SKopelos

By Sofia, Feb 23 2020 02:25PM

On a visit to a school here in Czech Republic, I came across this delightful 'community tree' put together by one of the classes. Each leaf is created by a different child. It creates a lovely overall effect, communicating 'each is unique, but growing together'.


By Sofia, Dec 27 2019 07:24PM

On Christmas eve, just before my open house get together, an anonymous well-wisher left a beautiful gift at my door. Who left it will remain a mystery, but it is a real gift to be shared with everyone!


Best Wishes for the New Year from 39 Steps, Skopelos.



A most beautiful Chrsitmas wreath left anonymously at my door
A most beautiful Chrsitmas wreath left anonymously at my door
Now harmoniously adorning the entrance to my home
Now harmoniously adorning the entrance to my home

By Sofia, Dec 21 2019 08:20PM

The festive days, as enjoyable as they are, bring on a degree of displeasure as we overindulge in food and drink, often to the point of discomfort. Along with others in Greece, some of us in Skopelos hold the traditional forty day pre Christmas fast. The Christmas fast is not as strict as the main fast of the year at Easter, as it allows consumption of fish any day, except Wednesdays and Fridays.


These days are perfect for a forage walk! Being out and about keeps cravings for unnecessary eating at bay and the fresh air and exercise generate a ravenous healthy appetite to really enjoy the delicious goodies of these festive days. An additional bonus!





Forage walk
Forage walk
A walk in the country!
A walk in the country!
Edible but too beautiful to pick!
Edible but too beautiful to pick!
Beautiful skies at return
Beautiful skies at return
Foraged wood for the log fire
Foraged wood for the log fire
Nettle soup for the fast
Nettle soup for the fast

By Sofia, Dec 14 2019 10:02AM

They might not be seen in the atmosphere of the traditional kafeneon of Skopelos but women are very much a part of the cafe society in Skopelos. Unlike their menfolk, women prefer an elegant and comfortable establishment to meet their friends for a cup of coffee and a chat, usually in the morning.


An interesting diversion from the traditional kafeneon is the IDEA Emporium Cafe. The owners (a mother and daughter) display the latest fashions which they brought to the island to sell. Part of the shop is a smart elegant clothes shop; the other is the bar, serving all kinds of drinks and refreshments. In early morning there are freshly baked pastry and pies to enjoy with the cup of coffee. The Little Coffee Shop is another establishment favoured by Skopelos women for its atmosphere and seclusion in the lanes of the old town.


The days when a woman was - in the main - around her home and family seem to be fading. Then, women were mostly confined to the neighborhood they lived in. A coffee break was taken between the daily chores in the company of other women of the neighborhood and they would take turns to make the coffee for the whole group. Over a cup of coffee, many a varied problem was solved and the women would catch up with the gossip, usually brought in by the men from their places of work. 'Advice' on the relationships of the younger generations was a further popular theme! One still comes across such traditional coffee group circles in the lanes of the old town (near 39 Steps), usually of older generations surrounded by grandchildren, whilst the young women prefer their choice of a kafeneon.


The modern Skopelos women - be they single or married - is independent and enjoys far greater freedom today. Many young women work, taking up professions, running small businesses or carrying on with a paid job, not necessarily reliant on the income brought in by their menfolk.


Aside from lending life to the historical part of the town, the women's kafenons meet halfway the old traditions of their mothers and grandmothers. As they did in the past, the women of today meet for the same purpose their mothers did. To resolve between them problems and mutual concerns.


A smoke outdoors, whilst waiting for friends at the Little Coffee Shop
A smoke outdoors, whilst waiting for friends at the Little Coffee Shop
A stylish haircut at the IDEA Emporium Cafe
A stylish haircut at the IDEA Emporium Cafe
Heather's student WORKAWAY path volunteers
Heather's student WORKAWAY path volunteers
Rita chatting woith guests at IDEA
Rita chatting woith guests at IDEA
The Little Coffee Shop
The Little Coffee Shop
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