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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 2 February 2019
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 2 FEBRUARY 2019 7 NEWS bouzoukia, the μπουάτ (boîte) and ρεμπετάδικα with some of Greece's most incredible artists, poets, musicians and performers. "We would dance, sing and enjoy life but also spend hours on end talking about politics, questioning the system, challenging the status quo and sharing our dreams and hopes on how to make the world a better place," says Mr Papazahariakis who to this day enjoys nothing more than a good chat about what's going on around the world whilst listening to his favourite Greek music. Despite his parents' pleas, it took years before Nick returned home to Crete, yet he made sure he fulfilled his military service obligations. and Chairman of Food Tourism and Hospitality Association SA, has revealed new plans for a $5 million apartment and office building on the historic site, likely signifying the end of his awardwinning business. "It has been an incredible journey for us all and there's certainly lots of history here. I have been lucky over the years to meet some amazing people, witness marriage proposals, see business deals being closed and listen to some incredible stories, but I think I have given enough to the industry and it is now time to take a step back," says the food and wine connoisseur who has made the difficult, but conscious decision, to close a significant and very Onassis mansion is up for sale The seaside mansion, formerly owned by the family of tycoon Aristotle Onassis, is up for sale for 15 million euros. Located at Lagonisi, southeast of Athens and northwest of Cape Sounio, the resort-style Villa Eartha boasts of state-of-the-art amenities, large living areas and a garden the opens up to a sandy beach. Villa Eartha had been gifted by Onassis to his sister Kalliroe. It passed onto her daughter, Marilena Patronikola who eventually sold it to well-known Greek businessman Evangelos Pistiolis. I was a curious young man who was intrigued by the world. I was thirsty to explore, meet new people and enjoy life and its offerings, but my father didn’t share the same views as me Nick Papazahariakis THE AUSTRALIAN CHAPTER He then travelled the world, became successful in his own right and not long after, met an Australian girl who convinced him to come to Australia. "Maybe deep down I was disappointed with the way I was asked to leave the family home, but looking back now, I have come to realise that all my parents were trying to do was make me understand what life is all about and show me that one needs to find ways to survive and learn their life lessons along the way," says Mr Papazahariakis, the eldest of three children. Having spent most of his life in Greece and Europe, young Nick didn't particularly like Australia and promised himself that he was only ever going to stay for a year. Nevertheless, one thing led to another and within a month of his arrival the 24-year-old found himself married in Australia. Crowned an Adelaide Food Legend in 2009, the awardwining restaurateur purchased a heritage-listed villa back in 1985 and opened Chloe's, what was to become one of South Australia's true fine dining restaurants, which he named after his daughter. Despite the restaurant having shaped its own culture of excellence, the former President of the Restaurant Association of SA successful chapter in his life by lodging redevelopment plans for his Kent Town property and the 142-yearold building housing Chloe's Restaurant. "I had a great time as a young man and professional in the industry, but now all I want to do is travel the world. I have decided that at the age of 72, I've done enough, and it is time to relax, spend time with my family, my three children and visit my 94-year-old mother who lives in Greece and who I haven't seen her in four and a half years." After a long exciting journey, Australia's Zorba says he doesn't regret migrating to Australia although he admits that he still feels a much stronger connection with Greece and its people. "Australia has taught me many lessons, particularly how to be disciplined and work hard. It is certainly a beautiful country, but you just can't beat the Greek lifestyle and the people back home. For me, being Greek is something unique. We are unique around the world from the way we live our lives and structure our families, to the way we form strong relationships and long-lasting friendships. "Australia was great, but we are only here for a limited time. "The journey is not over," concludes Mr Papazahariakis. The villa was then renovated, and currently consists of an 823 square-metre structure on a vast expanse of land. Each of the seven bedrooms has an en-suite, and the master bedroom in- Villa Eartha, a mansion with a few stories to tell cludes a huge portrait of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Ideal for weddings, the luxurious seven-bedroom mansion even has its own church and artificial lake. Many A-listers have passed through the doors of this architectural masterpiece. During its hey-day, Onassis and his wife would spend summers there while visiting with Kalliroe. In later years, Athina Onassis would stay there on visits to Greece with her father Thierry Roussel. In the Nineties, former Greek prime minister Andreas Papandreou would visit Patronikola at the mansion as they shared a friendship. Last summer, it was opened up to the public for the first time and was leased out as a summer rental for 2,500 euros/night. An 85-year-old Robinson Crusoe The small Greek island of Dokos had a recorded population of just 18 people in the latest census - however 85-year-old Irini Douskou is the only person who is known to live there permanently. The few monks and shepherds listed on the census come and go, but she refuses to abandon her birthplace despite the difficulties of life there. Near Hydra, the entire island has been characterised as an archaeological zone and nothing new can be constructed there. Ms Dousko, who lives an isolated life, was recently featured on CNN. She told the crew that it is the island that keeps her alive. Irini Douskos says that it is life on her island that keeps her alive. Life is a little easier for the old woman during the summer months, as day- trippers flood the area. Occasionally Ms Dousko leaves to visit Hydra where her son and daughter live however she refuses to abandon it for too long.
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