Pyrgos House – Kythira Greece

The whole of Kythira is watching television

Or might the title ‘The whole of Kythira on television’ be better? Anyway, I am sure that, this afternoon, all Kythirians, even those who live outside the island (for example, in Australia), were glued to their television or computer. In ‘Epistrofi sto chorio’ (Return to the village), Alpha TV showed[…]

Daily walks

Also this October, I am enjoying the walks which I lead nearly every day. The island is quiet, the heather is flourishing, the sky is crystal clear most of the time, the day temperature is ideal and the walkers are very enthusiastic. The previous weeks’ participants came from Israel, North-America,[…]

Film crew

This week, a South Korean film crew (Mountain TV) is making a documentary on Kythira about walking paths and sustainable tourism in the Balkan Region and in Greece. They started their discovery trip in Kosovo and arrived on Kythira last Monday. The subject is the function and benefit of the[…]

Collector’s item

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the union of the 7 Ionian Islands – the Eptanissa, to which Kythira belongs – with Greece. On May 21st 1864, the British, having ruled the Eptanissa from 1809, ‘donated’ the islands to the new Greek king George I. In order to add[…]

The kafeneion in Kalamos

Every Thursday, after the Kapsali Cave Tour and together with the tour participants, I go for a coffee at the old village café in Kalamos. This kafeneion, owned by the Kalligeros family, is located in the small village square, but it is practically invisible … There is no sign, there[…]

Sunday in the village

‘Κυριακή στο χωριό’ – Sunday in the village – is the title of a popular Greek television programme. Every Sunday, a different village and its local traditions and habits is featured. On September 21st, it will be Potamos’ turn. This day is not chosen by chance: every Sunday, all year[…]

Grape picking results

The grapes have been picked and pressed. The wine is in the barrels. During the last few days, wine grower Stathis Souris has been very busy harvesting the grapes, assisted by enthusiastic participants from the grape picking excursion. Can we talk of a success? Oh yes, Stathis is very satisfied[…]

Walks with Frank

Now the warm summer is over, we welcome the cooler months of September and October as the more pleasant temperatures will allow us to take longer walks. This week, I guided walkers along the strenuous Potamos – Trifyllianika Gorge – Paleochora track and the walk through and around Chora towards[…]

Grape picking excursion

The yearly grape harvest days are nearly here. From next week onwards, we will be organising grape picking days combining a useful activity with a relaxing and pleasant environment. The day is quite full : breakfast at Potamos Square, transfer to the Souris vineyard near Gerakari, grape picking for a[…]

To talanto

The visit to Osios Theodoros Monastery is one of the highlights during the weekly guided walk around Aroniadika. Opposite the church, in the fir tree, hangs a large wooden beam with a wooden hammer, in Greek ‘to talanto’. This week, Papas Petros told us about its history and function. However,[…]