Monthly Archives: September 2016

Cypriot Diaspora – Milikos Xenophontos

Milikos Xenophontos is from the village of Agoi Vavatsinia, he was born in 1941 and left for the UK in 1959. He is the cousin of the famous Greek composer Manos Loϊzos.

Please excuse the mis-focussing, camera was on AF and it re-focused on the gate, but this was a one-off opportunity so I still used it.

 

Η Πέρδικα (Partridge)

When I visited Agoi Vavatsinia, I met a lovely couple who were from the village of Vasileia, which is a few miles west of Kyrenia. ‘Kostis & Avgousta’ have been together since 1957 and clearly love each other to bits. When they arrived at the restaurant where we were due to meet, they were holding hands! It was one of the sweetest sights I have ever seen.

I spoke to them quite a bit during the day and watching them was really amazing, since the day the got married, he calls her his ‘Πέρδικα’ (Partridge) We were sat outside drinking coffee and Avgusta was inside talking to the ladies, after a little while (less than half an hour) Kostis got up and mumbled something about wondering where Avgousta is! Continue reading

Cypriot Diaspora

An introduction to my new series of videos titled ‘Cypriot Diaspora’ Tales from Cypriots Abroad. I’m hoping to give people who migrated or were born or raised outside of Cyprus the opportunity to tell their story, their feelings about their lives and their feelings about Cyprus.

For many people, especially those who have left behind them poverty, or civil unrest in Cyprus, the prospect of a new life offered a real dream. Many of those who left have prospered, at least financially, but is that the only barometer for success?

Years later when the original migrants have aged and raised their own children outside of Cyprus, if they were to be really honest, how successful would they deem themselves to be?

Has there been a cost to their prosperity, how have their dreams changed from those early days of being part of a Cypriot community abroad? Was there a cost to the Cypriot people as a whole,  be it culturally, socially or morally?

I would love the opportunity to film you sharing your life experiences.

If you would like to participate when I’m nearby, please Contact me.

The old Larnaca Airport

Old Larnaca Airport

History

Larnaca Airport was hastily developed towards the end of 1974 after the invasion of Cyprus by Turkey on 20 July of the same year, which forced the closure of Nicosia International Airport. The site on which it was built (near the Larnaca Salt Lake), had been previously used as an airfield in the 1930s and, subsequently, as a military installation by the British forces.

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Athens – Lycabettus

Mount Lycabettus, also known as Lycabettos, Lykabettos or Lykavittos (Greek: Λυκαβηττός, pronounced [likaviˈtos]), is a Cretaceous limestone hill in Athens, Greece at 300 meters (908 feet) above sea level. Pine trees cover its base, and at its two peaks are the 19th century Chapel of St. George, a theatre, and a restaurant. Continue reading

The people of Vasileia & Vavilas meet again after 56 years.

A few miles to the west of Kyrenia, there is a village called Vasillia, and nearby another by the name of Vavillas. During the 50s & 60s, many people not only fled their village, but also Cyprus due to poverty. Then, after the invasion by Turkey in 1974, these villages along with many others were ethnically cleansed, forcing the residents to scatter all over Cyprus and beyond.

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Machairas Monastery

The Monastary

This is such a beautiful place, it’s not just somewhere you see, it’s somewhere you actually feel. There is a unique tranquility to the whole area, a small church sits just outside the monastery itself, then there is the actual monastery itself. within the grounds there is a wonderful view of the entire valley. There is an enormous statue of Grigoris Afxentiou, who died there in March 1957. Continue reading

Loukmades – Honey Balls

As you leave Larnaca airport, heading west towards the village of Kiti, at the village of Meneou, there is a trailer on the left that makes the most diving ‘Loukmades’ (Honey Balls) you will ever have.

In Greece, loukoumades are commonly spiced with cinnamon in a honey syrup and can be sprinkled lightly with powdered sugar. Loukoumades are a traditional Greek dessert with roots in deep antiquity, although some disagreement exists over which historical Greek honey-cake is the ancestor of the modern loukoumas, whose present name is borrowed from Arabic via Turkish. The candidate most frequently mentioned as being prepared with hot oil is enkris, which is described below along with other postulated ancestral honey-cakes.

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Greek Evzones

The origins of the traditional uniform that the Evzones wear are closely tied to Greek military history. In fact, the term can be traced all the way back to Homer’s time, which indicates that the Evzone soldiers were present in some capacity in Ancient Greece. Today, the Evzones take on a ceremonial role. One of their main duties is to guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Athens. In many ways, their role is a symbolic one and their uniform is the very embodiment of Greece’s military legacy.

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