Photo’s we love

Some time ago I took down my photo-site. Marion always found it a pity that I have done this.
Now she asked me if I would be willing if would make photo-books of the best photo’s I made. And especially if I would update and expand the photo-book “Living as Gods and Goddesses on Lesvos” that I already made some time ago.
I promised Marion that I would do this.

Below the first photo of the Church of Panagia Glykofiloussa, which I made on 25 September 2015 (you can click on the photo to zoom in).

“It is in the village of Petra built on a rock, with114 steps curved on it and which have to be stepped by the pilgrim. The first church possibly hase been built in the year 1609 as the Catholic of a women’s Monastery. The architectural style of the church belongs to the Genuate period and this is proved by the existence of a blazon of Gateluses that was curved on a slab of the garden’s cobble paved floor. Inside the church there are wonderful and rare Byzantine icons and an artistic Metropolitan throne. The extremely fortificated site of the church give to the observer the impression that it was probably built during the pirates’ in cursions of the post-Byzantine period. The church has been reconstructed in 1840. A plethora of pilgrims visit the church especially during the first fortnight of August ( the Assumption of Virgin Mary ). We have to notice here that the view from the yard is fantastic as it combines the picturesque village of Petra, with the Aegean Sea and the isles of the area.”
(Source: Imerti

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Photo’s we love: The town of Stipsi

by Marissa on

My first contribution to the new category that Rob created here on our weblog: The town of Stipsi (or also know as Stypsi).

Stipsi is a traditional town on the island of Lesvos. It is about 4.5 kilometres away (uphill!) from the well known town Petra, situated on the south-western slope of mount Lepetymnos, at an altitude of approximately 400 metres.
Don’t make the mistake to think that traditional means old fashioned, because that is not the case. All modern means as internet and alike are available.

This year Richard and I step during our holiday to Lesvos quite some time in Stipsi. Our hostess Mel showed us around the town and told us many interesting things about this town.
The result is that I have fallen in love with Stipsi.

Stipsi owes its name to `styptiria’, a hypo sulphite of aluminium and potassium, which is fοund in abundance in the subsoil and is used in the processing of hides and as an excellent mordant in dyeing.

The village was the birthplace (1866) of the hero of the Macedonian Struggle Metropolitan Germanοs Karavangelis, whose bust adorns the yard of the primary school.

Stipsi is, among other things, well known for it olive oil and honey.

It is good to have a place to stay at Stipsi…




(Credit photo: Marissa)

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I have added a new category to the weblog: “Photo’s we love”. The idea behind this new category is to create an collection of photo’s made by the authors of the articles on this weblog that has a special meaning to them.
This special meaning can be because the photo is of very high quality, a very special location where the photo was made or anything else that makes the photo special.
It is not important with what kind of device the photo was made. DSLR, system camera, iPhone/Android phone or whatever. It is the photo that counts, not the manufacturer of the device that was used.
The quality of the photo should be reasonable. Some photo’s that means a lot to someone are just not of the highest quality. That is why.

Apart from what is said above, there is one import rule: The person who posts the photo (which are the authors here on the weblog) must have made the photo themselves.
And they must explain why this photo is so important for them. Just explain why or tell the story behind it. All is fine.

And so I will start myself:

This photo (on which you can click to zoom in) was made in 2015 during the trip Marion and I made to the Greek isle of Lesbos. The location where the photo was made is the beach of Eftalou. The beach of Eftalou can be found in the North of Lesvos, as the Greek called Lesbos themselves, close to the town of Molyvos (Mithimna). You can see this on the picture below.

The beach of Eftalou is amazing. Beautiful rock structures along the land side of the beach rising high in to the sky. The rock structures have the most wonderful colours, I suspect that is caused by the volcanic origin of the island.
The beach itself is a pebble beach. A beautiful area to make long walks after of course having visited the well known hot springs of Eftalou. Nearby a restaurant where you can get delicious fish dishes. When you look over the sea you can see in the distance the coast of Turkey. As said, an beautiful area where can quickly forget everything around you.


But Eftalou has been in 2015 and 2016 (in 2017 a lot less) for another reason in the news.

The distance between the coast of Lesvos and Turkey is at Eftalou very short (less as 6 kilometres). And it is here were many Syrian refugees travelled from Turkey to Greece to find a better and most of all a saver placed to live.

We have seen them arrive at Eftalou, desperate people who have left everything, apart from what they could carry, behind. Many of them tired and weakened. And yet, happy they made it this far.

During our walk on the beaches of Eftalou we saw many evidences of the arriving of refugees like rubber boats, life jackets and many personal belongings. And we found this drawing of stones on the beach…

This drawing made a deep impression on us. We assume that is made by a child that just arrived on the beach, displaying his or her family with the shining sun above them. Now everything would become better, now they were safe…
Very ashamed we were thinking that this was not the end of their journey. Now they had to travel through an Europe where for many they were not welcome. Where there is even pure hatred against them, very often by misinformed people and maybe driven by fear. There was very often no real welcome for the refugees in Europe.

I could now dive into a social and political analysis about the status of refugees in Europe and how the government and the public reacts and handles towards them. Maybe one day I will do that here on my weblog, but not now. It would take away the focus from my photo with the drawing made with stones.

At least we hope that this family are now somewhere in Europe on a safe location rebuilding their lives and looking forward to a brighter future.



(Credit photo: Rob
Credit map detail: Google Maps)

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