Blog Review Ikaria 2008-2011 # 6


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Can anybody of you count for me the blog entries about Ikaria that I have reviewed so far? I think they are about 16 and getting more every year. The harvest of 2011 was very rich as you may have noticed. A lot of travellers scheduled to visit Ikaria and as a lot of those travellers are bloggers as well, they wrote one thing or two about the island. Most of them seemed to have known beforehand what to expect. I was glad not to read again anything like «guys it’s all but a mountain!» or «there is no nightlife!». Instead, their reports talk about the rains, the weather, the waves, the gardens, the people, the way of life, the difficulties and the pleasures… In one word, the core of the experience.

Today’s review is dedicated to only one blog and blogger. I think you will agree that Jim Lesses, the multi-talented Ikarian/Australian from Adelaide, deserves all the space in my humble blogging room.

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In between several outstanding entries about many places of the world The Compleat Traveller has blogged about Ikaria since 2009. Going through his blog it’s a funny feeling for me to see my island feature amongst famous spots in Paris and Manhattan! But Jim has a way to put everything together. Does this ability come from his Ikarian or from his Australian side? Neither, in my opinion. Speaking of experience from my own days of travelling, there is no big place and small place, famous place, obscure place, but only special, significant places where we feel good; places that make us we want to tell our friends about them.

Dear readers, this is Jim’s Ikaria. I am recommending to you to read all his entries!

* Move your mouse over the titles and the photos to get a glimpse of some paragraphs

© 2009-2011 Jim Lesses All Rights Reserved.

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1) My Big Fat Greek Wedding

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2) Friday Photo #7: My Island Home, Ikaria, Greece

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3) Friday Photo #11: The Longing

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4) Friday Photo #14: Storage Containers

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5) Who Pays The Ferryman?

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6) The [Greek] Gods Are Angry

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7) Therma, Ikaria

 

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7) Images Of Ikaria #1

* I am reblogging only one picture. You should see this in the original!

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8) Kampos, Ikaria

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9) Turbulence

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10) Grecian Blues

* I am reblogging only one picture. You should see this in the original!

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11) Friday Fotos: Nap Time

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This is all from Jim Lesses’ blog about Ikaria for now. A learned, comprehensive approach with an unofficially professional touch, won’t you agree? For his sake I have coloured this entry in his favorite shade of  *Grecian Blue*. It’s very near the general shade of my gravatar icon so I hope I have succeeded to get the code right. Check out his Blue Set  in Flickr and tell me your opinion.

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Recycled Blues by jimlesses Washing Blues by jimlesses Container Blues by jimlesses Storm Blues by jimlesses

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All Texts & Photos © 2009-2011 Jim Lesses.
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See you next month!
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That window won’t open …


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Blue window in Therma by infiltracions, on Flickrinfiltracions' photostream | Flickrphoto by infiltracions

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I’m only joking about how introvert and stubborn we are. The photo of this window in Therma used to be famous – the most «interesting» picture tagged «Ikaria» in Flickr since 2006 and the fact was breaking my nerves. Well, now a gorgeous pole dancer is doing her thing in front of that damn «interesting» window and it doesn’t open!  😥 Let it break and fall! I’m tired of it! Long live Maria! ^^’ ^^’

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Eleni in Ikaria -January 12, 2006


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Agios Kirykos Ikaria by Tαsos
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Yesterday I drove to Ayios Kirikos, the main town of the island. The north wind goes on blowing strong and steady. I don’t like to hurry because the road is dangerous. I also like to try my hand with the camera. I feel funny leaving the car on the side of the road to climb up or down on the slopes to find good angles. It must make other drivers’ wonder.

But Ikarians are so discreet

Besides they are very secretive themselves. Not that they have much to hide. They just protect their individuality.

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However, if you want to go for a pee in the bushes or take a closer look at something or just admire the view, take good care to pull over nicely to the side of the road and in a proper place where there is enough parking space. The roads are narrow, so if you leave your car in the way, it will make others worry there is something wrong (you are sick or had a heart attack).

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end of the road by 19seconds
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Anyway I shot some good pictures. By ‘good’ I mean that I like them, not that they are actually good. I don’t know about that yet. Especially ‘Ikaria 079’ which with all respect I dedicate to the Mayor (or was he the Vice-Mayor) of Ayios Kirikos (read the description under the photo to know why).

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The madness with my Sony went on on my way back in the afternoon. I climbed a hill and there suddenly I found myself in the middle of some teenage Boneli flight school class. The young eagles were testing their wings or something against the strong north wind coming from the sea. They looked exactly like skateboarders. In the begining I thought they were hunting, but they were all screaming (kkiiii -kkiii) so loudly that it couldn’t be it. They were having fun. I took many photos, but as my hands tremble so much when I’m excited, only one came out good.

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 Bonelis are an Aegean island’s pride. ‘Hieraetus fasciatus’ in (scientific) Latin and ‘Stavraetos’ or ‘Vasilaetos’ in common Greek, that is ‘eagle with a cross-like shape’ and ‘king eagle’. Ikarians have a special name for this kingly bird which I can’t remember right now.

It’s a wonder that there so many Bonelis in Ikaria and in the same time the island seems to suffer a lot from overgrazing and road contructions. Don’t they mind? Are they so ‘good sports’ -as the British say?
that’s all for today
bye
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