Romantic August Kamini Sunset Romantic August Kamini Sunset
  But the flip side of our photographic flags a fluttering in the breeze is that with temperatures in the mid 30,s  hot wind can cause deadly wildfires. (As poor Greece has already experienced recently)Please be extra vigilant and always carry water on walks, ...
Romantic August Kamini Sunset
Romantic August Kamini Sunset
Hydra Revisited Hydra Revisited
Honoured to be included. Latest Hydra Book
Hydra Revisited
Hydra Revisited
Okay who’s next ??? Okay who’s next ???
Easy livin’ August was fun, y’all come back soon y’hear. So that is August in Kamini is almost done and dusted, who’s up for September? We are going to win this season, albeit on marginal points. Happy Fall y’All, still standing KC staf ...
Okay who's next ???
Okay who’s next ???
Not Kamini’s Baby Beach Not Kamini’s Baby Beach
We have heard rumblings about August “Baby Beach” being a tad crowded. Try China for fun bathing then. Surfs Up
Not Kamini's Baby Beach
Not Kamini’s Baby Beach
Mid Summer Kamini night Wild Life Mid Summer Kamini night Wild Life
Godzilla snail caught crossing our terrace. Scary nightlife to be avoided in our valley. The height of the season and it’s all happening in our quite village. Even the Paparazzi couldn’t catch these guys. Rare dangerous night stalking leopard toad.
Mid Summer Kamini night Wild Life
Mid Summer Kamini night Wild Life
Kamini’s Kodylenia Restaurant – 1985 Kamini’s Kodylenia Restaurant – 1985
We took this from Mavro Maties taverna, (the large yellow and red landmark structure in Kamini harbour), closed some decades now. Could not imagine the changes to come in our little village. Always tranquil, beautiful and has remained unspoiled over the years despit ...
Kamini's Kodylenia Restaurant - 1985
Kamini’s Kodylenia Restaurant – 1985
Kamini Takes Centre Stage Kamini Takes Centre Stage
Credit photo Brian Sidaway Or should we say builds a stage. An attractive addition to our valley, creative masons expanded the stone rain channel to include an outdoor theatre. Very nicely done, we don’t know who or what is going to be starring in our new amph ...
Kamini Takes Centre Stage
Kamini Takes Centre Stage
Merry Grumble Merry Grumble
KC wishes all and sundry a healthy happy 2017 With Love from us, no offence!!
Merry Grumble
Merry Grumble
All Roads Lead To….. All Roads Lead To…..
They went thatta-way…!! Not so long ago, the island erected road signs designed to stop visitors from getting lost or confused. I was particularly pleased with the one in Kamini Harbour. Being Irish and all, it seemed normal; some newcomers however still ask m ...
All Roads Lead To.....
All Roads Lead To…..
Regatta signifies Season End Regatta signifies Season End
In like a Lion, out like a lamb, pretty much says it all about the annual yacht race from Athens to the Rock. Friday howling winds and high seas, these determind boats and crew braved the conditions to participate in the traditional season closing regatta. That was ...
Regatta signifies Season End
Regatta signifies Season End

Jennifer


Jennifer first arrived on the Rock at the age of 10, after her father, Michael, bought a house above Hydra’s port. While she lived in Virginia year-round with her mother, Jeanne, and stepfather, Steve, she visited Hydra with her father every summer for a month, in her younger years tripping along the port chasing kitties, then later tripping home from Cavos to make her curfew (father had threatened to call the “police” if she was even a minute late).
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Not Washed Out!

Pouring rain at Theo’s closing did nothing to dampen the spirit of the occasion—in fact, if anything, the novelty of the cloud burst generated a whole new atmosphere. Guests at the Pirofani closing took refuge under Dimitra’s adjacent shop awning, but even that was no guarantee of shelter from the spray.

Dancing, cooking, and celebrating the end of a long hot season in the rain was a memorable event. The only thing conspicuous by its absence was Roger’s annual closing poem as he had escaped the Rock a week prior.

We will miss our favourite character restaurateur and his menu, wish him well on his winter travels, and look forward to a grand opening in the spring.

Pirofani, Kamini, Hydra, October 2010

Cooking in the rain: Even Takis the 'chef' was having fun.

Kamini Rainstorm

Dancing in the rain, where tables noramlly stand.

Different dining in Kamini

The adjacent shop became the dining area

Fall showers on Hydra

Nici and Jennifer brought their own "roof"

Hydra, Kamini, flora

Talking to the flowers didn't stop the deluge!

Be Advised! Metro Muggers Rampant!

It seems that every week one of the island’s inhabitants who has been into the Big Olive—in fact all type of visitors to the Rock—has a harrowing story to tell of being robbed on the Athenian public transport system. Most commonly, they report being mugged on the fabled attractive new metro—one of the crowning architectural achievements for the 2004 Olympics.

By the sound of it, deft pickpockets work in gangs to relieve innocent tourists of wallets, handbags, i-phones (any phones/cameras for that matter). In some cases laptops are snatched, and apparently the swag is immediately passed onto other fleet-footed fellow thugs, who disappear into throngs or scurry up stairwells, never to be seen again.

One would think this rife invasion of travellers would encourage some sort of major security clamp down. Things like CCTV would be installed more prolifically (and manned); maybe a few burly plainclothes cops would be allowed free passage. These are the sorts of measures other capital cities have employed with fair success. Letters to local newspapers seem to be ignored, and the general answer is an apathetic shrug and “tea-nah-khan-amay” response of ‘what can we do,’ and it has been going on for years now.

Well, what we all can do—apart from suggesting commuters arm themselves with Tazer guns or stand with mace in hand—is advise our visitors to stay away from public transport or, if one does need frugal connections, to be very alert and make sure all valuables are tucked tight, zipped, and locked.

Sad times for a city once renowned for its honesty and friendly welcoming atmosphere.

October 12, 2010 Kathimerini Update:

Mugging ring

Twenty-two suspected members of a mugging and car theft ring believed to have targeted dozens of people in central Athens were in police custody yesterday. Officers from the Aghios Panteleimonas and Kolonos police precincts worked together to arrest the suspects, 16 Algerians and six Afghans, on Sunday. The suspects are believed to have carried out 35 muggings and 45 car thefts over the past six months. The muggings targeted women who were stripped of purses and jewelry. Police found large quantities of jewelry, cell phones, purses and watches in raids on two apartments in central Athens.

A little good press!

Hello you two! Thanks a lot for your work. Its fun and delightful to read!
—Natacha Best, November 23, 2007

Terrific idiot-proof website, David! Fun to use, informative and well written. Plus, just the right amount of taking the pith in the news pages. The KC makes me and Sheena wonder why we ever left Hydra despite the horrors of the summer fires. Great stuff! Long may it prosper.
—Dermot and Sheena O’Connor, November 2, 2007

Great site … those old photos sure bring back memories.
—Judy Scott, September 4, 2007

Came across your site whilst searching for the latest news on the fires in Greece. A fun read and a welcome addition to the World Wide Web. Well done! A big thanks to you and Jennifer…. Keep up the good work … please!
—John and Andrew, August 27, 2007

I saw your website and was genuinely delighted…. Congratulations on all counts!!
—Kati Meister, August 6, 2007

David, please send me the issue you did on the fires. Tayu told me of it. And put me on your weekly (?) mailing list? I love the paper. Congrats.
—Barbara Lapcek, August 6,2007

Hello, David and Jennifer. Your website is jolly good fun.
—Charlotte Gusay, August 5, 2007

Great idea, I will be reading every month.
—Mark Erpelding, August 4, 2007

So sad to see the pictures of the fire. And your comments are right on!
—John Paul Jacques, August 1, 2007

A great front page. Well written and to the point.
—Brian Sidaway, July 29, 2007

Brian and Valerie sent me your website, and I’ve really enjoyed reading it. How I long for Hydra!
—Penny Connell, July 12, 2007

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