Tuesday 18th - Nothing but sunshine and blue skies all around. On Ithaca it seems, winter has been taken over by Spring. Amazing weather!
Wednesday 19th - The weather is forecast to change over the weekend with temps dropping as northerly winds bring down the chill, so we better enjoy the sunshine while we can. Right - View from Kolieri across to Vasiliki on Lefkas Island. Below - View to Exoghi from Platrithias.
Sunday 16th continued - As there's not much to tell at this time of year, let's let the photos tell the story of Winter Ithaca. Left - The road to Hani (Chani)
Above Left - Ag. Ioannis Beach looking toward Cephalonia. Left - Vathy Bay. Below -
Above - Sarakiniko Beach in the south of Ithaca. Left - different views of Vathy Bayside. Below - Ithacas most visited beach, Filiatro, also in the south of the island.
Left - Lazareto isle set in the bay of Vathy. Lazareto has been a prison, a lepper colony and now a place many newly weds wish to tie the Orthodox knot. It has also been a place where some special presentations have taken place.
Above Left - Aetos Bay. Left - Stavros locals head for the big smoke, the cinema in Vathy, for a kiddy special movie about a wolf. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR. Below - The road into Stavros. Not always looking its best.
Left - View from Stavros down to Frikes Bay and across to the Mainland. Below Left - View from Stavros toward Platrithias with the peaks of Lefkada in the distance.
Left - View from Taxiarchis across to Kolieri, a friendly neighbourhood that has just recently become home to some great holiday rental villas and apartments such as Afales Villa Apartments. Up until a couple of years ago, there were no places for visitors to rent in this area.
Below - Laertes Farm Vegetable Market in Stavros is getting a new roof. Everyone loves the Vegie Markets traditional premises and that's not about to change, but a new roof is better than a leaky roof. Below belowLeft - Andriano keeps an eye on the process. His is one of the faces you'll see when shopping at Laertes Farm. Below below Right - There is more to Kioni than the bayside. The hillsides of Kioni are traditional neighbourhoods.
Above - Taxiarchis Cemetry. Right - Taxiarchis Bell Tower. When the clock strikes 12 the hand(s) show 2.30 and 10.10. Below - Platrithias.
The Vathy cinema is in full swing again after a couple of years absence. Sat 22nd and Sun 23rd January you can see 'Red' for the adults and matinee for the kids, 'The Adventures of Sammi'. Sat 29th and Sun 30th, 'Salt' and matinee 'It's raining meatballs'. Matinee starts at 17.30 and evening show at 20.30. Get along if you're on Ithaca. Foreign films are subtitled in Greek.
Below - A wider view of Kolieri, the village that you go through on your way to Kalimos Spring, where locals and visitors get drinking water. It's told that if you drink from the Spring, you will be sure to return to Ithaki.
Left - Raxi view. Below - Kravoulia 2 beach looking a little lonely in the cool shade of a winter afternoon.
Above Left - Frikes Bayside. Above - Still alot of burning off going on around the island after the olive picking season nears its end. Left - Kolieri corner. Below - Riggos working hard.
Above - Afales. Left - Nektarios from Rementzo Restaurant in Frikes stops at Margarita Cafe while he and Poppy (below below left ) wait for the school bell to ring the end of another day. Below - Rien Post
Above - Ariadne and Ekaterini. Left - Maria from Margarita Cafe in Stavros. Below - Stavros main street.