Saturday 2 March 2024

The rooftops of Paris - Edouard Sacaillan




Les Toits de Paris, by Edouard Sacaillan, at Kalfayan Galleries, Athens.




The rooftops of Paris as seen from his window as well as spectators, clowns, and car drivers is the subject of Sacaillan's new exhibition. The painter was born in Athens and now works and lives in Paris. 






Bishops, 2022, (acrylic on canvas)




Clowns, 2022, (acrylic on canvas)










The Rooftops of Paris, 2023, (acrylic on paper stuck on canvas)









































The Puppeteer II, 2023, (acrylic on canvas)




 



Wednesday 28 February 2024

Glyfada


We tend to do this walk once every ten days, or so. We take the tram to one end of Glyfada, a suburb near ours, and then we start walking - the aim is to walk to the other end.




It's a sea walk: Glyfada has six or seven bays like this one - I have lost count.




Glyfada is quite a prosperous suburb, and the houses facing the sea along this stretch are grand




The council have almost finished re-developing the pedestrian path




which looks like this. I really like it. The council have also created a path alongside this one for push bikes.




You can see the pushbike path on the left of the depestrian one - it's pink as opposed to yellow/cream of the one that we're on. Next to the path is the road, and then the fancy houses, many of them hidden behind tall walls.




Council workers planting between the two paths.




On our right, the sea.



In-between the six otr seven bays, marinas are located.










There are a few cafeterias or restaurants along the way, but not many anymore. There used to be loads, but they were all closed down, because the council intend to redevelop the whole area - when all this will happen we do not know.




This is one of my favourite houses







This is one of the few sections that has not been completed yet - they are working on it now, as you can see. As we were walking past on this particular walk, I heard one of the workers say 'we have to have freedom of speech'.  I thought it was an interesting conversation to be having, so I stopped and had a chat with them.




One of the houses




and another one.



We turned right here, to a promontory - boats on our right




wasteland with a few trees on our left





We had reached the end and we could see the spot where we were standing 15 minutes before




as well as one of the bays.




We retraced our steps and re-joined the path




There is a house here, behind the tall hedge - all you can really see is the white gate




We reached the house that used to fascinate me when I was a child - it's like a fairy tale house



Another promontory



I stopped to have a look at the disabled changing hut




on this bay/beach




looking out at sea




the next bay (maybe there are more than six or seven - I must get my act together and count them properly some time). Here's someone else relaxing by the sea: but no tablecloth here




Back on the main path, and a fancy, modern apartment building on our left




another grand house



and another one.




A children's playground - I like the ark




I love this path. It was a cold, downdast day when we did this walk - on warmer, sunny days there's lots of people who walk here







can't see much of this one due to all the foliage




two people climbed up on the lifeguard's post - the views from there must be good




this house has huge grounds




they go on and on, endlessly




again, you can't see much of this one




sea gazing



all you can see from this estate (?) is the wall and gate




I really like this one




a better view




another promontory which we took




the Sea Turtle Rescue Center





which was buzzing with kids out on a school trip on a later date when we did this walk again





we got to the edge, and stopped to look at the view




zooming in - the cafeteria on the left was our destination







Started walking back




on the other side of the road where there's loads of boats




Back on the main path




Past the old town hall which is a cultural centre now




and we arrived at Caretta, the cafeteria where we like to go and sit when doing this walk







on this occasion we were the only people sitting outside as it was chilly




but we wanted the peace of watching the sea




a week later when we came back it was packed




So peaceful and relaxing






We stayed for about an hour and then decided to go into the town itself as we had some shopping to do - by the old town hall




we stopped to have a look at these two sculptures







We crossed the busy main road, walked past the main church in the square, did our shopping, then took the tram and went back home.