February 13, 2013

Monemvasia, Greece. October, 2011

Taos? Santa Fe? Nope. It’s a fortified Greek town in the Peloponnese, accessed by sea or by a very narrow causeway, ruled by just about every country in that part of the world at one time or another. Not a great destination for non-climbers, the town huddles against sheer mountain cliffs, carved out of rock, with steps leading in so many directions that it’s easy (and fun) to get lost on the way to the top. But when you get there, it’s worth it. Not only is the view magnificent, but you quickly see why the town was so valuable, as a fortress, as a pivotal spot along the Aegean trade routes. Think Georgia O’Keefe would have liked this building and so many others nearby?

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