Monday, 26 August 2013

Hot and Humid ...

It's been 30 degrees here again, and even the ants are walking on two feet in the shade ...

Sweating buckets today, as I was yesterday, leading friends around the island and up to Kastro. Stunning views and some great information, we bumped into Michael from Skiathos Books. Michael guides tour parties around the island twice a week. He is a fountain of knowledge, and shared some with us too ...

Karine, Michael and Jimmy ...
I like the peace and tranquility of Kastro, and can fully understand the islanders wishing to live there. Its a very beautiful spot and has stunning views. However it must have been a very hard place to live in winter, that along with the attacks by pirates, and sieges that saw many villagers killed.



The churches acted as banks, and to this day have amazing icons and antiquities.

All the fresh food was grown outside the town wall. Even more difficult if the own was under attack, after all a ready made garden to feed your enemy.

Sanitation was a problem too, as the cemetery, also was located on a hill overlooking the city. Even in battle you need to bury the dead.


When Kastro finaly fell after a siege, to a pirate, it subsequently fell into rack and ruin. However even then they had a few ideas of what to do next.

They recycled it - The villagers returned in peaceful times, and slowly started to move, down to the current village of Skiathos. Many bringing the stones over the donkey paths to assemble, what are the old houses in the town, and around Tries Hieraches.

Its probably the old stones that are part of my house, that make me feel an infinity for the old town of Kastro. Perhaps it feels like I am coming home, when I am up there ...

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