"Happy is the man, I thought, who, before dying, has the good fortune to sail the Aegean sea."
--Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek
In 1972,my wife's parents, Bram and Liesje, had been married for 25 years. Their friends and children collected funds for them to finance a special anniversary party and gift. The night before the 25th anniversary surprise party, the children sent their parents to stay overnight at a local hotel, while they decorated the house to look like the Greek islands. The hallway of their house in Arnhem was covered in large sheets of paper painted with scenes from the Odysseus; a lounge area with Greek music was setup on the second floor; and a Greek barbecue was setup in the garden. At their party, Bram and Liesje were presented with funds that had been collected to pay for a holiday in Greece.It was a dream-come-true for Bram and Liesje.
In 1973, Bram and Liesje visited Athens and Amorgos, the easternmost island of the Cyclades island group. When they returned from Greece, Bram made a slide show to share with their children, neighbors and friends in Arnhem.