There is nothing more satisfying that living trhough the Full Historiciy of a magical place such as Mani. And living in a historical building adds on this by far. Moving your steps where Petrobeis Mavromihalis was sitting for glazing the deep blue of the wild sea in front of his house or sleeping at night and listening to the sound of waves that were bringing the Greek boats back from the battle during the Greek Revolution against Turks in 1821 or sitting at the veranda and watching the pirates getting ready to attack the poor residents of the area, were experiences that just stay there in the memory for ever.
The hospitaly of the Family that was running the hotel was amazing. All was clean and tidy and the antiques all around made us feel like home. It's wothwhile to ask the story of each one of them. Actually Mrs Areti has a story for everything in that house !!
And her son, Dimitris, was a Master of History. He new everyting that has happened in the past (and how to link it with the present) and gave us great advices for visiting the Akrotenaro -ancient gates to Hades!!- (try to go to the end: a bit difficult acess but you have to see the seal and the endless horizon waving at you when arriving at the lighthouse !!!) and of course the Diros Cave which is one of the most beautiful Caves in the World! Go to Areopoli and have some greek delices (the "sygklino" here is unique) and go to Vatheia (now abandoned) and have a stroll around the abandoned little streets... Mani is quite abandoned from the Greek State, but thankfully, not from that amazing Family of which the fater is one of the best Architects in Greece and his own duty and wish is to bring History back in Reality.
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