TRAVEL: Inspiration from Athens, Greece
Traveling is a necessary part of the design process. When we’re in a new environment our senses are heightened. Shapes, textures and colors get our creative juices flowing and even the light itself seems to have more sparkle. We almost always bring our families along when we travel and the love we experienced in Greece was like no other place we had visited before.
I had a Greek salad every. single. day. The Mediterranean diet is perfection. Everything is fresh and the olive oil flows as freely as the wine. Vendors along the street had local honey and sun-ripened fruit that was offered along with a warm smile.
We stayed in the suite at Athens Gate Hotel overlooking the Temple of Olympian Zeus.
This was the view from the balcony outside my room. Unreal!
Athens is so rich in architecture, music and food.
Even the graffiti is beautiful.
I highly recommend a private walking tour to bring this ancient city to life. I went with Paige Moore, a native “Houstonian” who was living in Athens at the time. As we walked from site to site, she told us the stories of ancient Greek mythology in such detail that you could almost see the scene playing out before you. Paige is now back in Houston and offers consulting on all things Greek at www.mythkafe.com .
And of course, I had to dip my toes into the Aegean Sea.
We often reference the simple yet mystical feel of Greece when we’re creating a new line. It was an experience that we will never forget.