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Today we explored Deep Mani, the arid southern half of the Peloponnese's "middle finger," noted for its martial towers and fierce inhabitants. After walking around Vathia, we took advantage of unseasonably warm weather to swim, hike, and lunch on the beach at Porto Kayio. ...
Late this morning, after we had packed the car and given up hope of visiting Patrick (Paddy) Leigh Fermor's house, Mary got a call with the green light from the Benaki Museum in Athens. We walked there (half a mile along a public path) and were greeted by Elpida, supervisor of the house and Paddy's caretaker during the last 7 years of his long life. She showed us around (no photos inside) and told great strides with great affection for her old boss. ...
... very glad to have stopped at this lovely port town. We climbed the thousand-odd steps to the Venetian castle complex above the city. The Venetians appear to have had a pretty decent idea of castle building. A walk through the bougainvillea lined old town had Laura in love with the place and the jewelry shops. We did have to make a move, as we headed to Epidaurus that evening.
Another day, another ruin. After a night in the car park, we visited Epidaurus in the morning. ...
... home cycling through Greece then north to Germany. The sun comes out and the cyclists continue up hill. We have not got the heart to tell them that there is far worse to come. A fruit and veg lorry pulls up in the empty square, loudspeaker yelling its arrival well before we see it. Next minute the van is surrounded by villagers, mostly old ladies and children. We buy courgettes, aubergines and a big bag of apricots. Absolutely delicious! Drive on to ...
... pine trees but as I approach I understand that it
must have been abandoned for years. How wrong I was!
The lighthouse is said to be built in 1873
and my guide book says that it is 25 meters tall with a range of 9 nautical
miles. The sight is depressing and I decide to walk all the way back.
At least I manage to take some beautiful photos!
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