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Sunday, 22 April 2018

A Re-emergence



A beautiful warm Saturday and Sunday and suddenly life is bustling again, people are emerging, moving, feeling a stirring in the air




Poros was dressed all in its best with bunting along the waterfront for the celebration of a local saint, St Leonidios. We don't have a church dedicated to this saint but his icon is in the islands 'cathedral' and is paraded around the town on 18th April.  My grandchildren got dressed up in their Sunday best and went along with all of the islands school children to honour the saint


A truck full of wooden bicycles was parked along the waterfront for sale or for hire I don't know.  They are reputed to sell at around 1600 euros.




The pastelli seller was back on the island.  Pastelli is a mix of honey and either sesame seeds, hazel nuts or pistachios.  They are mixed together and left to harden.  This lady seller came all the way from over the other side of the country near ancient Olympia.  The family make the pasteli themselves with their own honey. We bought a big (not the small one I photo-ed) container for 5 euros



Balloons were out for a child's birthday party being held at this waterfront cafeteria


Further down the harbour sailors from a private yacht had taken down a sail and laid it out flat on the quayside for repairs



The Touring Tourist School is on Poros this weekend
Free seminars are held to advise local business people in the tourist industry.  They update on what's new, give them information on what today's tourist expects and demands and give them ideas to expand their business

'You will depart refreshed with greater enthusiasm and passion for tomorrow'

and with a certificate to frame and hang on the wall


16 comments:

  1. A wooden bicycle is a very pleasing thought, aesthetics and closeness to the earth I feel. I didn't know people were making them. The island coming alive is like my area here coming alive in the sunshine, it is heartening for all.

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    1. They are quite popular here though expensive. Last year they did a rally on them over the hills and far away.

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  2. It sounds as if Europe is 'awakening' at a faster rate than USA and Canada. They are still inches deep in snow over there.
    Is there any benefit to be had for local traders to attend the 'tourist school' apart from having a certificate to hang on the wall?
    Oh and I really enjoyed your series of posts during Holy Week lead up to your Easter. Loved the idea that family were involved in the preparation and it wasn't all left to mum and the aunties
    Cathy

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    1. I guess local business men get good advice at these seminars. Whether it actually goes in and they act on it is another matter.
      My husband makes sure that all the grandkids take part in the easter preparations. He wants them to follow greek traditions, not kiwi ones. They can hardly not be immersed in the greek traditions. They live here and live in an extended greek family! At the moment they enjoy all the baking and dyeing

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  3. Honey flavoured anything and you have my attention. I am a human Winnie the Pooh

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    1. They are rather brittle so you need good teeth, but delicious. You'd love them!

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  4. I've seen three/four year olds ride wooden bicycles here, and they push so fast with those little legs of theirs!

    I like how the youth there enjoy community life.
    Greetings Maria x

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    1. Three and four year olds have Loads of energy!!

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    2. I looked closer at the wooden bicycle in your photo and see it has peddles. I confused it with the ones here which do not have peddles and are for the little ones to learn to balance and push the bicycle with their feet.
      x

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    3. Pedals and NOT peddles!
      x

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  5. I like the wooden bicycle. Don't think they would like the rain here in Ireland.

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    1. Don't what sort of wood they are made of. Next time I see them on the island I'll ask. They must be protected in some way but endless rain and damp would not be good - it's not good for us either!

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  6. That Pastelli looks very tempting, any variety would do, not that I have a sweet tooth or anything!

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    1. Healthy honey and nuts. Can't be healthier, you can eat to your heart's desire ... except for the calories

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  7. Your your all welcoming the busy part of your year and we are slowly trying to slow down
    Although our winters are not very bad. So still lots happening.
    Especially here!
    Oh my so very busy
    Enjoy your wonderful weather

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    1. Can't wait to see the photos of the finale!

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