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Ready to dance? Dance classes have started in Glossa.

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Rain

The rain is raining all around,
It falls on field and tree,
It rains on the umbrellas here,
And on the ships at sea.

Robert Louis Stevenson

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Oxi day

At exactly 11 o’ clock today all were present in the harbor when the speeches started and wreaths were laid down on the war monument between Skopelos cafe and Karavia cafe. After this the students, scouts and other participants walked down to the old harbor where the parade would start. I was clouded but fortunately it did not rain. There was a very strong wind blowing though.

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(Photo; LIFE magazine)

Tomorrow, Saturday, Greece commemorates the entering of Greece in World War II on the 28th of Oktober. On this day Greece said no (ΟΧΙ) to Italy and did not allow the Italian army to enter Greece and occupy parts of Greece. For Greece it was the beginning of a war and the Greeks are very proud of the fact that they said no. Not the end of a war is celebrated on this day but the beginning of a war. In many other countries the end of a war is remembered. In the Netherlands it is the 5th of May.

It is a tradition all over Greece and on Skopelos to hold a parade. A military parade was also a custom but lately they are not held very often. School children will walk a certain distance and will pass by officials of the city or village like the mayor, the head of police etc. The last couple of years the scouts and the music band accompanies the children. Smaller children from school on Skopelos are also present and wear traditional Greek dresses and costumes.

The longest children will walk in front, the shortest at the back. Up front are the children who have the best grades in school. The child who carries the flag has the best grades. Several hours are spend in school to practice “the walk” It is important to walk in harmony! Before the parade wreaths are put on the memorial to remember the Skopelitans who died in the second World war and a teacher of one of the schools will hold a speech about a subject related to the war.

p.s shops are closed tomorrow Saturday because this is a National holiday.

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Gathering chestnuts in the morning, now is the right time. We boiled them and they are soo tasty !

Swimming on Limnonari with no one around. Passing by Agnondas where two taverna’s are still open and finally going to Stafylos and finding 30 people on the beach.

In the afternoon a visit to the Skopelos Foundation for the Arts where Fran Romano showed the pieces she made during her residency here. What a treat !!!

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Dancing is a very important part of being a Greek. I like the fact that so many men dance in Greece and with each other. You can see how proud people are when they dance the traditional dances of their region. You will always have an audience if you show dancing to Greeks. It is in their blood, a inseparable part of their lives. On Skopelos you can follow dance classes whether you young or old(er) This video was made by Kathering Rekka and shows the dance classes of the folklore and cultural organization of Skopelos town.

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The Monastery of Panagia Livadiotissa (Ζoodochou Pigis) is of the 17th century and is situated in the lower part of the area east of Skopelos town. There are no monks or nuns living there now but it is considered a very important church. Every year there is a church celebration where many people carry an icon of the family around the village. The ceremony starts in Panagia Livadiotissa.

Sofia has been an inhabitant of Skopelos for many years and one of her many talents is restoring houses, walls, buildings in general. She restores and up-cycles many things. This way the island and the village of Skopelos, where she lives, remains authentic and beautiful. Sofia also takes visitors around Skopelos and informs them about the herbs, plants, history, way of life, culture and nature of Skopelos. Sofia has her own blog. http://www.skopelos39steps.com/home/4557264669

Sofia likes to take on projects. She always looks for ways to restore and improve. It all started when helping out a friend she discovered an old archway. Here is what she says:” It all started with my intention to raise funds to replace a rickety old gate at the Livadiotissa monastery. That gate has now been replaced with a new one, made of the recycled metal from the old one fitted to new side posts.The funds for this gate were raised by voluntary donations from participants in free walks and forage sessions to gather herbs and other plants abundant on the island.

Such was the success of this project, it has been possible to use the surplus funds to plan the restoration of the beautiful, but crumbling stone archway at the forecourt of the monastery’s main entrance. Already, Manthos the stone mason has completed the archway restoration

and it is now the turn of Andonis, the blacksmith, to show his skill in re-fashioning a foraged cast iron bar gate for the beautiful archway.

Contributors to the fundraising included holidaying visitors to the island from far away countries, Greeks from the mainland and members of the Skopelos community (Greeks and ex-pats alike). I thank all those involved for the success of this restoration project which all of us can now enjoy in this beautiful, prime location.

http://www.skopelos39steps.com/sofias-blog/4557804331
http://www.skopelos39steps.com/sofias-blog/4557804331/Restoration-project-at-local-monastery-complete/11203964

Thank you Sofia !

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