Thursday, November 14, 2019

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Book Talk on Leipsi Island, Greece

During my stay on Leipsi Island, Greece, I gave a book talk on June 18, 2019 at 8PM, at the Platia in the Village Square, sponsored by  the Cultural Association of Leipsi - Nostos. Mrs. Maria Giameous (President) and Mrs. Maria Vantsouris helped organize the event, and my sister Rena helped coordinate all the efforts. I am grateful to these women for helping the book talk take place. Part of the proceeds from the book sales went to the Cultural Association.

Photos of the book talk:

Maria Vantsouris reading the Greek Version of The Greek Maiden and the English Lord


Author signing books


Author chatting during book signing
Posing after the book talk. Maria Vantsouris, Author Patty, Maria Giameos, Christine Maggos (cousin)





Friday, June 14, 2019

Book Talk in Kifisia, Greece at Sporos Bookshop

There are times in my life when everything comes together, and one of the highlights this year was my trip to Greece along with my book talk at the Sporos bookshop in Kifisia on Tuesday, June 4, 2019. This year was also special because I also met up with my college friend, Stella K., who I hadn't seen in years, and who happened to live near the bookstore, so she was able to come to the book talk. She and I had formed a Greek student organization while in college, so we had fond memories of that time in our lives.

I also wanted to mention my friend Zoe V., who helped organize my book talk along with another friend, Zinovia A. and the owners of Sporos bookshop. We worked on this event for several months. It was a good turnout; the people were attentive and I felt a connection with them, as if we were on the same wavelength.

The event started 7:00 PM and I was introduced by Zinovia A. who gave a warm welcome and a synopsis and enthusiastic review of The Greek Maiden and the English Lord (Greek Translation version). Then I spoke in Greek (with the help of Google Translate!) about my life, my family, how I happened to write my stories, and my career.

The talk was well received and there were a lot of questions - philosophical, etc. Thanks to Facebook, I was able to make these connections and forge new friendships!



SPOROS BOOKSHOP, Kifisia, Greece


Talking about my life, my career, my books


I was introduced by Zinovia, who is standing next to me 



Friday, June 07, 2019

Trip through Germany, Austria, and Greece

A few weeks ago, my son and I took a trip through Amsterdam, Munich, Vienna, and Greece. It was a trip that was much needed, since the last vacation had been five years ago. Too many demands on our lives had precluded us from traveling abroad.

Amsterdam was cold and mostly gray. During our last day there, in May we had a little bit of sunshine and took photos. Lots of bicyclists, canals, and little bridges crossing the canals.

IMAGES OF AMSTERDAM

Stopped at a park in Amsterdam


Bicyclists in Amsterdam



Canal Ride in Amsterdam


Rembrandt painting at the Rembrandt museum in Amsterdam


In Munich, we met our tour group (Trafalgar) and started our tour from there.
We visited the old downtown area and walked around. Lots of shops, and lots of smokers! As a result, the air was often filled with smoke. We had to pay coins to use a toilet. We visited the Marienpleins, and St. Michael's church, where they were having a beautiful ceremony with music. 

Pictures of our trip through Bavaria to Austria included castles, like Neuschwanstein Castle by Ludwig II, views of the Alps, and a visit to a Baroque church:

BAVARIA


Castle in Bavaria


Bavarian Alps


Going to Neuschwanstein Castle


Wagon Ride up to Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria



Scenes of Alps while going to Austria


Baroque Church in Bavaria with its gold 


Stopping at a countryside on our way to Austria


AUSTRIA

Roses of Schonnbrunn Palace (Hapsburgs) in Vienna, Austria.



Rose garden behind Schonnbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria


Roses of Schonnbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria





Schonnbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria




Statue in Vienna, Austria


Viennese Concert










Copyright 2019. Photos are the property of Patty Apostolides. If you wish to use them, please contact the author.



Monday, May 13, 2019

Mother's Day Poem

MOTHER

When I was a child
I remember your silent prayers
As you stood above my bed
Followed by your kiss upon my forehead
As I dozed off, feeling loved
While the night blew misty dreams 
Upon my closed eyelids.

When I was a young woman
Mornings were filled with loukoumades, or 
Black olives, feta, paximadia, and coffee 
Your chatter filled the kitchen with a familiar glow
That settled somewhere in my heart 
As I helped clear the table and wash dishes
While the sun’s rays competed for attention.

I remember 
Watching you water your garden lovingly
As if the blooming flowers were your children, too.
I watched you sew the buttons back on jackets 
And darn the holes on the socks.
I watched you give people in need your clothes and even furniture.
I watched you cry when someone was hurt,
And I cried with you.
Your childlike heart always forgave,
Which was a lesson I cherished all my life.

When I was older and had a family of my own
We moved far away, yet you were still dear in my heart.
You gave me advice on child rearing
From the phone, your voice, soothing and soft, 
Laid to rest my concerns, 
Yet you had problems of your own
When Father passed away, leaving you alone.

And now, in the winter of your life, your smile never fades
Always loving, always forgiving, always grateful you are
For even a glimpse of your children and grandchildren
You’ll always be strong, 
You’ll always be loving,
You’ll always be caring,
You’ll always be my mother,
Wherever you are.

Happy Mother’s Day!
Patty Apostolides May 12, 2019


Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Writing to Embrace A Rich Heritage - Interview by Dr. Diane Helentjaris

I am please to announce that the interview that Dr. Helentjaris did of me and my writers' group is now live in the following online journal "Live An Artful Life":

https://liveanartfullife.com/20-public-articles/300-writing-heritage?fbclid=IwAR2Fhvg57mhGp-JCxmsrSUgQ8vaLt2Bk88QUT0DD1f1KhSaHBVbK92lmz6g

She did a wonderful job in capturing all the highlights of my life and writing career. She is interested in joining my writers' group and I am truly blessed to know her.

Patty