Angelos Gripioti, the owner of the well-known taverna Ta Kymata in Skopelos harbor was buried today. Many times in summer, in the early morning we would see him sitting with his brother and some friends near the entrance of the taverna and he would have started peeling potatoes for lunch already. His fishing boat was moored in front of the taverna. He was always busy there too. We heard him say one day that if he was not able to go out on his fishing boat, life would be worthless for him. Hopefully he can do some fishing there where he is now. Kαλό ταξίδι Άγγελος.
Angelos Gripioti with his 4 sons who all work in the restaurant. Photo from Nana Kobro.
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A mysterious benefactor gifts us with this image of a handsome devil who is rumoured to have been the proprietor of a notorious rebetiko bar up in the Kastro area of Skopelos from the late 1970s to the 1990s. Further rumour claims that there is a Facebook page that is currently assembling photographic evidence of alcohol-fuelled hi-jinks at said bar. If anyone has further information, we would be glad if they could share it below.
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The weather is fairly miserable these last few days here on Skopelos and everybody keeps saying that it is good for the island.The rain is good for the trees and the land, the cold will kill of the mosquitoes that they spotted early in February and the hedgehogs and snakes need to continue their winter sleep. But we here need a sunny picture of about 10 days ago to remind us that better days are coming soon!
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This is the church of Agios Michalis Synadon. It is located just 100 meters from the port of Skopelos in the neighborhood of, well, Agios Michalis.
What is especially notable about the church are the ancient stones incorporated into the exterior walls of the church. Most obvious are the five red stone sarcophagi dated from the Roman period. Decorated with a bull and grape motif, four are positioned in the corners of the tetragonal building and one above the main entrance (narthex).
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Centrally located in the back (apse) or eastern wall of the church is a Greek grave stele fragment dating from the 1st or 2nd century BCE. The stele is decorated with rosettes and inscribed with several names. Adamantios Sampson suggests that the white marble stone was re-inscribed after its first use.
A translation of the inscription says:
Praxitelis, son of Praxitelis, good man, farewell.”
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There are numerous other carved stone fragments from different periods embedded in the walls.
It is certainly worth taking a look.
Agios Michalis was a bishop in the city of Synadon in Asia Minor (Anatolia).
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Last night over a hundred women attended the annual dance at Nastas taverna in honour of International Women’s Day. The place was packed. After dinner was served and eaten a lot of the tables were removed so the women could dance. All proceeds go to the Skopelos Scouts so that two field trips can be made to Mount Olympus and Pilion.
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Yes, it’s time for another preposterous illustration for the news that fearless white van person Mick Bushby is planning a trip to and from Skopelos in April. At present his van is empty on both legs of the journey, and his dates depend on who he is helping move stuff from there to here, or vice versa, with an option of collections and drop-offs en route between. As ever, you can contact him by phone (home: 00441237423985; mobile: 00447790672750) or by email: mickbushby no-space papaki [that’s Greek for the @ sign] no-space hotmail.co.uk.
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We’re retaining a healthy scepticism, but a report in yesterday’s Kathimerini suggests that the much vaunted Hellenic Seaplanes project might just possibly be inching towards becoming a reality. The government has passed new regulations to end the bureaucratic snafu that befell Argo Airways in Volos a few years back, while Hellenic Seaplanes has secured US and European financial backing to announce tentative plans for the first of what we will apparently have to call ‘hydrodromes’ in Zakynthos, Patras and Volos this summer. A recent British press report (OK; so it was the disreputable Sunday Times) even focussed on Skopelos as a likely beneficiary of what Antonis Samaras predicts will be an economic engine for tourism, real estate and employment. With tourism authorities hoping to attract 24 million visitors by next year, they predict that seaplane tourism could generate a billion euro a year in revenue. At an estimated €80 a pop, prices are steeper than the €50 average inter-island hop on our much-loved Sky Express, but we’ll still be queueing for the maiden flight to Skopelos… or Agnontas… or Loutraki…
Thanks, again, to eagle-eyed Mike for spotting this.
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