Serendipitous Change of Plans – Back to Tinos – June 18 -19, 2016

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free mobile casino slots games downloads Google Translate provides the answer. ‘Tie a knot” is κόμπο (pronounced kómpo). Just a single word. There is a speaker symbol on Google translate next to the word that says the word…“koompo”. The dock looms and I will try my new skill as I throw the stern lines. I am nervous as I shout out “koompo”. No, he doesn’t hand me a raki, he doesn’t call the port police…he ties a knot. Such power!

best online casino uk trustpilot Dinner tonight at O Ntinos” (Ormos, Yianaki, 84200, GreeceTel. 22830 31673). All out of our favorite “Crystalized Octopus” (Really “caramelized”, but, you must admit, it sounds more exotic with this name.) Still, we are very content with our wild artichokes and a variety of fish dishes. Athena is working at the Museum tonight…a three-day folk music festival. Dino recognizes us and welcomes us warmly. His son, the one studying in Athens, is home and working in the restaurant. “I read your blog,” he tells me. A fan…how great!

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legit online casino usa It’s ‘2nd time around day on Tinos’! [Recommend the book “Tinos 360 degrees” by Zefi Potiri as your guidebook. Very helpful.] We will visit the sites we missed last time…Volax and Pirgo. The main road dead-ends in the town of Volax. You park your car and walk into the village. It is charming. Click, click, click go our cameras at every twist and turn of these easily navigated stone streets. Quaint…perfect but, perhaps, more tourist-ready perfect. I don’t get the feel of a ‘real’ village. Still, this is not a complaint. I am enjoying it.

View along the streets of Volax on the island of Tinos.
View along the streets of Volax on the island of Tinos.
Old doorway in the Village of Volax on the island of Tinos.
Old doorway in the Village of Volax on the island of Tinos.
Tom enjoying the beauty of an old arch and shuttered window on the streets of Volax on Tinos.
Tom enjoying the beauty of an old arch and shuttered window on the streets of Volax on Tinos.
View on the streets of Volax on Tinos
View on the streets of Volax on Tinos

las vegas usa online casino no deposit bonus code Three fabulous features in this town…round granite stones that look like giant eggs, a small very well constructed amphitheater that incorporates two beautiful examples of these round stones, and poetry written on dozens of wooden doors throughout the town. Apparently, the winds wore away the surrounding earth to reveal the granite stone deposits and then continued to hew these stones into their round egg shapes. Dramatic and unusual effect! The amphitheater is a perfect community-sized structure …10 semi-circular rows. I could picture a fabulous concert experience sitting here on a summer night with a warm breeze. I would sit next to one of the perfectly smooth and rounded stones. It is sculpture…art you can touch…by an amazing artist…nature.

Amphitheater in Volax on the island of Tinos.
Amphitheater in Volax on the island of Tinos.

best us online casino no deposit bonus As you stroll the streets in Volax, many wooden doors have poems written on them in chalk (or a white paint that looks like chalk). Some of the poems look original and some give credit to an author from generations ago. (Don’t chisel this statement in stone. I will have to do some research later to verify my understanding.) This town is definitely worth seeing, in spite of its bit-too-polished feel.

Doorway in Volax...one of many with poetry written in chalk.
Doorway in Volax…one of many with poetry written in chalk.
Poetry on doorways in Volax on island of Tinos
Poetry on doorways in Volax on island of Tinos

germany online casino no deposit bonus Taking time for a soft drink and a Wi-Fi check, Tom and I head north to Pirgos. Perimeter parking lots are the name of the game here too. Home village to many famous Greek sculptors such as Giannoulis Halepas, we make it a ‘must see’ stop. We wander past Halepas’ home, view some of his sculptures, meander the winding streets, and end up in the central square next to an enormous plain tree. The trunk is swollen like the baobab trees in Africa. It is a treasure. We order sandwiches and beers at one of the local eateries and speculate about the age of the tree. Hundreds of years?? More research needed. The entire village and many tourists join us as this Sunday afternoon progresses. We are ‘walked out’ and the crowd has arrived. Time to head back to the boat.

nj online casino promo Tom, Marcelo and I head to the Cultural Foundation of Tinos, where we met our wonderful guide Athena, to attend the last night of the “Tinos World Music Festival”. It is a three-day event. [www.tinosworldmusic.com] Tonight, the “Happy Hour Choir”, a local group of singers; the ‘Eva Quartet” (4 women singing Bulgarian folk music); and Eliza Carthy & George Ventouris (performing English folk music) are on the program. The choir was excellent. It was heartwarming and inspiring to see such a practiced group of vocalists from the community. They loved what they were doing and the finished product was quality. The Bulgarian group was fabulous. Mystical and haunting voices in this acapella group with voices that ranged from soprano to bass. The first song actually gave me goose bumps it was so good.  Clear and beautiful, this soprano’s voice had a a plaintiff echoing quality, as if sung from a hillside far away.  Eliza Carty was also amazing.  Her rendition of classic, not often heard, English folksongs, her foot stomping and  ‘fiddling’ on the violin and George’s accompaniment on guitar and bass fiddle was a thrill. How a small island arranges such an interesting and high quality performance and performers is surprising and impressive.   What I also loved and made me love this island even more was the audience response. The performers deserved the accolades but the audience’s (mostly local folks) appreciation was validating of what is good and true in a shared love of the arts!

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