As Leigh Fermor prepares to set off through Mani in the Peloponnese, he is given several such ‘there be dragons’ warnings by friendly Greeks, implying that he risked having his throat slit if he ventured into such wild places.

‘”You had better look out if you are going up to Anavryti,” said the young barber ominously as he snapped his scissors.  He plunged them into another handful of dust-clogged hair.’

Source: Patrick Leigh Fermor, Mani: Travels in the Southern Peloponnese, introduction by Michael Gorra, New York: New York Review of Books, 2006 (1958), p. 9

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