It’s all about discovering! Discovering culture, history, beautiful landscapes and the heritage of the Aegean Sea. Trail running, bike tours, hiking in the mountains, a new, completely unknown Greek World. I am a cultural anthropologist, Mediterranean lover, mountaineer and ultra runner. I come from Poland, but have been living in Litochoro in northern Greece for some time. This is a record of my experiences.
Nobody paints or sticks on anything here. Reality is not physically recreated, it is born in our head. An exhibition without a viewer is incomplete, like any real art.
Seal of Pylos
Secret Life of Cicada
The most interesting thing in the whole story, however, is not whether the disc is authentic or not, what is written on it, and whether it is actually an inscription or some other kind of symbols. The most interesting thing is what makes it evoke so many emotions? Why are letters from various enthusiasts coming to the museum’s address almost every day, trying to read the “inscription” on the disk and sending ever different versions of the hymn to Mother Earth or other possible gods and goddesses?
That day I wanted to cross the mountains. Not high. Separating the central part of the Peloponnese from the eastern coast. It was in the second week of my journey around the great, mulberry-leaf shaped, Greek peninsula. I had over 1000 km in my legs, countless bays and sea views under my eyelids, the memory of a few Venetian forts and many old towns, located on such steep slopes that some houses grow on the roofs of others. I was constantly reliving the endless serpentine roads and all the shades of sunrises and sunsets that I saw every day. I thought that little could surprise me anymore.
It is May 2015. The archaeological site of Nestor’s Palace in the southwestern Peloponnese, 15 km from the modern town of Pylos on the shores of the Gulf of Navarino. The rocky island of Sfakteria and several smaller ones, the site of naval battles one from the Peloponnesian War in the 5th century BC and a second from the time of the Greek Revolutionary War in the early nineteenth century, great Italian influence in the area. Nestor’s Palace a bit inland, discovered in 1939, thanks to the guidelines taken from Homer’s Iliad, because Nestor is a literary character (but it is possible that also real).