On to Southern Greece

We have been to a Greek island (Kefalonia), Northern Greece (Macedonia, including Mount Athos), Central Greece (Attica, including Athens) and now we head to Southern Greece (the Peloponnese). We are on a tour with our guide George and driver Christos. A new adventure in this countryside marked by myriads of beautiful beaches, stunning mountains and…

Jody’s Blog

Good morning! What an amazing sabbatical we have been on. Each day is a new adventure and we are truly feeling so blessed to be on this journey. I miss home, friends, and family, but want to enjoy every single minute of this gift. Today begins the second day that Brent is on Mount Athos…

On the road to Northern Greece

No, planes, no trains, but yes: an automobile (for those old enough to recall a movie by that title). Anyway, we said good-bye to Kari Maratos’ aunt Regina who drove us to the port in Poros. It was ferry time, followed by the bus to Athens airport where we rented our car and drove north…

Turning the Page: Rest & Renewal

Thursday – Friday, August 1-2 Today was a travel day taking a taxi to Tel Aviv and flying to Athens and a taxi to the hotel. We unpacked a few things getting ready for the taxi, bus, and ferry to the Ionian Island of Kefalonia. Pete and Jean Maratos family members met us at the…

Gethsemane to the Desert

July 25 proved to be one of my favorite trips as we started the morning out with a Communion worship in the church in Bethphage (village at top of Mount of Olives; Mark 11:1) which Jesus and his disciples passed through on Palm Sunday. This village is adjacent to the village of Bethany, the hometown…

Sea of Galilee to Jordan River: 7/18 – 7/25/2019

We stayed in our second convent, the first located next to the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth. Our second experience was the convent that housed the Mount of Beatitudes Church on its grounds near the Sea of Galilee. The view of the lake and the grounds around the convent were beautiful. The nine beatitudes…

Galilee and Samaria: 7.17.2019

It is Thursday and we just returned from our trip to Samaria. You might ask yourself, where are the Dahlseng’s now? I thought they are supposed to be in Israel this whole month. You are right. Samaria is the old Bible name for the area occupied by 10 of the 12 Tribes of Israel. Abraham…