My favourite days ever are when we go exploring- just go and see what we can see. We had such a day in Santorini! We found this Venetian Tower in Akrotiri. And we were glad we stopped by to investigate what was inside. Run by a lovely couple, American born but of Greek decent Aray Kakissis and her husband Yannis Pantazis is a musical instrument workshop and museum dedicated to the traditional Greek instrument- the tsabouna.
They have been given life time permission from the owners to turn this Tower, built for defensive purposes by the Venetians to give early warning of pirates, into a workshop for Yannis to make instruments , for sale and where he gives daily concerts. Aray is in charge of the business side and gives tours of the museum.
A tsabouna is most akin to a bagpipe and is made from goats skins. The pipes which go into the skin sound like panpipes when played by themselves.
I loved this extra little corner.
And the candles on the window sill. As you approach the Tower the music comes gently towards you on the breeze leading you onwards..
Ever more enticing you in
The views from the Tower are simply stunning.
The good news for America is that Yannis will be touring America this Autumn on a fund raising mission. For more details of this lovely little museum go to La Ponta
Love to hear of anywhere you have found by “accident” which enchanted you too.
I have tried to think of a better title for this post today, but have failed- no song has come to mind at all! We visited St Juan, California, 4 years ago and loved it so much we just had to come back. First of all it appears thrice as a location in the film Vertigo- Hitchcock- After this blog there will be one more location to share. We visited others 4 years ago and I think that later on in the year I will do a post just about the locations and put them in chronological film order!
St Juan is one of a string of missions established along the California coast line by the Spanish, to spread Christianity. Unfortunately built on the St Andreas fault line and so is at risk of earthquakes at anytime. Indeed there was a devastating earthquake, and so all the buildings have now been made safe.
So the first “Vertigo” locations is the Bell Tower- not quite as it looks in the film as Hitchcock added the bell tower through what was then known to audiences as “trick photography”.
The Plaza Hotel is used for the court scene.Although in “real life” the hotel was not a court at one time there was a plan that it should be.
And finally the stable scene
OK, so that’s it for film locations for now! Now one of my big passions in life is crafts, and this blog is normally about crafts- this last week has been a departure from the norm. What I found is that you can take the gal away from the crafts, but she will always find some! There is a wonderful museum here, full of gorgeous textiles, embroideries and vintage toys, costumes, all depicting the early days of American life!
If you like this sort of thing, then sit back and enjoy the photos!
Only Three More!
the last one!
As always, comments, questions and feedback welcomed! Tomorrow is all about one of my favourite authors, John Steinbeck when we visit Salinas, Monteray and Cannery Row!
Well we are still traveling through the desert on the next day of Cathy and Eric’s big adventure. It’s hot and the freeway is getting boring. We pull into a turnout (Layby (UK)- I am learning the lingo!) and consult the map and a shortcut/ detour is agreed. Marylou is behaving herself- turns out Eric forgot to tell her we were leaving Williams yesterday and not going there! So we inform Marylou (GPS) of the change of plan and get going again.
Eric is singing / humming- recognizable of a Fistful of Dollars now and I am thinking a lot about Paul Newman and Robert Redford………. cowboy country?
I notice that the next two places are called Johannesburg and Randsburg- we speculate on the names. Then we see a sign to turn off to Randsburg one mile, living ghost town. This we cannot miss.
And this is what we found
Randsburg until recently had a thriving gold mine, until it was ” no longer viable ” to mine the gold- slightly reminiscent of what happened to Britain’s coal mines. The people of the town decided to stay put and become a living museum. They don’t understand why more people don’t come and neither do we. It’s great. Have a look..
We stopped to chat to several people who were lovely to talk too. We spoke to two men who had worked in the mine, I left them with Eric to put the world to rights- here
And went for a look round and a conversation with the lady inside. It’s about 1/4 museum/shop and 3/4 this
and I know it’s all kitsch, but it is fun
And then we went in here
and lo- a lovely little shop inside- with groceries, books and pictures and posters- and one of “The Gathering” with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid! Just had to but it for my son Mr T!
Well worth the detour!
to be continued- love your feedback and comments…