Wednesday: Kastania Cave

Wednesday, we began the day at the church and fresh water spring in Paradisi, overlooking Neapolis Bay. Our focus for the day was "blushes of white" and how to create and use them in our journal paintings. The white church, white walls and white steps -- all slightly different tones -- provided the perfect place to practice. A bus picked us up from the church and took us over the mountain to Kastania Cave,  a magical neolithic space of stalactites and stalagmites.

In the cave, our guide explained its history and geology. In the 1900s, Kostas Stivaktas (Bougas) reputedly watched bees entering a fissure in the ground in the area where he pastured his sheep. The bees appeared to be refreshed as they emerged from the ground. He surmised that there was water under the ground. He opened up the fissure and found himself in a magnificent cave. By 1958, Kastania Cave had become widely known and since then has been protected and developed by the Prefecture. (Photo taken by Fanis Ellinas.)

We ate lunch at Laki, a taverna in the village of Kalania, which boasts its own white church and spring. Laki's variety of meze tempted our palates as we gazed down on  Neapolis from the mountainside.

In the evening, we met at the Limira Mare Hotel where Connie gave a stimulating power-point presentation on Greek poetry entitled, "Land, Light and Sea: Reflections of Greece through the imagery of Odysseaus Elytis, Giorgos Seferis, Yiannis Ritsos and Contantine Cavafy". Most of the group was inspired by Ritsos' "Monochords" and started adding their own meaningful lines in their colorful journals.


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