“Walking is a virtue, tourism is a deadly sin.”
Don’t be a tourist. Be a traveler!
Anafi, my favorite island… the island which was revealed to the Argonauts by the God Apollo when they were sailing in the darkness… The story continues with the Argonauts to moor the ship in the island and, to honor the god, by building the temple of Apollo Aiglitis (aigli=glamour, brilliance), naming the island “Anafi”, due to its appearance (“anefani”=appeared, in ancient Greek) out of nowhere.
6 tips to do it like a local!
Move slowly and spend more time in one location. Allow margin in your itinerary for wandering.
Find a place to stay that feels more as a home… Camping at the beach or staying at local homes and engage with the family owner through conversations, meals and daily routines.
Try authentic cuisine in restaurants and don’t ask about the ingredients. Order “Papadia” salad at Roukounas tavern and other traditional dishes.
Utilize public transportation.
There’s no better way to move through local culture than by moving the way the population does… So try the bus and hitchhiking!
Attend festivals. Plan your trip during the annual Anafi’s festival of 15th of August and live the myth... Explore the rural. Find the natural beauty and unparalleled hospitality. Visit the Venetian Kastro at Chora, the imposing limestone monolith Mount Kalamos, the sandy beaches Kleisidi, Katsouni, Flamourou , Megalos Roukounas, Mikros Roukounas, Megas Potamos, Agioi Anargyroi, Prassies and Livoskopos.
“Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.”
The Cape of Sounion, a strategic point rising above the Aegean sea about 70klm away from Athens. Between 444 and 440 BC, a sanctuary was built, surrounded by a wall, dedicated to the gods of the city. The principal temple was dedicated to Poseidon, the god of the sea.
The place is associated with the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. This myth is dated back to a thousand years before the temple of Poseidon was built.
Circa 1450 BC, Athens was a kingdom, who ruled by the king Aegeas and his family.
At that time, Athens was forced to pay blood-tax to Crete, which ruled the seas. Every 9 years, 7 young men and 7 young women were chosen by lot and sent to Crete to be given as food to the Minotaur, a horrible creature, with the head of a bull and the body of a man. Theseus, Aegeus’s son, offered to be included in the group of the young people who would go to Crete. He eventually managed to kill the Minotaur, relieving Athens from the toll.
King Aegeas had asked his son, if he had managed to return home, to change the black sails of his ship and put up white ones. Unfortunately Theseus forgot to change the sails... His father who used to sit all day at a cliff at Cape Sounion, gazing at the horizon and hoping for his son to return alive, at the glimpse of the black sails, killed himself by falling into the deep sea. Ever since then, the sea in which he drowned is called the Aegean Sea.
“From you have I been absent in the spring,
When proud-pied April dress'd in all his trim
Hath put a spirit of youth in every thing,
That heavy Saturn laugh'd and leap'd with him.
Yet nor the lays of birds nor the sweet smell
Of different flowers in odour and in hue
Could make me any summer's story tell,
Or from their proud lap pluck them where they grew;
Nor did I wonder at the lily's white,
Nor praise the deep vermilion in the rose;
They were but sweet, but figures of delight,
Drawn after you, you pattern of all those.
Yet seem'd it winter still, and, you away,
As with your shadow I with these did play.”
William Shakespeare, Sonnet 98
The sonnet is a brief, highly structured form of verse that originated in medieval Italy and became the dominant mode of love poetry in the fourteenth century. It is a fourteen-line lyric poem, traditionally written in iambic pentameter—that is, in lines ten syllables long, with accents falling on every second syllable.
It first became popular when the poet Petrarch published a sequence of love sonnets addressed to an idealized woman named Laura. Taking firm hold among Italian poets, the sonnet spread throughout Europe to England, where, the form enjoyed a number of revivals and periods of renewed interest. In Elizabethan England—the era during which Shakespeare’s sonnets were written—the sonnet was the form of choice for lyric poets, particularly lyric poets seeking to engage with traditional themes of love and romance.
Sing for love, write for love as a lyric poet, wish for love, dream for love…but don’t put your life on hold waiting for love.
“It is certainly true that ‘actions speak louder than words,’ but words become as monuments to thoughts.” Anton Szandor LaVey
CA CUSTA LON CA CUSTA VIVA L’AUSTA 1915- 1917
If you think it’s written in Italian language, you’re wrong…
It’s indeed Aostan Dialect, and the translation is: “Whatever it costs, long life to Aosta!”. This was the motto of the Aosta Battalion of the Italian Alpini Corps. You can find this motto on the base of these monuments dedicated to Alpini in Rome by sculptor Pietro Canonica.
Pietro Canonica (1869 –1959) was a famous Italian artist. During the Great War, he saw the collapse of the world he had learned to count on: aristocracy. Born in Moncalieri, in the province of Turin, in 1869, before the war he made an impression in high artistocratic circles and was invited to all the courts of Europe, who competed to commission commemorative works from him, particularly busts and incisive portraits that seemed almost to be breathing, executed with a rare technical skill and authoratative modelling.From Buckingham Palace to the court of the Tsar, innumerable aristocratic faces saw their most secret interiority modelled in marble.
In 1937, he managed to obtain the concession to renovate Villa Borghese, a 16th-century building owned by the City of Rome. In exchange of the promise to donate his artworks to the city, he was allowed to use the historical building as home and studio, which he repaired and decorated at his own expense.
The unusual architectural construction within the Villa Borghese gardens, called also "La Fortezzuola", is a museum since 1961 dedicated to his name, exhibiting studies, models, sketches, casts and original works of the artist. His wife donated the valuable furnishings and paintings found in their private section after her death in 1987.