Two ideas were imprinted on my mind in Leigh Fermor’s description of the Mani landscape – unremitting heat and unforgiving rock.

‘The Deep Mani road still hobbled on a for a few miles, the cratered and rock-strewn surface becoming more lunar in aspect with each advancing furlong.’

Source: Patrick Leigh Fermor, Mani: Travels in the Southern Peloponnese, introduction by Michael Gorra, New York: New York Review of Books, 2006 (1958), p. 93

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