The Rambling Writer Explores More Greek Islands, Part 19: A Village on Nisyros

After exploring the island’s active volcanic caldera, Thor and I cool off in the shady lanes of Mandraki village.

NOTE: Since our recent trip to Greece to research more settings for my novel-in-progress, THE ARIADNE DISCONNECT, Thor and I knew we had to return to this magical region. My first entry in this new blog series posted here on Saturday, 10/20/2018. It gives an overview of our rambles from Athens to seven islands in the Dodecanese and Cyclades groups, ending our ferry-hopping pilgrimage on the anciently sacred island of Delos.

Join the cat contest! As I’ve shown in many of my previous blog posts, the Greeks love their cats, including many feral felines wandering freely, and people put out water bowls and kibble for them. (There are some efforts now underway to start sheltering/neutering programs.) Mandraki abounded in the furry critters, so if you want to enter for a chance to win an ebook copy of my novel THE ARIADNE CONNECTION, just count the cats in the following photos and email me at [email protected]

This small island with its rich volcanic soil has been settled for thousands of years, including a stint by the Mycenaeans 3,000 years ago, and later occupation by the Knights of St. John who built the castle in the top photo around 1315 A.D. The whitewashed monastery was added around 1600 A.D. These days, most of the intricate agricultural terracing is abandoned, though the approximately one thousand remaining islanders still harvest citrus, almonds, and olives from their trees. As Thor and I wandered the cobbled lanes of the village, we enjoyed the cool sea breezes….

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