The Greek Orthodox Church and Her Saints: Saint Andrew. Feast Day 30 November.


Saint Andrew by El Greco
Saint Andrew by El Greco


Saint Andrew's day is celebrated world wide, on the thirtieth of November.

 Andrew, the Patron Saint of Greece, Russia and Scotland,

was a fisherman and brother of Saint Peter, the first disciple of Jesus,

and was in born in Bethsaida,on the Sea of Galiliee


Jesus calling St.Andrew and St,Peter.
Jesus calling St.Andrew and St,Peter.


Saint Andrew was first a disciple of Saint John, whom he later left, to follow Jesus.

After the crucifixion of Jesus, Saint Andrew was also crucified, by the Romans, in Patras, Greece.



Crucifixion of St.Andrew.
Crucifixion of St.Andrew.


Andrew deemed himself not worthy of being martyred on the same type of cross as Jesus, 

and asked to be tied to a cross in the shape of an X, 

from this X-shaped cross comes the flag of Scotland, The Saltire.



The Saltire, flag of Scotland
The Saltire, flag of Scotland


The Scottish flag is the oldest of any country,
 dating back to the twelfth century.



St.Andrew's Cathedral, Scotland
St.Andrew's Cathedral, Scotland



Relics of Saint Andrew are kept in the Church Of Saint Andrew in Patras, Greece,

the older church, found a short distance from the new one, is built on the site, where Saint 

Andrew was crucified.




St.Andrew's church, Patras, Greece
St.Andrew's church, Patras, Greece



The Church of Saint Andrew in Patras, is the largest church in the Balkans, with a capacity

 to hold up to five and a half thousand people,

thousands of Christians, from all over the world, travel to Patras to see the relics, which are

 a little finger, part of the skull and small pieces of the cross.



Relics of St.Andrew, Patras
Relics of St.Andrew, Patras



Relics of St.Andrew, Patras
Relics of St.Andrew, Patras





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Relics of St.Andrew, Patras, 




Pieces of St Andrew's cross, Patras, Greece.
Pieces of St Andrew's cross, Patras, Greece.


The relics (pieces of the cross) had been taken, during the crusades, from Greece by The

 Duke Of Burgundy and were kept in the Church of Saint Victor in Marseilles, but

 were returned to Patras on  nineteenth of January 1980.

Another significant church dedicated to Saint Andrew is The Church Of Saint Andrew in 

Kiev, Ukraine.



The Church Of Saint Andrew in Kiev, Ukraine.
 The Church Of Saint Andrew in Kiev, Ukraine.



A beautiful statue of Saint Andrew is on  display in The Vatican City.



Statue of St.Andrew, The Vatican City.
Statue of St.Andrew, The Vatican City.


Create simplicity: Get rid of the clutter!

Other people's junk
Other people's junk



“Don't own so much clutter that you will be relieved to see your house catch fire.”
Wendell Berry, Farming: a hand book.
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I consider myself a tidy person, I could very well have coined the phrase:
 "A place for everything, and everything in its place" 

It makes life so much simpler, no wasting time hunting for things, if you follow this old adage, you know exactly where things are.

I love to get rid of clutter, stuff not needed anymore, stuff that is not likely to be needed any more.

My family do things differently!

They hoard.

One of MGG's (My Greek God) favourite sayings is:

"It might come in useful one day"

Occasionally he has been proved right, nine times out of ten, though, we have just been collecting junk.

Both my children have flown the nest, not so, most of their belongings, which means that we are now collecting even more junk:

 "Other people's junk"



Unwanted stuff
Unwanted stuff


This is just one very small example of  "Other peoples junk"
I have wardrobes and cupboards bursting with stuff , in fact, I have a whole room full of:

 "Other peoples junk"

My Daughter has moved three times since going to live in Athens, each time, stuff not wanted or needed in the new place, comes home to Mum.

(By the way, my Daughter still has her room at home with a whole lot of other stuff in it!)

There was so much of it, that I made myself a cosy little:

 " Place of One's Own",

 in what was once our guest room.


"A Place Of One's own"
"A Place Of One's own"


 Most of what you see here once belonged to my Daughter.

This left us with no place for guests to sleep, so when my Son married and left home I had plans for his old room.

I emptied his room as much as I could, this meant begging him to sort out his cupboards and drawers, the begging turning into threatening, when I had no response from him.

Then, things that had left with him, started to return!

Wardrobes that I had emptied began filling up again.

He and his wife live in a small apartment,

 "They had no room for his stuff"
This was his excuse.

Well, MGG and I, lived in a small apartment, for about ten years, I never remember us farming out our belongings to other family members, through lack of space!



Other peoples junk
Other peoples junk


All my Son's hobbies seem to need equipment that is extremely large, crash helmets, protective motorbike gear,( this could be classed as armor, rigid, large and cumbersome), water skies and now that his passion is windsurfing and various other water sports, goodness knows what else might be arriving.

None of this, you understand, can be kept at his home!

I need to put my foot down, enough is enough.

So, I am on a mission, I will empty this room; for a second time!



My mission, empty this room.
My mission: empty this room.



This is not the only stuff to be sorted out, the cupboards and drawers are again full.



Inflatables
Inflatable rubber rings


You may be forgiven for thinking that these blow up things for the sea, belong to my two and a half year old Granddaughter, they don't.

They belong to my twenty nine year old Daughter.

The only thing in this room, that I really want to keep, is this cupboard.
I have the perfect place for it in our bedroom.

It has to stay upstairs, for now, anyway, it's too large to go around the curve in the stairs.
We got it up here with the help of a  crane, up over the balcony and in through the French  windows.




Sideboard
Sideboard


Why has it not been moved yet?
Because MGG and Prodigal Son reckon that it is too heavy to move.
Have they tried to move it?
No, I shall have to nag some more!

Even little Melina; my Granddaughter, is at it now.



Toy box
Toy box


We have a good selection of toys!

They have been moved from this position, after a friend cautioned us, that they might be a fire hazard.

To get back to the subject, I will empty that room,
I will have a guest room again.

For today though, I shall leave it, the weather is miserable.




Cloudy weather in Greece
Cloudy weather in Greece


Just the sort of day to relax in my ex guest room, now:

 "A Place of One's Own""



My Space
My Space


Ironically, if not for "Other people's junk", I wouldn't have my cosy little room, where today, I shall  read again, a book about a wonderful character: Peggy Guggenheim, and watch for the millionth time one of my favourite films: Cinema Paradiso.
 The directors cut version, which has a whole extra hour more, than the version shown in cinemas.




Favourites
Favourites


Maybe I should take more notice of  MGG when he says:

"It might come in useful one day"




Once upon a time in Athens


Acropolis Athens
Acropolis Athens


Everybody just loves poring over old photographs, well, I know I do.

Even more so when I actually know the places depicted in the pictures.

After spending time this afternoon, looking at beautiful old pictures of Athens, I decided to share them with you.

It was difficult choosing from so many, I hope you like what I finally came up with.

They are all :

"Before and after"

Scroll away to your heart's content and enjoy!



Acropolis Athens
Acropolis Athens


Athens has become so built up, I don't think that you would find sheep grazing there now.
This is Greece though, you never know!



Monastiraki, Athens
Monastiraki, Athens



Monastiraki looks much larger now but still has a lot of open space.



Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier, Syntagma Square, Athens
Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier, Syntagma Square, Athens



Digging underneath the parliament building in Syntagma square during the construction of: "The Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier"




Plaka, Athens
Plaka, Athens



Anyone who has toured around Athens, will recognise the second picture,
would they have known that the first is Plaka?



Zonars coffee, shop,Athens
Zonars coffee, shop,Athens

Zonars  coffee shop.
Posh then, and still very posh today!



Drachma and Euros
Drachma and Euros


Ah, the Drachma, I think most Greeks wish that we had it back!




Greek kiosk
Greek kiosk


The ubiquitous kiosk, a little more variety today, sadly, they do seem to be disappearing, little "sell everything" shops are popping up all over.




Amalias Street, Athens.
Amalias Street, Athens.



Amelias street in the centre of Athens, much more traffic today but not many horses and carts!




Emporikon Hotel Athens
Emporikon Hotel Athens


The Emporikon Hotel, Aiolou street.

"Urban decay"

What a shame that it has been left to rot.




Basilopoulos Supermarket
Basilopoulos Supermarket



A B Basilopoulos, the first supermarket in Greece, taking over from the local  "Bakaliko" (grocers shop)




Athens International Airport
Athens International Airport


Athens International Airport, the first picture is 1957.
When I first arrived in 1977 it was much the same!




Panapistimio Street, Athens
Panapistimio Street, Athens



Panapistimio street, a very busy street, then with pedestrians, now, with buses and taxis.





Ploutarchou Street, Kolonaki, Athens
Ploutarchou Street, Kolonaki, Athens



Ploutarchou street, Kolonaki, the exclusive area of Athens.
The British Embassy was situated on this street.




Ploutarchou Street, Kolonaki, Athens
The Grand Bretagne Hotel, Syntagma Square, Athens


The Grand Bretagne Hotel, Syntagma Square.

Not much change here, still the" Grand Old Dame " of Athens.





Psiri, Athens
Psiri, Athens


The Psiri area of Athens.
 Very popular with young people now for its lively night life.




Thission, Athens
Thission, Athens



The area of Thission, just below the Acropolis, again, very built up now.





 Theatre of Dionyssus and Dionyssiou
Theatre of Dionyssus and Dionyssiou



1903 Aerial view of the " Theatre of Dionyssus and Dionyssiou "
Areopagitou street.

 Under the Acropolis




Syntagma Square (Constitution) Athens
Syntagma Square (Constitution) Athens



Syntagma (Constitution) Square.





Syngrou Athens
Syngrou Athens



Syngrou Avenue, A very bust road today.
 I bet all drivers wish that it was more like the before picture!




Polytechnion, Athens



The Athens Polytechnion,
The trees have grown!





Lekavittos Street, Kolonaki, Athens
Lekavittos Street, Kolonaki, Athens



Lekavittos street, Kolonaki.




Lykavittos, Athens
Lykavittos, Athens


Lykavittos




Hadrians Arch, Athens
Hadrians Arch, Athens



Hadrians Arch in the very center of Athens.





Ermou Street. Athens
Ermou Street. Athens



Ermou street, the busiest shopping street in Athens.





Corner of Ermou & Kapnikareas, Athens
Corner of Ermou & Kapnikareas, Athens



The corner of Ermou street and Kapnikareas, 





Caryatids house, Keramikos, Athens
Caryatids house, Keramikos, Athens



A house in Keramikos decorated with Caryatids.

The first picture is by Henri Cartier Bresson, a great photographer.




I hope you liked looking at the Athens of yesteryear as much as I did.



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