Friday: Monemvasia


Friday, we visited the famous rock fortress of Monemvasia, a forty-minute drive from Neapolis. Impregnable from the sea, the fortress occupied a key position: the political power that controlled the fortress could control shipping between Attica and the rest of the Mediterranean. 


We walked through the ancient single gate of the old fortress to the central square. We sat on the steps outside the church for Sandy's lesson on contour drawing. We drew each other using the technique and shared our results. Then we scattered to find our subjects in this lovingly restored stone village. 



We visited the home of the Greek poet Yiannis Ritsos, wrote a Monochord or two, browsed through shops and ate lunch at one of the many charming tavernas.

We browsed through shops and ate lunch at one of the many tavernas.
In the evening we celebrated our journal entries over dinner at Mistrali Taverna on the Neapolis boardwalk. Everyone read from a favorite entry in her journal.
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