Local Heart, Global Soul

September 10, 2014

Peaceful, Inspiring, Spiritual, Beautiful Places…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I’m still in the little church in the village of Platania, on the Pelion peninsular in Greece where the detailed painted icons and decorations are so many that they fill more than one blog post.

Apart  from my apparent obsession with candles in my last post (aren’t they amazing? … or is it just me who thinks they are?)

These icons intrigue me because at first glance they look like rather simple, stylised images, but in fact they are more than that and the more you look the more detail you see.

I’m assuming that they are the “portraits” of Saints, and once again they are not only beautiful images to be admired and remembered from this trip, they are also here as part of my inspirational art file…

…after all, who would’t be inspired after seeing such detail?

It’s my last post from this little church but one thing is sure, if you are ever visiting Greece and have the opportunity to visit a little church like this yourself, then do take the opportunity, they are peaceful, inspiring, spiritual, beautiful places that enrich the soul on many  levels.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

 

September 9, 2014

A Picture (Or Two) Is Worth A Thousand Words…

There is a beautiful church in the little Greek village of Platania, on the Pelion peninsular. Like the other little church I visited in Kissos, it is packed with beautiful artworks. Portraits in hammered silver panels, or icons and paintings, the colours are vibrant and the images stunning.  Another photographic post  that shows the truth of the phrase “A picture is worth a thousand words”…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

September 8, 2014

You Couldn’t Hold A Candle To The Decoration In Here…

The date was the last week of October  2012, the place was Platania on the tip of the Pelion peninsular, Greece. Even though autumn is fast approaching and the leaves on the trees are turning russet and stating to fall, the temperature is still in the mid-twenties centigrade and we have the luxury of being one of the last tourists of the season and the village is deserted and quiet. I’m visiting the local church in Platania, it’s small but beautiful… This is a photographic post that takes a step inside and demonstrates once and for all my obsession for the “little” things in life… like candles…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

September 7, 2014

I’m Dropping In At The Three Bells…

Filed under: GREECE,PELION PENINSULAR,Platania - Church — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

We visited Greece in October 2012, the tourist season was as good as over, with our in-laws we constituted almost the sum total of the tourist population in the village of Platania.

Despite the fact the autumn is setting in temperatures are still in the mid to high twenties (Celsius) and Himself and the kids are making the most of the extended swimming season.

I’m a certified non-swimmer and the semi-sandy beach was difficult to walk on and once was as much as I could handle so I get Himself to drop me off at the beach front so that I can take a leisurely walk around the village whilst they swim.

Luckily for me the village is small, and whilst there are a few streets that go up the hill, I opt to leave those out because there’s a big difference between a pleasant walk and a hard slog and I know which of the two I prefer. Even better is that my next discovery is just meters down the next street that I choose to take: a lovely looking little white washed church. The door is standing open and I don’t need too much more of an invitation than that… but first there are some beautiful things on the outside to investigate. I start with the bells that hang in a separate support tower outside the front entrance, then on to the building itself and the things outside, like what might be baptismal fonts? The gold coloured one has a twin inside the church too, beautiful fretwork and oozing detail. Everything is clean and crisp in the early afternoon sunshine… excellent weather and beautiful architecture, what’s not to love?

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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