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Offline Chas

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"Oxi Day" in Plakias
« on: November 07, 2008, 05:21:25 PM »
At about ten in the morning, a couple of school mini-busses picked up all the local children from the main bus stop, in the village centre.

The children were bussed up to the church for the service (due to start about 10:30).  The church must be the best part of 600 metres from the centre :!:

From around 11:00, the crowds started to gather near the bus stop, us included.  As time passed, one of the "music bars" put on an ancient recording of military marches.  When we could hear the distant thump - thump - thump of a bass-drum, he switched off the "broadcast".

At 11:36:58, we saw the following ......
















If the images look a bit chaotic and disorganised, it's just photo-journalism.  The whole thing went into a new dimension of entropy, as the children got to the bus stop and wandered off in all directions, some with family but none with the teachers who were desperately trying to keep them together.

It was all very reassuringly Greek.
Chas



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« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2008, 06:38:08 PM »
lovely photos - nice to see another side of Plakias

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« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2008, 08:15:37 PM »
Quote from: Graham_and_Karen
lovely photos - nice to see another side of Plakias


What fabulous pics .,  I am sure I can smell the trees and the sea.  Roll on 26th May 2009. Back in Plak !.


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"Oxi Day" in Plakias
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2008, 11:30:10 PM »
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Quote from: Graham_and_Karen
lovely photos - nice to see another side of Plakias


What fabulous pics ., I am sure I can smell the trees and the sea. Roll on 26th May 2009. Back in Plak !.



You were very lucky to experience this, thanks for sharing it with us too

Rowena

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« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2008, 09:57:28 AM »
We had a similar experience in Paleochora, where we visited friends who have just retired there, before moving onto Plakias. Again the town was packed with Greeks of all ages to see the schoolchildrens' procession. Quite charming and rather moving. A reminder of Greece's role in the last war-you could argue that Greece saying "no" to Mussolini lost Hitler the war.

Gary

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« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2008, 08:39:23 AM »
excellent Chas, thank you!

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« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2008, 12:33:43 PM »
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excellent Chas, thank you!
Credit where credit's due: Sam was in charge of the camera - I just did the words and down/uploading.
Chas



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« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2008, 02:16:05 PM »
How warm and sunny it looked that day.  
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« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2008, 03:26:06 PM »
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How warm and sunny it looked that day.  

It was

The whole two weeks (14-28 October) were pretty well fine .... just one hellacious wind that blew from Saturday to the following Staurday



..... and not the usual Plakias gale - this one kept us by the pool, in the shelter of Kostas-Chrysoula, most of the time.  At one point it gusted so hard, an ashtray took off and flew a few feet
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« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2008, 04:29:58 PM »
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..... and not the usual Plakias gale - this one kept us by the pool, in the shelter of Kostas-Chrysoula, most of the time.  At one point it gusted so hard, an ashtray took off and flew a few feet