Euro whisper

The video below is worth watching I (Daphne) think. It belongs to the category: “nothing to do with Skopelos” but in fact it has to do everything with Skopelos because Skopelos is Greece too. The video was shot this month in Athens and Dani (about 30 years old) speaks to us about Greek austerity, Greece’s place in Europe and the people who are suffering because of the austerity.
These are her last words in the video:
“My words are a call for a mutual hug. And an honest, a sincere, “I like to see you smile”. In the years to come. That’s what European Integration is all about. Now is our chance. The so-called “Apathetic Generation”, the “screen generation”, the melancholic generation, the “lost generation”, can be the first generation in modern history who will some day recite the story of dreaming about something better. And making it happen. We can be that generation. The proudest.
Us Greeks became the guinea pig of austerity. Because we dared to implement it. And we made it. In paper. And yet we are dying. In life. Now we dare to be the guinea pig of hope. For a fairer Europe. With lots of hard work. With honesty. Together. Don’t leave us alone. Don’t be afraid. I want and I can contribute. I can bear it. As long as I have the right to smile. You?”

Alykias Mosaic

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Wandering in Alykias the other day we found this nice mosaic on a very small chapel. We are not sure of the origin nor who it depicts.
Looks like a curly haired unbearded person emerging from a lily plant.


Memorial bell outside the chapel with the mosaic.

Memorial bell outside the chapel with the mosaic.

So many books, so little time was written on a t-shirt that Tony wears in one of these photos. Books were so important for him and he loved animals.

The photos are from Barbara

Glyfoneri beach


Visiting Glyfoneri beach the other day we thought it looked melancholic. We don’t care when summer starts, as long as the rain stops.

The day after…

One day after the 25th of March Church/State celebration and one day into the gestation of Christ, (id est 275 days before Christmas) we have another wet day in Skopelos. The moss growing on the doormats makes us pause and wonder if a little sunshine is too much to ask, and if not, who do we ask?

In the early 1970s

Tony Lakides in the early 1970s

For those readers passing through Stockholm on April 26, Zoe and Anna-Carin have scheduled a memorial/ceremony at 2pm. Where? In Stockholm. We suspect that those in that fair city know the details. Zoe and Anna-Carin hope to do something similar in Skopelos in June or July. Our thoughts are with them both.

We almost missed Greek Independence Day. A national holiday, nothing will be open ‘cept restaurants and maybe some little food markets around town.

This is the traditional date of the start of the Greek War of Independence from the Ottoman Empire. The war had actually begun on 23 February 1821. The date of 25 March was chosen in the early years of the Greek state so that it would fall on the day of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, strengthening the ties between the Greek Orthodox Church and the newly founded state.

Basically the revolt against the Ottomans was planned by “outside agitators”, a group of Ethnic Greeks living mostly in Russia known as the Filiki Eteria.

The first revolt of the Greek War of Independence occured in the “Danubean Principalities” in what is Romanian today (!). This was an area of minor fiefdoms controlled for centuries, under the Ottomans, by Phanariot Greeks of Constantinople. Although that revolt was put down, it was enough to motivate ethnic Greeks in the Peloponnese to launch their independent revolts.

Though opposed by the Great Powers (England, France, Russia, Austria), the revolution gained traction and the admiration of the general public. Volunteers from Europe and North America came to “Greece” to help out in some way.

The Great Powers liked the status quo as autocracies naturally frowned on revolts let alone revolutions. See this story in The Greek Reporter newspaper. To make our short story even shorter, in 1832 an agreement called the “London Protocols” was signed recognizing the new Greek Republic, the area of which included the Peloponnesos, central Greece almost to Volos (which remained under Ottoman control until 1880), and included the Northern Sporades.

Being an impoverished new nation, the government naturally had to look outside of Greece for financial aid. The rest is history.


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