Monthly Archives: June 2012

Areopoli to Athens: tower houses to tower blocks

Thursday and unfortunately time to leave the Mani.  The staff of the family-run hotel, the ‘Areos Polis’ always very helpful and obliging, had arranged the full range of breakfast for me an hour early so that I could be on … Continue reading

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Areopoli: Last day in the Mani, a grumble about footpaths, and a new word for the language

PHOTOS ADDED (for those who have difficulty with the words) Wednesday, the last day in the Mani and the Exit Strategy looming. First task after breakfast was to trot around to the bus station and book my ticket on the … Continue reading

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Gerolimenas to Areopoli: things new, things familiar, and the Exit Strategy

Tuesday, the setting in motion of the Exit Strategy to get me back to the UK ….  and, a new experience for this trip, I was going back to a place I had been before!  Until today every single place … Continue reading

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Gerolimenas: more tower-house villages and scree-running.

Monday and I resorted to the plan originally pencilled in for Sunday, a long walk from Gerolimenas taking in some tower-house villages and a mountain top. My ambition for the whole trip has been to travel by public transport rather … Continue reading

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Vatheia: the inescapable past.

Quick change of plan over breakfast Sunday morning.  I had hoped to do a couple of things while based in Gerolimenas.  Pencilled in mentally for Sunday was a long walk taking in some tower-house villages and a mountain top.  I … Continue reading

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Areopoli to Gerolimenas: blood feuds and getting close to the edge of the known world.

Saturday and moving on yet again  I had been inspired to make this trip by reading the book ‘Mani’ by Patrick Leigh Fermor.  Amazingly I met an Italian couple in the restaurant which I singled out as the best place … Continue reading

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Areopoli: footpaths, anthropiverous spiders, and irritability

Thursday’s exertions had taken a lot out of me so I opted for a gentle amble along footpaths heading to a beach and swimming.  Because I wasn’t focused on the need to get from A to B and back within … Continue reading

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