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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. ...
... the coast road, we walked the short manmade causeway on to the islet.
The islet of Cranae, which in Greek means helmet is the trademark of Gythio. Around every corner and behind every building in Greece there seems to lurk a story. This is no different. The tale behind this strange name of Cranae is attributed to Homer (of the Odyssey and Iliad fame not of the Simpsons!!) who recorded that while on their way to Troy, Helen and Paris spent one night there. When ...
... people nearby, and they all looked well fed. We never worked out if they were the pets of workers or just random dogs of Athens.
Moving on from the Acropolis and the surrounding ruins, we strolled around the Plakas, the old market area of Athens. Numerous friendly Greek chaps tried to entice us into their restaurants, which generally sold about 50 kinds of meat. Obviously, we politely said no and continued on our way. Having depleted our water bottles, we stopped in for ...
... town of Limephi where we had Barbouni (Red Mullet). We crossed over the Mani to the Laconian Gulf ending up in the town of Gythion. Historically, this was Sparta's seaport. According to Greek mythology, this was the rendezvous place of Helen and Paris. Quote of the day: "If you look like your passport photo, you're too ill to travel." Will ...