Our Greek village home, we call "Mermaid's Cottage," is located on Lesbos Island, Greece, in the Molyvos /Vafeios area of the island. The property is in the quiet village of Vafeios. It has. amazing views of the Aegean Sea and surrounding mountains.
Our Greek village home, we call "Mermaid's Cottage," is located on Lesbos Island, Greece, in the Molyvos /Vafeios area of the island. The property is in the quiet village of Vafeios, and it is on the high road overlooking the village. Our private, walled-in compound contains the main house (with bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and lounge), guest cottage (with second bedroom and bathroom), and secluded courtyard that is shaded under a grape arbor.
Situated on the western slope of Mt. Lepetymnos, the property also has a wonderul roof-top terrace that is great for sunning, entertaining and enjoying beautiful views of the Aegean Sea. It is just a short distance to beaches, shops and best restaurants on the island. Discover lots of historic sites, walking trails, and other local entertainment for you and your whole family to explore.
Historic Footnote: The Island of Lesbos was settled by an ancient tribe known as the Aeolians. This tribe of people was led by King Lesbos. The word Mithymna is the ancient name for the village of Molyvos, and it was the name of one of King Lesbos's daughters. King Lesbos's other two daughters were named Eressos and Mytilene, which are now the names of two other towns on the island.
Beaches, shops, hiking trails, restaurants, and historic sites.
None, as we live year round in the U.S.
Make friends with the lovely villagers and share stories, meals and drinks.
Here's a little about me and my family. My wife, Kristin, and I enjoy traveling, especially to Greece and England. My father, John, was from the Island of Lesbos, Greece, my mother, Florence, was from Birmingham, UK. We have five children: Christopher, Gregory, Kathryn, George and Anastasia. All of our kids have traveled extensively, especially to Greece, and they love their grandfather's native land. Kristin and I live in the lovely college town of Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
We have owned our Greek village home in the Vafieos/Molyvos area of Lesbos for many years. We enjoy holidays in our Mermaid's Cottage as often as we can escape the "rat-race" here in the states. Our dream is to retire to Lesbos.
Before moving to Alabama in 1988, we lived in rural New England, in the village of Freedom, Maine. There I owned and operated The Farmstead Press. Our company published Farmstead, a back-to-the-land magazine. Our publication carried information about growing organic gardens, raising livestock, utilizing alternative energy, such as wood, wind and solar, fishing and foraging for wild edibles, keeping fit and eating well. I ran the company for 15 years before selling it to The Mother Earth News and accepting a job at the University of Alabama's College of Communication. At UA, I was Associate Professor of Journalism and Chair of the Magazine Publishing Program.
Currently, however, Kristin and I work in higher education. Kristin is a professor in the College of Human Development at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. I am a professor in the English Department at Judson College, Marion, Alabama, which is a Christian liberal arts school for women. I teach journalism and public speaking classes. I am also the college's Public Relations Director, as well as the Judson Garden Coordinator. Judson College is celebrating its 175th anniversary.
We also keep busy in our "spare time." Kristin and I operate a children's theater company, called Peanutbutter and Jelly Players. It is an inclusive enrichment program for kids in theater arts; our motto is PB&J Players is "The Children's Theater Where Every Kid is a Star on Stage!"
Well, that's about it for who we are. But did I mention something about retiring to Greece? At the rate we're going, we may never find the time to just kick back and chill.