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MUSIC LUNCH AT MOLOS Sunday 6th of May

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180423 050cFriday we were invited to the birthday of Kostas at Soulas,
I took some photos but just the one up here of his parents,
Kyr Philipas & Kyria Soula was BEST PHOTO!

We were treated with so much nice food, I love Kyria Soulas
meet-
balls and the lamb in the oven with lemon,
made by Kostas sister, was also great!

The cake from Kochillis;

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Over to a town walk;

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Walking down the old “sea-step-street»

Bee time …

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Ending todays page with some glimpses from my home;

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– the “dot” is to protect the legs of the chairs from humidity, like a «buffer» between the leg and the ground.

Have a wonderful rest of the week,
new page on Friday,
and BE KIND!

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Ζειμπεκικο – Ο χορος του αετου

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Ζεϊμπέκικο – Ο Χορός του Αετού
The Dance of the Eagle

More on Zeibekiko a bit down on this page.

What would life be without music?
I think I would die without!

I can remember my mom playing The Four Aces in the 60-ies,
Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong and and …
The good old classics! «Strangers on the night»
with Franky Boy is still one of my favorites.

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Oh yes, I can promise you that that is true!

Mom bought me a small gramophone and I did all small jobs
for her and grandma to afford to buy records.
I was through Cliff, Rolling Stones, Bob Dyland, Jimi Hendrix
and many more, but The Beatles changed my life.

Don’t bother me, one of Georges first songs was
the first to fascinated my a lot,
– I was in love with him for many years.
All you need is love and many many many more.
No space to mention them all.

«One good thing about music, when it hits you,
you feel no pain.» Bob Marley

 

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When I moved to Greece and was invited to lovely parties with
«The Greek Connection» in Skiathos, the Sarris family,
Gullivers agents, – my music life changed!
They had some instruments, like guitar, violin, clarinet, and …
but I do not think any of them really was a musician!
They just loved their music, and played it!
I learned to love the Greek music too.
Those days we were mostly into Yiannis Parios,
here is a cut from Wikipedia;

He is quoted as saying
“Whenever a song is born and wherever it is sung,
it belongs to everyone.
That, really, is the reason why music exists:
so that it cannot be fenced in by frontiers”.

 

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One late evening of the Easter in ca 1985 we were walking up
the Papadiamantis street in Skiathos
playing music and singing, arms in arms
– a memory for a lifetime!

Those were the days – we were young, and all alive!

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All I knew about Greek music was Nana Mouskouri,
Theodorakis and Zorbas.
Actually our music teacher, Børre, I think was his name,
at Fagerborg School in Oslo, thought us to dance Zorbas,
fantastic, and that must have been around 1966!

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A fantastic movie, I can always watch it again, – the book is even better!
That I read nearly every spring, and learns new things every time.

Zorba is a character from the most famous novel that the Greek writer Nikos Kazantzakis ever wrote – Zorba The Greek.

Alan Bates in the movie says to Zorba “teach me to dance
as if he is sayingteach me to live”. …

 

Zorba also said;

“Δεν ελπίζω τίποτα,
δε φοβάμαι τίποτα,
είμαι ελεύθερος.”
Nikos Kazantzakis

“I hope for nothing
I fear nothing
I am free”
Nikos Kazantzakis

And that is written on Kazantzakis grave.

 

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I mostly listen to Greek music now, I have Melodia Radio
and Love Radio, on my TV, and they go all day.
Specially the first, because it plays mostly Greek music.

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I also learned to buy music onto my iPad!

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I have for a long time wanted the song

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– a song with good memories for me, – do you know the meaning?
“I am not going anywhere”, – followed by «edw tha minw», “here I stay” (on Skopelos, of course!).
So I searched and found it on a «big» CD
(or whatever we call it when we just download it to the pad).

Here it is

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I gladly paid 13.99€ for 80 great songs with many different singers.

I still have that exciting feeling when I play a new CD,
or whatever I can call it, some songs are ok,
while others just hits me!

 

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Μία Ζωή Ζεϊμπέκικο

A Life of Zeibekiko

Wikipedia: «Zeibekiko (Greek: Ζεϊμπέκικο) is a Greek folk dance. It takes its name from the Zeybeks, an irregular militia living in the Aegean Region of the Ottoman Empire from late 17th to early 20th centuries. It was first seen at the end of the 17th century in cities such as Constantinople and Smyrni.
Evliya Çelebi mentions in his writings that it was danced in Magnesia
(my coment: Our islands are a part of Magnesia)
and in Aydın at local feasts.
Originally a dance for two armed people facing one another,
it developed into an improvised dance for a single male.» https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeibekiko 

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When I was painting my chairs (Tuesdays page here)
I was listening to this music and every now and then
I just had to take some dance steps!

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In the winter that just left us, we had many fantastic music sessions at Karidia, a big thank you to Nikos, Elena & Thanassis for the music, another big thank you to the owners Ioanna & Nikos, and waiters Nikos & Adonis.

Just a small cut on Zeybekiko from a book called Greek Dances by Ted Petrides: «Because of the lonely power and concentration of the dance,
and the sweeping turns and movements all done with outstretched arms,
this dance has often been called The Dance of the Eagle.»

Ο Χορός του Αετού

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I know many Greek dances, and the spesial feeling when I let my self free alone on the dancing floor in a zeibekiko while friends sitts down around me clapping, is a fantatstic feeling of «kefi»!!!

Do you know kefi? Hope you are lucky to know it!

How to translate it??? 

What is life without Greek music and dance?

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I just love it!!!

There are many different Greek dances, Zorbas was made for the movie, and is more or less a mix of older songs. Anyway it put Greece on the map.

I have been to many a so called «Greek Night» in my life, helped arranging many of them, and I am sure we have made many people happy by doing so!

Here is from a great Greek Night:

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One of my very best dancing photos up here, from Souals House, with a Norwegian couple first, Tangens, and then Kostas, åpha åpha!

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That’s all for now, for sure much more to tell but …

In the meantime you can go to YouTube and ask for

A fantanstic vidaki where a soldier just happens
to get up on stage and dance with Xaroulla!
Arranged or not, it is great!

Here is another YouTube with many Zeibekiko songs;

 

For sure life is nothing without music!

I have to fix two more old chairs outside today, for sure it will be
with my Zeibekiko music and I will dance …

Have a lovely weekend,
new page here on Tuesday!

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Gray Tuesday

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Gray and only around 15C today,
yesterday it was up to 18,8, all in 100% shadow,
and mostly sunny.

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Saturday we had sun up here,
but foggy in town, as you can see.

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Ira enjoys the flowers and the view,
actually she is looking out for cats!

You can see this program from Skyros if you have BBC Four;

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Very special for some of us, since we were there
when they made the program,
we talked with some of the crew!

Old shop – all new;

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The bakery at the corner by the ferry office,
opposite the ferry harbor. Also called «The French Baker».
Very very posh!

Καλορίζικο!

Kaloríziko! – meaning Good luck!, but my dictionary says only «lucky», while Google says «Good-buy» – anyway it was what we said to the bakery owners and staff!

 

They had a lot in there, also nice presents.

Kochillias had their shop and bakery in the «Disco-street»/now post-office street, in my young days in Skopelos, and many a morning we passed by to buy some warm, nice pies, bread or … before going home!

More flowers;

 

The last photo is of a big tistle, but what are the white flowers on it?
I have never see it like that!!!

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The flowers comes from the tree behind!

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Lots of bees and other “flyings” around,
very good sign!!!
This one was in the cats water-bowl, but I managed to get it out,
and a bit later it flew away!

A walk in town;

 

I always looks at the garbage places when passing them,
and look what I found up at the crossroad
before the helio-port;

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A bit old chairs, not maintained and with broken seats,
but nothing wrong with the wood.
So I fixed them with another chair I found earlier;

 

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Nearly ready, only proper seats are missing, and they will be of wood, cats destroys all hemp seats, unfortunately.

 

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Some cuttings from GTP Headlines;

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We had some Greek tourists here too.

Over to;

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Oh YESSSS!

I was looking at the first photo down here,
I know this place, I thought, do you?

More GTP news:

180416 172180416 174The photo is from Alonnisos, the cave by Votsi,
the 3rd port after Patitiri.

Do you want to go to Denmark for the 1st of May?
Check out Cosmorama;

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“Long” page today, I have too many photos and things
to show you. I do enjoy that, and I enjoy to do new pages
Tues- & Fridays only.

Wish you a good rest of the week,
try to be good ;o)

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Kalimera everybody

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This was my view a few days ago,
today I can hardly see Alonnisos.

At 08.45 here is quiet, 14,8C outside,
last 24 hours between 13,7 and 18.

Page ready, took me nearly one hour!
Have a lovely day!

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There are a few small fields behind my home who are full
of these Lupines. The funny thing is, you hardly see them,
it is all so green and the flower itself is kind
of drowning in all the greens.

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I have to show you flowers!
So many now, so beautiful!

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I found out that the best photos are if I pick the flower,
and holds it up against the sky, so I pick those there are
many of, but like the orchids and other more rare flowers,
I just have to shoot them where they are!

The staff had a good time yesterday;

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In the back you see “Imerå” a kind of squid with lots of ink,
the ink is really a delicatessen!

Do you know the app Marine Traffic ?
I saw an unknown boat, to me, 2 days ago.
Found it on Marine Traffic and found out that it had been to Skiathos, was here, passed by Skyros and is now in the harbor of Lavrion, south of Athens, close to Sunion.

I find it amusing to see these things!!!

More nature;

It is just amazing!

Kati allo:

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Click here to “go” there!

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What is a Pillar`s card and even how can they “sale” ice!!!

Time for some cuttings;

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Time for a quote;
Socrates
Philosopher of the 5th century BC

“One thing I know, that I know nothing.
This is the source of my wisdom.”

That’s all, except for;

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 Take care, be nice and here are some old photos:

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End of Easter 2018

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I borrowed these super photos from Costas Andreou,
the beauty of Easter night!
There are always lots of fireworks at midnight on Easter Saturday,
but here hardly none at New Years Eve!

 

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Fun to see famous people celebrating Greek Easter!

Over to Skopelos;

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Some friends were at Rigas House and had a great time,
they were the only foreigners.
25,- E for plenty food, drinks, live music
and then one had to dance!
By the way, they did not grill the lamp, but the lamb!!!

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Very, very typical!
I prefer when we have to help “rolling” the spit,
not when engines does it.

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Easter is beauty!

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EASTER SUNDAY
MAMA
Cuts salads, fixes mezedakia, clean plates, make the table,
welcomes visitors, goes to and from the kitchen,
chases the children to feed them, puts 2,5 bites in her mouth

DADDY
Sits next to the spit for 9 and a half hours and drinks tsipoura

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Some of my photos;

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Red is the color of Easter, but soon “my” BLUE will be back again!

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Agnondas one of the most beautiful places of Skopelos!

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More and more poppies are showing up, lovely!

T-shirt time;

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My heart Doc says 2 small glasses of red wine
in the evening does all good!

I like cats more and more, I never had a cat before I moved to Skopelos,
now here are about 20 around. 4 can come in,
10 hangs around outside and the rest comes for food.
Good thing is that I have not seen any snakes
outside here since 2010, bravo cats!

 

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Easter Monday now, so tomorrow my home,
my life goes back to BLUE!
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I love BLUE!

NEXT NEW PAGE FRIDAY

Have a lovely week, try to be kind!

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KALO PASXA

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Kalimera sas kai Kalo Paska!

The biggest day of the year! Sunny on Skopelos today, but windy.

My photo is from some years back, – this is what happens all over Greece today, grilling of the lamb, or most of all here, the goat kid.

Borrowed one great photo from The Sporades Newspaper of Good Friday:

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Next new page Tuesday.

❣️🇬🇷❣️ Xronia sas polla ❣️🇬🇷❣️

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Christmas comes to us all once a year

– but this year Easter came twice!

Thursday we colored the eggs as usual, I love it!

The sun was out, the wind had a break and
we had a good time!
We were a good mix of Norwegians – of course – Greeks,
a “little” French and British.

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This year we also learned that we could draw on the eggs with an acrylic pen, but your hands had to be very steady!

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A nice Easter greeting – Googles translation;
“Happy Easter! (Good Resurrection – I would say!)
The Holy Light of Resurrection,
let us illuminate the souls and lives of us all.”

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so wonderful to hear!

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Ioannis at Diethnes alias the OuzoBar,
a very good chef and friend.

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More Greek than all of us.
We will come tomorrow.”
Thanks a lot Rania mou.

Kati allo;

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Summer Holiday with Cliff Richard,
many many years ago. Oh was I in love with Cliff!!!

Wish you all the very best!

Next new page on Tuesday!

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Megali Evdomada

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Lovely weather, lovely to be more outside!
Blue sky and sunshine, – perfect Easter weather!

More lovely is that more and more places are opening,
we had lunch today at;

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We ate

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Due to the big lent, there are all this lovely dishes without meet.

We had tea and coffee today at;

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It is nice to see that they are working and getting ready at so many places.
But all do not choose to open for Easter, since it is very early,
and after Easter it will be very quiet.

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Some glimpses from my day;

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Saturday was PalmSaturday and my mom bought this for me;

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The only place in the world, I have been told,
that they make these rolls, I love them too!

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Time for some flowers;

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That kind of string you see in the middle are the asparagus,
small and so delicious.

Sunday we had to pass by Karidia to listen to music
and have some nice parea;

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We got a kind of problem! Silje and me ordered 1 small retsina,
oh yes very good, and had some cheese crocettes,
but then one more bottle came on the table,
then one more and then one more …
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
You know this is a Greek kind of tradition,
that you order drinks for friends sitting on an other table,
or the musicians or …

Kati allo;
Some friends had bought an ouzo and I love the label;

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This is all for now, we are in the “Megalo Evdomada”
the big week of Easter.

You take care and have a nice time!

New page on Friday!

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