“A drop of honey is a collection from the souls of flowers. It is a complex photographic impression translated into taste of a specific moment in time and place, each element of the equation bearing consequence upon the other.”
Buel Almquist-Lee (Callipygia)
This is a new column dedicated to wild birds everywhere, but most of all to the many species which inhabit and migrate through our shores, mountains, forests, olive groves, salt marshes and wetlands here in the Cycladic islands.
The Myrsini Educational Centre on Paros offers Greek language courses to foreigners in combination with a course immersing yourself in the life of being a Greek islander. Also available are English language courses for those who want to combine their holidays in Paros with improving their English language skills.
It has been a bitter winter, probably the coldest winter I've seen on the island of Paros. The anenomes have come up out of the hard packed soil between the wild thyme, sage and thorns. They are the magical phenomenon of February, fields of magnificent blooms in a staggering variety of lavenders, pinks, purples and whites floating on delicate stems with dark centres.
College Year in Athens will again be holding its acclaimed Intensive Modern Greek course and Anthropology course on Paros this summer, plus a new course "Excavating in the Aegean: the Case of Despotiko" under the direction of archaeologist Yannos Kourayos.
The SmoothParos 2 Innovation & Ethics in Travel & Tourism Workshop will take place on 29-30 April 2012 at the Tao’s Center, Ambelas, Paros. Innovaros invites all interested local leaders and business owners on Paros to attend this unique two-day workshop.
The Women's Association of Paros "Ariis" announces that, thanks to the efforts of Parian citizens, during the first month of the "Shop & Support" (ΨΩΝΙΖΩ ΚΑΙ ΣΤΗΡΙΖΩ) campaign which collects food donated by shoppers at local supermarkets and distributes it to those in need, a total of 1,230 kg of food was given out to 133 people, including 42 children, and these numbers are increasing weekly.
Like so many people, I came to teach in Greece. That was my intention, and that’s what I still do. Besides that, fifteen years ago, I started writing too – children’s books to begin with… none of them what you’d call good… I just kept trying and didn’t give up.
“We arrived in Katapola, the main port of Amorgos, nearly an hour late at 4am, and had to drive to the other end of the island where our operation is based. It was 45 minutes of hairpin bends with a top-heavy, overloaded Land Rover in the pitch black. When we arrived in the other port of Aegiali, Henri had to spend a fun 10 minutes hunting for our house key in the predetermined plant pot outside a friend’s taverna. ‘Hunt the key’ was however not half as much fun as ‘hunt the house’. We had been there once before but in daylight.
Apostolos (John) Polyzoides’ book – the title means “The Moon Faded over Alexandria” – centres on the city of Alexandria in Egypt and was published by Kedros in July 2011, quickly becoming a best seller in Greece. A presentation of the book will take place on Paros in June.
The Miraculous Melissa (translated by Christina Alipranti)
Μερικές φορές κάτι πολύ μικρό μπορεί να κάνει μία μεγάλη διαφορά. Στη Πάρο έχουμε την ευλογία της παρουσίας της θαυματουργής μέλισσας που μας δίνει το μέλι. Η Πάρος έχει παράδοση στη μελισσοκομία εδώ και αιώνες. Η μοναδική και ασυνήθιστη συνεργασία μεταξύ των μελισσών και των ανθρώπων έγινε πηγή για τροφή, ιατρική, φως (κεριά) και επικοινωνία με τα Θεία.