LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM

It’s “Afternoon tea” time

March 15, 2016

Our consecutive viewings of the movie “Notting Hill” resulted in a strong desire to visit one of the most beautiful interior sets of the classic film. The Ritz hotel. And what could be a better excuse than an afternoon tea? When our youngest sister surprisingly arrived in London by airplane, we finally made our reservations and could not wait for the day to come.  Continue Reading…

ATHENS, GREECE

A homogenous flight

January 2, 2016

A Ryanair flight transferring ambitious Greeks, at their mid twenties, from London to Athens. In-between my automatic flight naps, I pick up some random conversations of strangers, who met at the plane the same day. A girl and a boy on the front weigh the advantages and disadvantages of working abroad. The boy brings up an example of a friend who finally decided to return to Greece, with a lower wage but the incalculable chance to live in sunny Greece. Continue Reading…

GREECE, TILOS

Sapphire folklore stories

December 6, 2015

The old documentary was being played once more on the Sea Star’s outdated screens. Some words about mythology and the origin of the name Tilos. Some snapshots of the island’s peaceful life and the traditional feasts. Some touristic information about the dwarf elephants and Saint Panteleimon monastery. I was watching mechanically the video, while I discerned a familiar figure. My grandfather was sitting on a plain wooden stool and was fishing at the crystal clear water with a straw hat and his distinctive thick moustache. My thoughts traveled at my grandfather, who had six children, my father included, and adored the sea. My anticipation grew bigger and I wished Sea Star arrived at the destination faster. Continue Reading…

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM

Re-form

October 21, 2015

Could a chair be a piece of art? Is the mere noise of a full concert theatre considered to be music? What about the Stormtrooper helmet? Is it actually a sculpture? Problems like these have been bothering us for a couple of hours during the Intellectual Property class. Not for a minute did I wonder though, whether in the Re-form exhibition in Southbank centre is actual art displayed. It is obvious from the very first creation, that this is an outstanding collection of paintings, sculptures, short films, poems and music. The awarded artists and copyright owners = prisoners, offenders on community sentences, secure psychiatric patients and immigration detainees.  Continue Reading…

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM

Royal guests

October 9, 2015

I know what you must be thinking right now. “Poor Greek girl! She was not used at the depressing British weather and look at the results..”. But I can assure you: firstly, the British weather has been nothing but wonderful the last weeks and secondly, I was actually welcomed in a royal residence. If you still doubt me, take a look at the majestic interior and exterior of the Cumberland Lodge. Continue Reading…