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I apologize for disappearing on you this past week. We spent a week on the island of Lefkada, in the Ionian Sea. Since I now have over 2K emails to wade through, I hope you’ll forgive me if I’m uncharacteristically brief and just share a few photos of this lovely island.

As always, we stayed at Mira Resort. Our friends, Romina and Manolis, who also own the downtown boutique hotel Boschetto, have built this exquisite place that overlooks the Adriatic Sea.

Lefkada Mira resort | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

The views are spectacular, especially at sunset:

Lefkada Mira resort | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

From our room, we could see all the way to St. John beach (Agios Ioannis) with its windmills and kite surfers:

Lefkada Mira resort | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

The food was surprisingly good, with a couple of high-end restaurants. One of them is right next to a paragliding spot, making for a rather unusual lunch experience. One moment you’re enjoying this:

Lefkada food | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

And the next, you’re seeing someone literally next to you do this:

Lefkada paragliding | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

Every afternoon, we visited the city of Lefkada. Like the rest of the Ionian islands, it has a distinctively Italian feel to it.

Lefkada | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

This is especially obvious in church architecture, which is quite different from the Byzantine style celebrated in Greece.

Lefkada church | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

Lefkada is plagued by frequent earthquakes that often exceed 6.5 on the Richter scale. As a result, few truly old buildings survive. The exception is some centuries-old churches, since these were built to higher standards than normal houses. Some have stunning interiors, like this tiny St. Nicholas church in the city center. While I was taking this photo, they were preparing for an “artoclasia” – the blessing of five loaves of sweet bread that are then distributed to the congregation.

Lefkada church | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

It was mostly the ice cream that appealed to the wee one, though. And she had one each and every day, making this her best-holiday-ever!

Mary-Natalie eating ice cream | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books