Local Heart, Global Soul

August 21, 2014

Damouchari… Mama Mia, We Are Here!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Hurrah ! After longer walk than I bargained for, a lot of rest stops, a wrong turn leading to the beach next door that had an almost identical name, and a backtrack to the correct path, we have finally “reached our destination” and arrived at Damouchari port where some of the scenes for the movie “Mama Mia” were filmed.

In the film you get to see the star studded cast and a village load of extras dancing on a large jetty in the bay…

…we learn later that one of the requirements of getting permission to film was that the jetty and all traces of the movie set be removed and cleaned up afterwards, so sadly any hopes my daughter had of dancing on the same “stage” as Meryl Streep were quickly dashed.

Since we visited here in October of 2012 I can however tell you that ever since this trip, whenever the scenes come on in the movie the predictable words come out of her mouth “We’ve been to that beach you know…”  even if I’m the only one in the room and I do know because I was there too. Every neighbourhood kid, friend and relative has heard the story too (over and over and over, if they are lucky!) so in answer to the question “Will my kids actually remember trips abroad when they are older?” In this case I can give an assured “Yes‘”, well at least for our children and for this particular place.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

In case you were wondering, no our children don’t watch DVD films very much at all and we restrict TV viewing too, it’s just that when they do (usually wet days during school holidays) they have a strange penchant for viewing the same movie over and over again, boring you’d think?

Apparently in their eyes not.

At least I can say that although I cringed when I saw the movie  for the first time (I hated it so much I only watched the first 15 minutes) that repetition  forced submission and now I can join in a see it as the send up it was supposed to be rather than than the serious movie I first thought it was and enjoy it. (…it was supposed to be a send up wasn’t it?) When we play the movie, we can point to background features that are all exactly as they were in the movie,  it’s fun to see something like this tiny Greek harbour that you seen “in person”  translated to a wider global audience in a movie…  Do I like this place? I do, I do, I do, I do, I do…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

1 Comment »

  1. Lovely Shots =)

    Comment by AnaLuciaSilva — August 22, 2014 @ 10:55 am | Reply


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