… Adică, în continuare, paginile următoare ale cărții de colorat pe care am primit-o de la Dede de Crăciun. Mulțumesc, Dede, deși ai mai văzut și pe Instagram ce am făcut din ea!
În curând, restul din agenda de colorat și noi semne de carte cu flori, până să termin și să pozez oceanul dispărut…
An artist’s pained life and his masterpieces.
Late last year, an article of mine was published by John Maberry’s Eagle Peak Annual on the life of one of Greece’s best-known sculptors, Giannoulis (“Little John”) Chalepas. I’m sharing here with John’s kind permission.
Chalepas translates into “hardship” in Greek and I think you’ll agree that the man’s life lived up to his surname. And yet, Chalepas is widely considered the best sculptor in his native Greece, where he’s called “the Greek Rodin.”
An early talent
Chalepas was born in Tinos, an island considered the center of modern Greek sculpture. Walking on its picturesque cobbled streets, you meet at every point the signs of art and artistic creation or expression.
He grew up in an environment of dust, marble, and clay. His father was one of the greatest craftsmen of the island, whose artistic and business endeavors brought him all the way to Smyrna…
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Second part of Yannick’s story – Bretagne has beautiful legends!
Yannick checked his pockets thoroughly as he regained his feet and was relieved that nothing had been lost or broken during his descent. He found himself in a small cave and having emerged into the daylight, he was surprised to discover that, apart from the rocky outcrop on which he stood, the surrounding land was a vast grassy plain, extending in all directions as far as he could see. He decided to head east and after some hours walking, noticed that wild flowers increasingly dominated the pasture.
The flowers got thicker, taller and more beautiful as he strode onwards when one of them seemed to lean towards him as he passed. He bent down to look closer at this curious effect when the flower metamorphosed into a beautiful, almost translucent, woman right before his eyes. “Fear me not, I am the fairy Bon-Elen. Unhappily, I can no longer maintain my…
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Nikolas’ stories, always interesting!
I came across a delightful story on Atlas Obscura the other day and wanted to share with you.
When the Gothic-style St. Mary Church (Marienkirche) was being built in Lübeck in the mid-13th century, local legend has it that none other than Satan himself stopped by the construction site to see what was afoot. The workers, scared to tell him the truth, told the devil they were building a magnificent wine bar. The devil was so excited to have some more souls come his way, he began to lend a hand with the construction.
It was only when the basilica was nearly finished that the prince of darkness realized he had been tricked. In his rage, he picked up a large slab to destroy the church, but a quick-thinking laborer promised him that they would build a wine bar in the same neighborhood. This pacified the devil, who dropped the…
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Worth sharing too! I love Robert Surcouf (and the French movie as well 😛 but I read a couple of books too). In my short stories volume, titled PROTECTED BY MERMAIDS, two siblings meet at the Mermaids court another pirate, Charlotte du Berry…
Bounded to the north by the English Channel, to the south by the Bay of Biscay and to the west by the Atlantic Ocean, Brittany has some 2,900km (1,800 miles) of coastline peppered with estuaries, busy ports, small harbours and naval bases. The sea has always played an important part in the life and soul of Brittany; from the arrival of the early Christian saints in their stone boats to the departure of hundreds of vessels carrying men to join the Free French Forces in England in the final days of June 1940.
Maritime activities such as fishing and international trade were always key parts of the Breton economy. The peninsula was located on the main sea routes between the big trading nations of Spain, Portugal, England and the Netherlands; in the 16th century, there were 123 significant working ports in Brittany and many, such as those of Saint-Brieuc…
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A wonderful Breton story -part one…
In the folklore of Brittany, fairies are rarely benevolent and when they are, it is usually under the tightest of conditions; the smallest infraction being punished severely. Perhaps aligned to their status as a cursed race, they are immensely powerful but fiercely proud and will not stand to be mocked or ignored. They sometimes appear seductive and protective but when provoked they can be malicious and cruel; to annoy a fairy was to expose oneself to their evil spells. There are many Breton tales of mortals battling against a fairy’s curse, one such is that of Yannick, a humble clog-maker. Here then is the story of The Clog-Maker’s Son.
Yannick could not remember a day when he had not made sabots or cut the choicest trees from which he crafted them. His father and grandfather had been sabotiers and he knew that his own children would, one day, be…
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Maybe you didn’t know. ..
First of all, let me apologize for the week-long delay in posting. I had my first vaccine (Astra) and it had quite the kick. Then, Electra had it and she was even worse than me. Between taking care of her and the wee one, I had precious free time in my hands for the other things I love such as blogging.
I’m back with an attempt to dispel two common myths about sleeping conditions in the Middle Ages. Some people think that everyone slept on straw, as you may do in a stable. Others imagine everyone sleeping on mattresses, albeit of a more, ahem, organic variety than we’re used to nowadays. Both of these are wrong, as Alice Twain explains on Quora.
When we think of reeds on the floor, we tend to imagine something similar to what is done in stables, whose floor is covered with straw…
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Adică, în continuare, paginile următoare ale cărții de colorat pe care am primit-o de la Dede de Crăciun. Mulțumesc, Dede, deși ai mai văzut și pe Instagram ce am făcut din ea!
Iar voi, dacă nu ați mai văzut cum arată un păun, un elefant, un motan și un pește tatuați, vedeți acum….