In Praise of Women of a Certain Age

A woman of a certain age
A woman of a certain age

  We seem to be in a phase of "The older woman" 
    The older woman, who has not succumbed to plastic surgery, botox, fillers and other such procedures.

How refreshing that magazines are now featuring older women, not for their aches and pains, not for telling them how to claim their pension, but for their beauty, their natural beauty.

                     These women know that beauty comes from within, it can't be bought over the counter in the form of lotions and potions, it can't be found under a surgeon's scalpel, it can't be acquired by wearing clothes meant for someone twenty years younger or forcing themselves into their daughter's jeans.

                      These women know that beauty comes from confidence, the confidence to not follow the latest "trends", the confidence to be different, to be themselves,the confidence to let their hair go grey, the confidence to not give a damn!

No "surprised" botox looks or the puffy-cheeked hamster look of fillers for them.

Nor the "trout pout" of lips filled to bursting with silicon, they know that all this would only make them look deformed not transformed!

  Here are a few fabulous, natural "older women"


  Diane Keaton 68 -  Love her quirky style.


Diane Keaton
Diane Keaton

Diane Keaton
Diane Keaton

Diane Keaton
Diane Keaton

 Linda Rodin 65 -  If you have to wear glasses, make them bold.


Linda Rodin
Linda Rodin

Linda Rodin and her dog Winks
Linda Rodin and her dog Winks

Linda Rodin
Linda Rodin

Claire Chazal 57 - reporter for TFI French national TV station


Claire Chazal
Claire Chazal


Claire Chazal
Claire Chazal

Claire Chazal
Claire Chazal

         Daphne Self 83 - still working as a mode.....respect!  

Daphne Selfe
Daphne Selfe

Daphne Selfe
Daphne Selfe

Daphne Selfe
Daphne Selfe

Ines de la Fressange 57 - former Chanel model, Karl Lagerfeld muse


Ines de la Fressange
Ines de la Fressange

Ines de la Fressange
Ines de la Fressange

Ines de la Fressange
Ines de la Fressange

Francoise Hardy 70 - French singer & actress


Francoise Hardy
Francoise Hardy

Francoise Hardy
Francoise Hardy

Francoise Hardy
Francoise Hardy


 Charlotte Rampling 68 - Actress

I've left the best until last, in my opinion anyway!


The niche cosmetic company Nars has just used her as their "face" for 2014.

I was thrilled when I learnt this, couldn't wait to see the adverts and when I did I was disappointed.

Charlotte Rampling is a beautiful, elegant woman, such a strong character, she has a presence that mesmerizes (I have seen her on stage in Athens), in the adverts she was hardly recognizable.

I had expected to see her as we always see her in magazines, films and on tv, I was shocked, and then I looked again, and again, gradually it began to grow on me, now I love it!



Charlotte Rampling for Nars
Charlotte Rampling for Nars

Charlotte Rampling
Charlotte Rampling



Charlotte Rampling
Charlotte Rampling

Charlotte Rampling
Charlotte Rampling

Charlotte Rampling
Charlotte Rampling

       Here are a couple of  pictures of people on the street, I don't know who they are, I just came across them on the internet and loved them for their diversity!


Style
Style!

Love this look
Just love this look!

There is something about these gorgeous women; they are well-groomed, have poise, good posture and they are all slim.

Take note!

To My Children - On Being a Mother

On the beach
On the beach

The fact of it being my Daughter's birthday today started me thinking about my years of being a Mother, all thirty one of them!

Was I a good Mother? Was I bad Mother?
 A bit of both I suppose, after all nobody is perfect.

Looking back, I know what my mistakes were and wish I could turn back the clock to rectify them, that is never going to happen but I now have a second chance with my Granddaughter and I vow to have more patience with her than I did with my own children.

Whatever the answer is to the good or bad Mother question I must have done something right as they have both turned out to be a credit to me.

  What a shock to the system it is when your first child is born, forget your life as you knew it, you are now heading towards the unknown, a scary place, sometimes bad but mostly good.

The worst has to be the lack of sleep and that never ends!

It is not just being woken up ten times a night with a newborn, it carries on...keeping bedside vigil through all of the childhood illnesses, then the teenage years come along, their first forays out into the night alone, waiting up for them, they only need to be five minutes late and you are imagining them dead in a ditch somewhere!

Then we have the loss of freedom, gone are the  nights out, gone are the relaxing bubble baths, even the freedom of visiting the loo alone is gone and a really bad one here...the freedom to suffer in bed with a hangover, you have to get up and carry on.

 That's enough to stop anybody ever drinking again!

The good bits, oh how the good bits outweigh the bad, the kisses, the cuddles, the "I love you Mummy".

Watching them while they sleep, the sweet  Mother's day cards made at school and brought home with such pride.

The first present they buy you with their pocket money and above all the trust in their eyes when they look at you.

The unconditional love that they have for you...and the fact that they think you are Superwoman and can do anything, absolutely anything!

“Mothers are all slightly insane.”
J.D Salinger
The Catcher In The Rye.  

So happy birthday to Nais, go out and do something totally mad ....which for you will be very easy!!!!xxx


My Daughter Nais
My gorgeous Daughter Nais

A Mother's Advice To Her Daughter

"Be strong. Be intelligent. Smile. Know that beauty has everything to do with how you feel about yourself and nothing to do with looks or other people's opinions.
  Never do anything just because everyone else is, if you believe it's wrong. Always be true to yourself."


Happy birthday to you as well for Sunday Johnny.xxx




My Son John,Look at those eyes!
My Son John, look at those eyes!


So..there's this boy,he stole my heart.....he calls me Mum. 

All About Loutraki - Greece - My little Town - Home Sweet Home


Loutraki Greece My little town. Home sweet home.
Loutraki Greece - My little town - Home sweet home.

Loutraki is a small spa town in Greece, which, for the past thirty one years, I’ve called home.

It’s the place where we raised our two children, the place where we saw them both marry, and it’s most likely the place MGG (My Greek God) and I shall spend the rest of our days.

Loutraki (Corinthias) a lively little seaside resort, is located on mainland Greece, on the Gulf of Corinth, about eighty kilometres West (an hour’s drive) of Greece’s Capital city, Athens.


Loutraki Harbour Greece Photo by Greeker than the Greeks
Loutraki Harbour Greece
Photo by Greeker than the Greeks

Loutraki, dotted with natural, therapeutic, thermal springs, is visited by People from all over the world who takes advantage of the wonderful, modern spa resort, located in the heart of the town.


Loutraki Spa Greece Courtesy of Loutraki Spa gr
Loutraki Spa Greece
Courtesy of Loutraki Spa gr

Back in ancient Greece Loutraki was known as Thermai Artemis, which found fame through its natural, therapeutic thermal springs.


Loutraki Thermal Spring Greece
Loutraki Thermal Spring Greece

Mythology has it that, Artemis, Goddess of forests and hills, while travelling through ancient Greece, made a stop in this mystical place.

Artemis was so enchanted by its beauty, the bright sunshine, the landscape, and the hot natural water in which she bathed, that she invited her brother Apollo to visit.



Detail of Diana Artemis and her nymphs bathing   by Emil Jacobs
Detail of Diana Artemis and her nymphs bathing
 by Emil Jacobs  


Apollo too, was mesmerised by this magical place and  couldn’t wait to tell the Gods of Mount Olympus about it.

The Gods just had to come and see what all the fuss was about,  from that moment onwards, it became their favourite city, which they named  Thermai Artemis after the goddess Artemis.


Apollo Served by the Nymphs.  Francois Girardon (1628-1715)  Photo courtesy of Masterfile
Apollo Served by the Nymphs.  Francois Girardon (1628-1715)
Photo courtesy of Masterfile 

Today, this little piece of paradise is called Loutraki, translated into English as “small bath”.

Thanks to an announcement in Italy, in 1847, which took the world by storm, stating how therapeutic it was to bathe in thermal waters; thermal spas became the trend, and modern day Loutraki was firmly on the map!


Vintage French travel poster for Loutraki Greece
Vintage French travel poster for Loutraki Greece


Vintage travel poster for Loutraki Greece
Vintage travel poster for Loutraki Greece

Something else, which firmly put Loutraki on the map, is one of the largest casinos in Europe, and its adjoining hotel;


 ‘Club Hotel Casino Loutraki’



Casino Loutraki, Greece One of the largest in Loutraki
Casino Loutraki, Greece
One of the largest in Loutraki
Photo courtesy of Hellas Yachting


Loutraki is quite a modern town, although, there are a few examples of classical Greek architecture. 

After being destroyed by an earthquake, in 1928, Loutraki

was completely rebuilt; rubble from the destroyed buildings, being used to create what is now, a lush, green park, Park Irene, on land reclaimed from the sea.



Park Irene Loutraki Greece Photo Greeker than the Greeks
Park Irene Loutraki Greece
Photo Greeker than the Greeks

A passion for backgammon..Tavli !  Kolonaki cafe and bar, opposite Park Irene Loutraki Greece  Photo Greeker than the Greeks
A passion for backgammon..Tavli !
 Kolonaki cafe and bar, opposite Park Irene Loutraki Greece
Photo Greeker than the Greeks

Loutraki, has something for everyone, whatever the time of year, spring is especially beautiful.


Almond blossom seen through my window Loutraki Greece Photo Greeker than the Greeks
Spring in Loutraki, almond blossom seen through my window
Loutraki Greece
Photo Greeker than the Greeks

In the spring, trees have their new leaves, bougainvillea is a riot of colour, trailing its branches over garden walls, and the air is thick with the intoxicating smell of jasmine and honeysuckle.


Butterfly on bougainvillea  My Garden Loutraki Greece Photo Greeker than the Greeks
Butterfly on bougainvillea
In my Garden Loutraki Greece
Photo Greeker than the Greeks

At Easter time, the main Greek celebration of the year, bakeries display traditional Greek Easter bread; tsoureki, and Easter cookies; koulouria, it’s difficult to resist trying them!

 On Easter Sunday, the tantalising smell of roast lamb hanging in the air, will send you rushing to the nearest taverna!



Easter Sunday My garden, Loutraki Greece
Easter Sunday
In my garden, Loutraki Greece

Come summer, enjoy swimming, along the inviting four kilometres of beaches, stretching from one end of the town to the other.

Since 1987, and every year since, Loutraki has been awarded with the blue flag, from Europe, for clean seas and beaches.



Lake Vouliagmeni Loutraki Greece Photo by Vasillis Protopapas
Lake Vouliagmeni
Loutraki Greece
Photo by Vasillis Protopapas

Milokopi Loutraki Greece
Milokopi beach near Loutraki Greece


Schinos beach near Loutraki
Schinos beach near Loutraki Greece


If the heat is just a little too much, sit with a cool drink, at one of the many beach bars and cafes that line the seafront, and watch the world go by.

Step down onto the beach and relax on a lounger after a wonderfully cooling dip in the crystal clear, blue sea.




Busy on Loutraki beach, Greece!
Busy on Loutraki beach, Greece!


Loutraki beach, Greece Photo by Greeker than the Greeks
Loutraki beach, Greece
Photo by Greeker than the Greeks

If you love sport, try out some water fun in the form of, water skiing, wind surfing and sailing.


Windsurfing in Loutraki Greece with Extremers Base Photo Panos Mavropanos for Volta sto Loutraki
Windsurfing in Loutraki Greece with Extremers Base
Photo Panos Mavropanos for Volta sto Loutraki

Why not visit the outdoor summer cinema; Cinema Electra, located on the beach front, surrounded by aromatic Jasmine shrubs, their divine aroma wafts through the air with the slightest breeze.



Outdoor summer  Cinema Electra, Loutraki Greece.
Outdoor summer  Cinema Electra, Loutraki Greece.


As summer fades and autumn begins, the crowds have departed, leaving you to enjoy the balmy, warm, September days, on quiet beaches, or to take walks along the Gerania Mountain.



Snow on the Gerania Mountains Photo by Greeker than the Greeks
Snow on the Gerania Mountains
Photo by Greeker than the Greeks


Take time to stroll around the town, buy some of the delicious, pure and natural, local Greek honey, aromatic dried herbs, olives, golden olive oil, wine or ouzo (the national Greek drink) the choice is endless.

 Take these home as unique gifts for family and friends……and of course, keep some for yourself, to remind you, of what a wonderful time you had in Loutraki.




Sunset in Loutraki Greece Photo taken fron Maistrali Taverna by Greeker than the Greeks
Sunset in Loutraki Greece
Photo taken from Maistrali Taverna by Greeker than the Greeks


As the chillier days begin, sometimes not until the end of November, the olive pickers are to be seen in the olive groves surrounding Loutraki, bringing in the olives, to be taken to the presses, where they are transformed into wonderful Greek olive oil.

The olive trees are then pruned, discarded branches burnt; filling the air with the pungent smell of wood smoke.




Olive groves. Looking over the bay of Loutraki from Agia Kyriaki Church. Photo by Greeker than the Greeks
Olive groves.
Looking over the bay of Loutraki from Agia Kyriaki Church.
Photo by Greeker than the Greeks

What could be better on these chilly days, than to sit, warm and snug, in one of the many restaurants and tavernas, in front of a roaring log fire, sampling the hearty Greek traditional dishes and warming soups, along with local wine?

More than welcoming, if you have been on one of the organised hikes, or mountain biking along the spectacular Gerania Mountain!

And yes, is the answer to a question I am often asked; Does it snow in Greece!



Snow in my garden Loutraki Greece Photo Greeker than the Greeks
Snow in my garden
Loutraki Greece
Photo Greeker than the Greeks

Nowhere, in Greece, is ever very far from interesting, ancient ruins, telling the stories of thousands of years of ancient Greek culture. Loutraki is no exception.

Loutraki, nestles at the foot of the Gerania Mountains, one of the most splendid mountain ranges of the Peloponnese.

 Here, on the mountain, is the tiny village of Perahora, meaning “The land beyond”




Lake Vouliagmeni Loutraki Greece Photo Greeker than the Greeks
Lake Vouliagmeni
Loutraki Greece
Photo Greeker than the Greeks

Agios Nikolas Church, Lake Vouliameni Loutraki, Greece. Photo by Greeker than the Greeks
Agios Nikolas Church, Lake Vouliameni Loutraki, Greece.
Photo by Greeker than the Greeks

The area surrounding the village of Perahora is unspoilt, natural beauty, Blue Lake, called Lake Vouliagmeni by the locals, a salt water lake, is situated here.

A little further along the road are the ancient ruins of the Ancient Sanctuary of Heraion of Perahora, where, in ancient times, a temple was dedicated to the Goddess Hera.




Ancient archaeological site Heraion of Perahora Loutraki Greece Photo by Greeker than the Greeks
Ancient archaeological site Heraion of Perahora
Loutraki Greece
Photo by Greeker than the Greeks

 Today, Heraion  is a very well-organised archaeological site, well worth seeing, along with the Melagavi Lighthouse.


Melagavi Lighthouse Heraion Loutraki Greece Photo by Greeker than the Greeks
Melagavi Lighthouse Heraion
Loutraki Greece
Photo by Greeker than the Greeks

The views from up here at the lighthouse, looking out over the Gulf of Corinth, are absolutely astonishing.



View from Osios Patapios Loutraki Greece Photo Greeker than the Greeks

Loutraki Greece
Photo Greeker than the Greeks

Looking down onto Loutraki from Osios Patapios, Loutraki, Greece. Photo by Greeker than the Greeks
Looking down onto Loutraki from Osios Patapios, Loutraki, Greece.
Photo by Greeker than the Greeks


The Monastery Of Osios Patapios, also on the Gerania Mountain, contains the relics of Patapios, and is inhabited by kind, friendly nuns, who always make you feel very welcome.



The monastery of Osios P[atapios, Loutraki, Greece Photo by Greeker than the Greeks
The monastery of Osios P[atapios, Loutraki, Greece
Photo by Greeker than the Greeks

 When you visit the Monastery, the nuns usually offer you Greek coffee and Turkish delight, then they will show you into a wonderful, mysterious cave, where the relics are kept.

The town of modern Corinth, reached by crossing the amazing Corinth canal, a man made wonder, is eight kilometres to the west of Loutraki, a bustling, busy town.

A short drive from 'New Corinth'  is ancient Corinth, steeped in three thousand years of ancient history, a magnificent archaeological site, and the main attraction being the Temple Of Apollo. There is also an interesting museum here.




The Corinth Canal Isthmus, Corinth, Greece
The Corinth Canal
Isthmus, Corinth, Greece


Temple of Apollo Ancient Corinth Greece Photo by Greeker than the Greeks
Temple of Apollo
Ancient Corinth Greece
Photo by Greeker than the Greeks


On the hard trek to the Fortress of Ancient Corinth Photo by Greeker than the Greeks
On the hard trek to the Fortress of Ancient Corinth
Photo by Greeker than the Greeks


 Other ancient attractions nearby to Loutraki, which really should be visited, are the ancient theatre of Epidauros, on the Saronic Gulf, known for its amazing acoustics, and Mycene, a place  full of myths and legends, a major part of Greek civilisation.


Ancient Theater of Epidaurus Greece  Photo by tgeorgakopoulos on flickr
Ancient Theater of Epidaurus Greece
 Photo by tgeorgakopoulos on flickr 


Treasury of Atreus at Mycenae. Photo by Greeker than the Greeks
Treasury of Atreus at Mycenae.
Photo by Greeker than the Greeks


 Close to Epidaurus and Mycene, is Nafplion, a small, Venetian style, seaside town, once, for a day, the Capital city of Greece!


Nafplion Greece Photo by Greeker than the Greeks
Nafplion Greece
Photo by Greeker than the Greeks

After a busy day in Loutraki, sample the mouth watering Greek food, at one the many restaurants and tavernas, near the harbour , or sit at one of the beachfront cafes, and savour a cup of coffee, or a glass of ouzo, while watching the amazing sunset over the Gulf of Corinth.


Loutraki sunset Greece Photo by Greeker than the Greeks
Loutraki sunset Greece
Photo by Greeker than the Greeks


Why not visit Loutraki?

You might just wish you could stay forever!


Useful Phone Numbers

Loutraki Bus Station:Τel.+30 27440 - 22262.

Loutraki Railway Station:Tel.+30 27440 - 61277.

Loutraki Radio-Taxi Service:Tel.+30 27440 - 61000.

Athens KTEL Bus Station:Tel.+30 210 - 5124910.

Athens Railway Station for the Peloponnese: Tel. +30 210 - 5131601 & 1440

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