Meet Maria

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Sometimes I meet someone who just totally charms and fascinates me and I want to hear their whole life story and I get really excited about them - and Maria is one of these people.

I found out that she was born in Burgundy, France right above a vineyard. She started traveling around, she lived in the Geneva (Switzerland) area for a year "just only passed through" (how accurate! a year is so small...) - then, in 1974 she came to Santorini. She was supposed to leave one day..and then her boat got cancelled. And then she was supposed to leave again another day and that boat was cancelled...until she decided to stay. So she found a cave house 2km away from Oia (above a vineyard) - and just stayed!

And now its 40 years later and she has seen Santorini change from a simple island to a booming tourist mecca - and it was so interesting to hear about. Her friends who also came around when she did had made a photo book of Oia in 1975 that she let me flip through - it was so interesting to see a quaint village, no tourist shops, normal islanders going about their business, etc...even photos of a wedding.

I wanted to hear the rest of her life, but, it was probably awkward enough that I was grilling her with questions already ;) I did ask to take her photo and she said 'of course!' and that most people don't ask and she goes on letting them think they are getting a photo of a real greek person, ha!

So, if you're ever in Santorini - find her shop in Oia (Maria Baba Vida) and enjoy..

22 comments:

Hollie Nickolls said...

best post ever!! she seems really cool. she reminds me of bryan's grandma, the kind of lady you want to drink wine and chat with all nite.

nancy @ adore to adorn said...

this is so sweet. Love to find out more about her...motivation for a trip for myself! =) hehe
xo,
nancy

Amanda said...

Nice to meet you, Maria ;) Yay for Santorini!!

LyddieGal said...

I wonder what I would be like to just pack up and travel, and maybe never leave... it's hard for me to even imagine!
Chic on the Cheap

Katrina Sophia said...

She sounds like a charming old lady, would love to meet her too. Loving this post, I like to appreciate wonderful people and their lives xx

Katrina Sophia said...

Do more of this kind of post please! <3

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Katherine Alice said...

Maria sounds like a wonderful lady - and what an interesting life she has had so far!

little t said...

So cool who she just decided to stay - it's that simple. I love it!

ohseems said...

aw, that's so cute.

Dancing Branflake said...

That is awesome. I love meeting people like her. I would have stayed with you and asked her questions for hours.

Matthew Pike said...

What a post! How did you actually meet her then, by accident almost?

Mimi said...

aww, maria does look so charming and adorable! and her life sounds so fascinating! :D

<3, Mimi
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M said...

she is adorable! love this!

xx.M
www.bellesandrebelles.blogspot.com

Megan Lane said...

What a fascinating lady! I love hearing people's stories.

Ashley said...

Cute story Krystal! :) Gosh, I love learning about peoples lives like that!

maria said...

this is the sweetest thing, Krystal!! Love that you did this. x

Reese Carrozzini said...

Fascinating! I love reading about people's lives.

Bella Bheag said...

This post reminds of a lovely lady that I came across a few years ago who "grew" here own sheep, sheared them, spun the wool from them and created the most beautiful hand knitted lace shawl. So nice when you happen upon someone unexpected and admirable.

xiaosquared said...

I just came back from Greece. This shop is probably my favorite jewelry store I've ever been to.
Here's a 360 degree of the shop. It's heavenly. Maria has a gorgeous view of the ocean. She's so cute:)
http://www.santorini360hotels.com/shops/oia/maria-baba-vida-shop

Krystal said...

thanks for the 360 view! and the comment...it is seriously a great shop def one of my favorites. my husband bought me a beautiful bracelet from there so its def special :)

Anonymous said...

She is my ant!!

 

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