Celebrating the life of a different Dimitris - The Loss of a Friend


Today, October twenty sixth, while Greece celebrates the name day of Saint Demitrios - Patron Saint of Thessalonikiam celebrating the life of another Dimitris.


Dimitri is one of our oldest friends.

I met him the first year  I was here in Greece, 1977, 
we met because we had the same car, a khaki green Mini!

The only two in Korinth!

Friend Dimitris

After training as an architect in Belgium Dimitri returned to Athens, then worked a while in Korinth, where we lived in the same block of flats.

What laughs we had, Dimitri had no television so every Sunday evening we would watch "Fame" together, remember "Fame"?


Dimitris with his pride and joy - his car!
Dimitris with his pride and joy - his car!

Dimitris lived on the top floor, we were on the fourth, he would shout down to us through the air shaft, he had the whole place in an uproar.

A lunatic but such a lovable lunatic, don't they say that the best people are crazy?

With Dimitris, it's true.

Dimitris loving life.
Dimitris loving life.

It was a treat to see the way Dimitris hung out his washing, instead of wringing things out, he just whacked them on the railings before pegging them on the line.

  It was a sad day for us, when Dimitris  discovered the magical Island of Kefalonia, one of the Ionian Islands, and left Corinth, our apartment block became rather quiet.

Dimitris and his Zodiac
Dimitris and his Zodiac.

Dimitris upped sticks, left everything, built a house and made his life in Kefalonia, which meant we took a lot of trips to visit him, what wonderful times we spent together on that magical island.

Dimitris and me.Kefalonia
Dimitri and me in Kefalonia

With Dimitri in Kefalonia

What a life in Kefalonia, paradise!

Dimitris has shown us the best beaches, the best tavernas, the best coffee shops and made his home ours when we were there.

 Such hospitality.

Me with Dimitri

My birthday.Kefalonia
Celebrating my birthday with Dimitris in Kefalonia.

Kefalonia Greece avithos beach
Tassos and Dimitris, Avithos beach Kefalonia,.

Dimitri loved Kefalonia, he was never going to leave, it was in his soul

Dimitris and me.Kefalonia,above Myrtos beach.
Dimitri and me above Myrtos beach,Kefalonia.

We saw Dimitri at the end of last winter.

Dimitri died suddenly in the spring.

He died in his beloved Kefalonia and that is where he is.

Dimitri got his wish, he never did leave Kefalonia.

Happy name day Dimitri, fly high!

Not alone, he's right behind me.
Not alone...he's right behind me!!!

There he is, behind me.
 Can you see him?
There he goes, flying high.

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