""Ithaca" by Constantinos Kavafis" Ithaki Things to Do Tip by elsadran

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Inspired by the familiar story of Odysseus (Ulysses) in the famous epic poem of Homer ?Odyssey?, Kavafis has used Ithaki as a symbol of the high goals you set in life. The journey is more important than your arrival to your destination. The longer your journey is, and the more experiences and wisdom you gain, the ?richer? your will be when you arrive in ?Ithaki?. So wish your journey to be long and don't avoid the difficulties. So ?Ithaki? is the personal journey in life for everyone.
When you arrive there, ?Ithaki? may look poor and simple but ?it has not deceived you? because the journey it has offered you has been invaluable!
But the island is of particular natural beauty in fact!
The roads around the island are carved on the slopes of the friendly mountains and the views they offer is astonishing. Although the transport is almost non existent, you will get enormous pleasure exploring the beautiful quiet coves and the all green mountain views
Don't avoid the difficult dirt roads and don't be afraid of the dangerous turns, as Kavafis has taught you in his poem...Dare to reach the difficult spots as these will give you the greatest pleasure...

Here is a translation of Kavafis' poem ?Ithaca? I found on the Internet. You can find more if you are interested. Enjoy it!

When you set out on your journey to Ithaca,
pray that the road is long,
full of adventure, full of knowledge.
The Lestrygonians and the Cyclops,
the angry Poseidon - do not fear them:
You will never find such as these on your path,
if your thoughts remain lofty, if a fine
emotion touches your spirit and your body.
The Lestrygonians and the Cyclops,
the fierce Poseidon you will never encounter,
if you do not carry them within your soul,
if your soul does not set them up before you.
Pray that the road is long.
That the summer mornings are many, when,
with such pleasure, with such joy
you will enter ports seen for the first time;
stop at Phoenician markets,
and purchase fine merchandise,
mother-of-pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
and sensual perfumes of all kinds,
as many sensual perfumes as you can;
visit many Egyptian cities,
to learn and learn from scholars.
Always keep Ithaca in your mind.
To arrive there is your ultimate goal.
But do not hurry the voyage at all.
It is better to let it last for many years;
and to anchor at the island when you are old,
rich with all you have gained on the way,
not expecting that Ithaca will offer you riches.
Ithaca has given you the beautiful voyage.
Without her you would have never set out on the road.
She has nothing more to give you.
And if you find her poor, Ithaca has not deceived you.
Wise as you have become, with so much experience,
you must already have understood what Ithacas mean.

(translation by George Barbanis)

There are beautiful recitations of the poem of Kavafis in U tube : Click here to watch one with the voice of Sean Connery and music by Vangelis in translation
And for those who want to hear it in Greek ? with a good translation written on screen ? click here

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  • Updated Oct 8, 2011
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