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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. ...
... excavations. Today we drove over the mountains of the Peloponnese which were just magnificent and on to visit Olympia. It was spectacular with the ruins of the Temple of Zeus which was one of the wonders of the ancient world. On this trip we have also seen the ruins of the Temple of Artemus near Ephesus and the site of the Colossus do Rhodes. Even had a jog on the stadium (running track) of the ancient Olympic Games! ...
... or family member who has. We were lucky we happened upon Tom and his Greek-Canadian friend Andrea as they recommended the caves of Dirou to us for the next day. The next morning we were served breakfast which included a quince marmalade which was made with ingredients fresh out of the Christina's garden. She even presented us with some pomegranates. The food here is spectacular. Daily gyros and baklava, souvlaki platters, saganaki (who doesn't love ...
Before exploring Mystras we made a quick stop to the historic city of Sparta. Sparta for all you history buffs was home to the Spartan soldiers, who were held in awe by their fellow Greeks for their ferocious, disciplined and self sacrificing battle style. Mystras: In 1249, the Frankish ruler, William II built a strong fortress atop ...
... move on. A few meters from the square we spot Dimitri's car.
We are warmly welcomed by the couple and Dimitri introduces his wife to us. Anny is sweet, she is French, a talented lady, an artist, -draws on stained glass beautiful designs, ….actually she draws on anything, she is a writer, a poet lately, and takes us around to see their house, the basement and the little vegetable side garden. Herbs and ...