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Oblivious! Apokreas (απόκριες), Exo Mouliana (Εξώ Μουλιανά, Κρήτη) Crete.

20-04-2008 · Comments (17)
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They promised us rain all day Saturday and they didn't let us down. Well they did let us down in that I would have preferred sunshine but having said that it gave me the perfect excuse to stay in all day and do virtually nothing. I did have big plans of processing lots of images for whilst I am away and even that didn't happen. I do have a folder full of stuff that has been kicking around for an age perhaps I will post that. Feeling very indecisive about it.
Today has been dry so decided to venture out to the sea. Well I say the sea the Bristol Channel and the wonder that is Severn Beach. Seaside it ain't. A desolate place if the truth be known in the shadow of both the wonderful bridges that cross the River Severn here. I think I am right in saying that the Severn has the second highest tidal rise in the world. There is a lot of mud here. I think we caught it at low tide today, as far as I could tell there was no water flowing between England and Wales....slightly fanciful I know but hopefully it makes the point. I remember going there as a kid and actually trying to swim! Something that today fills me with horror....the the sheer chance of catching the tide in it like winning the lottery but then you see what is revealed at low tide and you'd have to be mad...or a kid to try and get in! So I guess really it was just a trip down memory lane...followed by a wander around a large industrial site looking for shots. God I know how to have fun on a spring Sunday.

Another from the last trip and a visit to the village of Exo Mouliana (Εξώ Μουλιανά). I was there during Apokreas (απόκριες) "Apokreas is Greece's Carnival season which precedes the 40 days of fasting that leads up to Easter. Like carnival season in places like New Orleans, Rio and the Carribean, Apokreas is a period of partying, eating, drinking, dancing and celebrating, though being Greece where eating, drinking and dancing is a nearly every night occurrence, it is taken to new levels during this period. The last two weeks of Apokreas are when it all comes to a head, particularly the weekends. The second Thursday before the end of Apokreas is called Tsikno Pempti and for the purists this is the day when you begin to wean yourself of the meat that you will be abstaining from until a minute after midnight on Easter Sunday."

I guess I ought to show you where Exo Mouliana (Εξώ Μουλιανά) is so here is an aerial view of the area.

The mist across the window hides the lines
But nothing hides the colour of the lights that shine
Electricity so fine
Look and dry your eyes

So tired of all the darkness in our lives
With no more angry words to say
Can come alive
Get into a car and drive
To the other side

Are young but getting old before our time
We'll leave the T.V. and the radio behind
Don't you wonder what we'll find
Steppin out tonight

Can dress in pink and blue just like a child
And in a yellow taxi turn to me and smile
We'll be there in just a while
If you follow me

Listening to: "Steppin' Out" (Night And Day) - Joe Jackson

Kathleen Laraia McLaughlin

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