Travels in Northern Greece

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Patrick Leigh Fermor's Mani compellingly revealed a hidden world of Southern Greece and its past. Its northern counterpart takes the reader among Sarakatsan shepherds, the monasteries of Meteora and the villages of Krakora, among itinerant pedlars and beggars, and even tracks down at Missolonghi a pair of Byron's slippers. Roumeli is not on modern maps: it is the ancient name for the lands from the Bosphorus to the Adriatic and from Macedonia to the Gulf of Corinth. But it is the perfect, evocative name for the Greece that Fermor captures with his trademark vividness of description. The pictures of people, traditions and landscapes that he creates are imbued with an intimate understanding of Greece and its history.

A masterpiece softened by warm, human understanding. SUNDAY TIMES