A Flower Garden in the Desert of Dubai!

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A flower garden in the desert? Yes…In Dubai, of course!

The most impressive thing about the garden is that the whole operation is fed via recycled wastewater.

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photo: Stephen Allan

Opened on Valentine’s Day 2013, the Dubai Miracle Garden, consisting of 150.000.000 individual flowers, is the world leader when we talk about enormous flower gardens!

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Photography by @jhim

The park currently includes at least 45 different species of flower imported from around the globe, many of which are difficult to cultivate in the desert and rarely seen in the Middle East, such as geraniums, marigolds, calendulas, and petunias.


The Dubai Miracle Garden also holds the current Guiness record for largest flower arrangement. That award was bestowed in December 2016 for a floral structure in the shape of an Airbus A380 that’s 230 feet long (measures 72.95 m (233 ft 4 in) x 78.34 m (257 ft) x 21.98 m (72 ft 1 in), and includes more than 500.000 fresh flowers and plants, constructed over a frame built from recycled materials.


The complex, (about 2 million square feet) includes retail stores, a mosque, a floral clock, and tha latest attraction, the region’s first butterfly circular garden, depicting nine domes covering 1,800 square metres and it has a capacity for 300 people.


The climate-controlled domes, which can be open year round, are decorated with flower displays and are home to a range of thousands brightly colored butterflies in various sizes and species, just off Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road.

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As well as the garden there is also a butterfly museum and a butterfly flower park built around a theme linked to the creature.


Dubai’s Flower Garden also has a medicinal plant section and a fruits-and-veggies section. Guests are able to make their own salads and teas from the plants, with designated seating areas set up for this purpose.

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The idea is to educate guests on healthy, unprocessed, plant-based diets, as well as “mindful eating”—knowing what’s in your food and where the ingredients came from.

Sources: http://mentalfloss.com, www.thenational.ae, guinnessworldrecords.com, dubaimiraclegarden.com


The Archaeological Museum of Thebes

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photos: Almablog

The Archaeological Museum of Thebes is one of the most important museums of Greece since some of its collections are rare or unique.


The exhibits originate from excavations all around Boeotia and cover a long chronological period spanning from the Palaeolithic to the Post Byzantine periods.


Thebes, in ancient Greek “Θῆβαι”, is a Boeotian city, one of the oldest of Greece and among the few existing cities build before the Great Flood.


According to myth, it is built by Cadmus, bearing great mythological importance.


The general Epaminondas who made Thebes the ruling city of Greece, is among the most notable Thebans, as well as Pelopidas, the renowned leader of the Sacred Band.


The acropolis of Thebes was called Cadmeia, since the city’s founder was Cadmus. The plural number of the name Thebes comes from the fourteen gates of the city, connected to Niobe by myth.


The name Thebes was also used for the Egyptian city, at Karnak. This name is believed to be a derivative of the ancient Egyptian word for the city, “ta-pe,” in Greek.


The new Archaeological Museum of Thebes occupies an exhibition area of 1.000 m2  and houses a multitude of artefacts, representing millennia of continuous human activity in Boeotia.


The exhibition halls spread over two different levels, a choice dictated by the necessity to maintain the natural formation on the western slopes of the Kadmeia hill.


The Museum extension and the configuration of the surrounding space were monitored by the architect Michalis Souvatzidis.


The rearrangements include the repair and modernization of the existing building of 613,73 square meters, with the moderation of its old layout, the deposition of the neighbor structures (curator’s office, restrooms), the repair of various construction elements (coatings, colorations, false ceilings), air conditioning installation and the cladding with cement tile.


The old building was integrated with the new extension so to look like one unity.


The new extended part covers 2.692,23 square meters, with 1.390 square meters of semi open airs spaces, consisted of 3 basements, ground floor and rooms.


This reconstruction includes retaining work with poles and reinformance coatings, digging, masonry, coverage, electromechanical installation, exterior landscape formulation of 1.749 square meters και backfilling  of ancient findings which were discovered during the digging of the building’s foundation and was decided to protect and preserve them.


Modern Thebes is build right on top of the ancient city.


Thebes was one of the most influential ancient cities of Greece.


It is inhabited from Neolithic times and its heyday was in the Mycenaean period.


Many remains of the ancient city are visible around the modern city, along with few parts of its fortifications build with big boulders on natural rock.


Thebes is 45 Km from the capital of modern Boeotia, Livadia.


Some of the most important historical sites in Thebes is the Mycenaean palace, the Isminion temple devoted to Apollo and the Cadmian Gates.


Το Αρχαιολογικό Μουσείο Θηβών είναι σημαντικό ελληνικό μουσείο τα εκθέματα του οποίου προέρχονται από ανασκαφικήδραστηριότητα στη Βοιωτία και καλύπτουν μια μεγάλη περίοδο από την Παλαιολιθική εποχή έως τους μεταβυζαντινούς χρόνους.


Ανήκει στην Εφορία Αρχαιοτήτων Βοιωτίας, με έδρα τη Θήβα, η οποία λειτουργεί εντός του Αρχαιολογικού Μουσείου Θηβών.

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Source: Wikipedia, www.mthv.gr, www.tripadvisor.com


Art – Sally Swatland

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photo: Sally Swatland: “Summer on Long island”

“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home”, Twyla Tharp.

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Born in Washington DC and raised in Greenwich, Connecticut, Sally Swatland is a painter of figurative works, especially children playing in the water along beaches.

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Sally Swatland: “Afternoon on the Terrace”

As a child of a successful attorney, she had a childhood of many vacations at waterside resorts, and her artwork is inspired by happy memories of spending hours and hours in seaside activities.

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Swatland began to paint at age five and took classes throughout her growing-up years.


She earned a degree in Fine Art from Mount Saint Vincent College and then studied figure drawing for six years (1969-1974) at the Art Students League in New York City.


 Shultz was one of her most influential teachers.

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(Source: www.askart.com, pictures: Google)


15 Signs of Greek Culture All Over The World!

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1.The Temple of Aslkepios, in Rome, with a Greek sign.

1.Ο Ναός του Ασκληπιού στη Ρώμη
με ελληνική επιγραφή (photo: Mythical Greece)


2. The emblem of the 300th US NAVY SEALS is Greek!

2. Το έμβλημα της 300ης σειράς των »βατραχιών» της Αμερικής (US NAVY SEALS), είναι, Ελληνικό.


3. There is one of the most important Democritus quotes on the Texas University. (“He preferred the interpretation of a phainomenon  than the ownership of the Persian Kingdom”).

3. Στο πανεπιστήμιο του Τέξας υπάρχει ένα από τα σημαντικότερα αποφθεγματα του Δημόκριτου : »…. βούλεσθαι μᾶλλον μίαν εὑρεῖν αἰτιολογίαν ἢ τὴν Περσῶν οἱ βασιλείαν γενέσθαι…», (προτιμούσε να βρει μία ερμηνεία »για ένα φαινόμενο», παρά να γίνει δικό του το βασίλειο της Περσίας).

4. In Germany,  Magdeburg, on Elva’s river banks, there is an old tower, (of 1431), on which is written in greek the phrase: “Water is the best commodity”.

4. Στο Μαγδεμβούργο της Γερμανίας, στις όχθες του ποταμού Έλβα, υπάρχει παλαιός πύργος, του έτους 1431, στον οποιο αναγράφεται η φράση: »Άριστον μεν ύδωρ» (Το νερό είναι το καλύτερο αγαθό).


5. The phrase from the Bible (Ioannis), is written above the entrance of the Illinois University.

5. Η φράση από το κατά Ιωάννη Ευαγγέλιο »ο λόγος πλήρης χάριτος και αληθείας», βρίσκεται σε είσοδο του Πανεπιστημίου του Ιλλινόις.


6. The symbol of Boston College in Massachussets: ” Always shine in the competition, surpass everybody else and honor your origin”.

6. Το σύμβολο του Boston College της Μασσαχουσέτης… «αἰὲν ἀριστεύειν… καὶ ὑπείροχον ἔμμεναι ἄλλων, μηδέ γένος πατέρων αἰσχυνέμεν…» (Ιλιάς Ζ’, στ. 208). (Πάντα να αριστεύεις…και να είσαι ανώτερος από τους άλλους, και να μην ντροπιάζεις την γενιά των προγόνων σου…).

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7. Above the entrance of the Administration of the Edinburgh University, is  written: “Those who are educated they see twice”

7. ΔΙΠΛΟΥΝ ΟΡΩΣΙΝ ΟΙ ΜΑΘΟΝΤΕΣ ΓΡΑΜΜΑΤΑ «Διπλά βλέπουν αυτοί που γνωρίζουν γράμματα». Η φωτογραφία απεικονίζει την είσοδο στο κτίριο της γραμματείας του Πανεπιστημίου του Εδιμβούργου.

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8. On the facade of the old University of Salamanka city, Spain is written: “The kings to the University and the University to the Kings”.

8. Στην πρόσοψη του παλαιού Πανεπιστημίου της πόλης Σαλαμάνκα της Ισπανίας αναγράφεται : »Oἱ βασιλεῖς τῇ ἐγκυκλοπαιδείᾳ αὐτὴ τοῖς βασιλεῦσι». (Οι βασιλείς προς το Πανεπιστήμιο και το Πανεπιστήμιο προς τους βασιλείς).

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9. Germany, on “Eiserner Steg” bridge in Frankfurt, is written: “Travelling in foreign seas with people speaking foreign languages”.

9. Επιγραφή στην γέφυρα «Eiserner Steg» της Φρανκφούρτης, Γερμανία. «ΠΛΕΩΝ ΕΠΙ ΟΙΝΟΠΑ ΠΟΝΤΟΝ ΕΠ’ ΑΛΛΟΘΡΟΟΥΣ ΑΝΘΡΩΠΟΥΣ». «Ταξιδεύοντας σε ξένες θάλασσες με ανθρώπους που μιλούν άλλες γλώσσες».

10. Yale University. From “Politeia” of Plato: ” Those who own the knowledge should transfer to one another”.

10. Πανεπιστήμιο «Yale» στις ΗΠΑ. Φράση από την «Πολιτεία» του Πλάτωνος: «Λαμπάδια ἔχοντες διαδώσουσιν ἀλλήλοις» (Οι φέροντες τις δάδες τις μεταλαμπαδεύουν ο ένας στον άλλον).


11. University of Malta: “Knowledge is the precession of honor”.

11. Πανεπιστήμιο της Μάλτας : «Προπύλαιον της τιμής η μάθησις».

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12. Japan! ” We philosophise in the Greek way”. This sign is on the tumbe of the Japanese professor “Teruo Suzuki”, Honorary President 0f the “International Company of Greek Philosophy”.

12. Ιαπωνία! – «Εφιλοσοφούμεν ελληνικώς». Η επιγραφή αυτή, δίκην επιτυμβίου στήλης, βρίσκεται στον τάφο του ιάπωνα καθηγητή και επιτίμου προέδρου της «Διεθνούς Εταιρείας Ελληνικής Φιλοσοφίας» «Teruo Suzuki».


13. Hiroshima, Japan: In the centre of the town, on the “Park of Peace”, dedicated to the memory of the nuclear attack’s victims, there is the church bell of peace, which the visitors can ring, like a calling for world peace. On this bell, there is a Greek mark: “Understand yourself”.

13. Χιροσίμα, Ιαπωνία! Στο πάρκο Ειρήνης της Χιροσίμα, στο κέντρο της πόλης, που είναι αφιερωμένο στην μνήμη των θυμάτων της πυρηνικής επίθεσης, υπάρχει η Καμπάνα της Ειρήνης την οποία οι επισκέπτες μπορούν να κτυπήσουν, σαν έκκληση για την παγκόσμια ειρήνη. Πάνω στην καμπάνα υπάρχει χαραγμένη η ελληνική επιγραφή: «Γνώθι σαυτόν».


14. On the exit tolls of Alexandreia, Egypt, towards Kairo the name of the city is written in Greek, as demanded by the Mayors of the city, in honor of Alexander The Great.

14. Διόδια εξω από την Αλεξάνδρεια της Αιγύπτου προς Κάϊρο. Η αναγραφή της πόλης και στα ελληνικά ήταν απαίτηση των Δημάρχων για να τιμήσουν τον Μέγα Αλέξανδρο.



Source: www.tilestwra.gr, Diamantaras, mythical greece F/B




Auguste Renoir

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Featured image: The two sisters (1889)

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, commonly known as Auguste Renoir (1841 – 1919), was a French artist who proved a leading painter in the development of the Impressionist style.

As a celebrator of beauty and especially feminine sensuality, it has been said that “Renoir is the final representative of a tradition which runs directly from Rubens to Watteau”.

The two sisters on the terrace

Two sisters on the terrace

The Renoirs had three sons: Pierre Renoir (1885-1952), who became a stage and film actor; Jean Renoir (1894-1979), who became a filmmaker of note and Claude Renoir (1901-1969), who became a ceramic artist.

Dance at Bougival


His father, Léonard Renoir, was a tailor of modest means, so in 1844, Renoir’s family moved to Paris in search of more favorable prospects. The location of their home, in rue d’Argenteuil in central Paris, placed Renoir in proximity to the Louvre.

La Loge

La Loge

Although the young Renoir had a natural inclination for drawing, he exhibited a greater talent for singing. His talent was encouraged by his teacher, Charles Gounod, who was the choir-master at the Church of St Roch at the time.

La Grenouillère

Auguste Renoir: La Grenouillère. NM 2425

However, due to the family’s financial circumstances, Renoir had to discontinue his music lessons and leave school at the age of thirteen to pursue an apprenticeship at a porcelain factory.

Luncheon of the Boating Party


In 1890, he married Aline Victorine Charigot, a dressmaker twenty years his junior, who, along with a number of the artist’s friends, had already served as a model for Le Déjeuner des canotiers (Luncheon of the Boating Party) – she is the woman on the left playing with the dog) in 1881, and with whom he had already had a child, Pierre, in 1885.

Dance At The Moulin De La Galette

Dance At The Moulin De La Galette

Sources: Wikipedia, Youtube, Khanacademy.org

Photos: Google


“After a while”

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After a while

After a while you learn
the subtle difference between
holding a hand and chaining a soul
and you learn
that love doesn’t mean leaning
and company doesn’t always mean security.
And you begin to learn
that kisses aren’t contracts
and presents aren’t promises
and you begin to accept your defeats
with your head up and your eyes ahead
with the grace of woman, not the grief of a child
and you learn
to build all your roads on today
because tomorrow’s ground is
too uncertain for plans
and futures have a way of falling down
in mid-flight.
After a while you learn
that even sunshine burns
if you get too much
so you plant your own garden
and decorate your own soul
instead of waiting for someone
to bring you flowers.
And you learn that you really can endure
you really are strong
you really do have worth
and you learn
and you learn
with every goodbye, you learn…

Veronica A. Shoffstall

Sources: Pinterest, www.nerrowordpress.com, photo: Google