This describes Leigh Fermor’s first incursion into the Mani, after having been warned by the rest of Greece that going there would put his life in danger.¬† No such thing, he had a wonderful time and was charmingly cared for.

‘Such is the force of suggestion that the first shepherd seemed to resemble, in the jeep’s headlamps, a light-skinned Yemenite.’

Source: Patrick Leigh Fermor, Mani: Travels in the Southern Peloponnese, introduction by Michael Gorra, New York: New York Review of Books, 2006 (1958), p. 15

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