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submitted by Kytherian Cultural Exchange on 12.05.2013

Australia: Campaign to promote tourism in Kythera

Photograph: Doors with Venetian influence ay Kapsali article, in Greek

A very liberal translation follows below:

Australian residents with ancestry from Kythera (Kytherians) were amongst the first Greeks to migrate to "the fifth continent". They are well represented by the leading organization - the Kytherian Association of Australia, (KAA), based in Rockdale, Sydney. According to the KAA's cultural adviser, George Vardas, there are 60,000 Kytherians living in Australia, as opposed to 3,200 who live permanently on the island of Kythera!

Shortly, the Kytherian Association of Australia will launch a campaign to promote tourism on Kythera. The launch will take place on Wednesday, May 15 at 12.30, at Darling Harbour in Sydney.

At this event the recently published book by Tzeli Hadjidimitriou - "In Search of Kythera and Antikythera. Venturing to the island of Aphrodite" - will be launched. George Vardas observes that internationally reknowned photographer Tzeli Hadjidimitriou through a profound understanding and love of the island and its people, has managed to uncover some of its most hidden secrets. She transports the reader simultaneously on a real and mythic journey to an idealic place of enchantment and love - which will change the readers' - and the visitor's lives forever.

The 350 page book is packed with rich information about the mythology and history of the island, architecture and art, local cuisine, landscape features, walking trails, and the routes by which to travel around the island. The book provides all the relevant information for safe access, accommodation, entertainment and everything else that will facilitate and enrich the journey.

Particular attention is paid to alternative activities that will enhance the visitors appreciation of the island. Visitors are made aware of unexplored areas on the island - nature and landscapes of exceptional beauty, which are amongst the most beautiful in Greece.

Tzeli Hadjidimitriou first ventured to Kythera in 1984. Since that time she has produced two remarkable photo albums of the island - with the titles "Cythera" and "Time lost in the Clouds" . Her twenty year love affair with the island of Kythera has now resulted in the publication of this very sophisticated travel guide - ""In Search of Kythera and Antikythera. Venturing to the island of Aphrodite".

More infromation about In Search of Kythera and Antikythera, including how to purchase the book


Αυστραλία: Εκστρατεία προώθησης του τουρισμού στα Κύθηρα

Οι κάτοικοι της Αυστραλίας με καταγωγή από τα Κύθηρα (Τσιριγώτες) είναι από τους πρώτους Έλληνες που μετανάστευσαν στην πέμπτη ήπειρο. Κορυφαία τους οργάνωση είναι το Kytherian Association of Australia, ενώ σύμφωνα με τον πολιτιστικό της σύμβουλο, Γιώργο Βαρδά, σε όλη την Αυστραλία ζουν σήμερα 60.000 Κυθήριοι και στα Κύθηρα μόνο 3,200!

Φέτος, το Kytherian Association of Australia ξεκινά εκστρατεία προώθησης του τουρισμού στα Κύθηρα. Η έναρξή της θα γίνει την Τετάρτη, 15 Μαΐου στις 12.30 το μεσημέρι, σε μεγάλο κατάστημα του Σίδνεϊ.

Στη συγκεκριμένη εκδήλωση μάλιστα, θα γίνει και η παρουσίαση του ταξιδιωτικού οδηγού με τίτλο «Ανεξερεύνητα Κύθηρα, Αντικύθηρα» της Τζέλης Χατζηδημητρίου. Όπως λέει ο Γιώργος Βαρδάς, στον οδηγό η γνωστή φωτογράφος Τζέλη Χατζηδημητρίου, χρησιμοποιώντας τη φωτογραφία και τον λόγο, και με οδηγό την αγάπη της για τα ιδιαίτερα αυτά νησιά και τους ανθρώπους τους, επιχειρεί να αποκαλύψει μερικά από τα κρυμμένα μυστικά και να συνοδεύσει τους αναγνώστες σ' ένα αληθινό όσο και ονειρικό ταξίδι, για να γνωρίσουν δύο ιδιαίτερους προορισμούς ή... τον ιδανικό τόπο του έρωτα, που μπορεί ν' αλλάξει για πάντα τη ζωή τους.

Στις 350 σελίδες του οδηγού υπάρχουν πλούσια στοιχεία για τη μυθολογία και την ιστορία των νησιών, για την αρχιτεκτονική και την τέχνη, για την τοπική κουζίνα και τις δραστηριότητες των Τσιριγωτών, για τις διαδρομές και τα τοπία και, βέβαια, όλες τις χρήσιμες πληροφορίες για ασφαλή πρόσβαση, διαμονή, διασκέδαση και ό,τι άλλο μπορεί να διευκολύνει και να εμπλουτίσει το ταξίδι.

Ιδιαίτερη σημασία δίνεται στις εναλλακτικές δραστηριότητες που μπορεί να έχει ο επισκέπτης των δύο νησιών, καθώς η ανεξερεύνητη φύση τους και τα εξαιρετικής ομορφιάς τοπία, συγκαταλέγονται στους αμόλυντους ακόμη παράδεισους της Ελλάδας.

Με τη συγγραφή του ταξιδιωτικού οδηγού, η Τζέλη Χατζηδημητρίου συνεχίζει το προσωπικό της οδοιπορικό στα Κύθηρα, εγχείρημα που ξεκίνησε το 1984, αφήνοντας ως τεκμήρια δύο πολύ αξιόλογα φωτογραφικά λευκώματα, με τους τίτλους «Κύθηρα» και «Ο χρόνος χάθηκε στα σύννεφα».

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submitted by Stella Yang on 30.07.2007


The lighthouse of Kaplsali.

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submitted by Zeidoros Ltd on 23.07.2007

Zeidoros Centre for the Arts & Education

Zeidoros Centre for the Arts & Education is located in Kapsali bay. It consists of a listed Venetian building, an amphitheatre and a restaurant area.

The building hosts seminars, conferences, and exhibitions, during the season. The theatre hosts performances and concerts. Visitors can enjoy a performance accompanied by a quality bottle of wine.

Zeidoros Centre for the Arts & Education
80100 Kapsali, Kythera / tel.: +30 2736038212

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submitted by Kytherian Newsflash on 17.12.2006

Lighthouse at Kapsali.


Lighthouses of Kithira (Kythira, Kythera) and Antikithira (Antikythira)

Note: Kithira is an island about 12 km (7.5 mi) off the southeastern tip of the Peloponnisos. Historically and culturally it is associated with the Ionian Islands, although it is remote from them geographically. Like the other Ionian Islands, it was administered by Britain from 1809 to 1864. The island has a population of about 3500 and is accessible by ferry from Gythio or Neapoli. Antikithira is a small island roughly halfway between Kithira and the northwestern tip of Crete.

* Moudari (Akra Spathi)
1901. Active; focal plane 114 m (374 ft); three white flashes every 30 s. 25 m (82 ft) round masonry tower with lantern and gallery, rising from one end of a 1-story masonry keeper's house. Tower unpainted except for a white band around the base; lantern painted white with a green roof; keeper's house painted white. Stephen Trifyllis has a distant photo in which the mainland can be seen in the distance. Located on Cape Spathi, the northern tip of Kithira. Site status unknown, but the site shoud be accessible from the end of a road that approaches the cape. ARLHS GRE-120; Admiralty E4066; NGA 15048.

* Kapsali
1853 (British). Active; focal plane 24 m (79 ft); white flash every 3 s. 8 m (26 ft) round cylindrical masonry tower with lantern and gallery, rising from a small 1-story masonry keeper's house. Entire lighthouse painted white, except the lantern dome is blue. A good photo is available. Located on a promontory on the east side of the harbor of Kapsali, a port near the southern end of Kithira. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS GRE-077; Admiralty E4068; NGA 15052.
Faros Moudari; Hellenic Navy photo

Apolitares (Antikithira)
1926. Active; focal plane 40 m (131 ft); two white flashes every 15 s. 23 m (75 ft) 2-stage round stone tower, lower stage cylindrical and upper stage conical, with lantern and gallery, attached to the seaward end of a 1-story stone keeper's house. The tower is unpainted; lantern painted white with a green roof; keeper's house painted white. The Navy has an excellent aerial photo. Savas's photo appears to be of a different lighthouse, painted white. Antikithira has a population of about 50; boat transportation from Kithira can be arranged. Located at the southern tip of the island. Site status unknown. ARLHS GRE-040; Admiralty E4072; NGA 15076.

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submitted by Harry Feros on 24.02.2004

Lighthouse in Kapsali

The lighthouse above the jetty at Kapsali.