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Kir Adonis

The longer I live in Greece the more I realize how much the Greeks value their musical heritage. In which country do you have two television music programs on national television that broadcast Greek music for hours?

In these programs various singers perform with a live band and composers, musicians and Greek music types are being honored. The most popular broadcasts are the ones with the older songs being performed. The songs that lament about the old days, the hardships of people but also the joy of being together as friends and family.

This clip I saw a couple of days ago and I could not get it out of my head. It made me want to look up the lines that were sung, I love the intimate, slow, way they sing this song. The song Kir Adonis is written by Manos Xatzidakis who was a famous Greek composer. This song tells about the old days that will never come back, it is also a political song.

In this clip Xatzidakis sings, his own song, with Melina Mercouri; actress, singer, activist and politician. She was minister of Culture between 1981 and 1989. In the beginning Melina translates the song in French. The clip is for French television. Then she sings along with him…


Mister Antonis
It’s been a long time that Mister Antonis
Was living in the yard
With a jar and a bed
And a lot of wine
He had two blue eyes
And uncombed hair
And he was always wearing a flower
On his old clothes

Oh mister Antonis, how much we love you
And we look at the stars with you
We count the fires for you
Until the rain comes
And we always forget about your anger
We wander around together like birds
We laugh at you like kids
When you pray

Mister Antonis is in a hurry
To go sleep
Because in the night in his dreams
He wants to remember
What he has never lived
He lives in his dream
But the night goes
And the break of the day finds him sad

But one night Mister Antonis
Goes to bed
And when we wake up we wait for him
To come at the door
But Mister Antonis won’t come out
Ever in the yard
Since forever in his dream
He wanted to live

On Monday it is Pentacost. Offices and banks will be closed. Have a great weekend everybody!


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(a few of last years photos)

Met smaak in Griekenland link here is a small organisation that organizes creative hollidays on Skopelos. the founder, Sacha Roozemond has found the perfect combination of a holiday on Skopelos with good food and being creative.

This Thursday there will be an photo exhibition with the creations from the participants of last week. Everybody is invited. The kafenion is right in the middle of Skopelos harbor in between Karavia Cafe and Paramares cafe.
The exhibition is between 18.00 and 20.00 hours.

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Friday, Saturday and Sunday the cultural organisation will show what all different dance and music classes were taught this year. Every evening from 20.30 hours performances will be held in the amphitheater of the elementary school. Come and see!

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I have updated the readers regularly about the new beach bar on Skopelos. Many can argue that the beach has changed forever. It has changed forever but, I think, in a good way. The owner of the bar and his team have worked for many months to clean the beach, to clean the land behind it. They rebuild the existing buildings. They tried to design a beach bar that is eco-friendly. Most of the furniture is of wood, the umbrellas are hand made etc. The sunbeds and umbrellas are situated at the top of the beach so anybody that has their own umbrella can do this on the open beach.

The official opening of the Glysteri beach bar is tomorrow. The Addicto dance team will give workshops in Salsa, Zouk, Bachata and Kizomba in the afternoon and at 21.30 the beach party will begin.

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Skopelights is a group of young people that come together and try to spend their time together in a useful and fun way. Instead of being behind a computer screen they organize events that are meaningful and have fun together as a group. They also talk and discuss about things that happen in their daily life and general in society. They are guided by the wonderful, active Metaxia Armeni-Mina. A couple of days ago the gym court outside the high school was painted. What a wonderful gesture.

Skopelights also make video’s. This one was for mother’s day.

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The holy light arrived on Easter Saturday around 23.55 hours at the Christ church on Skopelos. it was brought in by the boat from the harbor police who received it on Skiathos where it came in by airplane.

The head of the harbor police carried it into the church and from there was transported from candle to candle to everybody in and out of the church

Happy Easter!

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Ready for tonight. Our candles, handmade. At 12 o’clock , when the priest comes out of the church and says Christos anesti (Christ has risen) you will say this to family, friends, neighbours gathered around you. These words are exchanged also when you meet people many days after Easter. You can respond to Christos Anesti with Alithos anesti (it is the truth that he has risen)

Chronia polla! Happy Easter and enjoy yourselves tomorrow!

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