Tuesday 29 October 2013

This long weekend....

It started on Thursday evening. We went to attend the presentation of a book written by a fellow teacher Martha Patlakoutza.
It is called "Zahara" and the presentation was done at Proto Patoma cafe by the Teachers' Association Drama Club. Hubby and I decided not to take part but simply attend!It was a cozy evening!

 Then on Friday morning we had the school festivities for the 28th October No Day celebration.

And on Saturday morning we happily started for our beach house in hubby's new car. Yes after 20 years he bought a new one.It's a Citroen C3 Picasso, a very beautiful car, convenient and with lots of space for hubby's Shadow puppets and Barca's cage. We bought her a cage to transport her as she is car sick all the time.It is better in the cage.
 When we arrived at the beach house we realised there had been a burglary at two of our neighbours and we were really upset. The police was called and the owners came and it spoiled our whole day. Fortunately nothing much was taken. Since these are summer residences only, people don't invest on expensive things in them.Still a breaking in is not the most pleasant of surprises!
To relax a bit I walked the beach and collected some sea glass.

 The sea was calm. It would be lovely to swim but I felt it would be cold.
 Barca didn't think the same. She jumped in and enjoyed it!
I loved the colours of nature that day but didn't take too many photos as I was feeling rather shocked and sad because of the breaking in.

 It was a bit foggy in the horizon!

 But still the sea looked wonderful!
I then washed some of my finds along with some left overs from the summer.
 I did a bit of gardening.I added lavender in a pot.

 I collected the fallen leaves.
 I spray painted some stones in gold having some ideas to make for Christmas!
 Then hubby and I went out for lunch, tsipouro and appetisers.
 Barca of course wanted to have a snack, so she ate some of my ice cream!
The rest of the day was relaxing and cozy.
And the sunset once again was wonderful!

 The rest of the weekend was in a similar pace!
And when we returned we went to watch the parade about which you can read in yesterday's blogpost!

Monday 28 October 2013

To catch a glimpse of the parade!

Something out of the ordinary brought us back in the city and changed our plans for the long weekend so today we went to watch the parade.
The weather was dull and foggy and due to the unbelievable safety measures again we were obliged to walk all along the major avenue where the parade takes place in order to find a small space to watch it.
We didn't manage to!We simply had to stand behind a human wall as all people were trying to find a small space to stand too.
So the VIPs watched the parade all by themselves and the common people like us crowded in certain spaces.
Due to the generous gesture of a very wealthy man this year the parade had fuel for all its mobile and flying accessories!
I wish the aforementioned man gave all that petrol to poor families that have no means to warm their households this winter instead of financing and moving vehicles and aircraft.
 Trying to focus!
 See how the opposite side of the street is empty?Safety measures!
 Can you see the parade?I can't!

 All kinds of people are seen at parades!His misses his kings!
 Waiting to take part?Or probably broken down.
 Macedonia Palace Hotel had lots of visitors watching the parade from its balconies!
 Human Wall!

 First Aid!
 The wall opposite is part of a new park!It has caused controversy on wether it should be there or not!Well, it found a use!

 Barca tired sitting on my foot!

 And out of the fog comes a helicopter!
 Only the flags and the crosses shine at the very little sunshine!
 Because of the fog too few jet flights took place.Good!

 Parks filled with people trying to catch a glimpse of the parade!

 Little boy in traditional tsolias costume!

 Another tired puppy!
 Only if you could manage to climb up a tree would you be able to get a good sight of the parade!

 The end. People entering and walking behind the parade trying to find a place to have coffee!The sun started shining!