The main reason we took this trip to Greece was to have Phoebe baptized. I am Greek Orthodox and the only one in my family back in the U. S. that is. It is a requirement that the godparents be Greek Orthodox to baptize a baby.
I chose 2 family members in Greece to be her godparents because my hope is that she will always have a very special and close connection with her family in Greece. They were also the very first people to know I was pregnant when I found out I was 2 years ago while on vacation.
We spent the weekend in Kavala, where her godparents live, and had Phoebe baptized at the ancient Baptistery of Lydia in the city of Philippi. This is where St. Paul baptized the first European Christian convert, a woman named Lydia. The river is still there, as well as an outdoor seating area and “church” for baptizing adults.
Phoebe was not to fond of taking a dip in the water, but she made it through.
After the ceremony, we went to Tosca Beach Resort to celebrate. I chose the menu before we arrived. We had a beautiful salad, a crepe stuffed with ham and cheese, the most tender beef in a tomato sauce wrapped in filo dough, and a refreshing fruit platter. The beef dish was the best. It had the freshest tasting dill in the sauce that was very apparent but subtle in the dish. I loved it. We had a room that overlooked the beautiful, bright blue Mediterranean as well.
On Sunday, we had the most wonderful, leisurely seaside lunch with the whole family. It was a crazy feast of fish, grilled meats, fried zucchini that was grown by the godmother’s father, Greek salads, wine, wine, and more wine. Just the way a Sunday should be spent-with family, good food, and beautiful scenery.
My dad’s cousin is a farmer, and this restaurant actually used the produce he grew. The fried zucchini was from his farm, so I guess we had a little “farm to table” action going on here in Greece.
Most restaurants will end your meal with a beautiful spread of fresh fruit. Usually it’s watermelon, apricots, and cherries. We’re always in Greece during the summer and this is what’s in season when we’re here. Another thing they do with fresh fruit is they serve it at bars and clubs. I don’t know what it is about eating fresh fruit while heavily drinking, but it makes you feel like you’ll somehow be less hungover in the morning. It’s very refreshing, but doesn’t always do the trick. Especially after a night of drinking Cuban rum until 5 am….and then finding out you’re pregnant a few days later. Ooooopsy! Sorry Phoebe.
Did I mention how cute the shoes in Greece are? The shoe stores are the best here and Phoebe’s godmother bought her the cutest pair of sandals I have ever laid my eyes on. They have a little wing off the ankle like the Greek God Hermes. How fitting for my little Greek baby.
Our next stop is Possidi, a small beach town in Halkidiki. The beach is supposed to be one of the best. I’m sure the food will be too.