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Archive for January, 2018

Work commences at Kastani

Thank you R. for the photo.

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A chance?

Talks are still ongoing about a boat connection between Thessaloniki and the Sporades. It seems that a business club in Thessaloniki has offered to support the boat company who wants to start up the connection again. There is interest in the connection. No we have to wait for the talks to become more substantial.

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Abandoned

There are many relatives of Greek families from Skopelos who live abroad in the United States, Canada, Australia, England etc. They have moved there when times were very difficult on the island and they had to search for a better future in another country. Especially after the second world war and after the Junta years many families have left. The properties that the Greeks owned were left behind and sometimes for years the houses would not be lived in. The Greeks have another life in another country. It is also expensive to preserve such a property when you are not here.

A couple of years ago an american man called me and said he had inherited a house from his father and two uncles but he did not know where the property was, only that it had a big vine in front of it. With the name of the man and the vine I started looking and found the house. It took a couple of years to get the inheritance settled and the man could sell the house without even coming here! The house above on the photographs is falling apart and is a danger for passers by and neighbours. The road is blocked by municipality cars so no cars can pass. The house has been abandoned a long time ago. How to find the owner and tell him/her what has happened ?

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(custom made shopping bags made by Lia with long or short handles; for more info write to skopelosnews.

The last couple of weeks the tellers of the supermarkets on Skopelos have endured the constant complaining of shoppers about the plastic bags that they have to pay (since the 1st of January 2018) Yesterday in the supermarket I noticed that many people, even older Greeks, have their bag with them so slowly slowly everybody is getting used to it. Lia has made this wonderful bag out of bits of jeans. These type of bags are also usable for bread or fruits etc. The complaint of many that they need bags for toilet paper can be resolved by using all the wrappings and plastic bags you get when you buy other products. There is soo much excess. I reuse the bag that the toilet rolls come in.

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Today, Thursday, the carnival period starts in Greece and many people will take the opportunity to celebrate the different events. The carnival ends on the 18th of February with the 19th being Clean Monday. On Skopelos different events will be organized too and we will post them on Skopelosnews in the next few weeks. Καλές Αποκριές!


(video Vories Sporades blog;last Sunday of carnival where dancers and singers are dressed in traditional costumes)

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Kastani is now a back to basics beach. The last part of the road to the beach is almost gone. You cannot get there with a car. For some it is fantastic because the beach is very pure again. Others mourn the fact that a beautiful beach with a good beach bar with nice music, sunbeds and umbrellas is history. Take your pick.

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