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In the landscape Mani is dominated by gray rocks and barren slopes, where even the omnivorous goat bleating of sorrow on the misery of the land on which they had to graze.
What the earth, such men. This gentle and smiling people may be located in the middle of the Peloponnese fertile Arcadia. People Mani with a merry and peaceful disposition is not known for. Historical records are full of cruelty and ruthlessness of the certificates in the endless wars ancestral. The mentality of these people can be best illustrated by the fact that male children were called here immediately after birth - shooters.
On the other hand you are proud, never definitively conquered by anyone fascinated mountaineers to outsiders. At Mani uprising against Turkish rule broke out in 1821, a week before the official beginning of the whole of Greece. But while the joint struggle against the Turks are not meant for the tribal people Mani hold grudges. Such is already the people. With a difficult character.

Scrolling through the Mediterranean invaders and occupiers could not boast of never play power over Mani. Spartans rather not venture into here, though theoretically it was part of their country, the Romans also not too eager to enforce their rights to the land. Christianity came here only in the ninth century, although to Rome and Constantinople was thus quite close. Turks also do not fear these people. Peninsula gave autonomy and to allow him to rule the local Bey.

Mani people were famous for bravery in the creation of a Greek uprising. Claiming that Greece owes it to them independence, certainly goes much too far. Yet the merits of war were enormous.

The problem is that after the formation of an independent state fail to fire. For them, the war went on. Mavromichalis and his clan, criticizing the first president of independent Greece - Ioannis Kapodistrias - for which they were sent to prison. According to the logic behind Mani was one of a vendetta. Relatives of Mavromichalis killed so president. Glory of the insurgent people of Mani eclipsed implacable vendetta.

Then there was the Greek monarchy, which, as you can guess, also do not have the inhabitants of Mani idyll.

With time, however, the peninsula was becoming calmer. Although sorry to say, has been instrumental in the constantly diminishing number of inhabitants. And there is nothing to be surprised, because if you look at the natural conditions of the land, it is hard to resist the impression that people would stop here for centuries, only a desire for vendetta. With time, the temperature probably ancestral feuds subsided somewhat, and even if not, they became hotter than a desire for a better and easier life in a different part of Greece and the world.

But iced coffee Frappe, is here in this scorching heat, even better than elsewhere.

Photo taken during the race bike to Greece in 1998.
I lost film from the trip, so this is a scan from a photo.

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