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The pine tree that literally hangs over the side of Berouli street is a local attraction! The bulldozer that had opened the road has left it hanging half way on the top of the hill over the heads of drivers and passers by. We wonder if one winter day the wind will push it so hard that it will end up on some poor person’s head.
If you ever see any public lights that are on, take a picture, it would be news!
The streets around the region of Agios Aimilianos suffer from poor public lighting and sudden power cuts.
Trying to call the appropriate municipal service to replace burn out lamps received the following answer: “we do not have any money for replacement lamps, except for the centre of Kranidi...”
Very annoying and potentially dangerous
Pine tree as an acrobat
By land and by the sea...
A tour around the debris!
Well...Approaching Agios Aimilianos from the main Porto Heli route, on the left hand side there is a big fence, which is the Kyriakou estate. On the right hand side there are debris and rubbish, left or rather thrown into a huge piece of land that seems to be left on purpose in that state and is used as a dumpster. It is worth having a look! In our view it is evident that the owner of this piece of land must hold some sort of official licence in order to dump so much waste (debris, rubbish etc) in his land. It is inconceivable that this is something that is happening for so long right next to houses. As a result many people just use it as a dumpster and leave their rubbish there. There is no logical explanation for this arbitrary dumpster. How do people tolerate this on going situation is beyond our understanding!
Have some compassion
In Agios Aimilianos there are a lot of stray animals...Not only that, but sadly there has been an incident where some puppies wrapped in a blanket were thrown in one of the rubbish bins and set on fire, left there to burn. Very few people show some compassion and care to the animals. Unbelievable and shameful, even more so that foreigners undertake the initiative to care for puppies and put them up for adoption by animal friendly families. Or even the action taken by vets as part of Animal Welfare groups from abroad that work pro bono and carry out group sterilization to stray cats. So, if you come across a cat that has a small part of its ear cut off, know that this cat has been sterilised, and please take care of them
Special request for...bulbs
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The ruler, the ruled and the rules
For your eyes only
Every year, around mid August (only then) foreign workers appear in the streets carrying big black bin liners and collecting rubbish from the sides of the roads. So this year too, they reappeared on the main road between Porto Heli and Agios Aimilianos. We were getting ready to say Well-done!
But when they reached the crossroads, shown in the picture (the Kounoupi turn) and more specifically the borders of the Agios Aimilianos settlement, they turned back!
This attitude is incomprehensible. And it happens in every aspect, like the street lights, the potholes etc. Why should the residents of Agios Aimialianos be considered unworthy of such services?
For the sake of harmony
Igloo or oven?
The colour of each individual’s house is their business, and of course a personal choice. However, we can’t help it but wonder, how did our neighbour come to that choice. While most of the houses in Argolida are painted in light earthly colours, he opted for a dark red house with dark grey (almost black) window shutters! Light colours not only seem to be the local’s favourite choice but they are also functioning better in the hot weather by not absorbing the heat by acting as reflectors of solar radiation. Unlike many other countries in Europe, Greece does not impose any particular requirements on the colour of the exterior of houses. Maybe it should?
First by land, they shut off as much as they could the beautiful beach of Kounoupi by erecting fences. Then, by sea, they restrict swimmers to shallow waters by mooring their huge boats, yaghts etc.. Admittedly the air still remains free...What next?
It is not situated on the main road and that is why not widely known. A bit eccentric and definitely original, this house that looks something like an “igloo”, it is built on the hillside of Agios Aimilianos. We do hope it is “cool”, even though it is not built by ice, however, some insist that it resembles more to a traditional Greek wood fire oven.
It has been a while, they have even named after them a region not far from ours...”Kounoupi” (it means mosquito) It is impossible to sleep with the windows open, or even stay out late at night without feeling the mosquitos bites.
The past few years, following the threat from the West Nile virus, the State has decided to beat the mosquitoes. The municipality of Ermionida has allocated a sum of money to this purpose and has allegedly spent for the whole of its territory around 20,000 Euros. And this is only to fight the source...which means if you do know any mosquitoes with a postcode, send us an e-mail and we will report them!
...Well, to reach a point where you literally kiss the reef of Agios Aimilianos...is taking it to another level! The captain of the sailing boat did not seem to have noticed the reef nor the lighthouse. The result was visible to the guests of the Club’s party on the 7th August. The boat leaned on the rock by the lighthouse. The careless captain led the boat straight on to the reef and the rescued passengers found refuge in the Hapimag resort. The hauling of the boat was carried out by local divers from Porto Heli.
The accident happened around 8-9 am on the 7th August, which probably meant that it was a result of sleepy sailors. The divers failed in their efforts to haul the boat with balloons and therefore a crane had been chartered. The damages are estimated to be significant and unconfirmed sources have reported a couple of injured members of the crew that were not Greeks.
Some get depressed, some look forward to it, and very few enjoy it. This is probably the best season in Agios Aimilianos. The photo is from the “Limanakia” beach, situated right in front of the restaurant “EPAVLIS”. This summer the owner of “EPAVLIS” took the initiative and was granted a proper licence from the Municipality to install these elegant (by general admission) umbrellas. It is worth mentioning that the owner does not charge for use of the umbrellas or the sun beds. A waitress from the restaurant comes discretely to check if the visitors want to place any orders for drinks or snacks. I support the view that if you offer a service you should be remunerated. The beach is kept clean, civilised and beautiful. So, could I have a cold beer please? (This is a personal opinion, and do not in any way represent the Club) September 2012-Y.M
“Who are these people that leave the horses unprotected in the middle of the summer, under the heat, for days, even weeks, with just a little boiling water?” this is the question that Antigone and Elpida have been asking. And they are not the only ones that are concerned about the state of these poor animals that can be seen on the way to Agios Aimilianos from Porto Heli. You can see two horses in the photo but there are more on the way from Agios Amilianos to Ermioni. Who are the owners and why do they treat them in such a brutal way? We seek answers.
Following our lead, the youngsters of Agios Aimilianos threw a party too! On the 11 August 2012 a night beach party, with impressive special effects, laser, smoke machine, colourful lights and loud music took place on the beach situated north of the Kyriakou estate (Metohi). The organiser, Karolos, said that it was the second year running, and that he has even bought new equipment for that purpose. There was a lot of passion, even more sound effects but less dancing going on...
An article about Agios Aimilianos , written (in Greek) by our member Yannnis Mitsopoulos, published by the montly free-press magazine "Saronic Magazine". The writer presents its own today view of our area, which has as a symbol the conspicuous church on the hill. The "Saronic Magazine is distributed free on newspaper stands out of the supermarkets "KRITIKOS" or you can visit its site at http://www.saronicmagazine.com/. You can read the specific article by clicking on the above picture or at http://issuu.com/saronicmag/docs/sm_22/39 (September 2012-)
A modern Iphigeneia
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It is for these roads that the residents of Agios Aimilianos have to pay double the council tax.
It could easily be mistaken for the region’s wetland! Wrong. These pictures are from the roads, during and after the rain. Crossing the streets is almost impossible for pedestrians and very dangerous for cars. The three pictures on the top are from the main road Agios Aimilanos-Porto Heli. The picture below is from the coastal road, just after the Kyriakou mansion. The situation is unbearable, especially since the residents are required to pay double the council tax. It is a shameful situation for any local authority, apart from ours. And this is an on-going problem! These roads are part of a city plan and they lead to a residential area. These roads should have been properly maintained in accordance with the city plan. You can imagine the frustration and hardship of the residents of the surrounding houses affected by the floods. (November 2012)
before I die"
Our Group is investigating the issue that has arisen by the big problem of fencing off, embankment fill and landscaping of the area of the entrance and the parking on the “Kounoupi” beach by a neighbouring property owner. It is likely that this individual took advantage of the “hibernation” and the non-existence of any control by the local authorities in order to accomplish his arbitrary plans. The legality of the act is being currently investigated, because prima facie, there is no sign of planning permission number that is required for a construction this size.
"Kounoupi" beach behind barbed wire