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04 July 2006

Philip Glass - La belle et la bête

A movie in concert at the Athens Herodion Theatre
Herodion Ancient Theatre in Athens, interior view before the show

Yesterday evening Philip Glass and the Philip Glass Ensemble played in the ancient Herodion theatre in Athens. I was lucky, happy, and stunned to see them perform their music to the film "La belle et la bête" from Jean Cocteau. They basically removed the soundtrack from the film, then the orchestra played the music while four singers intonated the voices. All in the typical musical style of Philip Glass. Sounds strange? It was a recipe for an incredible evening...

The surroundings... ancient

We got our tickets weeks ago, so we didn't have to wait in line at the evening. But while we sat and watched the queue, I wondered if this was such a good idea, as the sky was full of black clouds. The organizers seemed to be sure to let the event happen. I let my view pass over the impressive skyline of the Herodion Ancient Theater. How would it be sitting on its stone steps with a downpour like we had the day before? The place before the theater, right below the big rock and the Acropolis filled up with people. We went to our entrance and still had to wait a bit in line till the doors opened. Then we went up the huge stairs inside. The inside is stunning, the seats descend so steep, it's almost at the border of triggering fear in me. Since we were early, we snatched some good seats (with our cheap tickets, seats are not numbered, the higher priced tickets have reserved seats). When I say "seats", don't expect anything like a plastic chair in a sports stadium. These are just marble benches going all through the half round stadium, with simple cushions on them, but nothing to lean against. The view is payback enough though. (Click on the image for a bigger view.)

The movie... black & white magic

The movie itself is nice but may have been strange to modern viewers. A black and white movie from back in 1946, in the form of a fairy tale. The movie asks us at the start to get back to our childlike openness to believe in magic. Its magic is made with simple camera effects. As one critic noted, Cocteau manages to enchant us better with those simple effects than most modern CGI operators with all their machine power.

The story is at once well known and new. The scheme of the beauty who is attracted and spellbound by the ugly beast is well known and retold up to diabetes inducing Disney sugar levels. But as I sat and watched I found myself hanging in suspense about how this particular turn would work out, what would happen next.

The music... magic unity with the movie

I love Philip Glass' music, the way I can get lost in it. To those who have never heard it, it's difficult to describe. It has been labeled as minimalistic music, but the label doesn't really fit. Glass uses a small set of building blocks that get assembled again and again in the same ways and the same ways until you notice that while you weren't "watching" it all changed and floated into a new atmosphere.

A small orchestra accompanied the movie, together with four singers. The musicians were sitting in front of the screen (which at one point close to the end was torn out at the lower end by the wind caused small confusion on stage). The music and singing was synchronous with the film, much like in old silent movies.

At the start of the performance I thought that the music wasn't too typical for Glass. I thought that maybe he has changed and I would have to take what I'd got. But it seems that this was just the starting theme, a few minutes later, the "glassiness" took over and pulled me in. I made a point of watching the musicians from time to time, even if this meant I would loose part of the movie. But I wanted to see the music being "made". After a while this desire went away, because of the exceptional union between the movie and the music.

Right as the flow of the Glass music was pulling me in, the movie and the music appeared to become one. The music followed (or lead?) the line of the story while the singing voices and the actors became one. The story, the music,... magic. I left enchanted.

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20 July 2006

Outdoor Party for Eleni's Greek Classes

Dancing in the night
The big view of the party

Went to a big student party, the last evening of Elenis Greek summer course (THYESPA). Students of Greek from all over the world. Had lots of fun, was even dancing and took some pix. Of course I'm shot today, and the file server failing this morning didn't help. Click on the montage pic for a bigger view and look inside for two more pictures...


People had a fun time dancing. The music was very diverse, but not really ecclectic. Sometimes the DJ made a big break in the music styles. Occasionally it threw people off. From light techno, passing R&B, Pop, slightly Rock, to Tsiftetelia, Syrtaki, ...

Before we went dancing ourselves we had some food and drink. Then we sat some more and chatted and had a view on the dancing scene taking off. Before the dance music started for real, there were some people singing.

More of the dancers

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23 August 2006

Evening Swimming at Faliron

Walking the promenade for some fresher air
seawalk in Palaio Faliron, Athens

The last two evenings I went straight from work to the coastline at Παλαιόν Φάληρον (Palaion Faliron). First reason was a bit of relief from the heat we have right now in the city. Near the sea there is always a bit of fresh air. I went for a swim both evenings. Yes, I know, I know, old time Athenians always tell how bad the water quality is. In my experience the water quality has improved a lot. The sea isn't really absolutely clean, but in my opinion it's acceptable. The municipality of Faliron provides fresh water showers, so after the swim one can wash off the salt and any remainings of suspected dirt.

Oh to describe what joy a swim in the cool sea brings at the current temperatures. The body is relieved for some time from the stress of being boiled and fried alive. I splash around like a little child and then just float around, soaking up coolness (or disseminate all the accumulated heat from my body). The refreshened feeling persists all the time that I still sit at the beach.

After the swim we went for a promenade on the sea-walk from Faliron to my old neighborhood in Kalamaki. On Monday leaving the beach and going back next to the road, the heat hit me like a solid wall. It embraces the body like a python in a cheap horror movie, pulling and tightening. After a while we descended to another beach and I went for a second swim. Yesterday evening the temperature must already have been fallen by a couple of precious degrees and one single swim was enough for me. (As usual, click on the image for a bigger view.)

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Ship Panorama Pics at Wu's

Tall sailing ships

Speaking of montage / panorama pictures, my friend Wu from #bsdcow has some very good montage pictures from "Tall Ships' Races" in A Coruna. I wish I could have seen those ships.

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24 August 2006

Sunset at Faliron and at Home

Quiet evening for once
Sunset in Palaio Faliron, Athens

Almost at the end of my first work week after the vacation, this evening I did not go for a swim. The first "real" evening at home, and due to being away, there is enough house work for me. Temperatures have fallen some degrees, which makes housekeeping more bearable. At work I still have enough CSS to do (which really started to get boring after doing it before and now after the vacation).

The picture is the sunset from yesterday evening at Faliron. What you see below the sun is part of Piraeus. There was a nice sailing boat moving towards Piraeus, and some people are swimming in the foreground. Myself, I had just come out of the water.

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07 September 2006

Akropolis am Abend, Aegina am Sonntag

...und weitere Abenteuer mit Onkel Heinz

Letztes Wochenende war bekanntlich mein Onkel hier zu Besuch mit seinen Freunden. Am Samstag abend waren wir mit ihnen auf der Akropolis, wo ich einige Aufnahmen gemacht habe, von denen ich eine zu einem netten Panorama zusammengesetzt habe. Parthenon im Abendlicht. Am Sonntag standen wir früh auf, nahmen den "Ilektriko" (den "Elektrischen", von den Athenern auch einfach als "den Zug" bezeichnet, gemeint ist die alte U-Bahnlinie von Kifisia nach Piräus). Von Piräus aus gings per guter alter Fähre weiter auf die Insel Aegina...

Acropolis, Parthenon im Abendlicht

Als Alternative hätte es noch ein Tragflügelboot gegeben. Doch das ist nicht nur teuerer, es geht auch schneller und man kann das Meer nicht wirklich geniessen. Wenn man nur auf einem Tagesausflug ist, dann ist es schön, wenn man die eine Stunde auf dem Schiff als Reise geniessen kann. In der Sonne sitzen, auf die Wellen schauen, mit etwas Glück sieht man Delphine. Nie war der Ausspruch "Der Weg ist das Ziel" wahrer.

Tempel der Aphaia auf Aegina

In Aegina angekommen machten wir uns auf die Suche. Zuerst mal suchten wir nach dem Bus nach Agia Marina (auf der anderen Seite der Insel gelegen) und dann, weil der Bus schon voll war und wir auf den nächsten warteten, nach etwas zu essen. Wir fanden eine Bäckerei und unsere Gäste hatten die Wahl zwische Tiropita, Spanakopita, Peïnirli, Bougatsa, ... (Käsekuchen, Spinatkuchen, einer Art Pizzabrot, Blätterteigkuchen mit Crèmefüllung). Versehen mit solchen Backwaren und Getränken machten wir am Strand ein Picknick.

Strandcafe in Agia Marina, Aegina

Der Bus fuhr uns quer durch die Insel, vorbei am Tempel der Aphaia. Dort stiegen wir nicht aus, denn der nächste Bus wäre erst zwei Stunden später weiter gefahren. Aber vom Fensterplatz aus sah der Tempel auch ganz nett aus. Die Insel allgemein ist im Innneren sehr schön, mit vielen Oliven- und Pistazien-Bäumen. Agia Marina ist ein touristischer Ort, aber zumindest Anfang September ertragbar. Wir quartierten uns in einer Ouzerie/Café am Strand ein. Erstmal Café trinken (griechisches "Frappé" ausprobieren), danach gingen wir jungen auch noch Baden. Das Wasser war herrlich klar, aber der Wind kühlte uns aus. Also besser im Wasser bleiben!

Abends ging es den ganzen Weg gemütlich zurück. Wieder in Aegina gaben wir uns einen kleinen Ouzo mit Häppchen bis unser Schiff kam. Unsere Gäste sahen sich auf dem Schiff den Sonnenuntergang an und bis wir in Piräus ankamen war es ganz dunkel. Mit einem kleinen Umtrunk im Hotel verabschiedeten wir uns von unsern Gästen. Alles in allem ein schönes Wochenend-Programm!

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28 September 2006

Besuch auf dem Lycabettos

Stadt von oben
Aussicht von halber Hoehe des Lycabettos, Athen

Montag abends war ich noch ordentlich nervös, wegen dem Server-Umzug, der mit einer defekten HD etwas unschön verlaufen war. Das heisst, Montags wusste ich ja noch nicht so genau, was schief gelaufen war. Ich wartete darauf, dass am Dienstag Peter von den Ulmern eine Tastatur anhängen könnte und das wir dann mehr wüssten was abging. Bei so viel Zitterpartie ist ein Ausflug oft das beste, da denkt man mal an was anderes. Was schon länger auf dem Programm stand, war der Besuch auf dem Lycabettos, dem höchsten Hügel in der Athener Innenstadt...

Glockenturm und Aussichtsterasse auf dem Lycabettos

Das Praktische am Lycabettos ist, dass er ganz in der Nähe ist, von mir zu Hause aus mit dem Bus in 10 Minuten zu erreichen. Nicht eingerechnet natürlich der Aufstieg. Auf den "Berg" fährt eine Drahtseilbahn (2.50 Euro pro Fahrt kostet der Ausflug). Viel schöner ist es natürlich raufzulaufen. Die frische Luft, die Bewegung, der Ausblick... und so weiter, das kennt man ja. Der Weg ist breit, einfach zu gehen und nicht zu steil. Das erste Bild zeigt den Ausblick etwa von halber Höhe, draufklicken für eine grössere Ansicht.

Oben angekommen ist der Ausblick natürlich noch viel bombastischer. Stadt soweit man sehen kann. Es gibt zentral eine kleine Kirche, einen Olivenbaum, ein ober-edel-schweineteuer Restaurant und neuerdings scheints sogar ein Café das etwas günstiger sein könnte - wir habens nicht probiert. Einfach nur sitzen und schauen war genug. Was es auch gibt ist einen Ikonen- und Souvenirverkäufer in Begleitung seines Hundes. Er hat uns viel von seinem Hund erzählt, während sein Freund - der Polaroidfotos an die Touristen verkauft - nichts von dem Hund wissen will.

Besonders das Einnachten ist schön von da oben. So langsam gehen in der Stadt die Lichter an und ein Teppich von Lämpchen breitet sich aus, während sich der Himmel langsam verdunkelt. Zurück gings dann mit der Bahn, denn runterlaufen geht ja bekanntlich in die Beine.

Korrektur 30.9.2006: Das Ticket kostet blos 2.50 statt 5 Euro. Mein Gedächtnis hatte mir einen Streich gespielt, weil wir ja 2 Tickets brauchten.

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08 October 2006

Magic Dice & Cloud

Eleni Traveling
cloud tower on blue sky on the hils around Athens

Tomorrow Eleni will be traveling to Germany. So today we met again with friends, this time in the cafeteria in the Parko Eleftherias. On the way home we noticed that there were big towering clouds on the horizon, on an otherwise spotless blue sky.

I snapped a few pictures, hoping to catch the spirit of those huge towers, looking along all the street canyons, as there were different clouds in multiple directions. They were based in the hills around Athens.

Likely they are a weather phenomenon due to the shape of the land Athens is built on. The megalopolis is stretched out over a relatively flat and wide bowl (just a few hills in the middle), with a ring of hills around it (and open to the side where the sea is of course). When the exhaust from cars and heating gets stuck in that ring of hills, we get smog. Today it seems that those hills caused different layers of air to intermingle and produce those clouds.

Despite the clouds it's pretty warm, we saw a sign giving 24C at around 19:00 in the afternoon. Warm enough to eat on the balcony and then play some backgammon out there too. In the process of getting my 3rd or so doubled game in, I dropped a dice... from the third floor.

Luck had it, there was no one down there. I saw it bounce off the street a couple of time. I picked up a spare to continue the game (as I'm a crypto-nut, I always have enough dice at home, the particular one I had bought in a shop selling backgammon and chess sets in Monastiraki).

Right after the game I looked down from the balcony again, in reverence to the dice who went down there. And I saw a light spot, on the opposite side of the street, right next to the line of a car's shade. Must be the dice! I jumped up and went down (the stairs!), and indeed it was! The dice is mostly unharmed, with some grey spots on the corners and a hardly noticeable dent on one side. A magic dice indeed!

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25 October 2006

Long Time No See

Going for a special coffee in Kalamaki
Evening sky over the sea near Faliron

When I was about to leave work yesterday, I made a phone call to my friend Φωτεινή (Fotini, or Fofi for short) from old times, back when I was living in Athens for the first time. We haven't seen each other for what? 15? 16? or 17 years? A very long time. From work I took the bus and went to Faliron, from where I walked to Kalamaki. I could have taken another bus of course, but I had plenty of time and the sea was a sight (click on the picture for a bigger view).

Then we finally met again, went for coffee and had lots of stories to tell. I had the pleasure to see that she's doing very well, turned out to become a successful and busy businesswoman. There were lots of moments when I was just struck by the situation and probably couldn't open my mouth and say a word. Let me say just so much now: That was a very long time.

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13 December 2006

Past Travels to Germany and Switzerland

Memories of a memorable journey
On the german Autobahn

It's almost a month ago that I travelled to Germany and Switzerland, but the rain of the last days here made me remember that memorable trip. I'll attempt to sum it up. It's been a while, but some of the very "interesting" moments stay well in my memory, so let's see how well I can bring it back. It all started a few days before I left, when I tried to prepare my server for the upgrade I would do when in Germany. In the process I managed to crash the poor box, and had to ask someone to go by there and reboot it. It seems that wasn't such a good omen. I set out on Saturday morning (18.11.) for my flight to Munich. When I arrived in Munich, it was raining...

In my memory it continued raining for days on end. That possibly isn't very far from the truth either, and I vividly recall my shock upon landing in Munich and discovering that the world outside was wet. Eleni and her friend Jutta picked me up from the airport. The first evening was spent cleaning up after the EU security measures, home cooking and going out to drink in a typical bavarian student beer place. Everybody was having large beers, while I drank a campari and some weird, but good bavarian schnapps.

Munich Tourism

On Sunday we visited the museum of bavarian comedians Karl Valentin and Liesl Karlstadt. We also walked through the city, visiting some of the better known tourist places. At noon we went with Jutta and her boyfriend to eat a genuine bavarian "Schweinsbraten", in a restaurant where the waiters wear leatherpants. That's how a vacation in Munich is supposed to be. The evening was spent with more drinking.

Monday morning I picked up a rental car and hit the Autobahn. Now, if you haven't been there and dream of driving as fast as you can (no speed limit), then yes, it's fantastic. In theory there is no speed limit. Usually that just means that you are stuck in traffic anyway (the first picture shows no traffic on my side, everything closed on the opposite lane). And then you have to look out for all the areas where due to circumstances they put up a speed limit anyway. In my case I wouldn't have wanted to drive too fast in the rented car and it was raining all the time anyway. The first leg of my drive was to Bayreuth. That city is most renown for the Richard Wagner Opera Festival, but I got spared that. I came for a business meeting to talk about a software we are evaluating to use at the office.

From there I went to some place near Karlsruhe/Mannheim, on family business. More Autobahn driving there. Yes, there are a lot of Autobahns in Germany, and a lot of cars too. Tuesday morning I went on (even more Autobahn) to Ulm, where the PowerMac G3 was awaiting its well deserved upgrade and new harddisk. I arrived well too early for the doors to open to the computer club where the machine was housed. When I got in, I went straight to the machine. The big cycle of moving disks in and out would begin, so I could copy data around till everything was on the new disk.

the street with red carpet in St.Gallen

The machine gone

At some point in the moving in, restarting, moving out, restarting, repeat circle, the machine wouldn't boot any more. I can still feel my desperation in that moment. I had travelled so far, had prepared in advance. Now I had a few hours to try to get the machine back alive, then I would have to move on with my travel schedule. In the end the G3 didn't move any more and I had to. I packed up and drove through the late, late evening back to Munich.

For the first time in years I was without my own server. That may sound funny and unimportant to many people. But I got accustomed to having my own server, a machine that on the one hand serves me (holds my mails, notes, writings, etc. so I can access them from wherever I am) and on the other hand gives something to every visitor who comes by to visit my online place. For the moment I adapted by forgetting about it all, pretending that nothing had happened and that the broken machine wasn't there at all.

Starting off to Switzerland

On Wednesday morning, still very early we went to give back the rental car. After that we went to the University, where Eleni had some meetings and courses. While she was busy I went to the Internet room and wrote some mails, informing the office about my successes and troubles. In a break we went to a student cafe/restaurant and had some breakfast. German cafes are famous (at least in my opinion) for serving fancy variations of breakfast, in student cities often long into the day. The cafe "Puck" in Munich has breakfast till 18:00, on the weekend till 20:00. Makes getting up late easier.

Chocolaterie in St.Gallen

After breakfast Eleni had another class, an advanced Greek course for translating texts. I was bored waiting, so we asked her teacher if I could crash the class. I received a stern talking to ("this is Germany, everything has to go with order, we can't allow non-students to class"), then I was allowed to sit in. I actually took part and helped out with my superb knowledge of Greek (which I have acquired in a motorcycle repair shop, not in a university). Never mind what the students say, university is fun.

behind the Drahtseilbahn in St.Gallen

Then our time came to pack up and go to the train station. We went by train to St.Gallen in Switzerland, to arrive there in early evening. It was stone cold when we came there. The thing is, I'm not used to cold any more, I have now lived for 2.5 years in Greece. We went straight to Ruth's (my father's partner) restaurant "Drahtseilbahn" - a bit unfortunate, as my father was just a few minutes late to pick us up at the train station. But in the end we were all united, to eat the famous "Chäschnöpfli" that are one speciality of her restaurant(Chnöpfli are something similar to Spätzle and in this case served with melted cheese). For the night we stayed at my fathers place.

Next morning we slept longer, then went to my fathers foto studio. I had some boxes with old things there that needed sorting out. We took our time to get there by train and bus, but this way Eleni got to see a bit more about the boring countryside in Switzerland. In the studio I was then busy digging through things and sorting things out in what could go, what would stay there and what I would take with me home to Greece. In the evening we went around St.Gallen, where we saw that funny street that is "carpeted" with some red material (at some point it looks like they put the "carpet" over a parked car), see pic.

Friday had us visiting the cathedral in St.Gallen, then take the train to Zurich. We went on to Oerlikon, the town and namesake of the famous weapons factory (the one that managed to sell antiaircraft guns to both sides in the second world war). Nowadays there is also SF, the swiss Senioren Fernsehen - national TV station. I had talked with Pat from the pimpsNhosis (ex-Start TV people network), he was working there. We met him for lunch and along was Jeanne, another friend from Start TV times.

Then we went to look at Zurich itself. This time I was doing the guide and Eleni was the tourist. We saw a lot of the Zurich tourist places, and walked a bit along the lake. We went to a supermarket and bought a lot of chocolate. Then we took the bus along the lake to visit Stefan, another friend from pimpsNhosis. He's working at a film production company and they probably have the most beautiful offices in the world. They are in an old factory office building (restored it to useful state themselves) directly overlooking the lake.

Back we took the train to St.Gallen, where we arrived in time for the "Nachrichten", my father's monthly stand up comedy program. He appears as a slightly slimy news speaker, who goes through the month's news with witty remarks and a good joke about everything serious. Chance had it that an uncle and aunt of mine were also in the audience. Saturday morning we met them again when we all had a big breakfast at my fathers and Ruth's place.

We went to shop for some more chocolate, first at a "chocolaterie" belonging to two local chocolate factories (pic), then (because there was one chocolate that Eleni had missed in previous shops) we went to a supermarket to buy some more. Over there they had a special cashier only for customers who buy chocolate (pic of the german sign). We said goodby and were escorted to the train that took us back to Munich. On the train we were a bit scared that the customs would search us, since 7 kilos of chocolate are most likely more than one can take with you without paying customs taxes.

Nymphenburg Palace and park

Nymphenburg Palace

Munich held some more relaxing time for me. On Sunday we went to visit the Nymphenburg Palace, with accompanying park. Especially the park is terrific. It's very big. It even has a small village in there. There is a very long channel (which makes for some great pictures, as it is aligned straight to the palace). Sadly Athens has nothing comparable. Over here when there is a bit of green larger than (say) 10 parking spaces, it gets labeled "park" right away, we'd probably make the park of Nymphenburg Palace into its own agricultural province (or build it over with apartment blocks).

Nymphenburg Palace and park

Monday morning I ran around town, trying to find a bag big enough to transport my longboard to Greece. It really took some persistence, in the end I got a 2nd hand army bag. That's what you get for buying a skateboard almost a meter long. With that thing I took the plane home where it was much warmer, but also a lot lonelier without Eleni.

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03 January 2007

Shipping News... and Party in Patras

How I spent New Years Eve
Patras Harbour

We were in Patras to party into 2007 with my ex-flatmate Haralambos. He and his gang had rented a cafeteria and transfered it into a bar for the night. We danced and partied and got to sleep at about 7:30 in the morning. I seem to be at a party whenever I go to Patras. (Remember how we went there for the carnival?)

We went home by train, which was easy and relaxed. The train is a bit slower than the bus, but the bus terminal in Athens is a bit outside town, so we have to take another bus to get to Omonia square and from there the train/metro home. The train station in Athens is easier, with direct access to the metro system.

Still in Patras, while we waited for our train, we took a little stroll around the harbour area (which is right next to the train station). It seems that due to New Year, a lot of the big ferry boats weren't travelling, there was a meeting of the sleeping elephants. The view was phantastic in the evening light, so I snapped two panoramas, giving you here the bigger (and better) of them. As usual, click on the image for a bigger view. There were far more of the huge ferryboats, but they didn't fit all on one picture, even a panorama!

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30 January 2007

Lake Plastira Pictures

A view on the water

Last weekend the Graphics Garage Team went on an excursion to Lake Plastira (Λίμνη Πλαστήρα) in northern Greece. I took some pictures (with my usual crappy phone camera) and made some of my (again usual) panorama pictures...

Saturday we went into the wood. It looks like we met some wood elves in the enchanted forrests around the lake.

A view on the lake from outside the bungalows of our Hotel "Ktima Alonaki". This was taken on Saturday (if I recall correctly) - it's hard to tell because the weather was great all the weekend. The lake is artifical, as can be seen from the dam in the picture below.

On Sunday I went with a walk down to the lake together with Debbie. There is a place like a beach where we rested and took some pictures.

Another montage shot taken from the same place, a bit closer to the waterline. The waterline is low this year, not much rain or snow. The weather wasn't like winter at all either, I had taken a warm jacket with me, and was still sweating while carrying it over my arm.

Towards the end of Sunday's excursion we had a good view of the dam. Later that day on the way home we drove over the dam.

We met some shepherds with goats and big barking dogs on the Sunday walk. The goats (and few sheep) roamed through the trees on the lake shore.


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25 January 2008

Sunlight In Green

Who says Athens is only gray?
Grove in the Alsos Ilision, Athens, Greece.

After a very interesting evening out yesterday, I went home early from work today. Normally when I leave work, it's already dark outside. Going home early for a change has the benefit to see the famous sunlight of Attica at work. There were many scenes where I wanted to take a picture, but I must admit I was too lazy, sick and hung over to get my camera out (or even the phone).

Instead I'll throw you this picture I took last Saturday in the Alsos Ilision and then stitched together to a small panorama using Hugin. I've had this picture open for all this week on my work computer, couldn't get enough to look at it. It's very much different from the montage/panorama pictures I made with my phone cam with their crazy eeriness and homemade air, but still I like it. It's just a nice little grove, and it shows me that there are some very beautiful places in our city.

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29 October 2008

Limnos Panoramas

Those were the summer days...
Limnos island's capital Myrina seen from above

On this summer's vacation on Limnos, I took some pictures to be stitched together to panorama pictures. Finally here they are. Damn memories, where did the summer days go, I had a wonderful time there again. Limnos really is a special place.

The kastro of Myrina

The first few are of Myrina (the capital "city" of the island) and it's "kastro". As usual, click on the thumbs to see the bigger panorama pictures.

The gate of the castle of Myrina

This is the gate of the castle, as seen from above. It was really nice and green. There were also some clouds and we even had a bit of rain. Otherwise it was nice summer weather.

The old cinema in Myrina

Myrina is a nice, easy place. Sure it's one of the tourist spots on the island, but as the island all together doesn't have much of tourism to speak of, it's pretty calm. I like the atmosphere of this old cinema (out of action) and I like the 3d-feeling I get when looking at this pic.

The kavoiria on Limnos

There isn't much left in the pre-ancient (dunno how that's properly said" site of the Kavoiria. But one can feel that the site was built on a really special location. I like going there and I hope the picture catched some of the site's spirit. The guard explained that the temple was "stolen", people carried the stuff of for building material. That stopped only in the 1970s, when the archeological service finally showed some interest, he said.

Hephaestia theatre on Limnos

Hephaestia used to be the "second" city on Lemnos. Now it doesn't exist any more, except for the archeological site, tended to by the Italian archeological school in Athens. The theater is a mix of different periods and apparently a lot is reconstructed.

Prehistoric site of Poliohni on Limnos

Poliohni is something like the oldest city in Europe. It's a prehistoric site, going back to the bronze age... something like 5000 years old. It's also very impressive to see today. I like the place and its surroundings. (I cut the panorama for the thumbnail... click on it, it's much bigger.)

Agia Triada beach on Limnos, near Poliohni

After visiting Poliohni, we asked another guard there for a nice beach to go for a swim nearby. He recommended the "Agia Triada" beach, which is this jewel you see in the picture. Wonderful.

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22 February 2009

Up and Down

Another Lycabettus hill visit
The church on Lycabettus hill

The last few weeks I have a tendency to go to places with wide views, preferably up. One such place is the Λυκαβηττός (Lycavitos, also transliterated as Lycabettus sometimes), a steep hill, where one has a wide view all around Athens.

View from Lycabettus

So every time I'm up there somewhere and look at the rows and rows of streets and houses, I imagine someone standing there in the streets down there. Sometimes they will be looking up and spotting the white church on the hill. But most of the times they are probably busy with whatever they are doing down there.

Athens has much more "places to look down from", compared to Paris, for example. Must be why they built the Eiffel tower in Paris, they needed a spot for a wider view.

Typical street scene in Athens

Certainly there is enough to busy oneself with in the streets. Apart from whatever task one has at hand, there is also the job to look out for the traffic (ultimate goals: survival and getting there).

Being up there and enjoying the fresh air myself, I took some pictures to stitch together for a panorama (click on image for slightly bigger view). Instead of the usual "panorama of the city from above", I looked at the backside of the church. You can see a bit of the bell tower and the Greek flag, and on the sides you still get a hint of the city from above. That church on the other hand could be anywhere in Greece, up or down.

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12 March 2009

Café Abyssinia

Listening to chloe here
Café Abyssinia in Monastiraki

Chloe from has some of the best food pictures (and generally some of the most beautiful blog pictures) around. She also has a recommendation for the Καφέ Αβυσηνία (Café Abyssinia) on her Things I Like page. Yesterday, wanting to go to a new place for once, I went there with good friends.

The place is truly beautiful. Loved the look of it from the start. It was almost empty when I arrived and it stayed more or less that way till we left. OK, we were a little bit early for Greek eating habits, but still it made me wonder.

The food was quite good, the right mix of the usual dishes, variations and old traditional stuff that you won't find so often. Subtly seasoned, good taste. What we didn't like so much was the prices. OK, it's a nice place, with a great atmosphere... but come on! More than 60% more expensive than some of the place we usually go to?

We didn't even take some of the more expensive food choices and still the bill was a bit striking. They also have the lousy habit of making the portions really small. 4 slices of grilled Χαλούμι (Haloumi - a very nice cheece from Cyprus) for something like 6-7 Euro? It's not that I can't afford it, but I start to feel like "they touch my ass" as they say in Greek ("σου πιάνουν τον κώλο" - approximately "they take your money and make fun of you on top of it").

I wonder if it's really worth for them to have the shop empty and make their money with some tourists and the weekend nights when they probably have more work. With a little bit more logical prices I'd go there more often. Anyway, if you're in for a night where the eye eats as well as the mouth and don't mind to spend a bit more, the Address is: Café Abyssinia, Kynetou 7 (Plateia Avyssinias), Monastiraki, Tel. 2103217047.

As for the picture: Chloe's blog really got me inspired to try a little bit harder on my own photography. This morning I discovered that two of the pictures I had taken could be linked to a panorama (with a piece of free / open source software called hugin), so that's what I did... you can click on the picture for a somewhat bigger view.

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