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Wednesday, 16 July 2008

Bye, bye.....





We are off to sunnier climes at 3.30 a.m. in the morning. We have two weeks on the Greek island of Kefalonia to look forward to – go on admit it, you’re jealous.





The film ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’ was filmed in Sami on the north east coast of Kefalonia. For those of you who don’t know Captain Corelli's Mandolin, a 1993 novel written by Louis de Bernières, is a story about an Italian captain (Antonio Corelli) and the daughter (Pelagia) of the local physician (Dr. Iannis) on the island of Kefalonia set against the background of the Italian and German occupation of the island during World War II. It is 1941 and Captain Antonio Corelli, a young Italian officer, is posted to the Greek island of Cephallonia as part of the occupying forces. At first he is ostracised by the locals, but as a conscientious but far from fanatical soldier, whose main aim is to have a peaceful war, he proves in time to be civilised, humorous and a consummate musician.






When the local Doctor's daughter's letters to her fiancé - and members of the underground - go unanswered, the working of the eternal triangle seems inevitable. But can this fragile love survive as a war of bestial savagery gets closer and the lines are drawn between invader and defender?






We are staying in Skala in the south of Kefalonia. The current village was built in 1956 and replaces the old village which was leveled during a devastating earthquake in August 1953, killing 36 and injuring hundreds of villagers. The original village was located on the hill behind the present one, as many of the island's were, in order to avoid invasion from raiders and pirates during the previous centuries. The name 'Skala' originates from the Greek word for stairs. It was given this name because when it was in its original place, the houses seemed to ascend almost as though they were a set of stairs.



Of course there will be plenty of photographs so make sure you come back in August to see what we’ve been up to.





I will be scheduling my Flash 55 and Saturday Wordzzle to post this week, though I won’t be able to visit other participants until I get back.



I'll be busy reading (I'm taking six books), sunbathing, eating and drinking, but I will catch up when I get back I promise. 



Be good while I’m gone.



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PS  Any Queenie fans - she's back posting.

31 comments:

KB said...

I'm sooooo jealous. Enjoy! You will be missed.

ciara said...

hell yeah, i'm jealous! i wanted to go to greece for our belated honeymoon. i got cabo san lucas, mexico instead. no passport required at the time. someday...*sigh* enjoy greece for me. lol i know you and mwm are going to have a smashing time.

Queenie said...

Enjoy baby, keep MWM out of the water!!!!
I'm back posting hope to be back in to the swing of it by the time you return, all bronzed and relaxed.

Dumdad said...

Yes, I'm jealous!

Bon voyage and have a great time.

girl with the mask said...

Have a super-duper time! x

citizen of the world said...

Have a great time on your Greece trip! Although I have no intention of being good while you're gone! :)

buffalodickdy said...

I am jealous! However, I will be the guy behind the binoculars leering at you from the hotel across the way... Have fun, Ake- but I know you will!

Odat said...

I'm jealous too!!!! Have a wonderful time!!!

Peace

Marjolein said...

Enjoy! The Greek islands are beautiful.

Ron said...

YES...I am jealous!

But I'm still going to wish you an AWESOME time, dear lady!

Hey, listen...and thanks for the info on the film. I'm always looking for good recommendations!

Can't wait to view all your photo's!

We'll miss ya!

Mimi Lenox said...

Have a fabulous time! And you betcha I'm jealous. Just remember...I told the crazy man I am with you (look in your suitcase.....) You're my alibi.
Shhh!!

Dianne said...

Have a wonderful time!! Safe journey.

Mike Golch said...

Enjoy your self,we will be here when you come back.Bring photos!
Hugs and Blessing. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Akelamalu said...

Aw thanks KB :)

Greece is very easy to get to from here Ciara but Mexico not - I want to go to Mexico!

When I get back I'll be visiting you Queenie (to show off my tan!) ;)

Cheers Dumdad

I'll do my best GIM ;)

Well whatever you get up to Citizen I want to know all about it! ;)

I'll keep a lookout for you Buff then you must join us for a cocktail! :)

I'll try Odat, really hard!

Yes they are beautiful Marjolein, we've visited quite a few but not Kefalonia, yet.

I have my camera packed (with extra batteries) so hopefully I will get some good shots to share with you Ron. x

I'm happy to be your alibi Mimi, that crazy man don't frighten me! ;)

Thank you Dianne xx

Aw thanks Mike, I'll be sure to take plenty of photos. :)

Robin said...

i'm not jealous. yeah, right!

hope you have a wonderful time with lots of pics to show for it!

CG said...

Have a glorious time!!

G-Man said...

Have fun Ake...
And thanks for fulfilling your 55 duties before departure..hehehehe
Galen..xo

Linda said...

Jealous? Jealous? Jealous?

You better believe it!

Have a fantastic time and bring me home a Greek Adonis if you find one that's not already taken!

Smalltown RN said...

Yes I am jealous...but you have yourself an absolutely wonderful time.....and I look forward to seeing some of your photos when you get back.....cheers...

Akelamalu said...

Thanks Robin, I'll try! ;)

It' will be hard work CG but I'll do my damnest. ;)

Well I couldn't let you down now could I G-Man?

As if I'll be looking at the men Linda! ((wink))

I hope I get some good photos then RN :)

Crazy Working Mom said...

Have a good time, my friend! Enjoy yourself. :)

Eel Wind said...

I AM FREAKING JEALOUS!! LOL :)

have fun :)

Shrinky said...

Whey-hey, how perfectly delightful! I shall want a full report on your return - we are off ourselves to the Greek Islands for a couple of weeks next month.. grin.

I sure hope you have a wonderful time. Grin.

nitebyrd said...

Hope you have a fantastic time! Safe travels.

elena jane said...

i'm a bit late, but have a fantastic trip...looking forward to seeing the photos when you return :)

Sandi McBride said...

Okay okay, I admit it...I'm jealous! Enjoy your vacation, get nice and brown as a nut, but don't forget the sun screen!
hugs
Sandi

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

oh my word, how perfectly LOVELY for you!!! it could only be better if it was me! ha ha ha

have fun honey...

smiles, bee
xoxoxoxoxoxoxoox

Travis said...

I'm not jealous. I'm not! You can't prove it!

Heheheheheheheheee!

I wish it was me!

storyteller said...

I hope you have a wonderful time on your Greek Island vacation. It looks to be a gorgeous location with a lovely beach! I always take several books with me when I travel too ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

Carol said...

Hi Long time no speak. Yes I am jealous, I went there for my holidays once and absolutely loved it. Hope you enjoyed.

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