Welcome to Greek salad, a delightful mishmash from Greece!
Here you'll find a lot of photos and I write about the life here in Athens, Crete, Greek music, art, Greek food with recipes, small everyday-tips, sights and places, and more!
Beloved and a bit crazy Greece in quite general terms!
Jerusalem thorn, Parkisonia aculeata in Latin, is a big bush or small tree which you can see now and then here in Greece as well. It's common in Mexico, Africa and in Australia where it unfortunately has become a problem.
The tree trunk is green and the lovely flowers yellow and orange. Small and spiky leaves!
This tree has many names; Mexican Palo Verde, Jelly Bean tree, Barbados Flower fence (a great fast growing, beautiful and spiky fence!), Wonder tree, Blue Palo Verde, Hardbean, Horsebean, Parkinsonia, Palo Verde, Ratama in Spain, Takataka tree...
Did you know that Marina known as "Marina and the diamonds" is half Greek? Her father is Greek(living here in Athens I think) and her mother is from Wales, UK. She grew up in Wales, but has also lived in Athens for a couple of years.
This picture of Marina and the Diamonds has to be taken in Greece...! My childrens Greek grandparents also had this bedcover! :)
Her real name is Greek: Μαρίνα Λαμπρινή Διαμάντη - Marina Lambrini Diamandi/s and it was of course the inspiration of her stage name.
This world famous very talented singer and song writer has just finished the tour, "Lonely Hearts Club Tour", in America. It was planned to be in Europe as well, including here in Athens the 27th of April, but unfortunately the touring in Europe was completely cancelled.
Marina and the Diamonds has a wonderful and very special voice! This is the song "State of dreaming" from the album "Electra Heart":
The organizors of the Matala Beach Festival haven't announced any exact program with all the performers and happenings at the time of writing, but at least there are some dates available for a few of the live music performers:
Hugh Cornwell (frontman of the UK band "The Stranglers" 1974-1990) June, 23rd
the very famous and popular Greek band "Locomondo" (which performed in Russia on Saturday and the1st of July Locomondo will be live on stage at Technopolis in Gazi, Athens; Locomondo live in Athens!) June, 22nd (exact time not decided yet)
The third hippie festival on Crete, "Matala Beach Festival 2013", will take place 21st-24th of June and as usual there will be a lot of fun happenings in the wonderful village these days! Lots of music from the '60s and '70s, beachparties (non-stop?!), hippie bazaars, exhibitions, children's fun park and more!
"Today is Life, Tomorrow never comes"...!
The very first thing you can join is the street painting of the small street/s in Matala. The decoration of the road/s will take place on Sunday the 16th of June.
Adults and children, professionals and amateurs, Graffiti artists, friends of colours... Everybody who like to take part in the Matala Street Painting is welcome!
Colours are provided by the festival, you just need to bring brushes and your fantasy.
Matala has become famous after the hippies occupied the caves from the New Stone age. There are many fantastic caves there, but there are also many other beautiful sculptures and creations in these limestone cliffs:
I found this picture at the blog Exploring Crete and there are many more pictures of sculptures made in the cliffs of Matala.