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Arion Fountain - for Holly and her sister :)

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In the historical centre of the town Olomouc, there are 7 fountains. Each of them is named after somebody from Greek mythology.
The fountain is artwork of Moravian sculpturist Ivan Theimer and Italian architect Angela Chiantelli, a perfect place for kids to play in hot summer days.

There are many fairy tales in the world and this is one of them.
Many many years ago, there lived a beautiful singer in the city of Corinth. His name was Arion.

He used to travel across a wide blue Mediterranean sea. On those far trips he often listened to the song of the eternal sea and whispers of winds and so he composed his music.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xqbkxP6ylk&feature=related
He played this music to thousands of people in Mediterranean islands and sailed as far, as Sicily and Italy, where all people were amused by his songs and his natural charm.
He was paid well over there, as people like happy music and that´s what his music was. So one day he decided to return, as he earned just enough to build his own house and settle down. However, on his way back, he was followed by pirates, who were thirsty for treasures he earned by his music.
They captured his small ship, and wanted to kill Arion. As he knew, that music changes moods, he asked them for the last play. Pirates roared with laughter. Sure, play! said the captain of pirates.
And so Arion started to play.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=xrnYCZskTuM
Pirates started to dance and embrace each other. And in a one moment music stopped to play. They all woke up by the sudden silence. They looked in the direction, where Arion stood. He was not there anymore. He jumped into the sea.
My God! Man over the board: Shouted old turtle and couldn´t believe her eyes.

Arion was swimming very fast, but soon he felt something pushed him above the water. He grabbed it and – vow, that speed!!!! He was swimming like a fish!
Oh yes! He was floating on a large dolphin. Ach, he holded dolphin so tightly, that he did not notice he grasped in palms also smaller fish :)


They both emerged in front of Arion´s lovely Corynth. Arion was saved.
All the sea applauded, as they all – fish, sea-gulls, dolphins, sharks, turtles and sea-maidens liked Arion´s music.


…some arrived on turtle walking sandals…


So it was a big festival. Arion built his house and lived happily until he died. And dolphins – those have kept saving drawning people for centuries.
Good night, dear kids.

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Thank you Katerina. Wonderful how these stories survive over the centuries.
Some of the music played at the recent BBC Proms would have been curtains for Arion.

22 Sep, 2012

 

I put there Greek music, Diane. And my name is Katarina. Katerina is Russian name.

22 Sep, 2012

 

Lovely story Katarina, enjoyed your blog and pictures

22 Sep, 2012

bjs
Bjs
 

Fascinating,loved it thank you.

22 Sep, 2012

 

That's great katarina, I loved that story and the details in the sculpture, especially the turtle sandals!

22 Sep, 2012

 

wonderful Kat, loved the story and the music, my two girls would love it, they love dolphins :-)

22 Sep, 2012

 

Thank you Cinderella and BJS :)
SL, I hope your daughters will like that.
Sticki, thanks, this fountain is all green and yes, you are right, it has a lot of small details which make it very interesting to watch around.
Just interesting fact is that metallurgic works were done in Italy, so that they have great experience how to make sculptures look like old ancient bronze ones :))

22 Sep, 2012

 

they will love it thanks Kat, when they come home i'll show them, as they have been away on sleepovers this weekend :-)

22 Sep, 2012

 

Sleepovers? What is that?

22 Sep, 2012

 

Wonderful, Katarina - I do like a happy ending!

(Sleeppovers are when children have friends to stay overnight. They are very popular here!)

22 Sep, 2012

 

I can imagine. Does every child have a talk with the parent before that? You know, what I mean ? :)) Here you have such talks till you are 60.

22 Sep, 2012

 

Melchi@ happy ending was there, as it was fairy tale, lol.

22 Sep, 2012

 

A lovely tale accompanied by great photo's. Thanks for putting this on I shall read it to my grandchildren.....

22 Sep, 2012

 

Woops. Sorry to mess up the spelling !

22 Sep, 2012

 

Homebird@Wow! What a pity I can´t see their eyes :))

22 Sep, 2012

 

they call them sleepovers but they never sleep, they talk and laugh all night.

22 Sep, 2012

 

What a lovely story! And amazing sculptures in the fountain. :o)

23 Sep, 2012

 

Thank you, Nariz :)

23 Sep, 2012

 

Sticki@ thank you for explanation. Ach, where are those lovely times? As we grow old, we sleep less and less and speak more and more about painkillers, right? :))

23 Sep, 2012

 

Funny you should say that Kat! I woke up with a headache!

23 Sep, 2012

 

OK, take painkiller then. Damned pharmaceutical industry thinks also on our generation :))

23 Sep, 2012

 

Hmm, Katarina. I was never convinced about the happy endings of "The Red Shoes", or "The Constant Tin Soldier"! (You can see I was an avid fairy-tale reader!)
Which reminds me - I was once telling my little daughter the story of the Gingerbread Man. My adult sister was in the next room and - unknown to me - also listening. When I got to the end, where the gingerbread man is finally eaten, I heard an exclamation of dismay from my sister. She (to me, amazingly) had not heard the story before and was quite horrified. She was waiting for someone to come and rescue him! Needless to say, my daughter was quite unaffected. As I said to my sister - he was only a biscuit!

23 Sep, 2012

 

Melchi, that is interesting. Maybe I know those two fairy tales, although in different countries they have different titles. The Red Shoes and The Constant Tin Soldier - I am not familiar with them.
I am not an expert on fairy tales, but as a girl who was for almost 3 years bedridden and separated from other kids, I can honestly say that I read and know all Czech and mainly Slovak fairy tales. I am almost 100 % sure, that in all Slovak fairy tales good wins over evil. There are some Czech horror fairy tales (e.g.The Nix), but otherwise they also have all good endings.
I think that very often fairy tales are mirrors into one nation spirit, that is why they have been studied so deeply by psychiatrists, psychologists, historians, philosophers etc.
As I see you are fan of fairy tales, I now try to find a short video for you from one Czech horror fairy tale, which was filmed about decade ago and it was really a ticket bestseller in our cinemas :) Wait, will try to find English version for you. If not, just have a look...you will like that :)

23 Sep, 2012

 

Melchi@Here is the ballad Waterman with English subtitles, it has two parts if you are interested. I liked this one which is very interesting - it is like E.A. Poe´s work).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r66VqncxXAw&feature=related

23 Sep, 2012

 

Well, that was certainly gripping, Katarina. It was disturbing, but beautifully made and of course I had to watch part 2 as well, which just shows how compelling such tales are.

The Red Shoes and the Constant Tin Soldier are both by Hans Christian Andersen.

23 Sep, 2012

 

If you have time, have a look on the tale Shirt from that series of ballads. It is very, very frightening....:)

23 Sep, 2012

 

I might give that one a miss, Katarina! I don't think I'm that brave!

23 Sep, 2012

 

:)) Anyway, I don´t think English subtitles are very good in there, are they.
I had a look on that fairy tale Red Shoes and must say I have never read this fairy tale of H.Ch. Andersen (he has memorial in Bratislava, by the way). I read its plot summary. Very strange and very dark fairy tale. We have much easier going fairy tales :))

23 Sep, 2012

 

Yes - some of his are quite dark. I remember being horrified by The Red Shoes when I was young, and I wasn't too keen on The Little Mermaid which has been hijacked by Disney. I was always hooked on fairy tales, I had old-fashioned collections of Andersen and the Brothers Grimm. I don't know much of Perrault though, except Cinderella.

24 Sep, 2012

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