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About tpappas

I am a photographer with eclectic tastes ranging from street photography to landscape and portraiture. See more of my work at: www.thomaspappas.com or at www.pbase.com/thomaspappas

Greece…my Dusty Old Friend!

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The road from Armenistis to Evdilos, on the north coast of Ikaria

We are here for a month to see friends and experience Greece. The highlight so far is Ikaria…where people live long and with little stress. One of the 6 Blue Zones of the world. There is little time for much writing now, but you can see some of my photos at:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/147766274@N05/

 

 

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Horses at the Moraga Library

I have been enjoying the lovely and abstract horse sculptures at Moraga Library. Beautifully created by Amy Evans.

Moraga library is just off the Bike trail and very close to Moraga Commons. Young children frequently enjoy the fun of the playground at the Commons as well as a story at the library.

Support your local Library!

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Horse 2; Sculpture by Amy Evans

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Horse 3; Sculpture by Amy Evans

Athens this Month – June 2016

Hot hot hot!
Hotels fully booked with tourists and conventioneers.
But few signs of refugees.
Glad to see the Posidonia shipping crowd leave town at the end of their biennial bacchanal bash!
The Niarchos Cultural Center in Kallithea is rising! Sure to be a beautiful spot bringing life to Kallithea. Athens needs a new trendy area!
Streets are full of traffic. Especially when protesters take over the Center!
Made it to the kick-off event of the Athens-Epidaurus Festival. Big out-door concert by 10+vocalists and brass and bouzoukia and accordion! And Mr. Cheimerinoi Kolymvites was the highlight of the evening!  O φίλος μου  Γιώργος ξέρει καλή μουσική!
Kukaki, just south of the Acropolis Museum. My new favorite part of town.
Mani Mani is still serving great food. At a great price with great service! Meanwhile, Indian restaurants seem to be on the rise!
People are still smoking like it isn’t 2016 and we don’t know better! Oh the cost…to family friends co-workers and self!
Taxis are still cheap and plentiful. But watch out for the jalopies!
Be sure to strike up a conversation with a local. Greeks love to talk…and you might end up with a friend for life!
And so Athens, my dusty old friend. I will be gone and back again…before you know it!

Refugee Children in Greece

A photo exhibit by GMB Akash at the Benaki Museum of Athens. 21 May 2016

This exhibit brings the refugee crisis to life. My compliments to Mr. GMB Akash for his efforts in documenting the people caught in this struggle. The work is artfully presented, using only the photo roll paper set low to the ground, which is so often our vantage point when looking at children.

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http://www.benaki.gr/index.asp?lang=en&id=202010001&sid=1939

Tulips in Manhattan

 

Tulips in Manhattan – April 2016

I can’t think of a nicer Tulip Garden than this one in the West Side Community Garden on W89th Street in Manhattan. This 40 year old garden is a triumph of community action and is supported solely by volunteers. It is a wonderful spot for relaxation not to mention enjoying the flora.

Visit their website to learn more and find out about upcoming events. http://www.westsidecommunitygarden.org/about/

Enjoy my tulip photos.

 

 

A Walk through 2 Boroughs – 29 August 2015

Photos from a stroll from Manhattan to The Bronx, across the High Bridge at 170th Street.

The Apollo Theater on 125th Street

The Apollo Theater on 125th Street

The High Bridge, seen from Manhattan.

The High Bridge, seen from Manhattan.

Looking North.

Looking North from the High Bridge.

One of many commemorative plaques on the High Bridge.

One of many commemorative plaques on the High Bridge.

Strolling West on the High Bridge, towards Manhattan

Strolling West on the High Bridge, towards Manhattan

Enjoying the morning air - Bronx Style!

Enjoying the morning air – Bronx Style!

Saturday Morning in the Bronx.

Saturday Morning in the Bronx.

Fun on a hot day at Nelson Playground in the Bronx.

Fun on a hot day at Nelson Playground in the Bronx.

Under the El on Jerome Avenue.

Under the El on Jerome Avenue.

Shop Workers - waiting for Yankee Fans.

Shop Workers – waiting for Yankee Fans.

McCombs Dam Park on the edge of Yankee Stadium.

McCombs Dam Park on the edge of Yankee Stadium.

My Island – Poros

Most Greeks have either “My Island” or “My Village”. For us Poros has become ‘My Island”, probably because it is close enough to our family roots in the Peloponnese, but mostly because we have been welcomed there for many years by some very close friends. They have taken us into their family and included us in many events. We are so fortunate!

Poros is a short ferry ride from Piraeus. Close enough for a day-trip. And it is just a stone’s throw from Galatas in the Peloponnese. A day-trip to Epidaurus, or Mycenae is entirely possible.

Like everywhere in Greece, people like to sit for hours over a cup of coffee, or drink ouzo and eat grilled octopus and other mezes at a very leisurely pace! Everything starts later. There is no such thing as 7:00 in the morning, and meeting in the afternoon usually means at 5:00 or 6:00. Ask a friend where you will meet for coffee tomorrow and they will say at the port…or at the corner…and “I will look for you”. Ask them what time and they’ll say “in the morning”. Plans are rarely more firm than that! The summertime routine will include swimming, followed by a nap…then coffee in the afternoon! And a light dinner about when you should really be going to bed!

In Poros one must enjoy the simple routines that are common around Greece. But to enjoy them on Poros…now that is something different indeed!

Early morning ferry to Poros - on a brilliant day!

Early morning ferry to Poros – on a brilliant day!

In town on Easter Sunday - our last night.

In town on Easter Sunday – our last night. Galatas is just opposite…a few hundred meters away.

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Kids at the beach in Askeli.

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High up in the village – Poros.