Α “Sicilian expedition” to History and to Gastronomy. The most complete package among all they are offered for Sicily. Sicily of the Ancient Greeks, of the Ancient Romans and of the Contemporary Sicilians. A travelling experience based on one of Cavafi’s poem, “The Poseidonians”.
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Sicilian Expedition by Cavafi
The Poseidonians forgot the Greek language
after so many centuries of mingling
with Tyrrhenians, Latins, and other foreigners.
The only thing surviving from their ancestors
was a Greek festival, with beautiful rites,
with lyres and flutes, contests and wreaths.
And it was their habit toward the festival’s end
to tell each other about their ancient customs
and once again to speak Greek names
that only a few of them still recognized.
And so their festival always had a melancholy ending
because they remembered that they too were Greeks,
they too once upon a time were citizens of Magna Graecia;
and how low they’d fallen now, what they’d become,
living and speaking like barbarians,
cut off so disastrously from the Greek way of life.
Translated by Edmund Keeley/Philip Sherrard.
(C.P. Cavafy, Collected Poems. Translated by Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard. Edited by George Savidis. Revised Edition. Princeton University Press, 1992)
This poem has spoken to us at an unexpected time,
We have taken its words.
-one by one, Cavafi’s words as pentelic marble, not limestone- and with those we have tried to build a Sicilian expedition of one week.
Melokdrama’s intention of this “Sicilian Expedition”, is firstly, to see that we Greeks were not always in decay,
That there was once upon a time when Pluto was not associated just with Pluto (Wealth), as it is nowadays, but with the Arts and especially with the Theatre,
The rich were not interested only in becoming richer,
But they had a goal as to become better People,
Being a ’Better Person’ was extremely interesting and,
That is where they thought they were heading to. Towards Art.
And here they come Temples and Theatres and Schools, and Pythagoras, and Empedocles, and Archimedes…
The intent of this trip is for us Greeks to be proud of the times, just for a while when Hellenism shared many things with humankind without falling into a trap of ranting and ancient worshiping
“I have imagined columns in places where they were absent,
Like a child’s pencil I saw them in front of me, a pencil which was eaten by its sharpener,
A Time-Sharpener which leaves less of me every time,
Only a little tip is left from my pencil and this is all I have to use to write History and Geography starting from the beginning of the world
With my mind I have knocked down buildings to find the remains of theatres,
I have built whole complexes of Temples,
I have entered quarries, in underground cities and underground passages of the soul,
I have visited craters and the depths of the oceans,
Where I had an encounter with two Warriors,
I dreamt of moments,
I planned them,
First through my mind, then to my soul
and last on paper,
I made up a bouquet of stories, to have and to offer one a/every day…
I tried to open crevices in Time and in History,
I prepared music for each moment of the trip, each moment has its own melody,
I tried Ballads and Tarantellas,
I even tried to knock down the pseudowall which encloses the beauty of the Opera,
We heard Maria Callas over and over and over again praying to the moon for peace
I fought to bring to real life all of these and I want after 7 days of Creation,
On the 8th,
I dreamt of a Bond that would remain, some love, and a dance…”
*( from the planning of the trip by Yiannis Limtsioulis- From the blog Grecoland)
“The only thing that was left
Was a greek feast…”
We invite you to build an Experience in these 7 days
And on the 8th ,
Instead of resting ,
To live a Greek Feast by Cavafi,
The language may be lost but it testifies to who you are,
The way you are joyous,
The way you are sad,
When you say goodbye to loved ones,
The way you mourn,
The way you start living again because life continues,
The way you celebrate when your children join with their life partners,
The way you live…
On the last night of the Trip to Sicily Melodrakma Universal has got plans and proposals ! Transfusing Hellenism and Poetry and Action ! Instead of iddle words, theories and typical meetings with the Greek speaking villagers
The goal of the trip is “Experience” and not just another eight-day trip.
Experiential tourism is not easy.
Τhe Honesty of the Moment is an Invincible Gladiator
The Unpretentious is Amorous
Relationships become a Bronze Statue on trips like these
Just like Riace’s sculptures,
Relationships they pass through fire but they do not melt,
They are left for centuries in the depth of the ocean and they never rust.
Thank you for your trust.
Departure TimePlease arrive by 9:15 AM for a prompt departure at 9:30 AM.
Return TimeApproximately 8:30 PM.
Dress CodeCasual. Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat, light jacket.
Day 1: Athens- Palermo
Day 2: Palermo - Cefalu
DAY 3: PALERMO-ERICE-SELINUNTE- AGRIGENTO
DAY 4: AGRIGENTO- PIAZZA AMERINA- SYRACUSE
Day 5: Syracuse - Noto
Day 6: Syracuse - Taormina - Katania
Day 7: Catania - Etna - Reggio Calabria - Bova or Pentadactilo - Reggio
Day 8: Regio-Bova-Pentadaktylos-Regio (Airport)
Α “Sicilian expedition” to History and to Gastronomy. The most complete package among all they are offered for Sicily. Sicily of the Ancient Greeks, of the Ancient Romans and of the Contemporary Sicilians. A travelling experience based on one of Cavafi’s poem, "The Poseidonians".
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