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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

Theatron

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March 2016 – Athens, Greece

Photo by Vasiliki Papacharalambous

Theatre is a collaborative form of fine art that uses live performers to present the experience of a real or imagined event before a live audience. The specific place of the performance is also named by the word “theatre” as derived from the Ancient Greek θέατρον (théatron, “a place for viewing”).

Δεν κάνουμε θέατρο για το θέατρο. Δεν κάνουμε θέατρο για να ζήσουμε. Κάνουμε θέατρο για να πλουτίσουμε τους εαυτούς μας, το κοινό που μας παρακολουθεί κι όλοι μαζί να βοηθήσουμε να δημιουργηθεί ένας πλατύς, ψυχικά πλούσιος και ακέραιος πολιτισμός στον τόπο μας’.

Κάρολος Κουν, 1908-1987, Ο Ιδρυτής του Θεάτρου Τέχνης

Translation: ‘We do not do theater for theater. We do not do theater to live. We make theater to enrich ourselves, the audience watching us and we can all help to create a wide, mentally rich and integral culture in our country! ‘

Karolos Koun, 1908-1987, Founder of Art Theatre
 

Agkyra

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August 2015 – Skopelos,  Greece

Photo taken by Vasiliki Papacharalambous

Είσαι για ένα ταξίδι στ’ ανοιχτά;
Είσαι για ένα ρίσκο;
Θελω να μου υποσχεθείς
πως δε θα πάρεις
μετεωρολογικό δελτίο.
Πως δε θα χεις μαζί σου
προμήθειες και αποσκευές.
Πως δε θα γεμίσεις
το πλεούμενο με σωσίβια.
Θα δέσουμε την άγκυρά μας
στα φτερά των γλάρων.
Και θα ορίσουμε τιμονιέρη μας
το πιο τρελό δελφίνι’. – Αλκυονη Παπαδάκη

Ta heria

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August 2015 – Skiathos, Greece

Photo taken by Vasiliki Papacharalambous

Τὰ μάτια ἂν κλείσω βρίσκομαι πάντα σ᾿ ἕνα μονοπάτι, τ᾿ αὐλάκια χαλασμένα δεξιὰ κι ἀριστερά, στὴν ἄκρη τὸ σπίτι μὲ γυαλιὰ ποὺ τὸ χτυπάει ὁ ἥλιος, ἄδειο. Σκέφτηκα τὰ δάχτυλά σου νὰ χτυποῦν τὰ τζάμια σκέφτηκα τὴν καρδιά σου νὰ χτυπᾷ πίσω ἀπ᾿ τὰ τζάμια καὶ πόσο λίγα πράγματα χωρίζουν ἕναν ἄνθρωπο ποῦ δὲν τὰ ξεπερνᾷ. – Γ. Σεφέρης

Koukounaries

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August 2015 –  Skiathos, Greece

Photo taken by Vasiliki Papacharalambous

The busiest member of the Sporades group Skiathos, the most cosmopolitan island in the Northern Sporades, is truly a paradise on earth, with lush pine forests and crystal-clear azure waters.

Despite the rapid growth in tourism here in recent decades, the island is still picturesque and unspoilt and blessed with more than 60 beautifully clean beaches. The most famous is Koukounariés, which has been declared the third most beautiful beach in the Mediterranean.

When you add in its bustling nightlife, it is only natural that the island attracts thousands of young visitors every year… and even more Cypriots!!! 

Skopelos

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August 2015 – Skopelos, Greece

Photo taken by Vasiliki Papacharalambous

Skopelos was founded by Staphylos,  one of the sons of the god Dionysos and the princess Ariadne of Crete.

The beauty of the bays, natural harbors and cliffs that steeply fall into the sea in the greatest part of the coast is breathtaking.

Skopelos and its neighbour Skiathos were the filming locations of the 2008 film Mamma Mia. The wedding procession was filmed at the Agios Ioannis Chapel near Glossa while “Does Your Mother Know” was performed at the amazing beach of Kastani Bay. 

The Acropolis of Athens

March 2015 – Thiseio, Athens

Photo taken by Vasiliki Papacharalambous

 

Put the best of science, art and philosophy together in one creation and you have the definitive monument of human civilisation.
UNESCO calls it the symbol of World Heritage. The world calls it the Athenian Acropolis.
The photo was captured at Thiseio where the metro station is, a neighborhood in downtown Athens; its name derives from the Temple of Hephasteus, also known as Τhiseio, as it was, in earlier times, considered a temple of Thesues.
Athens is a memorable place for me, attached with sweet and special memories of my youth.
It’s the place where I grew up and matured as a person. It’s the place where I have successfully completed my studies in Economic at AUEB, the leading economic and business university in Greece, ranked in the 15th place among 500 European universities based on a research carried out by the german magazine Der Spiegel and in the 76th place worldwide in the field of economics according to the Journal of Econometric Theory.