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my parents are evangelos and eleftheria sklavos,we came to australia when i was very young i dont remember much of kythera but was fortunate to visit 3 years ago,it was a very emotional time for me and my family.my father is a priest in kythera he is very well known.They are currently living there,my father was in the local newspaper when the earthquake happened,perhaps you saw his picture.Itwas of two priests discussing the damaged church.my brother is steve sklavos and we hope to one day visit the island we grew up intogether and perhaps share happy and sad memories.
I discovered the island last summer with my fiancée. We were literally stunned by the beauty of the rugged coast, the paradise coves, the fertile central grounds and above all, the kindness of Kytherans. We loved Kythera to the point of getting married there this summer, even though we have no family ties to the island (my papous is from Andritsena, I was born in Athens, grew up in France and my fiancée is French)
I understand that economic growth is what islanders strive for (not the sole goal of course) but I am hoping that development can be made sustainable and human, with green tourism (hiking in the canyons and in the countryside for example) and healthy lifestyle. The last thing I would like is blaring clubs and hordes of noisy tourists. In any case, I am spreading the word that this is a quiet island with many hidden and unknown gems and that needs respect. Let's not make the mistakes of some Cycladic islands or portions of the north coast of Crete.
I love your website because I found the family spirit that defines the island. Also, your website helped us as we were looking for a quaint and beautiful vacation spot in the middle of August. So the answer is : yes, your site had an impact: a couple will get married there soon :-)
Kind regards and keep up the good work.
I visited Kythera in January of 2006 with my two grandchildren, Nicole and Nick. We stayed at the 9 Muses Guest House in Agia Pelagia. We visited with friends and distant relatives in Potamos (my mother's home village), roamed about the fields and beaches during the 5 days we were there. I attended church in the village of Karavas and took part in communion.
We visited with Mr. & Mrs. Emanuel Pavlakis in Potamos. Very nice people, distant relatives thru my grandmother. I intend to return within the next few years to study further this enchanting island. We experienced a 6.9 earthquake on January 8 while waiting for our lunch to be prepared. Luckily for us we were not hurt, however, if it had hit land rather than in the sea, I know we wouldn't have survived. I loved the quiet nature of the island, no hussle bustle here. We experienced the priets throwing the cross into the water and the young boys diving in to search for it on St. Stephanos Day. We will return!
My Grandfather was Victor Castrission, I am visiting Kytheria at the end of the year.
Hello Team Kythera,
The new server is being received at this end of the world. Great to be back online.
I came across this site accidently and I think it is wonderful. My Fathers name is Emmanuel Megaloconomos. I know I have a lot of distant relys in Brisbane. So hi out there!
My Dad is Jack Vamvakaris (dec).
IOANIS P. BAMBAKARIS
Came out from Kythera at about 16 years of age and died when he was 80 years old.
Have you ever heard of a Blue Bird Cafe? Well he owned one,from about 1920's to the 1970's in Innisfail, North Queensland.
He did a lot for his Local Community and the Greek Church in Innisfail.
my papou was born in virathika and my yiayia was born in Fratsia. there names are erene and aleco. they had three daughters maria(my mum), helen and Angela. they used to go to Kythera every summer and are comin back this year.
I LIVE AT 20 BROWN ST
CESSNOCK NSW 2325
I THINK THIS IS MY FAMALIY MY GRAND FATHER
CAME TO CESSNOCK IN 1913
My father George is from Stapothi son of Andoni Kalligeros
looking for Fatseas family history
Greetings to all Kythirians from
"KYTHIRA ASSOCIATION of NEW YORK USA"
Peter Panaretos Treasurer/secretary
I have photos of Dad in the Greek Navy, of him in the Australian Air Force, his mother, her sister, uncle Andrew and his wife, all my brothers and sisters and all family members and history.
As I am 65 now, and was the only one with Dad until he died with his history - which is very very interesting.
His nickname was Palavras.
Vale Theodore William Gavrily: Born Narrabri NSW 11/12/1924 - Died Manly, Australia 28/8/04.
Finally I have registered more than 12 months after Dad's passing. As it is when a patriarch leaves us, we struggle to recall what was such a familiar past when spoken so fondly by the man himself.
It is difficult to remember the many names of Dad's friends that were a great part of country NSW/Qld community last century. It didn't matter which country town I mentioned, Dad knew someone, a Kytherian inveriably, with a story or two to tell. I'm sure that some stories have been passed on to the next generation and we can share a rich & proud past with our kids.
It would be greatly appreciated that if you or your parents knew of Theo and want to share any good stories with me or simply say gidday.
Next time I log on I will tell you the one about the Greek who caused the match factory to strike!
The best way to descibe Kythera is that there is no way. It is so incredible, not because of the food or housing but the beauty. As many have said Kythera is a place, a place we will always remember, and it will always hold a place in all our hearts. When I first arrived I must admit I didn't see much of it. I only saw thorns and spiders but I didn't see the beauty behind it; the life, the ocean, and most of all, the people.
The man I love has family on the island, and I would dearly like to find out as much as I can about them. I am led to believe there is a family home in the bay Kapsali - the family name is Kynigalakis. The fathers name was Con Kynigalakis, he had maybe two brothers, Stan and Myron. The sons names are George Con Kynigalakis, Myron Kynigalakis and Stan Kynigalakis. Please contact me with any information. I would especially like to see some photos of the house.
Teacher, journalist, poet and author, Sydney NSW Australia
‘Andrew’ Anargyros Vretos Fatseas
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