CHIC in summer GREECE...

2013-08-29 10:13

 Τη φρέσκια, αγαθή και μποέμ ματιά της …ακολουθώ...

Επισκέπτρια  για λίγο, στη Ελλάδα  του θέρους , ανιχνεύει η φιλοπερίεργη , το εγκαταλειμμένο σπίτι [the-ruins-of-secret-summer-house] του Γιάννη Ρίτσου στη Μονεμβάσια… ποιος θυμάται το ντελικάτο ποιητή της αριστεράς άραγε σήμερα μέσα στη παραζάλη και τα σπαμ της κρίσης και της ερεβώδους μιζέριας μας?

Ποιος δίνει σημασία στα ταπεινά εικονοστάσια [the-miniature-roadside-chapels-of-greece] στα ρείθρα των δρόμων, ένα σύγχρονο ritual, από όσο ξέρω κάνεις γραμματιζούμενος δεν καταδέχτηκε να δει…

Έτσι αποφάσισα να ακολουθησω το άστρο της στη διαδυκτιόσφαιρα…

Αυτή η κάποια ελαφρότης, μια δόση ανεμελιάς και παριζιάνικης [about] ευμάρειας, σκέφτηκα κακή δεν είναι, τώρα που τελειώνει ο Αύγουστος και θα σφίξουν οι κώλοι…

27 Αυγούστου 2013

ligo nessymessy edv, gia pio poly, klik sta links toy post mu opos AYTO[seaside-ghost-town]-

/TELOS PANTON/

 

The Miniature Roadside Chapels of Greece

In "don't be a tourist" on August 19, 2013 at 6:10 pm

Traveling the roads of Greece these past few days, it hasn’t taken long for the dollhouse-sized roadside chapels to become a bit of an obsession for me– which means stopping the car at every single one to snap a photo, of course. Some are elaborate little things made of terracotta or even marble, plonked in the middle of nowhere, high up in the mountains; no village or houses for miles, and yet impossibly, most of them are faithfully maintained with a candle always burning inside.

Some older shrines are less carefully tended, but still remaining as a testament of past faith.

There’s a number of reasons for these heartfelt shrines, some as old as the roads themselves. Placed by the roadside, an initial assumption is that they’re built to remember a victim of a traffic accident victim, and sometimes this is exactly the case. But just as often, shrines will be built by survivors of accidents, thanking a saint at the location of their ordeal.

While each one might tell a different story, they all share the same purpose– to ultimately provide a passing traveler with a moment of rest and spiritual reflection. And then there are the visiting travellers that also stop for a photo opportunity (that’s me) but end up pausing a little longer, noticing a little more, and thinking a little deeper about the mystical land of Greece.

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