Tranquility

Sedate, calm, tranquil are words that come to mind when I look at this soft pink home in Monemvasia, Greece. The home appears feminine to me with its quiet color, gentle curves, and arched door. I expect to find a sweet cultured woman living inside, with lace curtains hung in the windows, delicate china set…

Time-Worn Doors of Monemvasia

Last week, we had a post from Debi @ An Evolving Life about doors in the old medieval town of Monemvasia in Laconia, Greece. Debi shared an informative summary of the history of Monemvasia, formerly known as Malvasia or Malmsey, the latter the name given to it by English travelers. Debi’s selection of doors nicely complimented…

Old-World Doors of Monemvasia

Upscale yet down to earth, Monemvasia offers visitors old-world charm with the convenience of modern amenities. Step through the front entrance to the medieval fortress and find cobbled lanes, old stone buildings, and expansive views of the Myrtoan Sea. It’s easy to get lost in the maze of narrow paths carved into the side of…

Cats & Doors

Ah, Monemvasia, one of my many favorite places in Peloponnese, Greece. This medieval fortress is cat-friendly and home to a small community of docile cats. As I strolled the narrow, cobblestoned lanes, I came across a variety of cats lounging near doors. What I found amazing was their indifference to my presence making it easy for…

Peeking through the Gate Door

When traveling the back-roads of Greece, it’s fairly easy to lose your way, especially when you find yourself at a poorly marked crossroad. Somehow we always seem to choose the wrong road. But, we don’t worry, we’re on vacation, and often the “wrong” road leads us to an unforgettable adventure. On our last excursion to…

The Pint-Sized Port of Gerakas

After visiting Monemvasia many years ago, we headed north along the mountainous coastline to explore the small, less-touristic villages. With a paper map in hand, we followed a narrow, winding, country road that led us to the pint-sized Port of Gerakas. Aside from a slight delay due to a herd of goats blocking the road,…

The Byzantino Boutique Hotel in Monemvasia

A number of years ago my husband and I spent a night at the Byzantino Boutique Hotel in the fortress of Monemvasia, Greece. Instead of the usual day trip to Monemvasia, we wanted to experience the romantic medieval ambiance of the Byzantino Boutique Hotel and the magic of Monemvasia after dark. We felt transported back in time amidst the charm of…

The Doors of Monemvasia

On our recent trip to Peloponnese, we planned to visit the medieval village of Monemvasia. Not only do we love this fortress with its old stone buildings and a maze of cobblestone walkways, but we looked forward to seeing a family friend, an artist who owns a shop in the village. Unfortunately, our busy program and…

Medieval Village of Monemvasia

Overlooking the Myrtoan Sea, the Greek fortress of Monemvasia is perched on a giant rock joined to Peloponnese by a restored causeway. The name Monemvasia means “single entrance” in Greek.   Cafés, tavernas, guesthouses, and tourist shops line the narrow, cobblestoned main lane of the lower medieval village which is fit only for pedestrian and…