Yesterday August 6th conflicted with the full moon. I say conflicted because the annual festival for our village of Aliki is held on 6 August; a busy night of music, dancing, food, drink and people watching. But Karin and I decided that this year we would rather go the Full Moon celebration on Antiparos.
The above photo is before the group “L’anima” arrived.
We were glad we did; this was one of the best string quartets that we have heard in years of attending concerts in three countries. There was no program so I can’t tell you about the group or the music they played other than it was obviously very well done. It seemed their instruments had better tone than others that I have heard. Their web page
This photo is of the moon rising over the south end of Paros. Why is it always smaller in photos then in real life?
The location and atmosphere might have had something to do with the enjoyment of the music. Although I was quite annoyed on a few occasions when some of the crowd to my left and rear, my good ear side, thought it was an audience participation event and proceeded to hum to familiar tunes. Believe me, their voices were not in good tone.
Not only was this high quality concert free but the committee served free wine—out of glass bottles, not the typical plastic jug. Then to top it off when we went to the Nautica Cafe to have an ouzo while waiting for the ferry home they served an antipasto plate with it. This used to be traditional but lately the cafes and bars have cut costs by serving nuts or nothing.
My conclusion: Everyone who visits Paros should make a jaunt to Antiparos.