Legend has it that the family known as Troupakis were refugees from Mystra (ancient inland city) when it fell to the Turks in 1461. The family lived in caves (called ‘troupas’ – thus their name) in the Taygetos Mountains behind Kardamyli before arriving here and building the family complex – now a treasured part of history.The complex was a mesmerizing sight whether in the early morning sun, the mid-day’s blaze or in the evening shadows. The morning our summer sojourn in Greece came to an end, I took this photo from our deck.
I wanted to remember that tower the way it looked in that July’s morning sun.
I wanted to remember this enchanting history-laden Land of the Towers.
|Troupakis Complex - Kardamyli, Greece|
You don’t travel far before spotting a tower on a far-away hill or in the midst of villages.
Often times the road slices through stone villages, the old stone buildings so close you could reach out and touch the walls.
A road trip here is guaranteed to offer surprises. Sometimes goats or cattle in the middle of the road, or stone tower towns so picture-perfect they simply don’t seem real.
|Deep Mani Tower Town - Peloponnese|
Even today homes built here are constructed using the area’s stone. And some, (like the middle photo above and to the right below illustrate) are being built incorporating the tower design of old.
|Old Tower on the left, new homes on the right|
|Troupakis Complex - Kardamyli|
The Mani – a part of the Peloponnese peninsula which is generally thought of as mainland Greece and separated by the narrow width of the Corinth Canal.
There’s a modern divided freeway between the Athens Airport and Kalamata. From Kalamata the state road becomes a two-lane paved roadway.
There are seasonal flights from various gateways in Europe to the Kalamata Airport and rental cars are available there as well as Athens.
I’ve mentioned ‘that hotel on the hill’ several times in recent posts. It became our home away from home this past summer and soon I’ll introduce you to the people who run it and our travel lifestyle there. Until then, we thank you for the time you spent with us and hope you enjoyed today’s journey.
Happy – and safe - travels until we are together again ~
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