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Favorite thing: One of the most noteable sights when first visiting Spetses, are the beautiful stone walkways and courtyards all across the island. This unique artform is an old local practice that has even gained fame in other European countries lately. Expert artisians from Spetses have been sent to Spain and Italy to teach others this lovely way of decorating the grounds. No cement is used in the technique, but the small, smooth oval stones which have been painstakenly collected along the beaches, are placed in a fine-grained sand very tightly to create the typical geometrical and nautical designs found originally on Spetses Island.

Fondest memory: You will find especially nice designs in the courtyard of the monestary above the Old Port of Spetses Town. In the Spring time, when these photos were taken, new green grass has grown between the stones, making the designs somewhat difficult to make out. Later in the year, when the grass becomes dry from the heat of the summer sun, the designs will emerge from their camoflage to reign distinctly under the feet of the pilgrims passing by on their way to light a candle in the church for the safe journey of all travellers by sea! An age old Spetses custom not to be snubbed!

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  • Written Apr 3, 2005
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