(201 to 300 of 1477 replies)
RobW_ PRO 12:23pm, 31 December 2006
How Do You Do?
Hi there! I am accepting the challenge of producing and posting a picture a day, every day of 2007, starting from tomorrow. I hope I can stick to it, and I hope I produce something of interest, to me and to others. I look forward to following many of your stories, too. I've met a few interesting people already, just from reviewing all these stubs. Good luck all my fellow-voyagers.

=======QUICK LINKS========
The Most Recent Post

January: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
February: 1 2 3 4 5 6-12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
March: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
April: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
May: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
June: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
July: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
August: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
September: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
October: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
November: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
December: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

Quick Link to My 2007 Daily Photo Diary Set
Watch the slideshow here

==========================
(I copied this idea from Samrag in Iceland, with his permission. Thanks!)
1 3 5 6 7 ••• 14 15
(201 to 300 of 1477 replies)
satrina* Posted 11 years ago. Edited by satrina* (member) 11 years ago
Wow! that looks nice, thanks for sharing this little pieces of your life :)

Satrina: av meg
sunshinecity 11 years ago
It's so amazing to discover proof or life before our time, don't you think? Here in Rome we have the same wonder/problem.... ass soon as they dig up for road work or to work on pipes, sewage, electric cables they run into old Roman ruins... kind of makes it hard to ever get anything done. The Cultural Preservation Ministry makes you leave everything the way it is. You're not allowed to remove anything.

sunshinecity
~ a picture, a story
ReeBeckiSupergirl PRO 11 years ago
What a cool place! Thanks for sharing!
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 8 years ago
Friday, 30 March 2007
Raisin Vine with Wildflowers


Vine With Wildflowers

Well, we are suddenly back on the island of Zakynthos; we came over this morning to interview a couple of potential staff for our bar in the upcoming summer season. It was a bit of a hair-raising trip, since we were delayed by exceptionally heavy traffic leaving Athens (the first 25km, which usually takes 30-40 minutes, took 90 minutes today), so I had to drive really fast to catch the 1:30pm ferry boat (the next one was at 7:30pm), so no stops for snacks or photos, and we made it with 2 minutes to spare. I took a few snaps on the ferry and in the harbour with my new cellphone (Nokia N73 with 3.2 Megapixel camera and Karl Zeiss lens), and they didn't come out badly, so that becomes my new backup camera.

On the way to do some errands, I stopped outside the village to shoot the vines, which are showing lots of new green growth - surprisingly early, but it has been an extremely warm winter. This particular shot includes some colourful wildflowers, very reminiscent of the Watsonias which we know so well from Cape Town.

These vines are called "Korinthiako", from where the English word currant is derived, and are used for making raisins

30 March 2007
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 8 years ago
I feel the same amazement, Sunshine, that even though museums around the world are stacked with ancient artifacts, there are still amazing discoveries being made, which enhance our knowledge of ancient worlds. The Metro project in Athens is a major example; as they have excavated for stations and ventilation shafts, they have found layer upon layer of civilization, going back to the Geometric Period, through the Archaic Period, Classical Athens, Roman era, early Christian era, Byzantine era etc, all stacked one on top of the other.

This particular station and line was delayed by 3-5 years as they grappled with the findings; I suspect they had to move the location of the new part of the station by several metres to accommodate the Eridanos river site. At least we get to see a lot of the findings on display in the station foyers, which makes one's journey more interesting if you take the time to stop and look.

The Acropolis Museum project is another example of the same process, where the design had to be changed totally to accommodate the late Roman/early Christian part of the city which was uncovered.

Eerie to think that under our apartment, and under the streets that we walk every day, lie the remains of all these old civilizations. The part of town where we stay was always (still is) the main route between Athens and Piraeus, and that road was lined by grave sites, houses, shops and workshops.

Hi again Satrina, you are becoming a regular, and welcome to Supergirl, I'll be coming to check out your diary.
ebilflindas 11 years ago
Hey now, Rob, shouldn't you be taking it easy, rather than racing around like that? ;-) That N73 is a good backup to have--not like my camphone whose photos aren't even measured in megapixels!

Man, I wish I could fly out and meet with you--I'd love a summer bartending gig in Greece!
_____
ebilflindas: Everyday Dad
satrina* 11 years ago
Same here, summer bartending in Greece sounds great!

And I'm definitely a regular :)
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Hey, I wish we could hire ALL the people who have expressed an interest in summer bartending. I advertized on a website in the UK, and I am dealing with 60+ applications, plus any number of friends who think they are the answer to my bartending requirements. But it's actually very hard work!
ebilflindas 11 years ago
Oh, believe me, I know--about 95% of my working life has been spent in all manner of food & beverage service, from dishwashing, on up to management. I've always enjoyed bartending because it allows you to work (and be responsible) for your own contained area, while being a part of a larger team. Good luck weeding through all those applicants!
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Saturday, 31 March 2007
Paschalia (aka Wisteria)


Wisteria

For the last picture of this month, I have chosen a shot of a Wisteria vine, framing a Zakynthian back yard. Called "Paschalia" in Greece, because it blooms at Easter time, it is a symbol of this time of the year, the holiest week in the Greek Orthodox calendar, beginning tommorrow, and celebrated with gusto through all its phases.
ebilflindas 11 years ago
What a gorgeous scene!
admin
Ladybadtiming PRO 11 years ago
wisteria ! so that's the english name
we call it glycine
and it smells divine !
thanks for the enlightment !

[LadyBadTiming / snapshooting my life away, day after day, after day, after day]
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Glad to be enlightening!
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Sunday, 1 April 2007
Springtime Abundance


Spring Blossoms, Zakynthos

Yesterday, we thought we might go out for lunch on a beautiful Spring day. We drove through a dozen villages, looking for a taverna open for lunch, but it was Palm Sunday, and all were closed, although many were advertising big parties for Easter Sunday. Eventually we landed up at Dennis' Taverna in Lithakia, where the special dish of the day was fried cod (bakaliaros) with garlic mashed potato (skordalia), traditional Greek fasting food.

Immediately in front of where I parked the car was this stone wall with flowers and blossoms spilling over it. Zakynthos is such a fertile and abundant island, especially in spring, one's eye is constantly distracted while driving or walking around by scenes of glorious nature.

1 April 2007
ItinerArts Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ItinerArts (member) 11 years ago
Beautiful garden!

Isn't "fasting food" an oxymoron?

www.flickr.com/groups/2007/discuss/72157594528937014/
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 7 years ago
Tuesday, 2 April 2007
Arch Detail


Arch Detail

Not many photographs taken today, and those that were, with the cellphone. It was a day of bureaucracy; among other things, we had to renew our music license, which is required to operate a bar or any other establishment on this island; this entails jumping through hoops, and visiting various offices, so we were back and forwards three or four times between the Xora (as Zante Town is called), and the Dimos (the municipal offices), which is in a village 10km away. Various other bureaucratic things impinged on the way, involving meetings with the mayor and deputy mayor.

We have a new mayor, after local government elections at the end of last year, and he is from the KKE (Communist Party of Greece, we still have one, and it is still supported, especially by farmers). I don't know if it is a direct result, but there has been a steep increase in the price of services, 50% in the case of the concession fee we pay to have sunbeds on the beach in front of our property, and avoid having someone else using it. Maybe he needs a nice new house like the previous mayor built, or better.

Anyway, I was loitering outside the Dimos, in the church square opposite, when I pointed the camera upwards at the remains of some blue paint on the ancient Venetian arch of the belltower, which I recall photographing on a similar occasion just a year ago.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
"Fasting food"? I don't know, but it it is more effective than saying "permitted dishes during the fast of Holy Week". The Greeks, as usual have a word for it (a single word): "nistisimo".
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Hey Rob - Catching up is hard to do...I like your photos because you bother to tell the story that rides with it. Greece is really one of the best places I have ever visited and I keep coming back for more. Good luck with the summer hiring - hope they serve more than they consume !!

CollardGreens: Oops !
drab chicken [deleted] Posted 11 years ago. Edited by drab chicken (member) 11 years ago
i'm with CG. the relevant commentary is half the fun. i myself tend to loosely tie my picture in with the day's thoughts. it's quite simply the way i roll the most smoothly. at any rate: buddy, i like your style.
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
Here, here. Rob definitely has style -- and a lot of knowledge. I always enjoy my visits to his stream. fasting food, indeed -- isn't that an oxymoron....
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Thanks for the compliments, guys (*blush*). I enjoy all of yours' also. This is a very stimulating community. Now, what to post for yesterday's picture?
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Tuesday, 3April 2007
Roadside Tsamiko


Roadside Tsamiko

Another travel day, returning from Zakynthos to Athens. More leisurely this time, and we took the high road, through the mountains of the Pelopponese, via Ancient Olympia, Langadia and Tripoli, rather than the usual coastal route following the Gulf of Corinth.

See the the outtakes for highlights of the whole journey, and the rest of the day (don't miss the cute goats).

On our journey, the car radio happened to be playing some Greek folk music, "Demotika" songs from Roumeli, the region where Ritsa's mother comes from. She started singing along, and saying that she wished to dance. So, when I stopped to take some photographs, Ritsa and her 91-year old mother stepped out of the car, and danced a traditional Tsamiko among the wildflowers at the roadside.

3 April 2007
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 8 years ago
Wednesday, 4 April 2007
Succulent Beachside Border


Succulent Beachside Border

Not much choice today; after the long trip yesterday, a slow start, and then to the airport to pick up our daughter Jacqui, here on a brief visit from London, then to a friend's seaside taverna at Kavouri outside Athens, to pick up some documents and a nice lunch. After lunch, a little stroll along the beachfront, where I spotted this border of what we in South Africa call sour fig, or Hottentot's Fig, also called Ice Plant, a flowering succulent that thrives in coastal conditions, producing a bright magenta flower. Like so many plants in my photostream, it originates in the Cape Floristic Region, but has adapted well to other regions with a Mediterranean climate.

4 April 2007
satrina* 11 years ago
I agree with the rest of your visitors, I definitely like your style :)

And that Wisteria vine is really gorgeous!

Oh, and could you ask Ritsa's mother her secret about aging :)

Satrina: av meg
ebilflindas 11 years ago
OPA!
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Opa, indeed!

Satrina, I think she did a lot of manual work when she was young, has always walked a great deal, still does, eats very healthily, and Ritsa remarked to me, after dancing, how strong and firm her grip is.
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 7 years ago
Thursday, 5 April 2007
Greek Seaside Scene


Greek Seaside Scene

I bought this oil painting 20+ years ago from a gallery in Monastiraki, for Ritsa's 50th birthday. It was shipped to South Africa, where it was the centrepiece in our Greek-styled Vermont house. More recently, it spent about five years in storage in Cape Town, before being shipped back to Athens, where it now resides in our Koukaki hallway.

5 April 2007
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Love this diary ! Every day a new tale ! Thanks for the entertainment ...

CollardGreens: Oops !
sunshinecity 11 years ago
Oh how I love this diary and your shots! All these colours and flowers!!
The Wisterias.... heer we call them Glicine... and do you know that you can eat them? There's some sort of honey in them, honest!

Well done!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Oh, how I love comments like those! Sincerely, thank you, makes it all worth while. And I enjoy both of yours' also. I'm just sorry I can't follow more of them regularly.
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Friday, 6 April 2007
Easter Shop Window


Easter Shop Window

On our way to the Epitaphios service on Good Friday evening at nearby Agios Ioannis (St. John's) Church, we passed our local confectionary shop (Zacharoplasteion), with window gaily decorated for Easter.

During this service, the priests and congregation follow the flower-decorated bier of Christ in a procession through the neighbourhood streets.

6 April 2007
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 5 years ago
Saturday, 7 April 2007
Christos Anesti!


Christos Anesti!

The resurrection of Christ is celebrated in time-honoured Greek Orthodox fashion at midnight of Easter Sunday, in the grounds of the Holy Sepulchre Monastery in the Plaka area of Athens. People wish each other the Paschal Greeting "Christ is Risen!", to which the reply is "Indeed He is Risen!".

This church is in the possession of the Patriarch of Jerusalem (see link above), and every Easter the Holy Light is brought on a special flight from the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem to this monastery, before being distributed to every diocese and church in Greece, where it is used to light the candles of the faithful. It is then carefully carried home to bless and bring good fortune to each house and its occupants.

7 April 2007
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Sunday, 8 April 2007
Busy Plaka Street on Easter Sunday


Kydathenaion Street, Plaka

We headed back to Plaka for our Easter Sunday lunch (featuring roast lamb, of course), to probably the oldest taverna in Plaka, Psarra, where many famous people have been guests, just a few metres away from the site where Ritsa was born and grew up, and right next to the monastery church where we had celebrated the Resurrection 12 hours earlier.

On the way I passed busy Kydathenaion Street, packed with tourists and locals enjoying their lunch al fresco on a beautiful warm Spring day.

8 April 2007
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Monday, 9 April 2007
Socrates' Prison


Socrates' Prison

Popularly supposed to be the cave in which Socrates was imprisoned, and where he drank his hemlock, this extensive cave system cut into the rock of Philopappus Hill was part of a large 2 or 3 storey dwelling, judging by the beam-holes cut into the rock face. Wooden beams supported the masonry and wooden structure. A staircase cut into the rock at left led to the upper floors.

In the Second World War, these caves were used to hide antiquities from the Acropolis and National Archaeological Museum from the Nazi occupiers, and the entrance was sealed with a massive concrete wall, which was removed in recent years (1999-2002).

9 April 2007
admin
Ladybadtiming PRO 11 years ago
Loca.... 11 years ago
Just came to say hi, amazing shots as usuall, have to come back with more time to read all the entrys.
:))

Loca
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Tuesday, 10 April 2007
Neighbourhood Barber Shop


Barber Shop

On this evening, I had not taken photos all day, neither had I had any exercise, so shortly after sunset, I took my camera and walked in a different direction, across busy Syngrou Avenue and through Neos Kosmos (New World), one of the suburbs where refugees from Asia Minor, caught up in the 1923 population exchange between Greece and Turkey were settled.

Like all Athens neighbourhoods, there are many small shops offering a variety of merchandise and personal services, an engaging aspect of Athens life which many cities have lost. I shot this peaceful barbershop scene from across the road. Interestingly, in an hour's walk, I passed at least 7 betting shops, a testimony to the Greek passion for gambling. I finished my walk in one of the local bars in Gargaretta Square.

10 April 2007
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Street life of greece...wonderful - and thanks for the history lesson.

CollardGreens: Oops !
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Wednesday, 11 April 2007
Parthenon Reflections


Parthenon Reflections

The floodlit Parthenon reflected in the glass windows of the new Parthenon Gallery of the New Acropolis Museum. Swing around 180 degrees, and this is what you see.

11 April 2007
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Hey there, friends, nice to see you here again, glad you enjoyed the street life the history and the fun.
*sweet coffee* 11 years ago
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Thursday, 12 April 2007
Shop Window Mannequin


Shop Window Mannequin

One of those days when motivation to take photographs was not strong. We are busy getting ourselves together to transfer our lives to Zakynthos for the summer, and a couple of things are not going as well as we would like. So I took an evening walk again, found inspiration difficult, and eventually shot this animated-looking mannequin in a basement clothing shop. What do you think she might be saying?

12 April 2007
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Friday, 13 April 2007
Floodlit Parthenon


Acropolis at Night

We are leaving Athens for Zakynthos tomorrow or Sunday, so this evening I took my last walk to the top of Philoppapus Hill for a few months, just after sunset, and captured the timeless image of a floodlit Parthenon, with Lykavittos Hill in the background.

13 April 2007
drab chicken [deleted] Posted 11 years ago. Edited by drab chicken (member) 11 years ago
the manequin is most probably something sarcastically droll. note the droop of her doe eyes. note the upward tilt of that cheeky mouth. oh yeah...
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
...all the while thinking about where she would rather be !!

Rob...good stuff here !

CollardGreens: Oops !
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Saturday, 14 April 2007
Our Local Greengrocer and Nursery


Greengrocer and Nursery

Well we are still in Athens, we found some important last-minute things to do this morning, so our departure will be in the morning.

On the corner of Gargaretta, Erechthiou and Drakou Streetsis is a tiny little shop, which, in the six years we have been in Athens, has had a number of incarnations as a souvlaki shop and take-away pizza place. For the last three years, it has been the domain of Alexandros, an energetic and enterprising Albanian guy. Apart from a tidy fruit and vegtable shop, he has beautified his surroundings, and also sells flowers, pot plants and herbs on the kerbside.

Today we purchased some basil, mint and parsley plants for the Freddie's Beach Bar herb garden, and the bonus, a rare South African Cycad, a protected species at home, which will add to the homesickness factor of our Tsilivi garden.

14 April 2007
ebilflindas Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ebilflindas (member) 11 years ago
I don't think I could ever tire of seeing the Parthenon!

and hey, you and Sunshine City are featuring grocery stalls today!
[edit] Nevermind, I guess that was her shot for yesterday...
lramiro520 11 years ago
I second ebilflindas on the Parthenon! Athens is one of those places that I want to visit in my lifetime.

The Other Side Of The Fence
bunæn PRO 11 years ago
She might be saying, "a comb? Can you borrow a comb? Hello?
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
That's what I have said, many times! Thanks for the tip-off about SunshineCity's greengrocer stall - I loved it.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Thanks for putting words in her mounth, Buns. That's what I wanted. "Sarcastic and droll" is too vague :-)

How about; "Let me out of here, I want to go dancing in Paris with CollardGreens' French mannequins".
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 6 years ago
Sunday, 15 April 2007
Ferry Boat Wake


Looking Back

Today, we drove from Athens to Kyllini on the coast of the Pelopponese, with the Gulf of Corinth on our right, and a series of mountains falling down to the sea on the left.

From Kyllini, an hour-long crossing on the car ferry "Ionian Star" brought us to Zakynthos, our base for the next seven months. I took a walk on deck, and in this picture, looked back at the dead-straight wake of the ferry, with the coast of the Pelopponese disappearing in the background.

The ramp at right is for the car deck, while the larger one at left is for buses and trucks. Just about everything consumed on the island is brought over from the mainland: groceries, food and drink, building materials, you name it. It is amazing to see what goes in and comes out of these ferries.
15 April 2007
ebilflindas 11 years ago
I know each of our diaries is unique, but yours, my friend, is something else! I love your photos/commentaries on such historic/mythic places!
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Monday, 16 April 2007
Red, White and Blue


Red, White and Blue

A miserable day today, weather-wise, rain in the morning, and a freezing, blustery wind off the sea as I write. We have such a lot to do to get our bar open in two weeks time, and didn't get a lot done today. The plumber came, we did some errands in the town, and I took a walk on the beach in the evening. To raise my spirits, here is a bold, colourful picture of the bow of a village fishing boat out of the water on trestles, as it gets repainted.

16 April 2007
sunshinecity 11 years ago
Awww, I like this shot! the lines, the colours.... nice!

And that Parthenon shot, WOW!!! I wish I could visit Greece!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
Innamorata Crush 11 years ago
fabulous perspective, it is brightening <3
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here
the photos, the teachings
wonderful diary
xoxox
BellaGaia PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by BellaGaia (member) 11 years ago
I must echo my friend ebilflindas' words.... there's such a wealth of information geographic, historic ... just LIFE that's here in your diary never mind the seemingly unendless array of fantastic photo ops you have at your disposal. I don't invite my daughter to view flickr, but your stream would be great for her. She's studying Greek Mythology and your stream would add so much to her learning experience.

BellaGaia (Living with BellaGaia)
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Two years ago we took a winter holiday on Hydra...on the quiet side of the island. Peaceful. I was amazed at how products land on the docks and in hours - gone. Who said greeks were not organized ?? Oh..the group from across the street want to know when your "sarcastic and droll" friend will be in town !!

CollardGreens: Oops!
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Thanks all. It is so nice to have your visits, your comments and compliments.

I find that Wikipaedia is such a great help when I have questions about things I have seen, or photographed, that I have learned a huge amount just by doing that research, and I'm glad that you are able to share in it.

I'll try to keep it up, and keep visiting all your diaries also, all of which I enjoy, but my long vacation time is coming to an end, we are going to be incredibly busy the next few weeks, and all summer, in fact. I am amazed that some of you, with really busy lives, manage to do as well as you do. There is no doubt that I spend far too much of my time on Flickr, and I will have to start rationing it. Fortunately, my camera is always at hand, no matter how busy we are, and there is always a laptop on the bar that I can use for uploading and commenting when things are a little quieter.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Tuesday, 17 April 2007
Wet, Night-time Geranium


Geranium in the Rain

It rained all day Tuesday, so once again we did a few errands in the town, and took it easy indoors. Zakynthos has a very high rainfall, and when it rains, it does so thoroughly. Late in the evening I stuck my head out of the door and captured this wet geranium, more accurately pelargonium.
drab chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
sooo pretty. i love the smell of purple
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 8 years ago
Wednesday, 18 April 2007


Pear Blossom

The sun came out today, and I took a few pictures on our property of the beautiful springtime show that we have here in Tsilivi. We are going to be clearing the weeds and wildflowers over the next few days, and the blossoms will fade as wamer weather arrives, so while we have them, I captured them.

18 April 2007
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Yes indeed - keep the camera handy. I suspect there are some colorful patrons who come in during holiday! Will be interesting to see some of them...

Best - CollardGreens: Oops !
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Thursday, 19 April 2007
Cleaning the Beach


Cleaning and Organizing the Beach

The village bulldozer was down on the beach today, clearing away piles of dead seaweed, and getting it ready for the tourist influx of the next few weeks. For a small extra fee, the operator agreed to move several piles of sand from lower down to the back of our little section of beach, and flattened it with his blade, so I can do the remaining preparation myself.

For the rest of the time, we were busy cleaning out the kitchen and bar area, arranging the chairs and tables, and clearing out the garden. Hard and tiring work, but satisfying.

19 April 2007
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Friday, 20 April 2007
Evening Companionship


Evening Companionship

Unlike every other Greek village and neighbourhood that I know, Tsilivi does not have a kafeneion where men gather to have a drink and chat endlessly about things. The closest approximation is this table outside the local "kreopoleion", or butcher's shop, where a group gathers to drink ouzo or tsipouro (= grappa) most evenings and discuss the village gossip.

20 April 2007
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 6 years ago
Saturday, 21 April 2007
Cloudy Evening


Cloudy Evening

This, dear friends, is the evening view from Freddie's Beach Bar, looking north over the Limanaki, our local small boat fishing harbour, to the mountains of the neighbouring island of Kefalonia (remember "Captain Corelli's Mandolin"?), which is just 20 kilometres away.


It was a cloudy evening, with soft grey and pink light, rain squalls over the Ionian Sea, and I had it all to myself, with a glass of amber nectar from the Highlands of Scotland to soothe me after a hard day's work in the garden.

21 April 2007
ItinerArts 11 years ago
Great view!

I'm really looking forward to visiting Greece next year.

www.flickr.com/groups/2007/discuss/72157594528937014/
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Sunday, 22 April 2007
View of Zante Town


View of Zante Town.

After a few days of very hard work, we took a few hours off on Sunday, and had lunch in a Taverna outside the resort village of Argassi, followed by a walk on Porto Zorro beach. This is the view of Zante town from the terrace of Theodoritsis Taverna on a fine, sunny Spring day.

22 April 2007
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Monday, 23 April 2007
Egyptian Papyrus


Egyptian Papyrus

A very busy day today, no time for photographs, so as I sat down a short while ago, I took a couple of pictures of what is in my vicinity. So, here is a picture of an Egyptian Papyrus which we bought as a souvenir on a trip to Cairo in 1996, and had framed. We unpacked it today, and hung it on the wall of our little cottage here in Tsilivi.

23 April 2007
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Hey Rob - Been away from the home computer for several days - dropping back in to say hello and gaze on something greek ! Here we go...

CollardGreens: Oops!
sunshinecity 11 years ago
Captain Corelli's Mandolin.... great movie! I think Cage did a great job in that film....

Wonderful shots as always.... so poetic! Your life seems out of a movie sometimes too!

sunshinecity
~ a picture, a story
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Tuesday, 24 April 2007
Butterfly on a Daisy


Butterfly

Another day with little time for photos, and not much variety. I did pass this butterfly sitting on a daisy bush, went inside for my camera and captured him (or her). One wing seems slightly mangled.
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Wednesday, 25 April 2007
Tsilivi Sunrise


Tsilivi Sunrise 25Apr2007

This morning I was up early; might as well get used to it, with our season starting next week. I get up around sunrise, to water our lawns and get our section of beach ready for our visitors, set out umbrellas and ashtrays, rake the sand clean etc. What makes it all worth while is that we have the most stunning sunrises over the sea and the mountains of the Pelopponese - all subtly different, all breathtaking.

Now and again I have to enjoy them in the company of very inebriated tourists who have been in the bars and clubs of Tsilivi all night, but the beauty of the sunrise tends to awe and subdue them.

I started photographing the Tsilivi sunrises a gew years ago, and have a whole set on Flickr dedicated to them.

26 April 2007
drab chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
*spits out the butterfliy's wing

my my what a pretty beach shot
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Oh Glory, you didn't! Surely?
Oh my, what wonderful stuff here--both the commentary and the photographs. I must come back when I have lots of time and really absorb it all. Life in Greece, how glorious.

( A Gypsy Outdoors)
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Hey Rob, just saw your April 4 picture, I have a pic of the same plant here. The pic I took was on the coast of Morocco, but I also have it outside my house in Cornwall. I was wondering what it was so thank you for giving me the name!
bunæn PRO 11 years ago
Rob,

You (and I say this with all due respect) got it made! And you chronicle it so well.
dda1605 11 years ago
Thank you for your last visit which gave me the opportunity to discover your diary.
I saw some great pictures in the last days, especially on the 16th, 21st, 25th.
Reminds me my (numerous) visits in Greece.

(Didier 2007 )
daxster78 11 years ago
This would certainly make it all worthwhile for me.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Thanks so much for your visits, especially those here for the first time. Gypsy, i still need to get back to your stunning wildlife photos; Rebecca, you really have some exotic plants in Cornwall, don't you? Buns, your respect is gracefully accepted, and I need to look at your large sunsets. Didier and Daxster, thanks.
drab chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
first time visitors give me a little thrill too
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Thursday, 26 April 2007
Ferryboat Docking in Zakynthos


Ferry Boat Docking

Another busy day, with only one photo taken, and that with my cellphone. I was working in the bar, getting things ready, and watching the progress of the ferry boat "Zakynthos I" as it sailed towards us from the mainland. At a certain point, I dropped everything, and drove the 6km to the harbour to meet the ship as it dropped anchor and backed into the quay. On board was our new barman for this summer season, Andy, fresh out from England. He is going to be a key person in our lives this summer.
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Friday, 27 April 2007
Yellow Links


Yellow Links

We were in Zante Town again this morning, attending to the seemingly endless pre-season bureaucracy, and while Ritsa was inside renewing our annual subscription to the Chamber of Commerce, I loitered at the dockside taking a few pictures with my cellphone, including this colourful composition of a chain holding up the loading platform of a docked car ferry.

27 April 2007
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Saturday, 28 April 2007
Morning Olive Grove


Morning Olive Grove

My Saturday morning walk took me up the hill beyond the end of the beach, and into this secluded olive grove, typical of most of the island, lit up by the morning sun.

Later that morning we had five truckloads of gravel delivered, and a good friend and customer, Chris, brought his little earthmoving machine to spread it over our driveway and parking areas. Andy, the new barman, also pitched in to help.

So the area surrounding Freddie's Beach Bar is coming into shape. Time to move inside and get it ready for business.

28 April 2007
admin
Ladybadtiming PRO 11 years ago
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Sunday, 29 April 2007
Rosebud


Rosebud

We spent all of Sunday in the garden, visiting the nursery to buy plants, topsoil and compost, plant them out and generally prettify the grounds. So today's photo is a garden one, of a two-coloured rosebud growing on one of our rose bushes.

29 April 2007
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 5 years ago
Monday, 30 April 2007
Aphrodisiologist?


Aphrodisiologist

I have always been intrigued about this sign, of a German doctor, in Zakynthos Town, which proclaims she is a "Dermatologist and Aphrodisiologist". So, if I have a skin rash, or a sexual disfunction, she will help with both? Does she dispense aphrodisiacs? What, precisely, does an aphrodisiologist do? Does she dispense aphrodisiacs? Sounds exciting anyway.

30 April 2007
sunshinecity 11 years ago
glorious rose!!
That doctor seems rather intriguing to me too!

sunshinecity
~ a picture, a story
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Tuesday, 1 May 2007
Sophia

Sofoula

1st of May already, four months of this diary done, one-third of the way through the year. An interesting exercise, is it not?

We invited members of our team, and our next-door neigbours for lunch and an afternoon of wine and chat before plunging into the season.

This cutie is Sophoula, the youngest of our neighbours' four children. Two and a half years old, and a total charmer.

1 May 2007
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Wednesday, 2 May 2007
First Shellseekers of 2007


First Shellseekers

Summer is here. Today, I was up a ladder, changing light bulbs on our verandah, when I spied the first strolling beach girls of the 2007 season, the harbinger of many more to come. My camera was not far away, so I recorded the event.

2 May 2007
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
Always such nice photos, Rob. I must saw that i'm the teeniest bit envious of the scenery you have around. Just beautiful.

BellaGaia (Living with BellaGaia)
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Are you talking about the beach girls, Bella? They are certainly the most popular category of my photos on Flickr, which exasperates me sometimes. Just like self-portraits always seem to be the most popular pics from female photographers. Male hormones have a lot to answer for!

Thanks also to LBT and Sunshine for your visits.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Hey Rob - swooping by for a visit prior to leaving for the south. As always you have the most interesting comments ! Keep the camera close - see you when I get back.

CollardGreens: Oops!
sunshinecity 11 years ago
Great contrast on this last shot... and sohpia, wow, what can I say... she's a beauty! That shot is just beautiful Rob, well done!

sunshinecity
~ a picture, a story
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Thanks, Sunshine!
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Thursday, 3 May 2007
Sunset Light


Sunset Light

I took a little walk along the beach at sunset, to take my mind off the long list of things we have to do before opening the bar. As I turned to come back, I took this shot of the sunset light gleaming on the waves and the sand.

3 May 2007
noxious bulb [deleted] 11 years ago
Thank you so much for recording your time on this island that I so enjoyed when I was there once.
Please keep taking a picture every day, and I am sure it will be even more interesting once all the tourists wash ashore. It's like a season in and of itself.....
sunshinecity 11 years ago
So Rob, when can I come visit you? That beach is begging for my visit, I can hear it calling my name!! LOL

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Any time, Sunshine! We'll be here. Just drive to Brindisi, or Ancona, catch a car ferry to Patras, drive 65km south to Kyllini, and another one-hour ferry trip to Zakynthos. We are 6km north of the main port.

It's nice here; just ask s,B, he's been here before.
1 3 5 6 7 ••• 14 15
(201 to 300 of 1477 replies)
Groups Beta