One thing I've been loving about the Mediterranean is how simple life is. The important things are never forgotten - like good food and wine :) Driving through neighborhoods you see families sitting together under trees in the middle of the day. Men play backgammon on the sidewalk while sipping oozo. Women walk to the grocer at the end of the street for just a couple items of food - that they're going to eat on the same day. Old men still catch fish to take home to friends and family and women still cook it to perfection. Life simply seems enjoyed.