Almaty : Paris of Kazakhstan

For quite a long time, my Kazakhstani friends from Almaty were nagging me to visit Almaty by saying “it’s gorgeous city, it’s the New York of Kazakhstan…”! I didn’t need to have wild imagination to believe their saying but just compassion. After so long roaming around the globe, I am quite familiar with this kind of exasperation which is correlated with the longing for the homeland and as consequently the beautification of it.

Almaty was the previous capital of Kazakhstan, south east of the country close to the borders with Kyrgyzstan and it has totally different scenery, climate and population from Astana. It’s surrounded by mountains and forests, it has a mild climate comparing to Astana and an established multicultural population. The latter, I’m suspecting, gives the right to my Almatian friends to be a bit superficial in their description.

The distance between Astana and Almaty is around 900 Km and by airplane  one and half hours.

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Looking out my hotel’s window, I was quite happy to see something else other than  steppes.

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P1080188Abai’s statue in the city center. Abai (1845-19040) was a prominent Kazakh poet, composer and philosopher
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Remnants of the Soviets. The portrait of Lenin in the entrance of an old building with apartments.
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I was quite impressed by these Moscow like kiosks (newspapers agencies).
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The smaragdi colour traditionally is the most popular colour of the whole region.
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An elegant girl is waiting for taxi.
P1080173On the way to the airport we passed  by this mini replica of the Eiffel’s tower  and I’m still wondering why my friends didn’t mention Paris and  were insisting on calling Almaty “New York” !!??

Grace Kelly exhibition: a blockbuster

Grace Kelly exhibition in Astana was really a blockbuster. It was one of the best I have ever attended. The same exhibition took place, some time ago, at the Victorian & Albert Museum in London and now makes the tour around the world. Prince Albert was present for the inauguration (without Charlene). The latter, simple fact(and others…), makes me think that no woman can replace his “goddess”mother!

The exhibition took place in Pyramid, Astana.

At the entrance, her huge portrait was dominated.

In this photo, the  similarities between Prince Albert and Grace are obvious.

It seems to me (as you will see and other photos below) that all the real “glam”personalities  appeared during the period of sixties.

Yul Brunner’s letter to Grace.

The section with all her dresses was really a feast in our eyes.

I am proud of having a copy of her purple dress 😉

She was wearing this dress when she had a big reception with other royalties..Princess Aga Khan was second best after Grace.

Hmmm, I’ m not sure…Grace is more pretty but Jackie has something different…

Hope you enjoyed it, without spending and getting into trouble whatsoever. For that reason the dedicated bloggers (like me) exist 🙂

Desert Sand

‘Xτίζεις κάστρα στην άμμο….’  Η λέξη άμμος συνήθως κρύβει κάποια αρνητική έννοια  όπως ματαιότητα κλπ. Αλλά εμένα πάντα μου άρεσε, μου άρεσαν οι παραλίες με άμμο, η θάλασσα με άμμο και τώρα η έρημος.  Η πρώτη λέξη που έρχεται στο μυαλό μου όταν βλέπω  άμμο είναι ανάπαυση και μετά παιχνίδι.  Θέλω να ξαπλώσω επάνω της , να  τρέξω, να κουτρουβαλήσω και ακόμα να χωθώ μέσα της.

Η Kristin Scott Thomas είπε κάτι ενδιαφέρον   ‘ there’s something incredibly sexy about sand and sweat and dunes photographed like women’s backs’!  Αν προσέξετε τις παρακάτω φωτογραφίες που έχω τραβήξει, στις κατα καιρούς εξορμήσεις μου στην έρημο,  μπορεί να έχει και δίκιο 😉

Kαι λίγο μουσικούλα για αυτούς στην έρημο,  σε οποιαδήποτε έρημο  και αν βρίσκονται  !

Nice photos from the Desert Island Resort :Sir Bani-Yas, Abu Dhabi

Here you are then, with more photos from the Desert Island, Sir Bani Yas .  Enjoy!!

Happy Easter !!

Εύχομαι ΚΑΛΟ ΠΑΣΧΑ σε όλους σας !

p.s : Aυτό το ‘Νice’ στο τίτλο το έβαλα γιατί  είδα ότι είναι γουρλίδικο, την τελευταία φορά που το έγραψα , το πόστ μου μπήκε στη λίστα των  προτεινόμενων της wordpress   😉     😆

Fine photos of the white Mosque

Επειδή μου άρεσαν πολύ οι φωτογραφίες του φίλου μου  Αγγελου Μωρέτη, αρχιτέκτονα κατ’επάγγελμα και φωτογράφο κατά χόμπυ, αποφάσισα να αναρτήσω μερικές από αυτές, έτσι για να ομορφύνει το μπλόγκ μου!

Because I loved the photos of my friend Angelos Moreti, architect by profession and photographer by hobby, I decided to post some of them in order to add beauty to my blog!

The photos are from  Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque in Abu Dhabi