Ioannina, Greece

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Ioannina city, the old and the new

During October I’ve had a really nice time on a long weekend at Ioannina city of Greece and finally I’ve made the time to make a post about it! It’s been a month (plus) now that I have so much work to do that I think my blue flamingo is feeling very lonely…however is always in my mind, I’m mentally preparing interesting posts to present them to you someday!

This one is about this marvelous city that I’m definitely proposing of visiting! It highlights the tradition in such a chic way, offering very nice strolls at the lake, at the old market, the traditional coffee and wine/tsipouro spots where you can warm yourself and your heart with the right company. And of course, starting from Ioannina you can explore the Zagoria villages and the mountain which is very very beautiful.

To better understand the culture and fully get in the mood of this place you should hear some traditional epirus music, I adore it! One of my favorites is this: Xechorismata by Petroloukas Chalkias.
Or a contemporary aspect of it, the Villager of Ioannina city band.
I really believe these 2 aspects of music is very characteristic of the city vibes you can’t catch by photos only. I propose to hear them while you read the post if you are into it! 🙂

Unfortunately, we had only 3 days for all, but I think we saw a lot to love the city. The first thing anyone thinks on hearing about Ioannina is the lake! Such a serene scenery and beauty of nature especially on this time of year where the tree leaves have all these hues of green-orange-yellow…They say that deeper on winter, the lake is covered by a mysterious mist and it can be even more beautiful! We enjoyed that stroll so much that definitely I could say people there are very lucky. It’s also a great place for photographers, we even saw a famous one(as we’ve been told) photo shooting his little daughter among fallen leaves, where she was doing the same at her dad with her phone! Cute, huh?

Along the shore – despite the birds and the people to look at – there are some sculptures to admire that I liked a lot. By local, famous or not (to me) artists contribute to the evolution of aesthetic level and criteria of the people. I think it’s very nice having pieces of art out in the open, for every people to get familiar with it.

As I told you another characteristic of this city you shouldn’t miss is cute cafes and small taverns where you drink local tsipouro (a very strong alcohol drink) with tasty food. In any food situation I am incapable of taking photos, it’s official! I had my mind though of capturing some moments/corners from a very cute vintage cafe where we had our morning coffee one day. It’s called “To diko mas waltz” which means “our waltz” and served coffee and more in a well preserved old house, with small rooms and old furniture. I liked the “love of books” touch at the entrance a lot.

Another highlight of the city is the Its Kale hill where the Turk commander, pasha, has his palace and facilities. From there you can have a really nice view of the lake and the city and of course learn about this era. We visited a new museum of silverware that had a huge development in the area. This museum was actually very interesting both for the exhibits and the displaying ways of them and for the renovation of such a building. I was looking at the exhibit boards and then at the lighting methods or the way they used the building structure. A must see for architects!

Also, an excursion nearby is a must! We went towards Aristi village and at its exit we stopped at the river. You can see by the photos that it was amazing! The colors of nature, the hearing of the water and the feeling of your footings at the moisty earth was very refreshing. There were also some people that were doing rafting etc it would’ve been awesome.

As you can imagine it was the joy of the photographer! A lot of desktop wallpaper choices!

Continuing from there towards Papigko villages we stopped at some water ponds called Ovires. It’s a magical place where mountain water passes by big stones, sculptured by it, creating small and larger water ponds. During summer people swim there, I don’t even imagine how cold the water must be!

The scenery there is very imposing: big mountains around you, small villages underneath them, Vikos gorge and the river whenever you can see it. Leaving Ovires we had this view in front of us! And at this mountain foot was the Small Papigko village where we stopped for lunch and exploration.

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Mountains at Vikos gorge, such a scenery!

The first thing we saw after we left our car was this scenery below…Like a fairy tale. This plane tree was like a magnet to us…we took several photos!

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This plane tree reminds my the ‘Big Fish’ movie, don’t you think?

Obviously…

And then we went to eat something because after all these our stomach was complaining clearly! Lamb ribs at a tavern’s yard compensated us! 😉

It was such a great 3days vacation yet very tiring because it’s very far from Athens. I definitely recommend to have more days there, to have a car and to explore the mountain and the magical nature/villages of the area. It’s really beautiful at any season!

 

Instagram opening!

I’m happy to announce you that I decided to create a profile in Instagram, at last!! I was negative for a long time because I though it would be very time consuming but there were so many pictures I wanted to show to the world and couldn’t through the blog that I changed my mind eventually. Also, my sister insisted so much that made me think about it seriously…I hope I’ll get the hang of it and spread the net with my eye-shots!
Here, I have my first photos posted to lure you to my profile! 😉 Come and take a look, I’m thrilled to open another communication channel with you!

Summertime in B&W

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Sailing boat solo in the sea. Image found on pinterest, source unknown

These days we are in the heart of summer for us Greeks. Everyone – and I mean everyone!- is away on vacation. I happened to be in Athens these days and I think is the first time I do that..quite interesting I’d say. One of my favorite summer moments and very characteristic is summer midday. Because it has such a power on you! Or just on me maybe…I really enjoy the laziness of summer afternoon. When you feel you have all the time in the world, like time flows more slowly these hours…So, I think these photos depict very well that feeling and in B&W even more!You almost can hear the cicadas…enjoy!

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Wet back and hair after swimming. Image via Sleepy Jones

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Laying in the hammock during noon probably…Image found on Pinterest, source unknown

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My favorite photo. Called “eros” (of course) but unfortunately I don’t know the source. Eros at midday

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Woman’s back as she sleeps. Source unknown

Milos, Greece 1970. Photo by Zaharias Stellas

Milos, Greece 1970. Photo by Zaharias Stellas

Koufonisia, Greece by Skamalas

Koufonisia, Greece photo by Skamalas

Urchins waiting to be eaten. Paros, Greece 1958. Photo by Zaharias Stellas

Urchins waiting to be eaten. Paros, Greece 1958. Photo by Zaharias Stellas

At midday in Greece everything is sleeping, silence everywhere...except children! Source unknown

Midday in a Greek island where everything is sleeping, silence everywhere…except children! Source unknown

All that matters…

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Arty Graffiti by Ben, in the Parisian Metro. Via acehotel

Valentine’s Day it is and although I said I don’t like the celebration of this day I get the opportunity to express myshelf through some great photos. I’m not negative about that day but I don’t believe that love deserves the way it is used. That’s why I post some photos that speak for and to me . Besides, love is all that matters…isn’t it? I won’t wish you happy valentine’s day, I’ll wish you love such as these great photographers captured!

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Couple under the glory of art. Monumental love. Photographer: Robert Doisneau

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Central cemetary in Vienna, Austria. Source unknown

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End of love? Via caraincertezza

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Alexandra et Bertrand Massei en concert quatre mains Classique.

 

Photography – Fire staircases

Maybe you remember the other posts about stairs photography (here and here), so you have an idea about my attraction to this subject. This time I found some fire staircases on buildings facades that have an interest. See how something so trivial and maybe ugly can be seen with an artistic eye!

Fire escape in green wall. No source unfortunately

Fire escape in green wall. No source unfortunately

Yellow via artofoverwhelm

Yellow via artofoverwhelm

Rugs photography

ArmadilloDC03The facts: I love rugs. I love photography. I love photography with walls and color blocks.
And look what I found! I find the idea and it’s realization gorgeous. As well the rugs that are photographed are so beautiful.
Armadillo&Co (again) made this wonderfull photoshooting to present Designer Collection and gave me material to fill my archive with beautiful photos.

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Open markets of the world

Indian market

Indian market

Sunday today and open markets are at their best. At least in Greece, sunday is the day of flee market. You can find anything you have/haven’t imagine as you’re having a nice walk.
Photographs of local markets are my favorite! With all these products together, in line or in baskets, so many colors and abundancy! So, I collected some great photos of open/street markets of the world!
If you click on some of them you will find the source and photographer.
Enjoy!

bangalore flower market, India

bangalore flower market, India

Varanasi, India

Varanasi, India

Baskets of tomatoes - Sicily, Italy

Baskets of tomatoes – Sicily, Italy

Indian market

Indian market

Cheese market, Gouda, Holland

Cheese market, Gouda, Holland

This is a portable vegetable market. When any train comes they just moved from their position. This is the cheapest vegetable market and most of the customers are from the slum nearby. Taken from Tejgaon industrial area, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

This is a portable vegetable market. When any train comes they just moved from their position. This is the cheapest vegetable market and most of the customers are from the slum nearby. Taken from Tejgaon industrial area, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Italian market shop

Italian market shop

Basket market, Marrakesh, Morocco

Basket market, Marrakesh, Morocco

Leaf photography

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You know, I have a passion for photography. I collect beautiful photos, with no reason, just because I like something in them. I realised today that, without doing it on purpose, I have some unrelated photos from different times, with the same theme! A leaf (of exotic plant or cactus most of the times) in a simple colored wall as a background. So, I gathered them today and present them to you as a unit. I think they have something special and are also very summery!

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Unfortunately sources of photos are unknown.