Paddy, is Patrick Leigh Fermor – the British writer; a near legend in Greece for the part he played in World War II in Crete.
He’s also a legend in some literary circles worldwide. You might know him from the series of books he wrote about his two-year trek on foot as a young man in the 1930’s from Holland to Turkey or from the numerous articles and other books he penned during his lifetime.
Around here his most well-known book is, MANI, Travels in the Southern Peloponnese.
|Taygetos Mountains - Peloponnese|
|Kalamitsi in the foreground, Kardamyli in the back|
We think a lot about his place and his history here each time we’ve visited the area. It’s the kind of place that writers consider hallowed ground; the place of pilgrimages. Paddy and Joan hosted many an event and guests – artists and writers among them -- at their home during their years here. A Google search will result in a treasure chest of photos that captured those times. Joan died in 2003 and Paddy at age 96 in 2011.
Oh, to have been among those guests. . .
|The old port - Kardamyli|
Kardamyli (kahr-dah-mee-lih), where they made their home, has a population of about 400 residents and is one of the most beautiful places in the Peloponnese. It might well be our favorite town in the area.
|The Messinian Bay from Kardamyli|
|The snow-covered Taygetos in springtime|
|One of my favorite buildings on Kardamyli's main street|
|(L - R) Fountain in Kardamyli's square, street scenes and view from a favorite coffee shop|
|Aquarella, one of the newest bars in town opened this spring|
Sadly, we’ve never gotten any closer to the home than from a roadside viewpoint high above Kardamyli. I’ve zoomed in with each stop we make to get a better view of the house that matches those identified as his on internet sites. (My photos below match those identified as their home.)
|Kalamitsi - Patrick Leigh Fermor's homesite|
But the home isn’t for sale.
All news reports say he left the home to the Benaki Museum in Athens and that plans are to one day use it as a writers retreat. However, there is no reference to it on the museum's web site.
|Patrick Leigh Fermor's home - Kalamitsi|
That’s it for this Travel Photo Thursday. Thanks for joining us today. And a big welcome to our new followers!
I have added a few of Paddy's books and the DVD to our Amazon carousel found on our home page. (Legally I have to tell you we make a few pennies from each sale from it and honestly, I have to tell you, we've never sold anything from it!)
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Thanks for writing this Great reply to my question. I'm with you about wishing I could have visited. Wish I had known more about Paddy when I first was in the area. I hear he was very welcoming to any writer who dropped by. Big missed opportunity. Now about those tower houses....ReplyDelete
Thanks for sparking the idea, Vera Marie! Wouldn't it have been incredible to be there being entertained in his home, dining with them??? And about those towers. . .stay tuned! Thanks much for stopping by and the comment!!ReplyDelete
How amazing would it have been to be a guest there?! I love his books - but Mani is the only one I haven't read! I'll have to get a copy. The area looks so charming and beautiful. Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
Wouldn't that have been a kick, Molly?? You should visit the Mani and then read his book on it. . .amazing how much is the same.Delete
Absolutely draw-droppingly gorgeous. You sure know how to make someone dream... *sigh* Sending good, no GREAT energy your way as the search continues...ReplyDelete
Thanks for the visit, Heather, and the extra boost of energy. We need a bit of recharging. . .Delete
Thanks for the visit - as always, it's appreciated.ReplyDelete
So glad to hear that mass tourism hasn't altered the town's charm, it looks such a beautiful spot. I would love to hike the donkey trails and gaze on those sylvan ocean views too. Loved the quote from the The Mani, by Fermor, “The quiet charm of Kardamyli grew with each passing hour.”ReplyDelete
Thanks so much for your visit, Jo. It is always good to hear from you and you would be enchanted by those old donkey trails that link the mountain and the ocean! See you soon - take care and happy week ahead!Delete
Gawd it's soooo beautiful, Jackie! I was just talking about you and Joel to some folks a the lunch table the other day sharing your dream and trek to Greece! :)ReplyDelete
Hopefully you gave them a link to our blog as well, Mike!! The more the merrier as this daydream plays out. And as always thanks so much for your visit - always appreciated!!! Happy week to you and your furry sidekick~Delete
Greece has not yet been one of the places I`ve visited. The area you`ve shown is beautiful and I`ve made note of the author you`ve written about here. I`ll have to do a little further exploration of your blog, Jackie and Joel.ReplyDelete
Hi Karen, It is always so much fun to meet new friends in the blogosphere and Mosaic Monday is a wonderful introduction. I too will be spending more time at your blog. Thanks for your visit and hope to have you as regulars here! Have a great week.Delete
Besides making new friends, one of the things I like about blogging is visiting different parts of the world through the lens of travellers. I was taken with your description and photos of this area and think it would have been so exciting to be a guest at one of the parties of cultured folks at Fermor's home. Almost romantic to think the home will eventually become a writers retreat.ReplyDelete
Thanks for linking to MM.
Oh Judith sometimes I feel like these linkups are the parties. We get to meet so many interesting new friends with such different interests and expertise. In this case, you are our Paddy -- thank you for hosting such a wonderful get-together!Delete
I am amazingly intrigued!! What an interesting post on the beautiful Kardamyli, and surrounding landscape of the ever so mysterious and mystifying, Mani! Your post has inspired me to do some research on this pioneer and his hospitable personality, his generosity of spirit, and his works. Thank you for sharing, my friend.
Poppy, I look forward to seeing what your research reveals. I bet there are some wonderful stories in Crete that we've never yet heard. Happy researching. Hugs, JackieDelete
Such an interesting and informative post with so many lovely scenery shots as well :)ReplyDelete
Thanks for your visit! Glad you enjoyed the post - look forward to getting to 'know' you through Mosaic Monday!Delete
Never heard of the guy to be honest, but this looks like such a beautiful place and can imagine why a writer would want to live there in the hills!ReplyDelete
Yes, it would be quite the writer's retreat, wouldn't it? I suspect that it may be a few years before that comes to pass. . .but what a perfect place if it does! Thanks much for the visit today, Catherine!Delete
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Greece is on my bucket list of countries to visit... I enjoyed your lovely scenic photos. It truly is a beautiful place.. Thanks for sharing, have a happy week!ReplyDelete
Eileen, I hope you get to Greece one day. It is an amazing country with such beautiful landscapes and wonderful, warm, welcoming people.Delete
What a fabulous visit and charming photos. Thanks so much for sharing. MildredReplyDelete
Mildred, Thank YOU for the visit today. I am enjoying getting to know you all in this wonderful Mosaic Monday group!Delete
Stunning! I love armchair traveling and thank you for this most interesting post. Such a lovely area of the world. So colorful and enticing! Have a lovely week.ReplyDelete
So glad you enjoyed the post. It is a most interesting area of the world. Have a fantastic week and hope to see you again next week - same time, same place!Delete
What a beautiful place! I'm quite interested in your traveling lifestyle and will be following your blog now. :)ReplyDelete
Oh thank you for the follow, Beth! We do live a life of travel which is the best kind of lifestyle to our way of thinking. . .a bit hectic at times but also so very rewarding! Hope to see you commenting often! See you soon~Delete
What a great post Jackie and Joel!ReplyDelete
It makes we want to call the travel agent and book a cruise!!
I love travel and also reading armchair travel books to learn more about parts unknown.
I could easily spend an afternoon on that terrace overlooking the ocean - pondering life!
Lovely to meet up again at Mosaic Monday.
I'm following you too!
Yes, good 'to see you' again Shane! And so nice to have you among our followers. . .hopefully we'll take you on some interesting armchair excursions with us. Yes, I too, could ponder life from that terrace. Happy week ahead!ReplyDelete
Great post! Seems like Paddy may have inspired your writing a bit:-)ReplyDelete
Oh to write like Paddy. . .he certainly influenced our travels that's for sure, Irene! Thanks for the visit today. . .Delete
How interesting. I enjoyed this read about Greece and it's beauty. You must have a wonderful life of travel and adventure. Enjoy!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much Pamela! We do enjoy our travel lifestyle. Hope you'll visit again soon!Delete
I discovered Paddy prior to our trip to Central Europe. I devoured the two books about his walk from Amsterdam through Hungary, and would have eaten up the third, which is unfinished, I believe? What a mind. Classical education and very connected, he showed readers many pre-war lifestyles that no longer exist. What a lovely place to live out your days.ReplyDelete
Somewhere Betsy, I think I read that the third book was being finished by someone. I agree - his mind, his vocabulary and his life. . .what a combination! Thanks much for your visit!Delete
Wonderful shots of interesting place.ReplyDelete
Thanks for stopping by today. I enjoyed your blog as well.Delete
What a wonderful area, wow Greece is being shared with a lot of bloggers this Monday. I'll have to put this on my must visit places when I go to Athens this October.ReplyDelete
It is about a three hour drive away and all freeway to Kalamata, Noel. I think you would find yourself in Photographer's Paradise. Thanks much for the visit.Delete
A beautiful photo series, and a very interesting introduction to this writer, so thanks, Jackie.ReplyDelete
Oh Andrew, I always appreciate your visits and your encouraging words about my photos. Thank you for the time you spent here today.Delete
Kardamyli looks enchanting. I'd love to attend a writers' retreat at Paddy's Place. I hope it is used for that one day.ReplyDelete
I plan to 'stay on it' Donna and if I find such a retreat is scheduled, I will certainly let you know! Wouldn't it be fun to meet on that patio and chat while sipping a bit of Greek wine?Delete
What's not to like? Thanks for the great photos.ReplyDelete
To answer that question: absolutely nothing! :-) Thanks so much for stopping by today!!Delete
Thanks for your visit! I enjoyed your beautiful photos. I love films from abroad largely because it is a form of armchair travel. We saw Before Midnight in the theater. I will look forward to seeing it again!ReplyDelete
Hello to another Jacqueline! thanks for stopping by and glad you enjoyed the movie. I've ordered the DVD from Amazon so am eager to see the movie as somehow we missed it when it was in the theaters. Please do visit again!Delete
It is interesting that "Before Midnight" was filmed there--probably the scenes I most remember because of the setting. Your pier image made me want to run out and watch "Mama Mia" yet one more time!ReplyDelete
Everyone seems to be familiar with that movie but me. I had to look it up as I recalled from last year's visit that there was a movie being shot there. I've ordered the DVD so will get up to speed. And yes, to any reason to watch Mama Mia again! Thanks for your visit, Carole!Delete
Hi J & J, you should watch 'ILL Met By Moonlight' starring Dirk Bogarde. An old B & W 1957 film in which he portrayed Paddy based on his wartime exploits in Crete (of all places!)...A timeless classic.ReplyDelete
I would love to see that and thanks much for the suggestion, Val!Delete
Paddy chose a most lovely spot for his home. I'd not heard of him before but am interested in reading more. I'll look him up. Gorgeous photos of a place I'd love to visit.ReplyDelete
Lorrie, thanks so much for the visit and I do hope you'll one day get to visit The Mani. Until then, happy reading of his books. . .and happy week ahead!Delete
So interesting! I am sure Paddy would be surprise not only at the number of people trekking to his "sanctuary," but that Hollywood found it as well. Your photos are gorgeous!ReplyDelete
He would certainly wonder what had prompted all the interest in it, I am sure. But I would be the first to sign up for a writer's retreat there. Thanks much for your visit today!Delete
Oh my we want to travel to Greece. We have been to Capri and it is similar in topography and color....you captured the blues perfectly in your mosaics.ReplyDelete
Oh Donna do spend some time on the Mainland if you go to Greece - it is so very different and yet lovely in its own way from all the tourist photos of the blues and whites. I'll be writing more about it so hope you'll return. Thanks for the visit today!Delete
Such a stunning part of the world. Who knows, maybe someday you'll get to stay at Paddy's place on retreat :) I have not read his books. I wonder if any of them are available a e-books.ReplyDelete
I have only the paper back versions, so don't know about the e-books. It would be fun to meet up at a retreat at Paddy's place wouldn't it?Delete
Kardamyli looks incredible. Every one of your photos is amazing. I love exploring small towns. I feel as though I really get to experience the lifestyle and culture. You got some great shots of Kalamitsi!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much for the kind words about my photos of Kardamyli and Kalamitsi -- they are both so beautiful it would be difficult to take a 'bad' shot.Delete
Thank you for this gorgeous introduction to Paddy and Kardamyli. The photos really animate the post so beautifully. It's lovely to see a place that's so beautiful, but not overrun with tourists.ReplyDelete
Thanks for your visit and glad you enjoyed the introduction to Paddy and Kardamyli. Hope to see you back here often!Delete
What a gorgeous place. I can see myself just relaxing and enjoying the view. I'd love to go.ReplyDelete