A Thank-you post for our friends
Hermes wants to say a blanket thank-you to all our WordPress friends who visited our recent posts and left their favourable and praiseful comments and Likes.He is happily sleeping now and dreaming of you.He always appreciates kindness and generously offers his Love.
NB : He is named after the Greek Olympian God,Hermes,and they both enjoy our garden’s fragrances and whispers …
I wonder what our lives would be without flowers and the unconditional love of our pets and especially dogs’, “who” can read us as an open book .They feel joy when they know we are pleased and upset when we are worried.Blessed those who enjoy their company.
No, I won’t take the hot sun with me in UK,only a handful of pleasant memories from Cyclades
A photo series just to economise on words,with sea breeze and Aegean colours galore …
“If a man can arrange his religion so that it perfectly satisfies his conscience,it is not incumbent on him to care whether the arrangement is satisfactory to anyone else or not.” …
The Rock Church,also known as The Temppeliaukio, is in Helsinki.The interior roof dome is made entirely of copper wire.
Salty Churches : Too salty,,but so,so tasteful … Chapel of Saint Kinga,in the Wieliczka Salt mine,Krakow,Poland
Magnificent Gothic,St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna
Greece : From the Island of Chios and from Tinos in Cyclades
Less is more …
In Finland or Poland or Austria or Greece,Rock or Salt or Gold : God is Love and Love is God
Written in Greek : Mount Nebo,Jordan «Ο Θεός αγάπη εστίν» God is Love
To Gretchen and Amy for their Journeys Inside …
Hold it close to your ears,follow the waves of the oceans and carefully listen to the sound of the wind …
Summertime in the Elounda Beach Hotel and treasured moments from the island of Crete,the land of Daedalus and Icarus.
The Narcissistic Disposition of my ever-shining Vergina Star in the Garden
Mirroring its glory in the placid waters of the pool where nobody can conquer it and its History behind its glow … It travels with the light,with the clouds and flies high where the world can improve no further … It fears nothing under the pure,blue firmament.
Faithful reflections and history echoes of infinite glories when all is soft and peaceful and your mind extends beyond the bounds of reason.Oftentimes,unheard melodies mingle pleasantly with the sensation of water and warmed by the Sun carry you on deeper level where you free yourself of the conventional fetters.Bright Star,indeed ! Evocative,awakening the senses to the gleams of Sunshine …
Seeing within its radiant beams a divine vision leading to unspoilt beauty and unconquered paths of uplifting dimensions.I wonder if the delicate balance in our souls can flare into something bigger and stop being elusive …
Framed thoughts and feelings before leaving for my second home ” England “
And Being out of Sight but not out of Mind …
Temporarily back and posting ,just to show signs of Life through a subject of contradictory nature.
The following event simply reminded me that Reality is a matter of secs and then all is just Memory …
The heroes of the plot are our beloved Edward and our garden butterfly,Nefeli, who desperately was looking for him behind the curtains of the study.Now,Nefeli keeps company to the new comers who playfully chase her in the garden.
Here is one of our last attempts trying to prove that the dragic end hadn’t come yet …
He was not our whole life,but he made life whole.After the departure I couldn’t forget his wide glazed eyes at the moment of separation … I lost interest in all my pastimes and I could see only vanity behind everything.However reading the posts of my favourite WordPresser,Paul,who is a great animal lover,I could see that my feelings were not irrational at all.He strongly believes that :
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” Anatole France ,
This image is dedicated to the real,real gentleman,Paul Handover and his wife,Jean.
The newcomers Hermes and Hercules love reading your posts … and share the same sensitivities with you nature & animal wise …
A put up of elegiac nature to share with WordPressers who really know the role of our furry companions in our lives.
Related articles Animal love (learningfromdogs.com)
Green and Blue in absolute Harmony and Sea Breeze from the Ionian Greek island of Lefkada …
Lefkada is a Greek island in the Ionian Sea (the only one linked to the mainland of Greece) with a long history behind which goes back all the way to the times of Homer (800 BC) .It has lush vegetation and magnificent natural beauties and beaches.The nearby little islands scattered around Lefkada are also very remarkable and beautiful.The famous island of Scorpios (owned by Aristotle Onassis) and Meganisi,where the large Papanikolis sea cave is located,are very close and you get nice views from Lefkada.Papanikolis ,the Greek submarine,used the huge sea cave in Meganisi as a hideout in the WWII . I also love Lefkada as it is Angelos Sikelianos‘ and Aristotle Valaoritis’ hometown. Valaoritis (1824-1879) dedicated his life to poetry and he was also a Councillor for the county and fought vigorously for the rights of the “Eptanisa” (the seven islands also known as the Ionian islands). When the Eptanisa were joined to the rest of Greece on the 29th of March 1864, Aristotle Valaoritis continued his political career as councillor in Athens.
Angelos Sikelianos (1884–1951) is one of the most prominent poets and a main representative of the modern European lyricism … Not of Pentelic marble nor of brass shallI errect Thy deathless idol,but from a tall column made of cypress wood that my work may be fragrant throughout the ages ..
Aristotle Valaoritis’ house and Saint Kyriaki (Sunday) country church nicely nestling in the greenery and firmly holding the tradition.
And here come some views to the Scorpios island and the place where the Christina O luxury yacht docked … I cannot help but think of Seferis’ great and famous poem ” The King of Asine ” .A poem which explores the meaning of the futility and brevity of human glory and existence …
Off to Meganisi and the Papanikolis sea cave
Platonic thoughts … and Let’s say that now we are first facing the light of the world and let’s say only that the others call us Greeks … Yiannis K.Papadopoulos
Greek flavour and thoughts before leaving for cool European destinations …
- My summer inspirations (willowweddings.com)
- 0065355 – Greece, Ionian Islands, Cefalonia, Fiscardo (sunnyace.wordpress.com)
- 0065356 – Greece, Ionian Islands, Cefalonia, Fiscardo (sunnyace.wordpress.com)
- Peloponnese region of Greece and sailing the Ionian Sea (blondebrunettetravel.com)
Dead calm waters and summer reflections in peaceful and quiet places which have escaped tourism and commercialisation.Natural beauty and calmness that make you really feel away from a bleak world .
Drawing the blue curtains and revealing placid waters, pebbles,fruit,flowers,veg,hens,yes, hens living free and happy in a seaside orchard.All is so pure and life is so simple and peaceful without the hustle and bustle of the big cities.
Just some quick Greece-related posts before leaving for cool European destinations …
Summer inflamed reflections and sunset illusions by the seaside .
Fiery skies and golden sheen SOOC – Greece 2012
Magic beauty and intense sunset colours changing in no time …
- Awash In Twilight (randomreflectionz.com)
Plants and Flowers Unleashing True Colours
I just love amaranthus foxtails for their vivid colours and the magic beauty they lend to the garden.Amazing string of colours dazzling the eyes and giving a sense of happiness and charm .Life is colour and we need colour to live …
Impatiens or busy lizzies are also thriving but they don’t like the hot sun;They are quite happy in the shade.
There is also a huge sun flower shining and spreading generous light and smiles all over the garden.
I have put all the garden colours in my heart because they are true colours …
- The Color of the Morning (arlene1956.wordpress.com)
- A grand day gardening (laurieanichols.wordpress.com)
- Vocal power to project your pitch. YouTube site will show you how. (speak2all.wordpress.com)
- Garden Flowers – June 2012 (disperser.wordpress.com)
- Sidewalk Sensation: Elegant Window Boxes (pottedplantsociety.wordpress.com)
- High-impact plants for vibrant summer colour (blogs.vancouversun.com)
- Colours beating only for you (ilgiardinodeibucaneve.wordpress.com)
- Three top tips for tidying a new garden (360news.co.uk)
- Daisy – Oh Dai-i-aisy! (estherlou.wordpress.com)
- Gardening in Clay Soil (marylouisewehunt.wordpress.com)
The Doges’ Palace (Palazzo Ducale) a superb example of Venetian Gothic architecture and Ode on Venice down the Grand Canal lined with beautiful buildings in the hug of lapping waters with majestic motion …
Oh Venice ! Venice ! when thy marble walls are level with the waters,Glory and Empire once upon the Towers …
G.G.Lord Byron - Reading Byron and looking for the Piraeus Lion which was “removed” by Venetians.It was originally located in the ancient harbour of Athens (Piraeus port) since the 1st century AD and was a famous landmark.Its prominence was such that the port was given the name Porto Leone (Lion Port) by the Italians.
Enchanting city with so many beautiful things to see and stunning views down the Grand Canal with the magnificent palaces and the amazing bridges crossings over it.Loved the architecture, the brightly coloured buildings and the symbol of Venice ,the lion,and especially the one atop a column in the piazzetta outside the Palazzo Ducale.
- St Mark’s Square in Venice (ebookers.com)
- Planning Our Time in Venice (crearepregateamore.wordpress.com)
- Venice Top Ten Things to Do (travelwyse.wordpress.com)
- Venice Top Ten Things to Do (donnasalernotravel.wordpress.com)
- Hidden gems to discover on a Venice vacation (orbitz.com)
- Doges Palace – Venice, Italy (travelpod.com)
- Venice Holidays (ebookers.com)
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is a double arcade in the centre of Milan.The structure is formed by two glass-vaulted arcades intersecting in an octagon covering the street connecting Piazza del Duomo to Piazza della Scala. It is named after Vittorio Emanuele II,the first king of the Kingdom of Italy and it was originally designed in 1861 and built by G.Mengoni between 1865 and 1877.
The four-storey arcade includes :
Many elegant shops,restaurants,cafes,bars,hotels and remarkable floor mosaics such as : The Bull from Turin Coat of Arms and the she-wolf,Lupa,suckling the twins Romulus and Remus.
Spinning on the Bull … ? No, I didn’t do a twirl on the Bull … LOL, If you know the tradition …
And then,sinful attachment to worldly things … But what about Thackeray‘s novel ” Vanity Fair “ ???
Oh,come on … We only live once, but once is enough if we do it right. Live your life with class, dignity, and style …
Milan is to money what Rome is to history…
- M for Milan… (journeyaroundtheglobe.com)
- Brief Tour of Milan (deltiolog.wordpress.com)
- Updates Again… (derelianraven.wordpress.com)
- Italy, Art of Romance – 意大利，浪漫的艺术 (renainthesun.wordpress.com)
Happy Mother’s Day Means more than Flowers …
All the Best to you my WordPress friends from a Happy Mum !!!
- Happy Mothers Day 2012 (papundits.wordpress.com)
- Happy Mother’s Day With Love (caramieandtheboyz.wordpress.com)
- Happy mothers day (joyinlittlethings.wordpress.com)
- Generations of Roses (eddiesettles.com)
“If a man can arrange his religion so that it perfectly satisfies his conscience,it is not incumbent on him to care whether the arrangement is satisfactory to anyone else or not.”
What a wonder it is! So grand, so solemn, so vast! And yet so delicate, so airy, so graceful! A very world of solid weight, and yet it seems …a delusion of frostwork that might vanish with a breath!
That’s what Mark Twain,who was a great fan of the Duomo in Milan,says in his travel book “The Innocents Abroad“.
St Bartholomew was one of 12 Apostles and an early Christian martyr that was skinned. This statue was made by Marco d’Agrate in 1562 (Duomo cathedral, Milan). If you look closely, you’ll notice that’s not a robe, but actually his removed skin hanging around him. Such a macabre motif of the flayed Apostle carrying his own skin …
Duomo di Milano,dedicated to Virgin Mary, a spiky Gothic and neo-Gothic Cathedral with 135 imposing spires topped with marble statues overlooking the bustling city of Milan which is to money-what Rome is to history.There are not any bell towers and at the very top of the tallest spire is the only non-marble statue, a gilded bronze statue of the famous “Madonnina” , added in the 1760s,rising to a height of 109 metres and being one of the city’s symbols.
In the Grand Piazza del Duomo ,where the Cathedral is situated,one cannot miss the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II,a double arcade formed by two glass-vaulted arcades intersecting in an octagon covering the street connecting Piazza del Duomo to Piazza della Scala.
The Galleria is named after Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of the Kingdom of Italy. It was originally designed in 1861 and built by Giuseppe Mengoni between 1865 and 1877.
The street is covered by an arching glass and cast iron roof, a popular design for nineteenth-century arcades, such as the Burlington Arcade in London.It is a four-storey arcade including elegant shops,restaurants,cafés,bars,hotels and remarkable floor mosaics that I will publish in another post.
There are several remarkable sights in Milan and I really appreciate the fact that you can easily get around in the city centre and cover the sightseeing in a couple of days.You can also use Milan as a base for pleasant day trips such as to Venice or Lago Maggiore as we did. As for the dove-shaped Milanese Easter bread, “La Colomba pasquale”, I have to admit, it was the tastier Easter cake I had ever had … and the service in the ‘Principe di Savoia” hotel,just outstanding !!! The real place to be, in every sense …
- Duomo di Milano (tabitabiz.wordpress.com)
- WOW Milan (followmethereandbackagain.wordpress.com)
- The spires of the Milan Duomo (leggotunglei808.wordpress.com)
A Militaristic approach with a friendly disposition
Greece 25th of March National Holiday (1821-1832 )
Greek war of Independence & distance weapons
National Holiday 25th of March and the Resuscitation of the Nation
Make War against War for a Warless World …
For how long, o brave young men, shall we live in fastnesses,
Alone, like lions, on the ridges in the mountains?
Shall we dwell in caves, looking out on branches,
Fleeing from the world on account of bitter serfdom?
Abandoning brothers, sisters, parents, homeland
Friends, children, and all of our kin?
Better one hour of free life,
Than forty years of slavery and prison
Rigas Feraios ( The Thourios war-song )
- The 25th of March (itisnotallgreektome.wordpress.com)
- This will be the people’s parade! Our time has come! (ilesxi.wordpress.com)
International Women’s Day 8 March
You govern the world …
You are our better half … men !!!
“Women are the real architects of society.” Harriet Beecher Stowe
Happy Women’s Day !!!!!!!!!!
You are all wonderful …
- Happy International Women’s Day! (time4urelaxationwellness.wordpress.com)
- Celebrate International Women’s Day: go ride a bike! (mywheelsareturning.com)
- Aphrodite: my observations (pixiecraft.wordpress.com)
Meteora Central Greece Thessaly:
Lofty and Uplifting Eyrie Monasteries perched on natural sandstone rocks,included on the UNESCO world heritage list. Meteora means Suspended Rocks or Suspended in the air.
Meteor and Meteorite are words of Greek origins so it is easy for you to excuse the name of the place.
Greek Historian Herodotus wrote in the 5th century BC that the plain of Thessaly had been a pre-historic sea and geologists say that the pinnacles were formed about 60 millions years ago and weathering and earthquakes shaped them.Moreover,at the cave of Theopetra at the foot of the cliffs where excavations took place,they found petrified diatoms that helped them out to better understand the Paleo-climate and the climate changes.
The sandstone peaks were first inhabited by Byzantine hermits in the 9th century who lived an ascetic life in hollows of the rock towers some 180 ft above the plain and away from the Material world .However,in the 14th and 15th centuries six monasteries were built,the ones that we visit nowadays : Agia Triada,Agios Nikolaos,Agios Stefanos,the Great Meteoro,Roussanou and Varlaam.
Access to the monasteries was originally reached by using rope ladders and large nets to haul up goods and people and for inter commuting. A means of transport all weathers and no traffic congestion whatsoever …
You reach out to Heaven for your peace of mind and of course you enjoy stunning views and dramatic landscapes over the settings near the Pindus mountains and the Pinios river.
You relive history and culture through the wall paintings,the priceless artifacts and the rare manuscripts.
Of course in 1920 steps were cut into the rocks making the monasteries accessible via a bridge from the nearby plateau where you reach by car and you only do some step-climbing.
A great destination ” high up” which was and still is the source of inspiration for many literature, and music works as well as a filming location such as in the ( via wiki):
- The monastery of Holy Trinity was a filming location in the 1981 James Bond movie For Your Eyes Only
- Scenes from Tintin and the Golden Fleece were also shot at the Meteora monasteries.
- The rock area was a primary inspiration behind the Linkin Park album of the same name.
- Francesco’s Mediterranean Voyage is a BBC Television documentary series first aired in 2008
- Michina, the main setting of the movie Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life is based on Meteora.
- Meteora is the main location in the fiction book The Spook’s Sacrifice, by Lancashire author Joseph Delaney
- In the post-apocalyptic horror novel World War Z, the monasteries’ natural protection is restored to protect survivors from growing zombie hordes
- Meteora – ‘Suspended in the air’ (antiworldnews.wordpress.com)
As you set out for Ithaca
hope your road is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery …
Cavafy‘s “Homeric” inspirations and popular travel destinations to the cerulean blue waters of the Ionian sea where the archetypal scenario of blue and white reigns.
Pray that the road is long, full of adventure, full of knowledge Cavafy says …
And when in Ithaca I say that I feel the relation between God and Man,I feel life itself without beginning without end …
The Lestrygonians and the Cyclops,
the angry Poseidon — do not fear them:
You will never find such as these on your path,
if your thoughts remain lofty, if a fine
emotion touches your spirit and your body… Cavafy says …
And I grasp this vision and I look upon and see that the sun always rises and sets and the stars shine and I discover the beauty of our Universe, its secrets its heavens … All is there, the sun,the dawn,the sunset,the fine emotion that touches your spirit as Cavafy says …
The Lestrygonians and the Cyclops,
the fierce Poseidon you will never encounter,
if you do not carry them within your soul,
if your soul does not set them up before you.
Pray that the road is long.
That the summer mornings are many, when,
with such pleasure, with such joy
you will enter ports seen for the first time;
Always keep Ithaca in your mind.
To arrive there is your ultimate goal.
But do not hurry the voyage at all.
It is better to let it last for many years;
and to anchor at the island when you are old,
rich with all you have gained on the way,not expecting
that Ithaca will offer you riches.Ithaca has given you the beautiful voyage
Without her you would have never set out on the road.
She has nothing more to give you.
And if you find her poor, Ithaca has not deceived you.
Wise as you have become, with so much experience,
you must already have understood what Ithacas mean
Inhabited since the 2nd Millennium and ruled by Odysseus it has very rich culture and long history behind and despite the fact that it was occupied by : Romans Normans French Turkish Venetians British,its name,Ithaca, has remained unchanged as it was from ancient times.From Mycenean to Hellenistic era and then to the Byzantine period it has inspired and still inspires many noted poets and writers.The epic poems of Homer the “Iliad” and the “Odyssey” shed affluent light on old mythological and poetic traditions as well as on the hero Odysseus and his rule over Ithaca.Momentous Homeric works that change mythology into history and enlighten the restless human mind.
Do I swim in the same blue waters that Penelope and Odysseus swam ? Do I enjoy the same fiery sunsets that they did ?
Homeric inspirations and verses and moments that endure the ravages of time and stand proudly and carry the torch of civilization and culture …
Take rocks, olive and pine branches,blue seas,vineyards,clear blue skies and synthesise Greece …
Awaking blue ocean waters and forest fragrances to find the road to the shining Ithacas …
- Reblog: Poem Friday (meantimelife.wordpress.com)
Recipes from Life’s Book and Warm Wishes for a Healthy and Wealthy New Year
A very original recipe for a happy life that never,ever upsets your stomach and adds a very sweet taste.
1) a handful of fresh dreams
2) 3 tea cups of positive thoughts
3) 1 pound peals of laughter
4) as many virtues as possible ( the more the better )
You stir them all together and you put the mixture into your warm heart for ever…………
It’s quick and easy to prepare , it hasn’t an expiring date and it serves as many people as you like.
Happy New Year to the World
Our Happy New Year depends on what we do for others …
New Year’s Face Wishing my WordPress friends Happiness and Joy.
May You All Have a Delightful New Year and All Your 2012 Days are Bright and Hopeful.
Getting into the spirit from a place where the sun shines generously and the summer is almost eternal.
Garden celebrations and Angels Trumpets in their best getting ready to celebrate the big event and spread Love and Happiness.The red Christmas plant is gracing the marble table while enjoying the warm sunrays emitting love and hope for “‘ Tomorrow ” that never ends …
Red is Love and Love is Happiness another Christmas plant is thinking while deeply reflecting on spiritual matters …
Heavenly atmosphere all over the garden conveying inspiration and peace of mind for this very special time of the year.
Red Balls of Love of Hope of Rosy Dreams pleasantly receive the sun beams to keep them deeply in their heart and start radiating them on the 25th of December …
Tomorrow Never Ends …
Merry Christmas to all of my WordPress friends
- Feeling the Christmas Spirit (queenoftheclick.com)
- Christmas Quotes… ~ By Gabby Angel (autumnsunshineandgabrielleangel.wordpress.com)
- Another Six Word Saturday (growingyoungereachday.wordpress.com)
- Merry Christmas to you and yours. (qtdoll.wordpress.com)
- Christmas eve (minkyweasel.com)
- On the 23rd day of Christmas… (litratongayon.wordpress.com)
A visit to Éire away from conventional places where tourists flock and through the eyes of a Dubliner who had deliberately separated himself from Ireland but he spent the rest of his life writing about it.
Will you drive me to places where J.Joyce was inspired,to places where his term ‘ the call of life ‘ responds ?
He knew the grey-yellow light,the damp murky air,the musty smells,the seedy houses,the warm pubs,the accent of the people.He knew how to present details with precision and the impact on the reader’s emotions was achieved through his skillful control and arrangement of his narrative.
His Ulysses,a work where he devised a literary language to express the complexity of the human thinking,a work where by using constrained techniques he outreached the insufficient methods which already existed.Ulysses’ theme was simple but he invoked the most elaborate means to present it.His obscure and symbolic language is a thorough puzzle that still magnetises the scholars.Presumably, ‘OULIPO’ and Oulipian works are not original whatsoever.
‘ Love’s bitter mystery ‘ he quoted repeatedly from a Yeats poem. I loved his Palindromic phrase of the 1200 words and I am still trying to make sense,because love is mystery …
The beginning of the ‘ Circe ‘ section which can be read backwards (twenty line) – It contains at the end a = da capo (Begin ! ) which is the principle upon which ‘ Finnegan’s Wake ‘ is based (Finn-again !)
Naminedamine.Preacher is he…. 20 lines … …. Then not till then….
Done.Begin ! Blessed those who decoded his style and apprehended his idioglossia,his idiosyncratic language with the advanced ideas and inspirations.
Loved your 16th of June Day,James,your St.Names,St.numbers,enigmas,puzzles, your Homer’s- like rhapsody,your Odyssey,your names … Nestor,Calypso,Aeolus,Cyclops,Nausicaa,Ithaca,Penelope,all well-selected and mysteriously used. And your palindrome : ‘ tattarrattat ‘ … What a word for a knock on the door !
Loved Ireland’s misty landscapes and pastures,its natural attractions,its long pre-history,history and its tradition.An inspiring and alluring atmosphere everywhere around.
I loved Ireland through his influential works and his own style,his own Odyssey with the literary allusions and complex,obscure puns.
A visit to Ireland away from stereotypical touristic approaches,following footprints left by the passage of James Joyce.
- James Joyce: A Life by Gordon Bowker: review (telegraph.co.uk)
- James Joyce by Gordon Bowker (guardian.co.uk)
- Dubliners – James Joyce (1914) (dropoutbookproject.com)
- James Joyce lied that he was married, passport shows (telegraph.co.uk)
- Notes and queries (guardian.co.uk)
NOT JUST A SPORTING EVENT
Every time someone runs a marathon,metaphorically,they retrace steps taken during one of the most momentous events in World Histoty.It was the Battle of Marathon,led by Miltiades,in 490 BC that took place on the plain of Marathon where a huge force of invading Persians was defeated and the victory ensured the democratic legacy of Western culture.
According to legend a messenger named Pheidippides was sent to Athens to bring news of victory.He ran 42 km from the battle field to the capital,announced the joyous message and died.This is the inspiration for the Marathon race we know today,the modern Marathon that commemorates this feat.
Not just a sporting event but also the highest effort where the Human body,Soul and Mind called forth to reach the finish line,the flame born by a historical and heroic event …
On Sunday November 13, over 20,000 athletes from 96 countries participated in the 29th version of the Athens Classic Marathon,an event that gathers global exposure and significance.Besides the 42 km race in the original course,from the Marathon Tomb to the Panathenaic or Kallimarmaron Stadium in central Athens,the event includes the 5,000 and 10,000 metre races and in addition some other minor competitions.
It was a gentle event that inspired with hope the sorely tried Greece.
Every long-distance runner in the world should want to run from Marathon to Athens,to relive history and experience the power of the human will .
I would also like to make reference to the name of the place Marathonas as most Marathon runners might ignore its connection with the fennel plant.Marathon is the Greek word for fennel and the Marathon town in Attica as well as the surrounding area where the Marathon Battle took place abound with wild fennel.
- The Running Bug (wifandhub.com)
- Mountains Versus Marathons (deereeder.wordpress.com)
- Marking Marathon (rogueclassicism.com)
- Richmond Half Marathon (katieept.wordpress.com)
- 2,500 years on, marathon remembered as it began (independent.co.uk)
No Matter Where I Travel,Greece Wounds me Still … G.Seferis 1900-1971
The sacred road through the new wound that fate opened within me,rushed through my heart with swift tremendous force as when waves break through widening cracks abruptly into a boat that then sinks steadily in darkness,but then a murmuring sound took wing and spread above me,a murmuring sound that seemed to say: ” It shall come ! … Angelos Sikelianos , 1884-1951
Looking for Shells or for The Lost Pride of a Nation ?
O you Greece magnanimous in sufferings and glory,
Even if your children always live in a mystery hidden,
In Meditation and in dream what has graced my eyes,
My very eyes to see you in this deserted place,
When the blue waters turned dark and the stars grow in numbers,
All round in fear the islands,they all weep and pray,
Beaches,rocks and the open sea suddenly leap up and quiver
O desolation I can see,come,let us weep together
And the cross-shaped domed temple and the most modest shrine
Amid incense and lit candles listen to their pain,
But,Goddess,may I hear at last the sound of your voice,
At once to make it a gift to the Hellenic nation ? Dionysios Solomos 1798-1857
You find no friend on whom to cling,no straw to clutch ? How you rejoice when,all alone ?
Again the sky here opens its gates,again raises its blue flag …
Reviewing the past and living the present.
- And Greece created Europe: the cultural legacy of a nation in crisis (guardian.co.uk)
Every year at the same time,the little decorative vases are anxiously waiting for the first Autumn blossoms that flourish in Mt.Penteli.
Freshly picked baby cyclamens from Mt.Penteli,gracing the place with elegant beauty and soft purple tones.
They so gracefully pop out their little heads among rocks and stones,announcing the arrival of Autumn and the end of the long sunny days.
Further down, some wild Pyracantha and Four o’clock flowers caught my attention and I thought to myself how generous our Nature is with its stimulating expressions.
Overall,it’s these little things that really matter and add beauty and light to our life with their minimalistic effectiveness ,with their magic power.
Medidations for peaceful moments and captures that help you to economize on words when emotions are wrapped up and restrain you from extensive writing.
Wild flowers and thoughts on an Autumn day,when you realise that life never stops smiling at you …
- Cyclamen, Oh the Beautiful Cyclamen! (kiyanti2008.wordpress.com)
- A berry good morning (wcs4.blogspot.com)
- I’m Soooo Excited…… (amgrant.wordpress.com)
- In the Immense Universe where Orpheus Astra Shine and Meet with the WordPress Galaxy (dodagrivas.wordpress.com)
- Autumn Onwards (chrisbellinger.wordpress.com)
- Autumn…Season of Death (toniroberts.wordpress.com)
- Autumn colours (charioteers.org)
A thriving pomegranate tree and its blood-red fruit overlooking the large body of the blue ocean,the calm sea, gave me the splendid idea to write a post on this charming tree.Please mind my ‘Above Water’ metaphor based on the idiomatic expression which means … ? and excuse my sarcastic pun on the ‘Orwellian’ norms and rules, worldwide … I love playing on words with multi-sided meanings. Languages are so rich and live,evolutionary,ready to serve our deeper thoughts at any time.
Nightly she signs on yon pomegranate-tree. Believe me,love,it was the nightingale. by Shakespeare
The Fruit of Paradise on the Tree of Life and Loose Thoughts in a Greek Orchard by the Seaside.
Pomegranate and Fate in Eternity against Orwellian Predictions and Spread Arils …
History ,Mythology and cultural pathways led me to Persephone and Dionysus who were offered pomegranates for fertile land, as the glistening ruby-like arils (seeds) represented life and regeneration. Pomegranate’s beauty and its hexagonal shape of the thick reddish skin which hides,some 600 tightly embraced arils , had inspired and still inspire many renowned artists. Polykleitos,the famous sculptor of the High Classical Period (5th century BC), took ivory and gold to sculpture the colossal,seated Hera in her temple at Argos. She held a scepter in one hand and offered a pomegranate ‘like a royal orb,in the other. Besides,I so much like Leonardo da Vinci’s painting ‘ Madonna and Child with Pomegranate ‘ and Botticelli‘s ‘ Madonna of the Pomegranate ‘. Such an influential fruit !!!
…..he saw an orchard closed by a pale-four spacious acres planted with trees in bloom or weighted down for picking pear trees,pomegranates,brilliant apples and … More verses and hymns … from ‘ ‘Homer’s Garden of Alcinous’ (Odyssey … ).
Am I in ‘The Cockaigne mythical land’ with illusions and words and verses from ‘The Odyssey’ ,wrapped up in a pomegranate? I wonder,where is prosperity,fertility,where is the Cosmic Determinism and where are the Natural Laws and Morals?
All right,enough of my rambling. My pomegranate tree and its fruit, by the seaside, are here to symbolize our ability to stay alive and keep our heads ‘Above Water’ … , out of trouble or any sort of difficulty …
Polysporia,panspermia, Greek words to describe the beautiful fruit which is one of the Good things that God created. A fruit of royal quality,with its natural crown surmounted,representing the power of sovereign. A true symbol for Abundance,Fertility and Good Luck,rightly valued by many cultures for its beauty and uniqueness.
The Greek traveller and Geographer Pausanias (2nd century AD) said : About the pomegranate I must say nothing for its story is something of a Mystery …
Straight Lines and Straightforward Words by the seaside and Spread Pomegranate Arils from its Inner Beauty …
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Gastronomy, a word derived from the ancient Greek language (gaster=stomach and nomos=law), is the art or the science of Good Eating which determines a strong relationship between the senses and the food and it influences the Mind and the Body. It also includes entertainment that is well-connected with the prandial preparation and the presentation of the food and occasionally,it adds a new ritualistic dimension, resembling a real ceremony.
In the depths of ancient Greek times the art of regulating the stomach involved discovery,taste,experience,research philosophy,understanding and the timing and duration were mostly emphasised.There are plenty of wise quotes referring to food or wine,such as Epicurus’ (341-270 BC) ” The root of all pleasures is the satisfaction of the stomach”, Euripides’(480-406 BC ) “If there is no wine,there is no Aphrodite, Astidamas’ (4th cent BC) “If the man fills up with wine he becomes unkempt,if he just drinks a little,he becomes thoughtful” and so many others that prove the relation between our food and our senses and not only that.
In the centre of Athens and not far from the Acropolis,there is a most particular,themed restaurant where the customers travel back in time,2.500 years back,in the 5th century BC and they have a memorable experience.The extraordinary dishes at the ‘Archeon Gefsis’ themed restaurant are all based on forgotten ancient recipes and they are blended with philosophy and culture,served in an absolutely authentic atmosphere that it rather makes you feel a thinker than a diner.Thorough research over ancient Greek writers and ancient Greek texts and manuscripts brought to surface priceless secrets and methods which the owner(s) of the ‘Archeon Gefsis’ restaurant have adopted and top chefs carry them out efficiently.
In a stone-walled hall with candle-abras creating the mood or at an open air patio with candles and incense burners, waiters and waitresses with their plaited hair,wearing flowing red chitons (Grecian robes) and sandals offer you preprandial drinks,rosemary water or pomegranate juice, but, always in earthenware cups as ancient Greeks didn’t use glasses.I have to admit that historical traits are kept faithfully and later on you enjoy the delightful dishes without using any forks,only spoons,knives or your fingers.Ancient Greeks never used forks.I suppose it is something that has to do with Poseidon’s trident … Soon,tasty appetizers with sweet fruit-sauces arrive,just enough to whet your appetite and start enjoying fresh rich salads with seeds,sweetened with honey and delicious roast meats or fish,flavoured with wild herbs.Pine nuts,poppy seeds,fennel,artichokes,mastic,leek,radish,garden rocket,grated goat cheese,a real parade of flavours to satisfy your taste buds and make you feel you are a guest in a symposium.
And while you sip your wine from your clay cup you recall Aristotle’s words that : People who get drunk on wine sleep on their face,while the ones who drink barley wine sleep on their back.Because the wine makes the head heavy however the barley wine gets one dizzy…
I decided to write and publish this post not only to share my unforgettable experience there,but also to speak highly of the inventive minds who conceived and materialised this concept.The ‘Archeon Gefsis’ themed restaurant is a well-established restaurant in the centre of Athens which rightly has received great reviews from quality magazines and newspapers ( The Time magazine,the Guardian newspaper) and has also been featured on TV channels such as the BBC,the Travel channel and the Discovery channel. http://www.archeon.gr/en/symposium
To tell you the truth,I have copied some splendid ideas from their fabulous dishes and the presentation of the food which I apply at home and take the pleasure of preparing and organising not only the food but also the ritualistic procedure …
Well,Gastronomic Paths and Tasty Words …
And as ancient Greeks said : Efdipnias !!!
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Evocative Flowers and Statuettes in the Summerland induce your imagery to run wild and your mind starts thirstily wandering with verve a little farther than usual.The Uncompromising Purity of the Flower World changes the flow of your spiritual energy into a passion where you are allowed to employ an unconventional access to what the world has to offer you.
Sun-washed flowers talk too wise using vivid figurative language filled with refreshing tones and reflections of light that lead to peace of mind.You let yourself drift and you listen attentively soaking every drop of their dreams of their poems…
Magnolia’s Blue Dream in the Summerland and its Magic Power came to an end when the first Rose-Daughters of the Dawn caressed its white petals helping them to unfold and reveal in the open air … the secrets of its delicate beauty.
Some neighbour friends speak in whispers and look stealthily trying to display their own beauty and soon the Flower World in the Summerland is full of smiling faces and sweet scents wrapped in heavenly rustling sounds that lift your emotions off and send you to a Paradise of a Parallel Universe.
We also had an unexpected visitor,a white Callas, which had escaped from an enchanted elephant forest,just to pay a short visit and join our contemplation … Oh! And some Ocean-washed Margaritas were also welcomed …
Meanwhile,the eternal procession of the bio-rhythmic circle of life is in progress and the beautiful flowers get ready to attend the fiery tones of the sunset which totally resemble Etna’s spewing lava with the unique red nuances on its palette.
They get over-enthusiastic,overwhelmed before they start patiently waiting for the late Twilight when the sparkling harmony of Stars and the Moon,The mind of God,The mind of the Universre,will eventually peep out from their Stellar Kingdom to lullaby their mellow petals with sweet melodies between Heaven and Earth and entrust them to the care of the dreamy world of the night …
Flowery words to ‘liberate’ your packed up sentiments and let your soul meet with peace …
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Still in an indecisive phase ?
My forebears used to wisely say that ” Ειδεναι Ορεγεται “ is in humans’ nature; Aristotle Metaphysics.
Just have a look at the ‘Travel Leisure’ American magazine where Santorini (Thira) made its way to the list of Top Islands . Selected out of thousands of islands from all over the world,rightly gained its distinction for its quaint beauty. It stands with pride on the remnants of a volcanic caldera in the Aegean sea, receiving its visitors with agreeable warmth and plenty of attractions.
However,we shouldn’t push aside the other little gems which are scattered all over Greece in the Aegean and Ionian seas,shining in the turquoise crystal clear waters, while reflecting their greenish and blueish tones.They look like basking dolphins of different species that vary in size or like emerging Aphrodites from the sea-foam.
Most of them known since ancient times, with glorious history and culture behind them and perpetual sunshine beyond the reaches of Gods. They are also renowned for the idyllic moments of the sunsets,when the skies are vibrantly painted with tawny to brownish-orange shades and tones.
Sometimes, when I am looking at the map,they remind me of a huge ‘smorgasbord’ with an abundance of choices that makes the pick unbearably challenging … They are all there, restful and very blue,with balmy sunny weather,to satisfy all the trends and desires,even the most exquisite penchant.
Discover new oceans with unfathomable beauty that it is waiting for you to explore and appreciate.Being in those little islands and experiencing primitive values, it gives you the sensation that you travel back in time when once life was more humane and relaxing.Nowadays,simplicity is lost in the rush to become modern and ritzy and privacy tends to become a luxury.
Fancy yourself isolated on a sandy beach with sheltered bays and coves or with green hills behind you,all ready to receive you and show you the way to the little priceless delights of life and to idle pleasures. Or,wandering in cobbled paths or narrow streets of undeniable charm, almost squeezed between little, white-washed houses,souvenir shops or medieval stone houses.And,and … last but not least,what about having some anise-flavoured ouzo,either in a shot glass or in a bigger one with some cold water and ice cubes that turn it into a milky white refreshing drink to go with the appetizers that the seaside tavern(a)s (small restaurants ) usually serve as light summer dishes.Trust me,there is nothing better than a dish with octopus,sardines,fresh summer salads and many other titillating delicacies.
Indeed,promising,carefree destinations ….
Yes,the Coast is Clear … and Scented with Basil fragrances which march to the beat of the waves … and to my puns.
Reflective thoughts by the seaside,through the Magic Spectrum of Blue and the Spirit of the Greek Islands.
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First of May in Greece has a double face and it is a national holiday as in most countries all over the world,honouring the worker and supporting their rights.Powerful trade unions demonstrate in the streets and worker’s groups,called by the unions,are active on this day,striking and protesting.It’s sad though when mass protest marches clash with the police.
In my own May Day post though,I would also like to refer to the other face of the May Day, connected with the spring blossoms and the festivals of flowers.Yes,it is the “Festival of the Flowers” celebrated, which has its roots in ancient pagan holidays in our Mythology pages,celebrations for Demeter and her daughter Persephone.Demeter controlled the Plants and the Fertility of the Earth and she was Goddess of Agriculture.Her symbol is an ear of wheat.
Persephone,daughter of Demeter,appears as a beautiful young maiden,on the edge of womanhood.Her symbol is the pomegranate.
Nature is so beautiful on May Day,inside and outside the gardens.People spend the day in the countryside honouring the blossoms and making May wreaths.
Apart from making May wreaths,which we hang on doorways and balconies,we also gather camomile and we leave it in the sun for some days until it gets really dry.It is such a pleasant tea and very good for you,especially when sweetened with honey.
Well,inside or outside the garden, I have a feeling that the flowers look brighter on May Day and they share with us their feelings and their joyful celebrations, through their blossoms and their Spring whispers…
Aren’t they beautiful? Don’t they worth our admiration?
Before saying good-bye and publishing the May Day post, a wild cyclamen sandwiched among Mt. Penteli’s Marble Rocks…,where it admires the blossoms until its own time comes to show off its beauty, would very much like to send you all : Its Best Wishes and much LOVE from Greece…
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Easter,the most important religious holiday in Greece,will take place this year on April 24.Traditions that have withstood the test of time revive again and along with the spring weather warm people’s heart.Churches throughout the country offer Holy Week services with the highlight being Saturday’s midnight service when people in and outside the churches gather,with candles in hand,to celebrate the Resurrection of Christ.On Good Friday flags are flown at half mast and church bells toll mournfully in commemoration of Christ being taken down from the cross.We do the same and put on a Holy Sepulchre decorated with fresh flowers which we call Epitaphios (it’s a catafalque) very specific words I’m afraid.Afterwards,the Catafalque is carried out of the church paraded through the streets in a funeral procession.
Come midnight on Saturday,church bells ring out joyfully as the devout light candles to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection.The traditional Easter meal consists of roast lamb, fresh salads,Easter bread,boiled eggs,which we dye red on Holy Thursday and of course lots of red wine.
I t’s customary to have Easter lunch in the garden where the spring blossoms enhance the occasion and refresh our disposition.
Nature’s powerful rebirth,indeed,makes the atmospere joyful and warm, spreading the ray of hope and love which people so much need to keep balance and harmony in their life.
As most traditions in Greece,those of Easter are preserved and upheld with enthusiasm by people throughout the country with special local effect and colour in each region.We all welcome The Resurrection of Christ and Nature.
A Spring post for all my friends and keypals,full of love and warm wishes.
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Thoughts and Toponyms and Toponomastics on a Spring day by The Marathon Lake
The beautiful Marathon lake is down the eastern slopes of Mt.Penteli and above the site of the Marathon battle (490 B.C.). It’s the coastal place where the Tymbos =tomb of Marathon is,where the first Marathon runner (messenger) started his 40 kilometre journey to Athens to report the victory.There is no doubt that the Marathon runners all over the world know the history behind the “Marathon” name.However, I was wondering while wandering the area if they really know the meaning of Marathon which is the name of an innocent wild plant,a famous,well-known herb.
Yes,we are talking about marathon,the Greek name of fennel .All the Marathon area and Mt.Penteli abound in fennel which excuses the Toponym Marathon. This hardy,perennial,aromatic herb, with the yellow flowers and the feathery leaves ,wrote History…and now it is widely used in Medicine and cooking,while it’s very pleasant in fresh salads.
The Marathon Dam is unique world-wide because its external cladding ( the insulating layer) of white Penteliko marble is the marble used in the construction of the Parthenon temple and the other buildings on the Acropolis of Athens.The lake is very beautiful and it’s a real pleasure to watch the sun setting and to recall Greek history…
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Spring Colourful Reflections Seasoned with Greek Spirit
Nature’s Spring Face Revives,Reaching out to Human Nature and Soul,Triggering Thoughts and Emotional Sensations
It was only a balmy, early evening and an owl‘s cry,hooting outside in the garden as if calling my owl family to join it,an owl family perched high on book shelves,resting on this “elevated” place where we grope for knowledge to replenish our learning tanks, that….
that…evoked my perceptive faculties and awoke my internal emotional side. It was just what I needed to set out on a lyric,meandering journey to distant destinations ….into History and Mythology.
It was unthinkable for me though,not to reflect on a fresco from Thera (a replica from my personal collectios).It’s part of the famous fresco “THE SPRING FRESCO” from Akrotiri, Thera (Santorini Volcanic Island) 1550-1500 BCE,the beautiful fresco of the Lotus flowers and the Kissing Swallows.It seems that their strong love and the volcanic Lava,which had undertaken the role of the good preserver,helped them to survive the catastrophic, Japan-like earthquake.
Everything around me that balmy evening had a story to share with me,with you…even the crepuscular shadows in the garden helped me to echo the owl’s hooting through words….accentuating Art and Spring Beauty.Azalea’s spring blossoms had taken a faded colour trying to rest for a while in the earthen pot, before they were ready again to receive the first sun beams from the Attica skies.
Presumably, the same Sun Beams that gave life to the Goddess of Wisdom and War Athena and to the Owls which inhabited the Acropolis in great numbers. The Owl , that was Athena’s favourite creature along with her Shield and an Olive tree , regarded sacred symbols.I suppose it is not contingent that the owl was the symbol of wisdom in so many cultures. People always found owls wise. Probably, it has to do with their night vision, their human size ”knowing-eyes” with the upper eyelids and of course, their upright posture.
Sweet flower blossoms,scented air in the atmosphere, birds’ evening notes, ,kissing swallows and the owl’s rhythmic hooting , all like a well-synchronized Spring Orchestra….. A Synthesis of Wisdom,Balance,Harmony and Beauty….all there,a good excuse for me to publish a rather Ruritanian post…..
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Earth Hour 26th March 2011 and Gaia Orphic Hymn
The Earth Hour today,a global event which is held on last Saturday of March annually and I reflected on Greek Mythology ,History and Poetry, trying to remember some famous poems where we hymn our love to Earth.My mind went instantly to the Orphic Hymns ….GAIA…
Gaia…. incense,every seed,less broads and aroma…..
The Orphic Hymns - pre-classical poetic compositions – a collection of about eighty-seven hymns,taking their name after the famous poet and musician Orpheas who is one of the most significant figures in the classical mythology in Western culture.
(26) xxvi. GAIA incense,every seed,less broads and aroma….
Mt.Penteli cactus and naturally sculptured rocks GREECE
” GAIA incense,every seed,less broads and aroma….
Oh goddess Earth ,mother of blessed,and mortal humans, nurse of all,provider of all, fruits ripening, decaying everything, help of growth, bringer of fruits, loaded of beautiful seasons ; seat of the undying cosmos, Kore variegated, who through birth’s pangs you deliver multiform fruits;
immortal,very august,with deep laps,of prosperous fate,joyful in the sweet breezed lawn, demon with the many flowers; happy in downpours, around her a daedalus-like world of stars revolves eternally pushed by powerful natural forces.
But blessed goddess,may you proliferate pleasure-giving fruits,showing a kind heart , in prosperous seasons.
The translated GAIA hymn is from(THE ORPHIC HYMNS) Astronomy in the Age of Ice By P. PETRIDES
Mt. Penteli-Kifisia-Athens-Greece. Wild flowers and spring touches
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The SUPER MOON of the 19th March 2011
A Super Perigee Moon
After the recent, tragic events with Japan’s catastrophic quake , the unrest in the Middle East and North Africa and Libya Crisis , unfortunately, all three are still in process, the beautiful Moon of the 19 March 2011 ,the World Storytelling Day 20 March and the World Poetry Day 21 March came as a relief just to take our mind off the worries for a while and give us the chance to see the other side of the coin….
Today, 21st of March,we have a Spring Equinox when Day and Night have about equal length.Although the day’s length is a bit shortened after the recent tremendous earthquakes that took place in our planet.The fact that they decided to have a Global Celebration of Poetry on this day is not accidental . Spring has been a source of inspiration for poets and not only, for ages..
The day of the Super Moon was very much anticipated and all depended on the weather’s disposition and the clear skies .Would it be a clear,cloudless night to allow us to get good visual effect?
The clever bird , the magpie,had taken possession on a good observation post in the garden to enjoy the anticipated phenomenon….I thought to myself as I captured it…. Imagine ! My country , Greece , with plenty of sunshine most of the time,even over winter,on that day Gods decided to send us cloudy skies and drops of rain . That’s Irony of Fate…. It had been overcast since noon and one could presume what to expect…When the beautiful Super Moon was near the horizon where it gives the stunning effect ,where the illusion mixes with reality and produces the Myth… the clouds were rich black and simply, it was like a black,moonless night… And what I managed to get later on, was a rather poor visual effect…Just to remember the WINTRY night in Spring……
From Mount Penteli-Kifisia-Athens-GREECE
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The Luminous Disk in the Sky
The Sun, source of life and inspiration for ancient civilizations and cultures,has been a symbol and emblem from time immemorial.In Greek Mythology it was worshiped as God , personified as Helios,a handsome God ,who drove the chariot of the Sun.In the course of time it became the God of Light,the Olympian Apollo.
The Vergina Sun is a very well-known Ancient Greek symbol,a beautiful star which shines its beauty on different decorative objects .My Vergina Star rests in the garden, shining its glory,narrating its own culture ,sculptured in pure Penteliko marble,the same marble that was used for the construction of the Parthenon temple on the Acropolis of Athens.
A Panhellenic Symbol,the Sun with the sixteen rays, representing the 4 Elements :Earth,Ocean,Fire,Air and the 12 Gods of Olympus.Thanks to countless archaeological excavations,it was found on coins,sculptures,craters,frescos and other ornamental objects which are very popular exhibits in Greek museums.
Some other little statues decorate the garden,basking in the Attic sun,adding artistic touches to Nature‘s peaceful mood.
The Hermes of Praxiteles is resting among primulas further down in the garden,creating a mood of deep meditation,filled with disciplined thoughts and positive energy.Soon, he will join the Greek goddess of Love and Beauty, Aphrodite, in the Symposium.
Looking at the bright side of life and sharing quiet moments with friends and key pals is most refreshing and enjoyable ….
Reflections from a winter day
5th of March 2011 Kifisia-Athens-Greece
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- ART BY GRETCHEN DEL RIO (Art Blog)
Artists often use the Symbol of the Sun in their paintings, giving different interpretations….Interesting ,isn’t it?
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While Exploring Arts,from Picasso to Refrigerator Magnetics Mania, Creating our Personal Micro-World, our own Expression
A short-lived fad or a long-lived craze?
Looking at Collage Modern Art from a different perspective, with an open mind and plenty of imagination, we often find different expressions and applications which give colour to our everyday life. Collage is a distinctive part of Modern Art,coined by the Cubist painters P.Picasso and G.Braque , created from the gathering of different things which all together present a new whole.Personally, I think that the refrigerator magnetics is a customized form of popular Art,a fad for all trends and tastes that invaded our houses years ago and remains popular,giving us the chance to create our personal Micro-World, on the inanimate,lifeless surface of our fridges.
A Micro-World with a big variety of themes,full of colour,relief work,made of rubber,porcelain,ceramic or glass,even customized photoframes.An expression of decoration that almost nobody has escaped. Flowers,food,fruits,sweets,souvenirs bought on our travels,paintings from galleries for more sophisticated and aesthetic tastes. They look as if pages from a book,pages from our life,ready to delight our eyes and our soul through a different dimension.Suitable for all fridges,poor or rich inside or outside ….From time to time we renew them,we rearrange them and although it is a nuisance , we never get rid of them.
We could organise a photo competition to spot the most spectacular or the most elegant ones.Can you imagine what extraordinary collages we can get?
Occasionally,I wonder if high technology could ever touch them and in the future we can get magnetics with microchips,playing music or having flashing lights , catching our attention more easily.And why not,having a voice, probably to stop us when our ravenous appetite knows no bounds…Too far-fetched I am afraid .Obviously I have entered the paths of my imagination again…
Because …..Life is Art,Art in all its expressions….
Loose Thoughts and Bathetic Narrations by the Seaside
Being by the sea for a couple of days is very relaxing and refreshing ,even when it is winter time.However, I would never, ever expect to see this spectacular body of water, literally still, as if in a painting, the faint smiling of the ripples unable to produce the gentle lapping and all the dynamic presence of the liquid element , simply, absent. A surprisingly warm “ Sleeping Beauty” ,the personification of tranquility.The Blue Power had settled down in real earnest and the setting sun had started to reflect its golden and pinkish shadows on the shining surface,creating an artistic mood, especially tinged with the antithetical , dim presence of the snow-clad peaks of MountParnassos , standing proudly above the horizon.
It was exactly a photographer’s dream,a painter’s subject.The magical scenery imparted its serene disposition to you and all you wanted to do was to steal this calm,beautiful moment.The well-known,Greek thinker and writer Kazantzakis,writes in one of his books,titled “Reference to Greco”, that , sometimes, Beauty is unbearable…That’s exactly how I felt that very moment.
Usually ,when all is serene and quiet around and I deeply feel the power of silence, I enjoy gathering pebbles, pebbles of all ages,sizes,colours and shapes , having different geometrical patterns,each one bearing its own story behind and its personal ID…They are so independent…
However,it didn’t last for long . The Sleeping Beauty was disturbed by a gust of wind, its shining surface became a battlefield of white horses ,showing their power to the howling wind.That was the other face of the “Sleeping Beauty”….a face with a wild disposition ,but still beautiful…
The rough sea gave me the chance to enjoy the warmth of the house,where sitting by the fireplace I could enjoy a cup of tea, hearing the exciting sound of the waves breaking on the coast ….
An Archetypal Scenario……
The Strong Relationship of Blue and White,helping you to free the energy of a surge…in your soul and bring it back to a peaceful state…..
The very next day,all was almost calm again,but, I could still hear the sound of the breaking waves on the coast, I could still hear the sound of life…..
After Glow Magic and Nature’s Creations on a Winter Evening
A white Orchid in a reflective mood, taking delight in watching the setting of the pale,winter sun,behind the facing mountain.
The absolute power of aesthetics,emotionally entangled,in delicate Flowers and massive,imposing Mountains…
From Mount Penteli facing Mount Parnitha,lost in reflection…..Feb.2011
Language connections ,interactions and interrelations,loan words and anti loan,that is words which come back to the lender language corrupted sometimes,however,widely used.
The English language,almost an International language,living to welcome constant transactions from other tongues.
I would very much like to cite a most lively example of the English-Greek language connections which is quite old but still very characteristic to enlighten the subject in question.Typical loan words are interspersed all over Xenophon Zolotas’ speeches in Washington USA on the 26/9/1959 the first and on 2/10/1959 the second,then he was PM and Professor .They are old as you can see but still very,very timeless…. History always repeats itself….Enjoy :
“I always wished to address this Assembly in Greek, but realized that it would have been indeed ”Greek” to all present in this room. I found out,however, that I could make my address in Greek which would still be English to everybody. With your permission, Mr. Chairman, l shall do it now, using with the exception of articles and prepositions, only Greek words.
“Kyrie, I eulogize the archons of the Panethnic Numismatic Thesaurus and the Ecumenical Trapeza for the orthodoxy of their axioms, methods and policies, although there is an episode of cacophony of the Trapeza with Hellas. With enthusiasm we dialogue and synagonize at the synods of our didymous organizations in which polymorphous economic ideas and dogmas are analyzed and synthesized. Our critical problems such as the numismatic plethora generate some agony and melancholy. This phenomenon is characteristic of our epoch. But, to my thesis, we have the dynamism to program therapeutic practices as a prophylaxis from chaos and catastrophe. In parallel, a Panethnic unhypocritical economic synergy and harmonization in a democratic climate is basic. I apologize for my eccentric monologue. I emphasize my euharistia to you, Kyrie to the eugenic arid generous American Ethnos and to the organizes and protagonists of his Amphictyony and the gastronomic symposia
It is Zeus’ anathema on our epoch (for the dynamism of our economies) and the heresy of our economic method and policies that we should agonize the Skylla of nomismatic plethora and the Charybdis of economic anaemia. It is not my idiosyncracy to be ironic or sarcastic but my diagnosis would be that politicians are rather cryptoplethorists. Although they emphatically stigmatize nomismatic plethora, they energize it through their tactics and practices. Our policies should be based more on economic and less on political criteria. Our gnomon has to be a metron between economic,strategic and philanthropic scopes. Political magic has always been anti-economic. In an epoch characterized by monopolies, oligopolies, monopolistic antagonism and polymorphous inelasticities, our policies have to be more orthological, but this should not be metamorphosed into plethorophobia, which is endemic among academic economists. Nomismatic symmetry should not antagonize economic acme. A greater harmonization between the practices of the economic and nomismatic archons is basic. Parallel to this,we have to synchronize and harmonize more and more our economic and nomismatic policies panethnically. These scopes are more practicable now, when the prognostics of the political and economic barometer are halcyonic. The history of our didimus organization on this sphere has been didactic and their gnostic practices will always be a tonic to the polyonymous and idiomorphous ethnical economies. The genesis of the programmed organization will dynamize these policies. Therefore, i sympathize, although not without criticism one or two themes with the apostles and the hierarchy of our organs in their zeal to program orthodox economic and nomismatic policies, although I have some logomachy with them.I apologize for having tyranized you with my Hellenic phraseology. In my epilogue, i emphasize my eulogy to the philoxenous aytochtons of this cosmopolitan metropolis and my encomium to you, Kyrie stenographers
Definitely TIMELESS…..Besides,if Xenophon Zolotas were still alive he could deliver endless speeches including countless Internet Words and High Technology terms.What a great relief for us the Greeks when we come across with words of Greek origin in other languages , they are so time-saving . Nevertheless, we have to be a bit reserved as some of them are False Friend Words …Here are some in the English language : sympathetic,sycophant,apophasis,chrestomathy,ecphrasis or ekphrasis and others…happily not many.
Well, I borrow,you lend,I lend you borrow …..It is a small vast world that belongs to everybody….
To all “The Greeks Abroad” ,to Philhellenes and of course to all my Greek,American and English friends and key pals…
- A List of English Words with Greek Origin (brighthub.com)
Collections of Coins and Stamps on the Walls
After getting over Monday Morning syndrome I decided to spice up my day by posting my recent decision to dig up my coin and stamp collections. Collections tucked away in boxes,drawers,in attics and in scrapbook albums as if punished to live in the dark for ever,having no right to speak of their past and their glory. I was fed up with opening and reopening the boxes and the scrapbooks just to give a look of sympathy , to think of their( past glory ) and to seal them again. So I had to do something to give them life again and I decided to have them framed like paintings and hang them on the walls of my study and sitting room.
Now by looking at them I go back in the past , I compare things and I recall History..
In Ancient times when the coins were gold,silver, copper ,hammered, elaborate coins with embossed depictions,real masterpieces of Art….and then ,then to more recent times when we had coins with plainness and simplicity but still bearing history and after the plastic money…..adjusted to the ever-changing world,which one day in the future will be exhibits in Museums…as well.
Well , Numismatics ( the study or collection of coins, paper money (notes) as well as medals or tokens) and collection of stamps Philately (phil=loving + ateleia=tax-free) when the recipient paid,not the sender ,to hang “ ON OUR WALLS “just to recall history and to compare things….
- Stamp Collecting For The Beginner (hobbies.suite101.com)
An ever-changing panoramic view of Atlanta from revolving roof restaurants where sometimes imperfection speaks louder than perfection and Liberal Arts take place……..
PANORAMIC VIEW OF ATLANTA THROUGH THE LENSES OF A SHAKEN CAMERA
Almost back to normal
A more effective attempt
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