope it will bring you a lof of happiness and health!

    Hugs, Ingrid

  12. Happy New Year wishes Olympia from the Pacific Northwest. Thank you for your blog which keeps me in touch with my other 'home'. Hugs, Jackie

  13. Happy new year! That lady-finger dessert looks amazing. Looking forward to more of your gorgeous photos over the coming year. XOXO

  14. Υπέροχες φωτογραφίες Ολυμπία μου .... καλή χρονιά να εχεις ....

  15. Happy new year, dear Olympia. Beautiful photos.
    Hugs from here

  16. Happy New year I hope more positive things happen in 2016. It must have been wonderful seeing some snow during the Christmas period. I'm glad you had such a wonderful time. Sarah x

  17. Spectacular pictures, as always. Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas.
    Happy 2016 Olympia.

  18. Sparkling, indeed! And how yum in that lady finger cake. Thanks for all the inspiration in 2015. Looking forward to a fabulous New Year, Olympia. Cheers, L

  19. Lieve Olympia,

    Kali Xronia voor jou lieve Olympia je gezin en naaste familie.
    Moge dit nieuwe jaar jullie vervullen met warmte,vrede,vriendschap,liefde en vooral een goede gezondheid.

    Je prachtige en sfeervolle foto's geven mij een goede indruk over de vast fantastische Kerstvakantie weken waarmee jij het oude jaar achter je liet en het nieuwe jaar begonnen bent.
    Zo bijzonder om deze dagen door te brengen in de sneeuw en waar kan je dat beter doen dan tegen de flanken van de Parnassos.

    Hoop dat ik in 2016 weer net zo mag en kan genieten van jou mooie blogposten dan de vorige jaren.
    Doe mijn hartelijke groeten aan dat mooie meisje van je!!!

    Lieve groet,Ger

  20. Glad that you had such a good Christmas! Happy New Year! Hope that it is a good 2016 for you! xx

  21. Happy New Year, Olympia! I hope that 2016 is a good year for you, and I must say that your Christmas photos are stunning and full of sparkle.
    Cathy x

  22. Cheerful blog and lovely photos. The cake/ sweet looks interesting.
    Any chance of posting the recipe?

    1. Dear Hilary, I would like to e-mail you the recipe but just can't find your profile on the internet! It's a simple cake with ladyfingers around, lemon glaze and a branch of holly berry for the decoration.
      By the way, thank you for all your kind comments, they are so much appreciated!

  23. What a nice post! A happy 2016 to you (and all of us) too. You always seem to live such a beautiful life. I always enjoy your photos of the lovely things around you.

  24. What a nice post! A happy 2016 to you (and all of us) too. You always seem to live such a beautiful life. I always enjoy your photos of the lovely things around you.

  25. It is always lovely to go to the ballet at Christmas time it seems so appropriate. Congratulations on two years of blogging. May hope too is that 2016 should be a better more peaceful year than 2015 with much less suffering for so many people.

  26. Meilleurs voeux à toi et tous tes proches ... oublions 2015 pour rendre 2016 heureuse et paisible .... Comme toujours de magnifiques photos, j'aime celles avec la neige dont nous manquons ici depuis des années !!! A bientôt, Amicalement,


  27. Dear Olympia . Sounds like you had a wonderful, warm , cosy and 'all about family' holiday which is what Christmas is all about in my opinion ! As always lovely photos that just create the mood. Wishing you and your family a wonderful 2016, and I agree, it MUST be better than 2015 ! xx

  28. Hello Olympia, I looks and sounds like you had a lovely Christmas. Your photographs are amazing! Thanks for stopping by to visit and for your sweet comment. I'm delighted that you liked my quilt :)
    Connie :)

  29. Oh how lovely to see the ballet ...
    How lovely to be able to share your photo's too, what a great selection.

    I hope 2016 will be a good year for you and yours.
    Looking forward to my visits to your lovely blog.

    All the best Jan

  30. Lieve Olympia,

    Voor jou en allen die je lief zijn een Happy New Year!
    Wat verwen je ons met een PRACHTIGE en sfeervolle foto serie,
    heerlijk de sneeuw die zo past bij december.
    Wat zullen jullie genoten hebben tijdens de feestdagen.

    Wens je alle goeds en gezondheid in hte nieuwe jaar 2016 toe.

    Veel liefs,

  31. Wat een sfeervolle foto's. Vooral dat knusse huisje in de sneeuw, daar kan ik zo bij wegdromen. Ik hoop dat 2016 een mooi en gezond jaar mag worden. Geniet ervan! Liefs Carolien

  32. Hello Olympia, it looks like you had a wonderful holiday season. I'm glad you were able to relax and enjoy yourself with the family. I wish you a happy new year and all the best in 2016.

  33. I wish you a happy new year! With a lot of beautiful pictures. Il always love your pictures!
    Greatings from Aleta

  34. Such beautiful wintry photos, your post is delightful to see. I wish you a Happy New Year, dear Olympia, and all the best in 2016.
    Helen xox

  35. Hello dear Olympia, wishing you all a happy healthy 2016. Look forward to following this year! Sharon x

  36. Happy new year to you Olympia. Your blog is beautiful - it looks as though you had a wonderful festive season.

  37. Glorious photos, dear Olympia, winter at its best. I'm also excited about 2016, so full of possibilities. Happy new year.

  38. Happy new year , Olympia.
    I love your photos. They transform 'simple things' into art !
    Have a lovely week!
    Tina x

  39. I found this blog for a few minutes an i like this blog so much...wonderful photos. Happy new year...greatings from Isabell (shabby chic & co.)

  40. Lovely festive images ...we are off to the ballet at the end of the month...I love the theatre or live concerts...Wishing you a happy and peaceful 2016 ...Gail x

  41. Sparkling moments and beautiful pictures Olympia!
    Let´s hope this year will be a GREAT year now...
    Take care!
    Love from Titti


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