Wednesday, May 21, 2008

PHOTOS FROM HERAKLION!

Above left: A street person plays what he called a "Lira" or "Lyra". Is this a "lyre"? Perhaps some of you might know. Downtown Heraklion.
Above center: A gold casque purportedly containing the skull of St. Titus in the Church of St. Titus in Heraklion just down from Lion's Square in the direction of the port.
Above right: The sanctuary in the Church of St. Titus in Heraklion not far from the port.


Above left: A row of seats in the Church of St. Titus in Heraklion, not far from the port.
Above center: The exterior of the Church of St. Titus in Heraklion, between Lion's Square and the port.
Above right: The atrium of a stately looking building between Lion's Square and the port of Heraklion.



Above left and above center: An old man dozes with his hand out while begging for money. Just across from the Church of St. Titus in Heraklion. Above right: The old Venetian fortress in the harbour of Heraklion.




Above left: The entranceway into the old Venetian fortress in Heraklion harbour.
Above center: Further into the entranceway of the old Venetian fortress in Heraklion harbour.
Above right: A man plays his accordian for money while sitting against the walls of the old Venetian fortress in Heraklion harbour.





Above left and above right: The old Venetian fortress as seen from the seaward side of the harbour in Heraklion.

Do these photographs bring back any memories?

Take care, stay well, and let me hear from you.

Your Friend and Fellow "Silent Warrior",

Bob (Midget) Armistead

2 comments:

William said...

Midget, I pulled this off of a website: www.helleniccomserve.com
The picture on the site is a pencil drawing, but it looks almost like you photo. The following is cut/pasted from the site: "CRETAN LYRA: This instrument is usually made of mulberry wood and carved to become the sound-box of the instrument. The top of the lyra is made of cedar wood. It has threesingle strings and it can be tuned up a-e-a or a-d-a. It can be played with a bow. The player does not tap on the strings but touches them with his nail from the side. There are many kinds of lyras in Crete, and they come with different bows. In Asia Minor and many islands there are lyras with four strings, that can be tuned exactly like the violin e-a-d-g. There are also many kinds of lyras in Thrace-Macedonia that are made in different sizes as well as in the shape of a pear (Achladolyre)."

Keep up the good work, and above all ENJOY!!!

Bill Simmons

Bob (Bobby) said...

Hey, Bill,

Thanks for the info on the lyra. The photo I took was not posed - he was actually playing the lyra when I took his picture. And, I also might add, he was producing some really lively music with it! I hope you enjoy my blog. I am having a great time here! Take care.

Bob (Midget) Armistead