Voyaging to Ikaria, “Ikaro” or “Makri”, as was known to the ancient Greeks, or “Nikaria” of the travelers, we watch the island, for afar, emerging through its own sea, the Ikarian. The first images revealed to the traveler is the massif of Atheras crossing the island, from the west cape “Papas” to the east cape “Drakano”.

14/05/2017 - 15:26Allaxá #ikaria

Oh, those old times of the past, that fill us with feelings – mostly inherited in our DNA from our ancestors, since not all of us got to live them- inspiration and emotion.

The axadi or axai is a small quantity of oil that the oil press withholds as payment: Instead of the olive oil producers having to pay actual money for the services of the oil press, they give a small amount of the olive oil produced, that then gets sold to large olive oil companies, securing the income of the oil press owner.

Propezoulopi is situated very close to Faros. It is a hill northwest of the settlement, with rocky grounds, overgrown with brambly bushes and wild-olives. This specific area is of great interest due to the placement of erect stones made out of limestone, with specific orientation.

During the ‘50s, but even later, communication though mail or telephone was rather difficult. Especially in Ikaria that was a secluded island. Post-delivery took at least 20 days. In Aghios Kyrikos, the postman, widely known as “Theofilos”, went around the coffee shops, and with the help of a bullhorn, called for everyone to collect their mail.

Ikariamag.gr organizes, for the 4th time, the Icarian Days of Contemporary Creations in Athens (àrtεις; fest). This Festival makes us proud, happy and above all, combines everything we love about this island, presenting our complex, weird view of Icaria, with the help of various old and new means.

One Sunday morning… as I am going through some old photographs… my hands start to smell old developer fluid… Stuffed at the bottom of the box there is a yellowed booklet…. “Raches of Icaria, an excellent locus for summer accommodation”.
The stamp on it… Touristic Board of Raches, Icaria…. On the first page… April 20th 1932.

Tsampounofylaka is the Ikarian name of the ancient Greek bagpipe (also known as thylaki, fylaki or tsampouna). An apparatus storing air, memory, along with delivering musical notes, dance, celebration, and nostalgia. A musical instrument that connects the bacchanalian origin of our civilization with our pastoral lives. After all, the wine and the goat are the two feet on which the whole Ikarian civilization stands on.

Since I was little I remember a photograph of my mother and her friend, Kotsana, at Chalika. Both wore closs skirts and had their hair in braids, looking like actresses out of an old Greek film. What a great fashion, such beautiful girls!

11/03/2017 - 12:02A flower called… peony

The peony is one of the most Impressive wild flowers of the Greek mountains and nature has gifted Ikaria with an extremely rare, and one of a kind subspecies. We find it, with a lot of effort, on the rocky slopes of Atheras. It is an herbaceous plant, that prefers calcareous soils and shadowy places.