Dancing Fountain 

October 2016 – Dubai 

Photo by Vasiliki Papacharalampous 

Some experiences simply don’t translate, you have to go to know. 

@ Dubai Mall, Fountain 

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Buddha Bar

September 2016 – London, UK 

Photo by Vasiliki Papacharalampous 

Buddha Bar restaurant London is re-inventing the elegance and integrity, bringing the elements of Buddha Bar to 145 Knightsbridge as a dining experience for the busy shoppers and business people of Mayfair, Knightsbridge, Kensington, the City and beyond. 

An international destination to be enjoyed for lunch, light dishes and cocktails in the afternoon to the evening, accompanied by immersive music. 

Reflect 

September 2016 – Houston, Texas 

Photo by Vasiliki Papacharalampou

Buffalo Bayou Park offers 160 acres of beautiful scenery and skyline views, artwork, a nature play area, the ‘go-to’ dog park in the city, hike and bike trails and gathering places for visitors to enjoy outdoor activities as well as live, artistic performances. 

The lovers of cycling and jogging can enjoy the Sandy Reed Memorial Trail, a ten-foot wide concrete trail located on both sides of the bayou. 

During my ride, I was trying to trace the Monumental Moments, a series of 6 four-foot-tall sculptures.  The single word thoughts – Explore, Pause, Reflect, Listen, Emerge and Observe –  are placed at ground-level in unexpected areas along the bayou-side asphalt Kinder Footpaths. 

Reflect what you desire and enjoy the ride. 

Οὖτις

August 2016 – Antiparos, Kyklades, Greece 
Photo by Vasiliki Papacharalampous 

In Homer’s epic, Odysseus lands on the island of the Cyclops during his journey home from the Trojan War and, together with some of his men, enters a cave filled with provisions. When the giant Polyphemus returns home with his flocks, he blocks the entrance with a great stone and, scoffing at the usual custom of hospitality, eats two of the men. Next morning, the giant kills and eats two more and leaves the cave to graze his sheep.

After the giant returns in the evening and eats two more of the men, Odysseus offers Polyphemus some strong and undiluted wine given to him earlier on his journey. Drunk and unwary, the giant asks Odysseus his name, promising him a guest-gift if he answers. Odysseus tells him “Οὖτις“, which means “nobody”and Polyphemus promises to eat this “Nobody” last of all. With that, he falls into a drunken sleep. Odysseus had meanwhile hardened a wooden stake in the fire and now drives it into Polyphemus’ eye. When Polyphemus shouts for help from his fellow giants, saying that “Nobody” has hurt him, they think Polyphemus is being afflicted by divine power and recommend prayer as the answer.

In the morning, the blind Cyclops lets the sheep out to graze, feeling their backs to ensure that the men are not escaping. However, Odysseus and his men have tied themselves to the undersides of the animals and so get away. As he sails off with his men, Odysseus boastfully reveals his real name, an act of hubris that was to cause problems for him later. Polyphemus prays to his father,Poseidon, for revenge and casts huge rocks towards the ship, which Odysseus barely escapes.

  Mykonos Island 

August 2016 – Mykonos, Kyklades, Greece 

Photo by Vasiliki Papacharalampous 

Mykonos, part of the Cyclades island group in the Aegean Sea, is one of the most popular and glamorous Greek isles, known for its nonstop party atmosphere. 

Beaches such as Paradise and Super Paradise welcome a diverse crowd, with sandside bars that blare thumping music. Massive dance clubs attract world-renowned DJs and typically stay open well past dawn.

The Mykonos windmills are iconic feature of the Greek island of the Mykonos. 

Ta trena

March 2016 – Athens, Greece 

Photo by Vasiliki Papacharalambous 

Τη νύχτα πάντα περνάνε τα τρένα που έχασες. Εκείνα τα τρένα που περνάνε μόνο πολύ αργά, ή πολύ νωρίς, ή τη στιγμή ακριβώς που δεν τα περιμένεις.

Γιώργος Νικολόπουλος
από την ανέκδοτη ποιητική συλλογή ΣτρατοΣφαίρες

Thalassa

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June 2016 – Ayia Napa, Cyprus

Photo by Vasiliki Papacharalambous

Βγάζει η θάλασσα κρυφή φωνή — φωνή που μπαίνει μες στην καρδιά μας και την συγκινεί και την ευφραίνει.

Τραγούδι τρυφερό η θάλασσα μας ψάλλει, τραγούδι που έκαμαν τρεις ποιηταί μεγάλοι, ο ήλιος, ο αέρας και ο ουρανός.

Το ψάλλει με την θεία της φωνή εκείνη, όταν στους ώμους της απλώνει την γαλήνη σαν φόρεμά της ο καιρός ο θερινός.

– Κωνσταντίνος Καβάφης –