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Update: 27/05/2024

The Tyrrhenian Sea wanted to remind me once again of its mythological Odyssean roots. This time, I was not in danger like on the way to Marseille, but on the last day before arriving in Naples, my endurance was tested again. 6-7 hours of heavy rainfall and then strong waves without wind until arrival.

Sleepless for 2 days, arriving at 4 in the morning, as we had to pass safely through the islands and reefs of the Bay of Naples. We moored at the familiar port of “Torre del Greco” and after 3 hours of sleep, we “surrendered” to the wonderful welcome of the representatives of the Greek community.
But we will talk about that shortly.

Three “Thank Yous” once again:

  • To the Secretary General Mr. Giannis Chrysoulakis and Mr. Konstantinos Prokakis, First Communication Advisor, from the General Secretariat for Greeks Abroad and Public Diplomacy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for the excellent organisational support of my journey to the Greek communities of Italy and France, which I visited.
  • To the Deputy Minister of Culture Mr. Christos Dimas and his associates, for the continuous personal encouragement as well as the support.
  • To Mr. Antonis Karagiannakis – who was recently awarded for his journalistic work by the Botsis Foundation – for his radio show “Good Seas” which has been a “crew member” throughout the Olympic journey of the “Pytheas”.”

Update: 16/05/2024

Meeting with Mrs. Chrysoula Zacharopoulou
The scheduled meeting with the Greek-French Minister Mrs. Chrysoula Zacharopoulou was canceled due to her emergency departure to the French colony of St. Mauritius, where riots broke out.

“Pytheas” and its Governor will be welcomed by the municipal authority of Marseille, before their departure for Nice.
“Pytheas” was invited to dock in front of the central reception dock of the municipality of Marseille, and the Deputy Mayor for International Relations, Mrs. Michelle Roumirola, will receive the flag of the “sister” municipality of Piraeus, which traveled accompanying the Olympic flame from Piraeus to Marseille.
Unfortunately, the Mayor remains in Algeria.

Departure from Marseille
“Pytheas” departs today, 16/5/24, from Marseille for the return journey, with their first destination being Nice, where they will be welcomed by the Greek Consul and the Greek community.

Warm thanks and gratitude to the “Voice of Greece” (ERT) and to the program “Good Seas” of Antonis Karagiannakis, which accompanied the Olympic journey of “Pytheas” to Marseille.

Update: 13/05/2024
The Olympic return journey of the ‘Pytheas’ will begin with its first stop in Nice on Thursday, 16/05/2024.
The cause, both weather conditions and the imminent reception of the Governor of ‘Pytheas’ by the Mayor of Marseille, Mr. Benoît Payan, as well as by the Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs of the French Government and responsible for the organization of the Olympic Games, Mrs. Chrysoula Zaharopoulou.

Update: 06/05/2024
For the last 3 days “Pytheas” faced a big storm on its way to the sea of ​​Tyrini. “Pytheas” leaves today from Sardinia, towards Marseille, but from tomorrow it will encounter adverse weather conditions on its journey.

It’s particularly challenging to be on time for the entrance of the Olympic flame.
Yet, even with a delay, “Pytheas” will arrive in Marseilles, with the Greek flag and the flag of its beloved city of Piraeus, carrying – in its own way – the power of the human will and of the Olympic ideal.

The bad weather won’t stop the journey to the final destination.
With “Pytheas” travel all those who “embraced” and supported this endeavor.

Let’s proceed with the journey then…

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