Winter Is Here!

Mt. Penteli

“Nothing burns like the cold. But only for a while. Then it gets inside you and starts to fill you up, and after a while you don’t have the strength to fight it.”
George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

FYI-I’m not a fan of ‘A Game of Thrones’, but I like the quote 🙂

Snow Capped Mountains/Χιονισμενα Βουνα

mtpentelitxtsnowcappedmountainsThe new year brought a new winter storm named ‘Telemachos’ (named after a character in Greek mythology) to Greece.  It snowed in the Attiki region of Greece for the first time in years. The rest of Greece is worse than Canada-yikes!  I wanted to make it up those mountains take some pictures, but the traffic is insane.

More ‘icy’ photos to come.

Ο Τηλεμαχος ηρθε και παγωσαμε!

Πιο ‘παγωμενες’ φωτογραφιες συντομα.


Winter Is Here/Ο χειμώνας είναι εδώ


Snow-capped mountains are not something most Athenians like to see. The next wave of snow is coming tonight and people are bracing themselves for the subzero temperatures.

Τα βουνά καλυμμένα με χιόνι δεν είναι κάτι που οι περισσότεροι Αθηναίοι ήθελαν να δουν. Το επόμενο κύμα χιονιού έρχεται απόψε και οι άνθρωποι προετοιμάζονται για τις υπό το μηδέν θερμοκρασίες .

Snowy February/Χιονισμενο Φεβρουαριο


Snow capped mountains in Athens during a sudden snowfall this month after a period of  warm weather.

Χιονισμένα βουνά στην Αθήνα κατά τη διάρκεια μια ξαφνική χιονόπτωση αυτό το μήνα μετά από πολύ ζεστό καιρό.

Before the Rainfall/Πριν απο τη βροχoπτωση

The beautiful Mount Pentelicus (Pentelli), with its monasteries and luxury homes, is located northeast of Athens.  It is from this mountain range that the ancient Greeks extracted their white marble to build the Parthenon and other temples in Athens. The weather that day changed abruptly, but I was able to sneak in a few photographs before the rainfall.

Το πανέμορφο Πεντελικό Όρος, με τα μοναστήρια και πολυτελών κατοικιών της, βρισκεται βορειοανατολικά της Αθήνας. Είναι από αυτή την οροσειρά, όπου οι αρχαίοι Έλληνες πηραν το λευκό μάρμαρο για την κατασκευή του Παρθενώνα και άλλων ναών της Αθήνας. Ο καιρός εκείνη την ημέρα άλλαξε απότομα, ομως προλαβα να τραβηξω μερικες φωτογραφίες πριν από τη βροχόπτωση.

Above Athens/Πάνω Από Την Αθήνα

Last month, I had a little adventure going up Parnitha mountain. Parnitha mountain is located North of Athens  The view was breathtaking and of course I brought my camera and I took some photos of the landscape.

Τον περασμένο μήνα, είχα μια μικρή περιπέτεια στο βουνό της Πάρνηθας. H Πάρνηθα βρίσκεται Bόρεια της Αθήνας Η θέα ήταν μαγευτική και φυσικά έφερα φωτογραφική μηχανή μου και πήρα μερικές φωτογραφίες του τοπίου.


Arcadian Mountains/Battle of Drabala

A few weeks ago I paid a long overdue visit to my fathers’ village called Akovos in Arcadia. The village has a very beautiful and rugged mountainous landscape where many battles were fought in ancient and modern times. I arrived on the day of a memorial service that takes place every year at Aghia Paraskevi church (near Akovos village) which over looks the landscape called ‘Drabala’  A very important battle  took place at the site called the ‘Battle of Drabala’ ( June 5-7 1825) This is where the fierce battle for Greek  independence against the Ottoman Turks unfolded.  To commemorate the death of the soldiers wreaths were layed at the statue of Greek independence war hero Theodoros Kolokotronis.  Then there was a moment of silence  followed by Greek soldiers singing the national anthem.

Memorial For the ‘Battle of Drabala’ (June 5-7 1825) Wreaths at the statue of Greek leader of Independence Theodoros Kolokotronis

Greek Soldiers’ Instruments

Greek Soldiers’ Instruments