Walking on paths used for centuries gives a new outlook. We can learn from following the trails, visualizing where people went and what they did, and from observing our surroundings and thinking of how people lived during earlier times. Though the paths are renovated and organized in a modern scheme with downloadable apps, and most people travel with cars and motorbikes; some of the locals still use the trails for foot passage (or by donkey) to their farms or some of the 365 chapels and churches on the island. We met hikers from the UK, Germany and France along the way, sharing the joy of discovery.
We were guided by the warmth of the sun, the sound of the wind, rain and ocean, and the feel of the earth beneath our feet to discover more of our inner self and purpose. Watching the sun drop into the sea from a 600 meter mountaintop was a perk.
Giannis greeted us at his pottery workshop with the familiar form of hello – Yiassu - and offered us a cappuccino freddo and chatted with us about his family history and the island’s history of pottery making while he busily worked away on an order for a hotel in Athens. We came to learn the hospitality of offering guests something when they visit, as we were distinguished from average customers.
A highlight was the visit to the ancient acropolis, dating as early as 1300 BC., with evidence of human activity in the area dating 4000 BC – even hiking past olive terraces dating to that time period. We used our intuition and imagination to tune into what might have occurred in the area before reading the historical data. It was quite an experience, opening up connections to people passing by thousands of years earlier.
Not to miss the amazing churches and chapels, some just big enough to seat 2 or 3, with incredible energy from the prayer power. Just after Easter, some of them were adorned with lovely arrangements of lilies, and garden fruits.
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