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Odyssey


When I walk on the wide and long sandy beach at the North side of the bay of Argostoli, close to Livadi, I imagine the palace and citadel of Odysseus stretching over the surrounding low hills and I discern with my imagination the wooden ships of the time being pulled up on the shallow shore for maintenance. 

It may sound strange and a bit eerie, but occasionally there are echoes of the Odyssey in my own life. As you probably know, the tale of the adventures of Odysseus (Ulysses) is attributed to the Greek poet Homer, who was born sometime between the 12th and 8th centuries BC

This is because my properties are located at the Paliki peninsula in Kefalonia. Paliki is considered by several scholars to be the Homeric Ithaca. Among the many proponents of this theory, notable is the recent work of Mr. Robert Bittlestone with the assistance of Professor James Diggle of Cambridge University and Professor John Underhill of the University of Edinburgh:    

 "Odysseus Unbound" at Wikipedia 

Odysseus Unbound  


So many have lived through their own Odyssey, by migrating to distant lands only to return home one day. In my case, I pulled off my own Odyssey with my yacht in 2009, departing from the East coast of England and arriving at the Paliki peninsula, after sailing through more than 4,000 kilometres. Odysseus had a similar sea voyage through the Mediterranean sea, but it took him considerably longer! 

When I sailed through the Tyrrhenian Sea (off the west coast of Italy) I often thought of Odysseus, who purportedly also sailed through the same waters. Then, when I was passing through the straits of Messina, succesfully negotiating the strong tidal waters, I was thinking of Odysseus again. He had quite an adventure passing through the exact same straits, called Scylla and Charybdis in the Homeric poems!  

  • Strait of Messina
    Strait of Messina
  • Strait of Messina
    Strait of Messina
  • Strait of Messina
    Strait of Messina
  • Strait of Messina
    Strait of Messina
  • Yacht at a Tyrrhenian sea harbour
    Yacht at a Tyrrhenian sea harbour


Perhaps Odysseus followed the same heading of 90 degrees due East from the straits of Messina, which I did on my crossing from Italy to Greece. Then he saw what I saw, that is the S.W. corner of Paliki as his first sight of his homeland


 
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