My sincere apologies to Mr. Percy Bysshe Shelley, the author of “Prometheus Unbound,” a rather dreary four-act lyrical drama dealing with the Greek mythological figure Prometheus. (Who defied the gods and gave humanity fire, which in turn led to “civilization.”) However, I needed a title for today’s blog post, and since we are returning to Greece, I seized upon the above. By the way, did you know that Shelley’s drama was used by his wife, Mary Shelley, as a basis for a little novel she wrote? Her book dealt with scientific knowledge and human suffering, and was titled, FRANKENSTEIN! (Geez, they must have been a fun couple… not!)
Anyway, today we shall be exploring a most unusual venue called Monemvasia, Greece. Mo-Mo, as I dubbed the place, is located on a small island off the eastern coast of the Peloponnese and is linked to the mainland by a short causeway. We arrived in port early in the morning, dropped anchor in the bay, and spent the entire day exploring and swimming. (The water was delightful)
High above the mainland (on the island) sits a medieval city encircled by ancient stone walls. Here you can walk through a maze of narrow streets, enter old houses, and visit some very cool Byzantine churches. The main cathedral dates back to the 13th century and is still in use. (Surprisingly, they did not offer Bingo) We decided to opt for an authentic Greek luncheon in the afternoon, but my daughter, being in better physical condition, toured the “Liotrivi,” the old olive oil factory. The factory has been fully restored and was the boyhood home of one of the country’s most popular poets.
After lunch, we managed to find Paralia Pori Beach, which was a nice spot to swim and soak up some rays. Incidentally, the town’s name is derived from two Greek words, “mone” and “envasia.” These words, when combined, mean “single entrance.” (Which is where the causeway comes in) This was perhaps the most quiet and spiritual stop on our voyage, and a lovely place to stroll through as you discover the mystique of ancient Greece.
We did have one funny incident here… when I left the local taverna (after a bit too much wine) I was stopped by a female police officer who told me that I was staggering. I told her that she was rather attractive, too. (My bail was easily affordable, about 10 Euros.)
So what else is new? Well, last week I gave a presentation at Querencia Senior Residences in Barton Creek, and I had a blast. I discussed my first history book, THE SECOND MOURNING, and then we had a lively Q & A session. I will be returning to present my second history book, TURBULENT TIMES in the near future. Always great to speak with a bunch of sweet and educated folks.
Kids don’t know how good they have it today. When I was young, I had to walk over 9 feet of shag carpet to change the TV channel. (Just saying) By the way, never wear a red shirt to Target. Long story short, I’m covering for a woman named Thelma this afternoon. (I’ll be in women’s undergarments.)
Next Sunday we begin a new book… (We had to leave the Mediterranean sometime!) My next treatise will be called “THE PIRATE PATH,” and in this brilliant disquisition we shall discuss my recent voyage around the southern Caribbean. Trust me, you will not want to miss a single episode. (Maybe the whole book, but not a single episode!)
As I take my leave I would like to remind you that there’s a Highway to Hell but only a Stairway to Heaven… which says a lot about the expected traffic!
Have a safe and sensuous week… Love to all,
Doc Yanoff *** Incredible photographs attached ***