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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 31 August 2019
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 31 AUGUST 2019 15 TRAVEL Gentleman’s Ride, the world’s largest charitable vintage motorcycle event Potami Beach, Samos. PHOTO: DISCOVER GREECE Kokkari Beach, Samos. PHOTO: NENNESONS/INSTAGRAM Mikro Seitani Beach, Samos. PHOTO: DISCOVER GREECE amos is officially taking part in the world's largest charitable motorcycle event for owners of classic and vintage styled bikes on Sunday, 29 September. This year's Distinguished Gentleman's Ride will bring together over 120,000 well-dressed gentlefolk in more than 700 cities on stunning motorcycles for men's health across 110 countries. The goal for 2019 is S to raise awareness and $US7 million for prostate cancer research and men's mental health on behalf of charity partner the Movember Foundation. IMPORTANT FACTS: Registration officially opened on 1 August. All participating riders must be registered on The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride website to view local ride details. Ride details are to remain confidential. Start fundraising to be in the running for amazing prizes and rewards. Keep updated and register at www.gentlemansride.com Vathy Bay (Samos Town). PHOTO: PEXELS, IOANNIS KYRIAZIS contemporary. In fact the latter part of the touristic equation seems to be gaining emphasis all over Greece, and especially on the islands. This summer, Delta Art Gallery held its official opening party in Samos Town. It is the town's first gallery, and the latest addition to the island's cultural scene, presenting visitors with works by Samian artists (including those of Dimitris Sevastakis, Syriza's former MP for the island, also a professional artist and university lecturer). Over the past six years, the Schwarz Foundation's art, music and educational events in Pythagorion, have put Samos on the map of international cultural interest: The Art Space Pythagorion's summer art shows, curated by Katerina Gregos since 2016, have presented the public with cutting-edge creativity from around the world, with poignant contemporary theory and artistic practice forming the basis of each show. This year's exhibition, entitled '13,700,000 km3', explores the socio-political undercurrents of the Mediterranean Sea. Furthermore, the Schwarz Foundation also organises the Samos Young Artists Festival, which brings musicians from around the world to the ancient theatre of Pythagorion. Further down from Pythagorion, there's the small village of Ireon, which has been hosting the Ireon Music Festival, since 2004. Over the years, many Greek bands (Locomondo in particular), have played there, but even international names such as The Stranglers, the Stereo MCs, Aswad, Peter Hook & The Light, plus Inner Circle have braced its stage. In terms of ancient culture, you can visit the two archaeological museums (in Samos Town and in Pythagorion. The former houses one of the largest A thousand years ago, a group of devout Christians from the Greek island of Samos built a church and small monastery in an impossibly remote location, high above the small settlement of Kambos, on Mt Kerkis. PHOTO: TWITTER Kouroi that have been found in Greece (6th century, and 5.25m tall). These museums give you an idea of the importance of Samos during Polycrates' reign in the 6th century BC, when the ancient site of Heraion was created, plus the Eupalinos Tunnel (both listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as is the ancient port of Pythagorion). You can also follow the footsteps of Pythagoras, and visit his hideout – a cave in the region of Marathokambos. Another interesting part of Samian history, is the period during which the island was a self-governed, semi-independent state, or 'principality' of sorts (18341912), under the protection of France, Britain and Russia, but also governed by a series of Christian Ottoman Princes, chosen by the Porte. During this time, the island flourished architecturally, industrially, and in terms of productivity (eg the tannery industry, plus tobacco and wine exports). Remnants of this period can still be witnessed in some of the beautiful buildings that can be spotted on Karlovasi's Rivas Street for example, while some still also exist in Vathi. The Samian wine, that even Byron waxed lyrically about in his poem 'The Isles of Greece', is still a major viticultural asset of the island. EXPAT PRESENCE The expats that have decided to make Samos their home – from Holland, Switzerland, England, Germany and elsewhere, work in tourism, run shops/businesses, while some of them have preferred to spend their retirement years in Samos. There are even some artists too, such as Maria Sevastaki, of Greek-Australian origins – an instigator of art events on the island (eg this summer's 1st mixed media exhibition that she organized called 'Beehive'). In a café in The vintage charity event heads to Samos. Karlovasi this summer, I found a remarkable little art show by Peggy Cosman Nathanail, an ex-pat from Berlin, who used to be a philosophy professor, but now lives on the island. The many Greek-Australians, who visit regularly their 'horio', also add their own colour. Some have returned to Samos for good (eg 'The Theory Street' café on the port of Pythagorion is run by ex-Melburnians). This is an island that has always been a stepping stone between East and West – a meeting point for many cultures, full of variety. Even the wildlife reflects this – from migrating flamingos and rare chameleons, to the golden jackals that howl in the night, up in the mountains. *Stella Sevastopoulos is a London-raised Samian artist/ art critic/journalist who lives in Athens. Her blog, Art Scene Athens, documents the latest developments in the Greek art world. FACT FILE: Best Beaches (plan visit according to wind direction): Mykali, Tsamadou, Lemonakia, Psili Ammos, Tsabou, Kerveli, Seitani, Chrysi Ammos, Kaladakia, Balos, Potami, Asterias (at Doryssa Hotel, for a more Mykonos feel), Livadaki. Best food: 'Unan' Sushi Bar (Doryssa Hotel), Kyria Maro's taverna at Milous village (best to phone: tel 22730-71450), the tavernas at Psili Ammos, 'Kalypso' (Mykali), 'Dionysos' at Mesaio Karlovasi, 'Girasole' Italian restaurant and 'Zakore' meat restaurant (Kokkari), 'Casa Di Roma' restaurant, Mermizeli (good seafood), and 'Passas' kebab (Pythagoreon). The restaurants at Paleokastro's square; 'Orizontas' restaurant (Platanos village).
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