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Newsletter Archive

Newsletter Archive

Our Past Newsletters:
Each month we send out a newsletter with articles and entries regarding Kythera. You can view our previous newsletters below.


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16839:Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 12.09.2009

September 2009

Dear Friends of Kythera,

it's been raining cats and dogs on Kythera - this is the wettest September I've every experienced here. Feels more like late October. Little rivers run down the roads, the builders are all huddled in the cafes with their little cups of coffee, and the cisterns are probably half full already! When the sun does shine, the views are magnificent: you can see the details of the mainland in the north, and Antikythera and even Crete don't seem that far away at all. ...

16808:Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 15.08.2009

August 2009

Dear Friends of Kythera,

I just noticed that there are new maps of Kythera on Google Earth - you can see every tree on the island now. And on that note, the Greek media company Skai has published a great new map of the island which is available - or should be, as I just bought the last one there - at the paper shop in Potamos opposite the old Astikon café. Probably in other places as well.

On Sunday there was a tri-lingual meeting at the cultural centre hall in Potamos ...

16713:Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 02.07.2009

July 2009

Dear Friends of Kythera,

In the last newsletter I sent out a request for assistance in pin-pointing natural water-sources on the island. Anestis Diakopoulos and Manolis Baveas were quick to help and so far we have details of sources at the following:
1. Kaloyerou behind Agios Nikolas
2. Petrouni
3. Agios Mama (half an hour from Petrouni)
4. Routsoinas (apo to Kalakathi)
5. Keramari in Karavas
6. Amir Ali
7. Portakalia
8. Milopotamos/Neraitha

16670:Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 10.06.2009

June 2009

Dear Friends of Kythera,

I'm in Piraeus now after a week on Kythera. When I arrived it was still chilly at night and few people braved the cool Mediterranean. By yesterday the nights were balmy and the seats outside the cafés and restaurants full. Summer has begun.

In the middle of my stay on the island, one of my many wonderful aunts fell sick and I accompanied her in the back of an ambulance up to Tripoli on the Peloponnese. I would not wish that journey on my worst ...

16669:Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 20.05.2010

Late May 2009

Dear Friends of Kythera,

I'm always amazed at how many of you make it all the way to Kythera from Australia – I find it enough trouble to get there from Germany, only 3 hours away. Of course it's not always possible to travel to the island every year, or even regularly. That's where we hope Kythera-Family.net can help. A place you can visit when you're feeling home-sick for Kythera.

>Presents for your Hosts
For those of you coming to Kythera, you might be wondering ...

16668:Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 10.06.2009

May 2009

Dear Friends of Kythera,

one big question facing many of us going to Kythera this year is: "where to get online"? With your help we'd like to put together an internet map of our island to ensure that those of us with our laptops and smart-phones can stay in touch while on our favourite island.

Last year I convinced the mayor to open up a wireless network over the platia in Potamos - as the municipal offices are right on the square it was only a matter of putting the ...

16582:Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 23.04.2009

April 2009

Dear Friends of Kythera,

here are two Easter pieces by our most diligent writers. Our Anna responded to my call for a piece within a couple of hours! That's what Easter (and the warming weather) can do for one's energy levels.

Wishing you all a wonderful Greek Easter from a sunny Denmark,

James Prineas

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Anna's Pre-Easter Report
Here on the sunny, ...

16545:Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 23.03.2009

March 2009

Dear Friends of Kythera,

Anna is back! After her winter hibernation our star reporter Anna Cominos is back with the island news and views. We also have another poignant article from Maria of Lourandianika with her recollections of the island she loves so much.

I was just on the phone to Kythera with Leonithes Kontosis, ex-Stuttgart engineer and leader of the island's Wind-farm resistance group. Greek but not Kytherian by origin, he lives full-time on Kythera and is ...

16544:Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 03.04.2009

February 2009

Dear Friends of Kythera,

just a quick report to start with: I was on Kythera last week - wet and cold but often sunny and very very green - and heard the latest news from all quarters. It's a lovely atmosphere there at this time of year - the island sits around the fireplace - in cafe's or at home - and the wet green ground is a novelty for those of us used to Greece in the dry Summer months.

For those of you interested in the progression of the wind-generator giants, ...

16543:Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 23.03.2009

January 2009

Dear Friends of Kythera,

First of all, belated best wishes for the new year to all of you from a very cold Berlin (-17 a couple of nights ago).

I spoke to my aunt Koula on Kythera in mid-December, before I left to celebrate Christmas with my wife's family in Denmark. She told me the village was almost empty. Even the local cafe had closed for renovations. The wind was howling through the wet deserted streets. January to March are the loneliest months on the island and ...

16542:Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 23.03.2009

December 2008

>Festive Season, Family Season

Dear Friends of Kythera,

this is your big chance. In a few weeks you'll be together with your extended family and you'll have the chance to see the generations mixing with each other. Or will they? Will the young just mingle with the young and the elderly relax amongst themselves?

And in 20 years, when the "young" are parents themselves and interested in their family history and the "elderly" no longer around to ask? Organise ...

16541:Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 23.03.2009

October 2008

Dear Friends of Kythera,

if you are as interested as I am in stopping Kythera being turned into a wind-generation plant for the Peloponnese, then we need to keep up the heat on the local government on the island. If you have been following reports in previous newsletters, you'll know that plans have been submitted to construct about 80 huge wind-generators in the centre-west of the island between Mylopotamos and Logothetianika, and above Agia Pelagia. The island only needs 5 generators ...

16540:Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 23.03.2009

September 2008

Dear Friends of Kythera,

after 10 wonderful weeks on Kythera, we are back in Berlin and missing the island very much - my son's continue to run about here calling out "pame yia banyio " (let's go for a swim!) in Greek. They enjoyed the attention of their two wonderful teachers whose playful teaching techniques are a hard act to follow. And we all loved the endless adventures the island had on offer - swimming from Kalathi to Komponatha; walking around the coast from Diakofti to Avlemonas; ...

16539:Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 23.03.2009

August 2008

Invitation Kythera-Family.net Party next Week
view the full-colour online invitation: /download/partyInvitation.pdf

Dear Friends of Kythera,

next Tuesday night on the 19th at 8pm we're putting on a party at one of Kythera's most beautiful new venues: the recently completed WindMill Hotel in Mitata. Complete with a fully-functional reconstructed windmill perched above the bar/catering area and swimming pool, the hotel is faithful to the island's architectural traditions ...

16538:Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 23.03.2009

July 2008

Dear Friends of Kythera,

the Greek summer school holidays have begun and the island is starting to fill up. Within a week or two the high-season will begin and empty beaches will be a fond memory. The heat has also begun, and the fire season with it. On Friday morning a fire broke out close to Agia Pelagia, destroying hundreds of trees including those of our faithful-blog-queen Anna Comino. Below you'll find her nostalgic writing on the loss.

Our petition calling for ...

16537:Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 23.03.2009

June 2008

Dear Friends of Kythera,

my son's and I arrived on Kythera on Thursday - my wife will join us this week - and we have been busy settling in and visiting as many friends and relatives as possible before they get miffed at us not having knocked at their doors earlier... We'll be staying for almost 10 weeks in total, until August 21st. Thanks to our distant but treasured relatives Poppy and Spyro, who have been incredibly generous in lending us their house until they themselves arrive ...

16536:Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 23.03.2009

May 2008

>52 Weeks In Tsirigo - Crack Go The Red Eggs
by Anna Cominos

Either it has been a long-hard winter or Kythera is definitely on the tourist radar.  If the Easter swell of visitors, both Athenians and international is any measure of travellers Kythera-bound this Summer, those 'Rooms for Rent' springing up all over the island like wild artichokes will fill (at least in the month of August). A glorious sun put on its best for locals and visitors alike on May Day 2008, wrapping ...

16535:Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 23.03.2009

April 2008

Dear Friends of Kythera,

Spring has arrived in Europe (well it has on Kythera and more-or-less has in Berlin but probably not in Northern Finland...) - Anna Comino's latest website "blog" below will give all of us not lucky enough to be on the island right now a chance to at least get an impression of the season there ...

>Relaunching Kythera-Family.net
Our website team has been hard at work over the past few months to come up with a "relaunch" design for the ...

16534:Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 23.03.2009

February 2008

>How to keep your Favourite Greeks Talking...

I'm in a plane again, this time flying back from a short stay in Athens. I spent most of the day making kourabiethes with my Aunt in Maroussi. Cooking with your Greek relatives is probably the best way to spur on their memories. So many interesting recollections are associated with food and its preparation. I found out why my Aunt's step-grandmother would always chop the almonds in 4 and not 3 pieces and how nasty she was to her step-children; ...

16533:Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 23.03.2009

January 2008

Kytherian Christmas

Dear Friends of Kythera,

have you ever wondered about what it would be like to spend Winter and Christmas on Kythera? Two new "blogs" from Anna Cominos gives you a taste of it - you can read them below.

For those of you in Sydney: my family and I are visiting Australia and will be around Sydney in the first week in January. It would be lovely to catch up with many of you Kythera-Family.net users, whether we've met or not. I'm planning ...