Friday, February 27, 2015

Our little Carnival

Last Saturday, the Carnival kicked off in our little town. 
With a blessing from the sun, we all lived it up and although 
don’t go mad anymore for bacchanalias like this, 
it was a fun event. 
Neighborhoods in full swing, filled with color, people 
 in their best mood and what more could a ....
s e r i o u s 
blogger-photographer want? 
Shooting the happenings, capturing the 
essence of the festivities! But...

...for some reason, fingers were not being crossed and all my photo
 gadgets crashed due to a lack of batteries. Disaster! 
Is being forgetful something to worry about? 

Anyway, observing the photos you can easily distinguish various 
shooting versions consuming all the battery strength of all kinds of
equipment! I finally managed to give you an idea of how it was. 
Schools and local clubs were the main planners of the carnival
under the aegis of the municipal authorities who had also
 provided an open air concert. 

As a student in Italy, in my youth I was lucky 
enough to experience Venice Carnival as a participant,
staying up all night dancing in San Marco square, 
dressed up as a marquise, enjoying a magical atmosphere 
in the company of my fellows.
The most beautiful extravaganza ever!
Time has flown by and I have to admit that 
the excitement of those days has now accumulated
 in my daughter's blue eyes.

Here she is with her cousin, a few years ago.
Did you celebrate Carnival ?
Sending hugs


  1. What a beautiful and colorful pictures of the carnival!
    And nice that it was so sunny!

    Kind regards,

  2. Dearest Olympia,
    Surprising that even in Greece they do celebrate Carnival... Never knew that. Here in the USA, except for the Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, you don't ever hear any mention of Carnival. It is not being celebrated and I'm happy for that. To me it always looked like such a waste of money. The very same crowd is often whining about tough times and yet come Carnival they seem to have lots of money for just trashing out in a couple of days with no value left!
    Like first Century Roman poet Juvenal already said: 'Give them bread and circuses and they will never revolt'
    Happy weekend and hugs,

  3. Dear Olympia,

    Despite the the battery breakdown, you managed to capture the brilliance of bright colours, smiles, and activity of Mardi Gras in your little town. I love the picture of the popcorn/lollipop wagon, and can smell those scrumptious kernels from here! Looks like a fun time was had by all, especially the cutie pies in costume!

    Καλή σΣαρακοστή!


  4. Υπέροχες οι φωτογραφίες σου, Ολυμπία, παρά τα προβλήματα που είχες με την μηχανή σου!!!
    Και του χρόνου!!!!!
    Φιλιά και καλή Σαρακοστή!!!!

  5. I am sure they all had a great time! I never celebrate carnival, but it's a big happening here in my town.

    Have a wonderful - and I hope sunny - weekend! Hugs, Ingrid

  6. Lieve Olympia, niks mooier om blije en feestvierende mensen te zien die stuk voor stuk prachtig uitgedost zijn,even de zorgen van alle dag vergeten en er samen één grote happening van maken,BRAVO!!!

    Je vrolijke kleurrijke foto's spreken boekdelen!!!
    Ook al ben ik zelf geen carnavalsvierder ,mensen kijken die plezier hebben daar doe ik graag aan mee☺☺.

    En wat heerlijk dat de weergoden jullie goedgezind waren op deze dag.

    Fijn weekeind en lieve groet,Ger

  7. This certainly looks like great fun, dear Olympia :) Everything is so bright and cheerful.

    Happy weekend, sweet friend. Hugs!

  8. Ahh che allegria , colore e festa, la gioia sprizza da ogni foto ! I miei figli sono grandi e non abbiamo festeggiato Carnevale , in effetti non lo festeggiamo mai, ma mi piace molto da spettatrice :-) Abbraccio e buon weekend.

  9. Que divertido Olympia, super coloridas y preciosas las fotos.

  10. Lot of fun, colour filled photos of your local carnival Olympia - yesterday I set off in the car intending to take some photos and suddenly realised that I didn't even have my camera with me. Fortunately I hadn't driven too far.

  11. Lovely pics, Olympia. We don't celebrate carnival here in Finland, but I've been several times in Spain during carnival time. It's fun!

  12. Quand l'hiver s'en va emportant tous les flonflons de Carnaval !!!!
    Très beau reportage !!!
    Bon dimanche !

  13. Και του χρόνου και από εμένα. Πάντα να περνάς όμορφα με την οικογένειά σου.
    Καλή Σαρακοστή και καλό μήνα, για αύριο.
    Τίνα xxx

  14. In the South of the Netherlands we do celebrate carnival, with a big parade like on your pictures. Looks very colourful!

  15. Oh, I LOVE CARNIVALS, Olympia! What fun pictures. One of my favorites here was the three girls dressed up in their animal prints and headbands, so lovely. The girl eating the cotton candy caught my eye too because I used to love cotton candy and always had to get some at carnivals and fairs hehe. There was even Mickey balloons, wow! Your daughter looks adorable here with her cousin. The popcorn truck made me smile, as I LOVE POPCORN! The people look like they are having a blast!

    Thanks for sharing all the fun with us, Olympia.

    love, ~Sheri

  16. Hello dear Olympia, you've shared some lovely colourful pictures! So lovely to see the sunshine and all the bright colours! We don't have carnivals down in the south of England but this one looks beautiful! Lots of sights and fabulously outrageous costumes people are wearing! Have a lovely week. Sharon x

  17. Dear Olympia,
    very charming pictures of people having fun and enjoying themselves. I love the colourful atmosphere!
    Yours, Sarah

  18. In the North of Netherland we don't celebrate Carnival. But I enjoyed looking at your beautiful pictures. You are a real good photographer!
    Have a nice weekend. Greatings from Aleta

  19. De belles photos, colorées et festives! Un reportage qui traduit bien l'ambiance de la journée et qui donnerait l'envie d'y avoir participé.Et je lis que vous connaissez Venise alors nous sommes en communion de pensées.
    Merci de votre passage sur l'un de mes blogs.Beau dimanche.

  20. Hello Olympia,
    Despite the battery situation, you have captured the magic of the day. It brought a smile to my face to see the colours and joy in the participant's faces. You blue eyed beautiful daughter radiates joy. I love a parade. I was on whirl-wind trip to Toronto then and there was no carnival and one had to battle snow and icy sidewalks and the whole city was grey and black without a hint of magenta. Have a wonderful week

  21. It is so wonderful to see all that colour and the sunshine too!! xx

  22. Υπέροχες φωτογραφίες Ολυμπία !!!
    Μου αρέσουν οι απόκριες και οι μεγάλη παρέλαση ...
    κάλο μου να εχεις

  23. κάλο μηνά να εχεις

  24. Voilà tellement de couleurs joyeuses ! Carnaval est la féte des petits comme des grands ! ♪

  25. Wonderful colourful pictures of this fun event! It looks amazing, and so sunny....perfect weather for a carnival!
    Happy week ahead!
    Helen xox

  26. Thank you❤️
    You make me so Happy
    Have a lovely day
    Hugs Tina

  27. belle ambiance colorée

  28. Your carnival looks such fun and it must have been wonderful to be part of the Venice carnival in your youth! I remember the German carnivals that were held in the major cities in February. most of the carnivals around here are held in late summer/autumn. It is always to see what community groups have created. Sarah x

  29. Superbes photos !!!! comme toujours ... !! Merci de ce partage !! Bonne journée, amitiés

  30. Hello dearest Olympia,
    despite of battery problems you show wonderful photos of the Carnival! Everything looks so pretty colorful and cheerful - oh, and it must have been so nice and warm, all the sleeveless costumes! We are still far away from these termperatures!
    Lots of hugs, my dear,


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