“My soul is full of longing for the secret of the sea..
And the heart of the great ocean sends a thrilling pulse through me.
-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Life is simply about the sea here.
|Sunset in Kardamyli, Greece|
Even sunbeams striking the water’s surface or cloud formations dancing across it can cause us to pause our everyday activities for just a moment ~ we take a deep breath as if inhaling a restorative bit of the sea and its solitude.
|Sunset on the Messinian Bay|
Ships at SeaWe delight in watching freighters off in the distance, traveling to and from Kalamata. We focus on the fishermen in their tiny boats bouncing and bobbing to the wave action as they come and go from nearby harbors.
Such seafaring has been a focus since, according to Greek mythology, Jason and the Argonauts, (named for their ship the Argo) sailed off in search of the Golden Fleece. Some say his ship was the first ship to sail these Greek waters.
|Kafenion in Agios Nikolaos overlooks the harbor - the fish scale hangs close by|
|Kitries boat harbor - Peloponnese|
|Fisherman returning to Kardamyli harbor|
|Kardamyli Harbor - Peloponnese|
|Harbor in Agios Nikolaos village - The Mani|
Although we don’t yet know their names, we are recognizing fishermen, by this our third year in the area. The Captain, as we call him, dressed in dark coveralls rides his bike to the harbor about 6 p.m – a routine so regular you can almost set your watch by it. Another, whose name we also don’t know, always makes us pause in the heat of the mid-day sun just to watch him organize his nets – an art, not just a skill, we've concluded.
|Preparing the nets - Agios Nikolaos, Peloponnese|
|Kitries harbor, Peloponnese|
'Perhaps I should not have been a fisherman,’ he thought.
'But that was the thing that I was born for.'
--- Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and The Sea
|The solitude of the sea|
Safe travels to you and yours and as always, thanks so much for the time you spend with us!
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