I recently watched the movie Before Midnight with my sweet Anne-Mone, which I really liked. She didn't like the last 15 or 20 minutes, which I have to admit got to be a bit much, but I think overall the movie was pretty good.
The basic theme is that Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy are spending the summer in a villa on the Greek coast as part of a writing fellowship Hawke's character was awarded. His character is a novelist. The movie examines the tension between the couple as Hawke's character is free to explore his talents and creativity while Delpy's character spends more time taking care of kids and the chores of family life, though she does have her own interesting career.
At any rate, I liked the rapport and tension between the couple even if near the end of the movie it kind of goes off the rails. I also loved the idea of spending a summer on the Greek coast with a menagerie of interesting and intellectualy stimulating people who are also quite funny to be around. Not a bad lifestyle.
This got me to thinking if such a thing is even possible for us middle class shlubs. The answer is: kind of. I posted here a few photos and information about a villa I found. It doesn't seem impossible, within the realm of accomplishable dreams, I think.
Anyway, as the snow continues to fall here in New Hampshire and the temperature is threatening to go negative again, a Greek villa on the Ionian Sea is a tempting dream.
Causes James Buchanan Supports
Expanding health care in the US, ending war as a viable tool of foreign policy, and issues related to social justice in general.