Monday 29 September 2014


Another visit to Antonello and what a treat it was!


Both windows looked spectacular

as did the shop


looking closer

everything just so

leaves and flower petals on the floor - great attention to detail

warm, autumnal colours


Quince and prickly pear amongst all the foliage and the flowers dominate the main window
fantastic colour combinations

a brass lizard on the floor - something that escaped me while I was in the shop

looking closer

a luscious display of fruit on one of the stands

When I mentioned that the displays reminded me of still lifes I was told that they were the inspiration.

autumn colours

by the entrance

 looking closer 

roses and chillies


I particularly liked these bouquets on the counter

the dresser at the back of the shop




Saturday 27 September 2014

Constantinos Grammatopoulos

Constantinos Grammatopoulos at the Theoharaki Foundation, Vasilissis Sofias Avenue, Athens.

A retrospective exhibition of the works of the painter and engraver. The exhibition included oils, acrylics and posters but it was the flat plane of the woodcuts of the 1970s that appealed to me and this is what is predominantly included in this post.

Nude in Yellow, 1956, (oil on canvas)


The Upbringing of Zeus, 1958 (woodcut)

Galaxidi, 1990, (oil on canvas)
 The Heroines of 1940 (poster)


Corfu, 1972, (woodcut)


Hydra II, 1980, (woodcut)

Myth III, The Kidnapping of Europa, 1971 (woodcut)

Aegean XVII, Skyros, 1973 (woodcut)


Delphi I, 1972, (woodcut)

Aegean VI, 1970 (woodcut)

Aegean XVI, Skyros, 1970 (woodcut)


Aegean XI, 1970, (woodcut)

Aegean V, 1970 (woodcut)

Aegean XV, 1973 (woodcut)

Emptying the Nets, 1977 (acrylic)

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Grammatopoulos is best known for designing the readers for the first two years of primary school which were used in Greece from 1956 until 1974. There was a vitrine that exhibited these, but given that I have my own copies, (not the originals, unfortunately) I have reproduced some of the images for this post. This was a serious journey down memory lane for me. I learnt how to read and write from these books and their characters, Mimis, Lola, Anna and Ellie were part of my childhood.
The ABC book


The letter Pi (I don't have Greek characters on my laptop), so, all about a duck, papi

Omega, and the word hour/time

Sk: teacher, and thr: desk gr: writing

The Good Children

the letter O and getting the baby to sleep

 L for lalala and olalala Lola.

Thursday 25 September 2014

Jazz at the Numismatic Museum

An evening of listening to Jazz in the garden of the Numismatic Museum in Athens.

Every Thursday night is jazz night in the garden of the Numismatic Museum. The garden is delightful, and the building is imposing.

The museum is housed at the Iliou Melathron, a three-storey building on Panepistimiou Street in the centre of Athens.

It was built  by Ernst Ziller between 1878 and 1880 for Heinrich Schliemann the archaeologist. At the time of its completion, it was considered to be the most magnificent private residence in Athens. Its design was inspired by the Renaissance Revival movement as well as Neoclassicism, while the interior is influenced by the architecture of Pompeii. As a result, and appropriately, the rooms are decorated with mosaics and murals depicting either themes from the Trojan War or Greek mottos.

The concert was due to start at 9:00 but we arrived earlier than that as we wanted to get something to eat.


The grand staircase on our right


which leads to the main entrance of the building

looking up


a closer look at that statue


all very grand

the back (!) entrance


more sculpture in the garden


the musicians performed by the back entrance and the whole place was packed


zooming in on the singer and the band


It was a great evening and as we were leaving

I was able to have a more leisurely look at the entrance gates

looking closer