Our next excursion, two weeks consecutively in fact because we were so taken with the place, took us to the abandoned Greek village of Sandima. Only two houses are occupied now. One by Osman, in his eighties and in search of someone to be wife number 3 (not all at once!)
and Nuris who owns and operates the “art house”. The following are pictures taken in and of his house and garden. Both he and his wife are artists and the house is full of their colourful creations.
this figure greets all visitors
elsewhere in the garden
and a necklace of “nazar” beads for protection against the evil eye
on the roof terrace
pieces of art
specially for AM
As we drove up the valley into the hills you could see that there would be masses of wildflowers here in the spring but now in the autumn it looks distinctly dry. The houses – not so old, since they were only abandoned in the 1920’s – are now nothing more than crumbling ruins with a fantastic view.
the fountain just in front of Nuris’ house
view from one of the abandoned buildings
Further over on the hillside (we have yet to explore this far) is another abandoned village.
I thought these ruins would be perfect for experimenting with black and white or sepia pictures.