Thursday, October 4:  Ailsa’s Travel Theme (Where’s my backpack?) for this week is Foliage.  She writes: It’s getting all autumnal up here in the northern hemisphere, while down in the southern hemisphere everyone’s looking forward to spring. Whichever hemisphere you inhabit, now is a fantastic time to get out and have a look at what the trees are doing. Whether they’re about to burst into life with fresh green growth, or starting to adorn themselves in their autumn glory; even if they’re still wearing their evergreen needles, it’s a wonderful time to go leaf peeping.

Here are some pictures of foliage from Greece:

sparse foliage on a line of trees near Rethymno Fortress

a little potted garden of foliage in Hania, Crete

strange but interesting foliage ~ looking across the sea to Rethymno Fortress in Crete

a lane bursting with foliage ~ and a lone man…

cactus-like foliage in Oia, Santorini

a cafe and its foliage beckon me to stop for a snack in Oia, Santorini

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About nomad, interrupted

As of August 10, 2017, I'm now taking a break from living abroad. I'm living in Oakton, Virginia and looking for my next opportunity. Last year, I lived in China and taught English at Sino-Canadian International College. I also taught at a university in Nizwa, Oman for two years, and in Korea's public schools for one year. I love to travel and have been to 30 countries.

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  1. Marco says:

    Oooog pretty! But no fig tree foilage? LOL

    Your 1st pic, is that trees or those spiky aloe type plants with the tree-like shoots in the middle?

    • I wish I knew how to recognize fig trees. I’m sure there were some there, but I just am clueless!! As far as those odd trees being aloe type plants ~ you may be right!

      • Marco says:

        Haha the fig trees are the ones that make you itch! So the archetypal Adam/Eva covering themselves with fig leaves – better them than me! I don’t have a clue either, hey – I’m not seeing very well today (ran out of contact lenses and my glasses are in my room so it’s squint and go) so who knows!

      • Oh, they make you itch? I didn’t know that! I guess the fig leaves must be pretty big if Adam and Eve used them to cover up! Better get your glasses on!

      • Marco says:

        Yeah it’s better now that I can see. And I am meant to run with them on just now? Next to the sea – they clog up so fast! Maybe the fig leaves were mutated or they got super-sized versions from a local MacDonald s?

      • That would be a sight, Marco, watching you run with fig leaves on. By the way, we don’t even know what you look like! Maybe you can post some self-portraits?? Or do you have a link to a post with photos?

      • Marco says:

        That would be an itchy and scratchy spectacle, no doubt. Oh right, photos, I should look into that sometime…

  2. I am here for you! 🙂 Those plants that look like trees are not trees, they are a type of shrub that sometimes can get that high. In the background though there are wild fig trees! The ones with the spikes! @Marco even without your contact lenses you have a good eye! 🙂

  3. Marianne says:

    The tall trees in your first photo are the flower spikes of the agave cactus – also known as The Century Plant. These magnificent (and huge) spikes are produced as the plant´s swansong, before the agave dies. We have lots of them here in Spain too 🙂

    Hope that helps Cathy – I didn´t realise you were here too!

    • Thanks Marianne, for the information about the agave cactus. I’m learning so much from my readers! I’m sure you have a lot in Spain too, as I imagine most of the Mediterranean countries do.

      As far as this Greece blog, I always do a separate blog for each country, because I want to create one place I can go for a whole picture of a place. It gets too confusing for me to navigate through one blog looking for posts about a specific country I’ve visited. Plus, each country has a definite mood and character! I think I now have 14 blogs for all the counties I’ve visited!!

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