Tuesday, 14 April 2015

ABC Wednesday, N for National Archaeological Museum.

We didn't want to miss the National Archaeological Museum in Athens. Although this was not a place where Paul was present, but it showed us what articles were used at his time.

The National Archaeological Museum  in Athens houses some of the most important artifacts from a variety of archaeological locations around Greece from prehistory to late antiquity. It is considered one of the greatest museums in the world and contains the richest collection of artifacts from Greek antiquity worldwide.



Wikipedia:Gorgons were  popular images in Greek mythology, appearing in the earliest of written records of Ancient Greek religious beliefs such as those of Homer, which may date to as early as 1194–1184 BC. Because of their legendary and powerful gaze that could turn one to stone, images of the Gorgons were put upon objects and buildings for protection. An image of a Gorgon holds the primary location at the pediment of the temple at Corfu, which is the oldest stone pediment in Greece, and is dated to c. 600 BC.



  Mycenaean civilization originated and evolved from the society and culture of the Early and Middle Helladic periods in mainland Greece. It emerged in circa 1600 BC when Helladic culture in mainland Greece was transformed under influences from Minoan Crete.

Here some examples of Mycenaean Art.


 Other artefacts such as jewellery.


 Ostracism. An interesting voting system!!



With thanks to Denise Nesbitt,  who created ABC, and Roger, who took over from her. For more interesting ABC posts click on the logo in the sidebar. This week we are looking for words beginning with N

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

ABC Wednesday, M for Meteora


By enlarging the photos you see more details. 

 Nearer to Heaven.....


 High on the steep rocks of  the Meteora area there are some monasteries and a nunnery.In the middle ages there were more of these buildings but now there are 6 monasteries left.

There were no stairs at the time to climb the rocks. Whatever the monks needed  was put in a big net and the contents were pulled up. Even the monks were pulled up by this net.  It was not until 1922 that stairs were hewn in the rocks, so that pelgrims could safely climb to the monasteries.  I still don't know how they got enough water for bathing and washing clothes.

Being nearer to God....

Wikipedia:"The Metéora meaning "middle of the sky", "suspended in the air" or "in the heavens above", is one of the largest and most important complexes of Greek Orthodox monasteries in Greece, second only to Mount Athos."
Originally there were 21 monasteries on the rocks of Meteora, but six of them are left. The six monasteries still function today.

Monastery of Varlaam




This post is dedicated to the letter M, 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 M



We visited the Holy Monastery of the great Meteoron( The Transfiguration of Our Saviour.)

Monastery of the Holy Trinity        

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Happy Easter

Happy and blessed Easter!
To all blogging friends!

Friday, 3 April 2015

Good Friday

I 've just listened to the St.Matthew Passion by Bach. A ritual I observe every year. This year the Passion was sung in Dutch, which is strange for I always heard it in German, but the translation was reasonably good.

Paintings by Rien Poortvliet

"Oh God..."

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

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


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.



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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

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.



Thessaloniki Basilica of Saint Demetrius





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




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.