Saturday, April 23, 2016

Zeuxidos



Probably named after the Greek painter Zeuxis, Zeuxidos is one of the most popular streets of Thessaloníki. A meeting spot for hundreds and hundreds of people, most of whom are students. Some would say that the fancy cafes which are located there, made this place so unique. But I am afraid this is not the true reason.




You see, there is an old tradition in Greece, where summers believe me are extremely hot, to host leisure activities  around sycamores. Yes, this perennial trees are the symbol of gathering and newer generations follow this tradition instinctively.


Have a great weekend friends. This sweet boy wants to say a "Hello''.


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Happy dogs



While i was wandering around a remote beach, about 20 kilometers away from home, thinking how strangely isolated the place was, a happy bunch of noisy dogs came to break the silence. Few miles away, their owner appeared in the distance.

Now the scenery had been completed, cause beauty can't stand alone for long...

Ok yeah I'll tell you, we are at Epanomi, a coastal village in eastern Thessaloniki.







Friday, March 18, 2016

It's all about the sea

 

It's always about the sea, either you look straight into the blue, or you turn your head to the other side.
Leaving in a coastal city seams that everybody is attached to the sea. 
But has it been always like that?
The answer is, no. 
Citizens of Thessaloniki were not aficionados of the water in the past. 
Strange right? 
Not so strange if we take a look back in the history.
See that tall stone tower in the picture? 
This building used to be a prison during the days of Turkish occupation. 
Countless people till 1912 had been tortured and killed inside those heavy walls.
Moreover citizens were not able to see the sea at all. 
A gigantic fortress was running along the coast, isolating the city from the rest world.
Just during the past few decades locals managed to redefine their relationship with the water.
And believe me, despite of all the past traumas, this part of the planet is really peaceful.
You will never see those waters angry no matter how bad the weather is.
Only the fog will blur your sight during the rainy days...




Tuesday, March 15, 2016

My come back


The essential break, a halt between actions and decisions. Mostly a need to gather my thoughts and my moves.

This blog started as a tour of my home city Thessaloniki but my need for expression goes farther than that. Some difficulties with the English language and some serious health issues made me stick to my basic Greek blog andromeda my galaxy, but know i feel much more confident to make a come back.

Touring will be always my jumping-off point but this time the most important for me will be the journey in daily urban life. Thoughts, feelings and impressions.

I may not had the chance to know you better until now, but somehow i feel i will have this honor in time.

Well any contribution with the language will be greeted!


The beautiful  sunwashed house is a souvenir from another pretty city of Greece, Halkida.


Thursday, April 02, 2015

Tsoukou tsoukou


House and home are two different things. House is a place for our body but home is place for our soul. Home is a nest of love and care. Mine nest is this small cafe. A place where a friend is always waiting for me!

In Thessaloniki's downtown at Alexandrou Svolou street 55, day and night, winter and summer, there is always room for warmhearted and friendly people.

Rock music, hot and cool beverages, tasty dishes and refreshing cocktails. Solo or with company, you will never feel alone and you will always make new friends.

Koralia with the pink hair, Anastasia with the black are the two sweet hostesses.








Wednesday, April 01, 2015

In the countryside



Living in the countryside isn't always pleasant. Boredom can be a daily problem. Places that you've get used to them and they have nothing new to give you. People that tend to be unfriendly with the newcomers.
At those times of total ennui, i take my camera and i go out for treasure hunting. I try to spot new views, corners, plants and animals and see general the same things from a different perspective.

So these are some images from my place in east Thessaloniki.







Sunday, March 29, 2015

Osios David Byzantine church



Sometimes, time seems unable to touch and change some places. And sometimes when i am visiting those places, it is like i am going back in my younger age. 
Living in a beautiful house is important, but living in a beautiful place is the most important of all. 
Memories and images of outside life is a gift that none can offer you. 
In my neighborhood where i grew up, all churches are old and they have gardens. Gardens where everyone can sit and spend some time alone or with friends. 
This garden belongs to Osios David Byzantine church, at the Uper old town of Thessaloniki. 

find the location under the labels



Monday, March 16, 2015

Stoa Modiano #3


Some last images from the inside of the Stoa Midiano. 
(location link below the labels)





Saturday, March 14, 2015

Stoa Modiano #2



Stoa is a ancient Greek architectural type, of covered public walkaway. Today Thessaloniki counts dozens of small and big stoas which house markets, offices, bars and restaurants. Stoa Modiano is famous for its food maket and its taverns.



And here an old man who was seeking for a little attention and asked me to take his photo.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Stoa Modiano #1

  This is the entrance of Stoa Modiano, 
a commercial building that hosts 
the closed market of  Modiano.

note: To see the location click below the label