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Beautiful Art Found in the Middle of Greece

Updated on October 23, 2011

A beautiful female statue, and WW2 Memorials in a small Greek village.

While in Greece, we were able to visit many small villages, saw Greek life up close, and also saw some beautiful Greek "art" that, to me, was just stunning!  Out of the blue, is this beautiful statue, that seems like it should be in a museum, but really its just near someone's home, for any passer by to enjoy. We were getting ready to stop for lunch, at a local place, so time was short and we were tired. Still, i was able to get this quick picture, and I wanted to share it here :)

After we met back up, we ate lunch, and had a nice spread of Octopus, Greek Salad, Fish, and all kinds of other yummy things. Of course fresh bread and Coca Cola in little bottles. The kids were joking later, one of the boys with us said he had seen the female statue, and I asked him, "wasn't it beautiful?"   He said yes, and if it looked like she had underwear on as well?  We laughed.. Then he said, "Later, I realized that it was probably just a small layer of fat over her pelvic region" , and we laughed and laughed some more at the way he worded it ;p Maybe you had to be there, but it was too cute, and he's a funny guy.  Anyway, I will post that pic here for you to see, and also some pictures of what else we saw while in that town. I was amazed, by their dedication to remembering and honoring those that struggled during WW2 there.  You could tell, they didn't want to ever forget.  I wish I had captured more of that with my camera. 

Many of the small towns in that area, during WW2 were occupied for a while, and many men especially lost their lives. You will see statues and other memorials dedicated to them.  These were often near the churches, most of all. This is what we were told when we asked about what we saw there, and elsewhere.  This hub is dedicated to those beautiful "pieces" and places that are off the beaten trails in Greece, that many may never get to see. They represent a lot history and stories we wish we could know more about.

We weren't just in Greece, for the typical "touristy" types of things. (Though I could easily go back and just do that and I would love every minute of it!) We were there for a bigger reason, than just enjoying the beauty of that part of the world.. We were there to share what we think is very important, the New Testament, in the current greek language.  We offered it to anyone that wanted a copy. They are nice, hardbound copies, and have been approved by the Orthodox Church with a seal inside, as well as signatures from some of the Orthodox Church Fathers around the world.  This was just one of the villages, in the hills on various parts of the Peloponnese Peninsula. We bagged the bibles in nice bags, that had a picture of a church and a sunset on them, and handed them out, or hung them on doorknobs, etc. (a couple things to note, in case anyone is wondering... Our group is not Mormon nor Jehovah's witnesses. Many there asked us that, but we just wanted to share the gift of a New Testament if they wanted it. Many were receptive to the idea,and very thankful. ALSO, these pictures here, are ALL from just one little village.)

I hope you can get a small feel of what the area is like, by looking at the pictures below. The hills with olive trees, fig trees, or grapevines, were beautiful in themselves. These were some of the extra things we saw there. :) Let me know what you think.

Female Statue from a small Greek Village, and more..

Female Statue, as I was walking down the lane in a small village in Greece. Wish I knew the story behind it.
Female Statue, as I was walking down the lane in a small village in Greece. Wish I knew the story behind it. | Source
WW2 Memorial,not far from the church in this small town.
WW2 Memorial,not far from the church in this small town. | Source
A view of the village in Greece
A view of the village in Greece | Source
The local Orthodox Church, or one of them. Isn't it just beautiful?
The local Orthodox Church, or one of them. Isn't it just beautiful? | Source
I wanted to share this picture, to try to convey the "steepness" of this village, it was located on the side of a large hill, and very beautiful.
I wanted to share this picture, to try to convey the "steepness" of this village, it was located on the side of a large hill, and very beautiful. | Source
Another view of the Village
Another view of the Village | Source
See the cemetery in the distance?
See the cemetery in the distance? | Source

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    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Yes, it was Phoenix, I feel so blessed to have been able to go at all. Thank you for your comment!

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      PhoenixV 

      7 years ago from USA

      Must have been an amazing trip!

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      8 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hi Elayne, thank you for coming by and for your comment, I really appreciate it. I would love to travel more, and feel very fortunate to have been able to do so.

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      Elayne 

      8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      I once worked for a doctor from Greece. He was very lively and I enjoyed being around him. I would love to travel there some time. Thanks for an interesting hub.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      8 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Spirit, that is cool. Yes they are wonderful people, thank you for stopping by :)

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      Spiritwind 

      9 years ago

      The Grecian people are just wonderful. I have a close friend, he is Greek. What I found so fascinating; reading tea leaves is a common practice. His mom receives tea cups from people around the world to get readings.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      9 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Yes Peggy, we did, and I hope you get to go someday.

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Sounds as though you had a wonderful time! Would love to go there someday. Everyone I personally know that has visited Greece has come away with the fondest of memories.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      9 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Jill, thank you... Yes, its a photographer's paradise, sigh.. I want to go back sometime, as we barely scratched the surface. Its a truly beautiful country. There was so much I liked about it.

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      A. Jill 

      9 years ago

      Ocean, I think it is wonderful of you to share your Greek photos and experiences in this series of articles. It appears to be a photographer's paradise. I can see how that young fellow thought the lovely lady was wearing bikini underwear, too! I'm so happy for you that got to go there. Envious, too!

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      9 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thank you so much Anna :)

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      awcase 

      9 years ago

      those are great man i think it is great that you got to go on this trip some wonderful things have come out of it =)

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      Paper Moon 

      9 years ago from In the clouds

      Beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      9 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Paper Moon, Oh, well that may be so about it smelling bad as its being cooked, but I have no idea on it.

      Thank you for your kind words. Yes, it was all a wonderful experience. :)

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      Paper Moon 

      9 years ago from In the clouds

      Beautiful pics. I married a Greek woman. As I hear it octopus smells horrendous as it is being cooked. What a wonderful experience.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      9 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Debra, i wish you could have been there with me too! It was truly beautiful and awesome. Yes, cradle of first century Christianity, so amazing and the culture interesting. Totally agree. Thank you for the comment.

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      Paula 

      9 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Sufidreamer, I did notice the Greek people's love for life like you mention. :) Wonderful people, with a rich history that I hope to learn much more about. Like many things in life, the more I learned, the more I realized I didn't know, and the more I wanted to know. Thanks for your comment.

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      debrakcarey 

      9 years ago

      Hello Ocean, I wish I had been able to be there with you. What a wonderful trip you had. Sharing the gospel with the citizens of this beautiful country must have been an absolute delight. As the cradle of 1st century Christianity, Greek culture is so very interesting.

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      Sufidreamer 

      9 years ago from Sparti, Greece

      Wonderful Hub, Ocean - it sounds like you found the true Greece, away from the tourist traps. You even had proper Greek food! :)

      There are certainly a lot of sad stories from WWII, and from the bitter civil war that followed. Not forgotten, but Greeks still have their love of life. If that ever disappears, I will be worried :|

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