A Postcard From the Mani Peninsula

Imps and Ramblers

The Mani Peninsula is a land of rugged mountains, beautiful seascape views, and villages with names that appear in the oldest annals of Greek mythology. It is a land where the past intersects with modern life but retains a certain feel of mystery and doubt. It is the type of “off the beaten path” destination many dream of and a place to really get to know some people who in recent times have been struck with economic austerity and hardship.

The gateway to the Mani peninsula is Kalamata, an unremarkable city but one that has modern highway access and an airport that can be reached from most major European hubs. It does not take long as you stray from the city to begin climbing mountains on winding rural roads with hairpin turns. On these roads that you are just as likely to be behind another car as you are to…

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