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The Cheshire Cat goes to Dion, Macedonia, Greece at My Favourite Planet Blogs
Serene Dion
June 2015   The Cheshire Cat is back out of the bag with a brand new photo essay about Dion, the sacred city of the ancient Macedonians, below lofty Mount Olympus.

The Cat and a few friends take a peaceful stroll around the greener-than-green Dion Archaeological Park and enjoy the company of dragonflies, frogs, crabs, fish and, of course, some of those awful old Greek gods.

Dion: the garden of the gods at The Cheshire Cat Blog.
 
 
Edwin Drood's schooldays memoir at My Favourite Planet
Schooldaze
  5 years Edwin Drood's Column - since 2010

Read Drood's
5th anniversary
message
March - May 2015   As children we sit in rudderless boats headed for the waterfall of puberty which, if we survive it, will leave us learning to navigate in the turbulent, mysterious waters of adulthood. Schools are meant to prepare us for this adventure, but often furnish us with a spoon or a fork rather than a tiller or an oar.

In a memoir of his schooldays Edwin Drood recollects how he escapes for a short while from his educational confinement and dives into this dangerous flow whose depths it will take all the strength and courage his young mind and body can muster to fathom.

A memoir of my schooldays in 5 parts at Edwin Drood's Column.
 
Edwin Drood's Christmas Carol at My Favourite Planet
Singalongavlad
December 2014   Poor old Vladimir Putin, eh? As if it's not enough that international sanctions have been imposed on his chums and their political and business empires, that the rouble is sinking with oil prices (or vice versa) while a mild European winter messes with Gasprom profits, and that investment in Russia plummets as prices soar, now even that ******* Mysterious Edwin Drood is having (yet another) dig at him.

Life shows no mercy, Vlad. It is almost enough to put you off your Christmas turkey, or experience phantom pangs of sympathy for the beleaguered Russian president prime minister president. Well, not really, if we are to be honest with ourselves. Turkey is a dish best served hot.

Nevermind all that, Edwin Drood's A Christmas Carol brings us some seasonal cheer and gives us all something to sing along to during the deep mid winter evenings. So gather around the yule log and raise your voices, one and all. And be sure you are all singing from the same hymn sheet, courtesy of Edwin Drood's Column.
 
 
Weltfest am Boxhagener Platz, Berlin, 30th August 2014 at My Favourite Planet
Weltfest in Berlin, 30th August 2014
August 2014   If you are in Berlin, Germany on the last weekend in August, come along to Weltfest am Boxhagener Platz, the annual free street festival in the Friedrichshain district of the city.

The theme of this year's World Fest is "Work in Progress - decent work for people worldwide", and members of NGOs will be on hand to discuss the subject at stands around the large green square of Boxhagener Platz.

A variety of international musicians will provide the sounds on the main stage, with the artist Jim Avignon as the headline act. There is also a special place for buskers to perform.

For junior citizens, the South African-German children's musical Inkululeko, the long way from Nonsiki will be performed by Global New Generation, and the childrens' circus Zirkus Zack offer interactive acrobatics.

See It's a small world fest, The Cheshire Cat Blog photo essay about Weltfest in previous years.

Entrance to the festival is free.
 
Weltfest 2014, on Boxhagener Platz, Berlin, 30th August 2014

Weltfest 2014
Boxhagener Platz,
Berlin, Germany

30th August 2014



Photo:
Blessed Love
at Weltfest 2013
 
Full moon concert in Pella, 10th August 2014 at My Favourite Planet
Full moon concert in Pella, 10th August 2014
August 2014   We reported last year about the annual Full Moon concerts in Pella, Macedonia, Greece, the birthplace of Alexander the Great (see Full moon in Pella at The Cheshire Cat Blog), and this year's evening of music promises to be at least as enjoyable as previous events in the archaeological site.

The title for the open-air gig is "Songs from Greece and other places" (Τραγούδια από την Ελλάδα και όχι μόνο, literally, Songs from Greece - and not only), and the programme will include traditional music of Asia Minor performed by A. Papaioannou (oud, saz), D. Dhaka (vocals, percussion) and A. Machairidi (accordion). The event is organized by the Municipality of Pella and the Public Welfare Enterprise Culture and Development Pella.

Entrance to the concert is free.

See a larger version of the concert poster (in Greek, opens in a new window).

We recommend visiting the excellent Pella Museum and archaeological site during the day, then taking a break at one of the village cafes or tavernas before the concert which begins at 21:30.

Pella is just 40 minutes from Thessaloniki. Buses every half hour, 07.00 - 22.30 hours, fare 3.30 €. see How to get to Pella and check current schedules and fares in English at http://ktelmacedonia.gr/en/routes/tid=29. A taxi cost about 40-50 €.

Other full moon events are taking place at archaeological sites around Greece, including Aigai (Vergina, near Veria), Edessa and Athens.

Visit the Pella website: www.pella-museum.gr/informations/news

The website is in Greek only, but can be translated into your language
in a browser such as Google Chrome.
 
Manolis Glezos writes an open letter to German President Joachim Gauck at My Favourite Planet

Letter to President Gauck

5 March 2014   As German President Joachim Gauck makes a visit to Greece,
an open letter to him from World War II veteran Manolis Glezos raises once
again the thorny question of reparations for Nazi atrocities.

Glezos greets Gauck at The Cheshire Cat Blog.
 
Greek archaeologists working at the site of Aristotle's Lyceum, Athens, Greece at My Favourite Planet

Aristotle's garden

October 2013   After several announcements over the last 17 years
that the archaeological site of the Athens Lyceum, where Aristotle
founded his Peripatetic school of philosophy, was to be opened
to the public, it looks like it may be finally about to happen.

Digging Aristotle, a photo essay at The Cheshire Cat Blog.
 
Giorgos Sfakianakis and his band play traditional Cretan music at the Full Moon Concert in Pella, Macedonia, Greece at My Favourite Planet

Full moon in Pella

21 August 2013    The Cheshire Cat returns to Macedonia, Greece to revel
at the annual August full moon concert at the birthplace of Alexander the Great.

Full moon in Pella, a photo essay at The Cheshire Cat Blog.
 
The Dilek Peninsula and the Greek island of Samos from the Central Aegean coast of Turkey at My Favourite Planet

Spring in Ionia

May 2013    The Cheshire Cat Blog explores various aspects of human,
animal and plant life around the Central Aegean coast of Turkey, known in
ancient times as Ionia, location of cities such as Ephesus, Miletos and Priene.

Ionian Spring, a photo essay in three parts at The Cheshire Cat Blog.
 
The view from the acropolis of ancient city of Stageira along the east coast of Halkidiki, Macedonia, Greece at My Favourite Planet

My Favourite Planet goes to Aristotle's hometown

Spring 2012    The ancient city of Stageira was the birthplace of
the philosopher Aristotle. Today its ruins lie on the green Liotopi
peninsula, near the village of Olympiada, Macedonia, northern Greece.

The My Favourite Planet guide to Stageira and Olympiada features
68 pages of history, practical information and two galleries of photos and maps.
 
The goddess Athena watches over her hometown Athens, Greece at My Favourite Planet

My Favourite Planet goes to Athens

December 2011   The My Favourite Planet guide to Athens is launched this month
with our Athens Acropolis photo gallery, containing 36 pages of photos and plans
as well as articles about the history of the ancient citadel.

The gallery will be expanded over time, and will be joined by further gallery guides
to other parts of the Greek capital.
 
Koceck dancers and musicians in Fatih district, Istanbul at The Cheshire Cat Blog on My Favourite Planet
My Favourite Planet goes to the movies
June 2011   We finally get our first video online, thanks to those nice people
at YouTube. And a pretty lively flick it is too, as Köçek dancers go twirling their
skirts through the streets of Istanbul along to some raucous Turkish folk music.
Not to be missed.

Find out more and watch the video at The Cheshire Cat's Istanbul wedding dance.
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