Saturday, November 15, 2008



The conference was held at the conference facilities of the Poseidon Resort in Loutraki, Greece! A beach resort in November is definitely a nice location for a meeting. In particular when the weather helps...

"ROOM - Cosy inside"

"WEATHER - Raining cats and dogs was a great help for the Conference's attendance..."

"THE GULF OF CORINTH is a deep inlet of the Ionian Sea separating the Peloponnese from western mainland Greece. The weather on the day of departure finally improved..."











"NORTHERN COAST of the Corinth Gulf"



Ingrid was kind enough to give me this award!

Thank you Ingrid!


Anonymous said...

Hi visitors! There was a great catch of rain in Loutraki, amazingly improving the audience of the conference where I was delivering a speech… It was an interesting (and quite unusual for me) experience, to get some rain in Greece… ;)
Enjoy the post, and leave your comments! Thanks!

virtualjourney said...

Looks very peaceful at that time of the year ... think I'd fancy that and the easier temperature. Plenty of breathing space...!

Lilli & Nevada said...

Great photos I love the beach scenes,
and congrats on your well deserved award

Dick said...

It looks great, lovely bed I like it. lol.

Daniel Chérouvrier said...

Etrange, tant de beauté et si peu de personnes sur les photos ( ce qui n'est pas pour me déplaire en fait !).

My Unfinished Life said...

lovely pics....especially of the mountains surrounding the sea.....loved the open air theatre too!!

Tinsie said...

I know of this resort, because my friend stayed there a few years ago. Check out my new post - you may want to guess where I was last week hehe ;-)

S-V-H said...

Beautiful scenes of Greece again, Gil! Thanks for sharing.

Louise said...

I've never seen pictures of Greece so overcast. I can imagine how good it was for conference attendance. And in situations like that, doesn't it always clear up the last day?!

Ron said...

Very beautiful pics. I like the rocky beach. Those make for wonderful pictures.

That bed looks very comfy:)

Rhonda Hartis Smith said...

What a great place for a conference (much more glamerous than the one's I've attended). Probably just as well that it was overcast--so you can concentrate better.

PeterParis said...

Off season is a chance to get good rates and see the touristic places differently and with another charm! If you then have the chance with the weather, it's of course even better. (Just some rain during your intervention would have been perfect!)

Andrea Gerák said...

Hi Gil, thanks for visiting!
And for these wonderful pictures - Greece has been always one of my dream destinations, for some reason, I haven't made it there yet...

Miss Kim said...

Wow.... so Gil... do you need a new assistant?? I volunteer!

angela said...

Glorious photos even if the weather wasn't perfect. I reckon these resorts should be paying you for the publicity...

~vagabond~ said...

Greece looks absolutely beautiful.

PS. Thanks for visiting my photography blog. I've taken up the suggestions and finally gotten started with the travel blog, in case you want to check it out -

Maria Verivaki said...

greece is not known for its mild winters - we should have had plenty of rain by now, but as yet, very little!
you spent a lovely time in a great place close to athens - i've been to loutraki, and it really is a pretty seaside resort even in winter

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi Gil
My husband is from the other side of the Ionian Sea -- Calabria, Italy. His town also had a rocky beach and there was beauful pieces of sea glass all over it. I collected so much of it!

Sorry it rained so much on your visit to Greece, but you still manged to get beautiful photos.

Pat in NYC

Thérèse said...

There was still some blue left for the pictures and the rain was there to remind you that there is a time for work and a time for pleasure!

Unknown said...

Oh la la Gil...all these images are making me giddy :D
We have lots of islands and the best ones are at the east coast but closed due to I have resigned to seeing these beautiful images here! Can you pack me into your suitcase the next time..please, I'll lose the weight haha...Hope you'll have a blessed week :D

Rakesh Vanamali said...

Hi Gil

Awesome pictures! They describe the serene tranquility of Greece.

Simply beautiful!



Dawning One said...

feeling very envious gmg. must go there again sometime. your photos are great

raccoonlover1963/Lisa Myers said...

Hello Gil. I'm glad to be back in the blogging world. Moving was a pain!
Love the mountain shots!
Take care and have a great week.

lyliane six said...

c'est bien d'avoirs de si beaux sites pour soi tout seul.On a le temps de les

hpy said...

"Raining cats and dogs was a great help for the Conference's attendance."

Well, you did go to Greece for the conference, didn't you?

Lara said...

wonderful places! so beautiful and relaxing!

Cutie said...

Beautiful place. But the sandy beach aint sandy at all. Haha... A relaxing place but I would prefer a beach with more sand...

RuneE said...

As you said - rain in Greece. Than again, it was November.

At least the setting for the conference was a beauty, even if it rained. At least you could combine agenda with a view!

I once attended a conference in Nice at the end of June...

Joy said...

These are lovely photos, Gil! A nice hotel room you got there. Love the mountains, fantastic view.

Thanks for visiting Norwich Daily Photo and leaving your comments. Have a great week!

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Nikon said...

Great shots as always, Gil! You can really put a series together. I didn't expect to see rain in Greece, but what do I know?
I love the resort, & the opening shots of the sea.
Thanks for the visit!

Pietro Brosio said...

Hallo Gil! The hotel room is looks elegant and confortable! I enjoy all the wonderful landscapes! I like the cloudy weather images too.
Have a great week ahead!

lv2scpbk said...

Nice shots. Looks like you had some cloudy days for awhile.

Light and Voices said...

Love the POSEIDON RESORT! Wow...someday, Greece, here I come.

Ming the Merciless said...

The bedroom in Photo 1 is so luxurious.

Why are all the photos devoid of people? Did you wake up super early to take these photos? OR do you own the property and have it all to yourself? :-)

Oman said...

beautiful place and equally beautiful shots. great job.

Cergie said...

Bravo tout d'abord pour le "Friendship around the World Award", Gil.
Chaque Award est différent, celui là s'adresse à des amis autour du monde ; étant un blogtrotter toi même, il t'est particulièrement destiné.

Cette fois ci, je retiendrai le confort des voyages. Cette belle chambre dans laquelle on entre et qu'on n'a pas toujours l'idée de photographier avant d'avoir déballé ses valises, ouvert le lit semé ses chaussures de ci et de là, dans un désordre sympathique mais si peu photogénique. J'aime assez être dans une chambre confortable, avec un petit salon, un bureau, des rangements pratiques, une belle salle de bain, avec "vue", comme tu dis, à proximité de lieux agréables comme une piscine, une plage, un excellent restaurant.
Je puis m'adapter à des conditions plus "spartiates", mais oui le confort a son charme, et cette fois là tu avais visiblement tout le confort dont on peut rêver...

Mariposa said...

..I seriously have to sign up for your seem to have them at the most fabulous places! ;)

enjoyed the photos immensely

indicaspecies said...

Oh, what a fabulous set of photographs Gil. This brought back pleasant memories of my trip to Greek ten years back. Thank you for sharing these marvellous beauties!

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Anonymous said...

Wow what a nice cozy room with great views.

Stella Bella said...

I would love to stay at that resort! :D

Emery Roth said...

So much sea and sky! Forest guy gets very little of this in the hills of Connecticut. You seem to have a special love of Greece. I can see why. I've moved back from the halloween parade to he pond. I hope you'll stop by and have a look.

tr3nta said...

You are so lucky..... I really envy you. thanks for the wonderful pictures... ;-)

Dsole said...

Gil, great trip!
And so... your speech was great then? about what you've talked?
I'm just curious :)

Have a great week... well, I'm sure you'll have ;)

Anonymous said...

Hi commentators! The 30000 (thirty thousand…) visitors’ figure was beaten this week. And only you cared to let a message. I’m truly and extremely grateful!!

If you’re planning Corinth for the spring, you have a good choice at the Poseidon… ;)

Must confess that, from my viewpoint, the beach wasn’t the best of that resort; but that’s because I’m spoiled with the Algarve… ;))

Comfortable bed, in particular when the thunderstorms were thundering outside… ;)

C’est vrai qu’il n’y avait pas beaucoup de gens quand j’ai pris les photos; c’etait le jour de mon départ et les gens étaient encore à la conférence… Il semble quand même que j’ai un goût spécial à trouver les places vides… ;))

Shooting >Star,
The Gulf of Corinth offers some remarkable views… ;)

I saw you on the beach, alone and not daring to put your feet on water… ;))

Thanks! My pleasure!

Usually pictures don’t show rain in Greece, but it happens… ;) And it’s true that it clears up when you have to leave… ;))

It makes better pictures than a good beach… ;)

The conference was a hit: full room throughout. No wonder, with such weather outside… ;))

It was absolutely perfect, from the point of view of the organizers and the faculty; not so sure about the participants… ;))

Great to see you back! You should give Greece a chance; I believe you would love the music and I think it goes with your beautiful voice!

You’re welcome!

Great to see you back after such a long absence!
It’s not intended for publicity, but it’s true that they could acknowledge the quality of the message… Some free nights, even at low season, wouldn’t be a bad thinking… ;))

My pleasure getting to your blog! I’ll check your wanders…

You know of what you’re talking about when you mention winter in Greece; I can just imagine, after catching some drops of snow in Crete (crossing the mountains) in September… ;))

Calabria is also an interesting place to visit! I wonder whether it also gets its share of rain in winter… ;)

It was a great achievement, the «Conference in the rain…» ;))

My pleasure! I wonder whether the case will be large enough… ;)
Since school times that the monsoon always impressed me: the idea of seeing the sky pouring for months was a bit devastating. And now you confirm: the islands close… ;(

Thanks. I’m not so sure that we may say Greece is serene… but anyhow you may find some low season rest there… ;)

Dawning One,
Envious? But you have already been there… ;))

I’m so glad to read you back and to know you survived the move… ;)

Finalement on te voit là régulièrement… c’est un grand plaisir!
Tu sais la place était vide (comme celle de Bécaud…) parce que c’était le jour du départ et les gens étaient encore à la conférence… C’est moi qui devrais partir plus tôt pour aller à l’aéroport… ;))

That’s true! I was there for the conference, but the rain could stop a little bit, at least at night… ;)

Beautiful, OK! Relaxing? I’m not so sure; there are even casinos in the neighbourhood… ;))

Sandy beaches? You have to come to the Algarve… ;))

A conference in Nice at the end of June? Who had that crazy idea? ;)) I was there once for a Conference in February and it was amazing… ;))

The room was great; the problem is that the resort is not prepared for the heavy rain: you have to walk outside most of the time… ;))

It happens! I’ve had already 48º Celsius in Athens, heavy rain and thunderstorms in Loutraki and gusty winds in the Aegean Sea… ;))

The cloudy pictures make somehow a sharp contrast on this blog, most of the times with blue skies… ;)

That’s exactly what I was thinking… ;)

Thanks! You’ll make it one day? Why not?

They were kind enough to give me one of the best rooms, and probably the one with the best view… ;)
It’s amazing that most of my pictures are devoid of people; you’re not the first to notice… Here, there was an explanation: everybody was still having breakfast or at the conference, and I was ready to leave to the airport… but on other occasions I must confess that sometimes I wait for the spot to be clear before shooting the picture… ;)


Merci. Je ne suis pas très bon dans la connaissance des «awards», mais je suis toujours ravi de les mériter…
En ce qui concerne le confort, je dois avouer que je crois que j’ai déjà eu ma part… A vingt ans, le jour de mon anniversaire, je me suis réveillé quatre heures du matin dans un sac couchage en dessous d’un viaduc dans l’autoroute vers Stockholm tout près de Husqvarna (maintenant ça se dit Huskvarna, Peter le corrigera si je me trompe…). Un grand camion a eu la sympathie de faire sonner la trompe... Alors, maintenant j’avoue que je préfère le confort plus classique! ;))

You’re welcome, but now it’s so seldom that I get away… ;))

You’re so kind! I’m thrilled. The video is great and the music fabulous! One day I’ll lean to make it directly available at the blog’s sidebar… Meanwhile, Thanks!!

Asian Traveler,
Cosy and with great views, indeed!

Just start packing… ;)

Sea and sky, blue as in their flag, is the distinctive mark of Greece. Not so much for the forests, though there are some. A great problem, with the summer forest fires…

You’ll have plenty of time to stroll around; don’t worry… ;)

Ola Dsole,
Great to read you here!
Financial markets for judges; not such an interesting topic for you, I assume… ;)))

Wendy said...


yet another place you have been that I would like to go to!

Anonymous said...

Wow, that's a quite hard achievement: being at a place where you haven't been yet... ;))

NormanTheDoxie said...

The conferences I attend are usually in some old office building in a windowless room.

Lucky you!

Anonymous said...

This conference was a special one, must confess... Great location! ;)

A Lady's Life said...

loved the Poseiden Resort.
This is something I would like to do in my yard.I love circles.

The pictures speak to you here. You can almost feel the fresh breeze and smell the salty air.

Trotter said...

The Poseidon is a very nice place; I hear it's crowded in the summer time... In November, it was more than a fresh breeze; we got a thunderstorm... ;))