Wednesday, February 8, 2012

home of santa clauss

When I started this blog, the whole idea was to write about photos from Greece and in particular from Patras. But, to be 100% precise, my home town, well in this case my “home village”, is actually Agios Vasileios at the north-eastern outskirts of Patras, just after passing Rion on the way from Patras to Athens, if You take old national road. The name could be translated to “Santa Clauss” as in Greece, Vassilis is the one who bring presents.

The village is quite popular summer destination for coffee and swimming during hot months. Lots of citizens come in the afternoons, straight from their offices, to get some rest lying on the beach, swimming and drinking coffee with friends. And Ag Vasileios is one of the top places to go.

In winter, it changes completely. Beach becomes empty, beach chairs disappear in magazines, coffee places and tavernas are in most cases closed, streets are empty, early afternoon traffic is gone. The village feels like… a real village, quiet and deserted. Only during sunny weekend days, in noon hours, very few come for coffee to few all year open cafés, like “Weekend” or “Mirabeu”. So, this is how abandoned summer destination looks like. You can argue, but I like this silence.

Photo1: NIKON D70s, AP, f 1/6.3, 1/640s, -0.3EV, f=43 mm (for 35mm), GIMP software

Photo2: NIKON D70s, AP, f 1/7.1, 1/640s, -0.3EV, f=40 mm (for 35mm), GIMP software

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