Thursday, March 22, 2012

Museum of Olympia

Άπτερος Νίκη

Statue of Nike
Greek goddess of victory

Statue from the Archaeological museum of Olympia 

The statues left first.
 A little later the trees, people, animals.
The land became entirely desert.
The wind blew.
Newspapers and thorns circled in the streets.
At dusk the lights went on by themselves.
A man came back alone,
looked around him,
took out his key,
stuck it in the ground
as though entrusting it to an underground hand
or as though planting a tree.
Then he climbed the marble stairs and gazed down at the city.
Cautiously, one by one, the statues returned.

Yannis Ritsos (1909 – 1991)
Translated by Edmund Keeley


  1. Monika, Thank you for the tour!!!!
    Nice to know they permit cameras ;)
    Great light and shots!
    Kisses my dear.

  2. Hi my friend, nice to see you!!
    They allow it, but without flash..
    Kisses to you!

  3. Yes Monika I agree with Crissy, the light are so good (I always write on english don't know why)

    the beauty of Greek are so full of power... thank you for posting


  4. And I forget also in which language to answer (I don't know why)??

  5. Great pieces Monika. These are wonderful. Thank you.

  6. Beautiful, i love the light and shadows on that weathered stone x

  7. A museum of the delightful beings.

  8. excellent post!

    Aloha from Honolulu
    Comfort Spiral

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  9. If a person must live in one place, I think you are fortunate to live where you live, Monika.

    The photography is perfect, and the poetry "is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key."

  10. Ich liebe es solche Museen zu besuchen und bei den Statuen fasziniert mich immer wieder sie auch in frühen Jahren schon mit kleinsten Mitteln sowas zustande gebracht haben.

    Danke für's mitnehmen und viele liebe Grüße

  11. Great work Monika..... i like museums

    Kiss, Joop

  12. Man versucht sich in die Zeit hineinzudenken. Wie haben die Menschen wohl gelebt und wie sahen sie aus?
    Hab ein schönes Wochenende.
    LG Sabine

  13. Great lighting for no flash. I always try & use the ISO settings for this arrangement but it often for me becomes a balance of sharpness & graininess. There is a secret message of hope in this post which I like.

  14. Monika great shots and interesting story, thank you for sharing this... now I'm a wee bit wiser! ;-)

  15. J_on_tour@jayzspaze..
    I am happy Jay to see you here again..
    Thinking about you and your mother!!
    I hope that everything is going smooth!!

  16. darlin..
    A wise girl is sending her compliments..
    Thank you, dear!!!

  17. Ces statues antiques me rappellent ma jeunesse car je les ai beaucoup dessinées aux Beaux Arts. Cette formation classique avait pour but de nous apprendre à observer, dessiner et apprécier le travail des Maîtres anciens.
    Merci de me les faire revoir.
    Belle journée à toi, Bitch,



    Chaque fois que je visite un musée, je sens que je suis hors du monde moderne!
    Avoir un grand week-end. et vous remercier pour commenter ...

  19. Cool ghostly sculptures remaining as if they are talking to you !

  20. die griechisch kultur und geschichte ist schon wahnsinn.
    ......und jetzt diese harte zeit.
    ich drücke den griechen die daumen das alles bald wieder besser wird.
    auch wenn ich glaube das der derzeitige weg der falsche ist.
    griechland braucht investitionen,aufbau,neue arbeitsplätze.
    zum teil ist sparen sicher sinnvoll.
    zuviel ist aber sicher eine abwärtsspirale.
    ganz liebe grüße

  21. Eu não conhecia essas esculturas...
    Boa semana!


  22. Liebe Monika,

    das ist Historie pur, schreiben Geschichte für die Nachwelt schon so viele Jahrzehnte...

    deine Rachelako umarmt dich lieb:)

  23. Καλή εβδομάδα φίλη μου!
    Φιλιά πολλά

  24. Mein lieber Dieter.
    Griechenland hat eine Vergangenheit, auf die es nur sehr stolz sein kann..
    Deine Bemerkung ist wirklich sehr richtig, was das Land in dieser Phase wieder
    zum Aufschwung bringen würde.
    Deine Anteilnahme ist mir sehr wichtig in dieser Zeit, die alle Europäischen Länder betrifft
    und ich danke dir von ganzem Herzen!!
    Liebe Gruesse!!!!

  25. Monika, what I miss the most are beautiful art museums. I miss to see interesting paintings and beautiful sculptures. The Greek Goddess of victory is beautiful and very impressive. Too sad that it wasn't preserved well.

    These are wonderful pictures of these statures. You did a great job, my dear Monika. And I am glad to read more of Jannis Ritsos. I remember how I for the first time read this poet and found him very interesting and very profound.

    Hugs from Kaya.

  26. ohne, all diese Schönheiten, Geschichte, Kunstwerke, wäre es eine sehr sehr arme Zeit!

    liebste Grüße von Jasmin

  27. Monika, you have really captured the majesty and the fragility of these ancient statues, broken but not defeated - and the poem is magnificent - perfect complement of words and images.

  28. Monika!
    I can't believe I get into your blog just stepping off from looking for images from Olympia. I clicked on one I was interested by and just appeared "The bitch is back", the blog your beloved daughter and beloved Petros best friend's Bianca mentioned several times!!! I've seen your blog before, but now I'm more than happy to be here again because it happened without any intention - I'm not a blog surfer - neither any other connection in the ocean of internet. I'm here writing you these just because it had to be! Maybe Ancient Gods knew I was in debt with you - I think your nice comments on my website's blog never get feedback from me - so they sent me to you to fix that!
    Nex time we'll be in Athens with Petros, I'll ask Bianca (whom btw is a GREAT girl, love her, we share amazing memories and we use to laugh as if english would be our real language, not a screen among us) to make a date for dinner we all together!
    Pep Montserrat