GATHERING MEMORIES

Avythos Beach, Kefalonia
Avythos Beach, Kefalonia
Ammes Beach, Kefalonia
Ammes Beach, Kefalonia

Dedicated to those special people who have been removed from the "visitor" list to claim their rightful place on our list of friends... 

The mem'ries are time that you borrow
To spend when you get to tomorrow


Here comes the setting sun
The seasons are passing one by one
So gather moments while you may
Collect the dreams you dream today
Remember, will you remember
The times of your life?

("The Times of Your Life", Paul Anka)

Ammes Beach, Kefalonia
Ammes Beach, Kefalonia

FOOTPRINTS AND SHADOWS

Paliolinos, Kefalonia
Paliolinos, Kefalonia

As the season winds down - not in a haste, admittedly - there are still moments to be captured, memories to be stored, friendships to be cherished.
Late September arrivals of friends from abroad are the perfect excuse to push the rewind button on a season that for most of us is over.
I've certainly had more than my share of opportunities to "rewind" the season.
Chance encounters from last year that evolved into "virtual" communications over the winter, and have now become real life friendships...
A short drive to out of the way places, footprints on a tiny beach, snaps of departing shadows...


Footprints in late September, Kefalonia
Skala, Kefalonia
Skala, Kefalonia

IN A BLUE STATE OF MIND

kefalonia coastline
Skala-Poros Coastline, Kefalonia

Kefalonia blue
Southeastern coastline, Kefalonia
Sky blue...
Cobalt...
Azure...
Cyan...
Ultramarine...
Powder blue...
The palette is as varied as the emotions it evokes...
The hue range is as wide as the sea...
The tone range as endless as the sky...
Yes, I'm in a blue state of mind and not complaining at all!

SEPTEMBER'S WARM SUMMER SUN


Argostoli Bay, Kefalonia
Argostoli Bay with St. George's Fortress in the background
 The calm after the storm...
All "systems" are restored...


      Warm summer sun,
    Shine kindly here,
Warm southern wind,
    Blow softly here.
Green sod above,
    Lie light, lie light.
Good night, dear heart,
    Good night, good night.


"Warm Summer Sun"
MARK TWAIN

SEPTEMBER RAIN.....

Intrusive, yet welcome...
Inconvenient, yet rejuvenating...

Gloomy, yet refreshing...
Undesirable, yet long overdue...

September rain, Kefalonia
September rain, Kefalonia


September rain, Kefalonia


September rain...
Don't fret, it's only a small interruption.
A small inconvenience, necessary to break up the unbearable streak of unusually high temperatures for the season. In a couple of days, the sun will be back along with the drier, lovely days of a long, Kefalonia-style Indian summer.

LINGERING SUMMER

Skala, KefaloniaSkala, Kefalonia
Skala, Kefalonia
It's mid-September...
Penny left Skala behind for the campus of Adelphi U; Nicole said goodbye to her beach gear and is wrecking havoc on Long Island; Grace  traded her carefree Kefalonia days to resume overlooking her home remodeling in NY; Andreas gave up the beach party scene and is back on classroom duty in Manhattan; Anastasia put her sandals away to face orientation at Pace U.


They are all gone...
I have yet to organize the photos into folders, burn them to cd, and email out to them. Maybe because it still doesn't feel like summer is over. The days have shrunk and I've put away my beach gear as well... But this summer has not yet given any serious indication that it wants to go away.
I think it knows that we're expecting new arrivals and is going out of its way to be gracious.

FROM HERE TO THERE AND BACK

If not for the brisk northwestern breeze blowing through the channel, the return journey from Ithaca to Kefalonia is uneventful. Midway through crossing the channel, the eye wanders undecided. Left behind is the ultimate destination of dreams; ahead lies the overwhelming, massive floating rock that is home. And the boat keeps shearing the water at a speed that leaves no time for regret, tilting a bit as the sea gets choppy.
As if to prepare you for the return to more familiar ground.
Sailing from Ithaca to Kefalonia
Ithaca outlined in the afternoon sky, with Kefalonia lurking in the background
Sailing from Ithaca to Kefalonia
Sailboats gliding between Kefalonia and Ithaca
Sailing from Ithaca to Kefalonia
Returning to Kefalonia with a northwestern breeze in the channel


Captain Vangelis' Glass Bottom Boat Special Cruises


And, without any undue guilt, as I've mentioned when I started this blog, a mention of Captain Vangelis and his beautiful "Mythos" Glass Bottom Boat - the most gracious host on all my sea outings. Thank You Vangelis!

DON'T YOU LOVE HER MADLY? (PART III)

Kioni, Ithaca
On the way to Kioni, Ithaca
The third leg of the journey is a visit to Kioni, the traditional seaside village tucked away in the northeastern shore of Ithaca. Windmills, small cottages, and tiny chapels come into view on rocky land intrusions into the gleaming sea.
Kioni itself is not as "mood intensive" as Vathy, but with an aura of its own.
Kioni, Ithaca
Quayside at Kioni, Ithaca

Kioni, Ithaca
Attention grabbing elements at Kioni, Ithaca


One last stop before leaving Ithaca...
One last dip in the enticing, blue waters of Filiatro Beach..
Filiatro Beach, Ithaca
Filiatro Beach, Ithaca
To be continued......
Not the posts, THE JOURNEY....

DON'T YOU LOVE HER MADLY? (Part II)

Vathy, Ithaca
Vathy, Ithaca
Vathy, Ithaca
St. Andrew's chapel at Vathy, Ithaca

Vathy, Ithaca
Sailboats at Vathy, Ithaca

Vathy, Ithaca
Vathy Bay, Ithaca


The second leg of the journey is a stopover at Vathy, Ithaca's capital. The town is lazily sprawled along the inner horseshoe section of the deep, fjord-like bay. A place to see and do a lot, or absolutely nothing. It all depends on one's mood* (which is the key word in describing Vathy, to begin with).

*note: I've been to Vathy at different times of the year and I find rainy spring or autumn days to be the most mood setting and inspirational. I concede though, that for most people a sunny day would be preferable!

TO BE CONTINUED.....

DON'T YOU LOVE HER MADLY?


Gidaki Beach, Ithaca
1st stop: Gidaki Beach
Gidaki Beach, Ithaca
Gidaki Beach, Ithaca
The only thing that beats being aboard a boat crossing the serene waters separating Kefalonia from Ithaca, on a sunny September Sunday, is being on Ithaca . Oh, how I had missed her!
So unpretentious, so soothing, so nostalgic, so vibrantly blue...
Gidaki Beach, Ithaca
Testing the waters at Gidaki Beach

Gidaki Beach, Ithaca
Gidaki Beach, Ithaca
Diving from the deck at Gidaki Beach













Gidaki Beach, Ithaca









Saling to Vathy, Ithaca
Sailing from Gidaki Beach to Vathy, Ithaca


TO BE CONTINUED.....

IT AIN'T OVER YET

Fanari Beach, Argostoli Kefalonia
Fanari Beach, Kefalonia
September Blue: a bit more vivid and arrogant, a bit more defined...
The day is shrinking as the sun becomes a bit lazier and cuts back on the overtime...
Compensating for this decline in quantity by quality..
Looking down from a different angle in the sky...
Bringing everything into sharper focus...
Summer lingers on...
(keeping my fingers crossed as I've "promised" late September blue seas and skies to Emma and Neal and Lynn and Andy)

SIMPLE PALATE PLEASERS

Kefalonian traditional food
A traditional Kefalonian quick meal
It's pronounced REE-GhA-NA-DA and is simple to prepare, delicious, and nutritionally balanced. Nowadays, it is featured as an appetizer, or starter, on restaurant and taverna menus. For locals, though, it has always been a favorite light main meal for Summer.
All you need are a few simple ingredients: a sliced loaf of bread (preferably the previous day's), a few juicy tomatoes, crushed feta cheese (a must - no substitutes here), virgin olive oil, and oregano to sprinkle on top.
Please don't ask for instructions, it's not my thing... Look at the photo and improvise, you shouldn't have a problem.
ENJOY!

ILLUSION IS REALITY

Dias Islet, Kefalonia
Dias Islet, Kefalonia
While true to my fundamental principle of "uncut and unedited" photos, sometimes I like to play around with camera settings and software. On this occasion, either the top photo has had its sunset orange cast removed, or the bottom photo was "enriched" with saturated hues and taken with a polarizing lens. 
I won't tell, YOU DECIDE WHICH IS REAL! 
Or, better yet, CHOOSE the setting you'd prefer to be reality if you happened to be the one daydreaming at day's end at Avythos Beach....
Avythos Beach, Kefalonia
Dias Islet, Kefalonia

Hint:
if you are familiar with wind conditions, all you have to do is look at the cloud formations and the cresting wave... But, why take the fun out of it?

TO EVERY THING THERE IS A SEASON...

September Sunrise, Kefalonia
September Sunrise

September morn
We danced until the night became a brand new day...
There is a delusional continuity that bridges August into September, Summer into Fall, carefree days into routine-laden weeks and months. There is nothing obvious about this transition, not in the temperature, the sky, nor the sea. Were it not for some subtle changes in the tale-telling horizon, September would creep up on us without further ado. But subtle as they may be, the signs are there...
Dawn is a bit more hazy, the sun rises crowned by indecisive clouds, and the sky takes on a warmer hue for the occasion...
No, Summer is by no means over.
But Fall is here, nevertheless...