Rolando's Villa (in July 2008) - How are all of you who lived here in Apr-May 1972 ?

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Comments (10)

MaxFarrar on July 25, 2008

They bulldozed a road to Saponokamo!! The old donkey trail still exists but isn't used much because there aren't many donkeys left in Ios. It would be great to hear from everybody who lived there in the Spring of '72.

MaxFarrar on October 13, 2008

I moved this shot slightly offshore to make it easier to see. The new blue squares blend in too much with the overexposed sat images of Ios.

danielaprelle on January 28, 2010

I was there in spring and summer of 1972 or 73. My name is Daniela, italian long long hair, I was alone. there was another italian man who cooked for everybody Maurizio. do you were with us and have you some other pictures of theese years ... shambo !

MaxFarrar on January 29, 2010

Daniela, Thanks for your message. I would like to hear your stories. When I was there in the Spring of '72 we all shared the cooking so I guess you were there at a different time than I was. Sadly, I was a poverty-stricken student and did not have the money for a camera, nor for the film to feed it, so I have no pictures. I don't think anybody else had a camera either. I have always been sad about this. Maybe other people will respond and we can then exchange emails in the future. BTW, I know several female Italian archaeologists. What does 'shambo' mean in Italian?
Ciao for now.

BibiAle on March 1, 2010

Hello, Max, what a nice surprise to see this photo update! I was at the villa first in the spring and then in the summer of 1973, with 2 friends (all of us Greeks). We used to share cooking (although I think I remember Maurizio as a guy who loved to command the kitchen), as well as the walk to Chora for shopping twice a week (I still have a shopping list somewhere). We Greeks used to make "grass pies" (and everybody laughing), like small spinach pies with the greens we picked from outside. I have been to Ios once more since then, about 10 years ago, it was still breathtaking although quite crowded, I stayed at Mylopotas valley for just three days. I live in Athens and I am still very close with one of the friends I was there with. Keep up the good memories!

MaxFarrar on March 10, 2010

Bibiale: Maurizio seems to be quite famous. Alas, I only visited Rolando's Villa briefly in 1973, so I did not meet him. In 1972 we did not know there were green things to eat around the villa. We did try fishing, but never caught anything.

Let's have a reunion sometime if we can get some of the '72 and '73 people together.

holymartin on September 1, 2010

I stayed at Shambo Villa for two weeks in the summer of '72 or '73.

I've got a few b/w photos.

Fond memories of doing it hippy style. Made a life lasting impression on me.

Joe Collins(tall with, then, long black curly hair. British)

zooms on May 24, 2011

I stayed here in 1972 when i was 18. There were a lot of people staying in the villa so we slept in a shed on the beach where the sun loungers are in the photo i think. I remember a soup made from sea urchins! There was a really good Canadian band staying there. We all had to leave when the police arrived one morning and confiscated peoples' passports. Luckily my boyfriend Mark sat on ours and we moved to a little house in Mylopotas valley.

MaxFarrar on May 28, 2011

Zooms and everyone else: I appreciate your comments very much. I would like to hear more stories about Rolando's. You all can send me private messages via Panoramio now, and I would be pleased to hear from you.

MaxFarrar on December 19, 2014

Everyone: I've just located and scanned a roll of B&W negatives that I shot in Ios and at Rolando's with a borrowed camera in the spring of 1973. I've uploaded them to Panoramio, but not all were accepted to G-E. You can see them in Panoramio. Apparently no one was living in the villa when the two London girls and I visited.

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  • Uploaded on July 15, 2008
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    by MaxFarrar
    • Camera: NIKON E4100
    • Taken on 2008/07/07 20:25:33
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    • F/Stop: f/4.900
    • ISO Speed: ISO50
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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