It is fair to say, that this last week has seen me experience both ends of the cultural spectrum. Four days in Crete with a beer or two in hand, was then followed by the opening of an artwork exhibition back in Athens entitled “China Meets Greece”. Story and photos below.
China Meets Greece
If there is one thing that I love about travel, it is meeting new people. Working from home really limits this, and so I wanted to find a way I could meet people, and still get that travel vibe. After discovering that there was a travel bloggers group in Athens (Travel Bloggers Greece), I joined up, and soon found myself invited to the opening day of an art exhibition.
Entitled China Meets Greece, it features the work of artist Qinghua (Ioanna) Lin. It is based in the Pallas Athena Grecotel in Athens, and runs from the 16th of May through to the 3rd of July. This was the first day of the exhibition, and we were invited to its launch.
Ioanna now lives in Athens , and her paintings were in two styles. One, is a Shuimo technique, and the other is a more western water colour style. This resulted in a mix of paintings which included traditional Chinese motifs of birds, flowers, and women, and another series of paintings influenced by places in Greece. I don't pretend to be an art expert, but it all looked pretty good to me!
As did the food! The Grecotel put on an elaborate buffet, which mixed Greek and Chinese dishes together. All of this contrasted massively with the food I had been eating a few days before in Crete. But more of that in a minute!
The event was well put together, and it was a really big deal for the artist, who was clearly taken aback by the entire affair. I've put a short video of the event together, which you can check out below.
All in all it was a good afternoon, and it was great to meet up with some of the other travel bloggers from Travel Bloggers Greece. Hopefully there will be plenty of other events to attend in the near future!
England Meets Crete
This could be described as the less cultural part of my week! A few days before going to the China Meets Greece exhibition, I spent 4 days in Crete with my brother and some friends. Now, as we all know, Crete is a wonderful island full of charm, culture, tradition, and ancient history. Did we see any of that? Nah!! Do I care?? Nah!!
It was a hazy few days, and a perfect way to catch up with people, have a couple of beers, and let off some steam! I'm looking forward to next year, lads!