Posted by: DG MARYOGA | 31/07/2012

Beating the heat waves in Lefkada


Green and Blue in absolute Harmony and Sea Breeze from the Ionian Greek island of Lefkada

Lefkada is a Greek island in the Ionian Sea  (the only one linked to the mainland of Greece) with a long history behind which goes back all the way to the times of Homer (800 BC) .It has lush vegetation and  magnificent natural beauties and beaches.The nearby little islands scattered around Lefkada are also very remarkable and beautiful.The famous  island of Scorpios (owned by Aristotle Onassis) and Meganisi,where the large Papanikolis sea cave is located,are very close and you get nice views from Lefkada.Papanikolis ,the Greek submarine,used the huge sea cave in Meganisi as a hideout in the WWII . I also love Lefkada as it is Angelos Sikelianos‘ and Aristotle Valaoritis’ hometown. Valaoritis  (1824-1879) dedicated his life to poetry and  he was also a Councillor for the county and fought vigorously for the rights of the “Eptanisa” (the seven islands also known as the Ionian islands). When the Eptanisa were joined to the rest of Greece on the 29th of March 1864, Aristotle Valaoritis continued his political career as councillor in Athens.

Angelos Sikelianos (1884–1951) is one of the most prominent poets and a main representative of the modern European lyricism …   Not of Pentelic marble nor of brass shallI errect Thy deathless idol,but from a tall column made of cypress wood that my work may be fragrant throughout the ages ..

Aristotle Valaoritis’ house and Saint Kyriaki (Sunday) country church nicely nestling  in the greenery and firmly holding the tradition.

And here come some views to the Scorpios island and the place where the Christina O luxury yacht docked …  I cannot help but think of Seferis’ great and  famous poem ” The King of Asine ” .A poem which explores the meaning of the futility and brevity of human glory and existence …

Off to Meganisi and the Papanikolis sea cave

Platonic thoughts … and Let’s say that now we are first facing the light of the world and let’s say only that the others call us Greeks … Yiannis K.Papadopoulos

Greek flavour and thoughts before leaving for cool European destinations …

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  1. Thank you Doda for these awesome photos of an incredibly beautiful place on this earth. I enjoyed learning the rich history, too. 🙂

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    • It’s never too late to thank you,dear Jet,for all your likes and your approving comments ! I’m trying very hard to clean out my cluttered,crammed,my nighmarish inbox and I am delighted I found your comments.I am so very sorry,dear Jet,but I was away from WP for a long time,All started after coming back from my long summer holidays and I realised that the situation was unmanageable …
      All the very best to you , Doda 🙂

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  2. It`s a pleasure to see these beautiful landscapes, Doda. You are blessed, having all that beauty around you. Thanks for sharing. Hugs 🙂

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    • Thanks kindly dear Aditix ! I am so delighted you enjoyed it,my friend!
      Love and hugs, Doda 🙂

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  3. wonderful photos

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    • Thaaaaank U !!! I so much like your wonderful posts;full of life and vibrant colours.I R/Ted one.

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  4. Καλημέρα και καλή χρονιά.
    i see you haven’t posted anything in a while and i hope everything is good with you.

    While i was watching again today these pictures and i felt something inside me. First time in my life i miss summer, i am a winter “boy” and it feels much more comfortable living in snow,rain and low temperatures.

    Next summer i am surely going to Leykada even for 1 day.

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    • It’s never too late George to answer your lovely comment ! I love winter too and low temperatures,but summer is fine if you are away from big cities.The 2013 summer in Greece is amazingly cool and heatwaves have completely forgotten us – Thank God !!!!!

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  5. Hello! I just wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog award, for the rules etc. Click the link: http://gretchendelrio.wordpress.com/2012/09/16/appreciation/

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    • Thanks a million Gretchen. Iam so sorry I never,ever managed to do something about it and of course to thank you !!! Stay well

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  6. I’ve nominated you the Lovely Blog Award
    http://mybotanicalgarden.wordpress.com/

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    • Thank you so much ! Sorry for MIA ; I never managed to do something about it.

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  7. Thank you for your approving comment and your nice words.No,it is not my hometown,just holidaying before leaving for cool European destinations.
    I can really imagine the gorgeous photos you can capture when you visit the Papanikolis huge sea cave.
    Have an enjoyable summer,my friend and many thanks for coming by.

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  8. Beautiful post! And, the blue sea, orange sky… wow! Thank you for showing “your space” again!

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    • Thaaaaaank U Amy !!!
      I love your ” space” too. Have a peaceful day.

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  9. Nice post – I have just returned from Corfu – WOW it was hot! Stayed in Kalami where Lawrence Durrell temporarily lived and where Henry Miller spent some time in 1939. I found it quite inspirational.

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    • We visited Kerkyra too.I wonder how you survived the sizzling weather.If it is hard for me it must be unbearable for you.Ayway,hope you enjoyed your stay there and that the changes you found were not disappointing.

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      • It was wonderful, we stayed in Kalami and there was a literary heritage to indulge in. The heat was overpowering but it didn’t spoil our stay!

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        • Kalami is heaven,Andrew ! You couldn’t have found a more sophisticated spot in the island.L.Durrell and H.Miller were so much inspired by the place.The White House looks as if time has forgotten it.Glad that all was fine with you.I know that the place had more to give to you apart from the sun and its natural beauties … As I had stated in a previous post,I consider you a contemporary Miller or Durrell.

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          • Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive! Thanks for the compliment.

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            • Pleasure Andrew !!! Bliss it was in that dawn to be alive
              But to be young was very heaven …Up my friend, and quit your books …

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  10. I loved your post.
    i visited with parents Lefkada lond time ago ( really long ) i was 1 years old,now i almost 30.
    the only memory i have of this place is the papanikolis Cave,still “haunts” my dreams.i need to vist this place again,which i find perfect for a series of photoshoot.
    Have you spend your vacation there,or its your Birthplace?

    in conclusion the article describes lots of aspecs of the island,and your photos are really really good. especially the 4th,the sunset ( my favorite ) and the wide angle photo of the cave entrance!!

    have a good summer and enjoy the Greek sun.

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    • Thank you for your generous and approving comment.No,it is not my hometown,just holidaying before leaving for cool European destinations.
      Kerkyra,Naxos and Myconos were also fascinating and every time we visit any of the Greek islands we feel as if it was the very first time … I can imagine the photos you can capture when you visit the Papanikolis sea cave.
      Have an enjoyable summer

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