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November 18, 2015

 

This week, I’m excited to announce the launch of my new website!

 

You’ll find lots of information about the picture book, Catch that Cat!

 

There’s also a great section full of free fun activities to download to prompt conversations about Kythera, Greek culture and community members in your town.  And for those of you who’ve been following my blog over the past few months, you can also find all my posts there too.

 

English copies...

September 28, 2015

 

 

 

Today Tspiras was voted Prime Minister for the second time.  It’s been an eventful year for Greece and for Greeks abroad who have been watching in anticipation for the election results.  I know I got up at 6am to see who had won!

 

While I was in Greece, the election campaigns were in full swing.  You could hear the music bellowing in the streets; political statements barking through the loud speakers.  Listening to all...

September 28, 2015

Of course I’m slightly biased, but one of the best destinations you can choose for your next holiday is the Greek islands. Steeped in history and culture, the Greek islands offer beautiful beaches, stunning landscapes and great food!

In this week’s post, we’ll look at five great things you can do while you are visiting the Greek islands.

 

Shipwreck Beach, Zakynthos

 

1. Visit the beaches

Greece has one of the longest coastlines in...

September 28, 2015

This week I’m writing from Syros, the capital of the Cyclades islands in Greece. Given where I am, I thought it would be pertinent to write a post about the events taking place across Greece at the moment.

Greek communities across Australia have followed the financial crisis in Greece closely as it has developed in the news over the last few months. In a landmark vote on July 5th, the Greek people voted a strong no to the propo...

September 28, 2015

I was six years old when my family moved from Athens to Brisbane. We assimilated halfway through the first school year, so there was a lot of adjusting, from making new friends and speaking a new language, to experiencing a completely different way of life. When I started writing Catch that Cat! I was aware of the importance of developing meaningful connections with family and maintaining strong ties to your country, culture a...

September 28, 2015

Generations on, many families of Greek heritage who live in Australia still yearn for their children to learn Greek. One of the reasons I created a bilingual English/Greek edition ofCatch that Cat! was to serve this need. Through the provision of quality literature and an engaging story children are introduced to the value of learning and appreciating two languages; essentially being encouraged to explore culture and new ideas...

September 28, 2015

 

You’ve probably heard it said that the Greeks have given the modern world countless gifts. But have you ever stopped to consider what those gifts are, and how they impact your everyday life?

One of the reasons I wrote Catch that Cat! was to promote the positive aspects of Greek culture and heritage, particularly now at a time where Greece is receiving a lot of negative press for its economic crisis.

In this week’s post we’...

August 27, 2015

 

 

Xenonas Fos ke Choros

Kythera is a beautiful Greek island known for its idyllic beaches, breathtaking views, and rich, historical past. The pace of life is slow and the people are friendly. The tourist industry has changed over the years and now the island is moving towards a more sustainable, environmentally-friendly way of doing things. Islanders, along with foreigners who visit each year, participate in ecotourism; helping...

August 10, 2015

 

Cats have a special place in my heart, and none more so than the hundreds of lovely kitties that have become synonymous with the Greek islands. From postcards to calendars, Greek cats have become superstars in their own right. Even the inspiration for Aphrodite, the cat at the heart of my picture book Catch that Cat!, came from Kanella, my aunty’s cat who lived here on Kythera!

 

 

However, it’s not always a happy story and some...

July 30, 2015

This week, I’m writing my post to you from Kythera!

So what better time to share with you some of Kythera’s history and the latest exciting news about archaeological finds on the island?

 

History

The island of Kythera is situated at the crossroads of the Mediterranean and has 5000 years of maritime history associated with it. Inhabited since the Neolithic era, Bronze Age, Early Greek, and Minoan sites of archaeological interest a...

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