Meteora

Meteora
Meteora

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

ABC Wednesday, Greece, L for Lonely Life at the Top


Kalambaka

On our way to the Meteora we stopped at Kalambaka for lunch. We were fascinated by the high and strangely shaped mountains. I had  never seen anything like these rocks.

I shall write more about the Meteora in my post of the letter M.

Living conditions are very complicated on these strange and steep mountains. I'll write more about this in my next post.



 High on the tops of these mountains, monasteries were built.  People live here their, sometimes, lonely lives.



                                                              

Kalambaka







This post is dedicated to the letter L, and we thank Mrs. Denise Nesbitt for creating this meme. You can participate in this game. You only should find a photo or a subject in poetry or the name of a famous person....beginning with L.


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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

ABC Wednesday, Greece, K for Käisariani

One of the most beautiful and serene places of all we saw was in my opinion the monastry of Käisariani, which was founded  in the 11th century.

In 1458 when Sultan Mehmet II conquered  Athens, this monastery was exempt from taxation, because the abbot had given the keys of the city to the sultan. This caused a period of great prosperity, which lasted till 1792, when the monastery lost all its privileges and fell into decay. The buildings were restored in 1956.









This was a wonderful place to stay , but we had to go on, for there is so much to see in Greece!

We thank Mrs Denise Nesbith who invented this meme . We arrived at K in the 16th round.





Interior beautifully decorated.

 Restoration on the frescoes can only be done in a short time of the year, due to the short period of dry weather and the right temperature






This post is dedicated to the letter K, and we thank Mrs. Denise Nesbitt for creating this meme. You can participate in this game. You  should only find a photo or a subject in poetry or the name of a famous person....beginning with K And...please  don't forget to refer to ABC on Wednesday.













Friday, 20 March 2015

Cyclone Nathan

Last night my daughter phoned me up to tell me that fortunately Nathan had left the area and every thing looked normal again.. So thank you for your attention.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Sky Watch, North Qld warned on Cyclone Nathan

http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDQ65002.shtml

Like last year I have a reason to worry,
as Cyclone Nathan is heading for Cooktown in Queensland, Australia.
The family is well prepared and had put all loose items inside. But we do hope that the water won't cause any damage Last week the land around my daughter's house was flooded, but the house was still dry. I am really, really concerned about the situation over there.

The VERY DESTRUCTIVE CORE of severe tropical cyclone Nathan, with maximum wind gusts forecast to 250 km/h, is expected to make landfall between Cape Melville and Cape Flattery early this morning.




Under that footbridge you see in the distance, are crocs. This is the road my daughter lives. So crocs can invade her property.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

ABC Wednesday, Greece, J for Journeys





The apostel Paul made four  missionary  journeys. He traveled more than 10,000 miles proclaiming the gospel of Jesus. His journeys on land and sea took him primarily through present day Israel, Syria, Turkey, and Greece. Paul walked the roads built by the Romans to facilitate their control over their Empire. Travelers took to the roads in as large a group as they could find. There was constant danger of bandits. They hurried to get to the next wayside inn for shelter and whatever food might be available.

 The first journey begins when Paul, Barnabus, and Mark set out from Antioch (Acts 13:4). This journey started after 44 AD and ended a "long time" (Acts 14:28) before 50 AD.


I  think we followed the same journey Paul did when he was on his second  journey.

 

  This is a road-sign of the Via Egnatia. On the map above you'll see the Egnatian Way coloured green and starting in Byzantium
The Via Egnatia  was a road constructed by the Romans in the 2nd century BC, running through territory that is now part of modern Albania, the Republic of Macedonia, Greece, and European Turkey.

 Paul must have walked here on his way to Philippi. From Thessaloniki we  had an excursion to Philippi, where we visited the church dedicated to Lydia, who was baptized in a small river near the church.

                                                                                      





The church dedicated to Lydia.


In this river Lydia was baptized

Agora of Philippi



In Philippi we saw among other things: the Roman agora, the ruins of the courts of justice and a place  where Paul and Silas were imprisoned.

Delphi

 

Thessaloniki Basilica of Saint Demetrius

 

 

Meteora

 


We travelled from Corinth to Athens, where we stayed for a couple of days before flying back to the Netherlands.



















Acropolis


 Mystras

 

Paul must have been at the ancient  places around Athens.

    ABC on Wednesday has arrived at the letter J . Thank you Denise Nesbitt and ABCW Team.




Tuesday, 10 March 2015

ABC Wednesday, Greece, I for Icons.

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Saint Paul created by Father "Pefkis".



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Our journey in Greece was an attempt to follow the way Paul took to spread the gospel. This was probably the second journey of Paul. On our way  we visited an icon workshop, where a priest and his students were busy  painting icons. We watched them respectfully in silence.

 

 

 

 

This is the icon I bought in the workshop where icons are painted with patience and care. We could watch the monks who were busy. We were asked to be as silent as possible.

At the back of this icon there is a seal to guarantee that the icon is genuine.

 

 

Wikipedia: "An icon is generally a flat panel painting depicting Jesus, Mary, saints and angels, which is venerated among Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, and in certain Eastern Catholic Churches.





Icons may also be cast in metal, carved in stone, embroidered on cloth, painted on wood, done in mosaic or fresco work, printed on paper or metal, etc. Icons are often illuminated with a candle or jar of oil with a wick. (Beeswax for candles and olive oil for oil lamps are preferred because they burn very cleanly, although other materials are sometimes used.) The illumination of religious images with lamps or candles is an ancient practice pre-dating Christianity."


ABC on Wednesday has arrived at the letter I . Thank you Denise Nesbitt and ABCW Team.








Tuesday, 3 March 2015

ABC Wednesday, Greece, H for Hosios Lukas

On our way  we visited several churches and monasteries. This monastery is dedicated to the holy Lukas who was a hermit and healer.
Osias Loúkas was born in Aegina in 906 AD.
When he died in 953 the first monastery cells and the first small church were already built.

In 1011 this late-Byzantine  church was finished.



This post is dedicated to the letter H, and we thank Mrs. Denise Nesbitt for creating this meme. You can participate in this game. You only should find a photo or a subject in poetry or the name of a famous person....beginning with H.

And... please refer to Mrs. Nesbitt and the ABC on Wednesday. You can also put the logo in your sidebar or post. If you have any problems please contact one of the team members.

 

The interior of the church is worth seeing too! With many frescoes about the life of Jesus.

 

 


Jesus appears to his disciples and shows his wounds to Thomas



Jesus washes the feet of his disciples