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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 12.09.2013

'' the kytherian falls ''

greek aussies having a swim in the cool waters of the water mills this august , just beloew the village of mylopotamo.... its a great walk down to the various mills and once at the waterfalls you must jump in for a swim ...

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 11.09.2013

'' FATHER AND DAUGHTER ''

nice reaction between this visting priest that officiated at agia ellessa this year , looking after his daughter at the platia at potamos

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 10.09.2013

''UP TOWN POTAMO ''

a packed potamo for the panayias dance on the 15th august ..

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 10.09.2013

'' birds eye view ''

a sparkling potamos on the 15th august at the panayias dance, it was packed to capacity and the dancing went to the early hours of the morning

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 09.09.2013

'' its just another day''

another summers day in the commerical capital of the island with people scurrying around doing their day to day business , then maybe a coffee and a chat at one of the great caffeneos of potamo !

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 03.09.2013

'' under a blood red sky ''

a large fire that burnt for couple of days at Melidoni which burnt out the surrounding beach area and spiro the boat captains beach koisk !!!

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 02.09.2013

'' savings galore ''

huge savings on opening day at the new super market at aroniathika

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 02.09.2013

''OPENING DAY''

opening day of the new controversial huge super market at aroniathika, part of a large greek supermarket chain now in kythera, also plannned on the site is a bakery and pharmacy....

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submitted by George Vardas on 09.08.2013

Aegean Blue

Traditional blue shutters define a whitewashed house in Kato Hora

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submitted by George Vardas on 09.08.2013

Beach volleyball net

The volleyball net at the Notaras Beach Bar at Diakofti set against a dreamy seascape backdrop

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submitted by George Vardas on 09.08.2013

Kytherian Outdoor Setting

This dramatic contrast was captured on the way to the Potamos markets

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submitted by George Vardas on 09.08.2013

In the shadow of a bridge

The arches of the Katouni Bridge cast their shadow

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submitted by George Vardas on 09.08.2013

Journey to Hytra

On a small boat to Hytra outside the port of Kapsali

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submitted by George Vardas on 09.08.2013

Sailing to Kythera

The wake of the Vincenzo Kornaros enroute to Kythera

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submitted by George Vardas on 09.08.2013

Vivid Diakofti

The beach umbrellas at Diakofti are punctuated by the view of the Nordland wreck

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 20.06.2013

''ITs LIKE A PUB WITH NO BEER ''

potamos platia in april with no panaretos restaurant, its the winter version with only the restaurant open downstairs under the bank ,with a lovelty fire burning to warm you up ..

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 27.05.2013

WINTER POTAMOS MARKETS ..

this is the potamos markets in late april on a gloomy and cold sunday morning somewhat different to the markets in august !!!

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 21.05.2013

ON THE ROAD TO POTAMO

the old with the new , transport from days gone by and modern transport , one of the very few donkeys that is used for getting around the island , the donkey was used in all aspects of kytherian life from the fields and as transport

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submitted by Neos Kosmos, Melbourne on 15.05.2013

The double bays at Kapsali. From Tzeli Hadjidimitriou's book, in Search of Kythera and Antikythera.

With one of the largest Kytherian populations living in Sydney, the small Greek island has seen a steady flow of Australian tourists visiting its shores

The tiny island offers all the best of the Greek islands without the tourist traffic.

Neos Kosmos, 15 May 2013

HELEN VELISSARIS


It's rare to find a Greek island that has the beauty of Santorini and the peacefulness of Paros, without the tourists.

Kythera has that luxury. Off the coast of the Peloponnese, the small island of about 4,000 locals caters to something quite rare in the rest of the Greek island tourism trade. It's primarily visited by Australians.

Thanks to the thousands of Kytherians that came in the first wave of migration to Australia in the early 20th century, the little island has been catering to the many Greek Australians of Kytherian decent looking to learn more about their ancestry.

It is estimated that there are at least 60,000 people of Kytherian descent living in Australia and the Kytherian community of Sydney is one of the oldest communities in Australia.

The unique migration story of the Kytherians doesn't fit into the stereotypical migration wave of the '50s and '60s who were fleeing post-war Greece.

Rather, the island's small size facilitated the move.

Cultural officer of the Kytherian community of Australia George Vardas says the population played a big part.

"Kythera is a small island and it couldn't sustain the population," he tells Neos Kosmos.

"It's not the most fertile island, you've got a permanent population of somewhere between 3,500 to 4,000.

"At the height of the migration wave there would have been about 10,000 on the island."

When America tightened its borders in the late 19th century, many decided instead to settle in Sydney and Brisbane.

That's why many Australians of Kytherian background are second and third generation Greeks. That ancestral connection is what brings many of them back to the idyllic island without tipping off the tourists.

Located off the southern coast of the Peloponnese, legend has it the goddess Aphrodite was born off Kythera's shores. The location is fitting, with waterfalls and natural springs, terraced olive groves, hidden caves and sandy, pebbly beaches.

Quite unique to other Greek islands is Kythera's worldly influence by different cultures. Thanks to years of influence by the Byzantine Empire and visits from the Venetians and the British, the island's architecture is a confusing parade of the old and the foreign.

"There are schools with Gothic architecture, you turn the corner and there's a Venetian castle," says Mr Vardas.

But still the island remains relatively untouched by tourists. You do see the odd German or Scandinavian old couple on the walking trails, but with a lack of flights to the island and infrequent ferries, the island remains a hidden treasure for those who seek it out.

'In search of Kythera and Antikythera: Venturing to the Island of Aphrodite' is a new travel guide, compiled by acclaimed photographer and writer Tzeli Hatzidimitriou, that hopes to inform more on the island's hidden gems.

The book, which is about to be released in English for Australian audiences, tells the story of Kythera through vivid photography and gives details about local history, mythology, architecture, arts and crafts, cuisine and local lifestyles.

"It's almost like a Lonely Planet guide for Kythera," says Mr Vardas.

The community is hoping to use the book to promote the island to Greek Australians and was a major contributor to the English edition of the book.

Author Tzeli Hatzidimitriou spent years documenting the island through photos and created the book to show the world a forgotten side of Greece.

The book was launched today, Wednesday May 15 at a special luncheon hosted by the Kytherian Association of Australia, at George's Mediterranean Bar & Grill, The Promenade (10 Lime Street) King Street Wharf, NSW.

Email, Cultural Officer, Kytherian Association of Australia

Front Cover of In Search of Kythera and Antikythera

HOW TO ORDER THE BOOK: In Search of Kythera and Antikythera. Venturing to the Island of Aphrodite.

Author: Tzeli Hadjidimitriou

When Published: 2013

Publisher: Tzeli Hadjidimitriou

Language: ENGLISH

Available: 2013

In Europe, Available from:

http://www.odoiporikon.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=54

It will also be available in all the book shops on the island of Kythera, during the 2013 summer season.

In Australia & Asia Pacific: (From June 30, 2013, but you can place a forward order, because they WILL sell out)

Kytherian Association of Australia Bookshelf

Kytherian World Heritage Fund Order Form

Description: 252 page hand held guide book - "Lonely Planet guide standard".

ISBN: 978-960-00330-5-3

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submitted by Kytherian Publishing & Media on 12.05.2013

The churches and the ravine of Kato Hora

page 164 of Tzeli Hadjidimitriou's new book in English, In Search of Kythera and Antikythera. The most sophisticated tourist guide of Kythera ever produced.

Author: Tzeli Hadjidimitriou

When Published: 2013

Publisher: Tzeli Hadjidimitriou

Language: ENGLISH

Available: 2013

In Europe, Available from:

http://www.odoiporikon.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=54

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".

ISBN: 978-960-00330-5-3


Front Cover, In Search of Kythera and Antikythera

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 Aiustralia partly sponsored the book.

See also www.kytherianassociation.com.au/books.html

In Greece it is available through

Tzeli Hadjidimitriou
photographer & travel writer

14 Tideos str.
11635 Athens
Greece
0030-6972216970

Email, odoiporikon

Email, odoiporikon 2
www.odoiporikon.com


Download the 3-page .pdf segment from the April (Kytherian Association of Australia) Newsletter, here:

kaa newsletter tzeli april 2013 pp1-3 A.pdf

Tzeli Hadjidimitriou. Author of In Search of Kythera and Antikythera

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
directors.

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

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Option One

(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.........

Making the tsipoura