Sunday, August 12, 2012

St Louis Botanical Garden: The Lantern Festival


We are so blessed here in St. Louis with the Botanical Garden, one of the city's most beautiful attractions and the nation's oldest botanical garden in continuous operation and a National Historic Landmark!
To top the excitement and beauty, this summer the garden is hosting the Lantern Festival, an amazing art project dedicated to China's arts and ancient traditions. The festival, is an exibit of incredible creativity and Chinese artistry, combined with today's technology, presenting something totally spectacular! Trully the pictures don't do justice, but will be a good taste of all the magic!
We arrived before the sundown, so here is the Welcoming Dragon at the front entry. Totally huge! Wait till you se it lighted!
The faces of Chinese Opera

The Dragon embrassing Pillars: A symbol of water movement, luck, bravery, strength and knowledge.

The Lotus flowers during the day and at night. The Lotus, -the symbol of purity and perfection-was just so artisticly placed in the waters and so beautiful!

Although this is not part the Lantern exibit, I could't pass its beauty... This flamed gate, is filled with Chihuli hand blown glass art!

 The Lotus Ponds: Another symbol of beauty, elegance and grace.



The porcelain Dragon: This spectacular sculpture is made with 40,000 individual dishes, teacups and saucers! Quite amazing! Did you know that China was the birthplace of porcelain?

The Chinese horoscope lanterns. Guess what? I am a TIGER!

Sweet little Pandas playing in a kucky bamboo garden. So cute!

The goddess blessing Budda Lantern. Wow!


The Emperor's Quest for Immortality lantern.

The Double Seventh Festival lantern: So much fun!

The Flying Apsaras are China's flying celestians beings; I thought I was walking through angels!

The Four Faced Budha lantern. So majestic!

The Nine Dragon Mural Lantern

The Colorful Flowers of China lanterns.


Jlang Tai Gong Fishing


The Qilin Lantern.So beautiful!

The Welcoming Dragon again, in full glow is telling us "Good Buy"... 
Just a magnificant project!

The exibit will be open till August 19th. If you are in St Louis and you haven't been there yet, don't miss it!
XOXO,
Maria
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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The Island of Milos, Greece


It is over 100F here in St Louis, and all I can think of is the beautiful Greek islands and beautiful beaches that I miss so much! My niece recently visited the island of Milos and she sent me some gorgeous pictures, oh, I couldn't  help it but day dream all day long...
Look at this amazing waters, and the sunsets! Aren't they un-real? Being from Greece, I can almost "feel" the breeze on my face, and smell the salty water...
Milos is set in the blue waters of the Aegean Sea between Serifos, Sifnos and Folegandros, and it is about 5 1/2 hours by boat away from Athens. Full of surprises and charm, is one of the most desirable vacation destinations and definitely less crowded than Myconos and Santorini, the other two popular islands of Cyclades. 
Milos, with its unique horse shoe-shape, boasts several of the best hotels in Cyclades bathed in radiant sunlight and scattered all over with small white houses.
The island is well know for the statue of Venus goddess of beauty and love, that was found in 1820 and it is currently displayed in the Louvre Museum in Paris; a copy of the statue can still be seen in the Milos archeological Museum.

So, take a deep breath, and jump into these magical pictures, and may be -who knows- sometimes you may visit in person!
Stay cool!
























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