نوروز -Norooz /Νορούζ – Η ιρανική Πρωτοχρονιά

Saal-e-no mobaarak (سال نو مبارک) my sweet

Persian poem by the 13th century Sa’adi:

All humans are members of one frame,
Since all at first, from the same essence, came.
When by hard fortune one limb is oppressed,
The other members lose their desired rest.
If thou feel’st not for others’ misery,
A human is no name for thee.

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The exact moment that the sun crosses the celestial equator and equalizes night and day is calculated each year which marks the beginning of Persian New Year.

 

In Iran, Norooz is an important holiday where all the schools are closed for two weeks.

Norooz started with the Zoroastrians but is now celebrated by many different religious. The Iranian calendar starts from the first day of spring which is March 21st of each year. Close families gather around a special table or spread where every single item set on it has a special meaning that is wished upon the new year. Continue reading

Hôtel-Dieu, a hospital for the poor

A hospital foundation from the Middle Ages, the Hospices de Beaune is one of France’s most prestigious historic monuments. Its flamboyant Gothic architecture, its polychrome roofs and a renowned vineyard make this museum one of Burgundy’s gems. The Hospices de Beaune is also famous for its 60 hectares wine estate, producing prestigious wines, sold at auction on the third Sunday in November.

Holi Festival in India 2019

 

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Τον ερχομό της άνοιξης γιορτάζουν χιλιάδες Ινδοί στην πόλη Μπαρσάνα, με αρκετό γέλιο, χορό και τραγούδι σε ένα… πολύχρωμο φόντο.

Πρόκειται για το Φεστιβάλ Χόλι, γνωστό και ως «Γιορτή των Χρωμάτων», το οποίο λαμβάνει χώρα στις αρχές της άνοιξης.

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Every year the streets of India become a riot of colour and frivolity as people across the country celebrate Holi. Dating back throughout the centuries, it’s a festival that is highly significant to the Hindu religion and has, in recent years, been adopted by countries across the globe as a fun event that brings people together and celebrates unity and harmony. Whether you’re planning to visit India and experience Holi firsthand or are simply interested in learning more about the festival, here you’ll find a wealth of information to help you better understand this important celebration.

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Paleochora: The insular “Mystras”

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On the steep hill that is located opposite the Monastery of Agios Nektarios, at the area of Xantos, is the location of the ruins of Paleochora, the Byzantine capital of Aegina, also known as the “island Mistras”.

 

At the same area was the ancient city of Oie, while in the 5th-6th century Christian churches must have already been there. The Byzantine settlement dates in 896, when the people of Aegina moved here trying to avoid pirate raids.

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Ο μυθικός Ηρακλής του Kassel – The Kassel Hercules

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Hercules Monument, Kassel, Germany

At the very top of the park, the huge monument of Hercules is perched on top of the stone Oktogon building, completed 300 years ago in 1717. There’s a platform for taking in the amazing views along the axis of the park down towards Kassel.
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Barcos Moliceiros….


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Barcos Moliceiros …. εδώ ο κόσμος χάνεται … βαρκούλες αρμενίζουν χαχαχα!!!!

 

 

Moliceiro είναι το όνομα που δίνεται στις βάρκες που πλέουν στο Ria de Aveiro , την περιοχή της λιμνοθάλασσας του Ρίο Vouga . Αυτές οι βάρκες χρησιμοποιήθηκαν αρχικά για τη συγκομιδή των φυκιών , αλλά τώρα χρησιμοποιούνται συνήθως για τον τουρισμό. Continue reading

New York to open tallest outdoor observation deck

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Ένα εντυπωσιακό Παρατηρητήριο θα ανοίξει σε λίγο καιρό τις πύλες του στη Νέα Υόρκη

 

New York will soon have “the edge” when it comes to magnificent outdoor observation decks

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Already home to some of the most famous viewing spots in the world, the Big Apple is about to add another to its impressive collection.
Named Edge, the upcoming Hudson Yards observation deck is set to open next year, with incomparable views of the city skyline.
Standing at more than 1,100 feet, Edge will be the tallest outdoor observation deck in the Western Hemisphere and the fifth highest in the world.

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Pattachitra Art

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Pattachitra παραδοσιακή  ινδική ζωγραφική!

Στην σανσκριτική γλώσσα, «Πάττα» κυριολεκτικά σημαίνει «πανί» και «χίτρα» σημαίνει «εικόνα» . Τα περισσότερα από αυτά τα έργα απεικονίζουν τις ιστορίες των ινδουιστικών θεοτήτων.
 Τα Pattachitra έχουν μυθολογικές αφηγήσεις, οι οποίες εξηγούνται χρησιμοποιώντας περίπλοκες λεπτομέρειες.

Αυτή η μορφή τέχνης ορίζεται από την πλούσια χρήση του χρώματος, των δημιουργικών σχεδίων και μοτίβων και από το συνδυασμό κλασικών και λαϊκών στοιχείων.

Orissa, the land of Lord Jagannath is synonymous with the ancient art form, Pattachitra.

One of the many art forms to have survived over thousand years, Pattachitra can virtually act like a historical chronicle of our country through time. Simple and rustic in appearance, you will be surprised to know that Pattachitra paintings require immense patience, intense hard work and skilled craftsmanship. Let’s share some interesting bits of information about the art that are as mind blowing as the masterpieces the art has given us. Continue reading

Ox cart carreta Costa Rica

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The carreta, or ox cart, is a brightly colored handicraft and symbol of Costa Rica culture. Those looking to appreciate the artistic side of Costa Rica will enjoy this unique art form, and those interested in history and mechanics will enjoy seeing carretas being crafted in the traditional manner.

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Ox Cart Background

The ox cart became a significant means of transportation for rural Costa Ricans after it was introduced to the area circa 1840. Farmers used ox carts in order to transport valuable crops like coffee beans or sugar cane. The carreta was valued for its ability to maneuver over all types of hazardous terrain. In spite of the name, originally Continue reading

The Floating Doll festival in Japan

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The Hina Nagashi, or Floating Doll festival in Wakayama, Japan, involves loading boats with traditional Japanese dolls and launching them out to sea in a special ritual.

The dolls are donated by the families of girls. It’s thought that any potential bad luck is launched out to sea with the dolls thus ensuring the health and success of the girls who donated the dolls.

Το φεστιβάλ Hina Nagashi ή Floating Doll στο Wakayama της Ιαπωνίας περιλαμβάνει τη φόρτωση μικρών ξύλινων σκαφών με παραδοσιακές ιαπωνικές κούκλες τις οποίες ρίχνουν στη θάλασσα μετά από ειδική τελετουργία.

Οι κούκλες δωρίζονται από τις οικογένειες των κοριτσιών. Θεωρείται ότι οποιαδήποτε  κακή τύχη εξαφανίζεται στη θάλασσα  εξασφαλίζοντας έτσι την υγεία και την επιτυχία των κοριτσιών που δώρισαν τις κούκλες!

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Magical city of Scrap Metal Sculptures by Robert Coudray

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In this post you can see some creative scrap metal sculptures from Robert Coudray’s magical city.

 

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He is a sculptor, poet based in France. Robert Coudray has recently created a whimsical scrap metal sculptures(80 sculptures) in a small town in france.

The sculptures are open for public viewing at Morbihan region of Bretagne in northwestern France. It’s known as the environment and it’s open for public viewing between April till November.

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Skating on frozen Lake Baikal

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Skaters in Siberia enjoy some of the season’s last trips across frozen Lake Baikal, the world’s oldest and deepest lake.

 

One of the most beautiful and visited places in Russia is Lake Baikal. It is located on the border of the Irkutsk region and the Republic of Buryatia.

This place has conquered the hearts not only local tourists, but the foreigners too. The Baikal is rightly called the “The Holy Sea” and “The Diamond of the Planet”, but even these phrases are not enough to describe all his charm. Continue reading

The Viracocha III reed raft … sail across the Pacific

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The voyage begins on the northern coast of Chile, in Arica, Chile and will cross the entire Pacific Ocean, covering approximately 10,000 nautical miles in a six months time period. It will be the longest raft voyage of any kind in modern times, shedding new light on the long distances such rafts could have traveled and providing important information about human migration.

 

Το ταξίδι αρχίζει στη βόρεια ακτή της Χιλής, στην Αρίκα της Χιλής και θα διασχίσει ολόκληρο τον Ειρηνικό Ωκεανό, καλύπτοντας περίπου 10.000 ναυτικά μίλια σε περίοδο έξι μηνών.

Θα είναι το μεγαλύτερο ταξίδι  με καλαμένιο καράβι στη σύγχρονη εποχή, ρίχνοντας νέο φως στις μεγάλες αποστάσεις που θα μπορούσαν να έχουν ταξιδέψει και θα δώσει σημαντικές πληροφορίες για την ανθρώπινη μετανάστευση.

Carnival in Nice 2019

 

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His Majesty Carnaval 2019 will be “King of Cinema” from 16 February to 2 March.

Nice will indeed be celebrating 100 years of its Studios de la Victorine, centre of the cinema industry on the Côte d’Azur, which since 1919 has seen Marcel Carné, Roger Vadim, François Truffaut, Jean Cocteau, Jacques Demy, Alfred Hitchcock, Woody Allen and many other talented directors.

As every year, the Carnaval of Nice will offer its spectators spectacular and creative parades, combining grace and audacity while offering the chance to discover or rediscover the charms of Nice and the Côte d’Azur in winter.

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The Cargo Women of Melilla

Ζούμε σε έναν περιφραγμένο κόσμο. Δεν υπήρξαν ποτέ τόσοι πολλοί τοίχοι. Υπάρχουν χιλιάδες χιλιόμετρα φράχτες, πύλες, συρματοπλέγματα και φράγματα, ακόμα και στα πιο μακρινά μέρη του κόσμου.  Λαθρέμποροι, αστυνομικοί και μετανάστες. Ο σκοπός του καθενός είναι άλλος: να διασχίσει, να αποφύγει τη διέλευση άλλων, να βοηθήσει άλλους να περάσουν… Όμως, όλες αυτές οι προσωπικές ιστορίες έχουν ένα κοινό πράγμα: τον τοίχο.

Embedded in the Moroccan coast, the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla represent Europe’s southernmost border. There is no formal customs agreement between these two autonomous cities and Morocco, giving rise to a system where goods are smuggled across the border as personal luggage to avoid customs charges and taxes. Continue reading

Here’s Why the Unicorn Is Scotland’s National Animal

Γιατί ο μονόκερος είναι το εθνικό ζώο της Σκωτίας

 

 

 

The Scots had a thing for unicorns long before everyone else! As Scotland’s national animal, this legendary creature has served as a Scottish symbol for cent

Although a mythical beast, the unicorn — a white horse-like creature with a lion’s tuft for a tail and a spiraling horn protruding from its forehead — has featured in many cultures as far back as the classical age. Babylonians idolised this enchanting specimen, while peoples from the Indus Valley Civilization incorporated the unicorn into ancient seals. Similarly, unicorns feature in written accounts from the ancient Greeks, Romans and Persians.

Οι Σκωτσέζοι είχαν κάτι για τους μονόκερους πολύ πριν από όλους τους άλλους! Ως εθνικό ζώο της Σκοτίας, αυτό το θρυλικό πλάσμα έχει χρησιμεύσει ως σκωτσέζικο σύμβολο εδώ και αιώνες. Continue reading

Puppet Museum, Salzburg

Ο κόσμος του κουκλοθέατρου στο Σάλτσμπουργκ!

Ιn the Prince’s cellars of Salzburg Fortress is a unique museum. Delve into the fabulous world of puppets.

The magical puppets in the cellars of the Prince of Salzburg Fortress will hold you and your family in awe. Many historic puppets of the world famous Salzburg Marionette Theatre and Marionette Museum are on display in Salzburg Fortress.

You can see, for example, the “Sound of Music”, a world with famous opera, which has for years been very successfully presented by the Salzburg Marionette Theater. Continue reading

Guzang Festival of Miao Minority Guizhou

 

Guzang Festival is a very important and unique festival of the Miao minority group. There are many records of the use of the two characters known as “Gu” and “Zang”. Some people say they are related to drums, while some others they are related to what Miao people worship, which are bulls. Despite all this, it is the oldest festival of the Miao culture.

The festival is held by different villages every 12 years in a 13-year cycle. There are many sayings for the origin of this Continue reading

Anarkali’s love

 

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The story of Anarkali is a traditional legend- one full of mystery, suspense, and passionate romance, passing on from generation to generation in Pakistan. It is a tale of forbidden love between Anarkali, a courtesan, and prince Salim, the son of the Great Mughal Emperor, Akbar. Continue reading

The Neoclassical Trilogy in Athens

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Η «νεοκλασική τριλογία» της Αθήνας, όπως συνήθως λέγεται, στην οδό Πανεπιστημίου, ταυτίζεται με την καρδιά της πνευματικής ζωής της πόλης. Αριστερά, η Εθνική Βιβλιοθήκη, στο κέντρο το Πανεπιστήμιο Αθηνών, δεξιά η Ακαδημία Αθηνών. Πρόκειται για τρία επιβλητικά νεοκλασικά μέγαρα που κατασκευάστηκαν τον 19ο αιώνα.

 

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Το Πανεπιστήμιο σχεδιάστηκε από τον Δανό αρχιτέκτονα Χριστιανό Χάνσεν, τα άλλα δύο κτίρια από τον αδελφό του, Θεόφιλο, και ολοκληρώθηκαν από τον Έρνστ Τσίλλερ. Και τα τρία έχουν πλούσιο διάκοσμο στο εσωτερικό τους, ενώ γύρω τους διαμορφώνονται κήποι με γλυπτά σπουδαίων Ελλήνων καλλιτεχνών, σχηματίζοντας ένα ξεχωριστό σύνολο στο κέντρο της πόλης.

Okay, we know we cheated, but once you’ve seen the Trilogy, you’ll understand why. Located in the centre of the city on Panepistimiou Street, these three neoclassical buildings, which include ancient Greek, Roman and Renaissance elements, are the University, the National Library of Greece and the Academy of Athens. Continue reading

Conservation of Tutankhamun’s Tomb Completed

Ολοκληρώθηκε η αποκατάσταση του τάφου του Τουταγχαμών

 

 

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA—Live Science reports that conservators from the Getty Conservation Institute and the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities have completed a decade-long project to restore the 3,000-year-old tomb of Tutankhamun and upgrade its infrastructure.

Tutankhamun began his rule during the New Kingdom, around 1336 B.C., at the age of nine, and died in his late teens. His mummy remains in the tomb. Continue reading

Mileștii Mici, Moldova annual Wine Run

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Milestii Mici is the largest underground wine cellar in Moldova. It has more than 200 km of limestone tunnels, 55 km of which are used for storing wine. The tunnels’ depth varies from 30 to 85 m below ground.

Sport, wine and traditions have been nicely combined at Milestii Mici Wine Run. More than 350 participants from Moldova and abroad ran 10 km and discovered the Milestii Mici wine galleries. If you wander about the event atmosphere and the participants’ feelings, please watch this teaser and you’ll witness everything.

 

Εκατοντάδες δρομείς συμμετείχαν σε έναν αγώνα δρόμου δέκα χιλιομέτρων. Αυτό θα μπορούσε να είναι μία συνηθισμένη είδηση. Ωστόσο, αυτός ο αγώνας δρόμου είχε κάτι το ιδιαίτερο, καθώς πραγματοποιήθηκε στο μεγαλύτερο κελάρι κρασιών του κόσμου. Continue reading

Milford Sound – the Eighth Wonder of the World

Māori Milford Sound History

Milford Sound history begins a long time ago, back when all of New Zealand was an unspoiled land of forest and mountains, rivers and sea. Māori people living in the South Island discovered Milford Sound more than 1,000 years ago.

Tribes would travel there to fish and hunt around the fiord, and to collect precious pounamu. These treks from the east used traditional pathways across passes, including what is now known as MacKinnon Pass on the Milford Track. Continue reading

800 bamboo strips rewrite history

 

 

This is like the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls

 

Near a river in Guodian, China, not far from a farmhouse made of earth and thatched with straw, Chinese archaeologists in 1993 discovered a tomb dating back to the fourth century B.C.

The tomb was just slightly larger than the coffin and stone sarcophagus within. Scattered on the floor were bamboo strips, wide as a pencil, and up to twice as long. On closer scrutiny, scholars realized they had found something remarkable.

“This is like the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls,” says Tu Weiming, director of the Harvard Yenching Institute (HYI), who has played a key role in the preservation of, accessibility to, and research on the Guodian materials since 1996. Continue reading

Η Γιορτή της Ενηλικίωσης στην Ιαπωνία_ Coming Of Age Day – Japan

Η ενηλικίωση στην Ιαπωνία γίνεται στα 20έτη και σύμφωνα με τα ήθη και έθιμα, κάθε δεύτερη Δευτέρα του Ιανουαρίου, διοργανώνονται γιορτές, εκδηλώσεις και πάρτι για το πέρασμα από την εφηβική ηλικία στην ενηλικίωση (Coming of Age Day).

Οι νέες φορούν τα κιμονό τους και ξεχύνονται σε πλατείες δρόμους, στο μετρό, σε πάρτι, σε εκδηλώσεις που διοργανώνουν οι δήμοι για να το… γιορτάσουν. Continue reading

Unesco – The perfumes of Grasse on the list of the patrimony of the Humanity

Άυλη πολιτιστική κληρονομιά της UNESCO τα περίφημα αρώματα της Γκρας

Η πόλη Γκρας στην Κυανή Ακτή έγινε κοιτίδα της αρωματοποιίας τον 16ο αιώνα, καθώς τα βυρσοδεψεία της ζητούσαν αρωματικές πρώτες ύλες για να κατεργάζονται τα δέρματα και να αρωματίζουν τα γάντια

 

 

The know-how related to the perfume of Grasse was inscribed on the list of the intangible cultural heritage of Humanity by a specialized committee of Unesco meeting in Port-Louis, capital of Mauritius.

 

Each year, the Unesco Committee meets to evaluate nominations and decide whether or not to include the intangible cultural practices and expressions of intangible heritage proposed by the States Parties to the 2003 Convention.

In November 28, a specialized committee of Unesco meeting in Port-Louis, capital of Mauritius, decided to register the know-how related to the perfume of Grasse in the Alpes-Maritimes.
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Hydra: a pilgrimage to Leonard Cohen’s Greek island retreat

The tiny Greek island that so enchanted Leonard Cohen in the 1960s still captivates today.

 


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Greece is a good place
to look at the moon, isn’t it?
You can read by moonlight
You can read on the terrace
You can see a face
As you saw it when you were young

Cohen wrote the poem Days of Kindness about his girlfriend and muse Marianne Ihlen, and their years spent here.

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The Mules of Hydra Island, Greece

Το βασίλειο του αγωγιάτη

Τα γαϊδουράκια και τα μουλάρια «σηκώνουν στην πλάτη τους» το νησί

Στην Ύδρα τα μουλάρια είναι συνυφασμένα με την εικόνα του νησιού. Τα συναντάς στο λιμάνι, στα στενά να είναι φορτωμένα με κάθε είδους αντικείμενο από ψυγεία και πλυντήρια έως τρόφιμα και υλικά οικοδομής. Τα μουλάρια στην Ύδρα είναι το απόλυτο μεταφορικό μέσο στη στεριά. Είναι απαραίτητα γι΄αυτό και απολαμβάνουν της φροντίδας και της αγάπης ντόπιων και επισκεπτών.

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Almost everywhere in Greece, cars, trucks, and motorcycles have taken over.

Everywhere, that is, except for Hydra.

For on this picturesque island, a short hydrofoil trip from Greece’s sprawling, congested capital, the donkey — and the mule — keep the town running. With motorized vehicles banned from the island the only form of land transport is equine. Continue reading

Giant fights and giant’s causeway – Το Μονοπάτι του Γίγαντα

“You are standing on, or are about to visit, one of my favourite places. The jewel in the crown of the fabulous coast of Antrim. A site of World Heritage and therefore ranked alongside Mount Everest and the Giant Redwoods of California for it’s importance to humankind.Volcanic activity helped Finn Mc Cool forge this wonder of the World some 60 Million years ago. It is today the habitat of rare plants and animals. Please treat their home with the pride and the care it deserves.” –   Dr David Bellamy

 

“The Giant’s Causeway is the aftermath of volcanic crashing, burning and cooling,” Eleanor explains. “An epic 60-million-year-old legacy to lava. Over 40,000 basalt columns. Interlocked.

“It’s no wonder this place is a Unesco World Heritage Site because beyond the mindboggling beauty, the Causeway is our portal into Earth’s most ancient past,” she concludes.

Giant fights

Finn is having trouble with someone across the water. The Scottish giant Benandonner is threatening Ireland. An enraged Finn grabs chunks of the Antrim coast and throws them into the sea. The rock forms a path for Finn to follow and teach Benandonner a lesson.

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Kumari ….Οι «ζωντανές θεές» του Νεπάλ

 

The  or Kumari Devi comes from the Hindu faith however most of the “traditional” Kumari in Kathmandu are Newari (original settlers of the Kathmandu Valley). In Nepal the Kumari is a prepubescent girl selected by a council from the Newari people that acts as a manifestation of divine female energy. Continue reading

‘Mud Men’ of Papua New Guinea

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For centuries, the Asaro ‘Mud Men’ of Western Highlands, Papua New Guinea, have adorned themselves with mud, clay masks and bamboo finger extensions to look like evil spirits.

 

 

 

While the masks have different origin stories, it is believed that in the 1800s, tribesmen would raid other villages – for their women or pigs – while intimidating their enemies with large masks and bamboo spears. Continue reading

Giants puppets return to Liverpool for the last time

Εκατοντάδες χιλιάδες άνθρωποι συρρέουν για να τους δουν!

Μια διαφορετική παρέλαση είχαν την τύχη να παρακολουθήσουν  όσοι βρέθηκαν στο Λίβερπουλ, καθώς… μαριονέτες-γίγαντες είχαν «καταλάβει» την πόλη. Συγκεκριμένα η θεατρική ομάδα «Royal De Luxe» διοργάνωσε για μια ακόμα χρονιά τη σχετική εκδήλωση, η οποία προσελκύει εκατοντάδες χιλιάδες ανθρώπους που επιθυμούν να θαυμάσουν αυτές τις θεσπέσιες και εντυπωσιακές κατασκευές.

 

Thousands of spectators are lining Liverpool’s streets as huge puppets stride through the city in a street theatre festival.

Known as The Giants, the over-sized marionettes have returned for a third and final time.

Previous visits in 2012 and 2014 attracted six-figure audiences and led to millions of pounds spent locally.

One spectator Lewis, 10, who was watching at St George’s Plateau, said: “It was epic! Mind blown!” Continue reading

Restless Temple – ride the storm

Temples are usually made of stone, stand still and glorify mortal and immortal power. I started to think about this temple in 2000, as a monument to our ambitious and precarious ingenuity – always at the mercy of the forces of Nature. This temple moves between the powers of wind and gravity.

Οι ναοί συνήθως κατασκευάζονται από πέτρα, στέκονται ακόμα και δοξάζουν τη θνητή και αθάνατη δύναμη. Άρχισα να σκέφτομαι αυτό το ναό το 2000, ως μνημείο της φιλόδοξης και επισφαλούς εφευρετικότητας μας – πάντα στο έλεος των δυνάμεων της Φύσης. Αυτός ο ναός κινείται ανάμεσα στις δυνάμεις του ανέμου και της βαρύτητας. Continue reading

Angoulême International Comics Festival 2019

 

In Angouleme, from 24 to 27 January, 2019

Widely known as the home of comic strips and images, Angoulême felt duty bound to decorate the town with colourful pictures. It all started in the town centre but soon spread outwards until today you can find painted walls in every district.

The Angoulême International Comics Festival (French: Festival international de la bande dessinée d’Angoulême) is the second largest comics festival in Europe after the Lucca Comics & Games in Italy, and the third biggest in the world after Lucca Comics & Games and the Comiket of Japan. It has occurred every year since 1974 in Angoulême, France, in the month of January.

Το Διεθνές Φεστιβάλ Κόμικς της Ανγκουλέμ είναι το κυριότερο φεστιβάλ κόμικς στην Ευρώπη. Λαμβάνει χώρα κάθε χρόνο, τον Ιανουάριο, από το 1974 στην Ανγκουλέμ της Γαλλίας. Continue reading

Good morning with 1,600 birds from Thailand

 

Thailands annual bird singing contest where competitors pitch their singing birds against other has drawn thousands of people to the unique competition

 

Ένας παράξενος διαγωνισμός λαμβάνει χώρα κάθε χρόνο την περιοχή Rueso, στη νότια επαρχία Narathiwat της Ταϊλάνδης, που συγκεντρώνει το ενδιαφέρον ντόπιων και ξένων.

The annual bird singing competetion in Pattani,Thailand draws thousands of spectators from south east Asia. The birds are kept in ornate bamboo cages which are covered with elaborate and colourful cloths but when the competition begins the cages are hoisted onto hooks suspended three metres high above the ground on a metal grid. Continue reading

The Ancient Art of Tibetan Butter Sculpture

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Η γλυπτική με βούτυρο, λέγεται ότι είναι μια αρχαία παράδοση των βουδιστών του Θιβέτ. Χρησιμοποιούσαν βούτυρο και διάφορες βαφές, προκειμένου να δημιουργήσουν διάφορα γλυπτά με μικρή διάρκεια ζωής, με αφορμή το Νέο Έτος αλλά και άλλων θρησκευτικών κυρίως εορτασμών.

Ακόμα και ο Βρετανός μουσικός θρύλος David Bowie έκανε μια αναφορά για την γλυπτική με βούτυρο του Θιβέτ στο τραγούδι του «Silly Boy Blue» το 1967.

There are many things in Tibet that most parts of the world find strange and intriguing. Probably one of the strangest, yet most beautiful, things to come out of this remote region of China is the Tibetan Butter Sculptures. Continue reading

Circle of Light’: Stunning light show projected onto Bolshoi Theater

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Μια “πολύπλευρη και συναρπαστική οδύσσεια του φωτός που ενώνει τον κόσμο”, όπως λένε και οι διοργανωτές, η εκδήλωση στοχεύει στη δέσμευση των επισκεπτών σε ένα περιπετειώδες ταξίδι σε απομακρυσμένα μέρη του πλανήτη μας, γνωριμία με διάφορους πολιτισμούς και τις παραδόσεις τους.

 

The annual international ‘Сircle of light’ festival has begun in Moscow, thrilling spectators at the capital’s most beautiful locations. The state-of-art work of modern lighting technologies is devoted to a theme of an adventurous worldwide journey.

The 4th “Circle of light” festival has started welcoming its guests right in the heart of Moscow, as it is set in such majestic sightseeing places as the Bolshoi Theater, Ostankino, the All-Russian exhibition center (VDNKh), Tsaritsyno park and the Kuznetsky Most street.

A “multifaceted and fascinating odyssey of light that unites the world,” as organizers say, the event is aimed at engaging the visitors into an adventurous journey around remote places of our planet, getting to know various cultures and their traditions.

 

https://www.rt.com/news/195008-circle-light-festival-moscow/

AI GIANNIS AT KASTRI and Mamma Mia

Mamma Mia

It’s on the east side of Skopelos, with an amazing view of the St Giannis Bell Tower, of the church of Aghios Giannis, Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) sends out the three wedding invitations that set the plot in motion.

 

Shortly before reaching Glossa οf Skopelos, on your right, you come across a road that leads to the chapel of Ai Giannis at Kastri.
The chapel of Ai Giannis is at the top of a rock 100 m high and to reach it one must climb about 106 steps cut into the rock.

Before the road reaches the sea, there is a tap with water at the chapel of Panagia.

 

Λίγο πριν φτάσετε στην Γλώσσα της Σκοπέλου, συναντάτε στο δεξί σας χέρι, έναν δρόμο που οδηγεί στο εκκλησάκι του Αϊ Γιάννη στο Καστρί. Το εκκλησάκι του Αϊ Γιάννη βρίσκεται στην κορυφή ενός βράχου ύψους περίπου 100 μ. και για να φτάσει κανείς πρέπει να ανέβει περίπου 106 σκαλοπάτια λαξευμένα πάνω στο βράχο.

Προτού ο δρόμος φθάσει στη θάλασσα, στο εκκλησάκι της Παναγίας υπάρχει βρύση με νερό. Continue reading

What Would We Do Without Donkeys ?

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Από την πανέμορφη Χώρα της Αλοννήσου ο φίλος μου ο “Γιώτης” άξιος κουβαλητής στα πέτρινα ανηφορικά σοκάκια παραδίδει χωρίς γκρίνια τις παραγγελίες των κατοίκων

From the beautiful village Chora of Alonissos my friend “Giotis” worthy carrier in the stone uphill alleys it delivers without moaning the orders of the residents

 

For millions of people, the donkey is the main means of transporting goods, particularly in cities where many homes are not accessible by vehicles.

The donkeys can be maneuvered in closed turns and cross narrow, enclosed paths leading to homes. They do not need expensive tires and rarely have problems on slippery surfaces.

They carry loads of any shape and size, making home delivery almost anywhere. While the angry car drivers push the horn immobile, the donkeys go unhindered despite the traffic jam. Continue reading

ΣΠΟΡΑΔΕΣ ΝΥΜΦΕΣ – Sporades “sirens “

Kαλό Φθινόπωρο συνταξιδιώτες μου!!!

Good Autumn My Travel Companions

 

Σποράδες νεραϊδόμορφες , νύμφες του Αιγαίου ,
άρπα τετράχορδη ουράνιας μελωδίας ,
διθύραμβε του έρωτά μας , του πηγαίου .
Νησιά των οραμάτων μας , εξωτικά μου ,
άστρα του νου μας και νεφέλες χορωδίας ,
παρακαλώ σας , ταξιδέψτε τα όνειρά μου .

….Sporades , nymphs of the Aegean Sea,
harp quartet of heavenly melody,
he dares our love, the source.
Islands of our visions, exotic,
stars of our minds and chorus clouds,
please, take my dreams.

 

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The Pigeon Towers of Iran

Oι  περίτεχνοι περιστερώνες της Περσίας!

 

 

During the 16th and 17th century, particularly around the time of the Safavid reign, the Iranian folks built a large number of towers to house pigeons. The pigeons were domesticated not for their meat (pigeon is especially revered in Islam), but rather for their droppings, which the locals collected and used to fertilize melon and cucumber fields.

Κατά τη διάρκεια του 16ου και 17ου αιώνα, κυρίως στα χρόνια της βασιλείας των Σαφαβιδών στην Περσία, ο λαός έχτισε έναν μεγάλο αριθμό πύργων για περιστέρια, τα οποία εξημέρωναν όχι τόσο για το κρέας τους όσο για τα περιττώματά τους, που τα χρησιμοποιούσαν για να λιπάνουν τις καλλιέργειες πεπονιών και αγγουριών.

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Shushtar, Historical Hydraulic System

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ΙRΑΝ Shushtar, Historical Hydraulic System, inscribed as a masterpiece of creative genius, can be traced back to Darius the Great in the 5th century B.C.

It involved the creation of two main diversion canals on the river Kârun one of which, Gargar canal, is still in use providing water to the city of Shushtar via a series of tunnels that supply water to mills. It forms a spectacular cliff from which water cascades into a downstream basin.

It then enters the plain situated south of the city where it has enabled the planting of orchards and farming over an area of 40,000 ha. known as Mianâb (Paradise).

 

Το Ιστορικό Υδραυλικό Σύστημα του Shushtar, που είναι εγγεγραμμένο ως αριστούργημα δημιουργικής ιδιοφυΐας, ανήκει στον Μεγάλο Δαρείο και χρονολογείται τον 5ο αιώνα π.Χ.

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Mission: Impossible — Fallout fans scale 2,000-foot cliff for epic outdoor screening

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Mια ασυνήθιστη προβολή του Mission: Impossible – Fallout για τους 2.000 που σκαρφάλωσαν στα 2.000 πόδια στη Νορβηγική κορυφή του Pulpit Rock  με θέα τα φιορδ!

Talk about a cliffhanger.

On Wednesday night, 2,000 particularly intrepid Mission: Impossible – Fallout fans pulled off the highly improbable by successfully scaling Norway’s famed Pulpit Rock — which sits nearly 2,000 feet above a scenic fjord — for an open-air 11 p.m. screening of the action blockbuster.

Tom Cruise

@TomCruise

2,000 feet, 2,000 people, 4 hours of hiking. The most impossible screening of Fallout. Thank you all for coming! I wish I could have been there.

http://ew.com/movies/2018/08/02/mission-impossible-fallout-epic-outdoor-screening/

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Opera of the Peaks – Όπερα με επιβλητικά φυσικά μοτίβα

The Belogradchik Rocks is an innovative idea by director Plamen Kartaloff whose unusual theatrical versions and design of the original director’s interpretation are associated with their conception among the magical beauty of the Rocks.

They give the audiencse the opportunity to experience their favourite works in a new way. Many guests come to enjoy opera and ballet art in the open air.

Tελείωσε το 3ο φεστιβάλ «Όπερα στις κορυφές», ενός από τα πιο πρωτότυπα φεστιβάλ της χώρας, το οποίο πραγματοποιήθηκε στο Μπελογκραντσίκ, στο ρωμαϊκό φρούριο που βρίσκεται στους πρόποδες των μαγευτικών και επιβλητικών βράχων, για τους οποίους περηφανεύεται αυτή η πόλη της Βορειοδυτικής Βουλγαρίας.

Οι βράχοι μοιάζουν με τεράστιες ανθρώπινες φιγούρες και μεταξύ τους, τις Continue reading

San Filippo Place de la Musique

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Η βικτωριανή  συλλογή στο  Sanfilippo περιλαμβάνει ατμομηχανές, αυτοματοποιημένα μουσικά όργανα και καρουσέλ. Όλα σε ένα σπίτι 43.000 τετραγωνικών μέτρων.

ΑΞΙΖΕΙ ΝΑ ΤΗ  ΔΕΙΣ

 

This special tour features a demonstration on the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre pipe organ, one of the largest (and loudest) ever built, with over 80 ranks and thousands of pipes. You’ll also get a chance to check out the Eden Palais carousel, built in France in the 1890s as a traveling, steam-powered amusement that’s been painstakingly restored to its full glory.

The tour will take you past thousands of steam-engine parts, several full-size steam engines and cabooses, a fully restored Pullman Palace car, dance organs and band organs from the 1800s, original lighting fixtures from the Uptown Theatre, and so much more. The best part about all of this? Every mechanical musical instrument is in top playing condition, and you’ll be able to hear dozens of them!

 

https://www.atlasobscura.com/events/place-de-la-musique-tour

German Emigration Center Bremerhaven

An exciting journey through 300 years of emigration and immigration history

 

Waiting on the wharf, waving good-bye from the gangway, then the journey starts. For more than seven million emigrants, who left from Bremerhaven between 1830-1974 on their journey to the New World, this is the moment of departure. For the visitors of the German Emigration Center this is the start of their travel through 300 years of German migration history.

Located on that very harbor where the emigrant ships departed you will now find the awarded theme museum in which vistors follow the personal path of an emigrant from the time of departure, to the conditions experienced during the crossing up until the arrival in the New World.

After emigrating to the New World visitors immigrate to Germany: In a reconstructed shopping mall of the year 1973, the year the Federal Republic of Germany enacted a recruitment Stopp for foreign workerk, visitors trace the footsteps of immigrants such as Huguenots, Guest Workers or Syrian civil war refugees.

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Children are the Victims of Adult Vices

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Thirteen sculptures in central Moscow graphically depicting vices of the modern world

 

 

In 2001, Russian artist Mihail Chemiakin constructed an unusual sculpture, “Children are the Victims of Adult Vices,” depicting two unaware children playing as 13 evil statues surround them.

Τα 13 “διαβολικά” γλυπτά απεικονίζουν τον αλκοολισμό, την εκμετάλλευση της παιδικής εργασίας, την αδιαφορία, τον εθισμό στα ναρκωτικά, την πορνεία, τον σαδισμό, την άγνοια, την ψευδοεπιστήμη, τον πόλεμο, τη φτώχεια, την κλοπή, την τιμωρία του κεφαλαίου και την υποστήριξη της βίας.

The 13 “evil” sculptures depict alcoholism, exploitation of child labour, indifference, drug addiction, prostitution, sadism, ignorance, pseudoscience, war, poverty, theft, capitol punishment, and advocating violence.

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Helwan Wax Museum, Cairo

 

 

 

The Helwan Wax Museum stands among several museums abound by the city of Cairo, located in Helwan suburb and is one of the most important museums in Egypt not only because of its rare holdings telling the stages of evolution in the Egyptian history from the beginning of the Pharaohs to the modern era, but also with the contents of the museum’s meticulously made waxy statues that mad professionals to put the museum in the second place on the most famous wax museums in the world. Continue reading

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