Category Archives: The Mani

Mani
The Mani is a relatively remote and unspoilt region of the Greek Peloponnese. A land of mountains, rugged coasts, war towers and Byzantine churches. The crucible of Greek independence.

Vathia

In Mani (1958) Patrick Leigh Fermor wrote of ‘the tall spike of Vatheia entirely crowned with towers’ and praised the hospitality he received there.  Founded in the 18th century, it flourished in the 19th and declined 20th as people left … Continue reading

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Gerolimenas

Katyuli Lloyd has illustrated the new Folio Society edition of Patrick Leigh Fermor’s Mani.  The cover shows ‘The blood-feud towers of Yerolimenas’ [or Gerolimenas].  Writing in The Oldie (September 2017), she describes ‘Yerolimenas, a pretty, coastal town…But I wasn’t prepared … Continue reading

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Modern Mani 4

Photo: Flower boat, Kardamili, May 2014

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Modern Mani 3

Photo: Yard/parking area, Kardamili village, May 2014

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Walking with Film

This gallery contains 15 photos.

“After breakfast we left Liakoto and took the road up out of Kardamili opposite the newsagent towards Petrovouni, past a straggle of hotels, apartments and houses. A grand new house was under construction on the left; the concrete frame was … Continue reading

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Modern Mani 2

Despite the growth in tourism, the Mani is still free of amusement arcades and funfairs.  The table football by the kiosk on the Platia, Kardamili, is enjoyed largely by local children. Photo: Table Football, the Platia, Kardamili, May 2014

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Botana

Ioannis, Kardamili, bicycles and bric-a-brac.  Cycling between To Kastro and Pigadouli Quay and down to Ritsa Beach would be a treat.  Outside that it’s for the fit and enthusiastic. Photo: Ioannis, Kardamili, May 2014

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Modern Mani

In 2010 I produced a photo book of Mani pictures. In the introduction I said: ‘There are no people, nor the modern manifestations of tourism and development described in the journal notes [appended to the book]. The use of black … Continue reading

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Patrick Leigh Fremor’s House

Part of the enduring legacy of Paddy’s life is his house at Kalamitsi, just south of Kardamili, widely considered to be one of the great writers’ houses. It awaits an assured future in the stewardship of the Benaki Museum, but … Continue reading

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Vathia terraces

Monsell’s photograph of Vathia (‘A distant prospect of the Towers of Vathia’) opposite page 160 of the 1958 Mani shows terraces of olive trees of almost paddyfield like precision.  My photograph of 2010, admittedly from a differed direction, suggests how … Continue reading

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Joan Eyres Monsell

My first edition of Mani includes 26 photographs by Joan Eyres Monsell.  They include landscapes, buildings and people.  She is known as a photographer: her 2010 obituary in the Telegraph refers to her as ‘one of the most distinguished amateur … Continue reading

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Mani Revisited

Three recent events have rekindled my interest in the Mani.  First was the publication of The Broken Road by Patrick Leigh Fermor, see post 30th November 2013.  This was followed by a friend sending me a link to a Word … Continue reading

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Mani – Blurb

I’ve spent the past few weeks preparing a book of black and white photographs of the Mani for printing by Blurb, see various previous Mani posts.  The first version arrived today and it looks OK.   But OK is not at all … Continue reading

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Githio

An Aladdin’s cave like antique shop trades along the harbourside at Githio. Photo: Giyhio, Mani, May 2011

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Langada

Remains of olive presses are found throughout the Mani, from a derelict factory in Kardamyli to single stones leaning against village walls. Photo: Olive Press, Langada, Mani, Greece, May 2011

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