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|
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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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