Socratis Malamas concert in Cyprus

I felt like nothing changed, like the time still being the same
I had so many years to see and listen this beautiful company
and as I wrote in the video
from my heart I dedicate this to Mitso Anagnostopoulo was the best bouzouki
who left us for heaven’s concerts
and to all those beautiful years of mine back in Greece who I participated
in this amazing mood… which I miss a lot”

Thank you

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9 years behind …

I have no words to express feelings or thoughts,
I could say that has not been said by experts, non-experts, from all
A minute of silence may be the best …
Sorry for those who perished,
sorry for that was destroyed,
sorry I could not more,
sorry that so many years, I forgot …

I dedicate to the family of my friend and his little five year old miracle,
who she will never know her aunt and she will not play with her four cousins

In my youth, and the times when I smiled at the beaches of Kaiafas and kato Samiko near to the pity Zacharo
In the village of my mother burned half but fortunately we did not lose someone

To my friends were I still go to visit them and their children grow up
To my others, my own people were left far away from their destroyed home after finding no support and now they are living in Germany

Only silence, apology and a promise that one day I will again make this trip,
for me, for that I lost and left behind me

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( The photos are without any filter, this was the color temperature of those moments )

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And you let her go …

Every day I am surprised from this unique little human being
I am still having her in my mind, when she was so small, so fragile, a baby
She is still my baby but …
the years run and the time is not like Pinelope (wife of famous Odyssea) doesn’t waiting for you.
Nope never
so one day you are looking the mirror and the faces are different

When I heard this song I felt as if I ate cuff…..
and you let her go…… you let her flying

 

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The arrival

The worst migration crisis since World War II.  (The pictures are from Lesvos island, Greece)

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I have no words to express myself, to describe the pictures or my emotions and I really I don’t want to do it.
The only thing that I know is that I went to Lesvos island to cover the arrival of the refugees with suspicious thoughts about them and after just one day I started “seeing” in several boats my daughter, my wife and myself

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Forgotten souls

The abandoned Asylum of incurability “New martyr Georgios” inside the city of Ioannina in Greece.
If I understood well the hospital closed on 2009 and the people lived there went to another place out of the city, the old Asylum remain closed all these years

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Now the only visitors who enter illegally, jumping a small fence, are mostly photographers, thieves and drug addicts, looking to find each lost paradise

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This story started from my curiosity to see this unique place from some pictures I saw and from the stories I was heard about the old Asylum from friends living and studying in Ioannina

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Then it evolved into exercise of courage for myself and secondary a photography test, because I strongly believe that in every place were people had suffer the specific place still have their energy, their cry, their mood.

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So in this place, years before souls with problems lived there.

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All the time even if I was in the middle of the day I had strange feelings…

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..the things around me, seems like someone left them for a while

and the owners from moment to moment they will return and they will ask me why I disturb them, why I am there, and from whom I took the permission for this visit

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Even now when I am writing this,  I have this disturbing feeling that someone was with me all the time and for this reason again and again I am looking carefully to find him in the reflections, hiding in the shadows, behind the windows, in the dark rooms in the pictures

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I want to share the mood and the feeling of the moment, this was the reason why I edited the pictures in B/W even if I am fan of the colour pictures.
Also, I have to apologize because I found nothing to say about the asylum, nobody knows and nobody talks and in researching I did in web I found again nothing

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We were there too

Fengaros festival in Kato Drys in the Larnaca district, for another three-day run, filled with music, on the 31st of July until the 2nd of August. Celebrating its fifth birthday, Fengaros is today considered as one of the best and most highly-anticipated events of the summer. The bar has been set even higher this year, with the ultimate goal being the festival’s establishment as an important and major international event.

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Bands and solo artists from Cyprus, Greece, England, France and the USA created an amalgam of music ranging from traditional to progressive, ethnic, blues, pop/rock, psychedelic, ambient, jazz and more.

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This musical melting pot includes an attractive collection of names such as: the renowned world music act Banda Magda (USA), the Epirus stoner-rockers Villagers of Ioannina City (Greece), the beloved to the cypriot audience Flying Ibex (UK), the Cretan music virtuoso quartet Xylouris/Spyridakis/Persides/Katsikiotis (Greece), the uplifting The Burger Project (Greece), the freak-folk Le Juki (UK), the upcoming psychedelic-pop band The Cave Children (Greece), acts for children such as Dimitris Baslam’s (Greece), Alexia C.’s solo act (France), and Martha Mavroidi’s ethnic trio (Greece). From the local music scene, we’ll see names such as the veterans of cypriot rock To Marazi tis Fotoulas, the folk/progressive J. Kriste, Master of Disguise, and Tricoolore.

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Three stages: the Main Stage, the Village Stage and the ABR Stage (in collaboration with Alternative Brains Rule), hinting at the festival’s pulse and vibe during its three-day take-over.

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The festival’s organic athmosphere is further emphasized by the village’s graphic scenery, as the aesthetic of the surroundings will become once again a source of inspiration for both the artists and the participants

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Children who stayed behind

The deplorable living conditions of the enclaved Cypriot’s can be demonstrated by the simple recounting of their numbers following the Turkish invasion of 1974.
In July of that year the Greek Cypriot population of the area presently occupied by the Turkish army was 162,000. By the time the second phase of the Turkish invasion had been completed, in August 1974, 142,000 Cypriots were expelled or forced to flee, leaving 20,000, mostly in the Karpas peninsula (Report S/11488 of the UNSG to the Security Council dated 4 September 1974).
During the next four months, another 5,000 were forced to leave, resulting in a reduction of the Greek Cypriot population of the occupied area by 91% (Report S/11568, 6 December 1974, para. 43).
According to the latest report of the Secretary General to the Security Council this number has diminished to 427 Greek Cypriots and 165 Maronites (S/1122, 30 November 2001, para. 8).
The situation today seems better the enclaved are almost 350 people, the students in school of Rizokarpaso are only 19
On 24 of June in the school parents, students and official guests celebrated the closing ceremony of the school year
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(EDITING by Slaviana Chekirova)

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Mass weddings

On June 19, 2015 on the beach of Larnaca Medieval Castle, married 70 couples, which were accompanied by about 200 guests.
For the fifth consecutive year, the Municipality of Larnaca and the Tourism Development and Promotion Larnaca in cooperation with tour operators from Israel, organizing this celebration event of massive civil marriages.
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The intended spouses, majority Israelis and Russians, arrived by boat in Larnaca port from Haifa,
the transition of couples in the marriage celebration took place with vintage cars from the Old Car Club of Cyprus.

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The area was ruled by the Police with a strong presence for the fear of terrorism, since on June 29 will be tried in criminal court, 26 year old Lebanese where in his house found 5 tons of ammonium nitrate

CURETED & EDITING by Slaviana Chekirova

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Cyprus peace talks and social cafe

Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci and Greek Cypriot president Nicos Anastasiades had a social meeting today 23 of May, 2015 in the old town of Nicosia,
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they walked together on both sides of the divided capital’s medieval center, first they went in the occupied old town of Nicosia and after they continued their walk in the free Nicosia.

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both leaders spoke to shopkeepers and residents and the crowd applauded and called for a solution

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Each leader spent around 45 minutes on either side, walking around and talking to people on the streets

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Impoverished aristocrat

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In the village of Prodromos at Troodos mountain there is the famous abandoned hotel of Verengaria!Panorama 01_APR5973  _APR5994

The Verengaria hotel was built at the early 20th century and soon became famous around the middle east!

It was a truly a unique hotel with top of the class facilities and service which along with its architecture and location boosted its fame.

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The hotel had a night club, huge dinning rooms, playgrounds, casino, bars and other extras which added to its success as it was a pioneer for that time.

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Its famous guests like Pharouk, the King of Egypt and Ezer Vaisman president of Israel along with the elite of the business and show world of the time, gave the hotel the nickname “Hotel of Kings”!

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The name Verengaria on the other hand was the name of the queen of Navarre (Berengaria), and wife of Richard the Lionheart, King of England.

They got married in Cyprus on May 12, 1191.

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Closed early of 80’s and the 88 rooms hotels became a legend, nowadays the visitors are coming to identify by themselves this old impoverished and ruined aristocrat with the many legends and ghosts

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