Rekindled love

we’re all guilty of taking things for granted and having lived on the island for 11 years I some-times forget just how beautiful this place that I call home really is. My trip with Lethcothea yesterday to Anti-Paxos reminded me of why we moved here.

Leaving from Loggos at 5pm it was great to see familiar faces that I hadn’t caught up with for some time and also meet new guests to the island. The journey over was spent chatting and before we knew it we’d arrived at the old port of Anti-Paxos. The walk took us along a track that led to an ancient sterna and then onto a beautiful view, the 118 steps were worth it. From here we made our way through the village, picking figs from the trees and sharing them amongst us, stopping off at the church of Ayios Aimilianos that recently celebrated it’s name day on the 17th July and here we enjoyed some Anti-Paxos wine.

Arriving at Voutoumi beach when it was pretty much deserted was such a treat and a swim was more than welcome. More wine, fresh watermelon and some traditional music and dancing on the sand was a great way to end the day.

If you get the opportunity do join Lethcothea on this trip, her passion and love for the island is infectious, her office is located in Loggos opposite the Four seasons taverna.

info@paxos-thalasstravel.com/ 0030 6976944748

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‘One love’ comes to Paxos

The Paxos Reggae festival started last night in Loggos and will continue this evening from 6pm at Bounaos in Magazia and then onto Lakka at the Old School house from around 9pm. They are currently performing on Vrika beach on Anti-Paxos.

See https://www.facebook.com/paxosreggaefestival/ for further information of places and timings for Sunday.

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Neroladia

a festival of wine, food and dance will be celebrated this evening in Gaios square from 9pm.

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Late night bus service

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A service of Holy Communion

will take place on Sunday 18th June at 11am at Pomegranate Cottage, Fontana, please see the details below.

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A little bit of Ireland comes to Paxos

Irish Wings is a week of Irish art, music, poetry and cooking. It takes place between 6th and 10th July 2017 and is designed to explore Ireland’s cultural relationship with Greece.

It launches on Thursday 6th July at 7pm with an exhibition of Irish art called ‘Ireland and the Sea’. This will run until 3rd August in the Loggos Schoolhouse. It features some of Ireland’s best artists, including Mick O’Dea, who has been President of the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin, and Denise Ferran, President of the Royal Ulster Academy in Belfast.

On Friday 7th July the poet Theo Dorgan will be reading in the KIP Library in Gaios from his nine collections of poetry. Theo is a former Director of the respected poetry journal, Poetry Ireland. He and his partner, the poet Paula Meehan (who has been Ireland Professor of Poetry) spend a lot of time in Ikaria and Theo’s collection, Greek, displays his love and knowledge of Greece, its culture, history and mythology. Theo’s poems have been translated into Greek by the poet, Socrates Kabouropolos, and Socrates will be present, with Paxiot Spyros Bogdanos, to read the poems in Greek.

On Saturday 8th July at 7.30pm in the Loggos Schoolhouse, Andy Irvine, Donal Lunny and members of the Greek group, Apodimi Compania, will be giving a public interview about the bouzouki in Greek and Irish music. Irvine and Lunny had a major role in introducing the instrument to Ireland and they will be talking about what attracted them to it, its history in Ireland and their techniques. Apodimi Compania will compare this to the history and use of the instrument in Greece. A marvellous example of cross-culture and the perfect introduction to the concert the following night.

On Sunday 9th July the icons of Irish traditional and world music, Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny, will be appearing with the much-loved and highly-respected Greek group, Apodimi Compania and the Paxiot bouzouki player, Elias Dendias, in a concert exploring the musicians’ love and interpretation of the bouzouki. This will take place in the Loggos School Yard at 8.30pm and will be attended and introduced by the Irish Ambassador to Greece.

On Monday 10th July at 12.00 noon the Irish celebrity-chef Paula McIntyre will be in Carnayo restaurant, Gaios, demonstrating recipes inspired by the poet, Seamus Heaney, who was in Greece when he heard that he had been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. The demonstration will include the lines,

As we wolfed down horta, tarama and houmos

At sunset in the farmyard, drinking ouzos,

Pretending not to hear the Delphic squeal

Of the steel-haired cailleach in the scullery.

Then it was time to head into Desfina

To allow them to sedate her. And so retsina,

Anchovies, squid, dolmades, french fries even.

Irish Wings gratefully acknowledges the support of Culture Ireland.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bus Timetable

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