I took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
- Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken
|The Kalderimi less traveled|
‘In the former Ottoman countries, a kaldırım (Turkish) or kalderimi (Greek καλντερίμι or καλντιρίμι; plural kalderimia) is a cobblestone-paved road built for hoofed traffic. Kalderimia are sometimes described as cobbled or paved mule tracks or trails.’
|Lagkada's narrow road becomes the kalderimi|
|Lagkada village - Mani - Greek Peloponnese|
Its history, according to some, dates back to the reign of Marcus Aurelius; a time when the Romans conquered the neighboring Thalames, which was on the major route between Sparta and the Messinian coast. The two villages are about two kilometers apart.
Lagkada, like many of the villages here, is populated with stone homes and Byzantine churches and punctuated with a few towers, for which the Mani is known. The Kalamata – Areopolis ‘Highway’, a narrow two-lane paved road that replaced the kalderimi, bisects the sleepy village. The only signs of life on the day we visited were a few locals sipping coffee at the taverna across the highway from the Church of the Metamorfosi of the Soter; a church with murals said to date back one thousand years..
|Scaffolding has recently gone up - restoration is underway at the ancient church|
|Cobblestones and wildflowers of the kalderimi|
|Olive groves carpeted in wildflowers|
|On the road less traveled|
|Springtime in the Mani|
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