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September 9, 2014

#Waves #Sea #Greece

by Penny BroJacquie


Instant Download, Royalty Free, 5jpg – Waves, Sea, Greece, Fine Art Photography, Digital, Printable
August 12, 2014

Hamlet’s Day all the way!

by Penny BroJacquie



Have you heard the news? Benedict Cumberbatch is going to step into Hamlet’s shoes next year. If you had no idea about it and you first heard it from me, then you probably have already missed your chance to book your ticket to the show.

Let’s make it clear. Benedict Cumberbatch will star in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet at London’s Barbican theater in a run that will last from early August until late October — next year.

Tickets went on sale n Monday at 10 a.m. London time but who knew what would happen next? The theatre’s allocation of tickets had sold out by about 5:30 p.m. London time.

As a huge Benedict Cumberbatch fan I wouldn’t have missed the chance watch him perform on stage in one of Shakespeare’s most popular works.

Without having a clue about what was happening I logged in on Barbican’s website on Monday afternoon only to find myself in a virtual queue of more than 35.000.

Just a few minutes later the theatre’s allocation sold out but a notification encouraged all those in queue to visit ATG (Ambassador Theater Group) website which got an exclusive allocation tickets.

And yes baby, that’s how I got my ticket! Fingers crossed in 13 months from now I’ll be in London watching Benedict Cumberbatch as Hamlet. The rest of the cast hasn’t been announced yet but it’s rumoured Gary Oldman is going to play Claudius. That would be awesome.

But that wasn’t the end of a good day. Just a few minutes after I received my ticket order confirmation email, another email arrived in my inbox.

This time it was from my publisher’s! My ePub proof for City Break In Athens, my travel guide for the city of Athens and my very first book, is now ready for review!

And wait, I have more. Here is what was written in my publisher’s message:

“If anything is “rotten in the state of Denmark”, please “reject” the proof (blabla)”.

No doubt it was Hamlet’s Day all the way!

November 10, 2013

Rituals of Hospitality : Ornamented Trays of the 19th Century in Greece and Turkey

by Penny BroJacquie

This is an exhibition I visited today and I found it quite interesting!

Yia Su!



This The Benaki Museum exhibition focuses on a group of fascinating, multi-faceted 19th century objects from the field of the decorative and applied arts: the ornamented trays produced during the Indian summer of the japanning industry in Europe, which are today prized treasures of private and museum collections in Greece and Turkey.



Once an essential part of the rituals of daily life in the Ottoman empire and the newly founded Greek Kingdom – the serving of coffee and syrupy ‘spoon’ sweets but also the elaborate rituals of hospitality enacted over the partaking of meals – these objects, hitherto unpublished and under-researched, are laden with the complex socio-cultural history of their times.




This exhibition aims at an inter-disciplinary reading which looks into their iconography and function, the techniques of manufacture and places of production, the commercial routes that brought these coveted wares to the ‘east’ and the homes of…

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October 17, 2013

Monastiraki Sp with the famous flea market

by Penny BroJacquie

Monastiraki (which means little monastery) is a flea market neighbourhood in the old town of Athens, Greece, and is one of the principal shopping districts in Athens. The area is home to clothing boutiques, souvenir shops, and speciality stores, and is a major tourist attraction in Athens and Attica for bargain shopping. The area is named after Monastiraki Square, which in turn is named for the Pantanassa church monastery that is located within the square. The main streets of this area are Pandrossou Street and Adrianou Street.


When you get out of the Metro station “Monastiraki”, there is a sign that says “Athens Flea Market”. It’s actually a small winding street. There are shops on both sides of the street shelling running shoes, men/ladys outfits, and tourist stuff.

A few meters further lies a small square lined with antique shops mostly furniture themed. There are a lot of booths and second-hand “fleas”. There are also quite a few leather/fur stores . The winding street actually continues on the other side of the Metro station square.

 Photos provided by Pyksida ©

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May 25, 2013

Boukamvilias in Greece

by Penny BroJacquie


Bougainvillea also known as “napoleón” in Honduras, Veranera in Colombia, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Panama, “trinitaria” in Colombia, Cuba, Panama, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic & Venezuela, “santa rita” in Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay or “papelillo” in northern Peru is called “boukamvilia” in Greece. They are popular in central and south parts of Greece where the climate is warm.

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October 16, 2012

Ticket to… Chatsworth House

by Penny BroJacquie

Chatsworth House is a stately home in North Derbyshire, England.

It is the seat of the Duke of Devonshire, and has been home to his family, the Cavendish family, since Bess of Hardwick settled at Chatsworth in 1549.

Chatsworth House appeared in the 2005 film adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” and it was also used in “The Duchess”.

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September 11, 2012

Plitvice Lakes National Park

by Penny BroJacquie

Plitvice Lakes National Park is the oldest national park in Southeast Europe and the largest national park in Croatia. It is located in the mountainous karst area of central Croatia near the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In 1979, Plitvice Lakes National Park was designated as a World Heritage site by UNESCO .

Sixteen lakes are located in the Plitvice National park as a result of the confluence of several small rivers and subterranean karst rivers. All those lakes are interconnected and they follow the water flow. They are separated by natural dams of travertine, which is deposited by the action of moss, algae, and bacteria.

The name Plitvice was first mentioned in a written document in 1777 by Dominik Vukasović, the priest of Otočac. In Croatian pličina (or plitvak, plitko) means shallow and “Plitvice” was a reference to the shallow basins filled with water that are formed throughout the Park and have created the lakes.

The national park became famous during the 1960s and 1970s as it was the scenery in several Western film productions of Karl May novels.

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August 24, 2012

Kallimarmaron Stadion

by Penny BroJacquie

The Panathinaiko Stadion, also known as the Kallimarmaro Stadion, is an athletic stadium in Athens that hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896.  

Reconstructed from the remains of the ancient Greek stadium, the Panathinaiko is the only major stadium in the world built entirely of white marble (from Mount Penteli) and one of the oldest stadiums in the world.

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July 17, 2012

Hydra, a rocky island

by Penny BroJacquie

Hydra is a rocky island and it is separated from the Peloponnesus by narrow strip of water. In ancient times it was called Hydrea (derived from the Greek word for water) as a reference to the springs on it.

You won’t see any motor vehicles on the island as only rubbish trucks are allowed. Public transportation is provided by donkeys, bicycles, and water taxis. Hydra is reached from Piraeus by high speed hydrofoils, catamarans and ferry boats. It is also connected by ferries to Aegina, Poros, Spetses, Nafplion and Monemvasia. On weekends Hydra is full of tourists as it is a favourite weekend destination of the Athenians.

You can visit the Manors and the Museums, walk through the picturesque paths and swim in rocky beaches such as Hydronetta, Avlaki, Kamini and Spilia. Any other beach is reachable only by sea transportation.

The main town is simply known as “Limani” (aka port) and it is the island’s gateway to the world. Bastions with cannons lie on both sides of the port. They were used to protect the city from attacks.

The town of Hydra is built amphitheatrically inside a close cove and it is surrounded by huge rocks. A strand of restaurants, shops, markets, and galleries lead up to steep stone streets and outwards from the harbour area.

The astonishing manors are the jewels of Hydra. Once mansions of the captains with significant role in the War of Independence, they are mostly used nowadays as Museums. On the left-hand side of the harbour the Tsamadou mansion is standing. It now hosts a Maritime Academy and the Tombazi mansion is part of the School of Fine Arts.

Mansions as those of Lazarus and George Kountouriotis, Boudouri, Kriezi, Voulgari, and Miaouli now contain collections of 18th Century local furniture. The Lazarus Kountouriotis mansion operates as extension branch of the National Museum of History.

At the eastern side of the port, one can see the statue of Andreas Miaoulis. Miaoulis was an admiral and politician who commanded Greek naval forces during the Greek War of Independence (1821-1829).

Many movies have been shoot in Hydra. The most famous of them was “Boy on a Dolphin” (1957) with Sophia Loren starring in it. A statue with the same theme is there to remind of the film.

June 9, 2012

Olympic Flame Handover Ceremony 2012

by Penny BroJacquie

On 17th May 2012 the Olympic Flame Handover ceremony took place in Athens.

The Olympic flame has officially been handed over to organisers of the London 2012 Games at a ceremony held at Kallimarmaro Stadium (also called Panathenaic Stadium), the home of the first modern Olympics in Greece in 1896.

Greek veteran weighlifter Piros Dimas and Chinese gymnast Li Ning lit the cauldron with the Olympic flame. It was carried around Greece after being lit on 10 May in Olympia. It was taken into the stadium by torchbearer Christina Giazitzidou, Greece’s world champion in rowing, who also held aloft an olive branch of peace.

Olympics Minister Hugh Robertson, Sebastian Coe (chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games), footballer David Beckham and Mayor of London Boris Johnson attended.

Young people from schools in Greece and Britain carried flags in the stadium. Crowds celebrated the moment as both national anthems of the UK and Greece were sung by a British school choir and Greek tenor, Marios Fragoulis.

Greek veteran weighlifter Piros Dimas and Chinese gymnast Li Ning lit the cauldron with the Olympic flame. It was carried around Greece after being lit on 10 May in Olympia. It was taken into the stadium by torchbearer Christina Giazitzidou, Greece’s world champion in rowing, who also held aloft an olive branch of peace.

Actress Ino Menegaki performed the role of the high priestess and lit London’s Olympic torch with the flame.

The flame was passed by the President of the Hellenic Olympic Committee, Spyros Capralos to Princess Anne who represented the UK in her role as president of the British Olympic Association and the flame became London 2012’s official responsibility.

The ceremony started in heavy rain but ended with a rainbow in the sky over the stadium…

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