This week the village lost one of its attractive fishing boats. We were not there to see it but Oona Giesen of Aliki Yoga Studio posted a lot of photos on Facebook. I think you can access them through her page at Oona Giesen
Evidently this is an example of European Union bureaucrats’ solution to Aegean over fishing. They buy out the fishing rights of the older, smaller boats so that only the newer, bigger “factory” boats are left. They are much easier to control and tax, of course.
I just wrote an article about this same thing happening with local pig festivals on my Czech Mates blog: Losing the Charm of Pig Slaughter
We have seen many changes in Aliki and Paros since we first arrived in the year 2000. Some are natural progress, a few have been improvements, many have been misguided expenditures of public money; not everyone can agree on which have been which. I thing everyone agrees that a loss of quaintness is occurring; yet those who visit the island for the first time in 2012 will still find it quaint and attractive and will want to return. What do you think?