August 20, 2016
Here’s something new – a post that’s almost entirely pictures. They’re not the greatest – done with a cell phone – but at least they give a sense of the remarkable feature of this town, the huge fort begun by the Venetian Republic in the 1200s. There was surely something here before that, but this very large, complex set of fortifications and trading center must have been like the medieval equivalent of a base on Mars. Venice held power here for some 300 years, to be eventually replaced by the Ottoman Empire, the French and then, at the very last, the Greeks. The complex encloses something like a hundred acres (40 hectares).
We’ve been here for four days now, at anchor in the harbor in fairly strong northwesterly winds, rocking and rolling a little, but eating well in town and topping off our water by rowing back and forth with a 5 gallon (20 liter) plastic can. Tomorrow we will most likely move on to Koroni, a little further east, in the gulf that contains Kalamata.
Clicking on the pictures, by the way, will give you a much better view of them.