Sunday, October 31, 2010

Experience Almyra Hotel in Pafos

Almyra Beach The experience of Almyra hotel in Pafos has been one of those experiences your wife will always remember. The comfort of its rooms, the tranquility of its gardens and its location give you the reason to visit Pafos this winter 2010.

The AlmyraSpa comes to complete the trip, "homenage" to the body and soul ended with a walk by the beach.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Manos Hadjidakis, emotions full of music

There are very few people in the world that are able to make a nation proud. Manos Hadjidakis, the composer of emotions, love and heard is the modern Socrates. If Socrates is the Philosopher who turned Philosophy to what is today, Manos Hadjidakis is the man who with his music made us all believe that we have lots to offer to the civilisation still.

His songs are full of humbleness, his melodies are full of heard, his tunes are emotions expressed in a unique universal manner.

He was born in Xanthi the 23rd of October 1925 and died in Athens at the age of 68. The news of his death found me in Switzerland reading a Greek newspaper in my room listening to Melina Mercouri, singing “Mesogeios” from an old cassette recorded from a radio station.
Then I thought that a great man has passed way, today I realise that great men like him never pass away.

En Mediteranee – Mesosogios
Singing George Moustaki and Giorgos Dalaras, Lyrics Dimitris Christodoulou,

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Cyprus Tourism Organisation Board of Directors boycotts Pafos Opera.

The board of directors of the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) took a decision to boycott the only international Opera festival of Cyprus.

The CTO has agreed to be the main sponsor for the Opera in Pafos for the last 11 years. The last Opera Festival that took place last September 2010 it was probably the most successful cultural event ever for the town of Paphos but also for Cyprus as country.  Now the CTO board of directors denies to pay the 138,000 euros sponsorship for this last festival.

The Cyprus Tourism Organisation is governed by 9 members assigned by the political parties to run the policies of tourism in Cyprus. The last board of directors has been placed in June 2009 and thank god their term ends in June 2011.
The decision of the board not to pay the 138,000 euros as main sponsorship to the Pafos Aphrodite Festival raised anger and disappointment among the Town Halls and the citizens that form the Pafos Aphrodite Festival initiative. Once again the CTO board acted as if they were the “maharajas” of Cyprus Tourism and Culture. Their excuse was that on the accounts presented to them by the Organising Committee it was included the expenses for the seats. The Opera takes place in front of the  Pafos Castle and in order to perform it is necessary to transform the square into an amphitheatre of approximately 2500 seats. For this reason the Pafos Aphrodite Festival needs to rent the seats.

The CTO board of directors using their brain came to the conclusion that the expenses for renting the seats should not be included in the expenses for organising the festival. 8 out of 9 members (Excluding the Pafian, Cleopatra Mylona ) voted no to the payment of the sponsorship. The board before coming to this wise decision has consulted the Office of the Commissioner for State Aid Control ( who clearly stated that there is no problem to include the expense for the seats in the aid. This means that the 138,000 promised should be paid to Pafos Aphrodite Festival.

The CTO board of Directors has basically omitted the advice given by the commissioner and in “democratic” and “fair” manner they left Pafos basically without the Opera Festival. The sponsorship of the CTO was the most important income for the festival.