submitted by Kytherian Publishing & Media on 11.05.2013
Author: Tzeli Hadjidimitriou
When Published: 2013
Publisher: Tzeli Hadjidimitriou
In Europe, Available from:
It will also be available in all the book shops on the island of Kythera, during the 2013 summer season.
In Australia & Asia Pacific:
Kytherian Association of Australia Bookshelf
Kytherian World Heritage Fund Order Form
Description: 252 page hand held guide book - "Lonely Planet guide standard".
Text and photographs by Tzeli Hadjidimitriou
Translated into English by Despina Christidoulou
Designed by Yiannis Alexandropoulos and Alexis Veroucas
It’s printed and on the way from Greece!
A dedicated guide book on Kythera, in English.
Highly acclaimed professional photographer and travel writer, Tzeli Hadjidimitriou was the author and visual artist behind the Unexplored Kythera & Antikythera guide book in Greek.
It’s probably the best selling book relating to Kythera, ever.
The English version is called In Search of Kythera & Antikythera and will be
available for purchase in Australia from the end of May, just in time to take over for Kytherian summer. Great for those visiting the island for
the first time, or seasoned travellers wanting to get more out of their stay. Great for the grandkids!
A handheld guide book with 252 dedicated pages on Kythera. In Australia it is available for $25 plus postage from the Kytherian Association of Australia, and from the Kytherian World Heritage Fund. The Kytherian Association of Australia partly sponsored the book.
See also www.kytherianassociation.com.au/books.html
In Greece it is available through
photographer & travel writer
14 Tideos str.
Email, odoiporikon 2
Download the 3-page .pdf segment from the April (Kytherian Association of Australia) Newsletter, here:
kaa newsletter tzeli april 2013 pp1-3 A.pdf
About Tzeli Hadjidimitriou
Tzeli Hadjidimitriou was born in Mytilene, Lesbos in 1962. She holds a degree in Economics from the University of Thessaloniki (1980–86) and
pursued further studies in the field of Direction of Photography for the Cinema, in Rome (1986–88).
In 1985, on a scholarship from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, she attended a series of seminars by Michelangelo Antonioni on the art of cinematography. She also holds a superior diploma as an official translator of the Italian language and a certificate in video-montage.
A professional photographer in Greece since 1988, she has worked in television for ten years and also in the cinema industry as a stage photographer, collaborating with many film and photography
Although mostly described as an “artistic landscape photographer”, her “lens” has also focused extensively on artworks, interiors and archaeological subjects and she collaborates with museums, galleries, architects and publishing houses.
Her work is regularly presented in individual and group exhibitions in Greece and abroad. She is a regular contributor of articles and photographs to several newspapers and magasines.
Tzeli Hadjidimitriou organises photography workshops on Kythera and Lesvos in Spring time and in Autumn. In this journey on the islands of
Lesvos and Kythera, you will travel an interior meditation path, where the relationship of the soul and the light will reflect in your photographs.
This travel photography workshop provides a platform for those who seek to know a place in its history, people, tradition and culture, through
the lens of a camera.
Rather than being a laboratory for learning the latest techniques in digital photography, participants will try to capture the atmosphere of the Greek soul. We’ll learn how to “see” and how to compose the image in our minds, before taking the picture. In other words, we will get to know a place by learning how to capture and see the light on a face, a landscape or an object, and connect this place with ourselves through photography.
A Typical page, page 164
Download page 164 as a .pdf, here:
KYTHIRA GUIDE 2013 page 164.pdf
[Photograph on the page]
[Text on the page]
(recommended for walking as far as Kato Hora)
Your first walk, in order to cover the historical landscape of Mylopotamos, entails going down to the district of Kato Hora, with its Venetian castle and fantastic view and romantic sunset. We recommend you come to this point on foot to enjoy the architecture of the houses and arches as well as the gardens full of bougainvilleas in the houses along the narrow lanes.
Signs guide you to the asphalt road on the left and, after 400 m, to the right, down to the gulley. After 1.4 km, after passing another district of M opotamos, Piso Pigadi, you reach Kato Hora, the prettiest village district in the whole of Kythera. It still retains the island's traditional colours and typical architecture.The houses built within the castle and those around it share the same homogenous features. Due to the lack of space, they have two storeys and do not communicate internally but via an external staircase that terminates in a terrace supported by an arch beneath which was the ground floor entrance, that was also used as an ad hoc storage space for agricultural produce and tools. The ground floor spaces were low, stone-built arches with the characteristic corner fireplace. Note the innovative chimneys, designed to withstand the force of the powerful winds, as well as the stone flowerboxes, standing on stone supports called fourousia. These were usually placed under the windows and their origin is Venetian.
In the small square you can also see the old English School, built in 1825 with funds donated by Mylopotamiots. Behind it is a little road that leads to the castle. Imposing and dominating, just like his city, the Lion of Saint Mark of the Serene Republic of Venice still keeps a lookout over the visitors' entrance. Visitors are impressed with the expansive view from the walls over the gorge towards the permanently stormy west, which is still wild, precipitous and forested.
The castle of Kato Hora (Lower Hora) was built by the Venetians to protect the inhabitants from pirate raids and also so that they could oversee the stormy west coastline. It's said that 50 refugee families from Crete and Cyprus who lived in the castle in 1545, suppfied the essential army in order to guard it It grew especially after the destruction of the castle-city of Agios Dimitrios (Paleochora) by Barbarossa in 1537 and after the conquest of Monemvasia by the Turks in 1540. when the inhabitants who were saved fled there
for protooion. The presently empty, but wonderfully restored, houses of Kato Hora and the narrow lanes.........
Page 63, of In Search of Kythera and Antikythera
submitted by Kytherian Cultural Exchange on 12.05.2013
imerisia.gr 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 250 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".
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