Ithaca Greece

The Summer Lo-down

This page is for all the ex-pats and other lovers of Ithaca who come back to visit regularly and have become  part of Ithacas 'Summer' furniture. 

Who's here, who's doing what, who got too drunk to remember last night...

Around the Villages


Who's Doing What    Around The Villages     Nightlife     Dispelling The Gossip

   Summer Lodown        Who's Here   

Who's Doing What    Around The Villages     Nightlife     Dispelling The Gossip

   Summer Lodown        Who's Here   

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Kathara Panighiri

Sunday 7th September - Panaghia Katharon, Liturgy and Feast at the Kathara Monastery Southern Ithaca. Click on Photo (Right) for more pictures of the Festival.


September 9th - Around midday today there was a fire in Ag. Nikolas church at Aetos near Vathy. Inside everything burned, but the shell of the church remains. Firemen say the cause is still undetermined, although it seems it may have been due to a candle left burning.


September 14th - The island is definitely quieter now. Mostly English tourists roaming the village streets around the island. Shops and most of the restaurants are closing earlier too now that there is less demand. Life on the island is beginning to wind down. There were thunderstorms predicted for today, but the skies are blue and clear, and with 28 degrees Celsius of pleasant heat, the pristine views of the surrounding islands and of the mainland appearing close enough to touch, it's a perfect early Autumn day which those here are free to enjoy without the chaos of Summer. As Mr. Microsoft likes to ask "Where do you want to go today?" Our answer here is "Nowhere thank you very much."

September 14th - In Frikes today at 18.00 a service was held in memory of those young, Ithacan men killed due to the ramifications of the German U-boat capture in the bay of Frikes 59 years ago during W.W.II The small group of young Communists, led by Yiorgos Moraitis, threw a grenade into the hole, disabled the crew and took charge of the submarine. One Kioni local of that time, Zaharate Vlassopoulou, remembers "My mother said we should all go up into the mountains. The Germans will retaliate." And they did. Most of Kioni took refuge in the mountains while the Germans bombed the village. "We stayed in the mountains, dancing under the moon for days. For us young girls, me and my sisters, it was exciting, we had a good time, but when we returned to Kioni, many of our houses were turned into rubble." It was the first time the war had violently touched Ithaca. " Until then I had no real idea about war, I was 16 years old." The yearly Memorial was well attended, especially by those who survived that historic time, all retelling their stories and memories of their days of War.

During the last speech which insisted that Communism prevails above all and PASOK prevails over nothing, objectors in the crowd voiced their opposition loudly to the politically volatile assertions made by the speaker. After shouts of dissension and manic gesticulations, the crowd dispersed, leaving tourist onlookers perplexed, to say the least, at what had just transpired. As is the Ithacan way, the crowd then went to Penelopes Restaurant for refreshments and the telling of more heroic tales while war anthems of the time blared from the speakers. All of Frikes was transported back to a time that was and all the words of anger, forgotten. For now.

"In retrospect, capturing the U-boat may have been a foolish thing to do." .YIorgos Moraitis.



October 14th - This week workers have been busy erecting and securing safety barriers on the road from Vathy to Kioni. Everyone agrees they are long overdue. Ithaca is indeed lucky not to have accrued the percentage of road accidents as other Greek islands up to now. These barriers give us extra security.

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