|Kefalonia - looking towards Sami|
We were here because we’d taken a ‘getaway from this midsummer Peloponnese getaway’ of ours. The island is a mere three hour drive from The Mani where we are spending most of our time, followed by a another 1.5 hour f ferry ride.
Nicolas Cage and Penelope Cruz starred in the movie based on Louis de Bernier’s 1994 novel of the same name. (While it didn’t do well at the box office in the US, it did very well in theatre’s elsewhere in the world.)
We learned most of the movie’s history at a coffee shop on the main drag of the waterfront village of Sami, the place where most of the filming took place.
The shop had been shut down for some time while the filming took place. In fact most of the town had been rebuilt as a set to look as it did before the real-life 1953 earthquake leveled most of the island’s buildings. Then crews returned it to its modern-day state after the movie was shot.
They had a photo album abut the movie’s filming for guests to enjoy so I took the liberty of photographing a few of the photos in it:
If you’ve not read the book or seen the movie, it takes place during World War II during the Italian Occupation of the Ionian Islands. (We saw this statue in nearby Argostoli town.)
Nicolas Cage is an Italian officer who speaks Greek and Penelope Cruz is a beautiful Italian girl who lives on the island. . .the rest is up to your imagination – if you’ve not seen the film or read the book. The filming took place in Sami, the beach of Antesamos, and the town of Argostoli, and village of Fiscardo.
That’s it for this week’s Travel Photo Thursday – hopefully I’ll be in the land of the internet and can link to Budget Travelers Sandbox, but if not, drop by and take a look at the photos there anyway.
We’ve had a very ‘hit and miss’ time with internet and therefore blogging has also been none existent while in Greece these last few weeks. We are most grateful for those of you’ve ‘hung in there’ with us. . .thanks for your patience and your interest! We’ll be back on schedule after we return to the Pacific Northwest.