Blog Review Ikaria 2008-2011 # 7


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I am very interested in reading personal accounts about my island. To keep in touch with the place, media is good but there’s nothing like reading actual people’s impressions and looking at their photos.

This is the seventh part of the list of blog entries about Ikaria that I like. As I said in the forenote of the first part, my ambition was to review, not just blogroll, so I wrote a few words about each blog entry and I picked out pictures and quotes. These quotes I sometimes hid “behind the pictures”.  Move your mouse over to read them.

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This one is from the rich harvest of 2011 about which I wrote in my previous entry. It’s a part of «Michael and Maya’s little blog», MAP adventures.

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Michael and Maya come from the U.S. One year ago in July 2011, following the travelling tradition that has been taking shape in the recent years, the couple stopped in Ikaria on their way from Athens to Turkey and gave the world’s blog readers two containing and greatly illustrated entries:
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«Since we arrived in Ikaria we have been hearing about the upcoming Panigiri in the hilltop village of Arethousa: «Goat, more goat, music, dancing, wine, more wine, and staying up all night. You have to go!» So after watching the US vs. Japan world cup final in a small cafe in Evdilos, we zoomed up a dark windy road on a rented scooter to find a huge outdoor party complete with jaunty live music and 2,000 drunk happy Greeks…»
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The pictures I chose to show you are:
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Panagiri started as a saints-name day in this village and then grew bigger and bigger and now it is a summer season weekly tradition where many people of Ikaria meet and celebrate the night.
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The gentleman selling food tickets spoke English so we were able to procure a half kilo of goat meat, bread, and wine.
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The second one goes…

 

«We are settling into the pace on Ikaria, which is sleepy and slow like a snail. We get up every morning with just enough time to jump in the ocean before the hotel breakfast ends.Regarding scooters: we have seen three different men driving with their dogs on laps with paws on the handlebars, a man and his date eating ice cream cones while riding, and a man that had an entire grilled fish on a large oven pan on his lap while riding up a mountain.

Long and twisty scooter rides have taken us to some fun destinations…«

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The photos I chose are:
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Michael and Maya in Ikaria
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A nighttime Rebetico concert in Karavastamo to follow. Rebetico, according to our hosts in Armenistis, came about with the migration of Turks and Greeks from Izmir after the 1920s. It's at once jovial in the Greek way but with a blue edge.
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Caught a sunset in Nas, overlooking the scattered stones of the temple of Artemis.
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The rocks and sun and sea felt timeless there.
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That was all about Ikaria from Michael and Maya’s little blog. Don’t you find them sweet? I adored them! Other Americans visited two months later, that is in September 2011 and… well, to cut short, they enjoyed the relaxation and the sound of the waves. I am all in for that last!
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It’s summer and I should be doing other things than reviewing and posting. But it has to go like this and get done with wonderful 2011. The next entry will be dedicated to 2012. There’s good stuff there too. Stay tuned!
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Thanks for the new colour and formating codes!
I love them and I hope readers don’t find them too loud.

3 σχόλια on “Blog Review Ikaria 2008-2011 # 7”

  1. Ο/Η elinalafina λέει:

    Τι καλά παιδάκια!

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  2. Ο/Η jeff λέει:

    Hi, my name is Jeff, im from a little island called the Isle of Man, ive been reading your blog to help me plan ,im thinking of travelling to Ikaria this winter for a couple of months.
    Do you know if its possible to camp anywhere in the winter ?

    thanks

    Jeff 🙂

    Μου αρέσει!

    • Ο/Η Eleni λέει:

      Hi Jeff,
      thank you for reading my blog!
      So you are coming from the Isle of Man?

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      I suppose that you have read some of my posts about winter in Ikaria, so I think you like a wild capricious nature, simple unpretentious people and loneliness.
      In winter you can camp anywhere in the island though I think it will be rough because the terrain is mountainous and there is a lot of rain and wind.
      The popular places for camping in the summer are a beach and a river, both of them forbidden during the winter because they flood -the beach from the waves and the river… well, from the river!
      The forests are the next choice and I suggest you choose a spot near a village, for example the village of Christos in Rahes which is more or less touristic during the summer so the people are used to seeing strangers coming even out of season and they are very friendly to them.
      Set your tent anywhere around that village and take care to announce it to the villagers. Smile a lot and you will be treated as their best guest.
      I think you will have a very good time. We party very often in winter and we party for all night long. Maybe I will see you in one of those ocassions!
      Eleni

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