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// JUNE 2018
The raw diamond of Kefalonia
Athens
Patras
Sami
Lepeda
Lixouri
Paralia Petani
Porto Athera
Agia Thekli
Rifi
Chavdata
Chavriata
Mantzavinata
Lixouri
Lixouri
Lepeda
Argostolion
Lixouri
Kaminarata
Moni Iperagias Theotokou Kipoureon
Lepeda
Megas Lakkos
Paralia Petani
Platia Ammos
Skinos Chavriata
Kounopetra
Xi Beach
Lixouri
Lepeda
Atheras
Amidi Beach
Fteri Beach
Atheras
Lixouri
Myrtos

Kaminarata


16nth of June
Magic Experience!

Later on, in that afternoon, he was planning to gather the children of the Primary School in the village of Kaminarata, where he would teach them with his own exceptional and wonderful way about many important and amazing things, as far as the folk traditions of their birth land and the correct articulation of the Greek language too.
So, he asked us if we wanted to attend the class.
 


We accepted, of course, with great pleasure and curiosity too, since in Kaminarata there is to be found the old oil press/museum of the village and the very nice church of Profitis Ilias, which, in any case, we were planning to see and photograph.
But now we were given the wonderful chance to attend an exceptionally interesting interactive lesson of culture!
Mr. Galanos kept surprising us pleasantly and we were enjoying it all heartedly!

Lessons of Culture and self knowledge…

We drove on the climbing road which was leading to the picturesque mountain village of Kaminarata and arrived at the old oil press.
The first children started arriving accompanied by their teachers and parents and we were impressed with their enthusiasm when they surrounded Mr. Galanos, at the yard of the old building with the oil press.
We noticed that he was also very happy to see them there.

We entered with Mr. Galanos and the kids the old oil press/museum and realized that it was definitely unique and very beautiful.
The floor was made of old stones, the roof had old cross beams, while at the same time we could see many windows with unbelievable views from above to the Ionian Sea.  
 


The museum was functioning properly as an oil press, till 1965, the year that closed.
One may see in it all the old tools and the house objects that the inhabitants were using in their daily life, in the old times.
The mechanism with the large stones, where the olives were pressed is still almost untouched and there are many albums with historic photos.
The walls are decorated with religious icons, paintings with themes of Kefalonian landscapes and also with works and crafts made by pupils.  

The children were listening mesmerized to Mr. Galanos, as he was explaining the names of all the objects they were seeing around them and for what purposes the people of older generations were using them, while he was continuously willing to answer their questions.
And then the lesson became clearly interactive, when the children sat on the chairs around a big table, draw with colors all the objects that had impressed them the most and exchanged opinions as far as which of those were the most useful ones!
And afterwards, since they had learnt the names of all those tools and home objects they had seen, they didn’t hesitate to tell their opinion to Mr. Galanos and also to express their own views, as far as the new tools that are used today and make their comparisons!

How so very wonderful lesson of cultural legacy!
What a nice way for the children to learn the history of their birth land! And what a pity that such initiatives, like this one of Mr. Galanos, are not supported by the state…Students not only from the nearby villages, but also from the whole Kefalonia could come here and learn the history and the customs of their homeland, to keep alive a world which is dying, but without its memory the children will never know their roots…  
 


We feel certain sadness about this indifference, as far as our cultural legacy and this is the reason we mention it in our travelogue experience…
The historic memory is important for every nation…
One can develop a better judgment and put things under right perspective when it comes to his present and also to his future condition, if he has this precious historic memory…
But we, as travelers, can only mention these concerns…
We can only wish our words to be read by the people who are responsible for our children’s education…
It is never too late for supporting such wonderful cultural initiatives…

The children are always thirsty for knowledge, when a talented teacher can pass it to them…

And knowledge is always power and creates better people, more aware of themselves and the society in which they will live in…

After having visited the idyllic little church of Profitis Ilias, we said good bye to the kids and to their parents and teachers and went back to Mr. Galanos’s car for a nice round to the nearby villages.  
 


And then, we discovered one more of the many talents of this exceptional Lixouriotis!
His love about classic music!
He is a tenor himself and has deep respect for the musical tradition of the Ionian Islands, especially for the one of Kefalonia.
He spoke to us, for first time, about the “cantatas” and the “ariettas” of the island with the great musical history (we would learn all about them later on, during our trip, since we were planning to discover everything about the Philharmonic School of Lixouri and its choruses.

We must say that in this exploration we had the assistance not only of Mr. Galanos, (but also of two more, equally very kind and cultivated, men from Lixouri, who were kind enough to share precious historical information with us) and then we heard a CD with him singing beautifully classic areas!
We passed by the village Rifi, where we stopped at the little grill house «ATSUPI», which we have already mentioned before in our travelogue, but we tried only one ice cream, since it was still very early for tasting some of its famous grilled meat. 

We had one more stop at the village Monopolata, where on the Agios Antonios Hill there is a Mycenaean grave, which has survived, with four tombs for the dead.
 


We passed by the village Havdata, with its beautiful nature and its old little bridge, where we photographed all the shades of green in the luscious vegetation.
Mr. Galanos cut for us a few of the many flowers of Agrambeli that can be found in that area, so as to take them with us.
Agrambeli is an absolutely beautiful flower, strongly connected with Kefalonia and its traditions, while its aroma is truly intoxicating.
 


And then we lived a strange moment of self awareness, when we passed by an area near Livadi and Mr. Galanos stopped the car at a little distance from a half ruined house, which was predominant within the flat area surrounding it.
It was “wounded” and tilted to the side, while it was clear to us that it had been hit by some earthquake. Its construction seemed unfinished to us in a way…

We asked him why he had stopped there and if that building was somehow significant for the area.
He answered simply that it was his home, but had been destroyed by the last big earthquake.
We felt embarrassed for an awkward moment, but he turned his face to us and smiled beautifully. Then, he chose from the CD we were listening, the amazing area «Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore» (I lived for art, I lived for love) from the magnificent opera TOSCA by Giacomo Puccini…

“When God takes something from you” he told us calmly and rather tenderly “He has kept something else to offer you, much more beautiful, so as to help you get up again and carry on with your life…Because life is always…always beautiful…”

Mr Galanos turned again his gaze towards the wounded house, smiled to it with compassion and as the divine voice of Maria Callas was filling the atmosphere, we experienced an intense moment of self-awareness…
 


Within an, almost, cinematographic scenery, we saw clearly in front of us the exact position of the human being in our world and how magnificent and at the same time how painful this load can be…

When we returned to our guesthouse, we sat at the veranda, lit the tiny candles, put in the water the white flowers of Agrambeli and stayed there for a while in silence and serenity, letting the magic of the place to surround us.
Our day was so full of experiences…We had seen amazing things…But above all we had met a rare and exceptional man…

 …A man from Lixouri who made us realize that something magic must exist, definitely, on this small island, on this tiny dot of the map, which has never stopped offering grandeur and civilization, through its amazing children, for hundreds of years now…

Country: Greece
Date: 2018
Route: Kefalonia-Peninsula of Paliki
Cities: Athens, Patras, Sami, Lepeda, Lixouri, Paralia Petani, Porto Athera, Agia Thekli, Rifi, Chavdata, Chavriata, Mantzavinata, Lixouri, Lixouri, Lepeda, Argostolion, Lixouri, Kaminarata, Moni Iperagias Theotokou Kipoureon, Lepeda, Megas Lakkos, Paralia Petani, Platia Ammos, Skinos Chavriata , Kounopetra, Xi Beach, Lixouri, Lepeda, Atheras, Amidi Beach, Fteri Beach, Atheras, Lixouri
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Country: Greece
Date: 2018
Route: Kefalonia-Peninsula of Paliki
Cities: Athens, Patras, Sami, Lepeda, Lixouri, Paralia Petani, Porto Athera, Agia Thekli, Rifi, Chavdata, Chavriata, Mantzavinata, Lixouri, Lixouri, Lepeda, Argostolion, Lixouri, Kaminarata, Moni Iperagias Theotokou Kipoureon, Lepeda, Megas Lakkos, Paralia Petani, Platia Ammos, Skinos Chavriata , Kounopetra, Xi Beach, Lixouri, Lepeda, Atheras, Amidi Beach, Fteri Beach, Atheras, Lixouri
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Country: Greece
Date: 2018
Route: Kefalonia-Peninsula of Paliki
Cities: Athens, Patras, Sami, Lepeda, Lixouri, Paralia Petani, Porto Athera, Agia Thekli, Rifi, Chavdata, Chavriata, Mantzavinata, Lixouri, Lixouri, Lepeda, Argostolion, Lixouri, Kaminarata, Moni Iperagias Theotokou Kipoureon, Lepeda, Megas Lakkos, Paralia Petani, Platia Ammos, Skinos Chavriata , Kounopetra, Xi Beach, Lixouri, Lepeda, Atheras, Amidi Beach, Fteri Beach, Atheras, Lixouri
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