Τρίτη, 27 Σεπτεμβρίου 2016

A Rare photo album




I am always excited when I see old photographs...a nolstagic mood with no reason, but also curiosity for the past and the history left to us.


I found this photo album of Kefalonia in the 19th and 20th century in https://m.kefaloniatoday.com/kefalonitika/afieromata/ikosi-spanies-fotografies-tis-kefalonias-mas-109628.html and though to share it with you. The images, in the order they appear in the article show:

  •   the harbour in Argostoli,
  •   the residence of Lord Byron in Metaxata,
  •   the flatlands of Minies before the construction of the airport,
  •   Platis Gialos beach in Lassi, - Markato in 1900's (the market) in Lixouri,
  •   Soldiers of the Edelweiss Devision before entering Argostoli in September 22,1943,
  •   the harbour of Lixouri,
  •   The port of Argostoli 1916,
  •   the prisons' entrance in Argostoli (before 1953),
  •   Hydroplanes in Argostoli 1917,
  •   the ACQUI Devisions in Argostoli, 
  •   the first processional celebration of St. Gerasimos right after the war,
  •   Virgin Mary's church on St. George fortress in 1928,
  •   St. Gerassimos convent before 1953,
  •   The bell tower square destroyed in 1953,
  •   Vallianio Hospital in Argostoli, 
  •   Kefalos Theater and road in the beginning of the 20th cent.,
  •   St. George fortress and settlement, 
  •   Icon Procession on Debosset bridge




Τρίτη, 9 Αυγούστου 2016

"Saristra" Arts and Music Festival 2016 at the "ghost village"




If you plan to be in Kefalonia the first weekend of August do not miss the "Saristra" Arts and Music Festival that takes place in Sami/ Karavomylos. (was 5- 6- 7 august this year)

It was the first time I attented such an alternative festival although is a norm since 2012 and I had heard so much.

Just a couple of km above Karavomylos, next to Sami, a narrow dusty road leads you to a platau of really old and tall olive trees. And there it is, out of nowhere, a ruined stone village appears right in front of you. It is the Old Vlahata, a settlement built on the mountainside of Sami and collapsed completely in the 1953's earthquakes. It is also called "the ghost village" and  Saristra was the name of the square of the village, and around it is what everything happens.

Each ruined house is brought back to life, taken by artists, who for 3 days set up little galleries and art halls. From book presentations to photography exhibitions and even projects held from university students, each ruined house has a new story to tell.

The music scene at the "square" hosts new and old rock and alternative bands from early in the evening till later at night. A couple of bars and canteens are also around. Volunteers are everywhere for visitors' assistance.







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It was a magical evening and can't wait till next year !

Δευτέρα, 20 Ιουνίου 2016

Asos




One of the most romantic villages in Kefalonia is Asos. Like a fairytale scenery, the imposing fortress on the top of the peninsula has a story to tell, while the sunset colors stop time.



Σάββατο, 4 Ιουνίου 2016

Our Katelios

Katelios, the traditional fishing and nautical village becomes the most favourit tourist destination in the summer, for all those who are looking for a quiet place with lots of taverns, fresh fish right from the boats and a long, crystal clear beach. 






We love this little seafront village because it has kept its original features and although it provides many modern amenities, it maintains a traditional Kefalonian atmosphere.