Archive for March 24th, 2023

Please be aware that the clock will go forward an hour around 03.00 hours on Saturday evening

The last “official” scramblers walk was to Glysteri. We had a wonderful sunny walk over several old donkey paths and had a lovely picknick on Glysteri. This Sundays Scramble begins at the Sklavenitis Supermarket carpark at 10.30 am. From there the group will drive up to Villa Dunlop, where they will park the vehicles and the walk will commence. We will walk along the ridge to Prof Ilias church and then the scramble will begin for real to Skopelos helicopter port. We will then make our way to the main Stafilos road and the turn of for The Devils Schism. Having reached there and enjoying the beautiful sea views the famous blue checked table cover will be spread out to take the groups shared picnic. There will be a vehicle at the picnic spot to take drivers back to starting point should they want to but Muriel will be walking back a slightly different but more direct route. We hope you join us!

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Independence day

Tomorrow it is Greek Independence day. In many villages and cities in Greece but also abroad this day will be celebrated. Many shops and offices, on Skopelos, will be closed tomorrow. Restaurants and bars will be open. The parade of schoolchildren, the cultural association and the water scouts will start around 12 noon in Skopelos town. About the same hour or earlier the parades in Glossa and Elios will start.

Greek Independence Day, national holiday celebrated annually in Greece on March 25, commemorating the start of the War of Greek Independence in 1821.

It coincides with the Greek Orthodox Church’s celebration of the Annunciation to the Theotokos, when the Archangel Gabriel appeared to Mary and told her that she would bear the son of God.

Greece had been part of the Ottoman Empire since 1453. The Greek revolt was precipitated on March 25, 1821, when Bishop Germanos of Patras raised the flag of revolution over the Monastery of Agia Lavra in the Peloponnese. The cry “Freedom or death” became the motto of the revolution. The Greeks experienced early successes on the battlefield, including the capture of Athens in June 1822, but infighting ensued. By 1827 Athens and most of the Greek isles had been recaptured by the Turks.

Just as the revolution appeared to be on the verge of failure, Great Britain, France, and Russia intervened in the conflict. The Greek struggle had elicited strong sympathy in Europe, and many leading intellectuals had promoted the Greek cause, including the English poet Lord Byron. At the naval Battle of Navarino, the combined British, French, and Russian forces destroyed an Ottoman-Egyptian fleet. The revolution ended in 1829 when the Treaty of Edirne established an independent Greek state.
Source: https://www.britannica.com/topic/Greek-Independence-Day

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