What's Happening on Ithaki 2007
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Around the Villages - Summer Lodown 2007
See what's happening around the island villages from May to October. Parties, festivals, concerts and general fun from Vathy, Anoghi, Perahori, Dexa, Lefki, Stavros, Polis, Exoghi, Platrithia, Ag. Sarantas, Afales, Lahos, Frikes Raxi and Kioni. You won't miss a thing on ithacagreece.com
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Thu 10 May - Now that the yachts are sailing in, there's alot more action around the baysides. Lots of different languages echoe through the streets and bright eyed faces search for the touch of Greece around Ithaki, that they have traveled along way to see.







Above - Low clouds moving in and covering the high end of Exoghi in the early evening , is a strange sight to see when all around the skies are blue.
Oh for the days when Vespas led the way and trucks rarely traveled to Ithaki, but alas, those days are long gone. Yesterday afternoon in Frikes, the modern day phenomenon of 2 1/2 cars per family, parked on each side of the street, held up the house-size truck (right) from proceeding. Why the truck driver decided to go ahead even though the squeeze was noticeable, we can only guess. (Guess he only passed driving school, not thinking school.) After searching for the drivers of the parked cars failed, passers by physically pushed the cars out of the way to open up the road for the truck to continue onto Kioni, where no doubt, it would have further difficulties.
'HONK HONK HONK HONK HONK HONK HONK HONK HONK HONK HONK HONK HONK' Village men gather up their brut strength in the tradition of Hercules, to solve the problem.
Fri 11 May - Above - A sea mist lays low in the Strait between Ithaca and Cephalonia, rolling north to Lefkada.
Right - Yesterday, Thursday May 10, it was St. Nikolaos day, the annual Festival which celebrates this day in the Ag. Nikolaos church at Mavrona. This festival is one of the more quiet festivals around Ithaca, but very traditional and very special. Lots of wine and lamb on the Spit, locals enjoying eachothers company and the spectacular surroundings of the small bay of Mavrona, with fishing boats of many colours, bobbing in the clear aqua waters outside the church yard.
Sun 13 May - Above - Some very strange low clouds yesterday over northern Ithaca. No a cloud in the higher stratosphere, but down where we were, there were lots, loafing around the tops and crevices of the mountains.
Tue 15 May - Above - Perahori, the village close to the heavens on Ithaca. Views toward the island and Patras from this scenic hillside.

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Left - The women of Lefki enjoy an afternoon together under the shade of an orange tree in a cool village garden, while the sun beats down on the hot asphalt outside.
Bottom Left - Last night, the Ithaki theatre Group performed 'Cuckoo' for the last time, at the Cultural Center in Vathy. Lots of energy, surprising performances and alot of fun. Massos Deftereos and Maria Kougiannou overcame their bouts
For more photographs on Cuckoo, the play performed 12 - 14 May at the Cultural Center in Vathy, click here or on photograph above.
of larengitis, and like real troopers carried on and gave one of their best performances. Alexandros Taflambas, sported the best candy pink suit ever seen on Ithaki and Tomi Dendrinou, excelled as the Spanish vixen. Personally I was surprised by Spiros Bouas and Massos Deftereos performances, having only ever seen them in their professional roles before, hidden behind a stack of paperwork on their desks. Their off-stage humour transfered well onto stage, as did that of Alexandros and Tomi. A special mention also for first timers Margarita and Stavros, who proved a sparkle can explode from a minor role. The audience was also great. They laughed, they cried (not really, but...) and lived Cuckoo with the Theatre Group.
Wed 16 May - Ithaca has been known to have snakes in the grass, but never before in a caravan, let alone in front of the Stavros church. Going troppo earlier than usual.
Thur 17 May - Above and Below left - Avra Taverna in Kioni. Costa from Avra takes a minute to say hello through his busy early dinner shift. With the Flotillas sailing into Kioni because there's too much noise in Frikes, he along with the others open for business, is having a good busy May this year.
Sat 19 May - It's been raining for 2 or so days now and the the views and light have changed quite dramatically on the island. There's still too much noise in Frikes so the streets are pretty quiet there. People seem to be getting in and out pretty quickly. In Kioni the yachts are rolling in, possibly because they can't stand the noise in Frikes, and in Vathy, as always there's traffic in and out of the bay. Some days a lot, other days not so much. In Stavros, it's the tour buses that dominate the streets. Rain or shine, they drive through, not slowing down for anyone no matter how narrow the road gets or how wet and slippery. Mostly around the villages, it was time to mop up after the rain, which flooded restaurant baysides with mud that flowed like a torrent down roads without guttering.
Above Top - Vathy Harbour
Above - Mopping up in Frikes
Right and Below - Dramatic skies moving over Ithaki
Tomorrow night, Sunday 20th May, at the Cultural Center in Vathy, there is a performance of the Ithacan Dance Group, showcasing folk dances of the Ionian. Starts around 8pm
Mon 21 May - Rain, wind and storms again yesterday. Ithaca doesn't know what's hit it now that the cold is upon us again. Below - The walls are going up in Frikes. The Gods gift shop, Kikis Mini Market and Panos Gift shop are doing a little more than merely marking their territory, they are blocking out the colour and interest of the street. It's a real shame that the blend of old is obscurred by the Will to be separate. Some think it's a joke, others are seriously disappointed.
Above - A great performance by Ithakis local dancers along with Shadow puppet performer Christos Patrinos, last night at the Cultural Center in Vathy. Ithacans and some visitors filled the Center to applaud the dancers and to laugh along with the comedy of the Shadow Puppet show. Click here or on photo above for more pics of the night.
Right - Now that summer is approaching, the sunsets at Lefki are becoming more and more stunning. Last night a blood red sky coloured the Ionian after a mostly cloudy and rainy day.
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