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Resilience/Ανθεκτικότητα

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Strength to strength

Shore to shore

There is not a life in ruins

Or time wasted

We each carry our burdens

and our traumas

Whether our fate is assigned or

Whether we are the masters of  it

We must emulate the roses

That wither, but are resilient

And come alive again.

 

*I love the strength and resiliency of the roses in my garden. From intense heat waves and cold snaps they pull through. Some humans should need to get some lessons from nature.

The Prophecy/Η Προφητεία

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We lay in our doom      

In the toxic fumes

In the final days of Noah

Rain to floods

Fire and brimstone

The end is neigh

But they’re riding high

So they don’t care

They say we will all be done

When the anger comes

When our hearts turn cold

The children will be bold

Anger will reign

Like the many pestilences it will spread

In the dark times we will all wish that we were dead.

Βρισκόμαστε στην καταστροφή μας

Μέσα στους τοξικούς καπνούς

Τις τελευταίες μέρες του Νώε                                                                             

Και η βροχή γίνεται πλημμύρα                                                                            

Μόνο πυρκαγιά και θειάφι

Το τέλος είναι κοντά

Ο τυχερός δεν τον νοιάζει                                                                                 

Λένε ότι όλοι θα τελειώσουμε

Όταν έρθει ο θυμός

Όταν οι καρδιές μας ψυχρανθούν

Τα παιδιά θα είναι τολμηρά

Ο θυμός θα βασιλεύει

Όπως και τις πολλές επιδημίες θα εξαπλωθεί

Στους σκοτεινούς χρόνους θα θέλουμε όλοι να είμαστε νεκροί.

*So glad to be feeling better after 2 weeks of the flu 🙂

*I have always been fascinated by end times prophecies. They are universal and reflect the times we are living in.

The First Cemetery of Athens Part 2

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This looks like a big bird cage in a jungle.

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“Angel’ by famous Greek sculptor Giannoulis Halepas

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An angel either pondering or telling us to be quiet.

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‘Hoo are you looking at?’

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I found out after visiting the cemetery that here are three other sculptures of ‘sleeping’ women in the cemetery. This is the only one I found that day.  It is the grave of a Maria Deligianni sculpted by Ioannis Vitsaris.

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So unique. Never seen anything like this before.

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The irony of the Greek word ‘Zoe’ which means ‘life’ on the cross of a grave.

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A sculpture of a Greek style sphinx.

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An Egyptian style sphinx .

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The grave site of Greek commander and chief  of the revolutionary war of 1821 Theodoros Kolokotronis.

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The inscription reads ‘Easy passerby here lies the old man of ‘Morea’ (Peloponnese) do NOT disturb his sleep.’ This is a message to would be invaders!

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Richard Church an Irish military officer in the British army who helped the Greek army in the Greek revolution of 1821. He was good friends with Theodoros Kolokotronis.

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‘The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.’ Marcus Tillius Cicero.

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‘The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.’- Mark Twain

This is the second blog post dedicated to the First Cemetery of Athens. I spent almost three hours (!) exploring the old cemetery. Time went by so fast and my camera would not stop clicking. After doing some more research on the cemetery I realized I had not even seen half of it. I might go back in the future because there are some other famous sculptures at at the far end of the cemetery.

I don’t know anyone personally who is buried here. You can only be a citizen of central Athens to be buried here. This is why I have never been to this cemetery before. Overall it was a great experience and I think everyone should visit a cemetery and leave and taboos and fears behind and pay their respect to those who have passed, and reflect on life and death rather than just being in the moment or being present all the time.

Streets in Black & White/Δρόμοι σε Μαύρο και Ασπρο

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Lonely flute player 😦

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It was a nice day for a trip down town. It was a warm week before the winter chill came back again.

Ήταν μια ωραία μέρα για μια βολτα στο κέντρο της πόλης. Ήταν μια ζεστή εβδομάδα λιγο πριν το κρύο ερθει ξανα.

Pomegranate Harvest/Συγκομιδή του Ροδιού

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It’s October which means it’s time for some pomegranate picking. This delicious fruit originated in Iran and Northern India and has been cultivated in Greece since ancient times. It is a fruit that is very significant in Greek culture and mythology. In ancient Greece the fruit was called  the ‘fruit of the dead’. It is the fruit of Persephone, who was trapped in the underworld was only allowed to eat Pomegranate seeds.  Interesting enough the pomegranate is still associated with the dead. In Greece today the seeds are  included in a dish called ‘Kolliva’. This dish is served on the day of the memorials of the deceased or on religious events like ‘Soul Saturday.’ It contains ingredients such as wheat, flour, sugar, raisins, walnuts etc.

The pomegranate fruit is also symbolic of abundance, fertility and good luck. It is categorized as a berry and it has anti-inflammatory effects, it can lower blood pressure and many other ailments. You can drink it as a juice or just eat the seeds.